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Production news round-up: RSC Romeo and Juliet casting and Carey Mulligan play extends

Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick will star in the Shakespeare play
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Patsy Ferran has been cast in My Mum’s a Twat at the Royal Court in London. She plays Girl in the one-woman play, which is about a girl’s experience of her mum joining a cult. It runs from January 8 to 20 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, with press performances on January 9 and 10.
Author: Anoushka Warden
Directors: Vicky Featherstone and Jude Christian
Design: Chloe Lamford (Set), Steven Banks (lighting), Duramaney Kamara (sound and music)
Producer: Royal Court
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Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick have been cast as Romeo and Juliet in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of the Shakespeare tragedy. They will lead the cast of the Erica Whyman-directed production, which opens in Stratford-upon-Avon in April.
Author: William Shakespeare
Design: Tom Piper
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
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London’s Vault festival has announced its programme for 2018, featuring 300 individual shows that will be performed between January 24 and March 18. The theatre line-up includes the return of a major immersive production of Neverland, based on Peter Pan and produced by Theatre Deli and the Guild of Misrule, I Have a Mouth and I Will Scream by Abi Zakarian, John O’Donovan’s If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You. The programme also includes a strand of female-led shows, including Katie Bonna’s Paper Scissors Stone and Glitter Punch from Some Riot Theatre. Other strands include a programme of BAME-led work, comedy, cabaret, family shows and late-night events.

Girls and Boys, starring Carey Mulligan, has extended its run at the Royal Court in London by a week. The new play opens on February 8, and will now run until March 17. Press performances will be on February 14 and 15.
Author: Dennis Kelly
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Design: Es Devlin (Set), Oliver Fenwick (lighting), David McSeveney (sound), Jack Galloway (costumes)
Producer: Royal Court

Full casting has been confirmed for the West End transfer of Mary Stuart, starring the previously announced Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, who reprise their roles. Also returning are Rudi Dharmalingam, David Johnson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas and Daniel Rabin. New cast members include Michael Byrne, Christopher Colquhoun, Calum Finlay and Elliot Levy. It opens at the Duke of York’s from January 15 before touring.
Author/director: Robert Icke
Producer: Fiery Angel and the Almeida Theatre

Phil Daniels is to lead the cast of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with further casting to be announced. The production will open on February 14 at the Rose Theatre Kingston, with previews from February 9, before embarking on tour. It will visit locations including Aberdeen, Nottingham, Blackpool and Edinburgh.
Author: David Edgar
Director: Kate Saxon
Producer: Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Rose Theatre Kingston

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, Jonathan Ajayi and Anthony Welsh have all been cast in the revival of The Brothers Size, which will run at the Young Vic in London from January 19 to February 14, with press night on January 26.
Author: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Director: Bijan Sheibani
Producer: Young Vic and Actors Touring Company

Touring company New Perspectives has announced its 2018 season, including adaptations of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fisherman and John Berger’s A Fortunate Man which will mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. It will also feature two Edinburgh Fringe shows, The Giant Jam Sandwich and Finding Nana.

The Jermyn Street Theatre in London has announced a spring season themed around scandals, including Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before A Glass which brings Peggy Guggenheim’s story to life. Other productions include Mad as Hell, Hilda and Virginia, and The Dog Beneath the Skin.

Morphic Graffiti has announced a new adaptation of The Country Wife. The play, exploring the decadence of London’s social scene in the 20s, runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from March 28 to April 22.
Author: William Wycherley
Director: Luke Fredericks
Producer: Morphic Grafitti

Monster, a one-man show about masculinity, has announced a UK tour opening at Bath’s Ustinov Studio on January 12. It will visit Falmouth, London and Gravesend before finishing in Exeter on March 22.
Author/performer: Joe Sellman-Leava
Director: Yaz Al-Shaater

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Theatre Company is staging the first black, Asian and minority ethnic production of Closer. It is playing at the Crescent Theatre Studio in Birmingham until December 16.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Vik Sivalingam
Producer: The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Theatre Company

The Alchemic Order has announced a run of The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Restoration in a secret location in Greenwich London, which is only revealed after booking. It runs from April 24.
Author and director: Samuel Orange, adapted from Oscar Wilde
Producer: The Alchemic Order

Northern Broadsides is to stage the premiere of UK Theatre award best new play winner An August Bank Holiday Lark. It will open in Halifax on February 16, and then tour until May 26, visiting locations including Liverpool, Scarborough and Huddersfield.
Author: Deborah McAndrew
Director: Conrad Nelson
Producer: Northern Broadsides

Gray O’Brian is to star in The Case of the Frightened Lady, which opens at Theatre Royal Windsor on January 10, 2018. It will then tour to locations including Crawley, Cardiff, Swansea and Bury St Edmunds until August 4.
Author: Edgar Wallace
Director: Roy Marsden
Cast: Rula Lenska, Denis Lill, Charlie Clements, Philip Lowrie, April Pearson, Ben Nealon, Glenn Carter
Producer: Bill Kenwright


Cirque du Soleil has announced a tour of Ovo to arenas across the UK from August 16 to October 11. It will visit Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.

Nevill Holt Opera in Leicestershire has announced its 2018 festival, which includes Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro from June 14 to 21 and Powder Her Face on June 28 and 30. Following the festival in the company’s new building, Le Nozze di Figaro will then transfer to Sage Gateshead for two performances in July.

The Black Cat Cabaret will be performing a Christmas show at Leicester Square on December 16, 28, and 31. It will include acrobats, comic street singers, musicians, and aerialists.