Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Production news round-up: Jesus Christ Superstar to run at the Barbican and London premiere announced for The Light in the Piazza

Declan Bennett in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 2016. Photo: Tristram Kenton Declan Bennett in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 2016. Photo: Tristram Kenton
by -

This week’s production news includes a transfer of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar to the Barbican, and the London premiere of Tony award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza.


Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron to star in London premiere of The Light in the Piazza. The musical will run at the Southbank Centre for 20 performances from June 14 to July 5, 2019, with press night on June 18.
Authors: Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics)
Directors: Daniel Evans
Producers: Scenario Two

Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron to star in London premiere of The Light in the Piazza

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar is to transfer to the Barbican Theatre for 60 performances. The Olivier award-winning production will run at the London venue from July 4 to August 24, 2019, with press night on July 9.
Authors: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director: Timothy Sheader
Choreographer: Drew McOnie
Read original story here

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended its run in the West End until September 2019. The musical, which recent celebrated its first anniversary at the Apollo Theatre, is now booking until September 28, 2019.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells (music), Tom MacRae (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black and Teresa and Craig Beech

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Todrick Hall is to take on the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago from November 19 until the end of the show’s run at the Phoenix Theatre on January 5, 2019.
Authors: Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler

Declan Bennett and Bronte Barbe are to lead the cast of off-Broadway musical Striking 12, which will run at the Union Theatre in London from November 28 to December 23, with press night on December 3.
Authors: Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (book, music and lyrics) and Rachel Sheinkin (book and lyrics)
Director: Oliver Kaderbhai
Cast includes: Danielle Kassarate, Kate Robson-Stuart and Leon Scott
Producers: Ben Lockwood, Rupert Henderson and Oliver Kaderbhai

Broadway musical Violet, written by Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori, is to have its UK premiere at the Charing Cross Theatre next year. It is a co-production with a Japanese theatre company and will transfer to Tokyo and Osaka following its run in London, where it plays from January 14 to April 6, with press night on January 21.
Authors: Jeanine Tesori (music), Brian Crawley (book and lyrics)
Director: Shuntaro Fujita
Design: Morgan Large (set), Howard Hudson (lighting),Andrew Johnson (sound), Jonathan Lipman (costumes)
Choreographer: Cressida Carre
Producers: Steven M Levy and Vaughan Williams for Charing Cross Theatre Productions and Umeda Arts Theater Company

Jeanine Tesori’s Violet to have UK premiere at Charing Cross Theatre

Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of The Bodyguard. The tour opens at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on December 3 and visits locations including Cardiff, Canterbury, Edinburgh and Bord Gais, where it ends on August 17, 2019.
Author: Alexander Dinelaris
Director: Thea Sharrock
Cast includes: Benoit Marechal, Micha Richardson, Peter Landi, Craig Berry, Gary Turner, Phil Atkinson, Simon Cotton, Carole Stennett, Rosie Cava-Beale, Callum Clack, Myles Cork, Kerry Crozier, Sia Dauda, Gustav Die, Chris Edgerley, James Lee Harris and Holly Liburd
Producers: Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Curve in Leicester is to stage West Side Story in 2019, featuring new choreography by Ellen Kane. Kane is associate choreographer for Matilda the Musical and was co-choreographer on Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. It will run from November 23, 2019 to January 11, 2020.
Authors: Leonard Bernstein (music), Arthur Laurents (book), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics)
Director: Nikolai Foster
Producer: Curve

West Side Story to be Leicester Curve’s 2019 Christmas show

A production of The Wizard of Oz will run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from November 24 to January 13, with press night on November 29.
Authors: L Frank Baum (book), Harold Arlen and EY Harburg (music and lyrics)
Director and choreographer: Liam Steel
Cast includes: Chisara Agor, Kelly Agbowu, Shanay Holmes, Lorna Laidlaw, Dillon Scott-Lewis, Jos Vantyler, Thomas Vernal and Ed Wade
Producer: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Tim Rice is to host The Best of Rock Musicals at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, featuring songs from shows including Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock You and Hair. The show will run on May 12, at 4pm and 8pm, with performers including Adam Pascal, Kerry Ellis and Adrianna Hicks. Other musicals in the line-up are The Little Shop of Horrors, Wicked and The Lion King. The show is the 20th-anniversary production from the team behind The Night of 1,000 Voices.


The West End’s longest running show The Mousetrap has announced a major UK tour, starring Gwyneth Strong. It will open in Guildford on January 29 and visit locations including Sheffield, Northampton, Bromley, Southport and Cardiff, where it runs until October 5, 2019, with further dates to be announced.
Author: Agatha Christie
Director: Gareth Armstrong
Cast includes: David Alcock, Geoff Arnold, Nick Biadon, Lewis Chandler, John Griffiths, Harriett Hare and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen
Producers: Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen

Gwyneth Strong as Mrs Boyle in The Mousetrap. Photo: Tristram Kenton

The Yard Theatre in London has announced its 2019 season, which includes Now Festival, featuring premieres from artists including Brian Lobel, Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment, FK Alexander and Greg Wohead. Other highlights include a new show from Pecs Drag Kings and Really Real Teenz, which has been created by the Yard’s young company and live artist The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein.

Good Dog by Misty writer Arinze Kene is to tour the UK, opening at Watford Palace Theatre on January 31. It visits locations including Sheffield, Edinburgh and Birmingham, finishing the tour at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London on March 23.
Director: Natalie Ibu
Producers: Tiata Fahodzi and Tara Finney Productions, in association with Watford Palace Theatre

London’s Bush Theatre has announced its 2019 season, the last to be programmed under outgoing artistic director Madani Younis. Highlights include Going Through by Estelle Savasta, which tells the story of a young girl’s journey across borders, and Caryl Phillip’s Strange Fruit. The season also includes Eve Leigh’s The Trick, Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan and Kenneth Emson’s Rust.

Harry Potter actor Theo Ancient is to star in Michael Ross’ new one-man play, The Shy Manifesto. It will open at Live Theatre, Newcastle on January 29 and tour to locations including Crawley, Exeter, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Harrogate, where the tour ends on March 4.
Director: Cat Robey
Producer: Joe C. Brown and Anthony Hollis Productions

The Wider Earth, a drama about Charles Darwin’s expedition on HMS Beagle, has extended its run at the Jerwood Gallery in the Natural History Museum until February 24.
Author and director: David Morton
Producers: Trish Wadley Productions, Dead Puppet Society and Glass Half Full Productions

Boys, a show about toxic masculinity performed by nine men of colour, will run at the New Diorama Theatre in London from November 27 to December 1, with press night on November 28.
Producer: The Pappy Show

Anomaly, a play about the family of a man accused of assault, will run at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London from January 8 to February 2, 2019, with press night on January 10.
Author: Liv Warden
Director: Adam Small
Producer: Old Red Lion


Dance show Rip It Up – The 60s has announced a run at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End from February 7 to June 2, 2019, following a UK tour.
Cast includes: Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold, Louis Smith and Jay McGuinness



We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.