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Production news round-up: Almeida announces new season and Tina Turner musical extends West End run

Production news this week includes a season announcement from the Almeida Theatre in London and the extension of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in the West End. Other news includes casting announcements for All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre and Debbie Tucker Green’s Ear for Eye at the Royal Court.


Gillian Anderson and Lily James have been confirmed to star in All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End. The play, based on the film of the same name, will run from February 2 to May 11, 2019 with press night on February 12.
Director: Ivo van Hove
Cast includes: Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid and Rhashan Stone
Design: Jan Versweyveld (set and lighting), An D’Huys (costume) and Tom Gibbons (sound)
Producers: Sonia Friedman and Fox Stage Productions
Read the original story here [1]

The Almeida Theatre has announced a new season of work featuring performances by Simon Russell Beale and Patsy Ferran and a world premiere by Anne Washburn. Joe Hill-Gibbins will direct Russell Beale in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, which opens in December. Other highlights include a new play called Shipwreck by Washburn and a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters by Cordelia Lynn, starring Ferran.

Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Anne Washburn feature in new Almeida season [2]

Casting has been announced for Debbie Tucker Green’s new play Ear for Eye, at the Royal Court Theatre. The cast includes Jamal Ajala, Tosin Cole, Seroca Davis, George Eggay, Demetri Goritsas, Michelle Greenidge, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Lashana Lynch, Hayden McLean, Kayla Meikle, Shaniqua Okwok, Nicholas Pinnock, Sarah Quist, Anita Reynolds, Faz Singhateh and Angela Wynter. Ear for Eye runs from October 25 to November 24, with press night on October 31.
Director: Debbie Tucker Green
Producers: Royal Court in association with Barbara Broccoli

Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Michelle Terry is to star with her real-life husband Paul Ready in Macbeth, as part of the venue’s latest season. Others in the cast include Catrin Aaron, Marc Elliott and Kirsty Rider. The play runs from November 7 to February 2, with press night on November 14. The winter season also includes Doctor Faustus, starring Father Ted actor Pauline McLynn as Mephistopheles, running from December 1 to February 2, 2019.

Michelle Terry to star alongside husband Paul Ready in Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe [3]

Jodie Prenger has been cast in a new tour of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, which opens at the Theatre Royal in Brighton on January 10, 2019. It will visit venues including the York Grand Opera House, the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury and the Liverpool Playhouse, before concluding its run at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, where it plays from April 15 to 20.
Director: Sarah Esdaile
Producers: ATG Productions, and Smith and Brant Theatricals, by arrangement with the Theatre Royal Bath

The stage adaptation of Touching the Voice has confirmed further tour dates in Perth and Inverness, in addition to the previously announced visits to the Royal and Derngate in Northampton and the Royal Lyceum Theatre. It is currently running at Bristol Old Vic and will also visit Hong Kong next year.
Author: David Greig
Director: Tom Morris
Producers: Fuel Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre and Royal and Derngate

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has announced a return to the West End, running at the Piccadilly Theatre from November 29 to February 23. Press night will be on December 11.
Author: Simon Stephens
Director: Marianne Elliott
Producers: National Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to return to the West End [4]

Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of Shakespeare in Love, based on the Oscar winning film of the same name. The production runs at Theatre Royal Bath from October 4 to 13, before touring to locations including Nottingham, Oxford, Edinburgh and Chichester until November 24.
Author: Lee Hall
Director: Phillip Breen
Music: Paddy Cunneen
Cast includes: Geraldine Alexander, Jonathan Blaydon, Imogen Daines, Kevin N Golding, Edward Harrison, Ian Hughes, Edmund Kingsley, Philip Labey, Pierro Niel-Mee, Rowan Polonski, Joshua Richards, Richard Rowe McGhie, Rosalind Steele, Giles Taylor, Bill Ward, Toby Webster and Jazmine Wilkinson
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions


Tina: The Tina Turner Musical has extended its run in the West End until July 2019. Tina was previously due to run at the Aldwych Theatre until March 2019, but is now booking for dates until July 20.
Authors: Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner
Read original story here [5]

Winner of ITV talent show The Big Audition Laura Tyrer is to replace Denise Van Outen in Chicago in the West End from September 24, performing until October 6. The Kander and Ebb musical is running at the Phoenix Theatre until January 5, 2019.
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, David Ian

Talent show winner lands lead in Chicago [6]

The 30th anniversary production of Fame the Musical, which is currently touring, will transfer to the West End next year. It will run at the Peacock Theatre from September 11 to October 19, 2019. Casting is to be announced.
Authors: Steve Margoshes (music), Jacques Levy (lyrics), Jose Fernandez (book)
Director/choreographer: Nick Winston
Design: Morgan Large (set), Ben Harrison (sound)
Musical supervisor: Mark Crossland
Producers: Selladoor Worldwide, with Gavin Kalin Productions, Dan Looney and Adam Paulden, Stephen McGill Productions and Jason Haigh-Ellery, in association with BrightLights Productions and Big Dreamer Productions

Fame the Musical announces West End transfer for 30th anniversary [7]

The cast has been announced for Seussical the Musical at Southwark Playhouse. It will star Marc Pickering, Scott Paige and Amy Perry, and runs from November 22 to December 29, with press night on November 27.
Author: Stephen Flaherty (music and book), Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics)
Director: James Tobias
Design: Justin Williams, Jonny Rust (set), Nico Menghini (sound),
Musical director: James Doughty
Choreographer: Cheist Whittaker
Cast also includes: Anna Barnes, Katie Paine, Ngozi Ugoh, Daisy Steere, Adam Dawson, Robbie Fell, Rhys Benjamin, Marianna Neofitou and Sarah Spence
Casting: Harry Blumenau
Producer: Immersion Theatre

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming UK and Ireland tour of Les Miserables. Opening at Leicester’s Curve on November 3, the tour visits Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Newcastle, with further dates to be announced.
Authors: Alain Boublil (book), Claude-Michel Schonberg (book and music), Herbert Kretzmer (lyrics)
Directors: Laurence Connor and James Powell
Cast includes: Nic Greenshields, Katie Hall, Martin Ball, Sophie-Louise Dann, Harry Apps, Tegan Bannister, Will Richardson and Bronwen Hanson
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage is to star in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She will play Miss Hedge in the show, from October 18 to January 26, 2019.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producer: Nica Burns

Drag Race’s Michelle Visage to star in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [8]

New musical Mythic, which explores the relationship between Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone, has announced casting. Mythic runs at London’s Charring Cross Theatre from October 1 to November 25.
Authors: Marcus Stevens (book and lyrics) and Oran Eldor (music)
Director and choreographer: Sarah O’Gleby
Cast includes: Georgie Westall, Genevieve McCarthy, Daniella Bowen, Michael Mather and Tim Oxbrow
Producers: Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams for Charing Cross Theatre Productions


I Infinite, a solo-dance performed in a white cube space by choreographer Tom Dale, is to tour the UK from October 4 to November 20. It visits locations including Leeds, Warwick, London, Penzance and Nottingham.
Producer: Tom Dale Dance Company

New Queers on the Block, a showcase of international queer performance work from artist including Rachael Young and Stacy Makishi will tour until to locations including Hastings (September 21), Bradford (October 10), Blackpool (October 13) and Folkestone (October 20). Many of the venues have never programmed queer-led work before. Other artists include Marikiscrycrycry and Hester Chillingworth. The performance will be hosted by Ophelia Blitz.