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Production news round-up: Barber Shop Chronicles announces UK tour and Matthew Bourne to reimagine Romeo and Juliet

Barber Shop Chronicles at the National theatre
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Inua Ellams’ play Barber Shop Chronicles is to tour the UK in Spring 2019. It opens at Manchester’s Royal Exchange on March 7, and visits locations including Scarborough, Sheffield, Oxford and Southampton, where it runs until November 17.
Director: Bijan Sheibani
Producers: Fuel, the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse

Inua Ellam’s Barber Shop Chronicles to tour the UK

Laura Linney will return to the Bridge Theatre next year for a second run of My Name is Lucy Barton. Linney performed in the one-woman play earlier this year, and will reprise the role for a limited run from January 23 to February 16. The Bridge has also announced that Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister will star in Lucinda Coxon’s new play Alys, Always, which runs February 25 to March 30, with press night on March 5. Hytner will also direct an immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Peter Pan is to run at the Park Theatre from December 5 to January 5, 2019. It stars Versailles’ Alexander Vlahos and Nickcolia King-N’Da.
Author: J.M Barrie
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Cast includes: Rosemary Boyle, Adam Buchanan, Natalie Grady, Jason Kajdi, Harveen Mann, Alfie Webster
Producer: Damien Tracey Productions and Park Theatre

Ivo van Hove is to direct a stage adaptation of the film The Damned and Simon Stone is to adapt and direct Medea as part of the Barbican Theatre’s 2019 season. The season runs from January to June 2019, with other highlights including Cheek by Jowl and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre’s production of Francis Beaumont’s comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle, and a revival of Gecko’s The Wedding.

Laura Linney to reprise role in My Name in Lucy Barton at the Bridge

Witness for the Prosecution at Chamber of London’s County Hall has announced a new cast as it celebrates its 1st birthday. The new cast members will join from November 1. The show is currently booking until September 1, 2019.
Author: Agatha Christie
Director: Lucy Bailey
Cast includes: Emma Rigby, Daniel Solbe, Jasper Britton, William Chubb, Christopher Ravenscroft and Ewan Stewart
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions

London’s Ovalhouse Theatre has announced it’s autumn season, which includes Spun Glass Theatre‘s exploration of children’s genre stereotypes Princess Charming, Nick Makoha‘s autobiographical migration story The Dark, and Ambreen Razia‘s exploration of gan culture, Pot. The season also includes Annie Siddons’s Dennis of Penge, Chris Goode and Company’s Mirabel and the Wrong Crowd’s Snow White.

A new play exploring the life of holocaust survivor and revolutionary thinker, Primo Levi, will premiere at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Drowned or Saved? runs at the London venue from November 6 to 24, with press night on November 8.
Author and director: Geoffrey Williams
Producer: Niall Dingle and Theatre Alive!

The Almeida Theatre’s production of The Twilight Zone is to transfer to the West End. It will run at the Ambassadors Theatre from March 4, 2019.
Author: Anne Washburn
Director: Richard Jones
Producers: The Almeida and Ron Fogelman

Almeida’s The Twilight Zone transfers to the West End

Headlong has announced it is co-producing a new staging of Richard III, with Tom Mothersdale in the title role. It will premiere in Bristol with press night on March 6, and also run at the Alexandra Palace, Home in Manchester, the Oxford Playhouse and the Royal and Derngate in Northampton.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: John Haidar
Producers: Headlong, Bristol Old Vic and Alexandra Palace, with the Royal and Derngate and the Oxford Playhouse

London’s Park Theatre has announced its new season, which includes Miles Jupp starring in James Kettle’s The Life I Lead, which explores the life of actor David Tomlinson. Other highlights include Peter Duncan starring as a pantomime dame in The Dame by Katie Duncan, which runs from January 2 to 26. The season also includes the world premiere of historical drama Rosenbaum’s Rescue by A. Bodin Saphir, Jonathan Maitland’s The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson and Martin Sherman’s Gently Down The Stream.


Rachel Tucker will star in the West End production of Broadway musical Come from Away when it opens next year. Come from Away runs at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from December 6 to January 19, 2019, and in London at the Phoenix from January 30, opening officially on February 18.
Authors: Irene Sankoff and David Hein (book, music and lyrics)
Director: Christopher Ashley
Cast also includes: Jenna Boyd, Nathanael Campbell, Clive Carter, Mary Doherty, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison, Emma Salvo, David Shannon and Cat Simmons
Producers: Junkyard Dog Productions, Smith and Brant Theatricals and the Abbey Theatre

Rachel Tucker leads UK and Ireland cast of Come from Away

Olivier award-winning performer Lorna Want is to star in a new one-woman musical about an out-of-work actress. Girl in a Crisis premieres at Crazy Coqs, as part of Live at Zedel in London, running for two nights from November 26.
Author: Andrew Fisher
Director: Simon Greiff
Producer: SimG Productions

Musical Eugenius! has cancelled a planned West End transfer, it has been confirmed. The show was meant to be moving to the Ambassadors Theatre from October 27 until January 5, 2019. Eugenius! will continue its current run at the Other Palace, where it is playing until October 21.
Authors: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins
Director: Ian Talbot
Producers: Warwick Davis, Kevin Wood and George Wood

Musical Eugenius! cancels West End run

The upcoming London production of the Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress is being postponed. It was due to run at the Playground Theatre in London from December 18 to January 19, 2019. The production has now been delayed to summer 2019, with new dates to be announced.
Authors: Mary Rodgers (music), Marshall Barer (lyrics and book) and Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller (book)
Directors: Alex Pearson and Grace Wessels
Producer: House on the Hill Productions

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical has announced it is to close in the West End on January 5, 2019. The musical is currently playing in the Dominion Theatre, where it opened on April 2.
Author: Jim Steinman
Director: Jay Scheib
Producers: David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith

Bat Out of Hell to close in the West End

The Rocky Horror Show will return for a year-long tour in 2019, with a cast including Duncan James and Joanne Clifton. It opens at the Theatre Royal Brighton on December 13, and will visit locations across the UK until November 2, 2019.
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Choreographer: Nathan M Wright
Cast also includes: Stephen Webb and Ben Adams
Producer: Trafalgar Entertainment
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A musical based on the comedy series Only Fools and Horses has confirmed a run in the West End next year. It runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from February 9, with press night on February 16.
Authors: Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan
Director: Caroline Jay Ranger
Producer: Phil McIntyre

Only Fools and Horses musical to run in the West End


Charlie Stemp and Danielle Hope are to join the cast of Snow White at the London Palladium. The pantomime will run at the theatre from December 8 to January 13, 2019, with a gala night on December 12.
Director: Michael Harrison
Cast also includes: Josh Bennett, Jemima Loddy, James Paterson and Leanne Pinder
Producers: Michael Harrison and Nick Thomas, for Qdos Entertainment

Charlie Stemp and Danielle Hope join London Palladium’s Snow White cast

Scottish Ballet has announced its 2018 to 2019 season, which includes world premieres of Helen Pickett’s The Crucible opening the Edinburgh International Festival dance programme in 2019, and Christopher Hampson’s The Snow Queen in Winter 2019. Other highlights include a double bill of Sophie Laplane’s world premieres Dextera and Elite Syncopations at Eden Court in Inverness.

Performer Nina Kristofferson‘s show Timeless, which includes a selection of jazz, pop and musical theatre songs, will run at the Pheasantry in London and Live at Zedel in Piccadily Circus on October 20 and 24.

Matthew Bourne is to reimagine Romeo and Juliet for a UK tour, his company New Adventures has announced. The tour opens at Leicester’s Curve on May 13, 2019, and will visit venues including Wales Millennium Centre, Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre and Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, where it runs until October 12. Romeo and Juliet will also run for a four week season at Sadler’s Wells in London from August 7 to 31, 2019.
Director and choreographer: Bourne

World premiere of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet to tour UK

Inala, a show which brings together Soweto Gospel Choir with dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert, runs at the Peacock in London from April 29 to May 18, 2019. Press night is on May 1.
Choreography: Mark Baldwin
Producers: Pietra Mello Pittman and Ella Spira

Toby Jones, Indira Varma, Kenneth Cranham and Kate Fleetwood are among the theatre figures who will perform in a one-off celebration event commemorating the life of the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who died last year. will take place at the Royal Court Theatre in London on November 12 and will include performances of Shepard’s scenes and poetry curated by Lloyd Hutchinson, Nancy Meckler and Stephen Rea.

Royal Court to host Sam Shepard celebration performance

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