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Production news round-up: Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls announced in National Theatre season and Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen to open in West End

The Broadway cast of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo: Matthew Murphy
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This week’s production news includes a season announcement from the National Theatre and the transfer of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen to the West End. Other news includes a stage adaptation of Yan Martel’s Life of Pi and a broadway transfer for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.


A new stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi by Lolita Chakrabarti has been announced to run at Sheffield Theatres. The world premiere of Life of Pi, which is directed by Max Webster, is to run from June 28 to July 20, 2019, with press night on July 8. Sheffield Theatres has also announced a co-production with Northern Stage; Third Angel’s The Department of Distractions, which runs in the studio from January 25 to February 2.

Stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi announced

Nicola Walker, Maggie Steed and Alun Armstrong have been cast in The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Cane runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from December 6 to January 26, with press performances on December 12 and 13.
Author: Mark Ravenhill
Director: Vicky Featherstone
Producer: Royal Court
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Flux, a play about a young, female physicist, is to premiere at Shoreditch Town Hall on November 1 and 2 before touring to Swansea and Oxford.
Devised by: Anne Conde, Molly Freeman, Matthew Lloyd, Hattie Thomas
Composer: Jon Ouin
Producer: Smoking Apples

Rufus Norris will direct the world premiere of an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island as part of the National Theatre’s 2019 season, which will also include a new production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Meanwhile, David Hare is transposing the story of Peer Gynt to the 21st century, opening in July and starring James McArdle in the title role. The Lyttelton Theatre will include a new version of Moliere’s Tartuffe, by John Donnelly, opening in February. Blanche McIntyre directs the play, in her NT debut.

National Theatre new season to feature Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Cate Blanchett

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Nightingales, which runs at the Theatre Royal Bath from October 31 to November 10. It will then tour to Cambridge, Cardiff, Malvern and Chichester, where it runs until December 8.
Author: William Gaminara
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Cast: Steven Pacey, Stefan Adegbola, Sarah Earnshaw, Philip McGinley and Mary Stockley
Producers: Jenny Topper and Theatre Royal Bath Production

First casting has been announced for Pilot Theatre production of Sabrina Mahfouz’s new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses. The production runs at Derby Theatre from February 1 to 16, 2019, and then tours till May 11.
Director: Esther Richardson
Cast includes: Heather Agyepong and Billy Harris with further casting soon
Producer: Pilot Theatre co-production with Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre, Colchester and York Theatre Royal

Women of Aktion, a play focusing on an imaginary collaboration between Joan Littlewood and anarchist German playwright Ernst Toller, is to tour internationally until November 17. UK locations it will visit include Essex, Wakefield, Harrogate and York.
Author: Mick Martin
Director: Jude Wright and Mick Martin
Producer: Bent Architect

Cyprus Avenue is to return to the Royal Court in London with Stephen Rea to reprise his role. The play will run in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from February 14 to March 16.
Author: David Ireland
Director: Vicky Featherstone
Producers: Royal Court Theatre and Dublin’s Abbey Theatre

Stephen Rea to reprise role in David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue

Drag collective Sink the Pink have announced a new Christmas show called How to Catch a Krampus, which runs at London’s Pleasance Theatre from November 13 to December 23.
Author and director: Ginger Johnson
Producers: Sink the Pink and Pleasance Theatre

Crossing, a play exploring the legacy of the First World War, is to tour to 21 village halls across Shropshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Herefordshire, Derbyshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Devon and Dorset from October 10 to November 24.
Author: Deirdre Kinahan
Director: Sophie Motley
Design: David Korins (set), Emily Rebholz (costume), Japhy Weideman (lighting), Nevin Steinberg (sound) and Peter Nigrini (projections)
Producers: Pentabus Theatre Company and New Perspectives


Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is to play in London at the Noel Coward Theatre. It will open in the autumn next year, with dates to be confirmed.
Authors: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Director: Michael Greif
Producer: Stacey Mindich

Dear Evan Hansen confirms West End run at Noel Coward Theatre

Full casting has been announced for The Producers at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. The musical runs from November 10 to January 26, with press night on December 5.
Authors: Mel Brooks (book, music and lyrics) and Thomas Meehan (book)
Director: Raz Shaw
Cast includes: Julius D’Silva, Stuart Neal, Charles Brunton, Hammed Animashaun, Dale Meeks and Emily-Mae
Producer: Royal Exchange Theatre

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical has been confirmed to open on Broadway in autumn 2019. The musical premiered at the Aldwych Theatre in London in April, where it is currently booking until July next year. Performance dates, casting, and further details for Broadway are to be announced in the coming months.
Authors: Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Stage Entertainment with Nederlander Presentations

Tina Turner musical confirms Broadway transfer

New pop musical Six is to return to the Arts Theatre in London for an open-ended run. The musical, which imagines the six wives of Henry VIII as a pop group, is currently completing a run at the Arts Theatre, which ends on October 14. It will return to the venue on January 16, 2019, after a short UK tour.
Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Producers: Kenny Wax, Global Musicals and George Stiles
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Hope Mill Theatre’s production of Hair will set out on tour next year, following runs at the Manchester fringe theatre and in London. The tour will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on March 22, with a press night on March 28. It will then visit locations including Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Brighton and is due to run until July 20, with more dates to be announced.
Authors: Galt MacDermot (music), Gerome Ragni and James Rado (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Producers: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Whelton and Joseph Houston for Hope Mill and Ollie Rosenblatt for Senbla, with Guy James
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Eugenius! The Musical is to transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre, where it will fill a slot that was initially taken by play Foxfinder. The musical will open at the theatre on October 27 and run until January 5, 2019.
Author: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins
Director: Ian Talbot
Producer: Warwick Davis, Kevin Wood and George Wood

Eugenius! to replace Foxfinder at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre


An immersive production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from Tea Break Theatre will run at Sutton House in London from October 16 to November 3.
Press night is on November 19.
Author and director: Katharine Armitage
Producer: Molly Small and Chris Dobson

New show Stunning, which features a cast of showgirls, drag queens and dancers, will run at Windmill International in London, from November 25 to December 16.
Producers: Ben Bunce, Gary Murphy and Joel Marvin Productions

Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Scott Thomas and Kit Harington are to appear as part of a gala performance to mark Harold Pinter’s 88th birthday. The event, which will include extracts from the playwright’s plays, letters and poems, will take place at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London on October 10.
Directors: Jamie Lloyd and Jonathan Glew
Cast includes: Simon Russell Beale, Felicity Kendal, Indira Varma, Zawe Ashton and Samuel West
Producers: Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions

Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Scott Thomas and Kit Harington to appear as part of Harold Pinter gala

Edinburgh-based theatre company Vision Mechanics is transforming the grounds of Drummohr House into the Land of Oz for an immersive production of The Wizard of Oz. Quest for Oz, in which audience members will search the grounds of the house for different characters, runs until October 28.
Producer: Vision Mechanics

National Theatre Scotland has launched a new festival called Futureproof, which will see work performed by more than 100 young Scottish people. Futureproof includes 10 pieces in 10 different locations around Scotland including beaches, theatres, museums and a prison, running until October 28. The projects include the National Theatre of Scotland and Rimini Protokoll’s Do’s and Don’ts from October 12 to 14 and 16 to 21 in Paisley and NTS and Back to Back Theatre’s Radial on October 17 in Dundee.

A new project inviting people to talk about grief at Grief Gatherings, called This Grief Thing from theatre company Fevered Theatre, is currently touring the UK. It runs in Middlesbrough until October 7 then in Manchester until November 18, with more dates to be announced.
Directors: Sam Butler and David Harradine
Producer: Fevered Sleep

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