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Production news round-up: Charlie Stemp and Jon Partridge to star in Rough Crossing and further casting announced for West End musical Waitress

Charlie Stemp and Jon Partridge will lead the cast of Rough Crossing on tour
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This week, further casting has been announced for Sara Bareilles’ musical Waitress and it was revealed that Charlie Stemp and Jon Partridge are to star in a new tour of Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing. Other news includes the Ovalhouse in London’s new season and a UK tour of musical AniMalcolm.


Jack McBrayer, best known for appearing in the US TV series 30 Rock, has been cast in the West End transfer of Waitress. The musical begins previews on February 8, with a press night on March 7
Authors: Sara Bareilles (music), Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, and Norton and Elayne Herrick

Further casting announced for Sara Bareilles’ Waitress

AniMalcolm, based on the bestselling book by David Baddiel, is to tour the UK from February 16, 2019. The tour opens at the McMillan Theatre in Somerset and visits locations including Poole, Southport, Tonbridge, Guildford and Radlett, where the tour ends on April 28.
Author: David Baddiel
Directors: Julia Black and Adam Fletcher-Forde
Musical director: David Perkins
Producer: Story Pocket Theatre

The King and I is to embark on a UK tour following its run at the London Palladium. The tour opens at Manchester Opera House on April 26 and visits locations including Birmingham, Hull, Bristol, Woking and Southampton, where it runs until May 2, 2020.
Authors: Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics)
Director: Bartlett Sher
Cast includes: Jose Llana and Annalene Beechey
Producer: The Lincoln Center Theater

Nativity! The Musical will return to London’s Eventim Apollo in 2019, the third year in a row the seasonal show has played there. Simon Lipkin has been confirmed for the return of the production, which will also tour the UK next year.
Authors: Debbie Isitt (book and music), Nicky Ager (music and lyrics)
Director: Debbie Isitt
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One, Ramin Sabi and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Nativity! The Musical to return to London in 2019


London’s Ovalhouse Theatre has announced its spring 2019 season, which launches with Rhiannon Faith’s Smack That (a conversation), performed by a cast of professional dancers and domestic abuse survivors. Other productions include Random Selfies by Mike Kenny, Coco Mbassi’s Haendel on the Estate and Sherine Chalhie’s Hijabi Matters. Ovalhouse has also programmed Pecho Mama with a work-in-progress showing of its new show Divine Intervention and Joana Nastari‘s Amazonian Sweat Lodge, exploring the consumerism and faux spiritualism in a new collaboration with Casa Latin American Theatre Festival.

Charlie Stemp and Jon Partridge are to star in a new tour of Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing. The production opens at the Theatre Royal Windsor on January 29, and will then tour to Chichester, Manchester, Bath, Malvern, Guildford, Plymouth, Norwich, Leeds and Cambridge, where the tour ends on April 13.
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
Design: Colin Richmond (set and costume), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Dan Samson (sound)
Cast also includes: Matthew Cottle, Issy van Randwyck, Rob Ostlere and Simon Dutton
Producer: Bill Kenwright

Charlie Stemp and Jon Partridge cast in tour of Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing

Of Our Own Making, a play that explores why people commit atrocities, is to run at Tara Theatre in London from January 30 to February 16, with press night on January 31.
Author and director: Jonathan Brown
Producer: Something Underground

Casting has been announced for a site-specific adaptation of Dracula, set in the 1950s, at the London Library. The show runs from February 2 to March 2, with press night on February 7.
Author: Kate Kerrow
Director: Helen Tennison
Cast includes: Bart Lambert, Sophie Greenham
Producer: Creation Theatre

Lucy Benjamin is among the cast members announced for The Ruffian on the Stair at the Hope Theatre in London. The dark comedy runs from January 29 to February 16.
Author: Joe Orton
Director: Paul Clayton
Cast also includes: Gary Webster and Adam Buchanan
Producer: The Hope Theatre

Lucy Benjamin is to star in The Ruffian on the Stair

Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel, an entirely improvised comedy play, has announced a Monday night residency at the Fortune Theatre in the West End from February 18.
Cast includes: Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Andrew Hunter Murray, Cariad Lloyd, Charlotte Gittins, Daniel Nils Roberts, Graham Dickson, Joseph Morpurgo and Rachel Parris
Producer: Underbelly Productions

No Kids, a show in which a gay couple question whether or not to have children, is to tour the UK. The tour opens in Liverpool on January 24 and visits locations including London, Bristol, Petersfield and Newbury, where it runs until March 29.
Authors, directors and cast: George Mann and Nir Paldi
Producer: Ad Infinitum

Trainspotting Live is to tour the UK in 2019, opening in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on March 5. It will also visit Bristol, Manchester and Corby, with further dates to be announced.
Author: Harry Gibson
Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher
Producers: King’s Head Theatre and In Your Face Theatre

The Almeida Theatre has announced the transfer of its Young Company show Cacophony to the Yard Theatre. The show, which explores the power of social media, runs from February 19 to 22.
Authors: Molly Taylor and the Almeida Young Company
Director: Michael Bryher
Producer: The Almeida

Cacophony promotional image. Photo: Helen Murray

Camden People’s Theatre has announced a programme of events to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including the Camden Roar, a festival of theatre about the borough with a show about the local impact of HS2. Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui by Jennifer Tang and Elephant in the Room by Lanre Malaolu will premiere at the theatre with three-week runs, and new work Sprint and Calm Down, Dear will both premiere at the festival.


The Illusionists – Direct from Broadway has announced a run at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre from July 6 to September 1.
Producer: Works Entertainment

London’s Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre have announced the Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen Roadshow for January 2019 – a workshop, screening and Q&A event for teachers and students, celebrating news that the Donmar‘s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy is available to watch free of charge in schools around the UK. The roadshow will tour to Salford, Wolverhampton, Wakefield and Plymouth, before returning to London’s Donmar Warehouse.

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