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Production news round-up: Company extends West End run and Freddie Fox to star in UK premiere of Edmond de Bergerac

Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig in Company. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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This week it was announced that Freddie Fox is to star in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s latest season and Company has extended its West End run.


Freddie Fox will star in the UK premiere of Edmond de Bergerac, which has been translated into English for a run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Edmond de Bergerac is part of the theatre’s 2019 season, which also includes a stage production of A Thousand Splendid Suns by the author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. Also in the season is a new play by Inua Ellams and The Half God of Rainfall, which is co-produced with Fuel and Kiln Theatre.

Freddie Fox to star in UK premiere of Alexis Michalik’s Edmond de Bergerac

Switzerland starring Phyllis Logan is to run in the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre from November 10 to January 5, 2019.
Author: Joanna Murray-Smith
Director: Lucy Bailey
Cast also includes: Calum Finlay
Producer: Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions

The Fisherman is to return to the Arcola Theatre in London for a two week run from November 20 to December 1.
Author: Gbolahan Obisesan
Director: Jack McNamara
Cast: Michael Ajao, Valentine Olukoga
Producer: New Perspectives in association with Home

Arthur Miller’s The Price starring David Suchet is to transfer to the West End. It will transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre in London from February 5 to April 27, 2019, with press night on February 11.
Director: Jonathan Church
Cast also includes: Brendan Coyle, Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart
Producers: Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions

David Suchet to reprise role in West End transfer of The Price

Wilton’s Music Hall in London has announced its Spring season, which includes The Shape Of The Pain from Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe. Other highlights include Brexit Eve’ Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights and Sasha Regan’s all-male The Pirates of Penzance.

The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the West End next year following a run in New York. The play, which originated in Italian and had its English premiere at the National Theatre last year, will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 11, 2019, starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles.
Author: Stefano Massini, Ben Power (adaptation)
Director: Sam Mendes
Producers: National Theatre and Neal Street Productions

The Lehman Trilogy announces West End transfer

London’s Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for its production of Sweat. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play runs from December 7 to January 26, 2019.
Author: Lynn Nottage
Director: Lynette Linton
Cast includes: Leanne Best, Patrick Gibson, Osy Ikhile, Wil Johnson, Stuart McQuarrie, Clare Perkins, Martha Plimpton, Sule Rimi and Sebastian Viveros
Producer: Donmar Warehouse

Kinky Boots star Matt Henry will star in a new production of One Night in Miami… at Nottingham Playhouse, directed by Matthew Xia. It is part of a season at the theatre that also includes the return of Beth Steel’s Wonderland, directed by artistic director Adam Penford, as well as a stage version of David Almond’s novel Skellig and The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson.

Site-specific play Hot Lane from Claybody Theatre has been announced to run at Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent from November 14-24. Press night is on November 14.
Author: Deborah McAndrew
Director: Conrad Nelson
Cast: Angela Bain, Andy Cryer, Alison Darling, Madeleine Gray, Matthew Jones, Emily Pithon and Philip Wright
Producer: Helen Slevin

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, European Arts Company return with their stage adaptation of the novel for a UK tour. The production will tour from November 12 to December 22, visiting locations including Shrewsbury, Yorkshire, Swindon and Loughborough.
Director: Peter Craze
Cast: John O’Connor
Producer: European Arts Company


Company has extended its run in the West End until March 30, 2019. The show, starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone, had originally been booking at the Gielgud Theatre until December.
Authors: Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics), George Furth (book)
Director: Marianne Elliott
Producers: Elliott and Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Greek Street Productions/Christopher Ketner

Company extends in the West End until March 2019

Alexandra Burke and Duncan James have extended their runs in Chicago. Alexandra Burke will play Roxie Hart until November 10 and Duncan James will play Billy Flynn until November 17.
Authors: Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler

Full casting has been announced for a 10th anniversary tour of rock musical American Idiot. The tour runs from January 17 to June 1, 2019, visiting locations including Edinburgh, Dublin, Sheffield, Brighton, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Authors: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Director and choreographer: Racky Plews
Cast includes: Tom Milner, Luke Friend, Sam Lavery, Glenn Adamson, Laura Marie Benson, Jennifer Caldwell, Joshua Dowen, Raquel Jones, Daniel Law, Rory Maguire, Shekinah McFarlane, Siobhan O’Driscoll, Samuel Pope, Alexandra Robinson, and Christian Tyler-Wood
Producer: Selladoor Worldwide

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love is to transfer from Manchester’s Hope Mill theatre to Southwark Playhouse in London. The musical will run for a limited season from January 7 to February 9, 2019, with press night on January 10. The musical forms part of Southwark Playhouse’s 2019 season, which also includes the first London revival since 1979 of Bodies by James Saunders, directed by Tricia Thorns, and the world premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written and directed by Jethro Compton with music and lyrics by Darren Clark.

Company extends in the West End until March 2019


Studio 88 in London has confirmed the dates for a series of West End Brunch events, which will see musical theatre stars perform show tunes while audience members eat breakfast. The brunches will take place from 12 to 4pm every Sunday, with shows that will feature to include Wicked, Sister Act, Priscilla, Shrek, Kinky Boots and Book of Mormon.


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