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Production news round-up: Emma Hatton and Andy Coxon cast in new Scott Alan musical and Strictly Ballroom to close in West End

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This week, Emma Hatton and Andy Coxon have been cast in a new Scott Alan musical and Strictly Ballroom has announced it is to close in the West End.

Musicals

Andy Nyman is to star as Tevye in the new Menier Chocolate Factory production of Fiddler on the Roof. The show runs at the venue from November 23 to March 9, with a press night on December 5.
Authors: Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Producer: Menier Chocolate Factory

Andy Nyman to lead the cast of Menier’s Fiddler on the Roof

Strictly Ballroom has announced it is to close in the West End after seven months. The stage adaptation of Baz Lurhmann’s film of the same name will play its final performance in the West End on October 27.
Director/choreographer: Drew McOnie
Producer: Global Creatures
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Once Upon a Mattress, which ran on Broadway in 1959, is to run at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London from December 18 to January 19.
Authors: Mary Rodgers (music), Marshall Barer (lyrics), Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer (book)
Directors: Alex Pearson and Grace Wessels
Producers: House on the Hill Productions

Emma Hatton and Andy Coxon have been cast in new Scott Alan musical The Distance You Have Come at the Cockpit in London. Directed by Alan, it runs at the Cockpit in Marylebone from October 16 to 28, with press night on October 18.
Producers: Sevans Productions and Krystal Lee

Emma Hatton and Andy Coxon to star in new Scott Alan musical

Plays

Full casting has been confirmed for The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End. The play, which is transferring from London’s Young Vic, runs from September 21 to January 19.
Author: Matthew Lopez
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast includes: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Riddiford, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters
Producers: Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold

Full casting has been announced for the London transfer of Don Quixote by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The play runs from October 27 to February 2.
Author: James Fenton, adapted from Miguel de Cervantes
Director: Angus Jackson
Cast: David Threlfall, Rufus Hound, Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer and Eleanor Wyld
Producers: Royal Shakespeare Company and Nica Burns

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound in Don Quixote in 2016. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Casting has been announced for Nina Raine’s Stories at the National Theatre. The play runs in the Dorfman theatre from October 10 to November 28.
Author/director: Nina Raine
Cast includes: Claudie Blakley, Stephen Boxer, Beau Gadsdon, Thusitha Jayasundera, Margot Leicester, Molly Simm, Katie Simons, Sam Troughton and Brian Vernel
Producer: National Theatre

Casting has been announced for Emma Rice’s Wise Children, which runs at the Old Vic in London from October 8 to November 10 before touring the UK.
Author: Angela Carter
Cast includes: Sam Archer, Ankur Bahl, Stu Barker, Omari Douglas, Mirabelle Gremaud, Alex Heane, Paul Hunter, Melissa James, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Etta Murfitt, Katy Owen, Ian Ross, Gareth Snook and Mike Shepherd
Producers: Old Vic and Wise Children

Theatr Clwyd in Mold has announced Hansel and Gretel: Fairytale Detectives as its Christmas show for under 11s. The production will run from December 14 to January 6.
Author/director: Joe Bunce
Producers: Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch Theatre

The Political History of Smack and Crack is to transfer to Soho Theatre in London following a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It runs from September 4 to 22, with press night on September 6.
Author: Ed Edwards
Director: Cressida Brown
Producer: Alastair Michael

Neil Bell and Eve Steele in The Political History of Smack and Crack at Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh
Neil Bell and Eve Steele in The Political History of Smack and Crack at Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Theatre N16 in London has announced its autumn season, with highlights including a musical based on Breaking Bad called Say My Name and Cold Chips by Tiny Theatre Company. Meanwhile, Josh Barrow will star in Nowhere Orange, and the theatre’s warehouse space will feature gig theatre production Fans by Nina Berry.

Wendy Kweh has been cast in one-woman show A Kettle of Fish at the Yard Theatre in London. It runs from September 24 to October 13.
Author: Brad Birch
Director: Caitlin McLeod​
Producer: The Yard

Game of Thrones actor Laura Pradelska is to star in the world premiere of A Small House at the Edge of the World at the Tabard Theatre in London from September 12 to 29.
Author: Chris Lee
Director: Ken McClymont
Producer: Tabard Theatre

A Guide for the Homesick will make its European premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2 in London. It will run from October 16 to November 24.
Author: Ken Urban
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Producer: Stage Traffic Productions

Declaration, a play which explores Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, will return for a second tour following its first production in 2017. It opens at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in London on October 12, and tours until November 22, visiting locations including York, Leicester, Oxford and Sheffield.
Authors: Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse
Director: Rachel Moorhouse
Producers: The Lowry in association with the ADHD Foundation

 

Other

Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett and Bonnie Langford are joining together to launch an album called Golden Girls and a UK tour. The tour will open at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on January 12, and includes venues such as the Barbican in York and the London Palladium, where it plays on February 2.

Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett and Bonnie Langford to tour the UK with new album

Rallying Cry, described as an immersive journey through Battersea Arts Centre celebrating spoken word, will take place from October 4 to 6.
Director: Rob Watt
Producer: Apples and Snakes

PuzzleCreature, a dance performance inspired by the architecture designs of Arakawa and Madeline Gins, is to tour the UK from October 5 to November 16. It opens at the Tramway in Glasgow on October 5 and also visits Didcot, London, Birmingham and Swindon.
Choreographer: Adrienne Hart
Producer: Neon Dance

Stroke Odysseys, a movement and song project with survivors of brain injuries, has announced a tour. It will open in Eastleigh on October 4 and visit Keswick, Belfast, Oxford, London, Nottingham, and Bristol, where the run finishes on November 16.
Choreographer: Ben Duke
Composer: Orlando Gough
Producer: Rosetta Life

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