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Production news round-up: First bilingual version of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis announced and reimagined The Pirates of Penzance to tour UK

4.48 Psychosis poster. Photo: Guy Sanders
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Production news this week includes casting for the first production under Kwame Kwei-Armah at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Other news includes the first bilingual production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, while Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is being reimagined as a danced-through musical.


Casting has been announced for Twelfth Night, the first production at the Young Vic under new artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The musical reworking of Shakespeare’s play will run at the London theatre from October 2 to November 17, with press night on October 8.
Music and lyrics: Shaina Taub
Directors: Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis
Cast includes: Rupert Young, Gabrielle Brooks, Martyn Ellis, Natalie Dew, Melissa Allen, Gerard Carey, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Jyuddah Jaymes, Jonathan Livingstone and Silas Wyatt-Barke

Casting announced for Twelfth Night at the Young Vic

Theatre by the Lake is to transfer its entire season of summer shows to the York Theatre Royal for the first time, as part of a pilot aimed at introducing new audiences to the “joys of rep”. All of the five shows that are currently part of Theatre by the Lake’s summer rep season, including Alan Bennett’s Single Spies and Jessica Swale‘s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, will run at the York venue from November 6 to 17.

The European premiere of Parents’ Evening, by Bathsheba Doran, has been announced as part of the Jermyn Street Theatre in London’s latest season. Other highlights include the world premiere of Alice Allemano‘s About Leo, directed by Michael Oakley, which runs from October 3 to 27. There will also be a mini-season commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War, which will feature Billy Bishop Goes to War, by John Gray with Eric Peterson and a Watermill Theatre co-production of Tom Wentworth‘s black comedy Burke and Hare.

Casting has been announced for Distance, the only male-directed play in the Park Theatre in London’s Park 90 season. It runs from September 5 to 29.
Author: Alex McSweeney
Director: Simon Pittman
Cast includes: Doreene Blackstock, Adam Burton, Richard Corgan, Lindsay Fraser and Abdul Salis
Producers: Fine Line Productions in association with Rough Fiction and Park Theatre

Deafinitely Theatre will present the first bilingual production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis as part of the New Diorama Theatre in London’s latest season. The production, which will be in English and British Sign Language, will run from September 18 to October 13. Other highlights in the season include an adaptation of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds by Rhum and Clay, Breach Theatre’s It’s True It’s True It’s True and Kandinsky’s Dinomania.

First bilingual production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis to feature in New Diorama season

Camden People’s Theatre in London has announced its latest season, which will include a new festival exploring displacement, refuge and migration called No Direction Home from October 23 to November 11. Shows in the festival include The Dirty Word by Art Lingual UK, Fragments by Mo’min Swaitat and Fallen Fruit by Two Destination Language. Other season highlights include Gemma Brockis’ An Execution (By Invitation Only), Haley McGee’s The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale and Elephant and Castle by Tom Adams and Lillian Henley.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre‘s production of To Kill a Mockingbird is to return for a UK tour, opening at Leicester’s Curve on February 7. Further dates are to be announced.
Author: Christopher Sergel
Director: Fiona Dunn
Producer: Jonathan Church Productions, Curve and Regent’s Park Theatre

Regent’s Park’s 2013 staging of To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Brian Capron, Vicky Entwistle, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan are confirmed to join Mark Williams in the UK and Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. The tour opens in Bromley on November the 9, and visits locations including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and Birmingham, where it runs until November 2, 2019.
Author: Leslie Bricusse
Director: Christopher Renshaw
Producer: Music and Lyrics Limited

Knaive Theatre’s War With the Newts is to run at London’s Bunker Theatre from October 9 to 27. Press night will be on October 10.
Director: Tyrrell Jones
Cast: Sam Redway, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi, Everal A Walsh, and Robert Bentall
Producers: Knaive Theatre in association with Royal Exchange Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and Waterside

Told by an Idiot and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have announced casting and tour details for their new production All You Need is LSD. The comedy, which is about LSD trials, opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on October 4 and visits Liverpool, Bristol, Salford and Coventry, where it runs until November 17.
Author: Leo Butler
Directors: Stephen Harper and Paul Hunter
Cast includes: Annie Fitzmaurice, Jack Hunter, Sophie Mercell and George Potts

Diary of a Hounslow Girl writer Ambreen Razia has written a new play looking at inner-city gang culture. Pot will run at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in London from September 26 to 29, followed by a tour to Hexham, Brighton, Taunton, London and Oxford until 26 October 2018.
Director: Sophie Moniram
Producer: Rua Arts

Abi Zakarian’s Fabric, which explores a woman’s experience of sexual violence, has announced a run at London’s Soho Theatre from September 11 to October 6. The production will also tour venues in London from September 24 to October 6, with further details to be announced.
Director: Hannah Hauer-King
Cast: Nancy Sullivan
Producer: Damsel Productions


Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is being reimagined as a danced-through musical. The Pirates of Penzance will open in the UK in 2019, with dates and a venue to be confirmed.
Director and choreographer: Daryl Gray
Orchestrations: Steve Sidwell
Design: Morgan Large (set and costume), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Terry Jardine and Luke Swaffield (sound)
Producers: Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W Batman, with New Level Productions

The Pirates of Penzance to be reimagined as ‘dance spectacular’


Dance venue the Place in London has announced its autumn season, which includes Clod Ensemble’s Placebo and Vicki Igbokwe‘s first Christmas show Hansel and Gretel. Other companies and artists in the season include Impermanence with Sexbox, Complicite associate Shane Shambhu, Seeta Patel and Neon Dance.

Army at the Fringe is to return for a second year, with performances from South Asian, Fijian, Icelandic and Polish perspectives. Highlights include Rokkur Friggjar’s Forget Me Nots, Lesley Wilson’s Wired, and Helen-Marie O’Malley’s Invalid Voices.

Miss Saigon and Les Miserables star Eva Noblezada will be opening this year’s West End Bares, an event which raised money for the charity Make a Difference Trust. This year’s theme for the event, which takes place at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 28, is Top Off The Pops, and for the first time ever the show will feature a live band with an expected 100 performers from the West End.
Director: David Grewcock
Choreographers: Tommy Wade-Smith, Matt Overfield, Chris Whittaker, Racky Plews, Callum Aylott as well as Matt Krazn, Will Lucas and Joanna Goodwin

Eva Noblezada to open this year’s West End Bares

Opera Festival Tete a Tete, which takes place across London from July 26 to August 18, has announced its 2018 programme. Highlights include an immersive opera about time travel called Wear, and Vicky and Albert, which tells the story of an app that convinces people that the user has a boyfriend. The programme also features a double bill of operas looking at children’s experiences called I Do Need Me and I‘m Not a Bit Like a Clown.

Radical Acts – a series of events across Bradford culminating in a play at the Bradford Club – will see political activists work with local women to explore the changes that women wish to see to society. The intervention events will take place on July 21, August 19 and September 1, and the play will run from September 20 to 23.
Directors: Evie Manning and Rhiannon White
Producers: Common Wealth and Theatre in the Mill

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