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Production news round-up: Gloria Estefan musical comes to the UK and The Inheritance announces West End transfer

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This week it has been announced that Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! is coming to the UK, while the Young Vic’s production of The Inheritance will transfer to the West End. Other news includes the first season from a new Wiltshire-based pan-arts organisation, while playwright James Graham is to pen a drama for Channel 4.

Musicals

Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! has announced a London run next year at the Coliseum from June 14 to August 31, 2019. The musical, which tells the Cuban-American singer’s story, will also run at Leicester’s Curve from June 3 to 8, 2019.
Author: Alexander Dinelaris (book)
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo
Producers: Jamie Wilson Productions and Gavin Kalin, with Colin Ingram and Peter Kane for InTheatre, Marc David Levine and Curve

Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet! musical comes to the West End

New American romantic-comedy musical It Happened in Key West will have its world premiere in London at the Charing Cross Theatre. The production, inspired by a true story in which a scientist tried to bring his lover back from the dead, runs from July 4 to September 22.
Authors: Jill Santoriello (book, music and lyrics), Jason Huza (book and additional lyrics), Jeremiah James (book)
Director/choreographer: Marc Robin
Design: Jamie Roderick (set), Andrew Johnson (sound), Lisa Zinni (costume)
Producers: Jeremiah James, Rashad V Chambers, Marylou Rothfuss and Art Lab LLC

Hollyoaks actor Andy Moss has been cast in new rock musical Knights of the Rose. The production runs at the Arts Theatre in London from June 29 to August 26.
Author: Jennifer Marsden
Director: Racky Plews
Producer: Romance of the Rose Productions

Plays

Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance will transfer to the West End following its run at the Young Vic. The two-part play, which explores a generation after the peak of the Aids crisis, will run at the Noel Coward Theatre from September 21 to January 5, with press night on October 13.
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast includes: Vanessa Redgrave, John Benjamin Hickey, Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton and Samuel H Levine
Producers: Sonia Friedman and Nattering Way, with David Lan as executive producer
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Andrew Burnap and Samuel H Levine in The Inheritance at Young Vic, London. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin will have its regional premiere as part of the first season of new arts organisation Wiltshire Creative – a merger of Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and the Salisbury International Arts Festival. Other highlights in the inaugural programme include an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d by Rachel Wagstaff and Silence by Nicola Werenowska.
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London’s Unicorn Theatre has announced a new season of 16 productions, including shows from France, Belgium and the Netherlands, running from this autumn. Highlights include a stage adaptation of Edouard Louis’ internationally acclaimed autobiography The End of Eddy, which will premiere at Edinburgh International Festival, Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales directed by Kirsty Housley and a co-production with English National Opera of Purcell’s Dido.

Theatre company Tall Stories is celebrating its 21st birthday in 2018 with a year of productions including two Oscar Wilde adaptations at the Edinburgh Fringe;  The Canterville Ghost and Wilde Creatures. Other shows being produced as part of the anniversary year include Room on the Broom,  The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo’s Child,  and The Snow Dragon.

 

Buckland Theatre Company will make its West End debut with a production of Two for the Seesaw at Trafalgar Studios in London. The play, which is set in New York City in the late 1950s, will run from July 12 to August 4, with press night on July 17.
Author: William Gibson
Director: Gary Condes
Cast: Charles Dorfman and Elsie Bennett
Producer: Buckland Theatre Company

James Graham is searching for undiscovered playwrights to work on Sketching, a play inspired by Charles Dickens’ writing. The production, inspired by Dickens’ Sketches by Boz, will run at Wilton’s Music Hall in London from September 26 to October 28.
Director: Thomas Hescott

James Graham to work with emerging writers on new Dickens-inspired play

A revival of Beirut, written at the height of the AIDS crisis, is to run at the Park Theatre in London from June 12 to July 7.
Author: Alan Bowne
Director: Robin Lefevre
Producers: Elphin Productions and Leigh Porter in association with Park Theatre

Other

Romola Garai, Shirley Henderson and Siobhan Finneran are among actors taking part in a BBC project marking 100 years of suffrage, in partnership with London’s Royal Court Theatre. Curated by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone, Snatches will be a series of eight 15-minute monologues, created by female writers for female performers and broadcast on BBC4.
Authors: Abi Morgan, Zinnie Harris, Tanika Gupta, EV Crowe, Theresa Ikoko, Charlene James, Vicky Jones and Rachel De-Lahay
Directors: Vanessa Caswill and Rachna Suri
Cast includes: Jodie Comer, Corinne Skinner-Carter, Liv Hill, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Antonia Thomas
Producers: BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions with Debbie Christie as executive producer

Royal Court and BBC announce collaboration on female-led monologue series

James Graham has been commissioned by Channel 4 to pen a Brexit drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Brexit – which is a working title – will explore tactics used by campaigners in the controversial referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Director: Toby Haynes
Producers: Lynn Horsford, with executive producers Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross for House Productions
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Home in Manchester is hosting Refugee Week Arts Festival, which will showcase talent that refugees bring to the UK from June 16 to 22. The festival features exhibitions, films, theatre shows, workshops, DJ sets, live music every night in the bar, and pop-up participatory arts events throughout the building. Theatre highlights include puppetry show Gone, Fereshteh Mozaffari’s One More Push, a play exploring the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ asylum seekers called This is Who I am, and All Because of Love performed by the Hamdel Ensemble.

 

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