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Production news round-up: Hamilton extends run and Deborah Findlay cast in Alan Bennett premiere

Giles Terera and other members of the West End cast of Hamilton. Photo: Matthew Murphy Giles Terera and other members of the West End cast of Hamilton. Photo: Matthew Murphy
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This week Hamilton has extended its booking period into March 2019, while casting has been announced for the world premiere of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre in London. Other news includes Ellen McDougall’s second season as artistic director of the Gate Theatre in London and a 30th anniversary tour of musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.


Deborah Findlay and Samuel Barnett have been cast in the world premiere of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre in London. The production runs from July 11 to September 28.
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast includes: Sacha Dhawan, Peter Forbes, Jeff Rawle, Julia Foster, Sue Wallace, Gwen Taylor, Sam Bond, Jacqueline Chan, Jacqueline Clarke, Rosie Ede, Patricia England, Manish Gandi, Colin Haigh, Richard Hart, Nadine Higgin and Nicola Hughes
Production: The Bridge Theatre

Cast announced for Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre

Ellen McDougall has announced her second season as artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, including a new translation of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice by Daniel Raggatt. Later in the year, Anna Himali Howard will direct an adaptation of Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place, while McDougall will direct Dear Elizabeth, by Sarah Ruhl. The season also includes a version of The Ridiculous Darkness by Anthony Simpson Pike.
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Sheffield Theatres has announced casting for the regional premiere of Caryl’s Churchill’s Love and Information. It runs at Sheffield Theatres Studio from June 29 to July 14, with press night on July 2.
Director: Caroline Steinbeis
Cast: Debbie Chazen, Marian McLoughlin, Mercy Ojelade, Ciaran Owens, Ian Redford and Sule Rimi
Design: Max Jones (costume), Johanna Town (lighting), Ben and Max Ringham (sound)
Producer: Sheffield Theatres
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London’s Free Open Air Theatre returns to outdoor amphitheatre the Scoop this summer with new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur. The productions will run from August 8 to September 7.
Director: Phil Wilmott and Justin Murray
Producer: London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season

The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch has announced new productions as part of its autumn season, including Pericles, urban and hip-hop dance production Skin, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Other highlights include new festive show Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop, and Dennis Kelly’s DNA.

A new stage version of Peter James’ book The House on Cold Hill will embark on a national tour next year. The play opens on January 23, 2019, at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford before touring across the UK until June 1, with further venues to be announced.
Author: Shaun McKenna
Director: Ian Talbot
Producer: Joshua Andrews

Peter James’ thriller The House on Cold Hill to tour UK

Polka Theatre in London has announced its new autumn and winter season. Highlights include a Tara Arts co-production on Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and In the Winter Wood with storyteller Jan Blake.

Unpolished Theatre is to bring its production of Flesh and Bone to London’s Soho Theatre in July. The play, which fuses Shakespeare-inspired lyricism with cockney accents, runs from July 3 to 21.
Author/director: Eliot Warren
Producer: Unpolished Theatre in association with Eastlake productions

The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford is to tour Romeo and Juliet from January 29, 2919, to March 2. The tour opens in Norwich and visits Newcastle, Bradford, Nottingham and Blackpool after performances in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Erica Whyman
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company

Olivia Vinall and Edward Hogg take the roles of Rosalind and Orlando in As You Like It at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London. The production will run from July 6 to 28.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Max Webster
Cast also includes: Maureen Beattie, Keziah Joseph, Beruce Khan and Danny Kirrane
Producer: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre


Hamilton has extended its booking period in the West End. The musical has now confirmed dates at the Victoria Palace Theatre until March 30, 2019.
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director: Thomas Kail
Producers:  Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, the Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh
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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story will return for a 30th anniversary tour next year, beginning in Plymouth in September 2019. Further tour locations and dates are yet to be announced.
Author/producer: Alan Janes
Director: Matt Salisbury

Buddy Holly musical announces 30th anniversary tour

A new musical about female empowerment, called Bread and Roses, is to run at the Oldham Coliseum from June 22 to July 7.
Author: Ian Kershaw
Director: Amanda Huxtable
Design: Kate Unwin
Producer: Oldham Coliseum Theatre


The Marlborough Theatre in Brighton has announced a year-long programme of LGBT+ performances and events. Highlights include a takeover of the building by trans artists headlined by performer Emma Frankland. It also includes Nightclubbing by Rachael Young on November 6 and a new work by Lucy McCormick on November 9.

A festival addressing female power in dance, called Splayed Festival: An Eruption of Disruptive Femininities, will run at the Place in London on June 6 to 9. Curated by Amy Bell, highlights of the festival include Violence by Glasgow-based performance artist FK Alexander, a double bill from Northern Irish performer Sheena McGrandles and Norwegian artist Hilde I Sandvold, and Slug Horizons from Florence Peake and Eve Stainton.

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