Production news round-up: Hamilton’s Giles Terera cast in The American Clock and the Yard in London to stage a female-led version of The Crucible
Full casting has been announced for the return of Follies to the National Theatre. The musical will run from February 12 to April 6.
Authors: James Goldman (book), Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast includes: Julie Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Josephine Barstow, Rosanna Bates, Jeremy Batt, Tracie Bennett, Billy Boyle, Kaye Brown, Janie Dee, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Vanessa Fisher, Caroline Fitzgerald, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Alexander Hanson, Harry Hepple, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Felicity Lott, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McIntosh, Claire Moore, Gary Raymond, Rohan Richards and Joanna Riding
Producer: National Theatre
Daisy Wood-Davis, Jake Quickenden and Marcus Collins are to lead the cast for the 50th-anniversary production of Hair – The Musical. It will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on March 21, 2019, before touring to venues in locations including Cheltenham, Manchester, Cardiff, Plymouth, Birmingham, Sunderland, Dartford, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Edinburgh.
Authors: Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Cast includes: Alison Arnopp, Tom Bales, Louise Francis, Natalie Green, David Heywood, Bradley Judge, Aiesha Pease, Laura Sillett, Spin, Kelly Sweeney and Paul Wilkins
Producers: Katy Lipson, Joseph Houston, William Whelton and Ollie Rosenblatt
Nativity! The Musical is to return with a UK tour in 2019. It opens at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton on October 29, 2019. The show will then run at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, Wales Millennium Centre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.
Authors: Debbie Isitt (book) and Nicky Ager (music and lyrics)
Director: Debbie Isitt
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One, Ramin Sabi and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry
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A two-week festival dedicated to showcasing new musical theatre will run next year at the Other Palace in London. MT Fest UK is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, and will run from February 11 to 23. At its centre is the series Taster Menu, which will showcase eight new musicals, ranging from new commissions to reworked Broadway shows, one of which will be Richard Thomas’ AA, set in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Hamilton star Giles Terera will join the cast of The American Clock at the Old Vic next year, alongside a company that includes Josie Walker, Golda Rosheuvel and Clare Burt. It runs from February 4 to March 30, with a press night on February 13.
Author: Arthur Miller
Director: Rachel Chavkin
Choreographer: Ann Yee
Cast also includes: Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Abhin Galeya, John Marquez, Christian Patterson and Abdul Salis
Design: Chloe Lamford (set), Rosie Elnile (costume), Natasha Chivers (lighting) and Darron L West (sound)
Producer: Old Vic
The Yard Theatre in east London will stage a new, female-led version of The Crucible next year, in which the lead character of John Proctor will be played by a woman. The Crucible runs at the Yard from March 27 to May 11, with press night on April 2.
Author: Arthur Miller
Director: Jay Miller
Design: Cecile Tremolieres (set), Josh Anio Griggs (sound), Jess Bernberg (lighting) and Jonah Brody (music)
Producer: The Yard
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Olivia Williams and Kevin Doyle will join the cast of Tartuffe at the National Theatre. Tartuffe runs in the Lyttelton from February 9, with press night on February 21.
Author: John Donnelly
Cast includes: Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Susan Engel, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo and Roisin Rae
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Producer: National Theatre
A London transfer has been announced for the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s Toast, which premiered at the Lowry in Salford. It will run at the Other Palace from April 4 to August 3, 2019.
Author: Henry Filloux-Bennett
Director: Jonnie Riordan
Producer: PW Productions
A new play by Welsh writer Ed Thomas called On Bear Ridge and a collaboration with learning-disabled theatre company Hijinx called Mission Control, to mark 50 years since the first moon landing, will feature in National Theatre Wales’ new season. The programme also includes a new radio play by Sean Edwards, which will premiere as Wales’ entry to the Venice Biennale next year before returning for a run in Wrexham, and full productions of four plays that were created for a festival celebrating 70 years of the NHS.
Casting has been announced for The Orchestra at Omnibus Theatre in south London, which runs from January 29 to February 17.
Author: Jean Anouilh
Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
Cast: Amanda Osbourne, Seeta Indrani, Stefania Licari, Pedro Casarin, Charlotte Laporte, Luna Dai, Toph Enany and Jessica Hulme
Producers: Stefania Licari and Charlotte Laporte
Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Emilia has announced a West End transfer. The play will run at the Vaudeville Theatre from March 8 to June 15, with press night on March 21.
Author: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Director: Nicole Charles
Cast includes: Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Kate Pakenham, Nica Burns and Eilene Davidson
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, a new stage adaptation of Adelle Stripe’s novel about the life of playwright Andrea Dunbar, is to run at Bradford’s Ambassador Theatre from May 30 to June 8. It will then tour to Doncaster and Oldham, where it runs until June 27.
Author: Lisa Holdsworth
Director: Kash Arshad
Designer: Hannah Sibai
Producer: Freedom Studios
Prime Cut Productions has announced Reveal-ed, a three day showcase of work from ten Northern Irish artists, running at the MAC in Belfast from January 17 to 19. Highlights include a preview of Oona Doherty’s new dance piece and a rehearsed reading of Clare Dwyer-Hogg’s new play The Regret Room. Reveal-ed also includes symposium The State of the Art, which will focus on how best to support and produce independent artists in Northern Ireland.
Ballet star Sergei Polunin will present a new mixed programme at the London Palladium from May 28 to June 1, 2019. The programme will feature an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself, with details to be announced next year.
Crossings, a play exploring the stories of war, is to be made available to watch online from December 14 to 16 on producers Pentabus and New Perspectives‘ websites. The show toured to 25 arts centres and village halls up and down the country, finishing on November 24.
Author: Deirdre Kinahan
Director: Sophie Motley
The Olivier award-winning Russell Maliphant Company will perform the world premiere of dance work Silent Lines at DanceEast in Ipswich in April 2019.
Producers: Sadler’s Wells and Russell Maliphant Company