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Production news round-up: Heathers announces West End transfer and Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to star in dystopian thriller

Iwan Rheon. Photo: Shaun Webb
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Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon is to star in dystopian thriller Foxfinder in the West End. The play will run from September 6 to January 5, 2019, with press night on September 13.
Author: Dawn King
Director: Rachel O’Riordan
Producer: Bill Kenwright

Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to star in West End premiere of Foxfinder

The Bush Theatre in London has announced its autumn season, which includes Dismantle: A Festival About Power by Project 2036. Other highlights include the world premiere of Vinay Patel’s An Adventure, Middle Child’s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Drip by Tom Wells, and Snow Queen by Mike Kenny.

Wilton’s Music Hall in London has announced its Autumn season, which includes James Graham’s Sketching and the return of its Christmas show The Box of Delights. English National Opera will present Paul Bunyan as part of ENO Studio Live in September, while the Watermill Theatre in Newbury will bring a production of Twelfth Night.

John Partridge is to lead the cast of Edgar Wallace’s The Case of the Frightened Lady. The autumn tour opens in Cambridge on September 3, and visits Torquay, Derby, Inverness, Glasgow, Worthing, Litchfield, Buxton, Portsmouth, Dartford and Richmond.
Director: Roy Marsden
Cast includes: Deborah Grant, Robert Duncan, Phillip Lowrie, Scarlett Archer, Matt Barber, Angus Brown, Gwynfor Jones, Rosie Thomson and Joshua Wichard
Producer: The Classic Thriller Company

Shakespeare in Love is to return for a UK tour, opening at the Theatre Royal Bath in October. It runs in Bath from October 4, and will then tour to Nottingham, Malvern, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Chichester, with more locations to be announced.
Author: Lee Hall
Music: Paddy Cunneen
Director: Philip Breen
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Group and Sonia Friedman Productions

Shakespeare in Love to return for UK tour

Spiral, by Abigail Hood, is to run at the Park Theatre in London from August 7 to September 1. Press night will be on August 8.
Director: Kevin Tomlinson and Glen Walford
Cast: Abigail Hood, Adam Morris, Kevin Tomlinson and Tracey Wilkinson
Producer: Veritas Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre

Kneehigh has announced the full cast for its tour of Fup, which plays from September 7 to 22 at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. Fup will then tour to Nottingham Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, Liverpool Everyman and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
Author and director: Simon Harvey, based on the novel by Jim Dodge
Cast: Zaid Al-Rikabi, Jenny Beare, Calvin A Dean, Rachel Leonard, Dave Mynne and Ben Sutcliffe
Producer: Kneehigh

Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre has announced its autumn season, which includes a new production of Welsh dramatist Meic Povey’s Fel Anifail from October 11 to 20. Other highlights include a bilingual production looking at the role of care in society called Mags and a Christmas production of Alice in Wonderland. Highlights from visiting companies include Rosie Kay Dance Company’s MK Ultra, Ruby Wax, and Starving Artists’ Let Me Look at You.


The X Factor winner Matt Cardle is to join the cast of Strictly Ballroom – The Musical from July 31. The musical runs at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End, currently booking until October 20.
Director and choreographer: Drew McOnie
Cast includes: Michelle Bishop, Ivan De Freitas, Anna Francolini, Gabriela Garcia and Charlotte Gooch
Producer: Global Creatures

Matt Cardle to replace Will Young in Strictly Ballroom the Musical

Heathers – The Musical starring Carrie Hope Fletcher is to transfer to the West End following its run at the Other Palace. The musical will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 12 weeks from September 3. There will be press performances from September 11 to 13. Authors: Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Director: Andy Fickman
Choreography: Gary Lloyd,
Design: David Shields (set), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Dan Samson (sound)
Producers: Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills
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Kinky Boots has announced the cast of its upcoming UK tour. The tour opens in Northampton on September 19, and visits locations including Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and Nottingham.
Authors: Harvey Fierstein (book), Cyndi Lauper (music and lyrics)
Director and choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Cast includes: Callum Francis, Kayi Ushe, Paula Lane and Joel Harper-Jackson
Producers: Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig and Playful Productions, in association with Cameron Mackintosh

Kinky Boots UK tour announces casting


Tony-Award winning composer and lyricist Claude-Michel Schonberg, who created Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, is to visit London for a one-off in conversation event with Edward Seckerson at the Bridge Theatre. The event will take place on December 2.

Melanin Box Festival, which celebrates Black British arts, theatre, music, film and dance, is to run at Theatre Peckham in London from August 1 to 4. Highlights include Olivier Award winner Bola Agbaje, poet Yomi Sode, and guest speaker and actor Seraphina Beh.

Balletboyz have announced a new adaptation of Young Men at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. It will run from November 13 to 17.
Choreographer: Ivan Perez
Composer: Keaton Henson
Producer: BalletBoyz

An intern at Theatre Deli, who is a student at the Guildford School of Acting, has produced a new month-long comedy festival which will run at Theatre Deli’s two London venues until July 28. The festival will feature 40 acts including Romesh Ranganathan, Joel Dommett, Marcus Brigstocke and Felicity Ward.
Founder: Malachy Luckie

Fun Palaces weekend will return this year on October 6 and 7. The weekend will involve a series of arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports events and activities run by, for and with local communities across the UK.
Directors: Stella Duffy and Sarah-Jane Rawlings
Producer: Kirsty Lothian

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