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Production news round-up: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat announced at London Palladium and Bonnie Langford cast in 9 to 5

This week’s production news includes the announcement that Bonnie Langford is to join the cast of West End musical 9 to 5, while a reimagined production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat is to run at the London Palladium nest year, 28 years after it was first staged there.


Bonnie Langford has been cast in the forthcoming West End production of Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5. It runs at the Savoy Theatre from January 28 to August 31.
Authors: Patricia Resnick (book), Dolly Parton (music and lyrics)
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Cast includes: Louise Redknapp, Natalie McQueen, Amber Davies and Brian Conley
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group and Selladoor Worldwide, with Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, Showtime Theatre Productions, Hartshorn-Hook Productions and Kilimanjaro Live

Bonnie Langford joins West End 9 to 5 the Musical cast [1]

Caroline Flack has been cast as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago. She joins the show on December 10 and will perform until the end of its run on January 5.
Authors: John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics)
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler

A reimagined production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to run at the London Palladium next year, 28 years after it was first staged there.
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics)
Producers: Michael Harrison and The Really Useful Group

Reimagined Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat to run at London Palladium [2]

Elliot Harper is to play Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical’s UK and Ireland Tour from January 15 at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The tour also visits locations including Bradford, Edinburgh, Bristol and Norwich.
Author: Dennis Kelly (book) and Tim Minchin (music and lyrics)
Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast also includes: Carly Thoms, Sebastien Torkia and Rebecca Thornhill
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company



Scotland’s scheduled exit from the European Union is to be marked by the National Theatre of Scotland with a special production called Dear Europe on March 29 as part of its 20-strong 2019 season. The company will be staging two works at the Edinburgh festivals, including a new work by Tim Crouch and Red Dust Road, which is Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Jackie Kay’s memoire. Other new productions include Them!, written by Pamela Carter, Thank You Very Much by Claire Cunningham, which is about the phenomenon of Elvis tribute artists, and Jenni Fagan’s own adaptation of her novel The Panopticon for the stage.

National Theatre of Scotland to explore Brexit as part of 2019 season [3]

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has announced a new cast and an extension of its run. The play will now run at the Criterion Theatre until November 3 2019.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Director: Mark Bell with Nancy Zamit
Cast includes: Julia Frith, Liam Jeavons, Jack Whittle, Jean-Luke Worrell, Gareth Tempest and Emily Stott
Producers: Mischief Theatre and Kenny Wax

The Cockpit in London has announced a reimagining of Cinderella, called Bad Cinderella, to run from December 12 to 23.
Author: Christine Ellerbeck
Director: Didi Hopkins
Producer: They’ve Entered the Building Productions

Steven Atkinson has announced his final season as artistic director of High Tide. For Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, HighTide has partnered with Assembly Festival to present – Disruption: the future of new theatre, which consists of nine shows including Rust by Kenny Emson and The Trick by Eve Leigh. Lit by Sophie Ellerby will headline the HighTide festivals at Aldeburgh and Walthamstow.

The Orange Tree Theatre in London has announced its 2019 season, which includes the world premieres of Rose Lewenstein’s Cougar and Zoe Cooper‘s Out of Water. Other highlights include revivals of Athol Fugard’s 1961 play Blood Knot and Terence Rattigan’s Blitz-set comedy While the Sun Shines.

Tara Arts in London has announced its January to April 2019 season, which includes writer and performer Pariah Khan‘s one-man show An Indian Abroad and the world premiere of Jonathan Brown’s new play exploring extremism, Of Our Own Making. Other highlights in the season are the first stage adaptation of the Panchatantra – known as India’s version of Aesop’s Fables – in the UK, called Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree and written by Shamser Sinha.

Theatre company New Old Friends is to tour its production Crimes on the Nile from January 7 to April 21. It visits locations including Bath, Lancaster, Inverness and Barnstaple.
Author: Feargus Wood-Dunlop
Director: James Farrell
Cast includes: Heather Westwell, Feargus Woods Dunlop, Kirsty Cox and Fergus Leathem
Producer: New Old Friends

Rachel O’Riordan has announced her final season as artistic director of the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff before taking up the role of artistic director at the Lyric Hammersmith in London. The season includes Saethu Cwningod/Shooting Rabbits, which will feature text in Spanish and Basque as well as Welsh and English and Woof by Elgan Rhys, which explores Cardiff’s LGBTQ culture. Jo Clifford is radically adapting The Taming of the Shrew in a co-production with Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, while Katherine Chandler‘s Lose Yourself explores rape culture in football.

Production image for Woolf, which is part of the Sherman Theatre’s new season.

CBeebies show Twirlywoos is to be brought to the stage in a touring production that will open at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on February 12. It will tour until May 4, 2019, visiting locations including Stoke, Chatham, Winchester, Coventry and Hastings.
Author: Zoe Bourn
Producer: MEI Theatrical

Queens Theatre Hornchurch has announced the return of its production of Twas the Night Before Christmas from December 1 to 23.
Author and director: Douglas Rintoul
Cast includes: Samuel Ward-Smith
Producer: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Following runs at the Albany Theatre and the Above the Arts Theatre in London, Home: For a Lost Soldier is to run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London from December 10 to 15.
Author: Alfie James
Directors: Alfie James and Mark Beer
Cast: Mark Beer, Melissa Kathryn Rose, Ricardo Reis, Jordan Whitby, Kathryn Bryan, Martin Challinor, Elisa Mello, Alfie James
Producer: Alfie James Productions


A festival of virtual reality experiences called Limina VR Weekender is to run on December 1 and 2. Highlights include Grenfell: Our Home by Parable 59 Productions, Channel 4 and 360° VR-experience Longing for Wilderness by Epic Scapes and Marc Zimmerman.

Yorke Dance Project is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Twenty, a series of new works by Robert Cohan, Sophia Stoller and Yolande Yorke-Edgell and the first ever restaging of Kenneth MacMillan’s Playground. Twenty will open in Bournemouth on January 31 and then visit Winchester before playing a London run at the Royal Opera House from May 14 to 17.
Curator: Yorke-Edgell