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Production news round-up: Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese to star in Man of La Mancha and Tom Hiddleston cast in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal

This week’s production news includes the first West End production of Tony award-winning musical Man of La Mancha in 50 years, starring Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese. Other news includes a production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston.


Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese are to star in the first West End production of Tony award-winning musical Man of La Mancha in 50 years. The musical, which is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, will run at the London Coliseum from April 26 to June 8, with press night on April 30.
Author: Mitch Leigh (music), Joe Darion (lyrics) and Dale Wasserman (book)
Director: Lonny Price
Design: James Noone (set), Rick Fisher (lighting) and Mick Potter (sound)
Producer: Michael Linnit and Michael Grade with English National Opera

Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese to star in Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum [1]

Further dates have been confirmed for the new UK and Ireland tour of Les Miserables, which began earlier this month. The musical has announced additional performances from June next year to January 2020 at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, the Bradford Alhambra, Liverpool Empire and Wales Millennium Centre.
Authors: Claude-Michel Schonberg (music), Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel (book), Herbert Kretzmer (lyrics)
Director: Laurence Connor, James Powell
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh
Read original story here [2]

Ghost the Musical has announced it will return to the UK next year for a four-month tour. The musical, based on the film of the same name, will open a new tour on January 8 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, and run until May 4.
Authors: Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard (music and lyrics), Bruce Joel Rubin (book and lyrics)
Director: Bob Tomson
Cast includes: Rebekah Lowings, Niall Sheehy and Jacqui Dubois
Producer: Bill Kenwright

Ghost the Musical announces 2019 UK tour [3]

Original Kinky Boots cast members Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry are to return to the West End production, for a limited run while the musical is filmed for a future worldwide screening. They will re-join the production at the Adelphi Theatre on November 26, staying until November 28.
Authors: Harvey Fierstein (book), Cyndi Lauper (music)
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Producers: Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig and Playful Productions, in association with Cameron Mackintosh


Tom Hiddleston is to star in a production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal as part of a West End season celebrating the playwright. Betrayal will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from March 5 to June 1, 2019, with press night on March 13. It is the final production in the Pinter at the Pinter season, marking 10 years since the writer’s death.
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Producer: Jamie Lloyd Company with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Benjamin Lowy Productions

Tom Hiddleston to star in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal [4]

Theatr Clwyd has announced it is co-producing a show with the Menier Chocolate Factory for the first time, a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending. It will be directed by Theatr Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey, and will transfer to London’s Menier following a run at Theatr Clwyd in April. Theatr Clwyd’s season also includes a new adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Wave Me Goodbye, by Emma Reeves and directed by Christian Patterson. Elsewhere, the theatre will stage a large-scale production called The Mold Riots and the return of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling.
Read original story here [5]

Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming UK tour of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Joining Nigel Harman and Mark Benton will be Denis Conway, Will Johnson, Scott Sparrow, James Staddon and Zephryn Taitte. It begins on February 14, visiting locations across the UK until May 4. Press night will be on February 20 at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.
Director: Sam Yates
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Act Productions and Glass Half Full Productions

Full casting for Glengarry Glen Ross tour announced [6]

Hannah Arterton is to star in the stage premiere of Rose Heiney’s Original Death Rabbit at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. The play runs from January 9 to February 9, 2019.
Director: Hannah Joss
Producer: Jermyn Street Theatre

London’s Arcola Theatre has announced the world premiere of new play Stop and Search, which runs from January 9 to February 9.
Author: Gabriel Gbadamosi
Director: Mehmet Ergen
Producers: Arcola Theatre in association with Maya Elli

Gary Lineker is to appear as a projection in the world premiere of Sandi Toksvig’s Treasure Island at the Leicester Haymarket. He will play the role of Captain Flint, and he filmed the role at Toksvig’s request. Others in the production, which runs from December 13 to January 6, include Jules Brown as Long John Silver, Kat Engall as Jim Hawkins and Andrew Cullum as Sir Kensington Gore.
Authors: Sandi and Jenifer Toksvig
Director: Matthew Forbes
Producers: Haymarket Productions, Matthew Forbes and Debbie Hicks.

Gary Lineker to appear as projection in Leicester Christmas show [7]

Nuffield Southampton Theatres has announced its Spring and summer 2019 season, which includes Samuel Hodges directing the UK regional premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. Other highlights include the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma in a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Northern Stage, new audio play, The Line, curated by Barney Norris, which will tour Southampton in a Ford Transit Van.

Rain Man has announced new casting and extended the run of its tour until April 20, 19. Venues it will visit in 2019 include Bath’s Theatre Royal, Darlington’s Hippodrome, Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and the Playhouse Theatre in Weston-Super-Mare.
Author: Dan Gordon
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Cast includes: Paul Nicholls and Chris Fountain
Producer: Bill Kenwright’s Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company

Clare Burt, Golda Rosheuvel and Josie Walker have been cast in The American Clock at the Old Vic in London. The play runs from February 4 to March 30, 2019, with press night on February 13.
Author: Arthur Miller
Director: Rachel Chavkin,
Cast also includes: Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Abhin Galeya, John Marquez, Christian Patterson, Abdul Salis, Greg Bernstein, Flora Dawson, Fred Haig, Jyuddah Jaymes, Francesca Mills, Taheen Modak and Ewan Wardrop
Design: Chloe Lamford (set), Rosie Elnile (costume), Natasha Chivers (lighting) and Darron L West (sound)

Clare Burt, Golda Rosheuvel and Josie Walker cast in The American Clock at London’s Old Vic [8]

Theatre and cabaret show Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran will debut at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham, running from February 26 to March 24.
Author and director: Sarah Chew
Producers: Critical Mass and Paul Virides Productions

London’s Lyric Hammersmith has announced casting for the world premiere of Leave to Remain, a new play with songs that runs from January 18 to February 16.
Author: Matt Jones
Music: Kele Okereke
Director: Robby Graham
Cast: Tyrone Huntley, Emma Amos, Aretha Ayeh, Rakie Ayola, Sandy Batchelor, Arun Blair-Mangat, Cornell S. John
Producer: Lyric Hammersmith

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, which is a temporary venue in York, has announced four productions to run in repertory from June 25 to September 1. The productions are Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.
Author: William Shakespeare
Producer: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

Pop-up Shakespeare theatre in York wins planning permission for next two years [9]

Hampstead Theatre is to stage the UK premiere of Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living, and has announced two world premieres for its Hampstead Downstairs space. Cost of Living will be directed by Edward Hall, and runs from January 24 to March 2. The world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden will run in the Hampstead Downstairs space from February 7 to March 16, directed by Matthew Xia. This will be followed by the world premiere of Wilderness, by Kellie Smith, which will be directed by Anna Ledwich. It runs from March 21 to April 27, with press night on April 3.


1927’s Golem to be screened on BBC Four at 10.30pm on November 18. The dystopian story was filmed earlier this year for the Space at London’s ArtsDepot.
Author and director: Suzanne Andrade
Cast: Genevieve Dunne, Nathan Gregory, Philippa Hambly, Rowena Lennon, Felicity Sparks, Ben Whitehead
Producers: 1927 and the Space for BBC Four

Cirque du Soleil has announced the UK premiere of a show inspired by the film Avatar, which has been developed with director James Cameron. Toruk – the First Flight will run at Manchester Arena from June 20 to 23 and at London’s O2 Arena from June 26 to 30.
Authors: Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Director: Neilson Vignola
Choreographer: Tuan Le and Tan Loc
Design: Carl Fillion (set and props), Kym Barrett (costume), Jacques Boucher (sound), and Alain Lortie (lighting)

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019, which runs from May 10 to 26, has announced eight shows, including A Simple Space from circus company Gravity and Other Myths. Other highlights include Blue Boy’s Blak Whyte Gray, Victoria Thierree Chaplin’s Bells and Spells, and three shows to celebrate theatre company Hoipolloi’s 25th anniversary: The Duke, Me and Robin Hood and The Ladder.

Matthew Ball, Will Bozier and Max Westwell have been announced to join the cast of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells in London. The production runs from December 4 to January 27, 2019.
Cast also includes: Liam Mower, Dominic North and James Lovell
Producer: New Adventures