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Production news round-up: Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington to star in Sam Shepherd play and Kinky Boots to close in the West End

Kit Harington in Doctor Faustus. Photo: Marc Brenner
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This week Kinky Boots announced it is to close in the West End, while Kit Harington will be starring in a Sam Shepherd play in the West End. Other news includes the return of Cate Blanchett to the London stage and a West End transfer for Summer and Smoke.

Plays

Cate Blanchett will return to the London stage next year to star in a new Martin Crimp play at the National Theatre. When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela will also star Stephen Dillane and runs from January 2019.
Director: Katie Mitchell
Producer: National Theatre

Cate Blanchett to make National Theatre debut in new Martin Crimp play

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are to star in the West End premiere of Sam Shepard’s True West. It will run at the Vaudeville Theatre from November 23 to February 16, with press night on December 4.
Director: Matthew Dunster
Producer: Smith and Brant Theatricals and Empire Street Productions
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David Threlfall and Rufus Hound are to reprise their roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Don Quixote in a West End of the play, which originally ran in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016. It runs at the Garrick Theatre from October 27 until February 2, 2019. Press night is November 8.
Author: James Fenton
Director: Angus Jackson
Design: Robert Innes Hopkins (set), Mark Henderson (lighting), Fergus O’Hare (sound)
Music: James Fenton, Grant Olding
Fight director: Malcolm Ransom
Movement: Lucy Cullingford
Producers: RSC and Nina Burns
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The Almeida Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke is to transfer to the West End. It will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre from November 10 to January 19, with a press night on November 20. The full cast, including Patsy Ferran, will reprise their roles.
Director: Rebecca Frecknall
Producer: Sonia Friedman Productions

Almeida’s Summer and Smoke lands West End transfer

Brendan Coyle is to join the previously announced David Suchet in Arthur Miller’s The Price at the Theatre Royal Bath. Further casting to be announced includes Phyllis Logan in the UK Premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s thriller Switzerland and Ralf Little and Nigel Lindsay have been cast in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage.

Full casting has been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Tartuffe, which plays in repertoire in the Swan Theatre from September 7 to 23. Adapted from Moliere, this version of Tartuffe is set in Birmingham’s Pakistani Muslim community.
Authors: Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto
Director: Iqbal Khan
Cast: Asif Khan, Salman Akhtar, Raj Bajaj, James Clyde, Sasha Behar, Michelle Bonnard, Zainab Hasan, Naveed Khan, Simon Nagra, Sam Pay, Riad L Richie, Vivienne Smith, Yasmin Taheri and Amina Zia
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company

Anna Madeley, Amanda Drew and Lucy Cohu have been announced as joining the cast of The Height of the Storm, which tours later this year before running in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre. They join the previously announced Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins. The play opens at Richmond Theatre on September 1, before touring. It runs in the West End from October 2 to December 1, with press night on October 9.
Author: Florian Zeller
Director: Jonathan Kent
Producers: Simon Friend, Mark Goucher and Howard Panter, with Gavin Kalin, Act Productions and Scott Landis

Mark Benton and Nigel Harman will star in a UK tour of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. The tour follows a West End run and opens at the Victoria Theatre in Woking on February 14, 2019. Locations include Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Richmond, Brighton and Cardiff.
Director: Sam Yates
Producers: ATG Productions Act Productions and Glass Half Full Productions

Mark Benton and Nigel Harman to star in Glengarry Glen Ross

A new interactive play responding to the Grenfell Tower fire will tour council estates across the country later this year. It is the latest production from community theatre company Spid, and will be performed as a site-specific piece near Grenfell Tower from September 18 to October 13, following a tour to council estates in eight locations in England.
Author: Helena Thompson
Producers: Spid Theatre with the Bush Theatre

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is moving into theatre producing with a touring show about cuts to domestic violence funding. Refuge Women is a collaboration between performers and journalists, and is inspired by real stories uncovered in an investigation by the bureau. After each performance, local journalists who worked on the project will give a talk presenting their findings.
Author/performer: Cash Carraway
Director: Conrad Murray
Producer: Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Shit-faced Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is to come to London’s Leicester Square Theatre from June 20 to September 1. Press night is on June 21.
Author: William Shakespeare, adapted by Lewis Ironside
Director: Stacey Norris
Cast: Richard Hughes, James Ely, Jessica Brindle, Lucy Farrar, Beth-Louise Priestly, Saul Marron, Simi Egbejumi-David, John Mitton, Chris Lane, Victoria Fitz-Gerald and Stacey Norris
Producer: Magnificent Bastard Productions

London fringe theatre company Proforca has announced three shows to run this summer, including Reading Gaol, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s final work, which will run at Theatre N16 from July 23 to August 2. Proforca has also announced Feel, a piece of new writing about two couples, which will run at the King’s Head Theatre in London on June 17 and 18 after a series of responses to the piece called Feel/ More are performed at the same venue on June 10 and 11.

Musicals

Kinky Boots has announced it will close in the West End in January after a three-year run. The show will play its last performance at the Adelphi Theatre on January 12, 2019.
Authors: Cyndi Lauper (music and lyrics), Harvey Fierstein (book)
Director/choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Producers include: Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Playful Productions and CJ E and M.
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Steph Parry, the actor who stepped in at a moment’s notice to play the lead in Mamma Mia! when its star became injured, will now take over a leading role in 42nd Street. She will replace Lulu as Dorothy Brock, the role she had previously understudied, from July 9. The musical is booking until October 20.
Authors: Harry Warren, Al Dubin (music and lyrics), Mark Bramble, Michael Stuart (book)
Director: Mark Bramble
Producers: Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, the Global Group of Companies for Gate Ventures, with executive producer Johnny Hon

Understudy who saved Mamma Mia! lands leading role in 42nd Street

A semi-staged version of Guys and Dolls will run at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 19 and 20. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has been confirmed for the production, with casting to be announced.
Author: Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director and choreographer: Stephen Mear
Musical director: James McKeon
Design: Morgan Large
Producer: Royal Albert Hall

Casting has been announced for new musical Broken Wings, which will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London from August 1 to 4, with press night on August 2.
Author: Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Cast includes: Nadim Naaman, Hiba Elchikhe, Rob Houchen, Adam Linstead, Soophia Foroughi, Nadeem Crowe and Irvine Iqbal
Producer: Theatre Royal Haymarket

Sophie-Louise Dann, Liam Tamne and Damian Humbley have been cast in the UK premiere of Spamilton: An American Parody. They join Marc Akinfolarin, Jason Denton and Eddie Elliott in the show, which is written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of Forbidden Broadway. It runs the Menier Chocolate Factory from July 12 to September 8, with press night on July 24.
Choreographer: Gerry McIntyre
Design: Morgan Large (set), Tim Lutkin (lighting), Gregory Clarke, Jonathan Everett (sound), Dustin Cross (costumes)
Musical arrangements: Fred Barton
Musical director: Simon Beck
Producer: Menier Chocolate Factory

The two actors who play the genie in Disney’s Aladdin in the West End and the US tour are to swap places this summer. Trevor Dion Nicholas will leave the London production to join the touring production from August 17 to September 30, during which time Michael James Scott will join the cast at the Prince Edward Theatre from the US tour.
Authors: Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman (lyrics)
Director: Casey Nicholas
Producer: Disney Theatrical Productions

Genies in West End Aladdin and US tour to swap places

Seussical The Musical is to run at Southwark Playhouse in London from November 22 to December 29. Press night for the production, which is conceived by Monty Python’s Eric Idle based on the works of Dr Seuss, will be on November 27.
Author: Stephen Flaherty (book and music), Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics)
Director: James Tobias
Producer: Immersion Theatre

Other

A programme of circus, theatre, dance and art has been announced for festival Inside Dorset, which takes place in locations around the county from September 14 to 22. Highlights include French company Cirque Rouages, Mark Anderson’s large-scale outdoor production Furious Folly and Collectief Walden’s Olie.

The Festival of Spanish Theatre of London is returning for its sixth year, running at City Lit’s John Lyons Theatre until June 24. Plays running at the festival include A secreto agravio, secreta venganza by Calderon de la Barca and La vida es sueño: el bululu by Jesus Torres. Other highlights include Qué raros son los hombres by Jose Overjero, Me siento pulga by Susana Hernandez and Ascen Lopez, as well as a series of workshops.

River Stage Festival, organised by the National Theatre and billed as London’s largest free outdoor arts festival, is returning to the South Bank for five weekends across July and August. Opening the festival is queer performance venue the Glory, which has a programme including Liza With A Z, a Madonna-themed cabaret special and Jonny Woo’s new show with Le Gateau Chocolat. Other highlights of the River Stage Festival include HOME in Manchester’s programme, featuring pop-up theatre from the Manchester Project and spoken word from Young Identity, as well as a programme of dance from Sadler’s Wells.

 

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