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Production news round-up: Nadia Fall announces first Stratford East season and Caroline, Or Change transfers to West End

Sharon D Clarke in Caroline, Or Change Sharon D Clarke in Caroline, Or Change
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This week’s production news includes Nadia Fall’s first season as artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. Other news includes the West End transfer of Caroline, Or Change starring Sharon D Clarke, and the debut play from comedian Katy Brand.


Nadia Fall has announced her first season as artistic director of London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East. Fall will direct The Village, an adaptation of Spanish playwright Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna by April De Angelis, which opens the season in September. Other highlights include August Wilson‘s King Hedley II, Sleeping Beauty directed by Matthew Xia, and a double bill from Ballet Black.

Nadia Fall announces first season at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Theatr Clwyd has announced it will stage an all-female production of Lord of the Flies in collaboration with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. Its latest season will also include a first-time co-production with Clean Break on Thick As Thieves, a new play by Katherine Chandler. Later in the year, the theatre will host three shows in collaboration with Paines Plough, which brings its pop-up theatre, the Roundabout, to Theatr Clwyd in June.
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David Harrower is to adapt Muriel Spark‘s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Lia Williams to mark the centenary year of the author’s birth. Williams will star in the title role of the Donmar Warehouse production, which runs from June 4 to July 28.
Author: David Harrower
Director: Polly Findlay
Cast also includes: Rona Morison, Nicola Coughlan, Emma Hindle, Grace Saif, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Angus Wright and Kit Young.
Design: Lizzie Clachan (set), Charles Balfour (lighting), Paul Arditti (sound) and Marc Tritschler (composition)
Producer: Donmar Warehouse

Lia Williams to star in adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Anita Dobson is to star in the debut play by comedian and writer Katy Brand. 3Women will run at Trafalgar Studios 2 in London from May 15 to June 9.
Director: Michael Yale
Cast includes: Debbie Chazen, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Oliver Greenall
Producer: Stage Traffic Productions
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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London has announced casting for Peter Pan, which runs from May 17 to June 15.
Author: JM Barrie
Directors: Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel
Cast includes: Fiston Barek, Dennis Herdman, Cora Kirk, Theo Cowan, Omari Douglas and Elisa De Grey
Producer: Regent’s Park Theatre

Schism, a play about the relationship between a young woman with cerebral palsy and a failed architect, is to run at London’s Park Theatre from May 16 to June 9.
Author: Athena Stevens
Director: Lily McLeish
Cast: Jonathan McGuinness
Producer: Aegis Productions in association with Park Theatre

Jonathan McGuinness and Athena Stevens in Schism

The Swallow/La Golondrina, a play inspired by the Orlando gay nightclub shooting, will run at Cervantes Theatre in London from April 30 to May 26. The press night for Tim Gutteridge‘s English translation will be on April 26, and for the original Spanish text on April 30.
Author: Guillem Clua
Director: Paula Paz
Cast: David Luque, Jeryl Burgess and Amparo Climent
Producer: Cervantes Theatre

Sex With Robots and Other Devices, a play exploring the future of sex, will run at the King’s Head Theatre in London from May 15 to June 2.
Author: Nessah Muthy
Director: Bobby Brook
Producers: King’s Head Theatre and Cloakroom Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong has extended its booking period into a fifth year until April 2019. The show, which runs at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End, has also announced a new cast.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Director: Mark Bell
Cast includes: Katie Bernstein, Jason Callender, Edward Judge, Alastair Kirton, Edward Howells, Meg Mortell, Graeme Rooney, Patrick Warner, Annie Jonathan, Robert Max, Dennis Sandra, Trevor Chris
Producers: Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd

The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong. Photo: Helen Murray

The 2018 Yorkshire Fringe festival has announced its line-up, which includes Monstersaurus, a show from the creators of the West End production of Aliens Love Underpants. The line-up also includes Shit-faced Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The BBC’s pub sitcom Early Doors is to tour the UK as a theatre show. It opens at the Lowry in Salford on August 29 and visits locations including Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Hull and Liverpool, where it ends on October 7.
Authors: Craig Cash and Phil Mealey
Producer: Philip McIntyre

Hull Truck Theatre has announced Oliver Twist as its Christmas show. The production will run from November 30 to January 5.
Author: Deborah McAndrew
Director: Mark Babych
Producer: Hull Truck Theatre

Shit-faced Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, which involves one of the cast members getting drunk during the performance, is to run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from April 18 to June 2.
Author: William Shakespeare and Lewis Ironside
Director: Lewis Ironside and Stacey Norris
Producer: Shit-faced Shakespeare


Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Caroline, Or Change is to transfer to the West End. Sharon D Clarke will reprise her role in the musical, which will run at the Playhouse Theatre from November 20 to February 9.
Authors: Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori
Director: Michael Longhurst
Design: Fly Davis (set and costume), Jack Knowles (lighting), Paul Arditti (sound), casting by Charlotte Sutton and children’s casting by Debbie O’Brien
Producer: Ambassador Theatre Group, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Rupert Gavin, in association with Hampstead Theatre
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The Grinning Man, running at the Trafalgar Studios in London, has extended its booking period by three weeks until May 5, when it will close.
Author: Carl Grose
Director: Tom Morris
Producers: Bristol Old Vic and Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Casting has been announced for new musical Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. The production runs from April 20 to May 5.
Author: Gus Gowland
Director: Ryan McBryde
Cast: Carol Starks, Andy Coxon, Marilyn Cutts, Ella Dunlop, Lauren Hall, Joel Harper-Jackson, Craig Mather and Gary Wood
Producer: Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO Productions

Full casting has been announced for new musical The Assassination of Katie Hopkins at Theatre Clwyd. It runs from April 20 to May 12, with press night on April 26.
Authors: Chris Bush (book and lyrics) and Matt Winkworth (music)
Director: James Grieve
Cast: Rakesh Boury, Che Francis, Derek Hutchinson, Genesis Lynea, Maimuna Memon, Amy Booth-Steel, Bethzienna Williams and Matthew Woodyatt
Producer: Theatr Clwyd

Suzie Mathers, Oliver Savile, Liam Tamne and Diana Vickers have all been cast in I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical at Crazy Coqs at Live at Zedel in London. It runs from April 9 to 17, with press night on April 10.
Author: Alexander S Bermange
Director: Paul Foster
Producer: Fane Productions

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton has announced it will stage a site-specific production of Summer Holiday in which audiences will be driven between locations on double-decker buses. The musical runs at various locations in Bolton from May 31 to June 23, with press night on June 4.
Authors: Michael Gyngell, Mark Haddigan
Directos: Elizabeth Newman, Ben Occhipinti
Design: Amanda Stoodley
Musical director: Richard Reeday
Producer: Octagon Theatre

Summer Holiday at the Octagon Theatre Bolton

Musical comedy HR Haitch will run at the Union Theatre in London from May 9 to June 2, with press night on May 14.
Author: Luke Bateman (music), Maz Evans (lyrics)
Director: Daniel Winder
Cast: Tori Allen-Martin
Producers: Shrapnel Theatre and Iris Theatre


A new full-length ballet from Wayne McGregor is among five world premieres to feature in the Royal Ballet’s new season. The season also features The Unknown Soldier, a new one-act ballet by Alastair Marriott in collaboration with designer Es Devlin, with a score by Dario Marianelli. Other world premieres include new work by Aletta Collins set to a commissioned score by David Sawer as part of the new Royal Ballet Linbury Theatre season, and one-act ballets from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Liam Scarlett.

New work from Wayne McGregor to feature in Royal Ballet season

The Old Vic has announced a series of events to celebrate its 200th birthday on May 11, including a performance of Mood Music, starring Ben Chaplin, entirely for free. The weekend will also include a variety-night event, featuring a special performance written by Dennis Kelly, performances by the McOnie Company, hip-hop musical Sylvia, and Olivier award nominee Sheila Atim.
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The Barbican in London has announced its September to December 2018 theatre and dance programme. Highlights include a two-day localised programme curated by Transform called Spirit of Change: The Transform Pit Party; an immersive event that aims to reframe disability, called Imagined Touch: the installation; and Redefining Juliet, a production featuring six actors who would “not typically be given the role of Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet.

Immersive theatre production For King and Country by Parabolic Theatre offers audiences an escape-room type experience with the chance to make decisions to influence the story. It runs at the Colab Factory in London from April 18 to June 10.
Author and director: Owen Kingston
Cast: Christopher Styles, Edward Andrews, Zoe Flint, Peter Dewhurst, Michael Thomas, Lauren Reed and Owen Kingston
Producers: Eleanor Russo, Edward Andrews and Owen Kingston

A one-off special event called Magic at the Musicals, featuring performances from Little Shop of Horrors, Motown the Musical, School of Rock, Wicked, The King and I and Bat Out of Hell, is to run at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 28.

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