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Production news round-up: Rock of Ages tour casting announced and National Theatre’s Network transfers to Broadway

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard. Photo: Paul Coltas

Plays

The National Theatre’s production of Network, starring Bryan Cranston, will transfer to Broadway later this year.
Author: Lee Hall
Director: Ivo van Hove
Design: Jan Versweyveld (set and lighting), Tal Yarden (video), An D’Huys (costumes), Eric Sleichim (sound)
Producers: David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies

National Theatre’s Network starring Bryan Cranston to transfer to Broadway [1]

Full casting has been announced for the stage adaptation of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. It runs at the Kiln Theatre in London from October 26 to December 22.
Author: Stephen Sharkey
Director: Indhu Rubasingham
Producer: Kiln Theatre

London’s Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for Measure for Measure, with the newly announced cast members joining previously announced Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden. Previews start from September 28, with the show running until November 24 and press night on October 11.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Josie Rourke
Cast: Ben Allen, Matt Bardock, Nicholas Burns, Jackie Clune, Rachel Denning, Molly Harris, Adam McNamara, Raad Rawi, Sule Rimi, Anwar Russell and Helena Wilson
Design: Howard Harrison (lighting), Emma Laxton (sound)

Jade Anouka is to star in Queen Margaret at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, which runs from September 14 to October 6.
Author: Jeanie O’Hare, adapted from from William Shakespeare
Director: Elizabeth Freestone
Producer: Royal Exchange Theatre

The all-female ensemble cast for Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds has been announced. The play, about chemical warfare, runs at the Finborough Theatre in London from September 4 to 29.
Director: Jimmy Walters
Cast: Eva Feiler, Gracy Goldman, Rujenne Green, Amy Marchant, Letty Thomas, Philippa Quinn
Producer: Proud Haddock, in association with the Finborough Theatre

Operation Ouch!, a show based on the CBBC series, is to run at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End from December 6 to January 6.
Authors: Chris and Xand van Tulleken
Director: Peter Adams
Design: Richard Dinnen (lighting)
Producers: Andrew Kay and Margot Teele for Andrew Kay and Associates

How to Hide a Lion, which tells the story of a girl who develops a friendship with a lion, is to tour the UK from September 8 to November 18. It will visit locations including Oxford, Newport, Liverpool, Winchester, Mold, London, Basingstoke and Margate.
Author: Peter Glanville (adaptation)
Director: Peter Glanville
Producers: Pigtails Productions, Polka Theatre and Oxford Playhouse

Caterpillar, a play about a man who takes part in Bognor Regis’ Birdman competition, is to run at Theatre503 in London from August 29 to September 29.
Author: Alison Carr
Director: Yasmeen Arden
Producer: Michelle Barnette Productions and Theatre503

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The Camden People’s Theatre in London is to tour a selection of artists from its 2017 Come As You Are Festival. Bullish by Milk Presents will headline the touring festival, with further acts to include Non-Binary Electro Hour by Ray Filar, Bound by Lucy Hutson and Too Pretty to Punch by Edalia Day. The tour opens in Wakefield on September 27 and will visit Derby, Peterborough, Exeter and Poole, where it runs until December 1.

Talawa Theatre Company is to present Run It Back, an immersive devised show about black British music, at the Hackney Showroom in London. It runs from August 29 to 31
Authors: Ashlee Elizabeth Lolo Roberts, Dzifa Gazo
Cast include: Wunmi Ibironke, Ayomide Adegun, Johnson Adebayo, Jordan Duvigneau, Simeon Blake-Hall, Tife Kusoro, Victoria Buky Esan, Ewaoluwa Esther Dina, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers, Esmonde Edgar Cole
Producer: Talawa Theatre Company

John Stahl and Cathy Tyson are to join Charles Lawson in Rebus: Long Shadows, a new stage story written by novelist Ian Rankin and Rona Munro. Full tour dates have also been announced, and the play will open at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on September 20. It will then tour to Edinburgh, Malvern, Nottingham, Manchester, Northampton and Aberdeen before completing its run in Guildford on November 24.
Director: Roxana Silbert
Producers: Daniel Schumann, Lee Dean and Cambridge Arts Theatre in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Stick Man, based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, is to run at the Leicester Square Theatre in London from October 20 to December 6.
Director: Sally Cookson
Producer: Freckle Productions

A stage adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Fouris to tour the UK from September to April 2019, opening in Peterborough. It will visit locations including Basildon, Maidstone, Norwich, Monmouth, Cambridge, the Isle of Wight, Wakefield and London.
Author and director: Nick Lane
Producer: Blackeyed Theatre, in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and South Hill Park Arts Centre

Musicals

Alexandra Burke is to return to lead the cast of The Bodyguard when it sets out on a UK tour later this year. The Bodyguard opens at the Glasgow Theatre Royal on December 3, where it plays until December 29. It will then tour to locations including Hull, Southend, Belfast, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Cardiff, Norwich and Canterbury, where the tour ends in May.
Director: Thea Sharrock
Producers: Michael Harrison and David Ian

Alexandra Burke to return to The Bodyguard for new UK tour [2]

Linzi Hateley is to star in the 2018 UK tour of Blood Brothers. It opens at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on September 4, and will visit venues including the Hawth Theatre in Crawley and the New Wimbledon Theatre, concluding at the New Theatre in Oxford on December 1.
Author: Willy Russell
Directors: Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson
Cast: Sarah Jane Buckley, Mark Hutchinson, Tim Churchill and Andy Owens
Producer: Bill Kenwright

Danielle Hope and Sam Ferriday have been cast in the forthcoming tour of Rock of Ages, which begins next month. Hope will play the role of Sherrie for the first two months of the tour – September 20 to November 24 – with Jodie Steele taking over from the end of November. Ferriday will play Stacee Jaxx until December 9.
Author: Chris D’Arienzo (book)
Director/choreographer: Nick Winston
Producers: Dan Looney, Adam Paulden, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin

Danielle Hope and Sam Ferriday join Rock of Ages cast [3]

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London has announced five special sing-along performances. They will take place on August 28, September 25, October 31, November 27 and December 31.
Author: Jim Steinman
Director: Jay Scheib
Producers: David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical announces sing-along performances [4]

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has announced an ensemble cast of actor-musicians for its UK regional premiere of the Tony award-winning musical Once. The musical runs at the theatre from October 3 to 20.
Authors: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (music and lyrics), Enda Walsh (book)
Director: Peter Rowe
Cast: Daniel Healy, Emma Lucia, Rachel Dawson, Lloyd Gorman, Sean Kingsley, Samuel Martin, Caolan McCarthy, Peter Mooney, Peter Peverley, Kate Robson-Stuart, Susannah van den Berg and James William-Pattison
Producers: New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch