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Production news round-up: Sean Holmes announces last Lyric Hammersmith season and casting announced for Wild Duck at the Almeida

Andy Nyman in Ghost Stories. Photo: Tristram Kenton Andy Nyman in Ghost Stories. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Ghost Stories is to return for a run at the Lyric Hammersmith as part of artistic director Sean Holmes’ last season, which will also feature a new play with songs starring Tyrone Huntley. Huntley is to star in Leave to Remain, the world premiere of a play with songs, written by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke, lead singer of Bloc Party. Other productions in the season include The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, from theatre company 1927 and Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

Ghost Stories returns to the Lyric Hammersmith as part of Sean Holmes’ final season

Casting has been announced for The Convert at the Young Vic. The play, set in Zimbabwe in 1896, runs from December 7 to January 26, 2019.
Author: Danai Gurira
Director: Ola Ince
Cast includes: Letitia Wright, Ivanno Jeremiah, Jude Akuwudike, Rudolphe Mdlongwa and Pam Nomvete
Producer: Young Vic

Casting has been announced for Robert Icke’s adaptation of The Wild Duck at the Almeida Theatre. Nicholas Day, Grace Doherty, Nicholas Farrell, Andrea Hall, Kevin Harvey, Edward Hogg, Lyndsey Marshal, Clara Read and Rick Warden will appear in the production. It runs from October 15 to December 1, with press night on October 23.
Author: Henrik Ibsen and Robert Icke
Director: Robert Icke

Cast for Robert Icke’s The Wild Duck announced

Madeleine Potter and Donald Sage Mackay have been announced to complete the cast for Sam Shepard’s True West, joining Kit Harrington and Jonny Flynn. The play runs at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End from November 23 to February 16.
Director: Matthew Dunster
Producers: Smith and Brant Theatricals and Empire Street Productions

Full casting has been announced for the National Theatre‘s production of Nine Night at London’s Trafalgar Studios, with the play’s author Natasha Gordon taking the lead role of Lorraine. The play runs from December 1 to February 9, with press night on December 6.
Director: Roy Alexander Weise
Cast includes: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Michelle Greenidge, Hattie Ladbury, Rebekah Murrell, Cecilia Noble and Karl Collins

Nine Night (2018). Photo: Helen Murray

Tall Stories‘ family show Room on the Broom will run at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End from November 23 to January 13.
Authors: Adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Director: Olivia Jacobs
Cast includes: Amy Harris, Charlie Guest, Andrew Mudie and Alastair Chisholm
Producer: Tall Stories in association with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment

Joe McFadden is to star in a stage adaptation of Peter James’ The House on Cold Hill. It will open at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford in January, 2019 and tour across the UK.
Authors: Peter James and Shaun McKenna
Director: Ian Talbot
Producer: Joshua Andrews


Simon Lipkin will return as Mr Poppy for the London and UK tour of Nativity! the Musical. The show will open at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on October 23 and will visit Liverpool, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Stoke, Oxford before finishing the tour at The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith from December 19 to 31.
Authors: Debbie Isitt and Nicky Ager
Director: Debbie Isitt
Cast includes: Adam Thomas, Charlie Brooks, Jake Wood, Scott Garnham, Ashleigh Gray, Andy Barke, Andy Brady, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis, Kade Ferraiolo, Ashleigh Graham, Helena Pipe and Oscar Conlon-Morrey
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One, Ramin Sabi, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Actor Simon Lipkin

Mamma Mia! has extended its booking at the Novello Theatre to September 14, 2019. It will celebrate its 20th birthday in London on April 6, 2019.
Authors: Catherine Johnson (nook) Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (music)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Judy Craymer, Richard East and Bjorn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.

Edward Baruwa will play Berry Gordy, with Karis Anderson as Diana Ross, Nathan Lewis as Smokey Robinson and Shak Gabbidon-Williams as Marvin Gaye in the UK tour of Motown.
The production will open at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 and will then tour across the UK until autumn 2019.
Author: Berry Gordy
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Adam Spiegel and Berry Gordy


A new immersive dining and theatre experience called Journey to the Underworld has been announced to take place within a luxury train carriage at Arch 33 on Pedley Street in London. It runs from runs from September 28 to November 7.
Cast includes: Charlie Bond and James Hamer-Morton
Producer: Funicular

Immersive theatre and dining experience to take audiences “into the underworld”

Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety show is to return to the Hackney Empire Theatre for its third year from October 19 and 20. Highlights will include Adrienne Truscotte, Bourgeois and Maurice, Le Gateau Chocolat, Garry Starr and Lucy McCormick.

Dance show Fagin’s Twist, based on Charles Dickens’ Olivier, will tour the UK from September 25 to November 12, with press night on September 26. It visits locations including Winchester, Poole, Plymouth, Chester and Liverpool.
Choreographer: Tony Adigun
Cast: Arran Green, Aaron Nuttall, Stefano Addae, Sia Gbamoi, Ellis Saul, Sasha Shadid and Emma Stansall
Producers: Avant Garde Dance and the Place

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique will stage a special one-off performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s legendary Messa da Requiem at London’s Westminster Cathedral on September 18. The concert will be in support of Cancer Research UK and dedicated to the memory of Richard Fitzgerald, Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras’ long-standing stage manager, who died in August 2016.

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