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Production news round-up: Tameka Empson cast in Hackney Empire panto and Tim Howar to take over Phantom of the Opera lead role

Tameka Empson in Aladdin at Hackney Empire in 2009 Tameka Empson in Aladdin at Hackney Empire in 2009
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This week, EastEnders star Tameka Empson has been cast in Hackney Empires 2018 pantomime, Aladdin.  Other news includes a new cast for Phantom of the Opera in the West End and a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck at the Almeida Theatre in London.


Robert Icke will adapt Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck for the Almeida Theatre later this year. The production runs from October 15 to December 1, with press night on October 23.
Design: Bunny Christie (set and costume), Elliot Griggs (lighting) and Tom Gibbons (sound)
Producer: Almeida Theatre

Robert Icke to adapt The Wild Duck at the Almeida Theatre

Full casting has been announced for Rain Man, the inaugural production of Bill Kenwright’s Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company. The play opens at the Windsor Theatre Royal on August 20, with press night on 28 August, before visiting Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Southend, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Brighton, Guildford, Leeds, Richmond, Derby and Northampton, with further dates to be announced.
Author: Dan gordon
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Cast includes: Mairi Barclay, Hannah Barker, Elizabeth Carter, Adam Lilley, Neil Roberts and Joe Sellman-Leava
Producer: Bill Kenwright’s Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company

Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies will be revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory later this year, 35 years after it premiered in London. It runs from September 20 to November 17, with press night on October 1.
Director: Hannah Chissick
Design: Paul Farnsworth (set and costume)
Producer: Menier Chocolate Factory

Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies to be revived at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere and UK tour of Dishoom! The production opens at Watford Palace Theatre on September 18, with previews from September 12, before touring to Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre before concluding its run at Derby Theatre on October 27.
Author: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Director: Pravesh Kumar
Cast includes: Elijah Baker, Seema Bowri, Georgia Burnell, Omar Ibrahim, Gurkiran Kaur, James Mace and Bilal Khan
Producers: Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Casting has been confirmed for the UK Premiere of psychological thriller, The Other Place, which runs at the Park Theatre in London from September 19 to October 20.
Author: Sharr White
Director: Claire van Kampen
Cast includes: Karen Archer, Eliza Collings, Okon Jones and Rupinder Nagra
Producers: Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake

Heidi Reed is to star in dystopian thriller Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre in London from September 6 to January 5, 2019.
Author: Dawn King
Director: Rachel O’Riordan
Producer: Bill Kenwright

EastEnders star Tameka Empson has been cast in Hackney Empire’s 2018 pantomime, Aladdin. It runs from November 24 to January 6, with press night on December 5.
Author and director: Susie McKenna
Composer: Steven Edis
Producer: Hackney Empire

EastEnders’ Tameka Empson joins cast of Hackney Empire panto

Casting has been announced for a revival of Losing Venice, which runs at the Orange Tree Theatre in London from September 7 to October 20.
Author: Jo Clifford
Director: Paul Miller
Cast includes: Remus Brooks, Tim Delap, Josh-Susan Enright, Eleanor Fanyinka, Christopher Logan, Florence Roberts, David Verrey and Dan Wheeler
Producer: Orange Tree Theatre

Soldier On, a play based on true stories from British servicemen and women, is to run at the Other Palace in London from October 24 to 27.
Author and director: Jonathan Lewis
Producers: Amanda Faber and Soldiers’ Arts Academy


Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre will no longer present the UK premiere of Pasek and Paul musical A Christmas Story, with Sondheim revue Putting It Together running in its place. It runs from October 24 to November 24.
Authors: Stephen Sondheim and Julia McKenzie
Director: Bronagh Lagan

Hope Mill Theatre replaces A Christmas Story with Sondheim revue

Mikaela Bennett is to replace Sierra Boggess in the role of Maria for the BBC Proms production of West Side Story. The concert production of the Bernstein musical, led by the John Wilson Orchestra, takes place on August 11, at 3.30pm and 8.00pm.
Authors: Leonard Bernstein and Irwin Kostal
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Tim Howar will lead the new cast of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, it has been announced. Howar will play the Phantom from September, replacing Ben Lewis. He is scheduled to appear until December 8.
Author: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart
Director: Harold Prince
Casting also includes: Kimberly Blake and Ross Dawes
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

Tim Howar to lead cast of West End’s The Phantom of the Opera

F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is being turned into a musical, which will be showcased as part of festival From Page to Stage, which runs at the Southwark Playhouse from September 11 to 25. Other shows being showcased include Drew Dillon’s musical Villages, Smoke by Darren Rapier and Sam Hall, and Never Change, by Nick Barstow and Jonathan Kirwan.
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Natasha Barnes is to play Charlotte Bronte in the world premiere of musical Wasted. The musical runs at the Southwark Playhouse from September 6 to October 6, with press night on September 12.
Authors: Christopher Ash and Carl Miller
Director: Adam Lenson
Musical director: Tamara Singer
Cast includes: Siobhan Athwal, Matthew Jacobs Morgan and Molly Lynch
Design: Libby Todd (set and costume), Matt Daw (lighting) and Mike Thacker (sound)
Producer: Southwark Playhouse

Natasha Barnes to star in world premiere of Bronte musical Wasted


Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! is to be broadcast to cinemas across the UK as part of National Theatre Live. The play, which is running at the Bridge Theatre in London until September 29, will be shown in cinemas on November 1.
Director: Nicholas Hytner

Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! to be screened in UK cinemas

Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith is to be screened in cinemas across the UK. The musical, which was filmed by Digital Theatre during the final week of its run at the Manchester Palace Theatre, will be broadcast in cinemas on October 24.
Producer: Trafalgar releasing
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