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Production news round-up: Tamsin Greig to star in Harold Pinter season and Manchester’s Royal Exchange to stage The Producers

Tamsin Greig and David Suchet are among the actors performing in Pinter at the Pinter
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This week’s production news includes a season announcement from the Royal Exchange in Manchester as well as a six-month season in the West End to mark the 10th anniversary of playwright Harold Pinter’s death.


Every one-act play by Harold Pinter will be performed as part of a six-month season in the West End to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. They will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre with casts including Tamsin Greig, David Suchet, Jane Horrocks, Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer. The season runs from September 6 to February 23, 2019. Directors include Jamie Lloyd – who is leading on the project – Lia Williams, Lyndsey Turner, Patrick Marber and Ed Stambollouian.
Design: Soutra Gilmour (set), Jon Clark, Richard Howell (lighting), George Dennis, Ben and Max Ringham (sound and music)
Cast also includes: Ron Cook, Celia Imrie, Tracy Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola, Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson
Producers: Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowry Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions
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Contact in Manchester has announced the second part of its programme taking place across the city, as work on its Oxford Road building redevelopment begins. In the City: Part Two, which runs from August to December, begins with Switch and Tipping Point by circus company Ockham’s Razor. Contact Young Company will perform Oh Man, while other highlights include Keisha Thompson’s Man on the Moon, Elmi Ali’s Water Seeds not Stones, and Nima Sene’s Beige B*tch.

Elmi Ali will feature in Contact’s latest season. Photo: Ahmed Omar

The King’s Head Theatre in London has announced Playmill, a three-week festival of new work from emerging companies, running from July 2 to 21. Highlights include Life by the Throat by Eve Steele, Mermaids directed by Siobhan James-Elliott and Immaculate Correction by Catherine Exposito.

The National Theatre of Wales and Quarantine are creating a new show exploring multilingualism and identity. English will run at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, with dates from June 14 to June 23.
Director: Richard Gregory
Cast: Jonny Cotsen

An ensemble of eight actors, selected as part of a programme called Ardent8, which aims to help performers make the leap from the regions to London, will perform Sacrifice at Soho Theatre Upstairs. The show runs from July 31 to August 4.
Author and director: Andrew Muir
Cast: Sophie Coulter, Angela Crispim, Clare Hawkins, Henry Holmes, Nathan Linsdell, Jamie Parker, Garry Skimins and Sam Weston
Producer: Ardent Theatre Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced a staging of David Edgar‘s play Maydays, directed by Owen Horsley, at its Autumn Mischief Festival at the Other Place in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Alongside Maydays, for three performances only, Edgar will perform in an autobiographical one-man show Trying It On, directed by Christopher Haydon.

Improbable has announced a new show with Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence. Still No Idea will preview at ArtsDepot in London before opening at the New Wolsey, Ipswich, then touring to Stockton, Hull, Exeter, Dartington and Birmingham from September 22 to October 27, and returning to London from October 21 to November 17 at the Royal Court Theatre.
Director: Lee Simpson
Producer: Improbable

Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence. Photo: Idil Sukan

Game of Thrones actor Eugene Simon will star alongside Casualty’s Lloyd Everitt in For King and Country at Southwark Playhouse in London. The 1964 courtroom drama runs from June 28 to July 21.
Author: John Wilson
Director: Paul Tomlinson
Cast also includes: Adam Lawrence
Producer: Dilated Theatre Company

New casting has been announced for The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London. The new cast will take over in the long-running West End play from May 22.
Author: Susan Hill
Director: Robin Herford
Cast includes: Richard Hope, Mark Hawkins
Producer: PW Productions

Harry Enfield will star in the world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s Genesis Inc. at Hampstead Theatre next month. Enfield will play several roles in the comedy, including God and Karl Marx, and will be part of a cast that also includes Arthur Darvill. It runs at the Hampstead Theatre from June 22 to July 28, with press night on June 22.
Director: Laurie Sansom
Design: Jess Curtis (set), Oliver Fenwick (lighting), Gareth Fry (sound), Ian William Galloway (video)
Music: Zara Nunn
Movement: Georgina Lamb
Producer: Hampstead Theatre

Harry Enfield and Arthur Darvill to star in Genesis Inc. at Hampstead Theatre

Plymouth Fringe Festival, which this year takes place from May 28 to June 2, has added Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Drum Theatre to its roster of venues for 2018. The Plasticine Men will bring their new show Engine Break to the 175-seat space, while other highlights in the programme this year include Sisata’s Frankenstein and Split Second by Documental Theatre.

Polka Theatre in London has announced the programme for its Techtopia Festival, which explores the role of technology in modern childhood and runs from May 24 to June 3. The line-up includes Scanner’s Inc and House of Absolute’s Stardust, Error 404 and Random Selfies. Other highlights include The First Girl in Space by Andrew Alty, running alongside a variety including The World of Supersaurs with author Jay Jay Burridge, and Animated Worlds with company 1927.

New Perspectives will present the UK’s first ever staging of A Fortunate Man by John Berger. The play, about a mid-1960s country doctor, will run at the Camden People’s Theatre in London from June 13 to 16, followed by dates at the Pound Arts Centre in Wiltshire, Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre in Lincolnshire, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and a run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from August 1 to 26.
Author and director: Michael Pinchbeck
Cast: Matthew Brown and Hayley Doherty
Design: Amy Mae (lighting), Chris Cousin (sound)
Producer: New Perspectives

A new gig-theatre production exploring schizophrenia, depression and male suicide will be performed in front of the Tate Modern on London’s South Bank on May 14 to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. Electrolyte, by Wildcard Theatre, is being performed for the first time ahead of a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Director: Donnacadh O’Briain


Musical The Producers will be staged by the Royal Exchange in Manchester as part of its new season, which also includes Julie Hesmondhalgh as Mother Courage and Jade Anouka in Queen Margaret by Jeanie O’Hare. The season also features Don Warrington as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and the studio space will feature The Mysteries, written by Chris Thorpe and directed by Sam Pritchard.

The Producers and Julie Hesmondhalgh’s Mother Courage lead Royal Exchange season

New casting has been announced for Aladdin, which is now in its third year in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre. Matthew Croke will continue to star in the title role, opposite original London cast members Jade Ewen and Trevor Dion Nicholas.
Authors: Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (lyrics), and Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics)
Director and choreographer: Casey Nicholaw
Cast includes: Fred Johanson, Julian Capolei, Koko Basigara, Robertina Bonano, Danny Becker, Angeline Bell, Bianca Cordice, Abigail Climer, Leon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Nolan Edwards, Melanie Elizabeth, Nordine Ezzahr, Antony Hewitt, Irvine Iqbal, Blythe Jandoo, Abigail Johnson, Travis Kerry, Dann Kharsa, Victoria Layzell, Mitch Leow and Oliver Lidert
Producer: Disney theatrical productions

Young Frankenstein has announced its closure in the West End after a run of 10 months. The Mel Brooks musical closes on August 25 at the Garrick Theatre but has announced a UK tour, beginning September 2019. An original West End cast recording will also be released in July.
Director/choreographer: Susan Stroman
Producers: Michael Harrison, Fiery Angel and Kevin Salter
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Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs, Jamie Muscato and T’Shan Williams will join the previously announced Carrie Hope Fletcher in Heathers – The Musical. The production runs at the Other Palace in London from June 9 to August 4.
Authors: Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Director: Andy Fickman
Cast includes: Chris Chung, Dominic Anderson, Jenny O’Leary and Rebecca Lock
Producers: Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills

T’Shan Williams will join Carrie Hope Fletcher in Heathers – The Musical

Wasted, a new musical about the Bronte sisters, is coming to Southwark Playhouse in London for a four-week run from September 6 to October 6.
Authors: Christopher Ash (music), Carl Miller (book and lyrics)
Director: Adam Lenson
Producer: Oli Sones and Sally Humphreys Productions


Candoco Dance Company has announced a new duet by choreographer Caroline Bowditch, called Dedicated to. Free performances will take place across the UK from May 26, including at Birmingham International Dance Festival, Greenwich and Docklands Festival and Wiltshire Creative in Salisbury, up until August 27.
Producers: Without Walls, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Birmingham International Dance Festival

Live at Zedel in London has announced its summer season, which includes a three-week residency from Kerry Ellis in September, Kinky Boots star Matt Henry making his solo debut performing songs from musicals in which he has appeared, and a solo concert from Evita’s Emma Kingston. Other musical theatre guests include Rachel Tucker and Rebecca Trehearn.

Clean Break, Arcola Women’s Company, Cardboard Citizens and Theatr Clwyd will be participating in a “mass participation artwork” celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage. On June 10, girls and women in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together wearing the suffragette colours, choreographed to look like bands of colour. Processions is produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 Now.

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