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Production news round-up: 9 to 5 and Mary Poppins to run in the West End and Donmar Warehouse announces new plays for 2019

Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp. Photo: Seamus Ryan
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This week, Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5 confirmed a new West End production, starring Louise Redknapp, while Mary Poppins also announces a return to Theatreland. Elsewhere, new plays were announced at the Donmar Warehouse and the Old Vic.

Designer Tom Scutt will make his directorial debut at the Donmar Warehouse next year with a stage adaptation of the thriller film Berberian Sound Studio. Scott will also design the show, with Anna Yates, and its cast will include Tom Brooke, with Enzo Cilenti and Tom Espiner. It runs from February 8 to March 30, with press night on February 14. The season also includes the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, directed by Lynette Linton. It runs from December 7 to January 26, with press night on December 19.
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Lucy Prebble will adapt the book A Very Expensive Poison for the stage at the Old Vic. The book by Luke Harding explores the murder of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Prebble’s version will run at the Old Vic next year, with dates to be announced. Its work in 2019 also includes Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, directed by Rachel Chavkin. It runs from February 4 to March 30, with press night on February 13.
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The National Theatre has announced that The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to New York next year. It will transfer to the Park Avenue Armory in New York, where it will play in a 55,000 sq ft drill hall, running from March 22 to April 20. Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale will reprise their roles.
Author: Stefano Massini, Ben Power (adaptation)
Director: Sam Mendes
Producers: National Theatre and Mendes’ Neal Street Productions, in collaboration with the Park Avenue Armory
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The Royal Shakespeare Company will produce three plays in repertoire to tour in 2019 with a rep company of 27 actors. As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure will visit six venues next summer following runs in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Author: William Shakespeare
Directors: Gregory Doran, Kimberley Sykes, Justin Audibert
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A production of Heart of Darkness, adapted from Joseph Conrad’s novel, will tour the UK from November 16 to 24 and March 5 to May 11 2019. It will visit locations including Glasgow, Lancaster, Keswick and Coventry.
Authors and directors: Pete Brooks and Andrew Quick
Producers: Imitating the Dog with Marche Teatro

Casting has been announced for Forgotten by Daniel York Loh. The cast includes Rebecca Boey, Jon Chew, Camille Mallet De Chauny, Michael Phong Le, Leo Wan and Zachary Hing. It runs at Theatre Royal Plymouth from October 17 to 20, and then at the Arcola in London from October 23 to November 17.
Director: Kim Pearce
Producers: Moongate and Yellow Earth


Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 is to run in the West End, with a cast including Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley. The musical will replace Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre and will run from January 28 to August 31, 2019.
Authors: Dolly Parton (music and lyrics), Patricia Resnick (book)
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Choreographer: Lisa Stevens
Design: Tom Rogers (set and costumes), Howard Hudson (lighting)
Orchestrations/musical supervisor: Mark Crossland
Musical director: Andrew Hilton
Casting: Victoria Roe
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group and Selladoor Worldwide with Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Hartshorn-Hook Productions
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Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp have been cast in a revival of musical Mary Poppins. The production will run at the Prince Edward Theatre, replacing Aladdin, which will close in August 2019.
Authors: Richard M Sherman, Robert B Sherman (music and lyrics), George Stiles, Anthony Drewe (additional music and lyrics)
Director: Richard Eyre
Choreographer/co-director: Matthew Bourne
Co-choreographer: Stephen Mear
Design: Bob Crowley (set and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Paul Gatehouse (sound)
Orchestrations: William David Brown
Producers: Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh
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Lara Pulver and Stephen Mangan have joined the cast of Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall. Sharon D Clarke and Paul Nicholas will also star, and will join previously announced cast members including Adrian Lester, Jason Manford and Clive Rowe. It runs for three performances on October 19 and 20.
Authors: Frank Loesser (music and lyrics), Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows (book)
Director/choreographer: Stephen Mear
Producers: Royal Albert Hall and Fiery Angel Entertainment
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Grease will tour the UK and Ireland next year in a production featuring Peter Andre as Teen Angel. The is a touring version of Nikolai Foster’s 2016 production of the musical, which ran at Curve. The tour starts at the Leeds Grand Theatre on June 19, and also visits Southend, Sunderland, Birmingham, Leicester, Dublin, Oxford and Bromley, where it ends on October 12.
Authors: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Director: Nikolai Foster
Producers: Colin Ingram for InTheatre Productions, Donovan Mannato, William Sinclair, Ricardo Marques, Hunter Arnold and Curve
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Denise Van Outen has been forced to postpone her appearance in the current West End production of Chicago after suffering an injured ankle. Van Outen had been due to begin rehearsals for her stint in the show on September 10, but discovered she had a stress fracture in her heel. She will return to the musical at a later date.
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Danny Dyer and Jo Brand are to star in musical Nativity when it runs at the Eventim Apollo in London this December. Brand will also appear in the show when it runs at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh prior to the London run.
Author/director: Debbie Isitt
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One, Ramin Sabi and the Belgrade Theatre
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Kevin Clifton and Antony Costa have joined the touring cast of Rock of Ages. They will perform the role of Stacee Jaxx for periods between January and July.
Author: Chris D’Arienzo
Director/choreographer: Nick Winston
Producers: Dan Looney, Adam Paulden, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin

Murder for Two will run at the Other Palace in London from December, following its UK tour which begins next month. The thriller runs at Cardiff New Theatre from October 22 before touring to Windsor, Guildford and Nottingham. It runs in London for five weeks from December 10.
Authors: Joe Kinosian (music and book), Kellen Blair (book and lyrics)
Director: Luke Sheppard
Design: Gabriella Slade (set), Tom Attwood (sound)
Musical direction: Tom Attwood
Producer: Paul Taylor Mills and the Watermill Theatre

Full casting has been announced for White Christmas at Curve, including Danny Mac and Emma Williams. The cast also includes Monique Young, Dan Burton, Garry Robson and Wendy Mae Brown. White Christmas runs from December 6 to January 13, with press night on December 14.
Authors: Irving Berlin (music and lyrics), David Ives, Paul Blake (book)
Director: Nikolai Foster
Producers: Curve and Jamie Wilson

Miss Saigon star Lea Salonga has announced her first solo UK tour. The tour will open at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on February 26, and then visit the London Palladium on February 27, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall On March 1 and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on March 4.
Producer: Live Nation Concerts
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Casting has been announced for the Lyric Hammersmith’s pantomime, Dick Whittington. It includes Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Hollie Edwin, Jodie Jacobs, Keziah Joseph, Luke Latchman, Carl Mullaney and Sarah-Louise Young, plus an ensemble of young performers. It runs from November 17 to January 6, with press night on November 24.
Authors: Jude Christian, Cariad Lloyd
Director: Jude Christian
Producer: Lyric Hammersmith

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