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Production news round-up: Alistair Brammer joins Wicked and Rylan Clark-Neal to star in Nativity! The Musical

Rylan Clark-Neal will star in Nativity! The Musical. Photo: Oliver Rosser.
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Musicals

Alistair Brammer is to join the cast of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London’s West End. He will take on the role of Fiyero from July 22, replacing David Witts. Further casting is to be announced.
Authors: Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Winnie Holzman (book)
Director: Joe Mantello
Producers: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone

Alistair Brammer to join cast of Wicked

Rylan Clark-Neal will star alongside the previously announced Simon Lipkin in the return of Nativity! The Musical at the Eventim Apollo in London from December 11 to 29.
Authors: Debbie Isitt and Nicky Ager
Director: Debbie Isitt
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One, Ramin Sabi and Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Comedy musical The Marvelous Wonderettes is to transfer to Theatre Royal Windsor after it finishes its run at the Gatehouse Theatre in London on May 12. It runs at the Theatre Royal Windsor from May 16 to 25.
Author: Roger Bean
Director: Joseph Hodges
Choreographer: Iona Holland
Producer: Joseph Hodges Entertainment

Plays

Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels are to star in Henry V at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. The production runs at the venue, which won the best fringe theatre category at The Stage Awards 2019, from May 22 to June 22.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Hal Chambers
Cast also includes: Matt Ray Brown, Alicia Charles, Elin Philips, Adam Sopp, Sarah Waddell and Jonathan Woolf
Producer: Barn Theatre

Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels to star in Henry V at Cirencester’s Barn Theatre

Jonny Fines, Omar Malik and Gordon Warnecke are to star in the stage adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette. The cast also includes Paddy Daly, Dick O’Donnell, Kammy Darweish, Hareet Deol, Nicole Jebeli, Balvinder Sopal and Cathy Tyson.
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Director: Nikolai Foster
Producer: Curve, Belgrade Theatre, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse

Tara Theatre in London has announced its summer season, which includes Phosphoros Theatre’s Pizza Shop Heroes, the Shakespeare Company Japan’s adaptation of Othello, Ainu Othello, and La Mouette. Other highlights include Reoca Light from South African theatremakers Ashwin Singh, Ralph Lawson and Rory Booth.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced its autumn and winter season 2019, which includes Terry Johnson’s Prism, starring Robert Lindsay. Other highlights include Rebel Music by Robin French, Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles and Blood of the Young’s all-female Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of).

One Hundred Trillion, a series of four promenade plays that aim to raise awareness of dementia, will run at the Old Vic Workrooms from May 7 to 11. Directed by Laura Harling, the plays include Frames by Chantelle Dusette, I Could Have Danced All Night by Margaret Perry, Topsoil by Lucy Grace and London Bus by Lily Bevan.

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Crooked Dances at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s the Other Place in Stratford. The play, which explores music, time and attention in a digital age, runs from June 20 to July 13, with press night on June 26.
Author: Robin French
Director: Elizabeth Freestone
Cast includes: Ruth Lass, Jeany Spar, Ben Onwukwe and Olly Mott
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company

Actor Jade Byrne is to tour her solo show Pricks, about her experience as a type-one diabetic, across the UK. The play will open at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham on April 25 and visit locations including Leeds, Darlington, Exeter, Harrogate, Derby and Ipswich, where the tour ends on June 4.
Directors: Ruth Johnson and Annie Rigby
Producer: Dick Bonham at LittleMighty

Other

Spring tour dates have been announced for Aakash Odedra Company’s political work #JeSuis. The tour will begin in Leicester on May 9 and will visit Milton Keynes, Cambridge Junction, Plymouth and Canterbury, where the tour ends on May 21.

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