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Production news round-up: Disney musical Frozen confirms London run and Faye Tozer to join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in West End

Disney's Frozen will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the autumn of 2020.
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This week’s production news includes a London run for Disney musical Frozen in the West End and the announcement that Faye Tozer is to join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End. Other news includes a UK tour of The Exorcist and a play by journalist Bim Adewunmi that is to premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Musicals

Faye Tozer is to star as Miss Hedge in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She will take up the role from May 6, and continue in the part until August 3.
Authors: Tom MacRae (book and lyrics) and Dan Gillespie Sells (music)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, and Teresa and Craig Beech

Faye Tozer to join West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Drama school student Jac Yarrow has been cast in the title role in the forthcoming revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End, alongside Sheridan Smith as the narrator and Jason Donovan as Pharaoh. The show opens at the London Palladium on July 11, with previews from June 27. It will run for an 11-week season, until September 8.
Author: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics)
Director: Laurence Connor
Choreographer: JoAnn M Hunter
Producer: Michael Harrison
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Disney musical Frozen has confirmed a London run, opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the autumn of 2020. Further details are to be announced.
Author: Jennifer Lee (book), Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (music and lyrics)
Director: Michael Grandage
Design: Christopher Oram (set and costume), Natasha Katz (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound)
Producer: Disney Theatrical Productions
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White Christmas, starring Danny Mac, is to run at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End this Christmas. The Irving Berlin musical will run from November 15 to January 4, 2020, with press night on November 25.
Authors: David Ives and Paul Blake (book), Irving Berlin (music and lyrics)
Director: Nikolai Foster
Choreographer: Stephen Mear
Cast also includes: Dan Burton
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Kevin McCollum, with Jason Haigh-Ellery, Laurence Myers, Colin Ingram and Peter Kane for Intheatre Productions and Curve

White Christmas starring Danny Mac announces West End transfer

The Happy Prince, a new musical inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s fairytale, will be presented in three showcase performances at the Place theatre in London on May 3 and 4. The cast will be led by Phil Daniels, Janie Dee, Sophia Hurdley and Sam Archer.
Authors: Michael Barry (book), Hal Cazalet (music and lyrics)
Director: Hal Cazalet
Choreography: Sophia Hurdley and Sam Archer
Cast includes: David Burt, Louis Gaunt, Sammy Graham, Jessica Pardoe, Edwin Ray, Ronald Samm, Cilla Silvia, Gemma Wardle and Alfie Wickham
Producer: Wilde Theatre Productions

Northampton’s Royal and Derngate has announced the world premiere of Pippi Longstocking as its Christmas show. The musical staging of the show will run from December 10 to 31, with press night on December 18.
Author: Astrid Lindgren, adapted by Mike Akers
Music: Stu Barker
Directors: Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton
Producer: Royal and Derngate

Plays

John Pielmeier’s stage adaptation of The Exorcist has announced a UK tour following a run in the West End. The tour will open at the Theatre Royal Windsor on September 2, before visiting Glasgow, Wimbledon, Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Bromley, with further dates and casting to be announced.
Director: Sean Mathias
Producer: Bill Kenwright

The Exorcist announces UK tour

English Touring Theatre has announced its 2019 autumn season. The company, in a co-production with Northampton’s Royal and Derngate, will present the revival of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Nancy Medina. It will open at the Royal and Derngate on September 4 and run until 14 September, before touring to Southampton, Oxford, Doncaster, Ipswich, Guildford and Derby. Then, in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres, they present the world premiere stage adaptation of Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, running at Sheffield Theatres from September 13 to 28, before touring to Bristol, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Manchester, York and Leeds.

Casting has been announced for Hobson’s Choice at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. The adaptation, by Tanika Gupta, will run from May 31 to July 6.
Director: Pooja Ghai
Cast includes: Tony Jayawardena, Shalini Peiris, Maimuna Memon, Safiyya Ingar, Esh Alladi, Raj Bajaj, Tony Hirst, Gurjeet Singh, Avin Shah and Yasmin Wilde
Producer: Manchester Royal Exchange

Full casting has been announced for Anna at the National Theatre. It opens on May 11 and runs until June 15, with press night on May 21.
Creators: Ella Hickson, Ben and Max Ringham
Director: Natalie Abrahami
Cast: Michael Gould, Diana Quick, Lara Rossi, Nathalie Armin, Max Bennett, Jamie Bradley, Georgia Landers and Dwane Walcott
Producer: National Theatre

A play by journalist Bim Adewunmi that was commissioned as part of an initiative for debut playwrights, but cancelled without notice, is to be performed at the Arcola Theatre in London. Hoard will run from May 15 to June 8, with press night on May 20.
Director: Femi Elufowoju
Producer: Arcola Theatre

Cancelled Bim Adewunmi play to be staged at Arcola Theatre in London

Flux, a devised play about a young, female physicist, has announced tour dates across the UK, which will follow the play’s premiere at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. The tour will take place from April 25 to June 22, visiting locations including Tonbridge, Kendal, Maidenhead, Cheltenham, Louth, London and Cockermouth.
Devised by: Anne Conde, Molly Freeman, Matthew Lloyd, Hattie Thomas
Composer: Jon Ouin
Producer: Smoking Apples

Neck or Nothing, a play which explores the issue of men’s mental health, is to run at the Pleasance Theatre in London from April 23 to May 4 and Greenwich Theatre Studio from May 7 to 11.
Author and director: Callum Cameron and Christopher Neels
Cast: James Murfitt, Katy Daghorn, David North
Producer: Fledgling Theatre

Wow Everything is Amazing, a new show set in a church of the future, will open at Battersea Arts Centre in London on April 4, where it runs until April 12. It will then tour until June 30, running at the Albany in London, Home in Manchester and Tobacco Factory in Bristol.
Author: ​Roisin Feeny
Directors: ​Gemma Rowan​ and ​Roisin Feeny
Producer: Sounds Like Chaos and the Albany
Design: ​Kat Heath (set and costume), Sarah Readman (lighting), Keir Vine (sound)
Producer: Anna Myers

Shit-faced Shakespeare has announced a return to Leicester Square Theatre in London with The Taming of the Shrew, which runs from April 17 to June 1.
Director: Lewis Ironside
Cast: Stacey Norris, Saul Marron, Briony Rawle, Lucy Farrar, Rob Smythson, Will Seaward, Matthew Seager, Jack Forsyth-Noble
Producer: Magnificent Bastard Productions

Other

Musical theatre star Rachel John is to kickstart a new series of events at London’s Shaw Theatre, called Singing at the Shaw, in which performers will sing songs that tell the stories of their own careers. John, who was in the original London cast of Hamilton, will be the first performer in the series, on April 28.

Shaw Theatre launches ‘evening with’ series for musical performers

Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has announced 13 new shows to join its line-up. These include Barrel Organ‘s show about fake news Conspiracy, Burnt Lemon’s Tokyo Rose and Poltergeist’s Art Heist. Other highlights include a play called America is Hard to See, about a rural American community for sex offenders, and Super Sunday, by Finnish ensemble Race Horse Company, in the Circus Hub.

Camden People’s Theatre and Camden Alive have announced a three-week festival called The Camden Roar, in celebration of the theatre’s 25th anniversary, which will focus on telling local stories. Highlights include a piece by CPT’s artistic director Brian Logan, which explores the impact of ongoing HS2 works on the local Camden community, and a hip-hop theatre show from Beats and Elements called High Rise eState of Mind.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have been announced to headline Hampton Court Palace Festival in London on June 22. The festival runs from June 6 to 22.

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