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Production news round-up: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie extends West End run and Manchester International Festival announces 2019 programme

Layton WIlliams and the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.-Photo: Johan Perrson
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The latest production news round-up includes an announcement that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is to extend its West End run until 2020, while Manchester International Festival has revealed its 2019 programme.


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended its run in the West End until 2020. The musical opened at the Apollo Theatre in November 2017 and has now confirmed it will continue booking until January 25, 2020.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black and Teresa and Craig Beech.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie extends into 2020

LGBT+ theatre Above the Stag in London is to present a new production of Broadway musical Romance Romance. It will run from March 12 until April 6, with press night on March 14.
Authors: Barry Harman (book), Keith Herrmann (music and lyrics)
Director: Steven Dexter
Producer: Above the Stag


Giles Terera and Lucy Briers will join the cast of Duncan Macmillan‘s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm, alongside the previously announced Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell. Rosmersholm will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London from April 24 to July 20, with press night on May 2.
Director: Ian Rickson
Cast also includes: Jake Fairbrother, Peter Wight
Producer: Sonia Friedman Productions

Giles Terera will join the cast of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm

Theatre Deli in London has announced a festival of work celebrating European artists called the Great British F*ck Off Festival. Shunt co-founder co-founder Hannah Ringham and Glen Neath will headline the festival with Die or Run, while other highlights include work by dance artist Tim Casson and digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle’s Choreocracy. The festival takes place from March 27 to March 31.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre has announced the final projects of its 2019 programme, which will see Ad Infinitum present Extraordinary Wall of Silence, celebrating D/deaf culture. Other productions in the autumn season include Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) and Cyrano, a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac by Peter Oswald.

A new writing event showcasing plays by five disabled artists will run at Brick Hall as part of Vault Festival in London from March 13 to 14. The five works include Padre by Sally Davis, Should Have Gone to Lourdes by Stephen Kennedy, How I Almost Climbed Everest by Clare Knights and Inside by Hannah Torrance.

The Scary Bikers, starring John Godber and Jane Thornton, is to make its London debut at Trafalgar Studios, where it will run from Tuesday April 2 to April 27. The comedy, about a retired miner and a former private school teacher who set off on a bike ride through Europe, was originally commissioned by Sky Arts as part of a series of works exploring Brexit.
Author and director: John Godber
Producers: John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield

Mischief Theatre is collaborating with magicians Penn and Teller on a new show for its West End residency at the Vaudeville Theatre. Magic Goes Wrong will be the second production in the company’s year-long engagement at the Vaudeville, following the previously announced Groan Ups. The production runs from December 14, with press night on January 8, 2020.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Penn Jillette and Teller
Director: Adam Meggido
Producers: Kenny Wax, Stage Presence, Kevin McCollum and JJ Abrams

Mischief Theatre teams up with Penn and Teller for Magic Goes Wrong production


Maxine Peake, Ivo van Hove and Lolita Chakrabarti all feature in the programme for the 2019 Manchester International Festival, which runs from July 4 to 21. Peake has co-created The Nico Project with director Sarah Frankcom, playing tribute to the singer Nico, who is known for her work with the Velvet Underground. Van Hove will bring the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam ensemble to Manchester to perform the UK premiere of The Fountainhead. Other highlights include the world premiere of Invisible Cities, inspired by Italo Calvino‘s 1972 novel, which is a collaboration between choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, writer Chakrabarti, Rambert dance company and video designer Leo Warner.

Maxine Peake, Ivo Van Hove and Lolita Chakrabarti to feature in Manchester International Festival 2019 programme

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, running from June 21 to July 6, has announced highlights of its 2019 programme, including the UK premiere of a street adaptation of Moby Dick by Teatro dei Venti. Other highlights include a two-day programme of street theatre in Greenwich town centre, a site-specific production in the Royal Docks by Jessica Wilson called Passenger and a programme of outdoor dance.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is to return for a UK tour. It opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on November 18 and visits the Lowry in Salford and Sadler’s Wells in London, with further tour dates to be announced.
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Producer: New Adventures

The Actors Centre in London has announced a new international festival called A Piece of the Continent, in association with the Cockpit’s Viola! Europe festival, which will feature European and UK artists. Running at the Tristan Bates Theatre from April 8 to 27, highlights include a one-woman musical about 1960s pop star Angèle called A Voice, Vertebra Theatre’s Dark Matter and multilingual political satire Don’t You Dare!. Other shows include The Colpa Musical about a drag artist imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War and COSmino ProductionsDreams Die Hard.

Underbelly Festival Southbank, which takes place in London from April 6 to September 30, has announced more than 40 shows for its 2019 programme. These include Flip Fabrique’s Transit, Zach and Viggo’s Thunderflop and Le Gateau Chocolat’s Icons.

The line-up has been announced for Joe Stilgoe‘s week-long residency at Live at Zedel in London, which runs from May 20 to 25. Highlights include Janie Dee, Meow Meow, Rachel Parris, Danny Mac, Jason Manford, Harry Hill, Daniel Evans and Kitty LaRoar.

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