Production news round-up: Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett to star in Theatre Royal Bath season and Maxine Peake cast in IVF play at the Barbican
This week’s production news round-up includes a special sing-along performance from musical Six. Other announcements include the initial shows for Theatre Royal Bath’s new season, starring Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett, and news that Maxine Peake is to star in a play about IVF at the Barbican in London.
Pop musical Six is to host a sing-along performance for the first time later this year. The show, which is based on the story of Henry VIII’s six wives, is running at the Arts Theatre in London throughout 2019, and will host the one-off performance on June 6.
Authors: Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow
Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Producers: Kenny Wax, Global Musicals and George Stiles
Further casting has been announced for Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse, joining the previously announced Anne-Marie Duff as Charity and Arthur Darvill as Oscar. The production runs from April 6 to June 8, with press night on April 17.
Author: Neil Simon (book), Cy Coleman (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics)
Director: Josie Rourke
Producer: Donmar Warehouse
Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett will appear in Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, the third under artistic director Jonathan Church. Saunders will play Madame Arcati in a production of Blithe Spirit directed by Richard Eyre, with a cast that also includes Lisa Dillon. Meanwhile, Everett will lead the cast of a new version of Uncle Vanya by David Hare, on which Everett will also make his directorial stage debut.
Casting has been announced for Inua Ellams‘ adaptation of The Half-God of Rainfall. The play will run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from April 13 to April 20, with press night on April 16.
Director: Nancy Medina
Cast includes: Rakie Ayola and Kwami Odoom
Producers: Kiln Theatre, Fuel and Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Game of Thrones actor Gwendoline Christie is among the cast members announced for an immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre in London. The production runs at the Bridge Theatre in London from June 3 to August 31, with press night on June 11.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast includes: Oliver Chris, David Moorst, Felicity Montagu, Hammed Animashaun, Paul Adeyefa, Charlotte Atkinson, Tessa Bonham Jones, Jermaine Freeman, Isis Hainsworth, Chipo Kureya and Francis Lovehall
Producer: The Bridge Theatre
Casting has been announced for the UK tour of Olivier award-winning show Rotterdam. The tour opens in Kingston on April 4 and visits locations including York, Leicester, Exeter, Birmingham, Guildford and Eastbourne, where the tour ends on June 12.
Authors: Jon Brittain, Bethan Cullinane, Elijah W Harris and Ellie Morris
Director: Donnacadh O’Briain
Cast includes: Lucy Jane Parkinson, Bethan Cullinane, Elijah W Harris and Ellie Morris
Producer: Hartshorn – Hook Productions
Maxine Peake will star in a new show at London’s Barbican about one woman’s experiences with IVF. Avalanche: A Love Story runs from April 27 to May 12 as part of the venue’s Fertility Fest.
Author: Julia Leigh
Director: Anne-Louise Sarks
Producers: Barbican, Fertility Fest and Sydney Theatre Company
A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre have announced the line-up for Incoming Festival 2019, a festival for emerging theatre companies that will be presented simultaneously at London’s New Diorama Theatre, Manchester’s Home and Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres. Highlights include Strictly Arts Theatre Company with Camilla Whitehill’s Freeman, Malaprop’s Everything Not Saved and The Pappyshow’s Boys.
Carrie Hope Fletcher has been announced as a guest performer at An Evening with Jason Robert Brown in March. His concert will take place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London on March 31.
A new immersive dining experience celebrating funk and soul music and its influence on black history is to run at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London on April 18 and 21, May 2 and 5, and then every Thursday in May. Supper Freak will see guests enjoy a three-course dinner and an immersive theatrical experience set in a Harlem nightclub in 1974.
Creative director: Munotida Chinyanga
Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong is being adapted into a six-part television series for the BBC. The Goes Wrong Show will begin filming in March.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask
Producers: BBC Comedy, Mischief Screen, Big Talk Productions and Lionsgate UK
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