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Production news round-up: Louise Redknapp withdraws from Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 due to injury and Shakespeare’s Globe unveils Summer 2019 season

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Louise Redknapp has been forced temporarily to withdraw from Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 due to injury. She was due to star as Violet, however will not now appear in the show when it opens at the Savoy Theatre in the West End on January 28 after falling and fracturing her wrist. Producers expect she will return to the show in late March or early April. However, her replacement for performances until then has not yet been announced.
Authors: Dolly Parton (music and lyrics), Patricia Resnick (book)
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group and Selladoor Worldwide with Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Hartshorn-Hook Productions.

Injury forces Louise Redknapp to pull out of 9 to 5 the Musical performances

Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse and actor Tyrone Huntley will lead the creative team of a new production of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, making their theatre choreography and directorial debuts. The show, which celebrates jazz musician Fats Waller, will premiere at the Mercury Theatre Colchester from March 15 to 30 before transferring to Southwark Playhouse in London, where it will run from April 19 to June 1.
Authors: Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr
Producers: Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company
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Full casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Waitress, running at the Adelphi Theatre From February 8, with press night on March 7.
Authors: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics) and Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Cast includes: Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Stephen Leask, Jack McBrayer, Chris McGuigan, Katharine McPhee, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby and Marisha Wallace
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, and Norton and Elayne Herrick

Hayley Tamaddon has been cast as Miss Hedge in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre in London. Tamaddon, whose theatre credits Chicago, Spamalot and The Rocky Horror Show, joins the production on January 28, alongside the previously announced Layton Williams as Jamie. It is currently booking until September 28.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Cast also includes: Marlon G Day, Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones, Luke Latchman, Rachel Price, Biancha Szynal, Adam Taylor and Ziggy Tyler Taylor
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, and Teresa and Craig Beech

Hayley Tamaddon joins Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as Miss Hedge

Full casting has been announced for the London run of Notre Dame De Paris, which runs at the London Coliseum from January 23 to 27. The productions stars Angelo Del Vecchio, Hiba Tawaji, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Charest, Alyzee Lalande, Martin Giroux and Jay, who are all leading cast members of the current world tour.
Authors: Richard Cocciante (music), Luc Plamondon (lyrics)
Director: Gilles Maheu
Choreographer: Martino Muller
Producer: Nicolas Talar for Enzo Products Ltd and Adam Blanshay Productions

Linzi Hateley will reprise the role of Mrs Johnstone in the 2019 leg of the Blood Brothers tour, which sets off on January 29. The musical will visit locations including Malvern, Sheffield, Nottingham, Bournemouth, Killarney, Blackpool, Llandudno and Leeds, where it ends on May 18.
Author: Willy Russell
Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright
Producer: Bill Kenwright


Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox will join Tom Hiddleston in the cast of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal in the West End. The play runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from March 5 until June 1, with press night on March 13.
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Producers: Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group Production, Ben Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions

Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox join Tom Hiddleston in cast of Betrayal

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s The Twilight Zone to the Ambassadors Theatre from March 4, 2019, with closing date to be announced.
Author: Anne Washburn
Director: Richard Jones
Cast includes: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola and Neil Haigh, Alisha Bailey, Natasha J Barnes, Nicholas Karimi, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Lauren O’Neill and Matthew Steer
Producers: Ron Fogelman for Your Next Stop Limited and the Almeida Theatre, with executive producer Kenny Wax

Sweat has extended its run at the Donmar Warehouse in London until February 2. The new dates mean the Pulitzer prize-winning play will run for a week longer than was originally planned.
Author: Lynn Nottage
Director: Lynette Linton
Producer: Donmar Warehouse

A production of The Winter’s Tale for young audiences is to return to the Dorfman at the National Theatre in London from February 6 to 21.
Author: Justin Audibert
Director: Ruth Mary Johnson
Cast includes: Joseph Adelakun, Ebony Feare, Tom Giles, Terique Jarrett, Christina Modestou, Aisha Toussant, Wreh-Asha Walton and Stanton Wright
Producer: National Theatre

The Young Vic Theatre in London has announced casting for its new season, which includes Dervla Kirwan and Ukweli Roach in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, directed by Kate Hewitt, which runs from February 14 to March 30. Others in this production include Oberon KA Adjepong, Matthew Douglas and Joplin Sibtain. The theatre also announced the cast of April De Angelis’ Wild East, directed by The Stage Debut award-winner Lekan Lawal, which will include Lucy Briers, Kemi-Bo Jacobs and Zach Wyatt.

Dervla Kirwan, Ukweli Roach and Lucy Briers cast in Young Vic’s new season

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Under the Umbrella at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, which tells the story of a young Chinese woman living in the UK, and is presented in partnership with Tamasha and Yellow Earth Theatre. It runs from March 2 to 16 at the Belgrade, before touring to Poole, Liverpool and London.
Author: Amy Ng
Director: Justine Themen
Cast: Mei Mac, Charlotte Chiew, Laura Tipper and Minhee Yeo
Producer: Lian Wilkinson

Ella Road’s The Phlebotomist, starring Jade Anouka, will transfer to Hampstead Theatre‘s main space following a run in its studio. The production, directed by Sam Yates, runs from March 19 to April 20, with press night on March 25. Meanwhile, casting has been announced for Eden, in the Downstairs space. Written by Hannah Patterson and directed by Matthew Xia it features Laurietta Essien, Mariah Gale, Sean Jackson, Yolanda Kettle, Adrian Richards and Michael Simkins.

Shakespeare’s Globe has unveiled its summer season for 2019, which includes productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV and Henry V. Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V will be performed by the Globe’s ensemble and will star Michelle Terry, Helen Schlesinger and Sarah Amankwah. The season also includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Sean Holmes, The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Nicole Charles and Elle While, and Ben Jonson’s comedy Bartholomew Fair, directed by Blanche McIntyre. On tour, the theatre will stage Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and Pericles.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces 2019 summer season

Wendi Peters is to star in new play Call Me Vicky, set in 1980s Elephant and Castle about the central character Vicky’s transformation from a male to a female. It runs at the Pleasance Theatre in London from February 19 to March 9.
Authors: Nicola and Stacey Bland
Director: Victoria Gimby
Cast also includes: Matt Greenwood Nicola Bland, Stacey Victoria, Bland Adam Young and Ben Welch
Producer: Pleasance Theatre

Children’s show Kite is to tour the UK, opening at Darlington Hall in Totnes on February 15. It visits locations including Bedford, Sheffield, Doncaster and Winchester, where the tour ends on May 11.
Authors and directors: Rachael Canning and Hannah Mulder
Producer: The Wrong Crowd

Katie and Pip, a devised show about the life saving bond between a 15-year-old girl who is a Type 1 diabetic and her medical alert dog, is to tour the UK from January 17, visiting Lancashire, London, Newcastle and Wolverhampton. The tour includes a run at the Vault festival in London from January 23 to 27.
Cast: Charlotte Berry, Rob Gregson and Katie Gregson
Producer: Tin Can People

The cast has been announced for Alex Oates‘ new play All in a Row, which runs at Southwark Playhouse next month. It will feature Charlie Brooks, Simon Lipkin, Michael Fox and Hugh Purves, and runs from February 18 to March 9, with press night on February 18.
Director: Dominic Shaw
Design: PJ McEvoy (set), Rachel Sampley (lighting) Sian Kidd (puppet design and direction)
Producers: Paul Virides Productions, Evelyn James Productions and United Theatrical

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Home, I’m Darling, which runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from January 26 to April 13. The production will then tour to the Theatre Royal Bath, and the Lowry, Salford, before returning to Theatr Clwyd following a run in July 2018. The new cast will join the previously announced Katherine Parkinson.
Author: Laura Wade
Director: Tamara Harvey
Cast includes: Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Charlie Allen, Susan Brown, Ellie Burrow, Siubhan Harrison, Jane MacFarlane and Hywel Morgan
Producers: Theatr Clwyd and Fiery Angel


Live At Zedel at Crazy Coqs in London has announced its 2019 winter season, featuring over 200 shows, with highlights including Julian Clary in a warm-up for his new tour in February, Maria Friedman with a brand new show From the Heart and Hamilton star Giles Terera. Cabaret highlights include Anita Gillette and Paul Bogaev making his Crazy Coqs debut, while Joe Stilgoe returns for his annual residency in May with guests including Meow Meow, Hamilton’s Rachel John, Jason Manford and Daniel Evans.






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