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Production news round-up: Lynn Nottage’s Sweat announces West End transfer and Jodie Prenger to star in A Taste of Honey tour

A scene from Lynn Nottage’s Sweat
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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will both return to Les Miserables in the West End later this year for a concert version of the musical that will play while the show’s current home undergoes a renovation. Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas will also appear in the show, which runs at the Gielgud Theatre from August 10 to November 30, while the Queen’s is renovated.
Authors: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg
Cast also includes: Katy Secombe, John Owen-Jones
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe to star in Les Miserables concert version

Tony-nominated musical Amour, set in Paris in 1950, is to have its UK premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. It will run from May 2 to July 20.
Authors: Michel Legrand (music) and Jeremy Sams (book/lyrics)
Director: Hannah Chissick
Choreographer: Matt Cole
Producer: Danielle Tarento

New LGBT+ musical The View Upstairs is to play a limited season at Soho Theatre from July 18 to August 31, following an Off-Broadway run.
Author: Max Vernon
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Choreography: Fabian Aloise
Producers: Jack Maple and Brian Zeilinger for Take Two Theatricals and Ken Fakler


Jodie Prenger will star in a new tour of A Taste of Honey, produced by the National Theatre. The tour will open in Salford, where the play is set, and will run at the Lowry from September 13 to 21. It will then visit the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, Richmond Theatre, the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Leicester’s Curve, Theatre Royal Bath, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Norwich Theatre Royal.
Writer: Shelagh Delaney
Director: Bijan Sheibani
Producer: National Theatre

Jodie Prenger to star in National Theatre tour of A Taste of Honey

Full casting has been announced for Death of a Salesman at London’s Young Vic. It runs from May 1 to June 29 with press night on May 9.
Author: Arthur Miller
Directors: Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell
Cast: Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, Arinze Kene, Ian Bonar, Trevor Cooper, Martins Imhangbe, Joseph Mydell, Nenda Neurer, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young and Maggie Service
Producers: Young Vic, Elliott and Harper Productions, and Cindy Tolan

Philip Osment’s This Island’s Mine is to be revived at the King’s Head Theatre on May 17, three decades after it was originally performed. It runs from May 15 to June 8, with press night on May 17.
Director: Philip Wilson
Producer: Ardent Theatre Company in association with the King’s Head Theatre

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat is to transfer to the West End later this year. Martha Plimpton will reprise her role in the production when it moves from the Donmar Warehouse to the Gielgud Theatre. It runs from June 7 to July 20.
Director: Lynette Linton
Producers: Mark Rubinstein, Gavin Kalin, Joe Baker, James Quaife, Micah Frank and Dave McNeilly

Sweat announces West End transfer

Boundless Theatre has announced its new production, The Parakeet Experience, which will play in Margate on March 17 and at London’s Canada Water Theatre in May, with further dates to be announced.
Authors: Brigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy
Producers: Boom Shakalaka Productions and Boundless Theatre

The Pleasance Theatre has announced its first five shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These include shows from Cirque Berserk!, Craig Hill, Paul Merton and Jimeoin. Showstoppers will also return to the fringe, where they will improvise a musical from scratch every night.

Magnificent Bastard Productions has three shows as part of its Shit-faced series, which involves one of the actors getting drunk on stage each night, playing at London’s Leicester Square Theatre this year. Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist! runs from March 27 to April 12, Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew runs from April 17 to June 1, while Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet is on at the venue from June 29 to September 14.

Beyond the Horizon Theatre Company is to tour Kafka’s Metamorphosis, opening at Birmingham’s Old Rep on February 26. It will then visit locations including Lincoln, Frome, Taunton, Luton, Exeter, Stroud and Winchester.
Director: Matilda Dickinson and Adam Lloyd-James
Producers: Beyond The Horizon in association with Old Rep Theatre

A stage adaptation of the horror film Night of the Living Dead will run at the Pleasance Theatre in London this year, running from April 9 to May 19.
Authors: Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin
Director: Benji Sperring
Producer: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Ollie Rosenblatt for Senbla

Second Night of the Living Dead stage production announced


Gary Lineker and Jon Snow are among the household names who will take part in a one-off conversation event at Battersea Arts Centre with theatremakers including Simon Stephens and Jess Thom. It is one of a series of standalone events announced by London’s BAC as part of its Phoenix Season, during which the venue will show every performance made with the BBC for its Performance Live strand over a nine-hour day of screening. Performance Live: The Box Set will take place on March 17 between 12pm and 9:30pm. It will screen every episode of Performance Live created by BAC, the BBC and Arts Council England since autumn 2016.

Gary Lineker, Jon Snow, Simon Stephens and Jess Thom to appear together in conversation at Battersea Arts Centre

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is to tour a selection of shows to village halls across the country from February 1 to June 7. Highlights include Windrush, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s celebration of Caribbean culture in Britain, Uchenna Dance’s retelling of Hansel and Gretel through contemporary African dance and Juliet and Romeo by Lost Dog.

New immersive theatre company Any One Thing will open its first show, Recollection, in London this month. Running at a secret location in central London, the show is set within a multinational corporation “that helps people live better lives through non-invasive memory erasure procedures”. It runs from February 20 to April 30.

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