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Production news round-up: Pet Shop Boys create new musical and HighTide announces programme of new writing at Edinburgh Fringe

Pet Shop Boys will reunite with writer Jonathan Harvey for a new cabaret musical, Musik

Musicals

West Side Story at the Royal Exchange in Manchester will return to the venue next year, following what the theatre is describing as “unprecedented popular demand”. It will return to the theatre from April 18 to May 23, 2020.
Authors: Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics)
Director: Sarah Frankcom
Producer: Manchester Royal Exchange

Royal Exchange’s West Side Story to return in 2020 [1]

Andy Mientus, Declan Bennett, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Cedric Neal and John Partridge will star in the European premiere of new LGBTQ+ musical The View Upstairs, which runs from July 18 to August 24 at Soho Theatre, with a press night on Tuesday 23 July.
Author: Max Vernon
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Choreography: Fabian Aloise
Design: Lew Newby (set and costume) Nic Farman (lighting), Adam Fisher (sound)
Producers: Jack Maple and Brian Zeilinger for Take Two Theatricals and Ken Fakler, with Creative House Productions and Associate Producers Ben Lockwood and Sue Marks.

Pet Shop Boys have created a new cabaret musical that will premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and star Frances Barber. Written with playwright Jonathan Harvey, Musik will include four new songs by Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, as well as six other songs by the band. It is the second theatre collaboration between Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, and follows 2001’s Closer to Heaven.
Authors: Jonathan Harvey (book), Pet Shop Boys (music)
Producer: Cahoots Theatre Company

Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey create new cabaret musical for Edinburgh Fringe [2]

Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical is to run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, playing at Assembly George Square Gardens.
Authors: Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and Roger Kumble
Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
Chorerography: Gary Lloyd
Producer: Bill Kenwright Ltd

Plays

Theatre company HighTide has partnered with the Assembly Roxy to showcase six new-writing pieces at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It includes East Anglian writer Kenny Emson’s Rust, directed by Eleanor Rhode, in a co-production with London’s Bush Theatre, and Collapsible, by Irish writer Margaret Perry, which will be directed by Thomas Martin. Charlotte Josephine’s Pops, directed by Ali Pidsley and co-produced with Newcastle’s Live Theatre, also features in the programme, which will run from July 31 to August 26.

HighTide announces programme of new writing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe [3]

A new stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film My Beautiful Laundrette using Hanif Kureishi’s original screenplay will tour the UK later this year. It will open at Curve in September, where it runs from September 20 to October 5.
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Director: Nikolai Foster
Design: Grace Smart (set), Ben Cracknell (lighting) and Tom Marshall (sound)
Producers: Leicester Curve, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry,  Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and Leeds Playhouse

The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education has announced a West End run at Trafalgar studios from May 31 to June 29.
Producers: The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal and Derngate, Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall

Cevantes Theatre in London, which showcases Spanish and Latin American plays, has announced a new female-led season. Highlights include new writing works The Reality / La Realidad by Denise Despeyroux, translated by Sarah Maitland and On/From Debris // (Des)de los escombros by María Prado, translated by Simon Breden. Other productions include contemporary works The Eyes of the Night / Los Ojos de la Noche by Paloma Pedrero and Run! / Corre! By Yolanda García Serrano as well as a new series of works focusing on ‘the Spanish Golden Age’ of classics, which includes Courage, Outrage & Woman / Valor, Agravio y Mujer by Ana Caro.

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has announced its 2019 autumn season, which includes Essex Girls and Boys by Luke Norris and a world premiere comedy by Sadie Hasler called Stiletto Beach. Other highlights include a co-production with Derby Theatre of Richard Bean’s hilarious smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors and a co-production with Hull Truck theatre of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh.

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival has announced its full 2019 programme, which runs from June 21 to July 6. The opening and closing ceremonies of the festival will be two specially created versions of Cristal Palace, an immersive production from French company Transe Express. Other highlights in the programme include Teatro dei Venti’s retelling of Moby Dick, GDIF’s Dancing City and Talawa’s The Tide.