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Production news round-up: 42nd Street to be streamed in cinemas across UK and Moira Buffini’s Handbagged to run at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic

Bonnie Langford in 42nd Street. Photo: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg


The UK premiere of off-Broadway musical Shida has been announced to run at the Vaults in London from September 11 to October 13, with press night on September 13.
Author and cast: Jeannette Bayardelle
Director: Andy Sandberg
Producers: Shida UK Limited, Callum Dougherty and Alan Kay, Judith Manocherian and Jim Glaub, Crystal Chase, Julian Roc

Law and Order actor Andrew Boyer has been announced to join the cast of Waitress in London’s West End, taking over the role of Shaun Prendergast from August 12. The musical is currently booking at the Adelphi Theatre until January 4, 2020.
Authors: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics) and Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Choreographer: Lorin Latarro
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick

Waitress review at Adelphi Theatre, London – ‘sweet as the best homemade pie’ [1]

Cherelle Jay, Zara MacIntosh and Hana Stewart have been announced to join the cast of pop-musical Six as the new alternate Queens. Six is running at the Arts Theatre in London.
Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Producers: Kenny Wax, Global Musicals and George Stiles

Full casting has been announced for Daddy Long Legs at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester.
Authors: Paul Gordon (music and lyrics) and John Caird (book)
Director: Kirstie Davis
Cast: Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Ryan Bennett

Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of Blood Brothers. Following a three-week season at Cork Opera House until August 17, the musical will tour until December 14, visiting locations including Canterbury, Liverpool, Birmingham, Dartford and Sunderland.
Author: Willy Russell
Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright
Cast includes: Lyn Paul, Joel Benedict, Danielle Corlass, Danny Taylor, Chloe Taylor, Alexander Patmore, Robbie Scotcher, Tim Churchill, Graham Martin, Gemma Brodrick, Hannah Barr, Graeme Kinniburgh, Shaun McCourt and Connor Bannister
Producer: Bill Kenwright


Fiona Buffini is to direct her sister Moira Buffini’s play Handbagged at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme. It runs from September 6 to 28, with press night on September 10.
Cast includes: Zoe Aldrich, Louise Bangay, Melissa Collier, Ashley Gerlach, Jan Goodman and Paul Mundell
Design: Olivia Du Monceau (set and costume), Daniella Beattie (lighting) and James Earls-Davis (sound)
Producer: New Vic Theatre

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Michael Longhurst’s production of The Son. It runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from August 24 to November 2.
Author: Florian Zeller
Cast includes: Amanda Abbington, Laurie Kynaston, John Light, Amaka Okafor, Martin Turner and Cudjoe Asare
Producers: Fiery Angel and Gavin Kalin Productions

Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of Youthquake, which will also incorporate a local cast at each stage of the tour. The tour opens in Lincoln on October 10, before visiting Stratford Circus Arts Centre, where it has press night on October 16, followed by Bath, Brighton, Norwich, Barnsley and Canterbury, where the tour ends on November 22.
Director: Toby Ealden
Cast: Claire Gaydon and Harris Cain
Producer: Catherine Fowles


The West End revival of 42nd Street starring Bonnie Langford is to be streamed in cinemas across the UK and Ireland. More2Screen has announced that the production will be streamed in more than 550 cinemas across the UK and Ireland from November 10. It was filmed live for cinema in November 2018 by BroadwayHD.
Author: Harry Warren, Al Dubin (music and lyrics), Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart (book)
Director: Ross MacGibbon in collaboration with Mark Bramble
Producers: Michael Linnit and Michael Grade

West End musical 42nd Street to be shown in cinemas across UK and Ireland [2]

Tom Dale Company has announced new dance work, Step Sonic: Parts 1 & 2, which tours the UK from October 17 to November 27. It visits Derby, Lincoln, Portsmouth, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Cambridge and Coventry. Part 1 explores the relationship between dance and music making, while part 2 features two new commissions by Eleesha Drennan and Jamal Burkmar.

The Escape Act – A Holocaust Memoir, a show combining theatre, circus and puppetry, tells the true story of a Jewish acrobat who hid in a German circus during WWI to escape concentration camps. It tours from September 23 to October 29, visiting London, Bristol, Birmingham and Salford.