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Production news round-up: Death of a Salesman announces West End transfer and Watford Palace Theatre to reimagine Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight

Joseph Mydell and Wendell Pierce in Death of a Salesman. Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg
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Musicals

Disney’s The Lion King has announced casting for its UK and Ireland tour. The tour will open in Bristol in September 2019 before moving to Edinburgh in December, with further dates and cities to be announced.
Authors: Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina
Director: Julie Taymor
Cast includes: Dashaun Young, Josslynn Hlenti and Thandazile Soni, Steve Beirnaert, Matthew Forbes, Jean-Luc Guizonne, Richard Hurst, Alan McHale, Rebecca Omogbehin, Carl Sanderson and Simon Trinder
Producer: Disney Theatrical Productions

Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of musical Curtains, which opens at the Churchill Theatre Bromley on October 4. Curtains tours until April 11, 2020, visiting locations including Cardiff, Belfast, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Norwich, Glasgow and Southampton.
Authors: John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics), Rupert Holmes (book) and Peter Stone (book)
Director: Paul Foster
Cast includes: Jason Manford, Ore Oduba, Carley Stenson, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes, Leah West and Alan Burkitt
Producers: Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment

The Prince of Egypt has announced its full creative team. The musical will run at London’s Dominion Theatre from Wednesday February 5, 2020, to April 29.
Authors: Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Philip LaZebnik (book)
Director: Scott Schwartz
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Design: Kevin Depinet (set), Ann Hould-Ward (costume), Mike Billings (lighting) and Gareth Owen (sound)
Musical director: Dave Rose
Producers: DreamWorks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw

Plays

Marianne Elliott’s production of Death of a Salesman has announced a West End transfer. The Young Vic production, which stars Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke, will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from October 24 to January 4, 2020. Press night will be on November 4.
Author: Arthur Miller
Directors: Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell
Design: Anna Fleischle (set and costume), Aideen Malone (lighting) and Carolyn Downing (sound)
Producers: Elliott and Harper Productions and Cindy Tolan.

Marianne Elliott’s Death of a Salesman announces West End transfer

London’s Royal Court Theatre has announced that new play Imp by Caryl Churchill is to run at the venue, which is also presenting three previously announced new plays from the writer: Glass, Kill and Bluebeard. Directed by James Macdonald, the plays will run from September 12 to October 12, with press night on September 25.

Watford Palace Theatre has announced a 21st-century re-imagining of Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play Gaslight, which gave rise to the modern term ‘gaslighting’ to describe psychological abuse.
Director: Richard Beecham
Design: Naomi Dawson (set and costume), Anna Watson (lighting) and Sarah Weltman (sound)

Patrick Hamilton’s play Gaslight to be reimagined in new production by Watford Palace Theatre

Kathy Burke and Scott Graham are to co-direct a new play by Sally Abbott, as part a programme of work celebrating the 25th anniversary of theatre company Frantic Assembly. The world premiere of I Think We Are Alone will tour from February 3, 2020 to May 16, visiting venues including to co-producers Theatre Royal Plymouth and Leicester Curve. Frantic Assembly has also announced that the company will return to Latitude Festival to headline the theatre arena, where it will present Phil Porter’s Sometimes Thinking.

Kathy Burke to direct new play as part of Frantic Assembly 25th anniversary programme

The Lost Musicals Charitable Trust is to present a season of long-lost plays by Broadway writers as part of a new project at RADA. Lost Plays, directed by Ian Marshall, will run at the RADA studio theatre. The plays include Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee’s Auntie Mame, which runs on June 30 and July 7 and 14; George S Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Merrily We Roll Along, which runs on September 8, 15 and 22; and Joseph Kramm’s The Shrike, which runs November 3, 10 and 17.

A stage adaptation of The Snail and the Whale, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler picture book, will run at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End from November 30 to January 5, 2020.
Director: Toby Mitchell
Cast includes: Hannah Miller, Tim Hibberd and Charlotte Mafham
Producer: Tall Stories

The National Theatre’s production of Peter Pan will return for a run at the new Troubadour White City Theatre next month. The devised version of Peter Pan first ran in 2016 at Bristol Old Vic and the NT. It will now return for a three-month run at Troubadour White City, from July 20 to October 27. The production, which runs in the larger space, forms part of the theatre’s opening programme, which includes the launch of a family theatre festival, TroubaKids.

National Theatre’s Peter Pan to run at Troubadour White City

Clean Break has announced a revival of Sweatbox, which takes place in the back of a prison van. Sweatbox will tour the UK from June 12 to October 13, with a press performance at Chichester Festival Theatre on June 13.
Author: Chloë Moss
Director: Anna Herrmann
Cast includes: Funke Adeleke, Jade Small, Posy Sterling and Anna Herrmann

 

Other

The full line-up has been announced for the National Theatre‘s free summer festival, River Stage 2019, which runs from July 5 to August 4. Shubbak Festival will bring performances from Music Action International’s programme Everyday People, which supports young people newly arrived to the UK from conflict zones, while other highlights include performances of The Gruffalo and Grass Men. Frantic Assembly’s takeover of the festival will include performances from Lewis Griffith, Declan Bennett and Stefan Janik.

Puccini‘s operas Madama Butterfly and La Bohème are to tour the UK in 2020, from January 21 to April 23. They visit locations including Oxford, Brighton, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Ipswich, Swansea, Leicester and Dartford. The cast of Madama Butterfly includes Elena Dee and Alyona Kistenyova, with Kistenyova and Maria Tonina to star in Boheme.

Casting and the creative team have been announced for Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera‘s co-production of Noye’s Fludde, which features professional singers, actors and musicians with schoolchildren and members of the local community. The production runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from July 1 to 13.
Author: Benjamin Britten
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Movement director: Lynne Page
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Cast: Suzanne Bertish, Louise Callinan, Marcus Farnsworth, undergraduates from the Royal College of Music,120 children from Brampton Primary School in Newham and Churchfields Junior School in Redbridge, the Stratford East Singers and the ENO Community Choir

Shotgun Carousel has announced a new immersive dining experience at the Vaults in London called Red Palace, which is described as “Gothic cabaret guided by an irresistible tale which will showcase cabaret, circus, dance and genre-defying performance”. The event runs from September 24 to January 12, 2020, with press night on October 2.
Author: Cressida Peever
Director: Celine Lowenthal

Opera festival Tete a Tete, which takes place across nine venues in London from July 24 to August 10, has announced its 2019 season. Highlights include Madame Butterflop and The Perfect Opera, which is described as a “hip hop foxtrot operatic sketch comedy show consisting of the 49 expected tropes of an opera”.

Theatre Deli in London has announced a festival celebrating refugees in the UK, which will include live music, comedy, open rehearsals, theatre and dance performances and will take place at the Old Library in Camberwell from June 15 to 23. Highlights include new-writing company Sharp Scratches’ play Finding Home and an open rehearsal with Alleyway Radical Theatre.

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