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Production news round-up: Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts to join Waitress cast and The Girl on the Train announces West End transfer

Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts will join the Waitress cast from September 17 Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts will join the Waitress cast from September 17
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Musicals

Caroline Sheen is to return to the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical at the Savoy Theatre in July, replacing Louise Redknapp. Sheen will return to the show from July 4, with Redknapp playing her final performance on June 29. Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley will continue in the show until August 31.
Author: Dolly Parton (music and lyrics) and Patricia Resnick (book)
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Producers include: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin Productions with Benjamin Lowy Productions and Glass Half Full Productions

Caroline Sheen to return to Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5

Richard Winsor is to reprise his role in the UK tour of Saturday Night Fever. The production opens at the New Victoria Theatre Woking on August 6 and visits locations including Malvern, Southampton, Leeds, Nottingham, Chester, Coventry, Cheltenham, Belfast, Aberdeen and Milton Keynes.
Authors: Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes
Director and producer: Bill Kenwright

Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts are to join the cast of Waitress in the West End. Both take over from June 17, with Roberts playing a limited summer season in the production, after which Laura Baldwin will return to the role of Dawn. Waitress opened at the Adelphi Theatre on March 7 and is currently running until October 19.
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

Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts join West End Waitress cast

Casting has been announced for Bare: A Pop Opera at the Vaults, which runs from June 21 to August 4, with press night on June 26.
Cast includes: Stacy Francis, Jo Napthine, Mark Jardine, Darragh Cowley, Daniel Mack Shand, Georgie Lovatt, Tom Hier, Bradley Connor and Athena Collins
Authors: Jon Hartmere (book and lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book and music)
Director: Julie Atherton
Producer: Jason Shand-Rodger

Plays

Paul O’Grady, Matt Baker and Gary Wilmot are to star in this year’s London Palladium pantomime. The production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs from December 7 to January 12, 2020.
Cast also includes: Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Phil Hitchcock, the Skating Medini, Sascha Williams and Peter Pavlov
Director: Michael Harrison
Choreographer: Karen Bruce
Design: Ian Westbrook (set), Hugh Durrant (costume), Twins FX (visual effects), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound)
Producer: Qdos Entertainment

Paul O’Grady, Matt Baker and Gary Wilmot to star in 2019 London Palladium Panto

The stage adaptation of The Girl on the Train, which stars Samantha Womack, has announced it will transfer to the West End this summer. It will run at the Duke of York’s theatre from July 23 to August 17.
Author: Paula Hawkins
Director: Anthony Banks
Producers: Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews
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Justin Audibert has announced his first season as artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre, which includes a reimagined Gulliver’s Travels and adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost and Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon. Anansi the Spider, created and directed by Audibert, will open the smaller space’s season.

Justin Audibert unveils first season as Unicorn artistic director

Matthew Warchus is to gender swap several roles in his forthcoming production of Present Laughter at the Old Vic, which will introduce a bisexual central character into the play. Andrew Scott will star in the production, which runs from June 17 to August 10.
Author: Noel Coward
Cast also includes: Indira Varma, Kitty Archer, Enzo Cilenti, Joshua Hill, Abdul Salis, Liza Sadovy, Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson and Suzie Toase
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Equus is to transfer to London’s West End. The production will open at Trafalgar Studios’ main space on July 6, where it runs until September 7.
Author: Peter Shaffer
Director: Ned Bennett
Cast includes: Robert Fitch, Keith Gilmore, Ethan Kai, Norah Lopez Holden, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Zubin Varla
Producers: English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East

Equus announces West End transfer

Full casting has been announced for Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios, which stars the previously announced Marina Sirtis. The play runs from June 25 to August 3.
Author: Michael Dennis
Director: Andrew Keates
Cast includes: Jacqueline King, Simon Thorp, Sophie Ward, Kwaku Mills, Mark Gatiss (voice)

After debuting at the Other Palace in London last year, Love Is Only Love is to return to the venue for a run from July 1 to 6.
Author: Sam Harrison
Director: Jason Morell
Producer: Jamie Chapman Dixon and Piers Cottee-Jones for Rigmarole Productions in association with Arion Productions, M.Green Productions and J.W. Carter Productions

Rachel O’Riordan has announced her first season as artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith, which includes an adaptation of A Doll’s House set in colonial India by Tanika Gupta and revivals of Mike Bartlett‘s Love, Love, Love and Martin McDonagh‘s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Later this year will be a new play, Solaris, by David Greig, adapted from the science fiction novel of the same name by Stainslaw Lem, and will be co-produced with Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, where Greig is artistic director.

Rachel O’Riordan unveils first season as artistic director of Lyric Hammersmith

Casting has been announced for British-Vietnamese play Summer Rolls at the Park Theatre in London. The play runs from June 19 to July 13.
Author: Tuyen Du
Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
Design: Moi Tran
Cast includes: Anna Nguyen, Linh-Dan Pham, Kwong Loke, Michael Phong Le, David Lee Jones, Keon Martial-Phillip and Christopher Nguyen

Other

Arcola Theatre in London has announced 16 productions that make up the 2019 Grimeborn Opera Festival. These include Opera Allegra’s Violetta, Baseless Fabric Theatre‘s reimagined Die Fledermaus and a revival of Count Ory by Opera Alegría.

South Asian dance organisation Akademi is to mark its 40th anniversary with a series of celebratory events running from May 2019 to April 2020. These include Aunusthan by Pagrav Dance Company at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on June 13, a dance competition and special evening event curated by Vidya Patel at the Southbank Centre on July 20 and Brown Tangle, a two day festival at Rich Mix on October 25 and 26.

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