Production news round-up: Once announces first UK tour and Singin’ in the Rain to be revived
Folk musical Once has announced it will return later this year for a UK tour. This production premiered last year at the New Wolsey Theatre and Queens Theatre Hornchurch, which co-produced the show, however it is now being revived for its first major tour, opening at the relaunched Fairfield Halls in Croydon on December 19. It will then visit locations including Liverpool, Woking, Coventry, Oxford, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Plymouth.
Authors: Enda Walsh (book), Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova (music and lyrics),
Director: Peter Rowe
Design: Libby Watson (set and costumes), Mark Dymock (lighting), James Cook (sound), Peter Hazelwood (projection design)
Choreographer: Francesca Jaynes
Musical supervision: Ben Goddard
Orchestrations: Martin Lowe
Cast includes: Daniel Healy, Emma Lucia
Casting: Debbie O’Brien
Producers: Adam Spiegel and Robert Bartner
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Singin’ in the Rain is to return to London with a run at Sadler’s Wells starring Adam Cooper. Singin’ in the Rain will play for five weeks in the summer next year, having already played a London season at the Palace Theatre in 2012. It will run at Sadler’s Wells from July 24, 2020, with a press night on July 30.
Authors: Betty Comden and Adolph Green (writers), Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed (music and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Church
Producers: Michael Harrison Entertainment and Jonathan Church Productions
Samantha Mumba is to join the tour of Grease, playing Teen Angel for dates in Dublin. She will play the role at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, from September 17 to 23. Peter Andre and Ore Oduba are to play the role on other dates during the tour.
Authors: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Director: Nikolai Foster
Producers: Colin Ingram, InTheatre Productions, Donovan Mannato, William Sinclair, Ricardo Marques, Hunter Arnold and Curve.
Matt Cardle, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Natasha J Barnes and Daniel Boys are to star in Falsettos at the Other Palace in London. They will be joined by Oliver Savile and Gemma Knight-Jones in the show, which runs from August 30 to November 23, with press night on September 5.
Authors: William Finn (book, music and lyrics), James Lapine (book)
Director/choreographer: Tara Overfield-Wilkinson
Design: PJ McEvoy (set), Nic Farman (lighting), Chris Whybrow (lighting)
Musical director: Richard John
Producer: Selladoor Worldwide
A newly imagined production of We Will Rock You will set out on an international tour next year, produced by Selladoor Worldwide. It will kick off in Cape Town, South Africa on August 29, 2020, before touring to Johannesburg, then continuing to the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel, with further locations to be announced.
Authors: Queen (music and lyrics), Ben Elton (book)
Director/choreographer: Nick Winston
Design: Tom Rogers (set), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Ben Harrison (sound), Hayley Grindle (costume)
Producers: Selladoor Worldwide, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Showtime Management SA
John Partridge will star as Emcee in the forthcoming tour of Cabaret, which opens in Bromley in August. The production runs at the Churchill Theatre from August 28 to 31, before visiting locations including Wolverhampton, Dublin, Leicester, Hull, Edinburgh and Malvern.
Authors: Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics)
Director: Rufus Norris
Producer: Bill Kenwright
Dates have been confirmed for the revival of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs at the Old Vic, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith. It will run from October 14 to November 9, with press night to be confirmed.
Director: Matthew Warchus
Design: Rob Howell (set), Tim Lutkin (lighting)
Producer: Old Vic
A new production of David Hare‘s The Permanent Way will be revived in London late this year. The 2003 verbatim play revolves around the “botched privatisation of Britain’s railways” and will run in the Vaults, beneath Waterloo Station, from September 13 to November 17. Press night will be on September 17.
Director: Alexander Lass
Design: Ruth Hall (set and costumes), Rick Fisher (lighting), Roly Witherow (sound)
Movement: Siân Williams
Casting: Ellie Collyer-Bristow
Producer: Debbie Hicks
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery has announced a new cast for its West End production. The current touring cast will take over at the Criterion Theatre from June 25, and the show is booking until May 2020.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Director: Mark Bell
Cast includes: Sean Carey, David Coomber, Julia Frith, George Hannigan, Liam Jeavons, Damian Lynch, Killian Macardle, Jon Trenchard, and Ashley Tucker
Producer: Mischief Theatre and Kenny Wax Ltd
Alex Ferns, Marc Elliott and Philip McGinley will join the cast of the of The Girl on the Train for its London run, alongside the previously announced Samantha Womack. The Girl on the Train runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from July 23 to August 17.
Author: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel
Director: Anthony Banks
Producers: Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews
Full casting has been announced for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins‘ Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse. Monica Dolan will appear alongside Jaimi Barbakoff, Charles Furness, Edward Hogg, Steven Mackintosh, Isabella Pappas, Orlando Roddy, Oliver Savill and Tafline Steen. The play runs from August 16 to October 5, and will have a press night on August 22.
Director: Ola Ince
Design: Fly Davis (set), Anna Watson (lighting), Donato Wharton (sound)
Casting: Julia Horan
Producer: Donmar Warehouse
David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy has announced a London run at the Bloomsbury Theatre from December. The adaptation of Walliams’ book opens on December 13, with press night on December 19. It continues until January 5. The run is part of a UK tour, which begins in September and continues until November 2020.
Author/director: Neal Foster
Design: Jackie Trousdale (set), Jason Taylor (lighting), Nick Sagar (sound)
Music: Jak Poore
Producer: Birmingham Stage Company
Birmingham Stage Company has announced the cast for the West End run of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four. Pip Chamberlain and Benedict Martin will appear in the show, which runs in the West End this summer – the eighth year that a Horrible Histories production has done so. It will play at the Apollo Theatre between August 1 and 31, at 2pm.
Author/director: Neal Foster
Producer: Birmingham Stage Company
Dark comedy Really Want to Hurt Me will tour the UK from this month, following runs in London and Edinburgh. The play, about growing up gay in the 1980s, begins touring on June 30, when it plays the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Dates continue until October 26, when it will finish its run at Nottingham Playhouse.
Author/director: Ben SantaMaria
Producer: Flaming Theatre
Louise Dearman is among the singers confirmed for The Warner Brothers Story Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, which will feature scores from films such as My Fair Lady and Calamity Jane. She will appear alongside Mikaela Bennett, Kate Lindsey and Matt Ford, as well as the Maida Vale Singers and the John Wilson Orchestra. It will take place on August 9.
Conductor: John Wilson
Producer: BBC Proms
Arsen Soghomonyan has withdrawn from the Royal Opera’s forthcoming production of Carmen due to personal reasons. He was due to perform on July 16 and 20, but will now be replaced by Polish tenor Arnold Rutkowski, who will make his Royal Opera debut in the role of Don José. The rest of the cast remains unchanged.
Alfie Boe and Danielle De Niese are to perform together in concert for the first time at the Royal Albert Hall. Songs from the Stage will see them perform songs from West End and Broadway, as well as opera classics, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It will take place on October 20.
Producer: Royal Albert Hall
Adam Cooper is to return for to Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures for the first time in 20 years. He will star in a tour of The Red Shoes alongside Ashley Shaw.
Choreographer: Matthew Bourne
Design: Lez Brotherston (cinematic design), Paule Constable (lighting), Paul Groothuis (sound) and Duncan McLean (projections)
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