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Production news round-up: Paul McCartney to write first musical and Layton Williams and Shane Richie to star in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie UK tour

Layton Williams and Shane Richie will appear in the touring production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie
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This week’s production news includes Layton Williams and Shane Richie confirmed to star in the UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, initial casting for The Prince of Egypt and news that Paul McCartney is to write his first musical.

Musicals

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie stars Layton Williams and Shane Richie have been confirmed for the show’s first UK tour, which begins in February 2020. The tour is scheduled to visit 20 UK cities, with a run also confirmed for Amsterdam’s Koninklijk Theater Carré between August 4 and 16, 2020.
Authors: Tom MacRae (book and lyrics), Dan Gillespie Sells
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producer: Nica Burns

Layton Williams and Shane Richie to star in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tour

Paul McCartney is writing his first musical, which is a stage adaptation of 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Further details are to be announced.
Authors: Lee Hall (lyrics and book), Paul McCartney (music and lyrics)
Producer: Bill Kenwright

Initial West End casting has been announced for The Prince of Egypt. The musical runs at the Dominion Theatre in London from Wednesday February 5 to September 12, 2020.
Authors: Philip LaZebnik (book), Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics)
Director: Scott Schwartz
Choreography: Sean Cheesman
Cast includes: Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime
Producers: DreamWorks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw

Full casting has been announced for Les MisérablesThe Staged Concert, which runs at the Gielgud Theatre from August 10 to November 30. Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas complete the principal casting as Éponine and Cosette, joining the previously announced Michael Ball, Alfie Boeas, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas, Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden, Katy Secombe and John Owen-Jones.
Authors: Claude-Michel Schonberg (book and music) and Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and James Fenton (lyrics)
Directors: Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Cast also includes: Rosanna Bates, Adam Bayjou, Ciarán Bowling, Simon Bowman, Oliver Brenin, Earl Carpenter, Vinny Coyle, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Nicola Espallardo, Celia Graham, Barnaby Hughes, Holly-Anne Hull, Oliver Jackson and Christopher Jacobsen
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

A new production of the 1966 Tony award-winning musical I Do! I Do! is to run at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in London from October 29 to November 16. Press night is on October 30.
Authors: Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music)
Director: Joseph Hodges
Producer: Joseph Hodges Entertainment

The first tour dates have been announced for new family musical production Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed!, which will open at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on January 23. It will then embark on a year-long UK tour throughout 2020, visiting venues including Bridlington Spa, Liverpool Empire, Birmingham Alexandra, New Wimbledon Theatre and York Theatre Royal.
Author: Will Brenton
Choreographer: Kendra Horsburgh
Design: Jean Chan
Producers: Selladoor Family and Beano Studios

Plays

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner are to star in the West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. The play begins previews at London’s  Trafalgar Studios on September 21 and runs until November 30, with press night on October 2.
Author: Peter Nichols
Director: Simon Evans
Producer: Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions and Eilene Davidson Productions

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner to star in West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Ghost Stories is to return for a three-month run at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End. It runs from October 3 to January 4, 2020, with press night on October 9.
Authors: Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson
Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman and Sean Holmes
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Smith and Brant Theatricals and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Ghost Stories to transfer to West End’s Ambassadors Theatre

Full casting and the venue has been announced for the immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street. The production, which runs from September 5 to January 19, 2020, will take over a building in central London at 5-15 Sun Street.
Author and director: Alexander Wright
Cast includes: Oliver Tilney, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty, James Bryant, Charlotte Brown, Caroline Colomei, Ivy Corbin, Alan Devally, Sam Donnelly, Fia Houston Hamilton, Samuel Hunt, Naail Ishaq, Andrew Macbean, Olivia Marcus, Jack Matthew, Razak Osman and Gail Sixsmith
Producer: Stratton Oakmont Productions Ltd

London Classic Theatre has announced a UK tour of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, opening at Oldham Coliseum on September 5, with press night at Hull Truck Theatre on September 12. The production tours until November 2, visiting locations including Winchester, Poole, Tewkesbury, Doncaster, Hexham, Didcot and Tunbridge Wells.
Director: Michael Cabot
Cast includes: Nicholas Gasson, Joel Macey, Graham O’Mara and Moray Treadwell

Paterson Joseph is to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic in London. The production runs from November 23 to January 18, 2020, with press night on December 4.
Author: Jack Thorne
Director: Matthew Warchus

Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Touching the Void. It runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from November 9 to February 29, 2020.
Author: David Greig
Director: Tom Morris
Cast: Fiona Hampton, Patrick McNamee, Josh Williams and Angus Yellowlees
Producers: Fiery Angel and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions

Alpha Who?, a play exploring society’s expectations of masculinity, will run at the Cockpit Theatre in London from August 7 to 9.
Author: Matt Franco
Director: Gail Sixsmith

Other

The West End run of Fleabag will be live screened by National Theatre Live, producers have announced. It runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from August 20 to September 14, and will be broadcast in the UK and internationally by NT Live on September 12.
Author and cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Producers: DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre

Fleabag announces NT Live broadcast for West End run

The Home, a new 48-hour long immersive project which will see audience members become residents in a care home, has been announced to run at Goldsmiths University in London as part of the Age Against the Machine festival.
Creator: Christopher Green
Producers: Today, The Albany, Entelechy Arts and Christopher Green

Disney’s West End musicals The Lion King, Aladdin, the upcoming Frozen, and Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins have today announced that there will be a Disney in the West End summer pop-up experience. The pop-up will run from July 23 to September 1.

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