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Production news round-up: Sheridan Smith cast in West End Joseph revival and Alex Kingston to star in gender-swapped Ibsen play

Sheridan Smith will play the narrator in Joseph
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Updates from this week include the news that Sheridan Smith will star as the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when it comes to the Palladium later this year. Edward Hall has announced that his final production as artistic director of Hampstead Theatre will be the premiere of a new Howard Brenton play, while Alex Kingston has been confirmed to lead the cast of a gender-swapped An Enemy of the People at Nottingham Playhouse.


Sheridan Smith will play the narrator in the forthcoming West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it has been announced. Further casting is yet to be been confirmed for the production, which begins performances at the London Palladium on June 29, with press night on July 11.
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)
Director: Laurence Connor
Producer: Michael Harrison

Sheridan Smith to star in West End Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat revival

Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End transfer of Fiddler on the Roof. Joining the previously confirmed Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn will be Nicola Brown, Harriet Bunton, Dermot Canavan, Stewart Clarke, Joshua Gannon, Matthew Hawksley, Louise Gold and Molly Osborne. The musical runs at the Playhouse Theatre from May 21 to June 15, with press night on March 27.
Authors:Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Cast also includes: Miles Barrow, Sofia Bennett, Philip Bertioli, Lottie Casserley, Elena Cervesi, Lia Cohen, Talia Etherington, Shoshana Ezequiel, Isabella Foat, Fenton Gray, James Hameed, Adam Linstead, Adam Margilewski, Robert Maskell, Benny Maslov, Robyn McIntyre, Gaynor Miles, Ellie Mullane, Tania Newton, Craig Pinder, Valentina Theodoulou and Ed Wade
Producers: Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison


Edward Hall is to direct the world premiere of a new play by Howard Brenton as his final production as artistic director of Hampstead Theatre. Jude will run from April 23 to June 1, and will have a press night on May 2.
Author: Howard Brenton
Director: Edward Hall
Producer: Hampstead Theatre
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Alex Kingston is to star in a gender-swapped production of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People as part of Nottingham Playhouse’s latest season. An Enemy of the People, which is adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and directed by Adam Penford, runs from September 13 to 28. Other highlights in the season include a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical Assassins, directed by Bill Buckhurst, in a co-production with the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
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Witness for the Prosecution has announced it is extending into its third year at London’s County Hall. The site-specific Agatha Christie production has now extended its booking there until March 29, 2020, with new cast members including Carolin Stoltz, Lewis Cope, Simon Dutton, Giles Taylor and Michael Cochrane.
Director: Lucy Bailey
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions

The UK premiere of Edmond de Bergerac, which opens in Birmingham next month, has announced further tour dates to York, Northampton, Cambridge and Richmond. The play stars Freddie Fox, Henry Goodman, Josie Lawrence and Chizzy Akudolu. It opens at Birmingham Rep on March 15 before touring the UK until May 4.
Author: Alexis Michalik, Jeremy Sams (adaptation)
Director: Roxana Silbert
Producers: Birmingham Rep and Adam Blanshay Productions, in association with Nicholas Talar

Full cast and further tour dates announced for UK premiere of Edmond de Bergerac

Ché Walker, Summer Strallen, Victor Gardener, Emma Pallant and Declan Perring are to star in Intra Muros at the Park Theatre in London. It runs from April 3 to May 4.
Writer: Alexis Michalik
Director: Ché Walker
Producer: Park Theatre

Stuart Fox and Matthew Spencer are to join the cast of The Woman in Black in the West End. The play is running at the Fortune Theatre, with Fox playing Arthur Kipps and Spencer playing the role of the Actor.
Author: Stephen Mallatratt
Director: Robin Herford
Producer: PW Productions

Theatre company Hoipolloi will premiere a new show, The Ladder, at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The production, directed by Shon Dale-Jones, will appear on the performance programme alongside Hoipolloi’s The Duke and Me and Robin Hood in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary. The line-up also includes Victoria Thierrée Chaplin’s Bells and Spells, Dante or Die’s User Not Found and Blak Whyte Gray by Boy Blue. The festival runs from May 10 to 26.

A new play about a cleaner and a young asylum seeker is to open at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot on April 16. Don’t Look Away will then visit Harrogate Theatre from April 24 to 26 and the Pleasance in London from May 7 to 18.
Author: Grace Chapman
Director: Nicholas Pitt
Cast: Julia Barrie and Brian Fletcher
Producer: Ellie Simpson

Dante or Die‘s User Not Found, created by the company’s artistic directors Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, will embark on a UK tour prior to a run in London. The production opens on April 22 at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool, and will also visit Newbury, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Paisley, Hull and Norwich.
Author: Chris Goode
Director: Daphna Attias
Producer: Dante or Die

Lucy Benjamin is to star in a revival of family drama In Basildon, which runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from March 14 to 30, as part of the venue’s Essex on Stage programme.
Author: David Eldridge
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Cast also includes: Peter Bray, Patrick Driver, Emily Houghton, Beverley Klein, Peter Temple, Connie Walker, David Hemsted and Charlotte Law
Producer: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

The UK premiere of S Asher Gelman’s Afterglow will take place at Southwark Playhouse in June. The play originally ran for 14 months in New York in 2017 and will run in London from June 5 to July 20, with press night on June 11.
Director: Tom O’Brien
Producer: Adam Roebuck


Hackney Empire has announced that Dick Whittington and His Cat will be its 2019 pantomime. The production will open at the London theatre in November and is the 21st collaboration between writer-director Susie McKenna and composer Stephen Edis. It runs from November 23 to January 5, 2020.

Variety show Little Death Club, fronted by cabaret star Bernie Dieter, will run as part of the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank this year, featuring artists including Kitty Bang Bang, Myra DuBois, Beau Sargent and Fancy Chance. The production runs at the Spiegeltent from April 18 to June 23, with press night on April 25.

Broadway star Jeremy Jordan is to is to perform a solo concert at Cadogan Hall in London on October 26 and 27.
Producer: Club 11 London

English National Ballet is to perform a new in-the-round version of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at the Royal Albert Hall from June 6 to 16.
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Producers: English National Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall

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