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Production news round-up: Sunday in the Park With George starring Jake Gyllenhaal announces West End transfer and Lynette Linton reveals first season at Bush Theatre

Lynette Linton
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Broadway musical Pretty Woman has confirmed it will transfer to London next year. The venue and casting are yet to be announced.
Authors: Garry Marshall and JF Lawton (book), Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (music and lyrics)
Director and choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Producers include: Paula Wagner, Nice Productions, LPO, New Regency Productions, Caiola Productions and Co and James L Nederlander

The Broadway production of Sunday in the Park With George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has announced it will transfer to London next year. It will run at the Savoy Theatre in the West End from June 11 until September 5, with an official opening night to be confirmed.
Authors: Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book)
Director: Sarna Lapine
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Riva Marker and Jeanine Tesori, in association with New York City Center

Harriet Thorpe and Tim Flavin are to star alongside the previously announced Tracie Bennett in the fist UK professional revival of musical Mame. It will run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from September 28.
Author: Jerry Herman
Director and choreographer: Nick Winston
Cast also includes: Chase Brown, Grace Chapman, Lauren Chia, Soo Drouet, Jessie May, Hugh Osborne and Lewis Rae
Producers: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Ray Rackham Theatrical

Girl from the North Country is returning to the West End, with a cast including Katie Brayben, Anna-Jane Casey, Gemma Sutton and Rachel John. It will play at the Gielgud Theatre from December 10, running until February 1, 2020. Press night is on December 16. The production, which has a book by Conor McPherson and music and lyrics by Bob Dylan has also announced a transfer to Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, where it opens on February 7, 2020.

Titanic The Musical has announced casting and new dates. Opening in Woking on July 11, the musical will then tour to Munich, Cologne and Mannheim in Germany and Moscow in Russia.
Author: Peter Stone (book) and Maury Yeston (music and lyrics)
Director: Thom Southerland
Cast includes: Kieran Brown, Greg Castiglioni, Alexander Evans, James Gant, Simon Green, Emma Harrold, Devon-Elise Johnson, Shane McDaid, Gemma McMeel and Janet Mooney
Producers: Danielle Tarento, Steven M Levy and Vaughan Williams

The creative team behind the 2015 pop-up pie shop production of Sweeney Todd are reuniting for the opening show of the newly restored Boulevard Theatre in London. Bill Buckhurst will direct the London premiere of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, which runs from October 24 to January 4, 2020. Ghost Quartet will run alongside a programme of late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry.

Waitress has extended its run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End until December 7. The musical was previously booking until October 19.
Authors: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics) and Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, and Norton and Elayne Herrick


An immersive show inspired by the Wimbledon Championships will take place in London this month, featuring a live stage show that recreates some of the tournament’s most iconic moments. Wimbledon Rematch 1980 will take place at the new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on June 28, 29 and 30, ahead of this year’s tournament.

London’s Bunker Theatre has announced its latest season, which includes a new festival for black artists, curated by founder of the Diversity School Initiative Steven Kavuma. This Is Black runs from August 5 to 25, and includes a double bill of Abraham Adeyemi’s All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad and Macadie Amoroso’s Blue Beneath My Skin. The season also includes Anna Jordan’s We Anchor in Hope, which will be directed by the Bunker’s artistic director Chris Sonnex in his inaugural production for the theatre, presented in association with the Royal Court.

Camden People’s Theatre has announced its Autumn season, which includes the London venue’s first Christmas commission Sh!t Actually, from Sh!t Theatre, which is an exploration of Love Actually. Other highlights include a new festival exploring political correctness called Handle With Care, which runs October 22 to November 9 and is headlines with the production Trigger Warning.

A stage adaptation of Alex Wheatle‘s novel Crongton Knights has been announced. It will open on February 8 at Belgrade Theatre Coventry ahead of a national tour fro February to March 2020.
Producers: Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal

Omnibus Theatre in London is to co-produce a UK tour of Nouveau Riché’s critically acclaimed play Queens of Sheba. The tour, running from September 26 to November 29, will visit locations including Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol, Warwick and London.
Author: Jessica Hagan
Director: Jessica Kennedy

The Almeida Theatre’s Young Company has announced two new shows. (This Isn’t) A True Story by Nina Segal, directed by Joseph Hancock, will run July 22 to 24 at the Rose Lipman Building. The Wave by Molly Taylor, directed by Roberta Zuric, runs in the same venue from July 22 to 24.

A modern adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People is to run at the Playground Theatre in London from July 2 to 23, with press night on July 5.
Author: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Jolley Gosnold
Cast: Gabriel Akuwudike, Freddie Wise, Max Keeble, Olivier Huband and Hannah Van Der Westhuysen

Box of Tricks theatre company has announced new play Under Three Moons, which explores how men relate to each other, to tour from September 24 to November 2, with press night on September 26 at the Lowry.
Author: Daniel Kanaber
Director: Adam Quayle

Lynette Linton’s first season at the Bush Theatre will feature six UK playwriting debuts from artists including Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd and director Bijan Sheibani. The new season opens with a revival of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro, running from August 31 and directed by Linton, followed by Gadd’s Baby Reindeer. Sheibani makes his playwriting debut with The Arrival, with other highlights including Temi Wilkey’s The High Table.

Holes is to tour the UK after opening in Northampton in January 2020. The production will visit locations including Nottingham, Plymouth, Norwich, Wolverhampton and Marlowe, where the production runs until May 30.
Author: Louis Sachar
Director: Adam Penford
Producers: The Children’s Theatre Partnership and Royal and Derngate, Northampton


Fierce Festival, which runs in Birmingham from October 15 to 20, has announced its programme. Highlights include alternative opera and cabaret star Joseph Keckler making his UK debut with In concert, choreographer Marco Berrettini‘s iFeel2 and Justin Shoulder’s Carrion. The programme also includes Alexandra Bachzetsis‘ dance work Private: Wear a Mask When You Talk to Me, dance artist Mariana Valenci‘s solo show Album and Davy Pieters’ How Did I Die.

Indigenous Contemporary Scene, which is a month long arts programme by performers and curators from Canada coming to Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has announced its programme. Highlights include Kiinalik’s These Sharp Tools at the International Festival, three works by dancer and artist Lara Kramer at Summerhall and a programme of work at Canada Hub.

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