Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Production news round-up: Tudor musical Six announces Broadway transfer and James McAvoy to star in Cyrano de Bergerac

The cast of Six at the Arts Theatre, London. Photo: Idil Sukan The West End cast of Six. Photo: Idil Sukan
by -

This week’s production news includes an announcement that Tudor musical Six is transferring to Broadway and that James McAvoy is to star in a new version of Cyrano de Bergerac in the West End.


Musical Six is transferring to Broadway. The show, about the six wives of Henry VIII, will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 12, 2020, with previews from February 13.
Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss.
Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Design: Emma Bailey (sets), Gabriella Slade (costumes), Paul Gatehouse (sound), Tim Deiling (lighting)
Producers: Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, George Stiles and Kevin McCollum.

Six announces Broadway transfer

Chelsea Halfpenny will join the West End cast of 9 to 5 the Musical from next month.
Halfpenny, best known for appearing in Emmerdale and Casualty, will make her West End debut playing Judy Burnly in the Dolly Parton musical at the Savoy Theatre.
She will join Caroline Sheen and Natalie McQueen in the show, alongside Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley.
Authors: Patricia Resnick (book), Dolly Parton (music and lyrics)
Director: Jeff Calhoun.
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin Productions with Benjamin Lowy Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, Showtime Theatre Productions, Hartshorn-Hook Productions, Harmonia Holdings and Kilimanjaro Live.

Chelsea Halfpenny to make West End debut in 9 to 5 the Musical

Debbie Kurup and Gary Wilmot are to join the cast of the West End production of The Prince of Egypt. The Prince of Egypt will run for 32 weeks at the Dominion Theatre, beginning on February 5, 2020, with an opening night on February 25.
Authors: Philip LaZebnik (book) and Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics)
Director: Scott Schwartz
Cast includes: Joe Dixon, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring and Silas Wyatt-Barke
Producers: DreamWorks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw

Exclusive: Gary Wilmot and Debbie Kurup join Prince of Egypt cast

Alex Mugnaioni, Peter Dukes, Evelyn Hoskins and Jack Quarton have been cast in Assassins at the Watermill Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. Also cast are Ned Rudkins-Stow, Joey Hickman and Phoebe Fildes. The musical runs at the Watermill from September 26 to October 26, before playing at the Nottingham Playhouse, from October 30 to November 16.
Authors: John Weidman (book), Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
Director: Bill Buckhurst
Design: Simon Kenny
Producers: Nottingham Playhouse and Watermill Theatre


James McAvoy is to star in a new version of Cyrano de Bergerac in the West End’s Playhouse Theatre, the first in a season of productions at the venue directed by Jamie Lloyd. It runs at the Playhouse from November 27 to February 29, with press night on December 6.
Author: Martin Crimp
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Producers: Jamie Lloyd Company and Ambassador Theatre Group

James McAvoy to play Cyrano de Bergerac in new Jamie Lloyd West End season

A stage adaptation of Jonny Duddle’s picture book The Pirate Cruncher is to tour the UK from September 21 to November 3. It visits locations including Worthing, London, Birmingham and Brighton.
Author: Toby Hulse
Director: Joel Scott
Producer: Goat and Monkey

Theatre company New Old Friends is to tour its production Crimes on the Coast across the UK, opening on September 13 in Frome. It will then visit locations including Dumfries, Andover, Porthcawl, Southampton, and Basingstoke, where the tour ends on November 9.
Author: Feargus Woods Dunlop
Director: James Farrell
Cast includes: Ashley Christmas, Luca Thompson, Hannah Genesius and Jon Paul Rowden

Canvas and Rum, a play which is performed on tall ships and barges, will run on the Jubilee Queen in Padstow, Cornwall from July 31 to August 2 and on the Resourceful in Essex from August 7 to 10. It will also run in London, visiting St Katharine dock from August 13 to 16, followed by Canning Dock in Liverpool.
Author: Jason Gerdes
Director: Steven Kelly
Producer: North South Theatre


Rhys Bailey, Maisey Bawden, Isabella Djuve-Wood, Emma De-Anne Edwards, Darcy Jacobs, Kelly Mathieson, Charlie McCullagh, Matthew Woodyatt and Graham Hoadly have joined the cast of Dr Zhivago in concert. The production takes place at Cadogan Hall, on September 1.
Authors: Michael Weller (book), Lucy Simon (music), Amy Powers and Michael Korie (lyrics)
Producer: Lambert Jackson Productions

David Suchet and Penelope Wilton are to feature in a series of discussions at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. The in-conversation event with Suchet will take place on October 20, while the event with Wilton is on November 3.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is to be performed, semi-staged, in concert, at Cadogan Hall on October 20.
Authors: Douglas Carter Beane (book), Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics)
Director: Johnathan O’Boyle
Producer: Brian Zeilinger and Jack Maple for Take Two Theatricals and Darren Bell for Club 11 London

We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.