This week’s round up includes Giles Terera starring as Sammy Davis Jr in Hammersmith Lyric theatre’s musical adaptation, and Kate Fleetwood playing the role of Cruella de Vil in the forthcoming 101 Dalmatians musical.
Kate Fleetwood is to star as Cruella de Vil in the forthcoming musical adaptation of 101 Dalmatians. The musical, based on Dodie Smith’s original story, will run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from May 16 to June 21, with press night on May 27.
Author: Dodie Smith, Zinnie Harris (book), Douglas Hodge (music and lyrics)
Director: Timothy Sheader, Tarek Merchant (musical direction)
Design: Katrina Lindsay, Howard Hudson (lighting), Toby Olié (puppetry), Liam Steel (choreography)
Producer: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Giles Terera is to star as Sammy Davis Jr in a musical about the singer’s life, which is being staged at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Sammy will run from July 28 to September 19, with press night on August 5.
Author: Leslie Bricusse
Director: Clarke Peters
Producers: Lyric Hammersmith in association with Anthology Theatre and Aria Entertainment
Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel have extended their stint in the West End production of Waitress by two weeks. The stars will now continue in the roles of Jenna and Dr Pomatter for two weeks longer than planned, until March 21.
Author: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics), Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Choreographer: Lorin Latarro
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick, Alecia Parker, David I Berley and Feste Investments. Executive-produced by Peter May
Arinzé Kene will star as Bob Marley in a new musical based on the musician’s life that will premiere in the West End next year. Featuring songs by the artist, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story will open at the Lyric Theatre on February 6, 2021, with further dates to be announced.
Author: Lee Hall (book)
Director: Dominic Cooke
Producers: Playful Productions, Stage Play and Trim the Wind
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Stages, a new musical that will run at Vault festival from March 3 to 8. The show features an original electronic soundtrack and examines “the way the digital world interacts with our own”.
Authors: Christian Czornyj (music and book)
Director: Adam Lenson
Cast includes: Anna-Jane Casey, Andrew Langtree, Max Alexander-Taylor, Aitch Wylie
Kristin Scott Thomas will star in Phaedra and Jack Thorne has written a new play as part of the National Theatre’s new season, which also includes the transfer of musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge from Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
The season also features Nicola Walker in The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams, which is directed by Dominic Cooke and runs from June in the Lyttelton Theatre, and the return of Small Island in October in the Olivier Theatre. Roy Williams’ Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, which originally ran at Chichester Festival Theatre, will play in the Dorfman from September.
Plays by Caryl Churchill, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Victoria Wood lead Sheffield Theatres’ 2020 season. It includes revivals of Churchill’s Escaped Alone, which premiered at the Royal Court in 2016 and is being produced by a regional theatre for the first time, and Woods’ play Talent. The line-up also includes the return of Chris Bush and Richard Hawley’s Sheffield-set musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge, which runs again in the Crucible Theatre before transferring to the National Theatre.
The Inheritance will end its Broadway run earlier than planned, it has been confirmed. The play, which is running at the Ethel Barrymore theatre, will close on March 15, three months before its scheduled final performance of June 7.
Author: Matthew Lopez
Director: Stephan Daldry
Producers: Sonia Friedman, Hunter Arnold, Tom Kirdahy
Alex Jennings has been announced to lead the cast of The Southbury Child at the Bridge Theatre. The world premiere of the play runs from April 22 to June 27, with press night on April 29. Further casting is still to be announced.
Author: Stephen Beresford
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Design: Mark Thompson (set and costume), George Dennis (sound), Max Narula (lighting)
Producer: Bridge Theatre
Anne-Marie Duff will star in The House of Shades at the Almeida Theatre. The new play, which follows a family over five decades, will run at the London venue from May 18 to June 27, with press night on May 26.
Further cast members are to be announced.
Author: Beth Steel
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Design: Anna Fleischle (set and costume), Liam Bunster (costume), Richard Howell (lighting), Gregory Clarke (sound), Lucy Hind (movement)
Producer: The Almeida
Inside This Box by Yasmin Joseph, Sweatbox by Chloë Moss and Not Pretty Like the Rainbow by Daisy King will all feature in the first six months of Clean Break‘s 2020 season. Staged in a prison van to 12 audience members at a time, Sweatbox will be performed at the Essex Book Festival and various universities, before playing at Clean Break’s Kentish Town studios in London on April 28.
A production of Abigail’s Party will run at Watford Palace Theatre from April 29 to May 23, with a press night on May 5. Harvey Virdi will lead the cast in the role of Beverly, with further actors to be confirmed.
Author: Mike Leigh
Director: Pravesh Kumar
Design: Rebecca Brower (set and costume), Zoe Spurr (lighting)
Producer: Watford Palace Theatre in association with Rifco Theatre Company
Rose Theatre Kingston has announced a production of Steel Magnolias as part of its spring season. Based on the true story of the playwright’s mother and sister, the show will star Kara Tointon as Shelby, and will run from May 6 to 23.
Author: Robert Harling
Director: Anthony Banks
Producer: Rose Original Productions
The full cast for The Dumb Waiter at Hampstead Theatre has been confirmed. Philip Jackson and Harry Lloyd will star in the black comedy, which runs from March 19 to April 18 as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary.
Author: Harold Pinter
Director: Alice Hamilton
Design: James Perkins (set and costume), James Whiteside (lighting), Giles Thomas (composition and sound)
Producer: Hampstead Theatre
Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne has revealed its new season programme, which includes Braids by Hannah Olivia and Cheer Up Slug by Tamsin Daisy Rees. Children of the Night by Lee Mattinson will have its world premiere from June 18 to July 11.
Geraldine Somerville will star in The Glass Menagerie at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, 30 years after she made her debut at the theatre in the same play. She will play the role of Amanda Wingfield, alongside Joshua James, Oseloka Obi and Rhiannon Clements. The play runs at the theatre from June 5 to July 4.
Author: Tennessee Williams
Director: Atri Banerjee
Producer: Royal Exchange Theatre
A reworked production of an opera about Jack the Ripper will feature as part of Opera North’s new season. Originally co-produced with English National Opera, Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel will have a reworked score for its run at the venue. The cast will include Elin Pritchard and Josephine Barstow reprising their roles as Mary Kelly and Maud, with Lesley Garrett as Catherine Eddowes. A revival of La Traviata, a double bill of Leonard Bernstein’s work and a new production of Parsifal have also been confirmed for the new season
A sci-fi dance show from Requardt and Rosenberg, a one-man musical about Jon Bon Jovi and Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot are among the events confirmed for this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Performance on the programme also includes Javaad Alipoor’s Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran and a double bill of circus courtesy of Gravity and Other Myths and Casus Circus. The festival, which also comprises a literature and music programme, runs from May 8 to 24.