The latest production news includes the Royal Court Theatre’s season announcement and news that Billy Elliot actor Layton Williams is to take over the lead role in West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The Royal Court has unveiled a new season of work, which includes a new play by Jack Thorne called The End of History…. It will be directed by John Tiffany. The season also includes a play called Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, and Superhoe, a one-woman show with Talawa Theatre, which is written and performed by Nicole Lecky and directed by Jade Lewis. Other highlights include Anchuli Felicia King’s comedy White Pearl, as well as Pah-La by Abhishek Majumdar.
Full casting and a national tour has been announced for Leicester Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston‘s production of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Opening at Curve on December 8, the tour will visit locations including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Southampton, Newcastle and Kingston, where the tour ends on April 21, 2019.
Author: Katie Mitchell
Director: Suba Das
Cast includes: Nana Amoo-Gottfried, Charley Magalit, Sam Angell, Melissa Lowe, Celia Francis and Robert Penny
A Hundred Words for Snow, a play about a woman’s quest to cross the arctic, is to run at Trafalgar Studio 2 in London from March 5 to 30, 2019. This follows a run at London’s Vault Festival earlier this year.
Author: Tatty Hennessy
Director: Lucy Atkinson
Cast: Gemma Barnett
Producer: Rebecca Gwyther
Casting has been announced for Kiln Theatre, Tamasha and Live Theatre’s production of Approaching Empty. The play runs at the Kiln Theatre in London from January 9 to February 2, 2019, with press night on January 14, and then tours the UK until April 13, visiting locations including Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Coventry, Hornchurch and Oldham.
Author: Ishy Din
Director: Pooja Ghai
Cast: Nicholas Khan, Karan Gill, Rina Fatania, Nicholas Prasad, Maanuv Thiara and Kammy Darweish
Producers: Kiln Theatre and Tamasha Theatre in London and Newcastle’s Live Theatre
Clean Break Theatre Company, which works with women in the criminal justice system, has announced its 40th-anniversary season. Highlights include Royal Court co-production Inside Bitch, a new play called Belong, created by Clean Break’s young artists programme at the Arcola in London, and Clean Break’s first partnership with Cardboard Citizens, which explores the relationship between homelessness and the criminal justice system.
Producer: National Theatre
The world premiere of Lipstick, a play exploring the powerless of youth, with run at the Pleasance in London from January 9 to 26, with press night on January 11.
Author: Annie Jenkins
Director: Alice Hamilton
Producers: Up In Arms, in association with Pleasance and Ellie Keel
Katherine Kingsley and Siobhan Redmond have been cast in the National Theatre’s production of Top Girls. The National’s first ever staging of Top Girls will run in the Lyttelton Theatre from March 26, with press night on April 3, currently booking until April 22 with further performances to be announced.
Author: Caryl Churchill
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Cast also includes: Ashna Rabheru, Wendy Kweh, Ashley McGuire, Liv Hill and Amanda Lawrence
Casting has been announced for Drowned or Saved?, a new play exploring the work and life of Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi. Drowned or Saved? runs in the Tristan Bates Theatre from November 6 to 24, with press night on November 8.
Author: Geoffrey Williams
Cast: Marco Gambino, Paula Cassina, Alex Marchi and Eve Niker
Producers: Niall Dingle and Theatre Alive!
Jess and Joe Forever is to receive its regional premiere at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre. It runs from October 25 to November 10.
Author: Zoe Cooper
Director: Lotte Wakeham
Cast: Misha Butler, Kate Hargreaves
Producer: Stephen Joseph Theatre
Casting has been confirmed for the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester’s first in-house play Proof. The Pulitzer Prize winning play runs from November 27 to December 2.
Author: David Auburn
Director: Joseph Houston
Cast includes: Angela Costello, Lucy Jane Dixon, Sam Holland and David Keller
An all-female cast has been confirmed for the world premiere production of The Worst Witch, opening at Royal and Derngate this Christmas as part of the theatre’s Made in Northampton season. The Worst Witch opens at the Royal and Derngate on November 27 and tours to locations including Derby, Southampton, Leicester, Plymouth and Liverpool, where it runs until June 1, with more dates to be announced.
Author: Emma Reeves
Director: Theresa Heskins
Cast: Danielle Bird, Polly Lister, Rachel Heaton, Rebecca Killick, Rosie Abraham, Anna Crichlow, Molly-Grace Cutler, Megan Leigh Mason, Emma Lau and Meg Forgan
Producers: Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Novel Theatre and Nica Burns
London’s Jermyn Street Theatre has announced its spring and summer 2019 Portrait Season, which includes Trevor Nunn’s London premiere of Harley Granville Barker’s Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life. Other nights are the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s new version of August Strindberg’s Creditors and Lucy Shaw’s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel, Pictures of Dorian Gray.
The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has announced casting for its revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s ghost story Haunting Julia. The play runs from November 1 to 17.
Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Cast: Sam Cox, Clive Llewellyn and Matthew Spencer
Producer: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth has announced its winter season, which includes a production of Frankenstein running from November 1 to 10. The season also includes A Christmas Carol, running from November 16 to 25, and the theatre’s annual pantomime production will be Cinderella, running from December 1 to January 6, 2019.
Identical twins Dr Chris and Dr Xand, who are behind TV show Operation Ouch!, have announced an adults-only show called How to Find Love, Lose Weight and Live Forever… Without Really Trying! It will run in the West End for two performances: at the Apollo Theatre on December 9 and January 6.
Director: Peter Adams
Producers: Andrew Kay and Margot Teele for Andrew Kay and Associates
Family and D/deaf accessible show Knock Knock, which has been devised by Hot Coals Theatre, is to tour the UK this autumn, visiting locations including Derby, Liverpool, Kent and Lewisham, where the tour ends on November 6.
Cast: Jo Sargeant and Clare-Louise English
Producer: Hot Coals Theatre
Billy Elliot actor Layton Williams will play the title role in West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. He takes over from John McCrea on January 28, 2019, in the musical, which is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre in London until April 2019.
Author: Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Choreographer: Kate Prince
Producer: Nica Burns
Off-Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine is to make its European premiere at London’s Arcola Theatre before embarking on a UK tour. The musical comedy will run at the Arcola for a seven-week season from March 21 to May 11, 2019, with press night on April 1. The tour will then open at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on May 20, visiting locations including Woking, Glasgow, and Eastbourne, where it runs until October 12.
Authors: James Lapine and William Finn
Director: Mehmet Ergen
Producers: Selladoor Worldwide and the Arcola Theatre
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Howard Goodall’s musical The Hired Man is being revived at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch next year, in a co-production with Hull Truck Theatre and Oldham Coliseum. Also announced as part of the venue’s new season is a production of Amanda Whittington’s Kiss Me Quickstep, and the regional premiere of In Basildon by David Eldridge, directed by Rintoul.
Full casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory in London’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof. The musical runs from November 23 to March 9.
Authors: Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics), Joseph Stein (book)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Cast includes: Miles Barrow, Sofia Bennett, Lottie Casserley, Lia Cohen, Shoshana Ezequiel, Fenton Gray, James Hameed, Matthew Hawksley, Matilda Hopkins, Adam Margilewski, Robert Maskell, Benny Maslov, Gaynor Miles, Ellie Mullane, Craig Pinder and Valentina Theodoulou
Producer: Menier Chocolate Factory
A one-off event called West End Women – A Celebration of Women in Musicals, will run at Cadogan Hall in London on February 2. It will feature Rachel John, Lauren Samuels and Celinde Schoenmaker, who will perform musical theatre hits.
Producer: Lambert Jackson
Balletboyz will present the London premiere of Them/Us at Sadler’s Wells from March 5 to 9.
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Composer: Charlotte Harding
Cast includes: Sean Flanagan, Benjamin Knapper, Harry Price, Liam Riddick, Matthew Sandiford and Bradley Waller
Producers: Balletboyz and Sadler’s Wells
Choreographer and performer Aakash Odedra has created his first company work with seven dancers from Turkey. #JeSuis will premiere at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells on November 7 and 8, and will then tour until November 26, visiting Nottingham, Aberystwyth and Salford.
Composer: Nicki Wells
Cast: Gizem Aksu, Yasin Anar, Evrim Akyay, Taner Gungor, Su Guzey, Beril Şenoz and Melissa Ugolini
Producer: Aakash Odedra Company