This week’s production news includes an announcement that Rebecca Frecknall will direct a new production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Almeida Theatre, and Sharon Osbourne, Danny Dyer and Dani Dyer have joined the cast of Nativity! the Musical, which returns to London’s Eventim Apollo for a third year this Christmas.
Drama school graduates have been cast in the upcoming production of Dear Evan Hansen, with Sam Tutty making his West End debut in the title role. He will star alongside Lucy Anderson, Doug Colling and Marcus Harman, who are also making their debuts.
Author: Steven Levenson (book),Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (music)
Director: Michael Greif
Producer: Stacey Mindich
Broadway musical Pretty Woman has confirmed Piccadilly Theatre as the venue for its London run. The show, an adaptation of the film of the same name, will preview from February 14, 2020 and runs for 46 weeks.
Authors: Garry Marshall and JF Lawton (book) Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance ( music and lyrics)
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Producer: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Paula Wagner, Nice Productions and LPO.
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A new musical adaptation of 101 Dalmations will lead Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2020 season and is based on Dodie Smith’s 1956 children’s novel. The production runs from May 16 to June 21, with press night on May 27.
Author: Zinnie Harris (book) Douglas Hodge (music and lyrics)
Director: Timothy Sheader
Producer: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Sharon Osbourne, Danny Dyer and Dani Dyer have joined the cast of Nativity! the Musical, which returns for a third year this Christmas. The show will open at the Eventim Apollo in London from December 11 to 29, and will visit six other UK locations before returning to London, beginning at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on October 29.
Author: Debbie Isitt and Nicky Ager (book, music and lyrics)
Director: Debbie Isitt
Producer: Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One, Ramin Sabi and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.
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Charlotte Wakefield will join the cast of the RSC’s production of The Boy in the Dress. The production is at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, November 8 2019 to March 8, 2020.
Author: David Walliams Mark Ravenhill (adaptation), Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers (music and lyrics)
Director: Gregory Doran
Cast also includes: Oliver Crouch, Jackson Laing, Tom Lomas, Toby Mocrei, Ethan Dattani, Shivain Kara-Patel, Kassian Shae Ahktar and Arjun Singh Khakh
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
As it extends West End booking to June 2020, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical announces a new child cast. Miah Hasselbaink, Athea Andi, Ayani Lingibe-Ajavon, Mimi Etete-Edge, Perola Da Cunha, Jasmine Djazel, Cameron Mukasa-Brown, Theo Lee and Romell Barrocks-Bedeau will join the cast from September 20.
Authors: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.
Jac Yarrow’s follow-up role to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be in Birmingham Hippodrome’s pantomime. He will play the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which runs from December 21 to February 2, 2020. Yarrow will join the previously announced Lesley Joseph, Joe McElderry and Matt Slack.
Director: Michael Harrison
Producer: Qdos Entertainment
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Thriller Live, the Michael Jackson show will end its West End run at the Lyric Theatre in April 2020, after an 11-year run. The producers plan to transfer the production to an another West End theatre, with an international tour beginning in Switzerland in December.
Authors: Adrian Grant
Director: Gary Lloyd
Producers: Paul Walden and Derek Nicol
After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, musical comedy Paradise Lodge will transfer to the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick. Steve Cooper and Sophie Osborne will reprise their original roles in the show, which runs from October 11 to 24.
Author: Steve Cooper
Director: Richard Oliver
Producer: Doodlebug Productions
The London fringe premiere of 42nd Street the musical will run from December 11 to January 26 2020, with a press night on December 13 at the Gatehouse. Casting is yet to be announced.
Author: Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble (book) Harry Warren (music) Al Dubin (lyrics)
Director: John Plews, John Reddel (music)
Rebecca Frecknall will direct a new production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Almeida Theatre, which will run December 2 to January 18, 2020, with a press night on December 10.
Author: John Webster
Director: Rebecca Frecknall
Producer: the Almeida
Full casting for Park Theatre‘s production of Sydney and The Old Girl has been confirmed. Vivien Parry will join the previously announced Miriam Margolyes and Mark Hadfield in the world premiere of Eugene O’Hare‘s black comedy, which runs from October 31-November 30.
Author: Eugene O’Hare
Director: Philip Breen
Producer: Park Theatre
Susan Wokoma is to appear in the UK premiere of black comedy Teenage Dick at the Donmar Warehouse. The show begins previews on December 6 with a press night is on December 12, running until February 1.
Author: Mike Lew
Director: Michael Longhurst
Producer: the Donmar Warehouse
Full casting has been announced for the London premiere of Ghost Quartet, the inaugural show at London’s new Boulevard Theatre. The cast includes Carly Bawden, Niccolò Curradi, Maimuna Memon and Zubin Varla and runs from 24 October until January 4, 2020.
Author: Dave Malloy
Director: Bill Buckhurst
Producer: Boulevard Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy about a Bank Robbery is extending booking until November 1, 2020.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.
Director: Mark Bell
Producer: Mischief Theatre
Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre has announced its new season, which includes a new production of Willy Russell‘s Shirley Valentine starring Claire Sweeney. Other highlights include Harold Pinter‘s The Birthday Party directed by Paul Milton and Ian Hislop and Nick Newman‘s new comedy A Bunch of Amateurs.
Women’s Writes, a festival of new female playwriting opens for one night at the Arcola Theatre on September 29. The festival will showcase a selection of short plays with a female driven narrative, directed by women.
Authors: Include Laura Horton, Trudy Hodgson and Alex Critoph
Producers: Alex Critoph and Laura Dickens
The UK premiere of Faustus: That Damned Woman will open at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre in January 2020. The new play, written by Chris Bush, will transfer to Birmingham Repertory Theatre in February 2020 before embarking on a tour.
Author: Chris Bush
Director: Caroline Byrne
Producers: Headlong, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The Yard Theatre has confirmed full casting for the premiere of Dirty Crusty. Akiya Henry, Douggie McMeekin and Abiona Omonua will join the production, which opens on October 24 -November 30, with a press night on October 29.
Author: Clare Barron
Director: Jay Miller
Producer: The Yard Theatre
Kali Theatre‘s new production of Homing Birds will tour the UK from October 9 to December 9. Venues on the tour include Theatre Royal Plymouth,Salisbury Playhouse, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Leicester Curve and Tara Theatre.
Author: Rukhsana Ahmad
Director: Helena Bell
Cast: Suzanne Ahmet, Mona Khalili, John O’Mahony and Jay Varsani.
Producer: Kali Theatre
Performance duo Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas will present a new experimental clowning show at Battersea Arts Centre. The show, One, runs from September 30 to October 19, and is the third production in a trilogy about contemporary politics.
Authors: Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas
Producers: Farnham Maltings
Cast: Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas
The Cockpit and Rich Mix in London are to host Voila! Europe 2019, a festival of political European theatre from November 4 to 17, with a launch event on September 24. The festival includes multilingual performances that use dance, theatre and cabaret to address contemporary politics.
Directors: Sharlit Deyzac and Amy Clare Tasker
Producers: Voila! Europe Theatre Festival
Conor Mitchell‘s new opera, Abomination, A DUP Opera will open Outburst Queer Arts Festival at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. The performance fuses drag, cabaret and political satire with opera to explore attitudes to the LGBTQ community in Northern Ireland, and runs from November 7 to 10.
Author: Conor Mitchell
Cast includes: Matthew Cavan and Rebecca Caine
Producer: Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Arts
The Rural Touring Dance Initiative has announced its programme for its UK autumn tour, which runs from September 24 to November 30. The initiative, which presents contemporary dance performances in rural villages, includes Lost Dog’s Romeo and Juliet and Louder is not always clearer by Mr and Mrs Clark.
Producers: National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.