This week’s production news round-up includes the announcement that Beverley Knight is to star in a new musical about vocal group the Drifters, Josie Rourke‘s production of City of Angels has confirmed a West End transfer, and Emma Rice‘s Romantics Anonymous will be revived at Bristol Old Vic.
Josie Rourke‘s production of City of Angels has announced a West End transfer, with Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and Rebecca Trehearn to reprise their roles. The musical will will transfer to the Garrick Theatre from March 5 to September 5, 2020.
Authors: Larry Gelbart (book), Cy Coleman (music), David Zippel (lyrics)
Director: Josie Rourke
Design: Robert Jones
Producer: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Eilene Davidson and Adam Blanshay Productions
Kander and Ebb‘s Curtains is set to have its London premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre, opening on December 13 and running until January 11. The show stars Jason Manford as detective Frank Cioffi, and will continue on a UK tour after its London run.
Author: Rupert Holmes (book), Peter Stone (original book), John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics)
Director: Paul Foster
Cast includes: Carley Stenson, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes, Leah Barbara West, Alan Burkitt and Andy Coxon
Producers: Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment, Sally Horchow, Roger Horchow and Walport Productions
Paul Whitehouse will reprise his role as Grandad in the comedy musical Only Fools and Horses. The show is running at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket and has extended booking until April 2020.
Authors: Jim Sullivan and Paul Whitehouse (book and score)
Director: Caroline Jay Ranger
Producer: Phil McIntyre
David Hasselhoff will join the West End cast of 9 to 5 the Musical, playing the role of Franklin Hart Jr from December 2 to February 8. The show is booking at London’s Savoy Theatre until May 23, 2020.
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
Beverley Knight is to star in a new musical about singing group the Drifters. Knight will star as Faye Treadwell, the manager of the group. The Drifters Girl will premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal from September 5, 2020, for 15 performances. It will then have a run at the Garrick Theatre. The West End run will begin on October 1, 2020, with press night on October 22.
Author: Ed Curtis
Director: Jonathan Church
Choreographer: Karen Bruce
Design: Anthony Ward (set) and Ben Cracknell (lighting)
Producers: Michael Harrison and David Ian
Emma Rice‘s French romcom musical adaptation Romantics Anonymous will be revived at Bristol Old Vic, running from January 18 to February 1 with a press night on January 23, 2020. The production will then embark on a US tour.
Author/director: Emma Rice
Cast includes: Marc Antolin and Carly Bawden
Design: Lez Brotherston (set and costume), Malcolm Rippeth (lighting), Simon Baker (sound), Nigel Lilley (musical supervisor) and Etta Murfitt (choreography)
Producer: Wise Children and Plush Theatricals
Gareth Gates will star as Willard in a new UK tour of Footloose the Musical, opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on April 24, 2020. The show will tour to theatres including Brighton Theatre Royal and Blackpool Opera House, with more venues and dates to be announced.
Author: Tom Snow (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics)
Director: Racky Plews
Design: Sara Perks
Producer: Selladoor Productions in association with Runaway Entertainment
Rachel Tucker, Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan will headline a charity gala performance of The Pirate Queen at the London Coliseum on February 23, 2020. Based on the history of Irish pirate Grace O’Malley, the proceeds from the musical will be donated to Leukaemia UK.
Authors: Alain Boublil (book and lyrics), Richard Maltby, John Dempsey (lyrics), Claude-Michel Schönberg (music)
Director: Drew Baker
Designer: Ben M Rogers
Producer: Tom Gribby
The Canary and the Crow will transfer to London’s Arcola Theatre from January 16 to February 8. The gig-theatre piece is a semi-autobiographical work that uses time and hip hop to explore the story of a working-class black boy who is accepted to a prestigious grammar school.
Author: Daniel Ward
Director: Paul Smith
Music: James Frewer (co-composer and musical direction), Nigel Taylor (co-composer)
Cast includes: Daniel Ward, Nigel Taylor
Producer: Middle Child
Aaron Sorkin‘s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird has confirmed a West End transfer for 2020. The play will open at the Gielgud Theatre in May, with dates to be announced.
Author: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Bartlett Sher
Design: Miriam Buether, Ann Roth (costumes), Jennifer Tipton (lighting), Scott Lehrer (sound), Adam Guettel (original score)
Producers: Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman Productions
West End comedy The Man in the White Suit is to close a month early, with producers blaming weak ticket sales. The play was due to run at Wyndham’s Theatre until January 11, but will now play its last performance on December 7.
Author and director: Sean Foley
Producers: Jenny King, Jonathan Church, Matthew Gale and Mark Goucher, by special arrangement with Studio Canal
Gwen Taylor will star in the world premiere of new thriller The Croft, which is set to tour the UK in 2020. Venues on the tour include Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, Darlington Hippodrome and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where the show closes on April 18, 2020. Further casting and dates are yet to be confirmed.
Author: Ali Milles
Director: Philip Franks
Design: Adrian Linford, Chris Davey (lighting), Max Pappenheim (sound)
Producer: the Original Theatre Company
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of A Kind of People, which opens at the Royal Court and runs from December 5 to January 18, 2020. The play explores life and hardship in a British community.
Author: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Director: Michael Buffong
Cast includes: Richie Campbell, Thomas Coombes, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Asif Khan, Petra Letang, Amy Morgan and Manjinder Virk
Design: Anna Fleischle (set), Aideen Malone (lighting), Emma Laxton (sound)
Producer: Royal Court
European Arts Company’s production of A Christmas Carol is set to tour the UK in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The play opens at Margate’s Theatre Royal and plays at venues including the Discovery Centre, Winchester, Cambridge’s Mumford Theatre and Greenwich Theatre Studio in London, where it closes on December 23.
Author: Charles Dickens
Director: Peter Craze
Cast includes: John O’Connor
Design: Duncan Hands (lighting), Matthew Eaton (sound), Annett Black (costume), Tom Paris (set)
Producer: European Arts Company
Casting has been announced for Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Park Theatre, London. The comedy runs from December 11 to January 4, 2020, with press night on December 13.
Author: Charlotte Jones
Director: Robert Wolstenholme
Cast includes: Sioned Jones, Charlie Bence, Kellie Batchelor, Andrew P Stephen, Matt Lim and Jessica Forrest
Producer: Signal Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre
Jodie McNee and Danny Lee Wynter will star in Faustus: That Damned Woman, which premieres at London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on January 22, 2020 before playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from February 26.
Author: Chris Bush
Director: Caroline Byrne
Design: Ana Inés Jabares-Pita (set), Line Bech (costume), Richard Howell (lighting), Giles Thomas (sound and composition), William Galloway (video and projection design)
Producers: Headlong and Lyric Hammersmith in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre
God of Carnage has announced a UK tour, opening at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on January 14 before touring to venues including Theatre Royal Bath, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston. Elizabeth McGovern and Nigel Lindsay will reprise their roles in the comedy.
Author: Yasmina Reza
Director: Lindsay Posner
Cast includes: Samantha Spiro, Simon Paisley
Design: Peter McKintosh
Producer: Theatre Royal Bath Productions
Full casting has been confirmed for The Snow Queen, which runs at Rose Theatre Kingston from December 6 to January 5, 2020 with a press night on December 13. Based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairytale, the adaptation features the Rose Youth Theatre alongside a professional cast.
Author and director: Ciaran McConville, Eamonn O’Dwyer (music and lyrics)
Cast includes: Helena Blackman, Roger May, Davina Moon, Parisa Shahmir and Jack Wolfe
Design: David Farley (set), Peter Todd (costume), Charlie Morgan Jones (lighting) Ella Wahlström (sound), Oliver Hymans (puppet designer and maker), Aimee Leigh (choreographer)
Producer: Rose Theatre Kingston
Two-man show The Six Wives of Henry VIII opens at London’s Kings Head Theatre in 2020, following its UK tour and Edinburgh Fringe run. The Tudor comedy runs from February 11 to March 7, with a press night on February 13.
Author: Living Spit
Director: Craig Edwards
Cast includes: Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin
Design: Fiona Trim (lighting)
Producer: Living Spit
The King’s Head Theatre has announced its 2020 spring season in conjunction with its 50th-anniversary year.The season features the world premiere of No Strings Attached by Charles Enstie, an English version of Verdi’s Aida, and a revival of Tom Wright‘s play Undetectable.
Night of the Living Dead, a scene-by-scene recreation of the 1968 zombie film, has announced a UK tour as part of its premiere. The show opens at Leeds Playhouse on January 24, and plays at venues including Theatr Clwyd, Dundee Repertory Theatre and Home, Manchester, where the tour concludes on March 21, 2020. Casting is yet to be announced.
Author: George A Romero
Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks
Producers: Imitating the Dog and Leeds Playhouse
Kinky Boots the Musical will be screened in more than 600 cinemas in the UK and Ireland on February 4 and 9, 2020. The stage production was filmed at London’s Adelphi Theatre in November 2018.
Birmingham Royal Ballet has confirmed its autumn season, which includes Giselle, opening on November 1.
MT Fest UK will launch at the Turbine Theatre in February 2020, as part of the venue’s 2019-20 season. The musical theatre festival showcases new musicals and events including Night Caps, an informal late-night concert with musical theatre stars.
Southbank Centre has announced its 2020 dance and performance season, which includes the PappyShow‘s Boys, Cowpuncher My Ass by choreographer Holly Blakely and composer Mica Levi, the UK premiere of Iceland Dance Company‘s Black Marrow, and English National Ballet‘s Emerging Dancer competition. The season opens in January and runs until July 26, 2020.