This week’s round-up includes Carrie Hope Fletcher in the lead role of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella.
Carrie Hope Fletcher will star in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Emerald Fennell‘s new musical version of Cinderella, which opens at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from August 28. Further casting is yet to be announced.
Author: Emerald Fennell (book), Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), David Zippel (lyrics)
Director: Laurence Connor
Choreographer: JoAnn Hunter
Rufus Hound and Katy Brand are set to join the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre in the West End. Hound will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle from March 16 until May 30, and Brand will play Miss Hedge from March 3 to June 20.
Author: Tom MacRae (book and lyrics), Dan Gillespie Sells (music)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beech
Lesley Joseph has been announced to join the cast of the UK and Ireland tour of Sister Act. Playing the role of Mother Superior, Joseph will star alongside the previously announced Brenda Edwards across the whole tour and Clive Rowe, who will perform on select dates. Sister Act opens on April 21 at Leicester’s Curve, with the tour running until December 5. It visits locations including Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff, Darlington, Nottingham and Milton Keynes.
Authors: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner (book), Alan Menken (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics)
Director: Bill Buckhurst
Design: Morgan Large (set), Tim Mitchell (lighting), Tom Marshall (sound)
Producers: Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz will to have its regional premiere at the Curve, as part of its Made at Curve 2020 season. The musical, which is based on 1939 MGM film, has new music and songs by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and will be the venue’s Christmas show. The musical will run from November 28 to January 16, 2021, with a press night on December 3.
Authors: L Frank Baum (book), Andrew Lloyd Webber (adaptation and additional music), Tim Rice (additional lyrics), Jeremy Sams (adaptation), Harold Arlen (music), EY Harburg (lyrics)
Director: Nikolai Foster
Producers: Curve, by arrangement with the Really Useful Group
Dates for the first UK and Ireland tour of Waitress have been confirmed, with the production set to open at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on November 14. It will then visit Bromley’s Churchill Theatre, and play at venues including Sheffield Lyceum, Bristol Hippodrome and Eastbourne Theatres, with further dates and venues to be confirmed.
Authors: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics), Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Producers: American Repertory Theatre, Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick, Alecia Parker, David I Berley, Feste Investments BV, Peter May, Evamere Entertainment, Tamar Climan, Michael Roiff, Ken Schur, 42nd Club, Square 1 Theatrics, Jam Theatricals and Adam Blanshay Productions
Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh will lead the cast of Sleepless – A Musical Romance at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Opening on April 1, it runs until May 3. The show is based on the original screenplay of Sleepless in Seattle, and the pair will play Sam and Annie, the characters played by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the film.
Authors: Robert Scott, Brendan Cull (music and lyrics), Michael Burdette (book)
Director: Morgan Young
Producers: Michael Rose, Encore Theatre Productions, David Shor and Marc Toberoff
Tanya Moodie, John McCrea and Katie Brayben are among the cast announced for Daddy at London’s Almeida Theatre. Described as “an explosive and blistering melodrama”, Daddy begins performances at the venue on March 30, running until May 9, with a press night on April 9.
Author: Jeremy O Harris
Director: Danya Taymor
Design: Matt Saunders, Montana Levi Blanco (costumes), Isabella Byrd (lighting), Lee Kinney (sound), Anjali Mehra (movement)
Music director: Tim Sutton
Intimacy and fight director: Yarit Dor
Cast includes: Keisha Atwell, Rebecca Bernice Amissah, Jabari Braham, Alexander Hanson, David Jonsson and Ioanna Kimbook
Full casting has been confirmed for the UK tour of Absurd Person Singular. John Dorney, Felicity Houlbrooke, Helen Keeley and Rosanna Miles will lead the production, which opens at Devonshire Park Theatre on February 25, before touring to 24 venues and closing at Weston-super-Mare’s Playhouse on July 19.
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Director: Michael Cabot
Cast includes: Graham O’Mara, Paul Sandys
Design: Simon Scullion (set), Kate Lyons (costume), Andy Grange (lighting)
Producer: London Classic Theatre
Casting has been announced for Orfeus: A House Music Opera, which will run at London’s Young Vic from April 11 to May 30, with a press night on April 21. The show, which has its world premiere at the venue, recreates Ovid’s myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in a dystopian future, “blurring the lines of opera, house music and theatre”. Gianni Arancio, Bernadette Bangura, Franc D’Ambrosio and Grace Farrell join the previously announced Nmon Ford.
Author: Nmon Ford (music, libretto)
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright, Benjamin Kwasi Burrell (music)
Cast includes: Fiona Finsbury, Nathan Kiley, Fabiane Leame, Shaq Taylor
Design: Leslie Travers (set), Aideen Malone (lighting), Richard Brooker (sound), Ozwald Boateng (costume)
Choreographer: Shay Barclay
Producer: Young Vic
Casting for The Effect at London’s Boulevard Theatre has been confirmed. Kate O’Flynn will star in the play, alongside Eric Kofi Abrefa, Christine Entwisle and Tim McMullan. It runs from March 19 until May 30, with a press night on March 25.
Author: Lucy Prebble
Director: Anthony Neilson
Design: Natasha Jenkins (set/costume), Nigel Edwards (lighting), Helen Skiera (sound)
Producer: Boulevard Theatre
Full casting has been confirmed for the premiere of The Still Room, which runs at Park Theatre from April 29 to May 23. Kate James will lead the cast of the dark comedy, alongside Chris Simmons, Jane Slavin, Zoe Brough, Larner Wallace-Taylor and Jack Colgrave Hirst.
Author: Sally Rogers
Director: Nigel Douglas
Producer: Rogers Douglas Productions
Led by Northamptonshire artists, 60 Miles by Road or River will run at the Royal and Derngate, exploring the heritage of the city and examining the “tensions between central and local government and the roles of local communities”. It runs from October 7 to 10, with a press night on October 8.
Authors: Ryan Leder, Joshua Val Martin
Creator/director: Andy Routledge
Cast includes: Subika Anwar-Khan, Helen Crevel, Jo Blake, Dan McGarry, Davin Eadie
Producer: Courtenay Johnson
Wayne McGregor is creating a new ballet based on a trilogy of novels by Margaret Atwood. The three-act work will be based on Atwood’s post-apocalyptic series; Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Titled MaddAddam, it will be a collaboration between the Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada, premiering in Toronto in November before transferring to London in 2022.
Music: Max Richter
Design: We Not I (set), Lucy Carter (lighting) Ravi Deepres (film)
Dramaturgy: Uzma Hameed
Jason Donovan will make his pantomime debut at Birmingham Hippodrome this year in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He will play the evil ringmaster in the circus-themed show, which will run from December 19 to January 31, 2021.
Producer: Qdos Entertainment
Brighton Festival has announced its 2020 line up, which includes Hofesh Shechter‘s Double Murder: Clowns/New Creation dance piece, and Caravan, a biennial three-day showcase of performing artists from Farnham Maltings. Theatre performances include Ursula Martinez‘s A Family Outing 20 Years On and Rhum and Clay Theatre Company‘s adaptation of The War of the Worlds. The festival runs from May 2 to 24.
Musician and actor Riz Ahmed‘s new show The Long Goodbye will premiere at this year’s Manchester International Festival. The live music set will explore the “break up of a toxic relationship with the country you call home”. Ahmed will perform from March 26 to 28, at the Mayfield in Manchester. The show will then be presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Author: Riz Ahmed
Director: Kirsty Housley
Producer: Manchester International Festival
Live and Let Dine, a James Bond-inspired immersive dining experience will run at London’s Vaults from April 7 to May 31, with a press night on April 15. The show, which parodies the popular franchise’s “misogynistic pitfalls, whilst drawing parallels with everyday sexism”, and will include problem solving and dinner.
Authors: Ami Stidolph, George Calderwood and Sam Carrack
Director: Sam Carrack
Design: Thomas Kirk Shannon
Producer: Ami Stidolph