This week’s production news includes the announcement of an immersive Doctor Who experience and news that Alexandra Burke is to star in My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Kevin Clifton will star in The Wedding Singer at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre next year. Based on the 1998 film of the same name, the stage production will run from January 30 to March 1, 2020. Clifton will play the role of Robbie Hart, with further casting is to be announced.
Authors: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy (book), Matthew Sklar (music), Chad Beguelin (lyrics)
Director/Choreographer: Nick Winston
Design: Francis O’Connor (set), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Ben Harrison (sound), Sarah
Travis (musical supervision), George Dyer (orchestration)
Producer: DLAP Entertainment
Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac will lead the cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical in the West End, opening at Piccadilly Theatre on February 13, 2020. Atkinson, who starred as Katherine Howard in the London production of Six the Musical, will play Vivian, with Mac performing the role of Edward.
Authors: Garry Marshall, JF Lawton (book), Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance (music and lyrics)
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Producers: Paula Wagner, Nice Productions, LPO, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions
Alexandra Burke will star in the musical stage adaptation of My Best Friend’s Wedding, which opens for a UK tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth on September 16. She will play the role of Julianne Potter, performed in the 1971 film of the same name by Julia Roberts.
Authors: Ronald Bass and Jonathan Harvey (book)
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
Producers: Michael Harrison and David Ian
The producers of Sunny Afternoon have announced a 2020 UK tour of the musical, opening at Manchester Opera House on August 7. The show, which tells the story of Ray Davies and the Kinks’ rise to fame, will play at venues including Bristol Hippodrome, Hull New Theatre and the Alexandra Birmingham.
Authors: Joe Penhall (book), Ray Davies (music and lyrics)
Director: Edward Hall
Design: Miriam Buether, Adam Cooper (choreographer), Rick Fisher (lighting), Matt McKenzie (sound)
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions with Adam Blanshay Productions, Rupert Gavin
Theo James and Jonathan Slinger have been been announced to join the cast of City of Angels in the West End. It runs at the Garrick Theatre from March 5 to September 5, 2020.
Authors: Larry Gelbart (book), Cy Coleman (music) and David Zippel (lyrics)
Director: Josie Rourke
Producer: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Eilene Davidson and Adam Blanshay Productions
The UK cast of Be More Chill has been confirmed, with the lead roles to be played by Scott Folan and Blake Patrick Anderson. The broadway transfer opens at London’s the Other Palace, running from February 12 to May 3, 2020.
Authors: Ned Vizzini (novel), Joe Iconis (music and lyrics), Joe Tracz (book)
Director: Stephen Brackett
Cast includes: Renee Lamb, Millie O’Connell, Miracle Chance, Stewart Clarke, Eloise Davies,
James Hameed, Christopher Fry, Miles Paloma, Eve Norris
Design: Chase Brock (choreographer), Beowulf Borritt (set), Bobby Frederick Tilley II (costume)
Tyler Micoleau (lighting), Ryan Rumery (sound), Alex Basco Koch (projection ), Dave Bova (wigs)
Producers: Jerry Goehring and Lisa Dozier King
The full cast for the revival of Romantics Anonymous has been confirmed. The musical adaptation, which is based on the French film of the same name, will run at Bristol Old Vic from January 18 to February 1, 2020.
Authors: Emma Rice (book), Christopher Dimond (lyrics), Michael Kooman (music)
Director: Emma Rice
Cast includes: Brett Brown, Me’sha Bryan, Harry Hepple, Laura Jane Matthewson, Sandra Marvin, Craig Pinder, and Gareth Snook
Design: Lez Brotherston (original production design), Nigel Lilley (musical supervisor, Etta Murfitt (choreographer), Simon Hale (orchestrator), Malcolm Rippeth (lighting), Simone Baker (sound)
Producers: Wise Children
Emilie Fleming will lead cast as Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s The Sound of Music on its UK and Ireland tour, producers have confirmed. Andrew Lancel will reprise his role as Captain von Trapp. The show will open at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on January 10, and close at Chester Storyhouse on April 18.
Authors: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (book), Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics)
Director: Martin Connor, Jeremy Wootton (musical direction)
Cast includes: Howard Samuels, Michael Anderson, Nicole Farrar, Alexander Evans, Zoe Ann Bown
Design: Bill Deamer (choreographer), Nick Richings (lighting), Dan Sansom (sound)
Producer: Bill Kenwright
Sally Cookson‘s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will tour the UK and Ireland in 2020. The tour will open at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on November 20 and will finish at Nottingham Theatre Royal on March 6. The show is currently running at London’s Bridge Theatre until February 2.
Authors: CS Lewis, Sally Cookson (adaptation)
Director: Sally Cookson
Producers: Elliott and Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber
Casting has been announced for the UK tour of Ghost Stories, which opens in Birmingham on January 8, 2020. It then tours the UK until April 25.
Authors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman and Sean Holmes
Casting includes: Joshua Higgott, Paul Hawkyard, Gus Gordon and Richard Sutton
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Smith and Brant Theatricals and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Newcastle’s New Vic Theatre has announced its spring season, which includes a new adaptation of Angela Carter’s The Company of Wolves by Theresa Heskins, a world premiere stage adaptation of Neil Baldwin’s Marvellous, and Jimmy Fairhurst and Samantha Robinson starring in Two by Jim Cartwright.
Devised play Extraordinary Wall [of Silence] will tour in Spring 2020, opening at Birmingham Hippodrome. The show, which is based on the real life testimonies of D/deaf people around the UK, will tour to venues including Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Newbury’s Corn Exchange and Home, Manchester.
Devised by: David Ellington, Matthew Gurney, Moira Anne McAuslan, Deborah Pugh
Director: George Mann
Design: Sam Halmarack (sound), Anna Orton (set and costume), Jo Palmer (lighting)
Producer: Ad Infinitum
Pitlochry Festival Theatre has announced its 2020 season, which features a world premiere by David Greig, a production of the musical Gypsy, Noel Coward’s Private Lives, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Elizabeth Newman.
The Playground theatre has announced its 2020 season, which features Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act starring Naomi Sorkin and Joshua Sobol‘s play Sinners, which tells the story of a women sentenced to death by stoning, directed by Brian Cox.
BBC Studios and Immersive Everywhere have announced Doctor Who Time Fracture: An Immersive Adventure. The theatrical experience challenges audience members to “save the planet” in the recreated world of Doctor Who. The experience opens in London in February 2020, with a location yet to be confirmed.
The writers of Romantics Anonymous, Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, are to perform a concert at the Other Palace in London on January 8, 2020.
Director: Adam Lenson
British Chinese arts festival China Art Now has announced its line-up for 2020, which includes an augmented reality tour of Chinatown, music fusion concerts from Triptych and Coalesce, and comedian Nigel Ng performing his show, Culture Shocked. The festival will take place at London venues including the Southbank centre, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre.
Young Vic‘s Taking Part scheme has announced two projects for 2020, which include two productions. Me for the World by Molly Taylor is a new show performed by young people from Roma and Irish Traveller communities, and runs from March 5 to 7. Luke Barnes’ Freedom projection, a co-production with Leeds Playhouse, is written with asylum seekers and refugees to explore what it means to be free in the UK. The show will play at the Young Vic from June 26 to 27.
Secret Theatre Project is launching The Invitation, an immersive masquerade party featuring a dining option at London’s Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. Audience members will be part of “a devilish narrative of action, murder and intrigue,” during the experience, which opens from January 28, 2020.