This week’s round-up includes the full cast announcement for The Seagull, starring Indira Varma, Tamzin Outhwaite, Daniel Monks and Robert Glenister alongside the previously confirmed Emilia Clarke.
Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely will reprise their roles as Morticia and Gomez in The Addams Family second UK tour, which begins at Newcastle Theatre Royal on July 30. The musical comedy will perform at venues including Glasgow’s King’s Theatre, the Lowry in Manchester and Oxford’s New Theatre, where the tour closes on November 14. Further tour dates are expected to be announced.
Author: Marshall Brickman and Rick Ellice (book), Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics)
Director: Matthew White
Producer: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Music and Lyrics Limited.
Full casting for an immersive production of Zorro the Musical has been confirmed. The show, which will run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre from March 14 to April 18, will feature a flamenco party in the foyer led by the actor-musician company, before the audience is invited into the theatre.
Authors: Stephen Clark (original story, book and lyrics) Helen Edmundson (original story)
Director: Christian Durham
Cast includes: Antony Costa, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Emma Kingston, Genevieve Nicole, Kit Orton, Benjamin Purkiss
Music: Gipsy Kings
Co-composer and adapter: John Cameron
Producer: Aria Entertainment and John Gertz
The cast for the world premiere of The Wicker Husband has been confirmed. The musical, which “tells a timeless and emotive tale of an outsider shunned by a hostile community”, runs at Watermill Theatre from March 12 to April 4, with a press night on March 16.
Authors: Rhys Jennings (book), Darren Clark (music and lyrics)
Director: Charlotte Westenra
Cast includes: Laura Johnson, Yazdan Qafouri, Eilon Morris, Stephen Leask, Angela Caesar, Claire-Marie Hall, Jack Beale
Design: Anna Kelsey (set), Hartley T A Kemp (lighting), Ella Wahlström (sound), Pat Moran (musical director)
Producer: The Watermill Theatre
The producers of & Juliet have announced a sing-along performance of the musical at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre. The performance, which is on May 12, will have screens displaying song lyrics for the audience to follow.
Authors: David West Read (book)
Director: Luke Sheppard
Design: Soutra Gilmour (set), Paloma Young (costume), Jennifer Weber (choreography)
Producers: Martin Dodd, Tim Headington, Max Martin, Jenny Petersson and Theresa Steele Page.
The Shark is Broken, a play that goes behind the scenes of the film Jaws and ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, is to run in the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre. It runs from May 11 to July 18, with a press night on May 19.
Authors: Joseph Nixon, Ian Shaw
Director: Guy Masterson
Design: Duncan Henderson (set and costumes), Neil Austin and Jamie Platt (lighting), Adam Cork (sound and music), Nina Dunn (video)
Producer: Sonia Friedman Productions
Full casting for the West End production of The Seagull has been confirmed. Indira Varma, Tamzin Outhwaite, Daniel Monks and Robert Glenister will star in the play, joining the previously announced Emilia Clarke, who will play Nina. The show will run at the Playhouse from March 11 until May 30.
Author: Anton Chekhov, Anya Reiss (adaptation)
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Cast includes: Danny Ashok, Tom Rhys Harries, Patrick Robinson and Sophie Wu
Design: Soutra Gilmour
Producer: Jamie Lloyd Company
The full cast and creative team has been confirmed for the world premiere of Donny’s Brain, which runs at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre from April 11 to May 2, with a press night on April 15. The play explores neuroscience and romance, delving into “the fascinating and eternal mystery that is the human brain”.
Author: Rona Munro
Director: Caitlin Skinner
Cast includes: Michael Dylan, Suzanne Magowan, Roanna Davidson, Lauren Grace, Bhav Joshi
Design: Becky Minto, Renny Robertson (lighting), Danny Krass (composer/sound designer), Emma Jayne Park (choreographer)
Producer: Traverse Theatre
Iris Theatre has announced its 2020 summer season of outdoor productions, which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Paul-Ryan Carberry, and a new adaptation of Robin Hood by Teresa Burns. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from June 17 to July 18, with a press night on June 23, followed by Robin Hood, playing from July 23 to August 30, with a press night on June 30. Both productions will be performed in the grounds of Covent Garden’s Actor’s Church.
The producers of Life of Pi have confirmed the cast for the play’s West End run. Mina Anwar, Sagar Arya, Alex Chang, Fred Davis and Daisy Franks will join Hiran Abeysekera, who is reprising his role as Pi at the Wyndham’s Theatre. The play will run from June 28, with a press night on July 15.
Author: Yann Martel, Lolita Chakrabarti (adaptation)
Director: Max Webster
Cast includes: Raj Ghatak, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Romina Hytten, Sarah Kameela Impey, Tom Larkin , David K.S. Tse, Syreeta Kumar, Deeivya Meir, Habib Nasib Nader, Scarlet Wilderink
Design: Tim Hatley (set and costume), Tim Lutkin (lighting), Carolyn Downing (sound)
Producer: Sheffield Theatres
Birth, a play that follows the story of an eight-month pregnant woman tracing the legacy of her family history, is set to tour the UK from February 26. Venues on the tour include Cardiff’s Richard Burton Theatre, Harlow Playhouse, the Lowry and Barnsley’s Civic Theatre, where the tour closes on October 23.
Creator: Theatre Re
Director: Guillaume Pigé
Cast includes: Eygló Belafonte, Vyte Garriga, Claudia Marciano, Charles Sandford
Design: Malik Ibheis (costume and props), Katherine Graham (lighting designer)
Producer: Theatre Re
Mark Gatiss is to star in his new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, running at Nottingham Playhouse from October 30 to November 14. He will play the role of Jacob Marley in the show, which will run at the venue before its London premiere at Alexandra Palace in December 2020.
Author: Charles Dickens, Mark Gatiss (adaptation)
Director: Adam Penford
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Nottingham Playhouse
Katherine Parkinson will star in Shoe Lady at London’s Royal Court Theatre. She will perform in the new play alongside Kayla Meikle, which will run from March 4 to 21, with a press night on March 9.
Author: EV Crowe
Director: Vicky Featherstone
Design: Chloe Lamford, Natasha Chivers (lighting), Matthew Herbert (music), Tony Gayle (sound) Sasha Milavic Davies (movement direction)
Producer: Royal Court
Casting for The Mikvah Project at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre has been confirmed. The play, which tells the story of a teenager and a married man forming an “unexpected bond” when meeting for the weekly Jewish water ritual, will run from February 28 to March 28.
Author: Josh Azouz
Director: Georgia Green
Cast includes: Alex Waldmann, Josh Zaré
Design: Cory Shipp, Chris McDonnell (lighting), Lex Kosanke (sound director)
Producer: Orange Tree Theatre
The producers of A Museum in Baghdad have confirmed the full cast for the play’s London run at Kiln Theatre. The show, which explores the legacy of British explorer Gertrude Bell’s Iraqi museum, will play from April 22 to May 23.
Author: Hannah Khalil
Director: Erica Whyman
Cast includes: David Birrell, Houda Echouafni, Emma Fielding, Ali Gadema
Producer: RSC and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Wilton’s Music Hall has announced its 2020 summer season, which includes their Music 4all festival in May featuring emerging opera singers and musicians from other genres. Dead Poets Live, celebrating performance across two evenings of poetry and sketches, will be hosted by actor Rory Kinnear in June. Presented by the Cabaret House, the Marilyn Monroe Story will explore the life of the actor, performer by singer, dancer and actor Jojo Desmond. Horse Country, an “anarchic and surreal satire” will run from June 30 to July 4.
Casting for the immersive theatrical experience The Time Machine has been confirmed. Based on the novel by HG Wells, the experience will involved small groups of audience members exploring London Library with a cast member in a “surreal and psychedelic adventure”, drawing on “cutting edge research from the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities”. The experience will run from February 29 to April 5.
Author: Jonathan Holloway
Director: Natasha Rickman
Cast includes: Clare Humphrey, Rhodri Lewis, Funlola Olufunwa, Leda Douglas
Design: Ryan Dawson Laight, Matt Eaton
Sergei Polunin will make his London debut as Romeo in a new staging of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall on April 14. He will dance alongside Alina Cojocaru in the ballet, set to Prokofiev’s score of the same name.
Choreographer: Johan Kobborg
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Carlos Acosta has announced plans for his first year as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. In June a three week festival, curated by Carlos, will span venues in London and Birmingham, showcasing events including the world premiere of a new duet for Alessandra Ferri and Acosta by Spanish choreographer Goyo Mondero. The season will also feature Don Quixote at the Birmingham Hippodrome from June 19 to 27,a triple bill of European works making their UK premiere in autumn, and a tour of Jorge Crecis’ Ten.
London’s Bunker Theatre has announced a programme of work curated by playwrights Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Abi Zakarian. Called Power Share, the programme runs from March 16 to 21 with each day co-curated with a different artist, featuring workshops from 10am, play readings at 3pm and four short pieces each evening.
Producers: Amanda Castro and Amy Davies Dolamore