This week’s production news includes an announcement that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to return to the London Palladium for a second summer run and a West End transfer for Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to return to the London Palladium next year for a second summer run. The musical was revived this year in the West End starring Jac Yarrow in the title role, Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan. Casting for the 2020 run has not yet been confirmed, but the production will return to the Palladium from July 2 to September 6.
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)
Director: Laurence Connor
Producers: Michael Harrison, Really Useful Group
Melissa Jacques will take on the lead role of Margaret New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, from September 30. Phil Nichol will also reprise his role as Hugo/Loco Chanelle. Jacques previously understudied the role in the musical, which is at the Apollo Theatre in London until January 25, 2020.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Cast includes: Alexander Archer, Tilly La Belle Yengo, Gillian Ford
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beech
The UK premiere of High Fidelity, a musical comedy based on Nick Hornby’s novel, opens at the Turbine Theatre in Battersea. The show runs from October 21 to December 7, with a press night on November 1. Full casting is yet to be announced.
Author: Nick Hornby (book), David Lindsay-Abaire (adaptation),Tom Kitt (music), Amanda Green (lyrics)
Director: Tom Jackson Greaves
Design: David Shields (set), Dan Samson (sound), Andrew Exeter (lighting)
Producer: Turbine Theatre
The new cast of Les Misérables has been announced and will star Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden, Gerard Carey and Carrie Hope Fletcher. The show opens at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre on December 18.
Authors: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
Directors: Laurence Connor, James Powell
Cast also includes: Shan Ako, Josefina Gabrielle, Ashley Gilmour, Lily Kerhoas, Rachelle Ann Go
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh
Danielle Hope, Clare Halse, Brenda Edwards and Michael Brandon have joined the cast of White Christmas. The Irving Berlin show comes to the West End later this year for a run at the Dominion Theatre, playing from November 16 to January 4.
Director: Nikolai Foster
Cast also includes: Danny Mac, Dan Burton
Producers: Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin, Kevin McCollum, Hunter Arnold, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Laurence Myers, InTheatre, Curve, Carlos Candal
Casting for the UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in concert has been revealed, including Christine Allado in the title role, alongside Jac Yarrow. The concert is at London’s Cadogan Hall on October 20. Full casting is yet to be announced.
Authors: Douglas Carter Beane (book), Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics), David Chase (music adaptation/arrangements), Victoria Saxton (dramaturgy)
Director: Johnathan O’Boyle
Musical director: Freddie Tapner
Designer: George Reeve (projection)
Cast also includes: Jodie Jacobs, Dean John-Wilson, Cedric Neal, Dianne Pilkington, Zoe Rainey
Producers: Take Two Theatricals, Club 11 London
Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders has announced its West End transfer to the Duke of York‘s theatre, following a UK tour, which opens at Theatre Royal Brighton on January 22, 2020.
Author: Noël Coward
Director: Richard Eyre
Producers: Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean, Jonathan Church Productions
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Ghost Stories has announced a UK tour, opening in Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre on January 7, 2020. The supernatural thriller will also run in the West End from October at Ambassadors Theatre. Casting is yet to be announced.
Authors: Andy Nyman, Jeremy Dyson
Directors: Andy Nyman, Jeremy Dyson, Sean Holmes
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Smith and Brant Theatricals, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Storme Toolis will star in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg alongside Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner at Trafalgar Studios in London, from September 21 to November 30. She is the first disabled actor to be cast in a disabled role in the West End.
Author: Peter Nichols
Director: Simon Evans
Producers: Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Eilene Davidson Productions
The Actors Centre in London has launched a season of work focusing on motherhood, which will take place as part of the venue’s John Thaw Initiative in the John Thaw Studio. Highlights include Sophia Miller de Vega’s Love, Mum(s), Hannah Ballou’s Shhh and Alexandra Donnachie’s Twenty-Eight, which interrogates societal perceptions of childless women.
London’s Old Red Lion Theatre has confirmed its new season, which runs from September to February 2020. The season opens with Peter Hamilton’s play Danelaw, followed by shows selected as part of the London Horror Festival and the Christmas Festival.
The full cast of the stage adaptation of Band of Gold has been released. The show, which is based on Kay Mellor’s ITV crime series, opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on November 28 and transfers to Nottingham Theatre Royal, before embarking on a UK tour, closing on March 21 at Theatre Royal Bath.
Author/director: Kay Mellor
Designers: Janet Bird (set), Yvonne Milnes (costume), Jason Taylor (lighting), Mic Pool (sound), Hal Lindes (music)
Cast includes: Laurie Brett, Gaynor Faye, Kieron Richardson, Shayne Ward, Sacha Parkinson, Andrew Dunn
Producer: Josh Andrews
Debbie Tucker Green‘s Trade, which is set on a Caribbean island and tells the story of three women, is to tour regionally for the first time. The tour opens at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre on September 25 and runs until October 19, visiting locations including Wolverhampton, Leeds, Nottingham and Oxford.
Young Muslim Voices, an organisation that aims to tell Muslim stories on stage, is hosting two evenings of storytelling, taking place at Streatham Space Project on September 30 and at Rich Mix in London on October 14.
Director: Iqbal Khan
Cast includes: Nikesh Patel, Shazia Mirza, Waleed Elgadi, Pearl Chanda, Daniel York, Jung Sun Den Hollander and Amir El-Masry
Cirque Du Soleil‘s acrobatic ice-skating show Crystal opens its UK premiere at Sheffield’s Fly DSA Arena on March 6, 2020, before embarking on a tour around the UK. The show, which explores a young heroine’s self discovery, features an original score and visual projections.
Authors: Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila
Directors: Stefan Miljevic (creative), Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila
Designers: Fred Gerard, Stephane Roy (set), Johnny Ranger (video content) Eric Champoux (lighting), Anne-Seguin Poirier (props), Marie Chantale Vaillancourt (costume), Veronique St-Germain (make-up), Genevieve Dorion-Coupal (choreographer), Mark Vreeken (sound)