This week’s production news round-up includes Anne-Marie Duff making her musical theatre debut in the final production directed by Josie Rourke before she leaves the Donmar in London. Other news includes Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson joining the cast of Man of La Mancha in the West End and casting for Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana.
Josie Rourke will direct Anne-Marie Duff, making her musical theatre debut, in a new production of Sweet Charity as her final show as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse. The musical runs from April 6 to June 8, with press night on April 17.
Author: Cy Coleman
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Cast also includes: Arthur Darvill
Leeds Playhouse has announced The Wizard of Oz as the first show in its newly redeveloped Quarry Theatre. It will run from November 20 to January 25, 2019.
Authors: Frank Baum (book) and Harold Arlen and EY Harburg (music and lyrics)
Director: James Brining
Laura Pitt-Pulford is to star in the European premiere of off-Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine. The production runs at London’s Arcola Theatre from March 21 to Mary 11, with press night on April 1, before embarking on a UK tour.
Authors: James Lapine and William Finn
Director: Mehmet Ergen
Cast also includes: Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson, Lily Mae Denman, Ian Carlyle, Imelda Warren-Green and Matthew McDonald
Producers: Selladoor Productions and Arcola Theatre
Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson will join the cast of Man of La Mancha in the West End. They join the previously announced Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese in the musical, which runs at the London Coliseum from April 26 to June 8, with press night on April 30.
Authors: Mitch Leigh (music), Joe Darion (lyrics) and Dale Wasserman (book)
Director: Lonny Price
Producers: Michael Linnit and Michael Grade
Winner of best fringe theatre at The Stage Awards 2019, the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, has announced its 2019 season, which includes musical Daddy Long Legs, based on Jean Webster’s novel, and Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion. Other highlights include a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V.
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Casting has been announced for The Cereal Cafe, a new musical about the controversial opening of a cafe in east London. The musical will have a workshop production at the Other Palace in London from February 28 to March 2.
Authors: Jacob Dorrell and Tom Ling (book and lyrics), Adam Dickinson (music)
Director: Victoria Gimby
Cast: Norma Atallah, Fanta Barrie, Thomas Grant, Rosalind James, Julie Legrand, Harveen Mann, Minal Patel, Keith Ramsay, Howard Samuels and Tosh Wanogho-Maud
Producer: Jacob Dorrell
Rebecca Trehearn has been cast in a new version of musical Rags at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. It runs from March 2 to April 6, with press night on March 5.
Authors: Charles Strouse (lyrics) and Stephen Schwartz (music)
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Choreographer: Grant Murphy
Orchestrations: Nick Barstow
Cast also includes: Valda Aviks, Gavin James, Sam Peggs, Jane Quinn, Michael S Siegel, Robert Tripolino, Tim Walton, Lydia White, Lochlan White and George Varley
Producers: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre in association with Knockhardy Productions
Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke will star in a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm in the West End. The play will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on April 24, with press night on May 2. It runs until July 20.
Author: Duncan Macmillan
Director: Ian Rickson
Producer: Sonia Friedman
John Malkovich is to make his first West End appearance in 30 years in a new work by David Mamet, inspired by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. Bitter Wheat runs at the Garrick Theatre from June 7 to September 14, with press night on June 19.
Director: David Mamet
Cast also includes: Doon Mackichan and Ioanna Kimbook
Producers: Jeffrey Richards and Smith and Brant Theatricals
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Sarah Hadland and Alex Kingston are to join the cast of Admissions at London’s Trafalgar Studio from February 28 to May 25.
Author: Joshua Harmon
Director: Daniel Aukin
Cast also includes: Andrew Wooddall, Margot Leicester and Ben Edelman
Producers: Simon Friend, Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Eilene Davidson and Gavin Kalin
Deafinitely Theatre has teamed up with Birmingham Stage Company to produce the first Horrible Histories show specifically for D/deaf children and their families. Deafinitely Theatre has teamed up with Birmingham Stage Company to produce the first Horrible Histories show specifically for D/deaf children and their families.
Director: Paula Garfield
Music: Chris Bartholomew
Design: Paul Burgess (set and costume) and Joe Hornsby (lighting)
The Spring Arts and Heritage centre in Havant, Hampshire, has curated a festival exploring dementia called More Than a Memory. Highlights include a play exploring Alzheimer’s and music called In Other Words, free Sensory Theatre sessions run by Kim Brown of Nature Therapy CIC and an immersive theatre production for people with dementia called The Garden.
Soho Theatre in London’s spring/ summer season is to include the return of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, Holly Robinson‘s debut play Soft Animals and Jessie Cave’s Sunrise. Other highlights include Kieran Hurley’s Mouthpiece, which is a collaboration with Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and Dylan Coburn Gray’s Citysong, which is a co-production with Ireland’s Abbey Theatre.
Game of Thrones actor Laura Pradelska is to star in A Small House at the Edge of the World at the Museum of Comedy in London from February 5 to 23.
Author: Chris Lee
Director: Ken McClymont
Cast includes: Alan Turkington
Clive Owen and Lia Williams are to star in Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana in the West End. The play, which will run at the Noel Coward Theatre, begins on July 6 for a 12 week run, with press night on July 16.
Director: James Macdonald
Cast also includes: Anna Gunn and Julian Glover
Producers: David Richenthal, Fiery Angel, Gavin Kalin and David M Milch
London South Bank University‘s Drama and Performance students are staging a production of The Bogus Woman, about a woman seeking asylum in Britain, at Camden People’s Theatre in London. It runs on February 3.
Author and director: Kay Adshead
Producer: London South Bank University
Full casting has been announced for Kiss Me Quickstep, a new touring drama about ballroom dancing. It will run at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from February 22 to March 9 before transferring to New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich from March 13 to 23 and then Theatr Clwyd in Wales from March 26 to 30.
Author: Amanda Whittington
Director: Kirstie Davis
Choreographer: Lucie Pankhurst
Cast: David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Adrian Klein, Joshua Lay, Abigail Middleton, Garry Robson, Vicki Lee Taylor
Producers: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has partnered with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London to produce modern-day comedy DNA, which runs at the venue from February 7 to 14.
Author: Dennis Kelly
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Cast: Joseph Aylward, Brett Curtis, Mark Foy, Linn Johansson, Marko Kovak, Colette McNulty, Mae Munuo, William Pyke, Sidsel Rostrup, Sam Rhodes and Hughie Stanley
London’s Union Theatre has announced a series of concerts called Sunday Night Socials. The season, directed by Kieran Brown, will launch on February 17 with An Evening With Laurence Mark Wythe and Friends, with guests including Graham Bickley, Julie Atherton, Ashleigh Gray and Shona White. Other highlights include An Evening With Chris Hamilton and Guests on March 17 and An Evening with Chris Passey on April 28.
Vicky Vox and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will present the annual WhatsOnStage Awards on May 3 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The awards concert will include performances by Carrie Hope Fletcher, the cast of musical Six and the company of Hope Mill Theatre’s Spring Awakening.
Sadler’s Wells is to premiere a new dance production set to the music of Sting and choreographed by Kate Prince. Message in a Bottle will run at the Peacock Theatre from February 6 to March 21, with press night on February 18.
Producers: Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake will be broadcast to cinemas in May, it has been announced. The production, which was first performed in 1995, was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London earlier this month and will be broadcast across the UK on May 21.
Director: Ross MacGibbon
Cast includes: Will Bozier, Liam Mower and Nicole Kabera
Producer: Ross MacGibbon