This week’s production news round-up includes an announcement that full castinghas been confirmed for Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Karl Queensborough will play the title role in Hamilton as part of the west End’s new cast, and Trevor Nunn will direct a triple bill of Samuel Beckett plays at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical has confirmed it will transfer to the West End’s Piccadilly Circus, in March 2021. Based on Baz Luhrmann‘s film, the musical is currently running on Broadway. West End casting is yet to be announced.
Authors: John Logan (book)and Justin Levine (orchestration, musical supervision and arrangements)
Director: Alex Timbers Producer: Global Creatures
Come from Away has extended booking for its West End run at the Phoenix Theatre to May 23, 2020. The musical will be partnering with homeless charity Centrepoint for a gala performance on November 7.
Author: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Director: Christopher Ashley
Producer: Junkyard Dog Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals
Newbury’s Watermill Theatre will premiere two new British musicals as parts of its 2020 season, including the folk-inspired tale The Wicker Husband by Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings. The season also features two Shakespeare plays and closes with the second musical premiere, Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough. The season runs from January 29 to June 15, 2020.
Hamilton has announced its new West End cast, starring Karl Queensborough in the title role. He will play the part full time from November 18 at Victoria Palace Theatre. The show is now booking until March 28, 2020.
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast includes: Gavin Spokes, Nuno Queimado, Trevor Dion Nicholas and Simon-Anthony Rhoden.
Producers: Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, the Public Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh
Roger Bart will star in Back to the Future the musical, as Dr Emmett Brown. The musical is set to premiere at Manchester Opera House from February 20 to May 17, 2020. It will transfer to the West End later this year.
Authors: Bob Gale (book) Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard (music and lyrics)
Director: John Rando
Cast also includes: Olly Dobson, Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland and Cedric Neal
Producers: Colin Ingram, Donovan Mannato, Frankel/Viertel/Baruch/Routh Group, Gavin Kalin Productions, Hunter Arnold, Crush Music, CJ ENM, Teresa Tsai, Ivy Herman and Hallee Adelman, Augury, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, in association with Kimberly Magarro, Robert L Hutt, Ricardo Marques, Glass Half Full Productions and Playing Field
The Bodyguard has announced a cast change for the musical’s national tour, which opens at Sunderland Empire on November 12, and closes at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on February 1, 2020. Ben Lewis, Neil Reidman and Emmy Willow will star alongside Alexandra Burke.
Author: Alex Dinelaris
Director: Thea Shamrock
Producer: Michael Harrison and David Ian
The cast for Antic Disposition’s A Christmas Carol has been announced, and will run at London’s Middle Temple Hall from December 21 to 30. David Burt will star as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Author: Charles Dickens, Ben Horslen and John Risebero (book and lyrics)
Directors: Ben Horslen and John Risebero
Cast includes: Geri Allen, Jacob Fullagar, Megan Ashley, Katie Lovell, Chris Courtenay Elliot Fitzpatrick and Lucy Ford.
Producer: Antic Disposition
Jermyn Street Theatre has announced its first full year of programming, which opens with a triple bill of Samuel Beckett plays directed by Trevor Nunn. It also features Michael Pennington in The Tempest and closes with The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! By John Nicholson. The season runs from January 2020 to 2021.
Tarek Iskander has confirmed his first season at Battersea Arts Centre, which includes premieres of Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran by Javaad Alipoor and Lucy McCormick’s Life: Live!. The season closes with Neither Here Nor There by Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes in May 2020.
Full casting has been announced for Conor McPherson’s Uncle Vanya, with opens at the Harold Pinter on January 23, and runs until May 2, 2020. Anna Calder-Marshall and Peter Wright join the previously announced Richard Armitage and Toby Jones.
Author: Anton Chekhov, Conor McPherson (book)
Director: Ian Rickson
Cast includes: CiarÃ¡n Hinds, Peter Wight, Dearbhla Molloy, Aimee Lou Wood and Rosalind Eleazar
Producer: Sonia Friedman Productions
Improvised comedy Austentatious has extended its residency at London’s Fortune Theatre from November 18 until December 19.
Producer: Underbelly Productions
London’s Park Theatre has revealed its new 2020 season, which includes the world premiere of La Cage aux Folles in English, translated by actor Simon Callow, and Hope Mill Theatre‘s production of Rags the Musical. The season runs from January 9 to June 20, 2020.
The full cast for Cyrano de Bergerac has been confirmed, with Michele Austin and Adam Best joining James McAvoy in the title role. The show opens on November 27 and runs to December 6 at London’s Playhouse Theatre.
Authors: Edmond Rostand, Martin Crimp (adaptation)
Director: Jamie Lloyd Cast includes: Sam Black, Nari Blair-Mangat, Philip Cairns, Tom Edden, Eben Figueiredo Chris Fung, Adrian Der Gregorian and Carla Harrison-Hodge
Grange Park Opera has released its 2020 season, which opens with La Gioconda starring Amanda Echalaz and Ruxandra Dunose, and features Puccini‘s La Boheme and the world premiere of The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko.
London’s Gate Theatre has announced two UK premieres from Danish artists as part of their 40th anniversary season. Land Without Dreams, a play by Tue Biering, runs from November 14 to December 7, and Anika Barkan‘s experimental performance We Open our Mouth – And Listen is on from December 17 to 21.
The full cast has been confirmed for La Clique‘s West End cabaret run at the Leicester Square Spiegeltent, which runs from November 8 to January 4, 2020 with a press night on November 14. Cast includes: Bernie Dieter, Virginia Gay, Heather Holliday, Florian Brookes, Jamie Swan, Charlie Wheeller, Zoe Marshall, Lydia Norman, David Pereira and David Bates.
Producers: Underbelly, David Bates and Spiegeltent International