This week’s round-up includes the first UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, and Katherine Parkinson starring in the stage adaptation of The Good Life.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies will embark on its first UK tour. Opening at Leicester’s Curve in September, the show will transfer to Manchester Opera House from October 14 to 24. Further dates and venues are to be confirmed.
Authors: Glenn Slater and Charles Hart (lyrics), Ben Elton (book)
Director: Simon Phillips
Design: Gabriela Tylesova (set and costume), Graeme Murphy (choreography), Mick Potter (sound)
Producers: David Ian, the Really Useful Group
Full casting for Blood Brothers’ 2020 spring tour has been announced. The cast, who will tour from February 4, includes Lyn Paul, Alexander Patmore, Joel Benedict and Danielle Corlass.
Author: Willy Russell
Directors: Bob Tomson, Bill Kenwright, Tim Whiting (musical direction)
Design: Andy Walmsley, Dan Samson (sound), Nick Richings (lighting)
Producer: Bill Kenwright
The full cast for MTFestUK 2020 has been confirmed. The musical theatre festival, which offers short previews of revivals and works in development, will run at the Turbine Theatre at Battersea Power Station from February 3 to 15. The cast includes Clive Rowe, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Louise Dearman and Lizzy Connolly. Musicals in the line-up include Soapdish, Jet Set Go! and Coldfront.
Director: Paul Taylor-Mills
Producer: Turbine Theatre
Following its 2019 tour, Peter Andre will return to Grease, which will tour nationally from May 22. He will reprise the role of teen angel, in addition to playing Vince Fontaine and the sergeant. The production will play at newly confirmed venues including Norwich Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Ipswich Regent Theatre.
Authors: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
Director: Nikolai Foster
Choreographer: Arlene Phillips
Design: Colin Richmond, Tom Marshall (sound), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Sarah Travis (orchestrations and musical supervision)
Producers: Colin Ingram, InTheatre Productions, Donovan Mannato, Playing Field, Hunter Arnold, Araca, Curve
Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre will stage a revival of the rock musical Rent, running from July 31 to August 31, with a press night on August 5. The musical, which is loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists living in Manhattan’s East Village, under the shadow of HIV/Aids crisis. The theatre will be hosting open auditions in Manchester on February 18. A full creative team is still to be confirmed.
Author: Jonathan Larson
Director: Luke Sheppard
Producer: Hope Mill Theatre
Katherine Parkinson is to star in a stage adaptation of the TV sitcom The Good Life, which will premiere later this year. The show is to open at Theatre Royal Bath, running from June 4 to 20, with further plans for the production to be announced. Further casting is still to be confirmed.
Adaptor/director: Jeremy Sams
Producer: Fiery Angel
The full cast of the European premiere of Indecent has been confirmed. The play, which is based on Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance, will run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory from March 13 to May 9, with a press night on March 23.
Author: Paula Vogel
Director: Rebecca Taichman
Cast includes: Corey English, Beverley Klein, Finbar Lynch, Molly Osborne, Peter Polycarpou, Alexandra Silber, Joseph Timms, Merlin Shepherd, Anna Lowenstein, Josh Middleton
Producers: Menier Chocolate Factory in association with Daryl Roth, Elizabeth I McCann and Cody Lassen
Quiz is set to tour the UK and Ireland from August 24 to November 21. The comedy, which premiered at Chichester Festival theatre and ran in the West End, has also been adapted into a three part drama for ITV, set to air later this year. Venues on the tour include Bromley’s Churchill theatre, Bath Theatre Royal and Inverness’s Eden Court. Further 2021 dates, venues and casting are yet to be confirmed.
Author: James Graham
Directors: Daniel Evans, Sean Linnen
Design: Robert Jones, Tim Lutkin (lighting), Ben and Max Ringham (sound), Tim Reid, Naomi Said (movement)
Producers: William Village and Adam Spiegel
Casting for The Special Relationship has been confirmed. The satire, which explores the stories of deportations to the US, will run at London’s Soho Theatre from February 26 to March 21. The cast includes Ricky Fearon, Duncan Wisbey, Amrita Acharia, Moyo Akandé, Yvette Boakye and Fergal McElherron.
Author: Hassan Abdulrazzak
Director: Esther Baker
Design: Katy McPhee, Tony Simpson (lighting), Sarah Weltman (sound)
Producer: Synergy Theatre Project
The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed its cast for a new production of The Winter’s Tale. The play, which runs from March 28 to October 2 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre “imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.” The show’s press night is on April 7. The production will also be broadcast live to cinemas on June 10, 2020
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Erica Whyman
Cast includes: Joseph Kloska, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Ben Caplan, Amanda Hadingue, Andrew French
Design: Tom Piper (set, Madeleine Girling (costume), Prema Mehta (lighting), Isobel Waller-Bridge (music) Jeremy Dunn (sound), Anna Morrissey (movement)
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
Cast changes for the West End production of The Woman in Black have been announced. From January 28, Terence Wilton will takeover the role of Arthur Kipps, with Max Hutchinson starring as the actor.
Authors: Susan Hill, Stephen Mallatratt (adaptation)
Director: Robin Herford
Design: Robert Holt, Kevin Sleep (lighting)
Producer: PW Productions
Brian Cox will direct the UK premiere of Sinners – The English Professor at London’s Playground Theatre next month. The play, which explores romance between a professor and a student, will run at the theatre from February 25 to March 14, with a press night on February 26.
Author: Joshua Sobol
Director: Brian Cox
Cast includes: Nicole Ansari, Adam Sina
Design: Ray Recht, Veria Amiri (music), Laya Torkaman (choreography and costume)
Producers: Camden Mews Productions, Nicole Ansari, Lawryn LaCroix
Full casting for a return production of The Claim has been confirmed. The play, which debuted at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall in 2018, will run from February 18 to March 7, with a press night on February 20. The cast includes Nick Blakeley, Tonderai Munyevu and Indra Ové.
Author: Tim Cowbury
Director: Mark Maughan
Design: Emma Bailey, Lewis Gibson (sound), Joshua Pharo (lighting)
British Chinese contemporary festival Can has announced its line up for this year, which includes an augmented reality tour of Chinatown using smartphones, Triptych, a three part dance and spoken word performance, and Invisible Harmony, a dance and circus show. The festival will take place in various locations including London’s Southbank Circle, Shoreditch Town Hall and Jackson’s Lane.
Waitress stars Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel will host a karaoke night at on February 24 at London’s Adelphi theatre. Audience members can sign up before the show to sing one minute of any song from the musical on stage, accompanied by the show’s musical director Katharine Woolley.