This week’s production news includes an announcement that Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped production of Company is to transfer to Broadway, starring Patti LuPone. Other news includes a casting announcement for the UK and Ireland tour of The Exorcist and a revival of Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boy Friend at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped production of Company has confirmed a Broadway transfer. Patti LuPone will reprise her role as Joanne, however Rosalie Craig will not return to the show as Bobbie when it transfers to New York’s Bernard B Jacobs Theatre next March. She will be replaced by Katrina Lenk.
Authors: George Furth (book), Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
Director: Marianne Elliott
Producer: Elliott and Harper
London’s Menier Chocolate Factory has announced a revival of Sandy Wilson musical The Boy Friend. The production runs from November 22 to March 7, 2020.
Director: Matthew White
Choreography: Bill Deamer
Design: Paul Farnsworth (set and costume), Paul Anderson (lighting) and Gregory Clarke (sound)
Producer: Menier Chocolate Factory
Nuffield Southampton Theatres has announced CinderELLA the Musical as its Christmas show, featuring two protagonists: the younger Cinders and the older Ella. The musical runs from November 23 to January 5, 2020.
Authors: Michael Fentiman (book and lyrics) and Barnaby Race (music and lyrics)
Director: Michael Fentiman
Islander: A New Musical has announced a transfer to London following its run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It will run at London’s Southwark Playhouse from October 2 to 26, with press night on October 4.
Authors: Stewart Melton (book) and Finn Anderson (music and lyrics)
Director: Amy Draper
Cast: Bethany Tennick and Kirsty Findlay
Tamlyn Henderson will join the cast of Waitress from September 9 in the role of Earl, replacing Peter Hannah. Cindy Belliott will also join the ensemble. Waitress is booking at the Adelphi Theatre until January 4, 2020.
Authors: Jessie Nelson (book), Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics)
Director: Diane Paulus
Choreographer: Lorin Latarro
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick
Paul Nicholas is to star in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of The Exorcist, which runs from September 2 until November 23. The Exorcist opens at the Theatre Royal Windsor, and will then visit other locations including Glasgow, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Dublin and Inverness.
Author: John Pielmeier
Director: Sean Mathias
Cast also includes: Ben Caplan, Sophie Ward, Tristram Wymark, Stephen Billington, Patrick Toomey, Joseph Wilkins, Susannah Edgley, Jonathan Blakeley and Eliza Capel
Producer: Bill Kenwright
The Greatest Play in the History of the World… starring Julie Hesmondhalgh is to have its London premiere this Christmas. It will run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from November 26 to January 4, 2020, with press night on November 28.
Author: Ian Kershaw
Director: Raz Shaw
Producer: Tara Finney Productions
Comedian Zoe Lyons is to star in the European premiere of An Act of God. The London production sees David Javerbaum rewrite the play for Lyons and a British audience. His original Broadway production was based on a Twitter account he ran, called @TheTweetOfGod. It runs at the Vaults in Waterloo from November 27 to January 12, with press night on November 29.
Author: David Javerbaum
Director: Benji Sperring
Producer: James Seabright
Sope Dirisu and Natey Jones will join Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke in A Death of A Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End. It runs from October 24 to January 4, with press night on November 4.
Author: Arthur Miller
Directors: Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell
Cast also includes: Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Carole Stennett, Ian Bonar, Trevor Cooper, Joseph Mydell, Matthew Seadon-Young, Nenda Neurer and Femi Tomowo
Producers: Elliott and Harper Productions and Cindy Tolan
Sink the Pink have announced a new Christmas show called Escape from Planet Trash, which forms the second part of the collective’s ‘queer Christmas trilogy’ and will run at the Pleasance in London from November 19 to December 22. Press night is on November 21.
Author and director: Ginger Johnson
Cast: Ginger Johnson, Mahatma Khandi, Maxi More, David Cumming, Mairi Houston, and Lavinia Co-op
Design: Ginger Johnson (set and costume), Clancy Flynn (lighting) and Alicia Jane Turner (sound)
Producers: Sink the Pink and the Pleasance
An immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is to be staged in the basements of Alexandra Palace in London, running from September 3 to 28. Press night is on September 5.
Author: William Shakespeare
Directors: Felix Mortimer and Joshua Nawras
Choreographer: Emma Farnell-Watson
Cast includes: Michael Adams, Daniel Booroff, Sam Ducane, Lowri James, Henry Maynard, Penelope Maynard, Rob Myles, Phoebe Naughton, Stanton Plummer-Cambridge, Dewi Sarginson and Ben Teare
Design: Katharine Heath and Jasper Sutherland (set), Hilary McCool (costume)
Producers: Rift and Kaleidoscope Festival
Martin Shaw has been confirmed to star in a new production of Gaslight, which opens at the Theatre Royal Windsor on September 18. The production then tours to Birmingham, Guildford, Bath and Peterborough, ending on October 26.
Author: Patrick Hamilton
Director: Lucy Bailey
Cast also includes: James Wilby, Charlotte Emmerson, Mary Chater and Georgia Clarke-Day
Producer: Bill Kenwright
London’s Almeida Theatre has announced full casting for Vassa, which runs from October 5 to November 23. Press night is on October 15.
Author: Maxim Gorky, adapted by Mike Bartlett
Director: Tinuke Craig
Cast includes: Samantha Bond, Alexandra Dowling, Arthur Hughes, Daniella Isaacs, Amber James, Danny Kirrane, Kayla Meikle, Cyril Nri, Lee Ross and Sophie Wu
New cast members have been announced for the UK tour of Queens of Sheeba. The tour runs from September 26 to November 29, visiting locations including Harlow, Manchester, Derby, Warwick, London and Colchester.
Authors: Jessica Hagan, adapted by Ryan Calais Cameron
Director: Jessica Kaliisa
Cast includes: Tosin Alabi, Eshe Asante, Elisha Robin and Koko Kwaku
Producers: Nouveau Riché and Omnibus Theatre
Full casting has been announced for Mother of Him at London’s Park Theatre. It runs from September 18 to October 26.
Author: Evan Placey
Director: Max Lindsay
Cast includes: Tracy-Ann Oberman, Scott Folan, Simon Hepworth, Anjelica Serra, Neil Sheffield, Hari Aggarwal and Matt Goldberg
Producers: Jacob Thomas and Oliver Mackwood Productions
Billed as Godalming’s first professional family pantomime, a production of Jack and the Beanstalk will run at the Borough Hall from December 11 to 24.
Director: Jo Kirkland
Choreographer: Charlotte Bateup
Producers: Nick Wyschna and Charlotte Bateup
Writers including Friends star Matthew Perry and Girls creator Lena Dunham have penned monologues about mental health and addiction, as part of a night at the Old Vic curated by Russell Brand. Cracked, which will also see Brand write and perform, will take place on September 29.
Six plays from Òran Mór, Glasgow’s award-winning lunchtime theatre, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, are to be broadcast on the new BBC Scotland channel. The six plays will be screened on Sunday evenings at 10pm, and will all be available across the UK on iPlayer. The first broadcast, on September 1, will be Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window, with Dave Anderson and Maureen Carr. Other plays include Douglas Maxwell’s A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, starring Anne Kidd and Craig McLean, and Anita Vettesse’s Ring Road.
A new venue in Chichester called Spiegeltent has announced its opening programme, which includes an evening hosted by Le Gateau Chocolat on November 4, an event with Black Cat Cabaret on November 8 and 9, and performances by Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo on November 15 and 16.
Joseph Toonga’s new contemporary dance work Born to Manifest will have its UK premiere at Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich on October 4, followed by dates in Leicester, Hemel Hampstead, the Place in London, Lancashire and Salford.