This week’s production news includes season announcements from the Royal Court Theatre and Old Vic Theatre in London, and an announcement that Michael Ball is to reprise his role in Hairspray.
Michael Ball is to reprise his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, when the musical plays at the London Coliseum next year. It will have a 12-week run from April 23, 2020. Press night is April 29.
Authors: Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics), Scott Wittman (lyrics) and Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan (book)
Director: Jack O’Brien
Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Producers: Adam Spiegel Productions and Fiery Angel
Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson are to join the West End production of Fiddler on the Roof. The production runs at the Playhouse Theatre until September 28.
Authors: Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Bock (music), and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Producers: Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison
New musical The Prince of Egypt, based on the DreamWorks animation film, has been announced to open in the West End. It will begin previews at London’s Dominion Theatre from February 5, 2020, and will run until September 12 with press night on February 25.
Authors: Stephen Schwartz (music) and Philip LaZebnik (book)
Director: Scott Schwartz
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Producers: DreamWorks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw
Lucy O’Byrne and Mark Moraghan are to join the cast of Off-Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine for its UK tour, which begins at Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 16 May 2019. The tour visits locations including York, Bradford, Birmingham, Canterbury, Cardiff and Eastbourne, where it ends on October 12.
Authors: James Lapine and William Finn
Director: Mehmet Ergen
Producers: Selladoor Productions and Arcola Theatre
Mamma Mia! At London’s Novello Theatre has announced cast changes from June 10, including Mazz Murray, who previously played Tanya, returning to the musical as Donna. Also new to the musical will be Cameron Burt as Sky, Melissa Nettleford as Ali, Sophie Matthew as Lisa, Taylor Bradshaw as Eddie and Danny Nattrass as Pepper.
Cast also includes: Natasha Agnew, Daniel Clift, Jonathan Cordin, Amelia-Rose Fielding, Shailan Gohil, Callum Heinrich, Frankie Jones, Grace Moorhouse, Jodie Nolan, Dan O’Brien, David O’Mahony and Rochelle Sherona
Daniel Radcliffe, Claire Foy and Matt Smith will all star in the Old Vic’s new season. Artistic director Matthew Warchus’ fifth season at the London theatre will also feature works by writers Lucy Prebble, Jack Thorne and Duncan Macmillan. Harry Potter actor Radcliffe will star alongside Alan Cumming, whose credits include The Good Wife, in a double bill of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Rough for Theatre II, directed by Richard Jones.
Kelly Paterniti, Bec Hill and Hannah Ellis Ryan are to join the cast of the European premiere of Kill Climate Deniers, alongside the previously announced Felicity Ward. The production runs at London’s Pleasance Theatre from June 4 to 28, with press night on June 7.
Author: David Finnigan
Director: Nic Connaughton
Producers: Maya Ellis and Jonny Patton
Cirencester’s Barn Theatre has announced that thriller The 39 Steps will be its first transfer. The production will run at Theatre Royal Windsor from August 12 to 17.
Authors: John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow
Director: Joseph O’Malley
Producer: Barn Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre has announced a year-long programme at the theatre, running from September to August 2020. The autumn and winter season includes Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. which are three plays by Caryl Churchill, directed by James Macdonald. As part of the spring/summer season 2020, artistic director Vicky Featherstone will direct EV Crowe’s Shoe Lady and The Glow by Alistair McDowall and designer Chloe Lamford will co-create a show with Dutch singer Wende, composer Isobel Waller-Bridge and choreographer Imogen Knight.
Audiobook producer Audible has announced a new production of Radio at the Arcola Theatre, which will run from June 19 to July 13.
Author: Al Smith
Director: Josh Roche
Newbury’s Watermill Theatre has announced an autumn tour of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The six-week tour that will begin at Northern Stage in Newcastle on September 10 and end at the Theatre Royal Norwich on October 19.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Paul Hart
Producer: Watermill Theatre
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is to perform Fleabag on stage for the last time as part of a newly announced West End run. The play will run at Wyndham’s Theatre from August 20 to September 14, with press night on August 28.
Author: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Director: Vicky Jones
Producer: DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre
Rifco Theatre Company has announced Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, a new play with rap that follows Musharaf Asghar’s journey “from a school boy stammerer to celebrity”. It runs from September 6 to October 12, visiting Watford Palace, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, London’s Arcola and Leeds Playhouse.
Authors: Pravesh Kumar and Raxstar
Director: Ameet Chana
Wendi Peters, Rachel John and Danielle Hope are to star in a stage adaptation of poetry about the first 100 years of Holloway Prison. The piece, called Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison, will have a workshop performance at the Soho Theatre on May 17.
Author: Natalie Scott
Director: Simon Greiff
Cast includes: Oliver Savile, Martyn Ellis and Simon Thomas
BalletBoyz is to make its West End debut with Them/Us and a new collaboration from the company’s dancers and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. The production will run from June 3 to 13 at the Vaudeville Theatre, with press night on June 3.
Yuck Circus is to bring a set of stories about young womanhood to Underbelly’s Circus Hub at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It runs from August 3 to 24.
Director: Georgia Deguara
Producer: Samantha Martin
Catch Me, a dance-circus show exploring expectations of relationships across generations, gender and ethnicity, which is devised and directed by Vicki Amedume, has announced a UK tour. It opens at Norfolk and Norwich Festival on May 18 and visits Brighton, Greenwich, Stockton and Hull before the tour ends at the Festival of Creative Ageing in London on September 28.
Cast includes: Susan Kempster and Jerone Marsh-Reid