The stage musical based on the Tom Hanks film Big will make its London premiere at the Dominion Theatre later this year, running from September 6 to November 2. No press night has been announced, however the show will have a gala performance in aid of Make-a-Wish on September 17.
Authors: John Weidman (book), David Shire (music), Richard Maltby (lyrics)
Director and choreographer: Morgan Young
Cast includes: Jay McGuiness
Producers: Michael Rose, Damien Sanders and Paul Gregg for Encore Theatre Productions
RuPaul‘s Drag Race winner and actor and comedian Bianca Del Rio is make his West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. He will play the role of Loco Chanelle from May 6 to June 29.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beech
Trevor Nunn’s production of Fiddler on the Roof has doubled the length of its West End run at the Playhouse Theatre. Formerly booking from March 21 to June 15, the show has extended its run until September 28.
Authors: Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Producers: Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison.
Nine Night director Roy Alexander Weise will return to the National Theatre to helm ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys by Athol Fugard, starring Lucian Msamati. It is one of a number of new shows announced by the National Theatre, including Andy Stanton’s adaptation of his own book, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, into a musical. The Dorfman will also host Ben Weatherill’s Jellyfish, starring Sarah Gordy. The show originally ran at the Bush Theatre and will now run at the National from July 5 to 16.
The line-up for the Edinburgh International Festival has been revealed, with highlights including Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River and Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera’s Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars von Trier film. A new strand of work called You Are Here has also been introduced, funded by the Place Partnership Programme, which draws in support from the British Council, Edinburgh’s Lyceum and Fuel Theatre. It includes Milo Rau’s International Institute of Political Murder with La Reprise, Hear Word! featuring ten of Nigeria’s best-known performers in a piece by Ifeoma Fafunwa, and Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, a Canadian piece about melting ice flows.
Further casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Sweat. It will run at London’s Gielgud Theatre for six weeks from June 7.
Author: Lynn Nottage
Director: Lynette Linton
Cast includes: Leanne Best, Osy Ikhile, Wil Johnson, Stuart McQuarrie, Clare Perkins, Martha Plimpton, Sule Rimi and Sebastian Viveros
Producers: Mark Rubinstein, Gavin Kalin, Joe Baker, Karl Sydow, Louise L Gund, Micah Frank, James Quaife, Dave McNeilly
The Royal Court has announced casting for White Pearl, which runs from May 10 to June 15.
Author: Anchuli Felicia King
Director: Nana Dakin
Cast: Kae Alexander, Farzana Dua Elahe, Arty Froushan, Katie Leung, Kanako Nakano, Minhee Yeo, Momo Yeung
Design: Moi Tran (set and costume), Natasha Chivers (lighting), Ian William Galloway (video) and Nicola Chang (sound)
Producer: Royal Court
Casting has been announced for Katherine Parkinson‘s debut play Sitting, which runs at the Arcola Theatre in London from May 15 to June 8, and for Bim Adewunmi’s debut play, Hoard, which runs from May 20 to June 8. Sitting will feature Hayley Jayne Standing, Mark Weinman and Poppy Fardell. The casting for Hoard includes Ellen Thomas, Emmanuella Cole, Kemi Durosinmi, Tyler Furose and Elizabeth Ita.
New Perspectives theatre company has announced two new shows, including a new stage adaptation of Finnish cult hit film The Man Without a Past, written and directed by Jack McNamara, which will tour the UK from April 25 to May 19. The company has also announced the first rural tour of Debbie Tucker Green‘s Trade, with dates to be announced.
Work by artists who were part of arts organisation Nouveau Riche’s Brand Nouveau Initiative 2019, which aims to nurture emerging theatremakers, is to be showcased at Camden People’s Theatre in London on May 3 and 4. The works showcased include Katerina Watson‘s play Chateau Marmont, about the humiliated wife of a Hollywood mogul, which will be directed by Rebecca Goh and produced by Tiana Gravillis, and Sharnika Power‘s The Book of Actions, which is directed by Ebenezer Bamgboye.
The Pleasance has announced further shows for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe line-up. Highlights include the UK premiere of Beat, about a boy who uses music to break away from everyday routine, a comedy performed by Paolo Nani called The Letter, and David William Bryan‘s Fragility of Man.
A new series of solo concerts featuring musical theatre stars including Danielle Hope and Joe McElderry has been announced at the Other Palace in London. X Factor winner McElderry will perform on May 5 and Marisha Wallace, whose credits include Dreamgirls, will headline a concert on May 19. An evening with Jamie Muscato will take place on June 9, and Hope, who was the winner of 2010 BBC talent contest Over the Rainbow, will perform on June 30.