The first major stage production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, based on Louis de Bernieres’ novel, has been announced for a UK tour. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will run at Leicester’s Curve from April 13 to 20, 2019, before visiting the Rose Theatre in Kingston, Theatre Royal Bath, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, King’s Theatre Edinburgh and Theatre Royal in Glasgow, where it runs until June 29.
Author: Rona Munro
Director: Melly Still
Composer: Harry Blake
Design: Mayou Trikerioti (set and costume), Malcolm Rippeth (lighting), Jon Nicholls (sound), Dom Baker (projection)
Producers: Neil Laidlaw, Rose Theatre Kingston and Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The Bush Theatre‘s production of Misty at Trafalgar Studios in London has extended its run until November 17.
Author: Arinze Kene
Director: Omar Elerian
Producers: Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Jonathan Church Productions, Eilene Davidson and Audible in association with Island Records
Hampstead Theatre in London has announced a production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by Terry Johnson, which runs from November 30 to January 12. Casting has also been announced for Ifeyinwa Frederick’s The Hoes, which will feature Aretha Ayeh, Marieme Diouf and Nicola Maisie Taylor and will be directed by Lakesha Arie-Angelo.
Kingston’s Rose Theatre has announced its 2019 season, which includes the previously announced Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, as well as a production of Marie Jones’ Stones in His Pockets. Other highlights include Regent Park Open Air Theatre’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, the world premiere stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book Zog and a new production of Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat with Curve.
London’s Barbican has launched a season called Life Rewired, which focuses on technology and what it means to be human. Theatre highlights include Ursula Martinez’s A Family Outing – 20 Years On, a multi-sensory theatre experience from M-Set and Lynette Wallworth’s Collisions in the Pit. Other highlights include Avalanche: A Love Story by Julia Leigh.
Peppa Pig’s Adventures has announced a West End run this Christmas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from December 8 to January 6.
Author/director: Richard Lewis
Composer: Mani Svavarsson
Producers: Fiery Light and Entertainment One
Full casting has been announced for Sheffield Theatres and Out of Joint’s production of Close Quarters. The play about female soldiers opens at Sheffield Theatres on October 25 and runs until November 10.
Author: Kate Bowen
Director: Kate Wasserberg
Cast includes: Ruby Barker, Bradley Banton, Chloe-Ann Tylor, Dylan Wood, Sophie Melville and Kathryn O’Reilly
Casting has been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival of David Edgar’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The production runs at the Stratford-upon-Avon venue from December 4 to January 20.
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
Cast includes: Aden Gillett, Victoria Blunt, Tom Byrne, Gerard Carey, Claire Carrie, Sally Cheng, Joseph Timms and Steven Elliott
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
Janie Dee, Robert Glenister and John Heffernan are the latest actors to join the Pinter at the Pinter season, celebrating the playwright’s short plays. The season began earlier this month and will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End until February, showcasing Pinter’s short works in the 10th-anniversary year of his death.
Producers: Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions
Busking It, a show based on Danusia Samal‘s life-experiences as a busker on the London Underground, is to run at Shoreditch Town Hall in London from October 9 to 20.
Director: Guy Jones
Composers/performers: Adam Cross and Joe Archer
Producers: Coin Drop in association with HighTide
Little Echoes, a play about “love, coercion, loneliness and obsession” is to run at the Hope Theatre in London from February 19 to March 9, 2019.
Author: Tom Powell
Director: Stephen Bailey
Producer: Pentire Productions
The London production of Hamilton has announced its first cast change, as it approaches its second year in the West End at the Victoria Place Theatre, where it is booking until March 2019. Allyson Ava-Brown, Dom Hartley-Harris and Jon Robyns will join the cast as Angelica Schuyler, George Washington and King George III respectively, when the cast changes come into effect on December 3. Jamael Westman will continue in the title role. Cast members leaving the show include Giles Terera, Michael Jibson, Obioma Ugoala, Rachel John, Sifiso Mazibuko and Christine Allado.
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast includes: Karl Queensborough, Robson Broad, Lisa Darnell, Joe Griffiths-Brown, Sinead Long, Emile Ruddock and Ellena Vincent
Producer: Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, the Public Theater and Cameron Makintosh
Casting has been announced for Motown the Musical’s UK tour. The production will open at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on October 11 before touring to locations including Leeds, Newcastle, Canterbury and Southampton, where it runs until October 12, 2019.
Author: Berry Gordy
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Cast includes: Edward Baruwa, Karis Anderson, Nathan Lewis, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Dayo Adeoye, Scott Armstrong, Simeon Beckett, Natalia Brown, Ethan Davis and Andrew Dillon.
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Adam Spiegel and Berry Gordy
Sandi Toksvig will adapt the story for the Mamma Mia! spin-off show when it opens at the O2 in London next year from Calle Norlen, Roine Soderlundh and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ original story. The immersive theatrical and dining experience previews from August 29, 2019, and opens on September 19.
Authors: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Sandi Toksvig
Director: Roine Soderlundh
Producer: Ingrid Sutej
The world premiere of an interactive Thunderbirds show called Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon, which was due to open at new theatre space the Buzz in November this year, has been pushed back by a year. Instead, the producers will open The Time Travellers’ Ball, running from November 28.
Author/director: Richard Lewis
Design: Tom Paris (set and costume), Peter Small (lighting)
Producers: Limelight Productions and EBP