This week’s production news round-up includes Rhys Ifans starring as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and the confirmed UK tour of Dreamgirls.
Dear Evan Hansen has extended booking until May 30, 2020. The musical, which explores mental health and loneliness, is currently running at London’s Noel Coward Theatre.
Authors: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul (music and lyrics), Steven Levenson (book)
Director: Michael Greif,
Musical supervisor: Alex Lacamoire
Choreographer: Danny Mefford
Design: David Korins (set), Japhy Weideman (lighting), Nevin Steinberg (sound), Emily Rebholz (costume), Peter Nigrini (video)
Producers: Stacey Mindich, Mickey Liddell, Hunter Arnold, Caiola Productions, Double Gemini Productions
Dreamgirls will embark on its first UK tour, opening at Bristol Hippodrome on September 12, 2020. The musical will tour to venues including Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Edinburgh Playhouse and the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham. Casting is yet to be announced.
Authors: Tom Eyen (book and lyrics) Henry Krieger (music), Willie Reale (additional material)
Director/choreographer: Casey Nicholaw
Design: Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Richard Brooker (sound design), Tim Hatley (set and costume), Josh Marquette (hair), Nick Finlow (music supervision)
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Greenleaf Productions, Fakston Productions, Rupert Gavin, Griffin Dohr, Just for Laughs Theatricals in association with Glass Half Full Productions, 1001 Nights Productions, Eighth Sea Incorporated
Sleepless, a musical based on Sleepless in Seattle, will open at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from March 21, with a press night on March 31. Michael D Xavier and Kimberley Walsh will star in three preview performances this month, with casting for next year’s run to be announced.
Authors: Michael Burdette (book), Robert Scott and Brendan Cull (music and lyrics)
Director: Morgan Young
Design: Morgan Large (set), Sue Simmerling (costumes), Tim Lutkin (lighting), Ian William Galloway (video), Avgoustos Psillas and Terry Jardine (sound)
Producers: Michael Rose, Encore Theatre Productions and David Shor in association with Marc Toberoff
Rhys Ifans will play the role of Atticus Finch in the stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird when it transfers to the West End next year. The play will open at London’s Gielgud Theatre from May 21, 2020, with further casting to be announced.
Author: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Bartlett Sher
Design: Miriam Beuther, Anne Roth (costumes) Jennifer Tipton (lighting), Scott Lehrer (sound) Adam Guettel (score)
Producers: Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman Productions
Jeremy Herrin’s final season as artistic director of Headlong will feature a new play by Jack Thorne. After Life, adapted from the Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, will open at the National’s Dorfman Theatre in January 2021. The season also includes a new production of August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Tinuke Craig, which will premiere at Leeds Playhouse on September 5, 2020, followed by a UK tour.
Full casting for Upstart Crow has been announced. Starring the previously announced David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan, the stage adaptation of the BBC sitcom opens will also star Helen Monks, Rob Rouse, Steve Speirs, Mark Heap, Danielle Phillips, Jason Callender and Rachel Summers. It opens at London’s Gielgud Theatre on February 7, 2020.
Author: Ben Elton
Director: Sean Foley
Producer: Phil McIntyre Entertainments
Fuel theatre company has announced its 2020 season of work, which features Inua Ellams’ first work for children – a re-imagining of The Little Prince, set in an “afro-futurist” Sahara Desert. It will be directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr and will open at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in a co-production with English Touring Theatre. Fuel’s season also includes new work The Body Remembers by Heather Agyepong, and Salt and Sugar, the company’s first dance commission in a new partnership with Rambert. The production is described as part dance, part spoken word and explores what it means to be an Indian woman in the 21st century.
The producers of A Monster Calls have confirmed full casting for the show’s UK tour. The show, which opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on February 6, 2020, will perform at venues in including the Lowry, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Malvern Theatres.
Author: Patrick Ness
Director: Sally Cookson
Design: Michael Vale (set), Katie Sykes (costume), Benji Bower (composer), Aideen Malone (lighting), Mike Beer (sound), Dick Straker (projection), Dan Canham (movement)
Cast includes: Greg Bernstein, Kaye Brown, Rafaella Covino, Ammar Duffus, Keith Gilmore, Jade Hackett , Cora Kirk, Kel Matsena, Maria Omakinwa, Sarah Quist, Paul Sockett, Ewan Wardrop and Sam Wood
Producers: Global Creatures, Jonathan Church Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Old Vic, Bristol Old Vic
Full casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over, which runs at Kiln Theatre from February 19, 2020 until March 21. Joining the previously announced Paapa Essiedu are Alexander Eliot and Gershwyn Eustache Jr. The show fuses poetry and comedy in a political play that explores the experiences of young men.
Author: Antoinette Nwandu
Director: Indhu Rubasingham
Design: Robert Jones, Oliver Fenwick (lighting), Ben and Max Ringham (sound), Lanre Malaolu (movement)
Producer: Kiln Theatre
The world premiere of The Glass Will Shatter opens at London’s Omnibus Theatre on January 21, running until February 8, 2020. The play, which explores effects of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act on education and faith, will use captioning and BSL interpretation to make the performance accessible for D/deaf audiences.
Author: Joe Marsh
Director: Lilac Yosiphon
Design: Nicola Chang (sound), Will Monks (lighting/projection)
Producer: Omnibus Theatre
Pleasance Islington has announced its 2020 season, which features world premieres from three debut playwrights including Julie Tsang and Polly Creed, Drip, Drip, Drip by Jon Welch, Godot is a Woman by Silent Faces and Alice Birch’s Many Moons. The season runs from January 14 to June 28.
Casting has been announced for Swive [Elizabeth], which premieres at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The play, which examines powerful women negotiating patriarchal pressure to obtain their ends, will feature Nina Cassells, Abigail Cruttenden, Michael Gould and Colin Tierney.
Author: Ella Hickson
Director: Natalie Abrahami
Producer: Shakespeare’s Globe
The Coronet Theatre has announced its 2020 spring season, which runs from February to April. The line-up includes Brian Friel’s Afterplay, directed by John Haidar, The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass performed by Nico Holonics, and part two of Samuel Beckett’s How It Is.
What’s in a Name? has extended its UK tour, adding Leicester, Bath, Poole, Bradford, Brighton and Bromley to its schedule. The play closes in Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on April 26.
Authors: Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière
Director/adaptor: Jeremy Sams
Cast: Joe Thomas, Bo Poraj, Laura Patch, Louise Marwood, Alex Gaumond
Producers: Adam Blanshay Productions and Nicolas Talar
The National Theatre of Scotland has launched its 2020 season, which includes The Enemy, a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People by Kieran Hurley, a Scottish language production of Medea by Liz Lochhead, and Ghosts, a multimedia project by Adura Onashile.
Full casting has been confirmed for the UK tour of The Croft, which begins on January 22, 2020 at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. The cast includes Drew Cain and Simon Roberts, joining the previously announced Gwen Taylor, Lucy Doyle and Caroline Harker.
Author: Ali Milles
Director: Philip Franks
Design: Adrian Linford, Chris Davey (lighting), Max Pappenheim (sound)
Producer: The Original Theatre Company
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced Aladdin as its 2020 Christmas pantomime. It will be written by Vikki Stone, with cast and further creatives to be announced.
Nicole Scherzinger will perform two concert shows at London’s Boulevard Theatre on December 8 and 9. She will perform songs from musicals, in addition to her own material.
The Women of the World festival has announced that Naomi Wolf, Shazia Mirza, Scarlett Curtis, Sandi Toksvig and Mary Robinson will join the line-up for the organisation’s 10th anniversary. The festival, which runs from March 6 to 8 at London’s Southbank Centre, includes performances and comedy, and a talk from Graeae artistic director Jenny Sealey.