This week, it has been announced that Ruth Wilson is to star in the UK premiere of The Second Woman, and Sheridan Smith will reprise her role as Cilla Black in a new touring production of the musical about the entertainer’s life.
Sheridan Smith will reprise her role as Cilla Black in the musical based on the entertainer’s life. Smith, who starred as Black in the ITV drama Cilla in 2015, will play her in a revival tour of Cilla the Musical, which will open for a four-week residency at the Liverpool Empire on September 23. The show will then tour to Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds, ending in November.
Author: Jeff Pope
Director: Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson
Producer: Bill Kenwright Productions
Singin’ in the Rain is to tour the UK in 2021, following its run at Sadler’s Wells in London. Starring Adam Cooper, the musical will have a five-week season at the London venue this summer, before embarking on tour. It will open at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre on January 21, and will visit venues including Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, Leeds Grand Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome and Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.
Authors: Betty Comden and Adolph Green (book), Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed (music and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Church
Choreographer: Andrew Wright
Design: Simon Higlett (set), Tim Mitchell (lighting)
Producers: Michael Harrison Entertainment, Jonathan Church Productions
A new work from Inua Ellams will premiere as part of the programme for the 2020 London International Festival of Theatre, which also features Candoco Dance Company and performance artist Travis Alabanza. Ellams will present a production of Alcohol, City Lights and Slow Songs, based on the lyrics from a song by rapper Drake, which has been created in a workshop with 15 young people from Tottenham. The 2020 festival, themed Fact and Fantasy, will take place across London from June 3 to July 11, in partnership with arts institutions including Art Night, Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall and the Young Vic.
A new gender-swapped version of Neville’s Island is set to tour the UK. The comedy, which has been reworked and renamed Sheila’s Island, will open at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, running from May 19 to 30, before touring nationally to Malvern, Norwich, Barnstaple, Richmond, Eastbourne and Cambridge.
Author: Tim Firth
Director: Joanna Read
Design: Liz Cooke (set and costume), Paul Anderson (lighting), Jon Nicholls (composition and sound)
Cast includes: Judy Flynn, Sara Crowe, Rina Mahoney, and Abigail Thaw
Producer: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Ruth Wilson will star in the UK premiere of The Second Woman, in which she will perform the same scene on repeat over a period of 24 hours, each time acting alongside a different man. The performance will take place on June 19 to 20 as part of LIFT 2020.
Authors/directors: Nat Randall and Anna Breckon
Producers: Young Vic, LIFT
The 13-storey Treehouse is set to tour the UK, following a run at London’s Alexandra Palace theatre from July 30 to August 23. Based on Andy Griffiths‘ and Terry Denton‘s children’s book, the play contains “moments of theatrical wizardry [and] physical comedy”. It will visit locations including Horsham’s Capitol Theatre, Glasgow’s King’s Theatre and Winchester Theatre Royal. The cast and creative team are yet to be announced.
Author: Richard Tulloch (adaptation)
Producer: Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, CPD Kids Production
Noughts and Crosses is set to tour the UK for a second time. The play, which is based on Malorie Blackman‘s novel of the same name, will run at York Theatre Royal from September 11 to 19, before touring to venues including Richmond Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Liverpool Playhouse. Casting is still to be announced.
Author: Sabrina Mahfouz (adaptation)
Director: Esther Richardson
Producer: Pilot Theatre
What Remains of Us will tour the UK from April 30 to May 23. The play, which is “based on the incredible events in North and South Korea when divided families are reunited for just 12 hours”, will run at Bristol Old Vic from April 30, before visiting Bath Theatre Royal, Salisbury Playhouse, and Plymouth Theatre Royal.
Author: David Lane
Director: Sita Calvert-Ennals
Design: Lulu Tam (set), Duncan Speakman (sound), Peter Small (lighting)
Producer: Judy Owen
Hot Brown Honey will return to the UK this summer on its national tour. The cabaret show features “women from the Global South from Aboriginal, Samoan, Tongan, Maori, Indonesian and South African backgrounds who are dead set on calling out the patriarchy, shattering preconceptions of colour and having a riotous time doing it”. The show will tour to venues including Brighton Festival, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and Glastonbury Festival.
Director: Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers
Cast includes: Lisa Fa’alafi, Kalala Sione, Hope Haami, Cody Raymond, Crystal Stacey, Kim Bowers
Producer: Quiet Riot
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced a series of late-night cabaret events, as part of its season at London’s Ambassadors Theatre. The monthly events will play alongside SFP’s previously announced productions of The Shark Is Broken and Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer. Suzi Ruffell, Fern Brady, Jamali Maddix, Kiri Pritchard McClean, Frisky and Mannish, Diane Chorley, Ed Gamble, Jen Brister and artists from burlesque company Cocoa Butter Club will perform, with further acts to be confirmed. Performances will begin on April 23 at 9.30pm
Producers: Berk’s Nest in association with SFP
RashDash, Le Gateau Chocolat, Bryony Kimmings and Bert and Nasi have been confirmed as acts at Bristol’s international festival Mayfest. It will run from May 6 to 24, featuring “genre-defying national and international artists working across visual art, dance, opera, music, cabaret and drag”.
A festival of Korean Dance is set to return to London’s the Place this summer, running from May 29 to June 5. Acts include MUAK, “an innovative performance which draws on the condition of synesthesia and the legacy of iconic Korean composer Isang Yun” and Jin Yeob Cha’s Riverrun. The festival is part of the venue’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Verve Dance Company will showcase word premieres by Douglas Thorpe, Lali Ayguadé and Mari Carrasco as part of its 2020 tour. The company, which is a postgraduate affiliate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, will visit venues in Hexham, Wolverhampton, Bristol, Bournemouth, Goole, Shrewsbury, Cardiff, Uffculme and London. The last performance will be in Leeds on June 6, at Riley Theatre.