The latest production news round-up includes an extension at the Arts Theatre for musical Six and confirmation of a UK tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
Musical Six has announced a six-month extension at London’s Arts Theatre and new cast members. The show, which reimagines Henry VIII’s six wives as pop icons, is now booking until July 5, 2020.
Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Cast includes: Courtney Bowman, Danielle Steers, Collette Guitart, Shekinah Macfarlane, Jarneia Richard-Noel, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh and Aimie Atkinson
Producers: Kenny Wax, Global Musicals and George Stiles
Anita Harris is to join the cast of Cabaret in the musical’s upcoming UK tour. Opening at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on August 28, the tour also visits venues including Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Chester Storyhouse, Leicester Curve, Wimbledon New Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre and Stoke Regent Theatre, where the tour ends on April 4.
Authors: Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics)
Director: Rufus Norris
Producer: Bill Kenwright
A new tour of the original production of The Phantom of the Opera has been announced, beginning in Leicester next year. It will open at Curve on February 24, before visiting Manchester, Dublin, Birmingham and Edinburgh, where it runs from September 23 to October 31, 2020. Further dates are to be announced.
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music and book), Charles Hart (lyrics), Richard Stilgoe (book and lyrics)
Producers: Cameron Mackintosh and Really Useful Theatre Company
Noel Sullivan is to join the cast of School of Rock in the West End. He will play the role of Dewey Finn in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from August 19. Sullivan will appear alongside Laura Tebbutt and Rebecca LaChance, with Mark Anderson playing Ned Schneebly from October 8.
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics) and Julian Fellowes (book)
Director: Laurence Connor
Producers: Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group and Access Industries, with Madeleine Lloyd Webber as executive producer
EastEnders actor Rita Simons has been announced to join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End. Simons takes over the role of Faye Tozer for a limited season from August 5.
Authors: Dan Gillespie Sells (music), Tom MacRae (music)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, Teresa and Craig Beech
Fiddler on the Roof has extended its run at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End for a final time. It will now close on November 2.
Authors: Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Brock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Producers: Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced full casting and extra performances for Evita. The production runs from August 2 to September 21, with extra matinee performances announced on August 21 and 28.
Authors: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Cast includes: Adam Pearce, Alexander Barria, Felipe Bejarano, Alex Cardall, Russell Dickson, Lauren Drew, Hannah Fairclough, Chris Fung, Chlöe Hart, Travis Kerry, Jessica Lee, Dale Mathurin, Peter Nash, Sarah Naudi, Mireia Mambo, Marsha Songcome, Bree Smith and Monica Swayne
Producers: William Village and Timothy Sheader for Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd
Rebecca Caine is to star in the UK premiere of Preludes, a musical about the composer Rachmaninoff. It will run at the Southwark Playhouse in London from September 6 to October 12, with press night on September 11.
Author: Dave Malloy
Director: Alex Sutton
Choreographer: Ste Clough
Cast also includes: Georgia Louise, Norton James, Tom Noyes, Keith Ramsay and Tim Walton
Design: Rebecca Brower (set/costume), Christopher Nairne (lighting), Andrew Johnson (sound)
Tom Stoppard has announced he will premiere a new play in the West End next year. Leopoldstadt will premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre in February 2020, with previews form January 25.
Director: Patrick Marber
Producer: Sonia Friedman
London’s Gate Theatre has announced its 40th anniversary season, which includes the world premiere of Mephisto [Rhopsodie] by Samuel Gallet, directed by Kirsty Housley. Other highlights include world premieres of Faces in the Crowd, based on the novel by Valeria Luiselli,Derek Walcott’s Omeros and Sylvan Oswald’s Trainers, or, the Brutal Unpleasant Atmosphere of This Most Disagreeable Season: A Theatrical Essay.
Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon are to stage a new adaptation of Oliver Twist, which will run at the Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre from February 8, 2020, to March 21.
Author: Bryony Lavery
Director: Amy Leach
Full casting has been announced for Blood Wedding at the Young Vic, which runs from September 19 to November 2, with press night on September 25.
Author: Federico García Lorca, adapted by Marina Carr
Director: Yaël Farber
Cast includes: Bríd Brennan, Scarlett Brookes, Gavin Drea, Aoife Duffin, Annie Firbank, Olwen Fouéré, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Faaiz Mbelizi, Steffan Rhodri, Thalissa Teixeira and David Walmsley
Producer: Young Vic
Laura Wade’s The Watsons is to transfer to the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. The play, adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, originally ran at Chichester Festival Theatre last year. It will run in London from September 20 to November 16, with press night on September 30.
Author: Laura Wade
Director: Samuel West
Producers: Menier Chocolate Factory and Chichester Festival Theatre
Full casting has been announced for Robert Icke‘s new play The Doctor at the Almeida, where it runs from August 10 to September 28. The new cast members join the previously announced Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz.
Cast includes: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Nathalie Armin, Paul Higgins, Mariah Louca, Pamela Nomvete, Daniel Rabin, Joy Richardson, Kirsty Rider and Naomi Wirthner
Producer: Almeida Theatre
Build a Rocket, a play exploring teen pregnancy, has announced a UK tour from September 13 to October 26. It visits locations including Scarborough, Oxford, York, Hexham, Newcastle, Mold and Bedford.
Author: Christopher York
Director: Paul Robinson
Cast: Serena Manteghi
Producer: Tara Finney Productions
Theatre503 in London has announced its autumn season, which includes winner of the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award 2018 Danusia Samal’s Out of Sorts. Other highlights include John Webber‘s thriller Spiderfly, 503Panto*: A Fairytale Revolution by Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint and directed by Carla Kingham.
Maxine Peake is to perform in new drama Obliterated at Amnesty International UK in Hackney, London, for a one-off event on August 9.
Author and director: Ahmed Masoud
Design: Clio Capelle
Producers: Amnesty International UK
New play The Colours, based on interviews with patients, doctors, nurses and volunteers at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and Ty Olwen Hospice in Swansea, is to have its world premiere at Soho Theatre in London. It runs from July 30 to August 17, and will also be performed at Rowan’s Hospice near Portsmouth.
Author: Harriet Madeley
Director: Max Barton
Producers: Mark Knightley and Harriet Madeley for Crowded Rooms
Mike Bartlett‘s play Snowflake is to have its London premiere at the Kiln Theatre, in a co-production with Fictional Company. The play, which is directed by Clare Lizzimore, runs from December 10 to January 18. Kiln Theatre has also announced the full company for Sheldon Epps‘ Blues In the Night, directed by Susie McKenna, which runs from July 18 to September 7. Joining the previously announced Sharon D Clarke, Debbie Kurup, Clive Rowe and Gemma Sutton are Aston New and Joseph Poulton.
Casting has been announced for Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. The production, which stars the previously announced Ben Caplan and Mary Fay Coady, runs from September 18 to 28, with press night on September 19.
Author: Hannah Moscovitch
Director: Christian Barry
Cast includes: Eric Da Costa, Jeff Kingsbury and Kelsey McNulty
Producer: 2b Theatre Company
The Albany, Entelechy Arts and Lewisham Council Present have announced a new festival called Age Against the Machine ― Festival of Creative Ageing, which will run in the London Borough from September 13 to October 6. Highlights include Christopher Green‘s durational work The Home, which features a cast including older participants, professional actors and residential care experts, and dance and circus show Catch Me.