This week’s production news round-up includes Timothée Chalamet starring in 4000 Miles, and Imelda Staunton leading the cast of Hello, Dolly! in a new production at London’s Adelphi Theatre.
Imelda Staunton is set to star in a new West End production of Hello, Dolly!, opening at the Adelphi Theatre on August 27, 2020. She will play the title role of Dolly Levi, and is joined by Jenna Russell as Irene Molloy. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Author: Michael Stewart (book), Jerry Herman (music and lyrics)
Director: Dominic Cooke
Producer: David Ian and Michael Harrison
Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of musical Once, which opens at Southend Cliffs Pavilion following its run at Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre. Once tells the story of an Irish street busker and a Czech musician who fall in love, and is based on John Carney’s film of the same name.
Author: Enda Walsh (book), Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (music and lyrics)
Director: Peter Rowe
Cast includes: Daniel Healy, Emma Lucia, Dan Bottomley, Matthew Burns, Ellen Chivers, Rosalind Ford, Lloyd Gorman, David Heywood, Samuel Martin, Peter Peverley, Susannah Van Den Berg and James William-Pattison
Producers: Adam Spiegel and Robert Bartner, the New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Joel Montague will join the West End cast of Waitress from December 2, it has been announced. He will perform the part of Ogie, taking over the role from Joe Sugg. The producers have also confirmed the musical’s West End run will come to an end on July 4, 2020.
Author: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics), Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Producer: American Repertory Theatre, Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick, Alecia Parker, David I Berley, Feste Investments BV, Peter May, Evamere Entertainment, Tamar Climan, Michael Roiff, Ken Schur, 42nd. Club, Square 1 Theatrics, Jam Theatricals and Adam Blanshay Productions
Further casting has been announced for Fame the Musical‘s extended run at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. The show is based on the film of the same name and explores the lives of performing arts students at a New York high school.
Director/choreographer: Nick Winston
Cast includes: Kira Malou, Josie Benson, Georgia Tapp, Joshua Steel, Rebecca French and Eddie Myles
Producer: Selladoor Productions, with Gavin Kalin Productions, Dan Looney and Adam Paulden, Stephen McGill Productions and Jason Haigh-Ellery in association with BrightLights Productions and Big Dreamer Productions
Dates for 9 to 5 The Musical‘s 2020 UK tour have been confirmed, with the show opening at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on May 29. The musical will be performed at venues including Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Manchester Palace Theatre and Sheffield’s Lyceum. The show continues to play at the Savoy Theatre in the West End, booking until May 2020.
Author: Patricia Resnick (book), Dolly Parton (music and lyrics)
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin Productions with Benjamin Lowy Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, Showtime Theatre Productions, Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Harmonia Holdings and Kilimanjaro Live
Timothée Chalamet will star alongside Eileen Atkins in 4000 Miles at the Old Vic. The play is part of Matthew Warchus’ fifth season as artistic director at the venue.
Author: Amy Herzog
Director: Matthew Warchus
Producer: Old Vic
Jessica Hynes will star in Far Away at the Donmar Warehouse, opening in spring next year. She will play the role of Harper alongside Aisling Loftus as Joan and Simon Manyonda as Todd.
Author: Caryl Churchill
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Design: Lizzie Clachan (costume and set), Peter Mumford (lighting), Christopher Shutt (sound)
Producer: Donmar Warehouse
Bill Ward will lead the cast of The Glee Club in it’s UK tour, the show’s producers have confirmed. He will take on the role of Bant in the play, which tells the story of five miners from Doncaster who form a singing group. The production will tour to venues including Theatr Clwyd, Newcastle’s Northern Stage and Leeds Playhouse, before closing at London’s Kiln Theatre.
Author: Richard Cameron
Director: Kate Wasserberg
Designer: Mark Bailey, Dylan Jones (sound designer and musical director), Katy Morrison (lighting)
Producers: Out of Joint, Cast and Kiln Theatre
The Orange Tree Theatre has announced its 2020 season, including plays by Lucy Prebble, Bryony Lavery and Martin Crimp. Oscar Toeman will direct Prebble’s debut play The Sugar Syndrome in January, while artistic director Paul Miller takes on The False Servant, translated by Crimp. His production of Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines will also return, having previously run in July this year.
Sherman Theatre artistic director Joe Murphy has unveiled his inaugural season at the venue, which includes Brad Birch’s An Enemy of the People and Gary Owen’s Romeo and Julie. The season also includes The Merthyr Stigmatist, a world premiere by Lisa Parry, in a co-production with Theatre Uncut. The play is about a school student who claims to have the stigmata.
Liz Stevenson has announced her first season as artistic director at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, which features five world premieres. Highlights include the world premiere of Carmen Nasr’s The Climbers and a co-production with David Pugh of Wise Children’s Enid Blyton musical Malory Towers, which is adapted and directed by Emma Rice.
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Crongton Knights, opening at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre. The production will run from February 8 to 22, with further dates for its UK tour. Based on the novel of the same name by Alex Wheatle, the play will tour to venues including York Theatre Royal, Salford’s Lowry and Theatre Peckham.
Author: Emteaz Hussain (adaptation)
Directors: Corey Campbell, Esther Richardson, Conrad Murray (music and composition)
Cast: Olisa Odele, Kate Donnachie, Simi Egbejumi-David, Aimee Powell, Khai Shaw, Marcel White and Nigar Yeva
Design: Simon Kenny, Richard G Jones (lighting)
Producers: Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre
Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced full casting for Nora: A Doll’s House, which opens on Feburary 6, running until March 21, with a press night on February 11. The show reframes Ibsen’s play in the context of women’s suffrage, the sixties and the present day.
Author: Henrik Ibsen, Stef Smith
Director: Elizabeth Freestone
Cast: Anna Russell-Martin, Mark Arends, Luke Norris, Natalie Klamar, Amaka Okafor, Zephryn Taitte
Design: Tom Piper, Lee Curran (lighting), Michael John McCarthy (composition and sound), EJ Boyle (movement)
Producers: Young Vic and Citizens Theatre
Zog, a production based on the children’s book by Julia Donaldson, is set to return to the UK with a tour, opening at the Capitol in Horsham on February 6. Other venues include Brighton Dome, Scunthorpe’s Plowright theatre and the Lowry where the show closes on August 16, 2020.
Author: Julia Donaldson, Joe Stilgoe (songs)
Director: Emma Kilbey
Cast: Billy Mahoney, Lois Glenister, Benedict Hastings, Asha Cornelia Cluer
Producers: Freckle Productions and Rose Original Productions
The guest line-up for the Barricade Boys Christmas cabaret at London’s Other Palace has been announced. Samantha Barks, Camilla Kerslake, Alice Fearn, Nadim Naaman and Kieran Brown will join the troupe for selected dates of the run, from December 10 to 28.
Roger Allam will lead a tribute performance at Trafalgar Studios to the playwright Peter Nichols. The celebration will include performances of extracts from Nichol’s plays and his personal diaries, directed by his grandson George Nichols on November 27. The event is produced by the British Library and Trafalgar Theatre Productions.