This week’s production news includes an announcement that Toby Jones will star in Uncle Vanya at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, the transfer of The Doctor to the Duke of York’s Theatre and extended booking for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Soho Cinders, a new satirical musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, will run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from October 24 to December 21, with a press night on October 28. The cast is yet to be announced.
Authors: George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis
Director: Will Keith
Choreographer: Adam Haigh
Musical director: Sarah Morrison
Designer: Justin Williams (set)
Producers: Theatre Syndicate London, Starting Over Theatricals, AKT Management.
Waitress the Musical has announced it will extend its West End run for a fourth time. The production is now booking to March 28, 2020 at the Adelphi Theatre.
Author: Jessie Nelson (book), Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics)
Director: Diane Paulus
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, and Norton and Elayne Herrick
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended its booking at the West En’s Apollo Theatre until August 29, 2020. The producers are holding open auditions in Sheffield and London to cast a new lead.
Author: Dan Gillespie Sells (music), Tom MacRae (book and lyrics)
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Paula Marie Black, and Teresa and Craig Beech
Full casting has been confirmed for the UK premiere of High Fidelity. The musical runs at the Turbine Theatre in Battersea from October 27 to December 7.
Authors: Nick Hornby, David Lindsay-Abaire
Director: Tom Jackson Greaves
Cast includes: Oliver Ormson, Carl Au, Robbie Durham, Rosie Fletcher, Eleanor Kane and Robert Tripolino.
Producer: Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills
Toby Jones will star in Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, running from January 14 to May 2, with a press night on January 23. Full casting is yet to be announced.
Author: Anton Chekhov
Director: Ian Rickson
Designers: Rae Smith (set and costume), Bruno Poet (lighting), Stephen Warbeck (music), Ian Dickson (sound).
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Rupert Gavin, Patrick Gracey and Scott M. Delman, 1001 Nights Productions and Tulchin Bartner Productions.
Kuene and the King will transfer to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre from January 24 to March 28, 2020. Casting is yet to be announced.
Author: John Kani
Director: Janice Honeyman
Producers: Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre in association with Eric Abraham
London’s New Wimbledon Theatre has announced casting for its Cinderella pantomime, which runs from December 7 to January 5, 2020. American singer and dancer Melody Thornton will play the title role, with Samantha Womack, Lesley Garrett and Pete Firman also in principal roles.
Author: Alan McHugh
Director: Nick Parr
Producer: Qdos Entertainment
Dutchman, a play exploring racial inequality, opens at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London from October 8 to 26 as part of Black History month.
Author: Amiri Baraka
Director: Kaitlin Argeaux
Cast: James Barnes, Cheska Hill-Wood
Producer: Natalie Chan
As part of its European Capital of Culture programme, Galway 2020 has announced an immersive theatre experience by Branar Teatar do Phaisti children’s theatre company from March 2 to 29 at Sruth na Teanga venue, and a tour from Galway’s rural theatre company Druid from April to July presenting a series of one act Irish plays. The tour will culminate in a month-long residency at the Mick Lally Theatre in July 2020. As part of Galway 2020 commission, Macnas theatre company will perform a production of Gilgamesh by Marina Carr, opening in March, with performances throughout April and May in various outdoor locations. Dates and exact venues to be confirmed.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre has confirmed its spring 2020 season, which opens with a UK premiere of Asking For It adapted by Meadhbh McHugh running from January 31 to February 15, followed by Chris Bush’s Faustus: That Damned Woman and also features Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Oliver Twist.
David Mitchell is set to make his West End debut in a stage adaptation of the BBC sitcom Upstart Crow, alongside Game of Thrones actor Gemma Whelan. The show runs at the Gielgud Theatre from February 7, 2020 to April 25, with a press night on February 18.
Author: Ben Elton
Director: Sean Foley
The cast for Yes, Prime Minister! at Wales’ Theatre Clwyd has been announced, with Paul Bradley and Peter Forbes playing the lead roles. The show runs from November 5 to 9.
Authors: Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
Director: Guy Unsworth
Cast also includes: Daniel Casey, Sarah Earnshaw
Producer: David Ball
A Taste of Honey starring Jodie Prenger is set to transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, following its UK tour. The production runs from December 5 to February 29, 2020 for 12 weeks.
Author: Shelagh Delaney
Director: Bijan Sheibani
Producers: Trafalgar Theatre Productions and the National Theatre
Full casting for the West End transfer of Ghost Stories at the Ambassadors Theatre has been announced, with Simon Lipkin, Garry Cooper, Preston Nyman and Richard Sutton reprising their original roles. The show runs from October 3 to January 4 2020, with a press night on October 9.
Authors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman and Sean Holmes
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Smith and Brant Theatricals and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
A stage adaptation of Night of the Living Dead – Remix, will premiere at Leeds Playhouse on January 24 with a press night on January 28, before embarking on a UK tour. The production is based on George A. Romero’s zombie film venues on the tour include Exeter Northcott, Nottingham Playhouse, Dundee Repertory Theatre and Home, Manchester.
Authors: George A Romero, John A.Russo, James Hamilton (original music)
Directors: Andrew Quick and Peter Brooks
Designers: Laura Hopkins, Simon Wainwright (projection, video design) Andrew Crofts (lighting)
Producers: Leeds Playhouse, imitating the dog.
Full casting for the premiere of D-Road by Deborah McAndrew at Stoke-on-Trent’s Spode Works has been confirmed. Angela Bain, Michael Hugo, Jack Wilkinson and Riana Duce will star in the production, which runs from October 16-26, with a press night on October 17.
Author: Deborah McAndrew
Directors: Deborah McAndrew, Conrad Nelson
Producer: Claybody Theatre
The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson will transfer to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre from April 20 to July 11, 2020. Stevenson will reprise her role in the production, which finishes its run at the Almeida this week.
Authors: Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Icke (adaptation)
Director: Robert Icke
Producers: The Almeida Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group and Benjamin Lowy, Fiery Angel, Glass Half Full Productions, Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman Productions.
Watford Palace Theatre has confirmed its new season, which opens with an all-female cast in Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight, running from October 2 to 26 with a press night on October 7. This is followed by Sleeping Beauty and Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads. The season closes with Abigail’s Party directed by Pravesh Kumar.
Playwright David Elgar is set to make his performance debut in Trying it On, a solo show that examines the legacy of the year 1968 on today’s politics. The show tours the UK from September 24 – October 31, opening at the North Wall in Oxford and closing at the University of East Anglia Studio.
Author: David Elgar
Director: Christopher Haydon
Producer: Warwick Arts Centre, China Plate.
Chris Bush’s new play The Last Noël will run at the Old Fire Station, Oxford from December 4 to 23 after touring in South London. Commissioned by South London theatre company Attic, the play will be performed in non-theatre spaces, opening at Wimbledon Library on November 22, and performing in venues including Deptford lounge, Longfield Hall and Mitcham Library.
Author: Chris Bush, Matt Winkworth (composer)
Director: Jonathan Humphreys
Producers: Attic, Arts at the Old Fire Station
Actors Jamie Parker, Jack Farthing, Anjana Vasan and Amanda Wilkin will join trumpeter Alison Balsom in Gabriel, a performance of baroque music at the Barbican concert hall on October 21 which tells the story of a 17th century court musician.
The Winter’s Tale starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh will return to cinemas on December 4. The production, which ran at London’s Garrick Theatre in 2015, will be broadcast to cinemas around the world.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Rob Ashford, Kenneth Branagh
Cinema Producers: Trafalgar Releasing, Fiery Angel