This week’s round-up includes an announcement that Tom Bateman will star in Coriolanus at Sheffield’s Crucible as part of their new season, Heather’s the Musical has confirmed a UK tour set for 2020, and musical Soho Cinders has revealed its full cast, featuring West End performers Millie O’Connell and Luke Bayer in leading roles.
Broadway musical Be More Chill has confirmed a transfer to London, where it will make its UK premiere at the Other Palace, running from February 12 to May 3, 2020, with a press night on February 18.
Authors: Ned Vizzini (novel), Joe Iconis (music/lyrics), Joe Tracz (book)
Director: Stephen Brackett
Design: Beowulf Boritt (set), Bobby Frederick Tilley (costume),Tyler Micoleau (lighting), Ryan Rumery (sound), Alex Basco Koch (projection)
Producers: Jerry Goehring and Lisa Dozier King
New musical The Season will premiere at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre on November 1-2. The musical, which is a romantic comedy set at Christmas, will transfer to Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre from November 5 to 16, returning to the Royal and Derngate for a further two-week run from November 19 to 30.
Authors: Jim Barne, Kit Buchan
Director: Tim Jackson
Cast includes: Tori Allen-Martin, Alex Cardall
Design: Amy Jane Cook
Producers: Royal and Derngate, Northampton and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Soho Cinders the musical has confirmed the full cast for its run at Charing Cross Theatre, starring West End performers Luke Bayer and Millie O’Connell. The show will run for nine weeks from October 24 to December 21, with a press night on October 28.
Authors: Anthony Drewe (lyrics/book), Elliot Davis (book), George Stiles (music)
Director: Will Keith
Cast also includes: Lewis Asquith, Christopher Coleman, Ewan Gillies and Tori Hargreaves
Producers: Theatre Syndicate London, Starting Over Theatricals and AKT Management
The cast for the world premiere of new musical Oor Wullie has been announced. It will run at Dundee Rep Theatre from November 23 to January 5, 2020, with a press night on November 27. Based on the Scottish comic strip character, the musical will embark on tour of Scotland following its run in Dundee.
Authors: Scott Gilmour, Claire McKenzie (stage adaptation)
Director: Andrew Panton
Cast includes: Martin Quinn, Bailey Newsome and Leanne Traynor
Design: Kenneth Macleod (set/costume)
Producers: Dundee Rep and Selladoor Worldwide in association with Noisemaker
The producers of Heathers the Musical have announced a 2020 UK tour, following the show’s West End transfer to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Dates and venues to be announced.
Authors: Laurence O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy
Director: Andy Fickman
Producers: Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills
Tom Bateman will star in Coriolanus as part of Sheffield Theatres’ new season, which also includes Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Oliver Twist, and a world premiere of Chloë Moss’ Run Sister Run, in a co-production with Paines Plough and Soho Theatre. Coriolanus runs from March 6-28, with a press night on March 10 at the Crucible.
Authors: William Shakespeare (play), Robert Hastie (adaptation)
Director: Robert Hastie
Producer: Sheffield Theatres
Yaël Farber, Anthony Neilson, Kathy Burke and Terry Johnson will direct work at London’s new Boulevard Theatre next year as part of its inaugural season. The season includes The Effect by Lucy Prebble, Hello and Goodbye by Athol Fugard, Billy Roche‘s The Cavalcaders and Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited.
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Miles Jupp will make his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, running from April 25 to October 3, 2020, at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The season unveils a programme exploring the UK’s relationship with Europe, separation and loss, and features The Winter’s Tale directed by Erica Whyman and Pericles directed by Blanche McIntyre.
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The full cast of Fairview at the Young Vic has been announced. It will run from November 28 to January 18, 2020, with a press night on December 5. The play won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights.
Author: Jackie Sibblies Drury
Director: Nadia Latif
Cast includes: Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Donna Banya, David Dawson, Julie Dray, Nicola Hughes, Matthew Needham, Rhashan Stone, Esther Smith
Design: Tom Scutt (set), Jessica Hung Han Yun (lighting), Xana (sound/music), Malik Nashad Sharpe (choreography)
Producer: Young Vic
London’s Old Red Lion Theatre has announced its autumn/winter season, which includes Edred, the Vampyre by David Pinner, to close the London Horror Festival from October 28 to November 2. The season also includes Poisoned Polluted by Kathryn O’Reilly, running from November 5-30, and Lullabies for the Lost by Rosalind Blessed on February 1, 2020.
One-woman show Superstar will run at Southwark Playhouse for four weeks, from November 26 to December 21, with a press night on November 28. The show sold out at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Author/cast: Nicola Wren
Director: Sadie Spencer
Design: Cara Evans (set), Jack Weir (lighting), Beth Duke, Max Perryment (sound)
You Stupid Darkness! will transfer to Southwark Playhouse from January 16 to February 22, 2020, with a press night on January 20, following its run at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The cast is yet to be announced.
Author: Sam Steiner
Director: James Grieve
Producers: Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth
The full cast for Ava Wong Davies‘ play I Will Still Be Whole (When You Rip Me in Half) has been announced. The play will run from November 12 to 23 at the Bunker in London, with a press night on November 14. The play, which explores identity and isolation through monologues, stars Tuyen Do and Aoife Hinds.
Author: Ava Wong Davies
Director: Helen Morley
Design: Jord Rice (sound), Ben Kulvichit (lighting), Grace Venning (set/costume)
Producer: Emily Davis
You Game, an adaptation of Anthony Shaffer‘s Sleuth by Sam Ra and Ivan Murphy, will open at RADA’s studio theatre, London, from November 26 to December 14. The cast is yet to be announced.
Authors: Sam Ra, Ivan Murphy
Director: Matthew Bosley
Producer: Murphy Ra Entertainment
The world premiere of Swiss Family Robinson, adapted by Feargus Woods Dunlop, will open at the Core at Corby Cube from December 6-29, with a press night on December 7. The cast is yet to be announced.
Authors: Johann David Wyss (novel), Feargus Woods Dunlop (adaptation)
Director: James Farrell
Producers: The Core at Corby Cube and New Old Friends
The world premiere of Stray Dogs is set to open the Park Theatre on November 13, running to December 7, with a press night on November 15. The play is a homage to Anna Akhmatova, a poet laureate who lived during Stalin’s purges.
Author: Olivia Olsen
Director: Robin Herford
Cast includes: Olivia Olsen, Ian Redford and Ben Porter
Producers: Dead Letter Perfect in association with Park Theatre
House of Kittens will present its new theatrical erotic drag show Amatory Asylum at London’s Wellington Members Club on selected dates from October 10 to November 15. The show includes a late-night drag ball.