This week, Broadway musical Waitress announced it is to transfer to the West End next year, while Hollyoaks actor Duncan James has been announced to join the cast of Chicago in the West End.
Broadway musical Waitress has announced that it will transfer to the West End next year. It will open in the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in February, with casting to be announced.
Authors: Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics) and Jessie Nelson (book)
Director: Diane Paulus
Choreographer: Lorin Latarro
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, and Norton and Elayne Herrick
New casting has been announced for the West End production of Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, currently booking until October 2019. Hayden Tee will take on the role of Miss Trunchbull and Isobel Hubble and Francesca McKeown will join Olivia Wells in the title role.
Authors: Tim Minchin (music and lyrics), Dennis Kelly (book)
Cast also includes: Rob Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Alex Louize Bird, Gina Beck, Rob Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Jaye Elster, Glen Facey, Alex Hammond, Peter Houston, Jessica Joslin, Bethany Kate, Sammy Kelly, Ben Kerr, Bryan Mottram, Malinda Parris, James Revell, Gemma Scholes, Simon Shorten, Hayden Tee, Callum Train and Robert Tregoning
Producers: Royal Shakespeare Company with Andre Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as executive producers
Hollyoaks actor Duncan James is to join the cast of Chicago in the West End as Billy Flynn from September 10. He is returning to the roe he last played in 2008. The musical is currently booking until January 5.
Authors: Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of The Sweet Science of Bruising at Southwark Playhouse in London. It runs from October 3 to 27.
Author: Joy Wilkinson
Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward
Cast includes: Bruce Alexander, James Baxter, Sophie Bleasdale, Joe Coen, Ashley Cook, Caroline Harker, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Alice Kerrigan, Jessica Regan and Fiona Skinner
Producer: Southwark Playhouse
Tracy-Ann Oberman and Alasdair Harvey are joining the cast of Pack of Lies at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. They join the previously announced Finty Williams and Jasper Britton in the play, which runs from September 20 to November 17. Press night will be on October 1.
Author: Hugh Whitemore
Director: Hannah Chissick
Cast also includes: Sia Dauda, Chris Larkin, Macy Nyman and Natalie Walter
Producer: Menier Chocolate Factory
Cuckoo, a play which explores what it means to be young in Ireland, is to premiere at Soho Theatre in London. It will run from November 13 to December 8, with press night on November 16.
Author: Lisa Carroll
Director: Debbie Hannan
Producer: Metal Rabbit Productions
A site-specific performance called A Haunted Existence will be staged at Bristol’s Old Police Station, telling stories of West Country men who were prosecuted for homosexuality. The production will take place from September 13 to 23.
Author/performer: Tom Marshman
Producer: Jo Kimber
Gerard Kearns is to star in the premiere of Lizzie Nunnery’s new play To Have to Shoot Irishmen. It runs at the Omnibus Theatre in London from October 2 to 20, before touring until November 6.
Director: Gemma Kerr
Cast includes: Elinor Lawless, Robbie O’Neil and Russell Richardson
Live music bar Studio 88 has announced a series of musical brunches, which will feature performances from shows including Hairspray and Motown. The West End Brunch events will run at the London venue every other Saturday, with the first taking place on September 15.
StageCon, which is being billed as the UK’s first theatre convention, is to run at Shoreditch Town Hall in London on November 3 and 4. Guests already confirmed to appear include Bat Out of Hell’s Christina Bennington, Samantha Bond, Sharon D Clarke, Louise Dearman, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Carrie Hope Fletcher, David Hunter, Steph Parry, Caroline Sheen, Cherrelle Skeete, Charlotte Wakefield and Michael Xavier.
West End musical The King and I will be shown in cinemas later this year, it has been announced. The Rodgers and Hammerstein show concludes its run at the London Palladium in September, and a filmed version of the production will be screened in cinemas worldwide on November 29.
Director: Bartlett Sher
Producer: Trafalgar Releasing