This week’s production news includes a season announcement from London’s Young Vic and a reimagining of West Side Story with new choreography.
Marianne Elliott is to direct a production of Death of a Salesman starring Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke and Arinze Kene as part of the Young Vic’s new season. The season also features an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding by Marina Carr, directed by Yael Farber. Also in the main house, Young Vic associate director and Genesis fellow Nadia Latif will direct the UK premiere of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury.
Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling has announced it will transfer to the West End next year. The play, which premiered at Theatr Clwyd and later ran at the National Theatre, will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from January 26 to April 13, with press night on February 5.
Director: Tamara Harvey
Design: Anna Fleischle
Producers: Theatr Clwyd, National Theatre, Fiery Angel
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Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Hole at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Hole will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from November 28 to January 12, 2019.
Author: Ellie Kendrick
Director: Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland
Cast includes: Ronke Adekoluejo, Ebony Bones, Alison Halstead, Rubyyy Jones, Cassie Layton and Eva Magyar
Theatre Royal Bath has announced a season of UK premieres from the Americas in its Ustinov Studio. The season includes The Model Apartment by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Laurence Boswell and Tanya Barfield’s play with music, Blue Door, directed by Eleanor Rhode.
Full casting has been announced for the Almeida Theatre in London’s production of The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, which runs from December 10 to February 2, 2019.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
Cast: Simon Russell Beale, Leo Bill, Martins Imhangbe, Natalie Klamar, John Mackay, Joseph Mydell, Saskia Reeves and Robin Weaver
Torben Betts‘ Caroline’s Kitchen is to tour the UK, opening on January 24 at Derby Theatre. It visits locations including Northampton, Liverpool, Worthing and Colchester, where it runs until April 13, prior to a New York Season. The play, which toured earlier this year and had a run at London’s Park theatre, has been reworked for this upcoming tour.
Director: Alastair Whatley
Cast includes: Caroline Langrishe, Aden Gillett, James Sutton and Elizabeth Boag
Producers: Original Theatre Company and Ghost Light Theatre Productions
A new production of Pinocchio, featuring circus skills, music, storytelling and puppetry, will run at the Albany in London from December 2 to 29, with press night on December 4.
Author: Mary Swan
Director: Kaveh Rahnama
Cast: Ed Stephen, Floria Da Silva, Rosie Rowlands and Umar Butt
Producer: Nearly There Yet in association with Proteus
Casting has been announced for The Mirror Crack’d, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. The play opens at Salisbury Playhouse on February 15 before touring to Dublin, Cambridge and Cardiff.
Author: Rachel Wagstaff
Director: Melly Still
Cast: Susie Blake and Simon Shepherd
Producers: Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative Production
Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle have announced a UK tour of Much Ado About Nothing, following a run at the New Theatre from February 8 to March 2. The tour opens in Lancaster on March 5, and visits locations including Salisbury, Huddersfield, Halifax and Harrogate, where it runs until May 25.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Conrad Nelson
Producers: Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre
West Side Story is to be reimagined at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, in a production the venue claims will be the first professional UK staging to feature new choreography. Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom is helming the show, which will be choreographed by Aletta Collins. It forms part of a new season of work that also includes Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Hobson’s Choice, and a new play by Lauren Mooney and James Yeatman about the Luddite uprising, called There Is a Light that Never Goes Out: Scenes from the Luddite Rebellion.
Narrators have been announced for the UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show, with the role to be shared between comedian Dom Joly, actress Beverley Callard, TV presenter Alison Hammond, comedian Steve Punt and actor Philip Franks. The tour opens at the Theatre Royal Brighton on December 13
Off Broadway musical Striking 12 will run at the Union Theatre in London from November 28 to December 23.
Authors: Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (book, music and lyrics), Rachel Sheinkin (book and lyrics)
Director: Oliver Kaderbhai
Producers: Ben Lockwood, Rupert Henderson and Oliver Kaderbhai
Caroline, Or Change has extended its booking period from February 9 to April 6, 2019. The Chichester Festival Theatre production opens at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End on November 20.
Author: Tony Kushner (book and lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (music)
Director: Michael Longhurst
Producers: Ambassador Theatre Group, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Rupert Gavin
Musical comedy show The Snow Queen will run at West London venue Under the Bridge from December 14 to 21. The show lasts for an hour and is followed by a Santa’s Grotto experience.
Producer: Under the Bridge
Casting has been announced for Theatre Royal Stratford East’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty, which runs from December 1 to January 12, 2019.
Author: Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton (book and lyrics), Robert Hyman (music and lyrics)
Director: Matthew Xia
Cast: Krystal Dockery, Joshua Elliott, Alice Frankham, Josephine Melville, Ericka Posadas, Shaun Prendergast and Anthony Rickman
Producer: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been adapted for bicycles – in a production that will see audience members ride through the streets of Kensington and Chelsea to experience the performance.
Author: Amelia De-Felice
Producers: Bikeminded and Exquisite Folly Theatre
Big Burns Supper in Dumfries, Scotland, which is a contemporary celebration of Burns, will take place from January 24 to February 3. The theatre programme includes We know now Snowmen Exist, The Moira Monologues and Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppetry. The programme also includes cabaret, comedy and music.
A cast of more than 100 actors will appear in a new interactive survival experience set to run in a secret location in the West End next year. The show, Variant 31, claims it will allow audiences to experience being in their own horror movie, where they will navigate the 90-minute immersive show by solving challenges. It opens on April 13, with press night on May 1.
Producers: Dalton M Dale for Big Dreamer Productions, Stephen McGill for McGill Productions and Oscar Blustin, in association with Rachel Kraftman Productions and Dahl Rasmussen of MDR Productions
Mandy Muden will tour her one-woman solo magic show Cunning Stunts around the UK, opening in Shrewsbury on February 25. The tour will visit locations including Swindon, Brighton, Derby, Bromley and Maidstone, where it ends on February 24.