THIS WEEK IN THEATRE:
HYPE FOR HAMILTON AS ITS PRE-SALE OPENS
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton is reopening at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November 2017, after receiving unanimous critical praise both Off-Broadway and on Broadway in recent years. Earlier this week, the pre-sale opened to the 100,000 people who registered between June and October last year.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.
Public on-sale begins 30 January 2017 and previews begin 21 November 2017.
X-MEN ACTOR DANNY HUSTON STARS IN KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE
Danny Huston – American actor, writer and director, and the half-sister of Anjelica Huston – makes his UK theatre debut in The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court. Huston is most well-known for his roles in X-Men Origins: Wolverines and more recently, American Horror Story: Coven and American Horror Story: Freakshow.
Director Simon McBurney explores the rise and fall of legendary film producer Robert Evans who is best know for his work on the film The Godfather. Running at the Royal Court from 7 March – 8 April. Book tickets.
NICHOLAS LYNDHURST JOINS CAST OF ENO’S CAROUSEL
Nicholas Lyndhurst, Only Fools and Horses star, has joined the cast of ENO’s Carousel alongside Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe.
Carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends after taking his own life. After soon discovering that his daughter has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, he vows to restore pride to his family. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical opens at the London Coliseum in April. Book tickets.
DAVID BADDIEL – MY FAMILY: NOT THE SITCOM RETURNS TO
WEST END FOR THE FINAL TIME
Back on the West End by popular demand, David Baddiel’s My Family: Not the Sitcom is what he describes as “a twister love-letter to [his] parents”. It’s a show about memory, ageing, infidelity and dysfunctional relatives, running at the Playhouse Theatre from 28 March – 3 June for the final time. Book tickets.
HOLLYOAKS AND TWO PINTS STAR NATALIE CASEY JOINS
AMANDA HOLDEN IN STEPPING OUT
Natalie Casey is set to join the cast of heart-warming comedy Stepping Out, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre in March.
Casey is most-well known for her role as Carol Groves in Hollyoaks and Donna Henshaw in Two Pint of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. She has also appeared on stage in Fame, Legally Blonde and Abigail’s Party.
In an attempt to tap away their troubles, seven women and one man join a weekly dancing class. After a shaky start, the group is barely getting to grip with the basics when they are asked to participate in a charity gala. Book tickets.
LEON FOOD CHAIN HIRE WEST END STAFF FOR NEW BRANCH
Fast-food chain LEON are launching their latest branch in the heart of the West End on Shaftesbury Avenue, opposite Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre. Job requirements are a little different to usual, however, as staff will only be hired if they can sing and dance.
LEON co-founder John Vincent claims it is a good opportunity for new stars to get noticed and follow their dreams, as they will take turns to sing a number to customers between songs from the sound system. “Perhaps our guests will be served by tomorrow’s Miss Adelaide or Jean Valjean” Vincent says.
The new branch is due to open on 8 February.