London Theatre Weekly Round-Up: Who’s on The Andrew Marr show this Sunday, John Barrowman concert series & more!

Here’s our weekly roundup of all the biggest news in London theatre. Enjoy!

Tickets went on sale Thursday for King Lear starring Ian McKellen, which opens July 11. If you don’t have your ticket yet, all we can say is… good luck.

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, currently starring in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre, did an interview this week that will air on the Andrew Marr show Sunday.

photo of Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons
Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons

Meanwhile, reviews for this newest production of the notoriously tragic Eugene O’Neil play are pouring in. The Independent calls Lesley Manville “scorchingly brilliant” and says the production is “an unmissable masterpiece.” According to the Evening Standard, the production is “a suitably magnetic revival” with “a naked emotional power that’s genuinely absorbing.”

John Barrowman (of Doctor Who and Torchwood) will perform in Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre concert series on April 13 and 14.

After a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, five UK tours, and two West End shows, Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel adds three more West End performances at London’s Savoy Theatre. The performances are set for March 18, April 15, and May 20.

Jim Steinman’s musical Bat Out of Hell announces full casting for its run at the Dominion Theatre starting in April. Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington are set to return in the roles of Strat and Raven. Other cast members include Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Alex Thomas-Smith, Danielle Steers, Wayne Robinson, Giovanni Spano, and Patrick Sullivan.

production still from Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell

YouTube star Tanya Burr will make her stage debut in Judy Upton’s Confidence at the Southwark Playhouse.

Philip Ridley’s play Vincent River, which opens at the Park Theatre in March, will star Louise Jameson: known for her roles in TV shows like EastEnders, Doctor Who, Tenko, and Bergerac.

The West End production of Dreamgirls released a new trailer. And it’s pretty dreamy. (nudge. nudge. wink. wink.) You can watch it here:

The revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins, directed by Louise Bakker, announces casting for its run at Pleasance Theatre in March. The cast will include Jason Kajdi, Andrew Pepper, Alexander McMorran, Abigail Williams, Alfie Parker, Conor McFarlane, Jack Reitman, Peter Watts, and Toby Hine.