London Theatre Weekly News Round-up: five-star openings, critically acclaimed transfers and more!

Production still from Company London The cast of Company. Photography by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

This week we’ve got so many openings and transfers to announce, it feels like Christmas came early! We’ve also got casting news for the UK & Ireland tour of Les Misérables. Read on!

Marianne Elliot’s Company is quickly racking up four- and five-star reviews after its opening on Wednesday. Critics are calling it “glorious,” “heavenly,” and a “tour de force reworking” of Sondheim’s 1970 musical. No surprise that it’s now extended to 30 March 2019.

Critics are equally impressed with The Inheritance, which opened last Saturday. It’s already been described as “a minor masterpiece” and “a work of rare grace, truth and beauty to make E.M. Forster proud.” It seems to be getting five-star reviews all around. You can read our review here.

Production still from The Inheritance London
The Inheritance

The National Theatre production of The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the West End. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, the play tells the story of financial services firm The Lehman Brothers: chronicling its founding, rise, and ultimate collapse in 2008. Sam Mendes (The Ferryman) directs, with the National Theatre cast reprising their roles. The Lehman Brothers opens at the Piccadilly Theatre 11 May 2019, with tickets on sale this November.

Aspects of Love will transfer to the West End from Hope Mill Theatre. After a critically acclaimed run in Manchester, Aspects of Love will visit the Southwark Playhouse from 7 January to 9 February 2019. It’s especially apt since 2019 will mark the show’s 30th birthday. This production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart will star many of the original Hope Mill Theatre cast members, including Kelly Price, Felix Mosse, Jerome Pradon, Minal Patel and Eleanor Walsh as Jenny Dillingham. Jonathan O’Boyle directs.

The 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s The Price will transfer to the West End in early 2019. David Suchet and Brendan Coyle will reprise their roles from the Bath production, with Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart joining them. The Price will play Wyndham’s Theatre from 5 February to 27 April. Tickets are on sale now.

Full casting is announced for the UK & Ireland tour of Les Misérables! OK, OK, we know it’s not London theatre, but it’s still pretty exciting. Joining Killian Donnelly as Jean Valjean will be Nic Greenshields (Javert), Katie Hall (Fantine), Martin Ball (Thénardier), Sophie-Louis Dann (Madame Thénardier), Harry Apps (Marius), Tegan Bannister (Eponine), Will Richardson (Enjolras), and Bronwen Hanson (Cosette).

headshots of Killian Donnelly, Katie Hall, and Nic Greenshields
Killian Donnelly, Katie Hall and Nic Greenshields will star in the UK & Ireland tour of Les Miserables

Catherine Tate is bringing her live show to the West End. The actress and comedian will play seven shows at the Wyndham’s Theatre in January, adapting her hit TV show for the London stage. She recently played sold out tours in Australia and New Zealand–and tickets for the London run are already on sale!

The Rubenstein Kiss gets its first London revival in March 2019. James Phillips’ multi-award winning play will run for four weeks at Southwark Playhouse, starting 14 March. Joe Harmston will direct this 1950s drama inspired by the true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. The original production ran in 2005.

Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes in Downton Abbey) will star in the West End transfer of SwitzerlandWritten by Joanna Murray-Smith, the play focuses on novelist Patricia Highsmith (author of Strangers on a Train and The Price of Salt), as she seeks seclusion in the Swiss Alps. It opens at the Ambassadors Theatre 10 November after a UK premiere in Bath.