London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Waitress casting, Harry Potter extension, Joseph tickets, and more!

Your weekly news round-up is here! We’ve got the scoop on incoming Broadway transfers, world premieres, West End revivals, and more!

Tickets are now on sale for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The upcoming West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is set to run from 27 June to 8 September 2019. Casting details have yet to be announced.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extends. You can now catch the play through September 2019–if you can snag a ticket, that is!

Waitress announces further casting. We now know some of the cast members joining Katherine McPhee in the West End premiere of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress! Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls) will play Becky, Laura Baldwin (Eugenius!) will play Dawn, David Hunter (Kinky Boots) will play Dr. Pomatter and Peter Hannah (Cockpit) will play Earl. Waitress opens at the Adelphi Theatre 8 February.

Cast headshots for Waitress musical London
The cast of Waitress London

Shane Richie joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About JamieBest known for his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders, Shane Richie will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 28 January to 4 May.

Whitney – Queen of the Night will make its West End premiere on 24 March. After touring the UK and Europe for three years, the critically acclaimed musical about Whitney Houston will come to The Savoy Theatre next March. The show stars Elesha Paul as Whitney, accompanied by a live band. Tickets are on sale today!

Michelle Collins joins the cast of My Dad’s Gap Year, a wickedly funny comedy from Tom Wright. Known for her roles on EastEnders and Coronation Street, Michelle Collins will star alongside Victoria Gigante, Adam Lannon, Alex Britt and Max Percy, with Rikki Beadle-Blair directing. The show opens 30 January at Park Theatre.

My Dad's Gap Year Park Theatre
The cast of My Dad’s Gap Year

Jenna Russell and Judy Kuhn join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre. An Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee, Jenna Russell has starred in Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home at the Young Vic. Judy Kuhn, a four-time Tony nominee, is currently starring in Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The West End and Broadway stars will join music director Seth Rudetsky for two intimate concerts on 3 February.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical adds more performances to its London run. Starting 22 January, the Olivier Award-winning comic musical will play an eight-week run at The Other Palace in addition to its monthly performances at the Lyric Theatre. Plus, Showstopper! is coming up on its 1,000th performance! Well done!

Adrian Lester will star in the UK premiere of Cost of Living. Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living will play the Hampstead Theatre starting in January, with Adiran Lester starring alongside Katy Sullivan, Emily Barber and Jack Hunter. An Olivier Award winner for his performance in the 1995 West End revival of Company, Lester is best known for his role in BBC’s Hustle. He’s also starred in Six Degrees of Separation, Sweeney Todd and The National Theatre’s Othello.


Marina Sirtis joins the cast of Dark Sublime. Known for her role as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Marina Sirtis will make her West End debut in this world premiere at Trafalgar Studios. Dark Sublime explores two phenomena: hero worship and the modern obsession with sci-fi. Andrew Keates will direct this debut play from Michael Dennis.

Michael Ball announces a 2019 UK tour. The celebrated West End and Broadway actor will give 21 performances next year, starting in April, to promote his new album Coming Home To You. You can see him at the London Palladium 30 April! But hurry, tickets are on sale now.

Broadway star Laura Benanti will make her London concert debut in 2019. Currently starring in My Fair Lady on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti plans to give a concert at Cadogan Hall in June 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

Laura Benanti headshot
Laura Benanti

Alex Jennings and Tamsin Grieg join the cast of Dear ElizabethSarah Ruhl’s play Dear Elizabeth, about poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, will star a series of guest actors: among them Tamsin Grieg and three-time Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings. Travis Alabanza, Jade Anouka and Tim Crouch will also star. Ellen McDougal directs this Gate Theatre production, which opens in January.

Come From Away started performances in Dublin yesterday–ahead of its London opening 30 January. We can’t wait for it to come from away to London!