London Theatre Weekly Round-up: European premiere for Bridges of Madison County, casting for BIG, and more!

Who’s excited for Big the Musical? We now have full casting! Plus, get details on the European premiere of The Bridges of Madison County and find out which shows are headed your way!

The Bridges of Madison County will make its European premiere in London this summer. Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning musical comes to London in a production directed by Trevor Nunn, with casting to be announced later. The Bridges of Madison County runs at Menier Chocolate Factory from 23 July to 14 September. Tickets go on sale to the public 13 May at 9 AM.

Florian Zeller’s The Son will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre. The play recently had its English language premiere at the Kiln Theatre under the direction of Michael Longhurst. The cast, including Amanda Abbington, Laurie Kynaston, John Light and Amaka Okafor, will reprise their roles for the London transfer. The Son runs from 24 August to 2 November, with tickets on sale now.

Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly will star in BIG the Musical. Based on the movie with Tom Hanks, the musical runs at the Dominion Theatre from 6 September to 2 November. Jay McGuiness originated the role of Josh Baskin during the musical’s run in Plymouth back in 2016, and will star in the new musical when it comes to London. Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) will play Mrs. Baskin, with pop star Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud) as Susan Lawrence and Matthew Kelley (Waiting for Godot, Of Mice and Men) as George MacMillan. Tickets are on sale now.

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9 to 5 extends at the Savoy Theatre. The musical is now booking to April 2020.

An immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street will play in London starting in September. Based on stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s autobiography, The Wolf of Wall Street comes from the production team behind the immersive The Great Gatsby, and runs from 5 September to 19 January, with the location yet to be announced. Alexander Wright, who adapted the play, will direct.

Heartbeat of Home will return to London starting in September. Produced by the team behind Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home features 33 dancers who embark on a journey through various styles of dance: including Latin, Irish and hip-hop. Heartbeat of Home plays at the Picadilly Theatre from 4 September to 13 October, with tickets on sale today.

Charles Venn will join Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream at Sadler’s Wells in London. Actor and star of 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing, Venn will play the show’s narrator: Richard Porter–former dance coach of the show’s two main characters. Somnium stars real life couple Neil and Katya Jones (along with a company of dancers) and runs from 20 to 22 June.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company will return to the Barbican in 2019-2020. From October through January, the Company will present As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.

Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith announces full casting. A revival of the play first performed at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982, Noises Off will star Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen and Daniel Rigby. Completing the cast are Lois Chimimba, Jonathan Cullen, Debra Gillett, Amy Morgan, Enyi Okoronkwo and Simon Rouse. The production runs from 27 June to 27 July.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story will make its London premiere. This genre-bending Klezmer musical is based on the true story of two Jewish refugees who fly Romania for Canada in 1908. After critically acclaimed runs in New York, Canada, Edinburgh, and various other locations, Old Stock plays at Wilton’s Music Hall from 18 to 28 September.