London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Amelie and Sister Act come to London, Ramin Karimloo to headline Doctor Zhivago concert and more!

Everyone’s favorite spunky French waitress is coming to London! And so are Doctor Zhivago and a choir of soul singing nuns (aka Sister Act). Read up on the details and catch all the latest news below.

Amélie is coming to The Other Palace this Christmas. The touring production (pictured above) based on the 2001 French film will run in London from 29 November 2019 to 1 February 2020. Audrey Brisson will reprise her role as Amélie, joined by Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy, Samuel Morgan-Grahame, Emma Jane Morgan, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin and Johnson Wills.

Brenda Edwards will star in a new production of Sister Act opening in April 2020. After an opening at Leicester Curve and a UK tour, Sister Act will come to London, with details to be announced at a later date. Brenda Edwards (The X Factor, We Will Rock You, Chicago) will play Deloris. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Ramin Karimloo will lead the UK concert premiere of Doctor Zhivago. Written by Michael Weller (Ragtime), with music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, the Broadway musical based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel will give two performances at Cadogan Hall on 1 September. Ramin Karimloo will play Yurii Andreyevich Zhivago, with Celinde Schoenmaker as Lara Guishar. Further casting will be announced later. Tickets are on sale today!

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Ramin Karimloo and Celinde Schoenmaker will lead the Doctor Zhivago concert at Cadogan Hall

Mischief Theatre announces casting for Groan Ups. The production will star writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, alongside original cast members of The Play That Goes Wrong Bryony Corrigan, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell and Nancy Zamit, and additional cast members George Haynes, Krystal Dockery and Holly Sumpton. Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, Groan Ups runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from 20 September.

La Clique, the Olivier Award-winning international cabaret show, will return to London this Christmas. First seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004, La Clique debuted at the London Hippodrome in 2008 and won the Olivier Award for best entertainment in 2009. Now, after more than a decade, the show returns to London for a run at the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square, featuring juggler Florian Brooks, fire-breather and sword-swallower Heather Holliday, aerialist Stephen Williams and MC Bernie Dieter, with more stars to be announced. La Clique will run from 8 November 2019 to 4 January 2020.

The Lyric Hammersmith announces casting for A Doll’s House. Anjana Vasan, Elliot Cowan, Arinder Sadhra, Colin Tierney, Tripti Tripueraneni and Assad Zaman will star in this reworking of Ibsen’s classic, which takes place in 1879 in Calcutta. Rachel O’Riordan, directs.

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Valued Friends will have its first major UK revival this autumn. Rose Theatre Kingston will present Stephen Jeffreys’ play from 20 September to 12 October. Directed by Michael Fentiman, this production will be the first revival of Valued Friends in 30 years.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces its 2019/2020 Sam Wanamker Playhouse season, titled “She Wolves and Shrews.” The season will feature Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew, along with a world premiere of Ella Hickson’s Swive [Elizabeth], Middleton’s Women Beware Women, and a family show entitled Christmas at the (Snow) Globe.

Natasha Cottriall, Gabrielle Brooks and Beverley Rudd will star in the UK premiere of Anna Bella Eema. The play is written by Lisa D’Amour and directed by Jessica Lazar. A ghost story/fairytale/coming of age fantasy, Anna Bella Eema runs from 11 September to 12 October at Arcola Theatre.

Park Theatre’s world premiere of Eugene O’Hare’s dark drama The Weatherman confirms casting. The production will star Mark Hadfield, Niamh James, Alec Newman, Cyril Nri and David Schaal.

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Alec Newman and Mark Hadfield in The Weatherman

A new play by actress Zawe Ashton will premiere in Hackney later this year. for all the women who thought they were  Mad, investigates the impact of colonialism on African women living in the UK. Directed by Jo McInnes, the play runs at Hackney Showroom at Stoke Newington Town Hall from 14 October to 9 November.

Sweat will end its scheduled run 20 July. The Donmar Warehouse production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened 7 June and gives its last performance at the Gielgud Theatre on 20 July.

Happy opening to Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium! Meanwhile, this week is your last chance to catch Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre before the production closes temporarily so the theatre can undergo renovations.