London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Aisha Jawando to play Tina Turner, additional casting for Mary Poppins and more!

Here’s your weekly round-up of all the latest news in the London theatre scene. Find casting details for Tina, Mary Poppins, How Love Is SpeltPhantom and more!

Mary Poppins announces additional casting. The West End return of Disney’s practically perfect musical will include Amy Griffiths (Mrs. Banks), Claire Moore (Miss Andrews), Claire Machen (Mrs. Brill), Barry James (Admiral Bloom) and Jack North (Robertson Ay). They join Petula Clark (the Bird Woman), Joseph Milson (George Banks), Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) and Charlie Stemp (Bert). Mary Poppins runs at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October.

Aisha Jawando will take over the title role in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Starting 8 October, Jawando will play Tina Turner, as Nkeki Obi-Melekwe heads to Broadway to play Adrienne Warren’s alternate. Jawando has appeared in West End productions of Cinderella, Motown, Beautiful and The Lion King.

Noises Off will return to the West End from 27 September 2019 to 4 January 2020. Michael Frayn’s farce has played in locations around the world, including London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Now it’s back for a limited run.

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Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas join Les Misérables – The Staged Concert as Eponine and Cosette respectively. The production is now fully cast, with Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thénardier and Rob Houchen as Marius.

Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) will star in How Love Is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse. Joining her will be Nigel Boyle, Benjamin O’Mahony, Yana Penrose, Larner Wallace-Taylor and Duncan Moore. How Love Is Spelt opens 4 September.

Josh Piterman will play the Phantom of the Opera from 9 September. The Australian singer and performer will make his West End debut in the role. Joining him will be Danny Whitehead as Raoul, Britt Lenting as Carlotta and Richard Woodford as Monsieur André. The rest of the cast will continue in their roles.

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Josh Piterman will play the Phantom starting 9 September

The Turbine Theatre’s Torch Song announces final casting. The production will star Matthew Needham, Daisy Boulton, Dino Fetscher, Rish Sha, Jay Lycurgo and Bernice Stegers. Torch Song runs from 22 August to 13 October.

Waitress extends at the Adelphi Theatre through 4 January 2020. Tickets are now on sale.

Dave Malloy will appear at Southwark Playhouse after the 19 September performance of Preludes. The Tony-nominated composer and writer will hold a conversation with Matt Wolf, free to audience members who have already purchased tickets for the evening’s show.

Clive Rowe will appear in Hackney Empire’s Dick Whittington and His Cat alongside Kat B and Tony Whittle. Rowe will play Sarah the Cook, with Kat B as Vincent the Cat and Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren. This year’s pantomime will run from 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.