London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Proms in the Park to feature Barry Manilow, Ramin Karimloo, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Michael Ball and more!

Summer is winding down, but it’s not over yet! On 14 September you can catch Barry Manilow, Ramin Karimloo, Carrie Hope Fletcher and more at Proms in the Park. Meanwhile, we’ve got some exciting casting news for Ages of the Moon, Fast, Waitress and more! Catch it all right here.

BBC Proms in the Park will feature Michael Ball, Ramin Karimloo, Carrie Hope Fletcher and more. The concert will include songs from Les Misérables performed by Michael Ball, Shan Ako and Carrie Hope Fletcher. Les Misérables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg will also make a special appearance. In addition, the concert will feature Ramin Karimloo, Celinde Schoenmaker, Ben Forster and Jon Robyns (who will perform a song from Hamilton). Barry Manilow, Chrissie Hynde and Jack Savoretti will also put in appearances. BBC Proms in the Park takes place on 14 September in Hyde Park, with further acts to be announced later.

Sope Dirisu and Natey Jones join Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre. Dirisu, who played Coriolanus at the RSC and appeared in Black Mirror on Netflix, will play Biff Loman. Jones, whose past productions include Small Island at the National Theatre and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, will play Happy Loman. Dirisu and Jones join a cast that features Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke in the lead roles, with Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Carole Stennett. Ian Bonar, Trevor Cooper, Joseph Mydell, Matthew Seadon-Young, Nenda Neurer and Femi Tomowo reprise their roles from the Young Vic. Co-directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, Death of a Salesman runs from 24 October at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Joseph Marcell will star in Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon at the Vault Theatre. Best known for playing Geoffrey the butler on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Marcell has also appeared in productions at Shakespeare’s Globe. He’ll play Byron in Ages of the Moon, opposite Christopher Fairbank (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) as Ames. Directed by Alexander Lass, the production runs 17 October through 24 November at the Vault Theatre.

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Tamlyn Henderson joins the cast of Waitress. Known for his roles in the UK and international tours of Mamma Mia! and in the Australian productions of The Sound of Music and Les Misérables, Tamlyn Henderson will play Earl from 9 September. Peter Hannah, currently in the role, plays his last performance on 7 September.

Park Theatre announces full casting for Mother of Him. Joining Tracy-Ann Oberman will be Scott Folan, Simon Hepworth, Anjelica Serra, Neil Sheffield, Hari Aggarwal and Matt Goldberg. Evan Placey’s award-winning play, inspired by true events, runs at Park Theatre from 18 September to 26 October. Max Lindsay directs.

Caroline Lawrie will star in Fast at the Park Theatre. Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders) will play cult health professional Linda Hazzard, joined by Jordon Stevens (Harlots, Call the Midwife, Phantom Thread), Natasha Cowley and Daniel Norford. Written by Kate Barton and directed by Kate Valentine, Fast runs from 15 October to 9 November at the Park Theatre.

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Caroline Lawrie stars in Fast at the Park Theatre

The Greatest Play in the History of the World comes to Trafalgar Studios 2. A sell-out from the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, The Greatest Play in the History of the World will star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who takes us on a heartfelt journey through life, science, and love via the story of neighbors on a quiet suburban street. Written by Hesmondhalgh’s husband Ian Kershaw (Coronation Street, Shameless), and directed by Raz Shaw, The Greatest Play in the History of the World runs from 26 November at Trafalgar Studios 2.

Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend will get a revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory. A love letter to the musical comedies of the 1920s, The Boy Friend premiered in 1953 and later ran on Broadway starring Julie Andrews. This revival, directed by Matthew White, will run from 22 November 2019 to 7 March 2020. Casting has yet to be announced.

After more than three years and a total of 1,361 performances, Aladdin closed last Saturday (24 August). Taking its place at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October will be Mary Poppins. Get your tickets now!

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Mary Poppins comes to the Prince Edward Theatre in October

George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man comes to the Bridewell Theatre this September. Directed by Peter Foster and featuring the City of London theatre company Sedos, the production will play from 17 to 21 September.

Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Vassa. Mike Bartlett’s play, directed by Tinuke Craig, will feature Samantha Bond, Alexandra Dowling, Arthur Hughes, Daniella Isaacs, Amber James, Danny Kirrane, Kayla Meikle, Cyril Nri, Lee Ross and Sophie Wu.

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