Casting for Cinderella in concert is complete! Plus, we have news about a new drag panto version of the classic fairytale–and further casting details for the Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol. Catch it all below.
Mazz Murray and Jérôme Pradon join Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in concert at Cadogan Hall. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the one-night only event will star Christine Allado as Ella, Jodie Jacobs as Charlotte, Dean John-Wilson as Jean-Michel, Cedric Neal as Lord Pinkleton, Dianne Pilkington as Marie, Zoe Rainey as Gabrielle, Jac Yarrow as Prince Topher, Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia!, Chicago) as Madame and Jérôme Pradon (Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Sebastian. Cinderella plays one night at Cadogan Hall on 20 October.
Emmerdale‘s Sandra Marvin joins the cast of Waitress. Sandra Marvin, best known for her role as Jessie Dingle on Emmerdale, will play Becky from 17 October. Marvin has also performed in Committee, City of Angels, Show Boat, Hairspray, Porgy & Bess and Ragtime. She replaces Marisha Wallace in the role. Waitress is currently running at the Adelphi Theatre, with Lucie Jones as Jenna and Joe Sugg as Ogie.
Rebecca Trehearn and Steven Miller join A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic. Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic will star the previously announced Paterson Joseph as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Trehearn as Belle and Miller as Bob Cratchit. A Christmas Carol runs from 23 November at the Old Vic.
Life of Pi will transfer to London in 2020. The Sheffield Theatres production of Yann Martel’s award-winning novel, adapted by Lolita Chkrabarti, will run at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 22 June 2020. Casting will be announced later.
Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean returns to Trafalgar Studios. After its critically acclaimed, sold out run in 2018, the production will return to Trafalgar Studios 2 from 8 January to 1 February 2020.
Hartshorn – Hook Productions and Flavourology will present an immersive version of A Christmas Carol, complete with a Christmas feast. Starring Alexander Barclay as Scrooge and Jack Witham as Marley, the production is written by Alexander Wright and directed by Tom Bellerby. A Christmas Carol runs at Immersive LDN from 27 November to 5 January.
Park Theatre confirms casting for The Snow Queen. A family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Snow Queen will star Frances Marshall, Ayesha Casely-Hayford, Esmonde Cole, Sarah-Louise Young, Justin Brett, Paula James and Matt Cavendish. Adapted by Charles Way and directed by Abigail Andersen, The Snow Queen runs at the Park Theatre from 4 December 2019 to 4 January 2020.
Jamie Cameron, Peter Hamilton Dyer and Indra Ové will star in #WeAreArrested. The Arcola Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Sophie Ivatts, is adapted by Ivatts and Pippa Hill from Can Dundar’s novel. A gripping political thriller, #WeAreArrested runs at Arcola Theatre from 18 November to 7 December.
Arcola Theatre also announces casting for Amanda Lomas’ Hunger. Adapted from Knut Hamsun’s psychological novel, the production will star Archie Backhouse, Katie Eldred, Kwami Odoom and Jessica Tomlinson. Directed by Fay Lomas, Hunger runs at Arcola Theatre from 25 November to 21 December.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are heading on a UK tour. The duo will perform at London’s O2 on 7 March 2020. Tickets go on sale 18 October.
A drag pantomime version of Cinderella will run at Trafalgar Studios this winter. Playing on December 15, 22 and 29, the production will star Baga Chipz, Sheila Simmonds, Keman Bob, Ophelia Love, Veronica Green, Baby and Holly Stars.
The Kiln Theatre announces three new production for its 2020 season. Along with Mike Bartlett’s Snowflake, the theatre will perform Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (which previously ran off-Broadway and in Chicago), Hannah Khalil’s A Museum in Baghdad (with the Royal Shakespeare Company) and Richard Cameron’s The Glee Club.
Wilton’s Music Hall announces its 2020 season. The exciting lineup includes a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, a mimed production about Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, a Shakespeare comedy set to the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and more.
The Evening Standard Awards will take place at the London Coliseum on 24 November. Co-hosted by The Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and the Editor in Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, the awards ceremony will be presented by Cush Jumbo, joined by Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.
Meanwhile, you’re running out of time to see Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed Fiddler on the Roof! The record-breaking production finishes its run at the Playhouse Theatre 2 November.