London Theatre Weekly Round-up: To Kill a Mockingbird comes to London, Mary Poppins announces cast album, David Hasselhoff joins 9 to 5 and more!

Hope your Halloween was filled with all kinds of spooky theatre! Now catch up on all the latest news, including an exciting Broadway transfer, a Mary Poppins cast album, and more!

To Kill a Mockingbird will come to the Gielgud Theatre in spring 2020. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, currently playing on Broadway, will make its West End debut next year. Casting and exact dates have yet to be announced.

Mary Poppins will release a cast album. The new recording, featuring the current cast of the London revival, will release next year. Mary Poppins opened last week at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Dear Evan Hansen begins previews at the Noel Coward Theatre. Starring Sam Tutty, Lucy Anderson, Doug Colling, and Rebecca McKinnis, Dear Evan Hansen officially opens 19 November. The show is now booking until 2 May 2020, and just announced a weekly digital lottery to take place starting 13 November. Below, you can watch the newest Evan, Sam Tutty, perform alongside the stars of the show’s Broadway, U.S. Tour, and Canada productions.

David Hasselhoff joins 9 to 5 The Musical. Hasselhoff, known for his roles in Baywatch and Knight Rider, will join the production as Franklin Hart Jr. from 2 December to 8 February. 9 to 5 is currently running at the Savoy Theatre.

The Man in the White Suit will close 7 December. Performances were originally scheduled to end 11 January 2020. The comedy, directed by Olivier winner Sean Foley, features Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon at Wyndham’s Theatre.

A new, female-centric adaptation of Doctor Faustus will star Jodie McNee and Danny Lee Wynter. Written by Chris Bush and directed by Caroline Byrne, Faustus: That Damned Woman will premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 22 January 2020 before touring in the spring.

Faustus: That Damned Woman promo image

Rachel Tucker will star in The Pirate Queen at the London Coliseum. Drew Baker will direct Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical for a special concert performance on 23 February 2020, with proceeds to benefit Leukaemia UK. More casting will be announced later.

Vanessa Williams will make her West End debut in City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Josie Rourke, the production will also feature Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and Rebecca Trehearn. City of Angels runs from March 2020.

Curtains will make its London premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre in December. Kander and Ebb’s musical (which premiered on Broadway in 2007 and is currently touring the UK) stars Jason Manford, Carly Stenson, Ore Oduba, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes, Leah Barbara West, Alan Burkitt and Andy Coxon. Curtains runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 13 December 2019 to 11 January 2020.

Curtains London triplet

Musik, the new Pet Shop Boys musical, will come to London in February. A solo show with a book by Jonathan Harvey, the production will feature songs written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Musik will run at the Leicester Square Theatre from 5 February to 1 March 2020, starring Frances Barber.

Beverley Knight will star in new musical The Drifters Girl. Directed by Jonathan Church with a book by Ed Curtis, the musical tells the story of the stage manager of vocal group The Drifters. The show will premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal before transferring to the Garrick Theatre for 20 weeks from 1 October 2020. Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, stage manager of The Drifters.

The Mousetrap announces a new cast and extends booking through November 2020. The world’s longest running production will now feature Mitchel Baggott, David Boyle, Rob Edwards, Tom England, Max Gell, Vivien Keene, Victoria Lucie and Molly Roberts. Agatha Christie’s murder mystery is currently running at St. Martin’s Theatre.

Mousetrap London banner

Ruthie Henshall will play Cadogan Hall as part of her U.K. and Ireland tour. The star of Chicago, Les Misérables, She Loves Me and more will perform her solo show In My Life, singing highlights from her career as well as songs by Sondheim, Carole King, Victoria Wood, and The Beatles. Henshall comes to Cadogan Hall on 17 April.

The Canary and the Crow will transfer to Arcola Theatre. Middle Child’s Edinburgh hit musical about a working class black kid who gets accepted to a prestigious grammar school will play at Arcola Theatre from 16 January to 8 February 2020.

Whitney – Queen of the Night will return to London for a special Christmas performance. The Whitney Houston tribute show will play at the Savoy Theatre on 1 and 15 December.

Whitney - Queen of the Night promo image

The Wind of Heaven returns to London for the first time in nearly 75 years. Written in 1945, the parable/drama by Welsh playwright Emlyn Williams will play at the Finborough Theatre for four weeks from 26 November.

The Les Misérables staged concert will be broadcast live in the UK, Ireland, and the US on 2 December. The concert stars Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Matt Lucas, among others. Tickets for the broadcast go on sale 4 November.

 

 

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