London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Imelda Staunton to star in Hello, Dolly!, Waitress sets closing date, Timothée Chalamet to make West End debut, and more!

Closings, casting announcements, and more! Don’t miss a thing. Stay up to date on all the latest news in the world of London theatre with our weekly round-up.

Imelda Staunton will star in a new West End production of Hello, Dolly! Directed by Dominic Cooke, the production will co-star Jenna Russell as Irene Malloy, with choreography by Bill Deamer, costumes by Rae Smith, and music direction by Nicholas Skilbeck. More casting will be announced later. Hello, Dolly! will run at the Adelphi Theatre from 11 August 2020.

Waitress will close 4 July 2020. The Sara Bareilles musical will then embark on a U.K. tour before returning to the West End. Waitress is currently running at London’s Adelphi Theatre.

Joel Montague joins Waitress. Motague, who has starred in Falsettos, School of Rock and Funny Girl, will play Ogie from 2 December 2019. He replaces Joe Sugg in the role.

headshot of Joel Montague
Joel Montague

Helen Mirren and Mark Strong will star in a new adaptation of Oedipus. Produced by Sonia Friedman, the adaptation by Robert Wicke will play in the West End, with dates and venue to be announced later.

Timothée Chalamet and Eileen Atkins will star in 4000 Miles. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the London revival of Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize finalist follows a 21-year-old named Leo and his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, as they discuss grief and family. Chalamet will make his West End stage debut in the production. 4000 Miles runs at The Old Vic from 6 April 2020.

headshots of Eileen Atkins and Timothee Chalamet

Jessica Hynes will star in the Donmar Warehouse production of Far Away. Lyndsey Turner’s production of Caryl Churchill’s play will also star Aisling Loftus and Simon Manyonda. Further casting will be announced later.

Faye Castelow, Felicity Davidson, Avye Leventis and Sadie Shimmin join Leopoldstadt. Casting for the production is now complete. Directed by Patrick Marber, the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s new play runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 25 January 2020.

& Juliet releases cast album. The new musical’s original cast album drops today! For a sampling, listen to Britney Spears’ “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” performed by & Juliet stars Arun Blair-Mangat and Miriam-Teak Lee.

Roger Allam will lead a tribute show to celebrate Peter Nichols. Joining him will be Nigel Lindsay, Layo-Christina Akinlude, Laurence Belcher, James Harkness, Faith Omole, Elliott Ross and Grace Courtney. Directed by Peter Nichols’ grandson George Nichols, they will perform extracts from the playwright’s television and stage works. Peter Nichols: A Celebration takes place 27 November at Trafalgar Studios.

Footballers’ Wives – The Musical announces casting. Based on the TV series with a book by Maureen Chadwick and music and lyrics by Kath Gotts, Footballers’ Wives will star Simon Bailey, Natasha J. Barnes, Norman Bowman, Liam Doyle, Alice Fearn, Emma Hatton, Emmanuel Kojo, Wendi Peters and Dean John Wilson. The musical is currently in development, with a London showcase scheduled for 22 November.

Theatre Royal Stratford East announces Red Riding Hood as its 2020/2021 pantomime. Directed by Robert Shaw Cameron, with book and lyrics by Bryony Lavery and music and lyrics by Robert Hyman, Red Riding Hood runs from 21 November 2020 to 9 January 2021. Casting will be announced later.

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