London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Hairspray and Sleepless set opening dates, Phantom undergoes repairs, Prince of Egypt reopens booking and more!

Hairspray will open at the London Coliseum next spring. Starring Michael Ball, Paul Merton, Marisha Wallace and Rita Simons, the production will open 22 April 2021 and play a limited 19-week engagement.

Sleepless, A Musical Romance, will premiere this September. The new musical will have a limited run from 25 August to 27 September 2020, and the Troubadour Wembley Theatre will use social distancing and follow COVID-19 guidelines for cast, crew and audiences. The musical is now booking.

Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh star in Sleepless, A Musical Romance.

The Prince of Egypt reopens ticket booking from 2 November 2020. Tickets for the West End production are now on sale for performances until 4 September 2021. However, according to a statement, performances will officially resume pending UK government advice. As of now, all performances of The Prince of Egypt are cancelled until Saturday, 31 October 2020.

The Phantom of the Opera will undergo set repairs before reopening. The original production will replace many sets that have been in use since the show’s first performance 34 years ago. The Phantom of the Opera is currently closed until early 2021.

Giles Terera, Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Chita Rivera and more will take part in Hello Harry! – A Celebration of 40 Years at Stage Door. Hosted by Terera, the event will also feature Beverly Knight, Eddie Izzard, Clive Rowe, Sharon D. Clarke and more. The concert honors West End legend Harry Gabriel: the Shaftesbury Theatre Stage Door Keeper for more than 40 years who won a special Olivier Award in 2017. Hello Harry! will stream for free on YouTube 15 July at 7:30 pm and will remain available to watch afterward.

Harry Gabriel. Credit: Ryan Eddleston.

Lockdown Theatre announces a live virtual reading of A Bit of Waiting for Godot. In association with The Royal Theatrical Fund, Lockdown Theatre will perform a live virtual table reading starring Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin and Joanna Lumley. Directed by Jonathan Church, the performance takes place Sunday 28 June at 7 pm.

The Barn Theatre announces a virtual concert of the music of Amies and Clements. Hosted by Barn Theatre producer Jamie Chapman Dixon, the concert will celebrate the music of composers Stephanie Jayne Amies and Teddy Clements, and will star Josh Andrews, Marcus Ayton, Adam Bailey, Rebecca Bailey, Cameron Bernard Jones, Esmée Cook, Hiba Elchikhe, Phoebe Fildes, Aidan Harkins, Lucy Ireland, Sam Otto, Evie Rose Lane, Jodie Steele and Bronte Tadman. The concert will be available to watch on the Barn Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels 27 June at 7:30 pm.

Curve Leicester and Really Useful Group postpone The Wizard of Oz until Christmas 2021. The production was originally scheduled for 2020, but will now run 27 November 2021 to 15 January 2022.

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