London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Falsettos to make its UK premiere, Olivier Awards to get a revamp, and more!

Winner of two Tony Awards, the hit Broadway musical Falsettos–a hilarious, poignant story about a modern family–is finally set to premiere in the UK! Besides that, we’ve got news about changes to the 2020 Olivier Awards and plenty of casting details for exciting new productions. Read on!

Falsettos will make its European premiere at The Other Palace this autumn. The multi-award winning Broadway musical by William Finn and James Lapine comes to London at last: for a run at The Other Palace from 30 August to 23 November. Details on cast and creative are still to come, and tickets are not yet on sale.

John Partridge, Declan Bennett and Andy Mientus will lead The View UpStairs, a new musical, at Soho Theatre. The View UpStairs tells the story of a young fashion designer who unknowingly buys an iconic 1970s gay bar in New Orleans. He decides to bring the bar–now a burned down, abandoned space–back to life. Written by Max Vernon, the musical enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run and multiple productions in the U.S. and Australia. This will be its UK premiere. Also in the cast will be Cedric Neal, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gary Lee, Joseph Prouse and Derek Hagen. Jonathan O’Boyle directs. The View UpStairs runs 18 July to 24 August.

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Magic at the Musicals will feature performances from Six, Waitress, John Owen Jones and Louise Dearman, among others. The concert plays at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 May, with a 60-piece orchestra and a stellar line-up of stars from West End shows. Other musicals featured will be Aladdin, Jesus Christ Superstar, School of Rock, Come From Away, Fiddler on the Roof, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Tina, Matilda, The Lion King and Mamma Mia! Ruthie Henshall and Trevor Dion Nicholas will host the concert.

Kiln Theatre announces full casting for Samuel Adamson’s Wife. This story about four couples from four different generations centers on a production of Ibsen’s A Doll House. The world premiere, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, will star Richard Cant, Karen Fishwick, Pamela Hardman, Joshua James, Calam Lynch and Sirine Saba. Wife opens 4 June at the Kiln Theatre.

Education, Education, Education–a smash hit from acclaimed theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble–will transfer to the West End this summer. An award-winning musical that takes place in a secondary school in 1997, Education, Education, Education will run at Trafalgar Studios for four weeks from 31 May to 29 June.

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Scary Bikers extends at Trafalgar Studios. Starring John Godber and Jane Thornton, the comedy about two friends who bike across Europe is now booking until 4 May.

King’s Head Theatre will present two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams for its 2019 Queer Season. Directed by Jamie Armitage, Southern Belles unites two one-act plays by Williams: And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens and Something Unspoken. The double bill runs from 24 July to 24 August.

The 2020 Olivier Awards will look a little different. The Society of London Theatre has announced that, in the future, they will replace the Best Comedy and Best Entertainment or Family categories with two slightly altered categories: Best Comedy or Entertainment; and Best Family Show. The latter will be chosen by a panel of five adults (three of whom will be theatre professionals, and two of whom will be members of the general public) and five children.  The award for Outstanding Achievement in Music will now be known as Best Original Score or New Orchestrations.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Cirque du Soleil returns to Royal Albert Hall, casting for Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Our Town, and more!

Get ready to experience another breathtaking, gravity-defying performance from Cirque du Soleil when the troupe returns to London next year. Besides that, we’ve got casting news for some of this summer’s biggest productions, and a recap of the 2019 Olivier Awards!

Cirque du Soleil will bring Luzia to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020 for its European debut. Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Luzia features the sights and sounds of Mexico–performed by a troupe of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and freestylers. Luzia marks Cirque du Soleil’s 30th anniversary performing in the UK, and runs at the Royal Albert Hall from 12 January 2020, with tickets going on sale soon.

Robert Tripolino and Richard Alfonso will lead the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican, playing Jesus and Judas, respectively. They will be joined by Sallay Garnett as Mary, Matt Cardle as Pilate, Cavin Cornwall as Caiaphas and Nathan Amzi as Annas. Timothy Sheader will direct the production, which runs at the Barbican from 4 July to 24 August.

Samantha Pauly will play the lead role in Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Pauly has already starred as Eva Peron in two American productions of Evita. Joining her will be Broadway star Ektor Rivera as Juan Peron, Trent Saunders as Che and Francis Mayli MCCann as the Mistress. Jamie Lloyd directs, with the production running 2 August to 21 September.

Natalie Klamar, Francesca Henry and Arthur Hughes will lead the cast of Our Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Klamar will play Stage Manager, with Henry as Emily Webb and Hughes as George Gibbs. Other cast members include Karl Collins, Pandora Colin, Tom Edden, Thusitha Jayasundera and Nicola Sloane.

Mamma Mia! celebrated 20 years in the West End last Saturday. To commemorate the event, the musical brought back 13 Dynamos from its history to perform in a special finale number. Mamma Mia! is now booking until 7 March 2020–and you can buy tickets for Mamma Mia! the Party (happening this summer) now.

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Rachel Bloom is coming to London for two performances at the London Palladium. The star and co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will perform at the London Palladium on 2 and 3 June, accompanied by songwriter and music producer Adam Schlesinger. Her show will feature a mixture of songs and stand-up. Tickets are now on sale.

The Play That Goes Wrong extends until 3 May 2020. 

Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon will star in The Man in the White Suit: a stage adaptation of the 1951 film. Directed by Sean Foley, The Man in the White Suit runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 26 September to 11 January, with further casting to come.

Katherine Parkinson’s debut play Sitting will come to Arcola Theatre in April. The show ran for a month at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and will now play at London’s Arcola Theatre from 10 April to 11 May 2019. Sarah Bedi directs.

Pictures of Dorian Gray will play at the Jermyn Street Theatre in June, between runs in Scarborough and Oxford. An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel by Lucy Shaw, Pictures of Dorian Gray features an ensemble cast directed by Tom Littler. The cast is comprised of Richard Keightley, Helen Reuben, Augustina Seymour and Stanton Wright.

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Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair. Directed by Elle While, The Merry Wives of Windsor will star Pearce Quigley as Falstaff. The cast for both productions will include Hedydd Dylan, Sarah Finigan, Bryony Hannah, Richard Katz, Joshua Lacey, Forbes Masson, Anna Odeke, Jude Owusu, Anita Reynolds, Boadicea Ricketts, Dickon Tyrrell and Zach Wyatt. Blanche McIntrye directs Bartholomew Fair, which opens 23 August in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Merry Wives of Windsor opens 17 May in The Globe Theatre–and will be broadcast live on 20 June.

Ghost Stories extends at the Lyric Hammersmith. The production is now booking until 18 May 2019.

Did you watch the Olivier Awards? If you missed it, here are the big hitters:

Patti LuPone took home her third Olivier Award for her performance in Company. The production also won Best Musical Revival.

The Inheritance, Company, and Come From Away turned out to be the big winners of the night.

Come From Away scored four Olivier Awards–including Best New Musical.

Sharon D. Clarke won Best Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change, while Kobna Holdbrook-Smith won Best Actor in a Musical for Tina – The Tuna Turner Musical. In the play category, Kyle Soller won Best Actor for The Inheritance, while Patsy Ferran won Best Actress for Summer And Smoke.

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Come From Away won the Olivier for Best New Musical

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Get ready to buy Dear Evan Hansen tickets–plus final casting for Light in the Piazza, On Your Feet and more!

Had a busy week? No problem! Catch up on everything you missed in the world of London theatre. We’ll wait.

Alex Jennings joins the cast of The Light in the Piazza. A three-time Olivier Award winner, Alex Jennings has appeared in The Crown as David, Duke of Windsor; in Victoria as King Leopold; and in The Lady in the Van as Alan Bennett–in addition to numerous other stage and screen credits. Jennings will play Signor Naccarelli–completing the cast of The Light in the Piazza‘s London premiere. The musical runs at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 14 June to 5 July. Tickets are on sale now!

Christine Prades will reprise her Broadway role as Gloria Estefan in the London production of On Your Feet! Philippa Stefani (In the Heights, Ghost, Sister Act) will play the role at certain performances. George Ioannides (Mamma Mia!, Annie) will play Emilio Estefan, with Madalena Alberto as Gloria Fajardo and Karen Mann as Consuelo. On Your Feet! makes its national premiere at the London Coliseum from 14 June.

Dear Evan Hansen tickets go on sale Monday. On April 8 (if you hurry), you’ll have the chance to buy tickets for the West End transfer of this Tony Award-winning (x6) Broadway hit. Dear Evan Hansen begins previews 29 October at the Noël Coward Theatre. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on those casting details….

Katharine McPhee will give her final performance as Jenna on 15 June. No details yet on who will be taking over for her, but we know someone will, because Waitress just extended until 19 October.

Anna O’Byrne and Gary Tushaw will lead the UK premiere of Amour at Charing Cross Theatre. The production will also star Alasdair Harvey, Elissa Churchill, Claire Machin, Keith Ramsay, Steven Serlin, Alistair So and Daniel Stockton. A musical fantasy by multi-award winning composer Michel Legrand, Amour runs 2 May through 20 July.

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Extensions, extensions….

Wicked is now booking until 23 May 2020. The show just released 470,000 new tickets to the public.

Thriller Live extends to April 2020. Now in its 11th year on the West End, the show continues to break records.

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery extends. Celebrating its third birthday on the West End, Mischief Theatre’s hilarious production is now booking until 3 May 2020.

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] announces casting. Park Theatre’s production will star a different guest performer each night, in a scripted murder mystery for which the performer has not rehearsed and has not received a script or any direction. The performer’s only tool will be an earpiece through which they’ll receive instructions as they try to solve the mystery. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench, Whodunnit will feature a stellar line-up of guest performers: Clive Anderson, Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Tim Vine and Ruby Wax. Even more guest performers will be announced later!

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Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] at the Park Theatre
Francesca Henry will star in Our Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. She recently made her professional stage debut in The Wolves at Stratford East. Directed by Ellen McDougall (who also directed The Wolves), Our Town will launch Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2019 season on 16 May.

Soldier of Orange will make its UK premiere in a 360-degree theatre in 2020. A Dutch musical by Edwin de Vries, Tom Harriman and Phillips Oland, Soldier of Orange is based on the story of a WWII Dutch resistance fighter. The musical will be performed in English in a special 360-degree theatre (with a rotating seat platform), which will be built later this year.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical will come to the Ambassadors Theatre starting 15 June. This feel-good musical about an intellectual yet misunderstood young teenager, based on the books by Sue Townsend, premiered at the Leicester Curve Theatre in 2015 before playing for six weeks at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017. Casting is yet to be announced.

The Worst Witch will play in the West End for seven weeks this summer. Based on Emma Reeves’ children’s books, The Worst Witch tells the story of an accident-prone young witch simultaneously trying to pass her classes and save her future. The Worst Witch plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from 24 July to 8 September.

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The Donmar Warehouse announces a new season. Under new artistic director Michael Longhurst, the new season will include David Grieg’s Europe, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Alice Birch’s [BLANK], Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick and Caryl Churchill’s Far Away.

Full casting is announced for Class. Making its London premiere at the Bush Theatre, Class will star Sarah Morris, Stephen Jones and Will O’Connell–all reprising their roles from the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival production. Class tells the story of a struggling nine-year-old student and his parents, who must decide if they can trust their son’s teacher. Written by Iseult Golden and directed by David Horan, Class runs from 7 May to 1 June.

If you haven’t heard, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical‘s cast recording is out now! Who’s listening?

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: new Tina cast, new National Theatre season, West End Proms and more!

Trevor Nunn’s long anticipated Fiddler on the Roof opened this week on the West End! But that’s not the only news. We hear The Tina Turner Musical has found its new star. Read on for all the latest and greatest in the world of London Theatre.

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical announces casting for its second year. From 15 April, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe will play Tina. Obi-Melekwe recently starred Off-Broadway in the new musical Alice by Heart. She’ll be making her West End debut in Tina.

Joining her will be Ashley Zhangazha (Ike Turner), Maria Omakinwa (Zelma), Aisha Jawando (sharing the role of Tina), Irene-Myrtle Forrester (GG), Howard Gossington (Phil Spector and Terry Britten), Francesca Jackson (Rhonda Graam), Ava Brennan (Alline Bullock), Jammy Kasongo (Richard Bullock and Raymond Hill), Edward Bourne (Erwin Back) and Oscar Batterham (Roger Davies). Meanwhile, current Tina Adrienne Warren is preparing to star in the show’s Broadway transfer.

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The National Theatre announces a new season that includes the return of Brian Friel’s Translations. Ciaran Hinds, Seamus O’Hara and Judith Roddy will reprise their roles in Translations. The lineup of this year’s productions also includes Hansard, The Secret River, ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys, Jellyfish and Peter Gynt.

Bianca Del Rio will join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 6 May. The RuPaul’s Drag Race star will take on the role of Hugo/Ioco.

John Owen-Jones, Ben Forster, Rachel John and John Robyns are coming to West End Proms! Also joining them will be Jodie Steele, Jamie Muscato, Lauren Samuels and Marisha Wallace. Proms will feature music from shows like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Greatest Showman, Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen–performed by a live orchestra and some of the biggest names on Broadway and the West End. The show plays in London 4 July and in Scarborough 5 July, with tickets on sale today.

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Big, a new musical based on the 1988 film, will play the Dominion Theatre this autumn. Jay McGuiness, of boyband The Wanted, will star as Josh Baskin. He starred in the musical’s UK touring production from 2016, and can currently be seen in Rip It Up at the Garrick Theatre. Big runs from 6 September to 2 November.

Casting is announced for The Glass Menagerie at Arcola Theatre. Directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives), the production will star Michael Abubakar, Lesley Ewen, Charlie Maher and Naima Swaleh. Set in an African American community, the production opens in Watford before coming to the Arcola Theatre in London from 23 May to 13 July.

Casting is also announced for the Arcola Theatre’s Hoard–starring Ellen Thomas (EastEnders). Also featured will be Elizabeth Ita (The Favourite), Emmanuella Cole (An Octoroon), Kemi Durosinmi (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives) and Tyler Furose (Much Ado About Nothing). Femi Elufowoju Jr. directs this new play by Bim Adewunmi that runs from 15 May to 8 June.

Danielle Hope, Joe McElderry, Jamie Muscato and Marisha Wallace will give solo performances at The Other Palace. They’ll perform as part of the Sunday Favourites concert series in May and June.

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Fiddler on the Roof. Photo: Johan Persson.

Reviews are pouring in for Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler on the Roof, which just opened on the West End. And the critics appear to have only good things to say: praising Nunn’s directorial magic and the show’s intimacy and resonance. But if you go see it, just be warned–we hear it packs an emotional punch.

London Theatre Weekly Roundup: Lead casting for Joseph, Frozen’s London opening and more!

We waited patiently, and the theatre gods rewarded us. Finally, news about Frozen‘s London opening and lead casting for Joseph! Could this week get any more exciting? We don’t think so. Catch up on all the latest right here.

The West End transfer of Disney’s Frozen will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020. The musical stage adaptation opened in 2018 on Broadway, and now it’s coming to London. Frozen will be the first show to play in the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which closed for renovation after 42nd Street. We’re still waiting on casting news, and we’re told tickets will go on sale soon.

Jac Yarrow will play the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Jac, 21, will make his professional stage debut in the role, having previously starred in Newsies at the Arts Educational School. What a way to make an entrance! Joseph runs from 27 June.

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Jac Yarrow

Jude, based on the classic novel Jude the Obscure, will get its world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in April. With a cast led by Isabella Nefar, Anna Savva and Emily Taaffe, the play chronicles a woman’s journey to pursue an Oxford education, after she’s fired from her cleaning job. The cast also includes Paul Brennen, Merch Husey, Caroline Loncq, Luke MacGregor and Shanaya Rafaat. Written by Howard Brenton (Lawrence of Arabia, Anne Boleyn), Jude will be directed by Edward Hall, Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director. Jude runs from 23 April to 1 June.

Danny Mac and Dan Burton will star in White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. Danny Mac (On the Town, Wicked, Legally Blonde) and Dan Burton (Jersey Boys, The Pajama Game, Chicago) will reprise their roles as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, respectively. Further casting will be announced later. Directed by Nikolai Foster, with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Stephen Mear, White Christmas will run at the Dominion Theatre 15 November to 4 January. Tickets are on sale now.

Dinosaur World Live will play a seven-week season at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre starting 18 July.

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Waitress will hold its next karaoke night on 10 April, with hosts to be announced.

Faye Tozer will play Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. A Strictly Come Dancing runner-up and singer for the group Steps, she’s also starred in stage productions of Tell Me On A Sunday, The Tailor-Made Man and Rhinestone Mondays. Tozer will step into her new role starting 6 May.

Tom Hiddleston is getting rave reviews in Betrayal at the Pinter. Critics are calling the production “haunting,” “revelatory,” and “sexy.” No surprises there. Betrayal opened last Friday. Due to popular demand, it’s now extended until 8 June.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: casting news for Joseph, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and more!

Can’t wait for Mary Poppins to return? Already got your tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? Then you’ll love the news this week! We’ve also got the deets for shows like Night of the Living Dead and The Illusionists. Extra, extra, read all about it!

Jason Donovan joins the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Donovan, who played the title role in the 1990s, returns to star as the Pharaoh–alongside the previously announced Sheridan Smith as the Narrator (both pictured above). For those of you shouting, “Tell me more, tell me more!” You can read all about the announcement here.

Petula Clark and Joseph Millson join the cast of Mary Poppins. Famed singer Petula Clark will play the Bird Woman, with stage and screen actor Joseph Millson as Mr. Banks. Mary Poppins touches down in the West End starting 23 October.

Louise Redknapp will join the cast of 9 to 5 from 25 March. She was previously scheduled to open the production, but had to delay her entrance due to injury.

A new Harry Potter cast is on the way in! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child welcomes its fourth West End cast starting 22 May. Michelle Gayle will play Hermione Granger, with Rayxia Oho as Rose Granger and Dominic Short as Albus Severus Potter. Other cast members, including Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Thomas Aldrigde as Ron Weasley and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy, will continue in their current roles.

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The new cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Andrew Scott will star in Present Laughter at the Old Vic. The Olivier Award winner and Sherlock star will play Garry Essendine in Noël Coward’s classic comedy. Sophie Thompson and Luke Thallon (The Inheritance) will also feature, alongside Suzie Toase and Indira Varma. The Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus will direct this production, which runs 17 June to 10 August.

The Illusionists, which returns to the West End this summer, will feature magicians James More, Enzo, Yu Ho-Jin, Adam Trent, Chris Cox, Paul Dabek and Jonathan Goodwin. The show runs at the Shaftesbury from 6 July to 1 September.

Magic Mike Live extends into January 2020. The show is now booking until 5 January 2020.

Night of the Living Dead announces full casting. Directed by Benji Sperring, the production will star Ashley Samuels, Jennifer Harding, Marc Pickering, Mari McGinlay, Mike Bodie and Tama Phethean. The production runs at Pleasance Theatre from 9 April to 19 May.

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Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy will reprise their roles in Vincent River when it transfers to Trafalgar Studios. Directed by Robert Chevara, Philip Ridley’s Vincent River played an acclaimed run at Park Theatre in 2018. It comes to Trafalgar Studios from 16 May to 22 June.

Peter Polycarpou joins Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Known for his roles in the original productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, he’s also starred as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera. He’ll play Sancha Panza in the production running from 26 April.

Jennlee Shallow and Alexandra Burke will share the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard. Joining them in the production at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre will be Benoît Maréchal, Micha Richardson, Peter Landi, Craig Berry, Gary Turner, Phil Atkinson and Simon Cotton. Alexandra Burke has already played Rachel Marron in the show’s West End run and tour. The Bodyguard runs 25 June to 6 July.

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending announces full casting. Directed by Tamara Harvey, the production will star Jemima Rooper, Hattie Morahan and Seth Numrich. Also featured will be Catrin Aaron, Michael Geary, Valentine Hanson, Jenny Livsey, Laura Jane Matthewson, Mark Meadows, Ifan Meredith, Ian Porter, Carol Royle and Carrie Quinlan. Orpheus Descending runs from 9 May to 6 July.

Michele Austin, Danny Kirrane, Tobias Menzies and Howard Ward will lead The Hunt at Almeida Theatre. Directed by Almeida’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, David Farr’s The Hunt is based on a Danish film thriller. Further casting will come soon.

Jack McBrayer and Lucy Horobin will host the next Waitress karaoke night on 18 March. Get ready to belt your hearts out!

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Olivier nominations, Heathers news, Magic Goes Wrong and more!

It’s that time of year again… Olivier time! We’ve got a link to the nominations announcement video below, plus more news you won’t want to miss. Happy Friday!

Jason Manford (pictured above) will host the 2019 Olivier Awards. The comedian/actor/singer hosted the Awards in 2017, and will return for this year’s ceremony on 7 April. 

And speaking of the Olivier Awards, have you seen the full list of nominations yet? Company and Come From Away are leading the pack with nine nominations each. But The Inheritance is close behind, with eight nominations. If you haven’t gotten a chance to yet, you can watch the full nominations announcement below.

 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended through 2020. The show is now booking until next January.

Barbra Streisand will headline the British Summer Time series in Hyde Park. Streisand will perform on July 7 with a cast of special guests… soon to be announced. Public tickets are on sale 14 March.

Heathers the Musical will return to London. Dates have yet to be announced, but the show’s producer, Paul Taylor-Mills, has confirmed that Heathers will return to London before embarking on a UK tour. The news came after Heathers released its full West End cast recording and won the WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Carrie Hope Fletcher).

Mischief Theatre announce their new production: Magic Goes Wrong. Created in conjunction with legendary magician comedians Penn & Teller, Magic Goes Wrong will make up the second show in Mischief Theatre’s year-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre. Tickets go on sale Sunday. Helping to produce the show will be J.J. Abrams and Kevin McCollum.

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes will return to London this Christmas. As part of its national tour, the Olivier Award-winning production returns to Sadler’s Wells from 3 December to 19 January.

Hamilton star Giles Terera joins the cast of Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Henrik Ibsen’s play, adapted by Duncan Macmillan, will also star Tom Burke, Hayley Atwell, Lucy Briers, Jake Fairbrother and Peter Wight. Rosmersholm plays the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 April to 20 July.

Australian comedian Felicity Ward will make her UK theatre debut in Kill Climate Deniers. Written by David Finnigan, the play premiered in Syndey, Australia in 2018, and will run at London’s Pleasance Theatre this summer, from 4 to 28 June. Felicity Ward has appeared on TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the BBC and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Only Fools and Horses is having a heyday at the Box Office. The new musical based on the TV show has taken in more than £8 million–selling more than 150,000 tickets. That makes it the year’s biggest West End opening. To top it all off, it’s the fastest selling show in Theatre Royal Haymarket’s history. The show has now extended until the end of August.

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Only Fools and Horses. Credit: Johan Persson

Fiver–a new musical about a humble £5 note that passes through the hands and pockets of different Londoners–announces casting. Written by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, the production will star Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight. Further casting will be announced later. The show runs at Southwark Playhouse from 3 to 20 July.

Magic at the Musicals will return to the Royal Albert Hall on 10 May. Hosted by Ruthie Henshall and Trevor Dion (Aladdin), the show features a 60-piece orchestra and a cast of West End stars. Tickets are now on sale.

The Bunker Theatre announces full casting for My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid. This week long festival features performers blind-reading letters that ask questions about race, identity and culture. The rotating 13-member cast is: Phoebe Fox, Cherelle Skeete, Danny Lee Wynter, Rosie Day, Ben Bailey Smith, Inès de Clercq, Zainab Hasan, Nick Holder, George MacKay, Shvorne Marks, Tom Moutchi, Chris Sonnex and Ria Zmitrowicz. Performances begin 18 March.

Happy International Women’s Day! Sounds like a great excuse to go see a West End show with a female-led creative team…. In fact, the creative team and female cast members of Waitress posed for a photo to celebrate the day. The musical had something else to celebrate this week, too… Happy opening!!!! Waitress is now booking to 19 October.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: World premiere of Benjamin Button musical, Sheridan Smith to star in Joseph, and more!

A world premiere is always exciting! We’ve got that, casting news, and more for you this week. Happy Friday!

The world premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button announces casting. A new musical based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the production will star James Marlowe (The Play That Goes Wrong) as Benjamin Button, with an ensemble cast comprised of Matthew Burns, Rosalind Ford, Joey Hickman and Philippa Hogg. Written by Jethro Compton (who also directs) and Darren Clark, the production features Celtic-inspired music. Benjamin Button opens at the Southwark Playhouse 17 May, with previews beginning the 15th.

Sheridan Smith will star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Smith, who recently starred in Funny Girl, will play the Narrator in the West End production opening this summer at the London Palladium. Previews begin 27 June, with further casting to be announced soon.

Fiddler on the Roof announces full casting. Joining Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn will be Nicola Brown (Chava), Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Matthew Hawksley (Fyedka), Louise Gold (Yente) and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel).

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Iris Theatre will perform Hamlet and TheHunchback of Notre Dame for its 10th anniversary season. The production of Hamlet, set in modern London, will run 19 June to 27 July. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel by Benjamin Polya, will run 1 August to 1 September. Both productions take place at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. No casting details yet.

The Young Vic extends Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Directed by Kate Hewitt, this critically-acclaimed production now runs until 6 April. The Young Vic has also announced a relaxed performance on 3 April.

Off-Broadway hit Afterglow will get its UK premiere. By S. Asher Gelman, the play is about a married gay couple whose relationship is rocked when they invite another man to share their bed one night. Afterglow will run at Southwark Playhouse from 5 June to 20 July.

The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens announces its UK premiere. A highly acclaimed hit in the Netherlands, this absurdist, family-friendly show will play at the Unicorn Theatre from 21 March. Nigel Barrett and Riad L. Richie star, with writer Jetse Batelaan directing.

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Hackney Empire’s next pantomime will be Dick Whittington and His Cat. Written and directed by Susie McKenna, with music composed by Steven Edis, the pantomime will run 23 November to 5 January.
Stuart Fox and Matthew Spencer join The Woman In Black. Now in its 30th year in London, Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black will welcome two new cast members from 19 March. Stuart Fox will play Arthur Kipps, a role he has played both at the Fortune Theatre and on tour, with Matthew Spencer as The Actor, a role he has played both at the Fortune and on tour.
Jeremy Jordan is bringing his solo concert to Cadogan Hall. The Broadway and TV star will return to London on 26 and 27 October. You can preregister for tickets now.

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Light in the Piazza casting, Six sing along, Carrie Hope Fletcher concert and more!

The Light in the Piazza is shaping up to be one of the summer’s most anticipated theatrical events–and we’ve got casting news for it. Find all the latest here in your weekly London theatre round-up.

Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker and Liam Tamne join The Light in the Piazza. Joining Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron in Southbank Centre’s upcoming production will be Rob Houchen (Eugenius, Les Miserables), Celinde Schoenmaker (The Phantom of the Opera), Liam Tamne (The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked), Marie MCLaughlin and Malcolm Sinclair. Other company members include Simbi Akande, Danny Becker, Nicholas Duncan, Chlöe Hart, Molly Lynch, Rhona McGregor, Tom Partridge, Monica Swayne and Matthew Woodyatt. The Light in the Piazza plays Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 14 June to 5 July.

Sweet Charity announces further casting. Along with Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill, the Donmar Warehouse production will star Lizzy Connolly, Lauren Drew, Jo Eaton-Kent, Will Haswell, Charlotte Jaconelli, Stephen Kennedy, Debbie Kurup, Martin Marquez, Ryan Reid, Amy Ellen Richardson, Danielle Steers and Shaq Taylor. Wayne McGregor will choreograph the production, which runs 6 April to 8 June. Tickets are on sale now, and if you’re 25 or under, you might be able to score free tickets by signing up for the Donmar Warehouse’s YOUNG+FREE mailing list.

The Prince of Egypt, a new stage musical based on the Dreamworks animated film, is in development. The show will hold a private reading this week in London, with director Scott Schwartz at the helm. The musical will feature songs from the film, plus several new numbers.

Gwendoline Christie joins the cast of Nicholas Hytner’s immersive A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Game of Thrones star will play Titania, opposite Oliver Chris as Oberon. Joining them will be David Moorst as Puck, with Hammed Animashaun as Bottom. The production runs from 3 June at the Bridge Theatre.

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Six will hold a sing along performance on 6 June. For the 8:30 pm performance, the audience will be able to sing along to certain songs in the production. Costumes are encouraged–and the audience member with the winning costume will be crowned “Queen of the Night.”

Lucy May Barker will take a star turn as Sophie in Mamma Mia! (again). After Georgia Louise, who recently played Sophie Sheridan, was forced to leave the show for health reasons, Lucy May Barker will reprise her role from the UK and international tours of Mamma Mia! In fact, the West End stage will be the 35th venue on which Barker has performed in Mamma Mia! Dates have yet to be announced.

Almeida Theatre’s Three Sisters announces full casting. Joining Pearl Chanda (Ink) and Patsy-Ferran (Summer and Smoke) will be Lois Chimimba, Alexander Elliot, Annie Firbank, Elliot Levey, Eric MacLennan, Freddie Meredith, Peter McDonald, Sonny Poon Tip, Shubham Saraf, Akshay Sharan, Alan Williams and Ria Zmitrowicz. Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke) directs the production, which runs 8 April to 1 June. During the week of 27 May, the show will hold free performances.

Carrie Hope Fletcher will give a special concert with composer Jason Robert Brown at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The award-winning composer of The Bridges of Madison County, Parade and The Last Five Years will appear as part of the West End series “Sunday Encounters” on 31 March. He’ll be joined by Fletcher and other guests, who have yet to be announced. You can buy tickets for the event here.

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Jason Robert Brown and Carrie Hope Fletcher join forces for a special Sunday concert.

Telly Leung, currently starring as Aladdin on Broadway, will give a one-night only concert in London. Leung, also known for appearing as Wes the Warbler in Glee, will present an intimate evening of music and personal anecdotes on 26 May for Live at Zédel.

Carl’s Story, a new comic drama about a newspaper journalist who’s also a control freak, will get its West End premiere in March. Written and directed by Gavin Miller, Carl’s Story plays at the Tabard Theatre 7 to 30 March. The cast includes Jenny Whiffen, Emma Bernbach, Tommy Carter and Lucia Dean.

Last but not least, happy opening to Come From Away! The show officially opened in on Monday, and we hear the critics are showing it lots of love.

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Come From Away

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Maggie Smith onstage, lead casting for Tina and UK tour of Amelie, and more!

This week brings several exciting announcements for the London theatre world–including the return of a veteran actress (did someone say Maggie Smith?) and lead casting for several upcoming productions. Catch it all right here!

Dame Maggie Smith will star in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre. The performance will mark the legendary actress’ first return to the stage in 12 years, as she gives a solo performance in a new play by Christopher Hampton. A German Life tells the story of Brunhilde Pomsel–personal secretary to the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. The play is drawn from testimonies given by Pomsel to Austrian filmmakers in 2016. Jonathan Kent directs the production, which begins previews on 6 April ahead of a 12 April opening.

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ashley Zhangazha join the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, making her West End debut in the role of Tina, is currently starring in the Off-Broadway Alice by Heart. Ashley Zhangazha, last seen in Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, will play Ike Turner. Both join the production starting 15 April. Meanwhile, Adrienne Warren, currently playing Tina, is gearing up for the show’s Broadway transfer.

Katharine McPhee and Denise Van Outen will host the first Waitress London Cast Album Karaoke Night on 19 February. The second Waitress Karaoke Night will take place on 18 March.

Only Fools and Horses extends its West End run until 31 August. Tickets are now on sale. Based on the classic TV show, the new musical began previews on 9 February. Evidently, things are going well.

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Comedian Griff Rhys Jones and BAFTA Award-winner Miriam Margoyles will bring the tale of Peter Rabbit to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Where is Peter Rabbit? brings Beatrix Potter’s classic story to life through handcrafted puppets and original songs by Sir Alan Ayckbourn and Steven Edis. The show runs 3 to 18 April.

A new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ is cast. After playing at Mercury Theatre Colchester, the production will come to London’s Southwark Playhouse in April. The cast includes Adrian Hansel (Hairspray), Renée Lamb (Six), Carly Mercedes-Dyer (Dreamgirls), Landi Oshinowo (Big Fish) and Wayne Robinson (Bat Out of Hell).

War Horse will return to London. The National Theatre production will open at the new Troubador Wembley Park Theatre for a run from 18 October to 23 November. Tickets are now on sale.

Audrey Brisson will star in the UK tour of Amélie the Musical, which kicks off 17 April in Newbury.

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Audrey Brisson will star as Amelie Poulain

The UK premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes announces casting. The hit Off-Broadway musical comedy will play Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, from 9 April. Sophie Camble (White Christmas, 42nd Street), Rosie Needham (Legally Blonde), Louise Young (Mamma Mia!) and Kara Taylor Alberts (The Wind in the Willows) will play the Wonderettes: four girls with high hopes at a 1958 high school prom. The musical follows the girls from high school to their 10-year reunion.

Caoilfhionn Dunne will soon become the first woman to play John Proctor in The Crucible. The Yard Theatre announces casting for its production of Arthur Miller’s play about the Salem witch trials, which begins performances 27 March. Dunne will lead the cast, joined by Jacob James Beswick, Nina Cassells, Emma D’Arcy, Sophie Duval, Sorcha Groundsell, Jack Holden, Syrus Lowe and Lucy Vandi. The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller will direct.

Charles Court Opera’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore will play the King’s Head Theatre from 10 April to 11 May.

The studio cast recording of The Clockmaker’s Daughter is out now. Now available for download on all major platforms, the recording features West End stars like Ramin Karimloo, Fra Fee, Christine Allado, Matthew Croke and Lauren James Ray in a new faerytale musical.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Michael Ball returns to Les Miserables, Dear Evan Hansen sets opening date, Tina announces cast album, and more!

If you’re a fan of Les Misérables, Dear Evan Hansen, or Tina–boy have we got news for you! Discover it all in your weekly London theatre scoop.

Michael Ball will play Javert in a concert production of Les Misérables this summer, joined by Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas. Ball played Marius in the original production of Les Misérables at the Barbican in 1985, and on Broadway. Alfie Boe and John Owen-Jones will share the role of Jean Valjean, with Carrie Hope Fletcher (who previously played Eponine in the West End) as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thenardier, a role he played in the 25th anniversary concert at the O2 and in the West End production. But if you dreamed a dream of getting tickets… you might have to dream a little longer. Demand is so high, the ticket booking site for the event has already crashed. Of course, you can always go see the classic production at the Queen’s Theatre.

It’s official. Dear Evan Hansen will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre this fall. While the hunt for a perfect cast is still on, the musical is set to begin previews on 27 October, with an opening night of 19 November. Priority tickets (for those who have already registered) go on sale 28 February. General sale begins on 8 April.

The Young Vic announces full casting for Death of a Salesman. Wendell Pierce, making his UK stage debut, will play Willy Loman, with Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene as Biff Loman. The rest of the cast includes Ian Bonar as Bernard, Trevor Cooper as Charley, Martins Imhangbe as Happy Loman, Joseph Mydell as Ben Loman, Nenda Neurer as Letta, Jennifer Saayeng as Miss Forsythe, Matthew Seadon-Young as Howard Wagner and Stanley and Maggie Service as the Woman and Jenny. Marianne Elliott (Company, Angels in America) will co-direct the production with Miranda Cromwell. Previews begin on 1 May, with an opening date of 9 May.

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will release a cast album featuring Adrienne Warren. The first single, “River Deep – Mountain High,” dropped this week.

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Adrienne Warren and Tom Godwin in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan.

The Play That Goes Wrong announces a new cast. Now in its fourth year at the Duchess Theatre, the comedy welcomes a new cast that includes Kazeem Tosin Amore, Jake Curran, Catherine Dryden, Bobby Hirston, Benjamin McMahon, Gabriel Paul, Steven Rostance and Elena Valentine. The new cast will take over 26 February.

Kelli O’Hara will return to London in November for a solo concert at Cadogan Hall. A Tony Award-winner who’s also been nominated for an Emmy and two Grammy Awards, O’Hara last wowed London audiences in The King and I. She’ll give two concerts on 10 November 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

& Juliet announces additional casting. Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tomspett, Melanie La Barrie, Arun Blair-Mangat, Jordan-Luke Cage and Tim Mehendran will join Miriam-Teak Lee in this joyous pop musical inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy.

The Donmar Warehouse production of Sweat will transfer to the West End for a limited run this summer. Starring Tony Award-winner Martha Plimpton, Sweat will give 50 performances at the Gielgud Theatre starting 7 June.

Night of the Living Dead, a new immersive show based on the film, will open later this year in the West End. Audience members will find themselves trapped in an old farmhouse surrounded by zombies. Casting and dates are still to come.

School of Rock is gearing up to celebrate its 1000th performance–and welcome a new cast. On 23 February, the musical will welcome a new cast of young rock stars; and on 6 March, the show will play its 1000th performance. School of Rock is now booking to January 2020.

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School of Rock the Musical

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Caroline, or Change closing, Mary Poppins tickets now on sale, Company cast album available for streaming, and more!

It may be cold outside, but the world of London theatre is heating up! Plenty of casting news, a new musical theatre album to stream, and a chance to win tickets to Waitress‘ dress rehearsal should have you feeling nice and warm inside.

Caroline, or Change will play its last performance on 2 March. Tony Kushner’s acclaimed musical will close to make way for Fiddler on the Roof, coming to the Playhouse Theatre 27 March.

Tickets are now on sale for Mary Poppins. You can now book your tickets for the London revival, which begins performances at the Prince Edward Theatre 23 October.

Waitress is closer than ever! And you have the chance to score tickets to the dress rehearsal. The London production is holding a lottery for tickets to a special fan preview performance, and you can enter on the show’s website.

Bitter Wheat, David Mamet’s new play about Harvey Weinstein, will star John Malkovich. Playing at the Garrick Theatre from 7 June to 14 September, the production marks Malkovich’s first stage appearance in almost 30 years. Bitter Wheat will also star Doon Mackichan and Ionna Kimbrook, with David Mamet directing.

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Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke will star in a new adaptation of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. This adaptation by Duncan Macmillan (People Places and Things) will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 April. Rosmersholm examines the life of John Rosmer: a man caught between conservative traditions and modern ideas as his country experiences a political flux.

Sarah Hadland joins the cast of Admissions. Joshua Harmon’s comedy, transferring from New York, will star Alex Kingston (Doctor Who) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda), as well as Andrew Woodall, Margot Leicester and Ben Edelman. Admissions plays at Trafalgar Studio One from 28 February.

Clive Owen, Anna Gunn, Lia Williams and Julian Glover will star in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the IguanaDirected by James Macdonald, this production begins performances in July at the Noël Coward Theatre for a limited 12-week engagement. Tickets go on sale 5 February.

Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson join the upcoming ENO production of Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Lyndhurst, known for his role as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, will play the Innkeeper and the Captain. Janson (Beautiful, Dessa Rose) will play Aldonza and Dulcinea, sharing the roles with Danielle de Niese. Kelsey Grammer, as previously announced, will play Don Quixote. The production opens 26 April.

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Anne-Marie Duff will star in a revival of Sweet Charity. A musical about an optimistic dancer working in New York, Sweet Charity had its last major revival in 2009. Anne-Marie Duff recently played in National Theatre productions Macbeth and Common, Heisenberg at Wyndham’s Theatre and Oil at the Almeida Theatre. Arthur Darvill (Treasure Island, Once) joins her, with Josie Rourke directing. Sweet Charity opens at the Donmar Warehouse 6 April.

A new dance production featuring the music of Sting will premiere at Sadler’s Wells in 2020. A collaboration between Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK, Message In A Bottle, by Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Kate Prince, will feature lyrical hip hop dance amid a story of hope and humanity.

Ready for West End LIVE? Well, you’ll have to wait a while, but at least we now know the dates! This year’s free West End LIVE event will take place in Trafalgar Square on 22 and 23 June.

Company releases its digital cast album today!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen this critically acclaimed revival yet, your window is closing. Company plays its last performance 30 March.

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Mary Poppins dates, Follies and Company cast albums, All About Eve broadcast and more!

This week brings plenty of good news for fans of London theatre. Find out when you can see the Mary Poppins revival, how you can listen to the new Follies cast album, and what upcoming events you should put on your calendar (including a Sarah Brightman concert and an All About Eve broadcast)!

Mary Poppins announces the dates for its West End revival. The beloved musical will play the Prince Edward Theatre starting 23 October (previews) with an opening night of 13 November. Starting on 28 January, tickets will be available for performances through March 2020.

Fiddler on the Roof, currently at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will transfer to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre from 21 March. Starring Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn, and directed by Trevor Nunn, this immersive production sold out at the Menier. Full casting is yet to come.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time announces a relaxed performance. Currently at the Piccadilly Theatre, the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will play a relaxed performance on 6 April at 2:30 pm, coinciding with World Autism Awareness Week. During the relaxed performance, lighting and special effects will be modified, and noise and movement in the auditorium will be welcome. A quiet space will be set up in the foyer, and staff will be available throughout the theatre for the entire performance. Afterward, there will be a question and answer session with cast members.

Follies releases a cast album from the 2017 London revival. Digitally released by Warner Music Group, the cast album features Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, Philip Quast and Tracie Bennett. Follies returns to the National Theatre on 12 February with new cast members Joanna Riding and Alexander Hanson; Janie Dee, Peter Forbes and Tracie Bennett will reprise their roles. In the meantime, you can enjoy the cast album on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. And stay tuned for news about a physical release of the album!

And speaking of cast albums, Company will release its cast album digitally on 1 February.

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Richard Eyre will direct a revival of David Hare’s The Bay at Nice starring Penelope Wilton. The cast also includes Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond and David Rintoul. Set in Leningrad in 1956, The Bay at Nice tells the story of Valentina Nrovka: a personal friend of Henri Matisse, and her daughter Sophia: a painter in need of financial and political help. This is the first London revival of the play since its National Theatre premiere in 1986. The Bay at Nice begins previews at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 14 March, opening on the 19th and running until 4 May. Public tickets are on sale 28 January.

Sarah Brightman is bringing her new international tour to the Royal Albert Hall. HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert will come to London for one night only on 11 November. Tickets go on sale today.

Mischief Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) announces a new production, titled Groan Ups. In this new show, Mischief Management creators Henry Shields, Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer play a group of unruly schoolchildren growing up. Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell, Nancy Zamit and Bryony Corrigan will also star, with Kirsty Patrick Ward directing. Groan Ups opens at the Vaudeville Theatre 20 September, with tickets on sale Monday.

Clarke Peters (The Wire, Five Guys Named Moe) joins the cast of The American Clock at The Old Vic. He will replace Giles Terera, withdrawing from the production for personal reasons, as Robertson/Moe 3/Taylor. Peters will play these roles until 2 March, after which Sule Rimi (Sweat, Barber Shop Chronicles) will take over. Directed by Rachel Chavkin (HadestownNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Arthur Miller’s Depression-era play opens at The Old Vic on 13 February, with previews starting on the 4th.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical announces a limited eight-week run at The Other Palace. In addition to monthly performances at the Lyric Theatre, the company will give eight performances–presenting a new, spontaneous musical each time–per week at The Other Palace. And the company is preparing to celebrate the1000th performance of Showstopper!

Mark Gatiss will voice a talking computer in the upcoming world premiere of Dark Sublime. Known for his TV roles in A League of Gentlemen and Sherlock (and as a writer for Sherlock and Dr. Who), Gatiss recently starred in The Madness of King George at Nottingham Playhouse, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse. He joins Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) in this science fiction-inspired comedy at Trafalgar Studio Two, with performances beginning 25 June.

All About Eve will be broadcast in movie theatres around the world on 11 April. National Theatre Live will broadcast the upcoming London production, starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, to international audiences. Information about participating cinemas is yet to come.

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Andrew Scott will star in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Matthew Marchus, this production of Coward’s classic comedy opens in June.

Theatre Royal Stratford East announces full casting for King Hedley II. Directed by Artistic Director Nadia Fall, the production will star Lenny Henry, Dexter Flanders, Martina Laird, Aaron Pierre, Cherrelle Skeete and Leo Wringer. This production of August Wilson’s drama plays at Theatre Royal Stratford East 17 May through 15 June.

A new musical, & Juliet, featuring songs from songwriter Max Martin, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in November. Miriam Teak-Lee (On The Town, Hamilton) will play Juliet in this musical inspired by Shakespeare’s heroine. Martin has written songs for big names like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd. & Juliet will feature hits like “Oops… I Did It Again,” “Love Me Like You Do” and “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Tickets go on sale in February.

2018 was a record-breaking year for London theatre! According to SOLT (Society of London Theatre), theatre attendance exceeded 15 million for the first time ever last year–largely due to more people attending musicals like Hamilton and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Keep it up, London!

 

 

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: War Horse returns, Tina extends, Matthew Broderick makes West End debut and more!

This week’s news round-up includes the return of War Horse, casting for several exciting new productions–and Bernadette Peters! Get the full scoop below.

War Horse returns to London. The National Theatre production of War Horse will return to London for a limited run at Troubador Wembley Park Theatre from 18 October to 23 November. Tickets go on sale in February.

Matthew Broderick will make his West End debut in The Starry Messenger. Kenneth Lonergan’s play features an astronomy teacher having a mid-life crisis when the planetarium he works at is closing, his marriage is rocky and his father has recently died. But Angela, a trainee nurse, might be able to help. Broderick starred in The Starry Messenger Off-Broadway in 2009, and now he’s back to reprise his role at the Wyndham’s Theatre starting in May–opposite Elizabeth McGovern. Tickets are on sale now!

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Full casting is announced for Trevor Nunn’s Agnes Colander. Reprising their roles from the Bath production will be Naomi Frederick in the title role, Sally Scott as Emmeline Majoribanks, Matthew Flynn as Otho Kjoge and Cindy-Jane Armbuster as Martha and Suzon. Harry Lister Smith will join the cast as Alexander Flint. Agnes Colander runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre starting 12 February.

Amanda Abbington will star in Florian Zeller’s play The Son. Best known for her TV roles in Mr. Selfridge and Sherlock, Abbington has also appeared in numerous stage productions, including God Bless This Child, Love Me Tonight and A Little Princess. Joining Abbington in the UK premiere of Zeller’s play will be Laurie Kynaston, Amaka Okafor, Martin Turner and Oseloka Obi. Michael Longhurst (Caroline, Or Change) will direct. Originally performed in France, where it was nominated for nine Molière awards, The Son forms the final piece in Zeller’s trilogy that includes The Father and The Mother, and will be translated into English for its UK premiere at the Kiln Theatre in February.

Tina the Musical extends until 21 December. Adrienne Warren and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will continue in their current roles as Tina Turner and Ike Turner until 13 April.

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Six the Musical. Photo Credit: Idil Sukan

Six extends its run to January 2020. The new musical about the wives of King Henry VIII extends yet again at the Arts Theatre, with tickets now on sale for performances through 5 January. The production has also announced its American premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Festival in May and June.

Caroline Sheen will replace Louise Redknapp in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5Due to an injury, Redknapp has withdrawn from the production, with Sheen replacing her in the role of Violet. Sheen’s credits include the title role in UK and US tours of Mary Poppins, an understudy in the original Mamma Mia! production, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium and Fantine in Les Misérables. Based on the 1980 film, 9 to 5 begins performances at the Savoy Theatre 28 January.

The Rubenstein Kiss announces full casting. Ruby Bentall (Verity in BBC’s Poldark) will star as Esther Rubenstein. Henry Proffit will play her husband, Jakob Rubenstein, with Sean Rigby (Endeavor, Gunpowder) as David Girshfeld, Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks, Coronation Street) as FBI Agent Paul Cranmer, Dario Coates as Matthew, Katie Eldred as Anna and Eva-Jane Willis as Rachel Girshfeld. Joe Harmston will direct this new production, which begins performances at Southwark Playhouse 14 March.

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The Rubenstein Kiss

Bernadette Peters is launching a new international tour–and she’ll be stopping in London! Catch the legendary stage and screen actress at the Lyceum Theatre 10 June.

After a sell-out run last year, Laura Linney returns to the Bridge Theatre to reprise her role in Richard Eyre’s My Name is Lucy BartonFor 26 performances, starting 23 January, Linney will reprise her performance in this production based on Rona Munro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The Other Palace will host a concert series featuring West End stars. As part of the MT Fest UK in February, The Other Palace will hold informal, late-night concerts featuring a line-up of 12 West End stars: Louise Dearman (Wicked), Jordan Luke Gage (Bat Out of Hell), Sophie Isaacs (Heathers the Musical), Nathan Amzi, Luke Bayer, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Evelyn Hoskins, Rob Houchen, Emma Kingston, Claudia Kariuki, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Tosh Wanogho-Maud. In addition to the concert series, the MT Fest will present eight brand new musicals. Sounds good to us!

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Complete Waitress casting, new Jamie cast, the Globe’s summer 2019 season and more!

Welcome to your weekly London theatre news round-up! Get the scoop on Waitress, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Les Misérables and more!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces a new cast. Joining Layton Williams (Jamie) and Shane Richie (Hugo/Loco Chanelle) will be Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha) and Hayley Tamaddon (Miss Hedge). Tamaddon is best known for her role as Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and Del Dingle in Emmerdale. Other new cast members include Marlon G. Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones, Luke Latchman, Rachel Price, Biancha Szynal, Adam Taylor and Ziggy Tyler Taylor. The new cast steps in on 28 January.

Waitress has started rehearsals! And judging from this tweet, it looks like the cast is pretty pumped.

We also have full casting for Waitress‘ London premiere. As previously announced, Katharine McPhee will star as the musical’s pie-making heroine, Jenna Hunterson, alongside Marisha Wallace, David Hunter, Jack McBrayer and Laura Baldwin. Shaun Predergast will also join the cast as Old Joe, owner of the diner. He’s known for his roles as D.S. Holt in EastEnders and Robert Bain in Waterloo Road. Rounding out the cast are Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder and Charlotte Riby. Waitress starts previews on 8 February.

Les Misérables will temporarily transfer to a new theatre while the Queen’s Theatre undergoes restoration. While the Queen’s closes for four months of restoration work (including the adding of new lavatories and restoring of the theatre’s original boxes and loges), Les Misérables will play at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, starting at the end of July. In December 2019, the Queen’s Theatre will reopen with the new 2009 production of Les Misérables featuring a new company.

Alex Kingston will star in Joshua Harmon’s new play Admissions. Best known for her roles in ER and Doctor Who, Kingston will appear in Admissions–a play about the admissions department of a U.S. school trying to obtain Ivy League status–which runs from 28th February at Trafalgar Studios One.

Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid, and Rhashan Stone join the cast of All About Eve. Based on the 1950 movie, All About Eve will star Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Additional cast members include Stanley Townsend, Tsion Ian Drysdale, Tsion Habte, Charles Hagerty, Grace Stone and Philip Voyzey. Ivo Van Hove (Network, Lazarus, Obsession) directs. All About Eve starts previews on 10 May at the Noël Coward Theatre.

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic announces full casting. The production will star Matthew Douglas, Dervla Kirwan, Joplin Sibtain, Oberon K. A. Adjepong and Ukweli Roach. Kate Hewitt (Yerma, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will direct this production of Pulitzer Prize winner Adly Gurgis’ drama, which plays at the Young Vic starting 14 February.

Full casting is announced for The Twilight Zone. Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola and Neil Haigh will reprise their roles from the show’s original Almeida run. Joining them will be Alisha Bailey, Natasha J. Barnes, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Nicholas Karimi, Lauren O’Neill and Matthew Steer. Written by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone‘s West End runs at the Ambassadors Theatre from 4 March.

Katherine Parkinson, Sara Gregory and Richard Harrington will lead the West End transfer of Home, I’m Darling. Directed by Tamara Harvey, Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed comedy comes to the Duke of York’s Theatre starting 26 January. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) will reprise her role as Judy, with Sara Gregory as Alex and Richard Harrington as Johnny. The cast also includes Charlie Allen, Susan Brown, Ellie Burrow, Siubhan Harrison, Jane MacFarlane and Hywel Morgan.

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Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox will join Tom Hiddleston in the London revival of Betrayal. Cox is best known for playing the title role in Marvel’s Daredevil, while Ashton has appeared in TV shows like Fresh Meat, Not Safe for Work and Wanderlust.

Due to an injury, Louise Redknapp will delay her performance in 9 to 5. No news yet on her replacement, but we’ll keep you posted.

Call Me Vicky, a debut play by sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland, comes to the Pleasance Theatre. Based on a true story, the play follows Vicky’s transition from male to female back in 1980. Starring Wendi Peters (Coronation Street), and directed by Victoria Gimby, Call Me Vicky comes to London’s Pleasance Theatre starting 19 February. The cast includes Nicola Bland, Victoria Bland, Matt Greenwood, Ben Welch and Adam Young.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces its summer 2019 season. The lineup includes Henry IV, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.

London Theatre Weekly Roundup: Summer and Smoke closing, Ingrid Michaelson musical in the works, and more!

Happy New Year! We’ve got all the news on soon-to-close productions, incoming shows, and more.

Summer and Smoke, Rebecca Frecknall’s critically acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic, will close 19 January, as previously announced. That means you only have about two weeks left to catch this production starring Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham.

Ingrid Michaelson is working on a musical based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook. Bekah Brunstetter, an NBC writer and producer (This Is Us) will write the musical’s book. No details yet on any Broadway or West End engagement.

Beast on the Moon will play the Finborough Theatre in February. Directed by Jelena Budimir, this will be the first London production of Richard Kalinoski’s play in more than 20 years. The cast includes George Jovanovic, Zarima McDermott and Hayward B. Morse.

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Beast on the Moon at the Finborough Theatre, London

Thirteen Days is coming to Leicester Square Theatre on 17 March. A musical by multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Alexander S. Bermange, Thirteen Days is set against the backdrop of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, with a score informed by a number of musical styles. Directed by Dominic Shaw, this gala concert performance will feature a cast of West End stars–to be announced soon.

The world premiere of Cougar, a play about climate change, will star Mike Noble and Charlotte Randle. Written by Rose Lewenstein, Cougar runs at the Orange Tree Theatre from 1 February to 2 March–with an all-female creative team led by director Chelsea Walker.

Don McKay, who originated the role of Tony in the London premiere of West Side Story, has died at age 93. He passed away 27 December in Manhattan, where he’s lived for the past 20 years.

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A new year means new shows! We can’t wait to catch the London transfers of Broadway’s acclaimed Come From Away, which premieres at the end of January, and Waitress, which begins previews in February. And we’re excited to welcome back Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal, which opens at the Pinter in March. That’s just a small taste of what’s to come. Here’s to a whole new year of great London theatre!

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Disney’s Frozen heads to London, The Illusionists Return, and more!

We hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Now, all we need is a little Elsa magic for a White Christmas! Stay tuned on that…. Here’s the latest scoop on the London theatre scene.

Frozen is coming to London in 2020. After its popular, Tony-nominated run on Broadway, Frozen will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2020. No opening date or casting details have been announced yet.

Jack McBrayer will play Ogie in the West End production of WaitressMcBrayer is best known for starring alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock from 2006 to 2013, for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. He also voices Fix-It Felix in Wreck-It Ralph, along with characters in Despicable Me and The Simpsons. McBrayer will make his West End debut in Waitress–starring alongside Katharine McPhee, Marisha Wallace, Laura Baldwin, and others.

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Jack McBrayer will play Ogie in Waitress London.

After opening last week, Caroline, or Change is swimming in five-star reviews. The Financial Times calls it “a thrilling revival,” and the Evening Standard notes that it’s “nothing short of a triumph.” It’s currently playing through 9 February!

The Illusionists will return to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in July 2019. This show, last seen in London in 2015, showcases the talents of world-famous magicians–performing acts of levitation, mind-reading, and mind-boggling illusions.

The Illusionists live from Broadway
The Illusionists

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Dear Evan Hansen casting call, Waitress karaoke nights, and more!

Ever dreamed of being on a West End stage? Then you’ll love the news this week! Find out how you can sing on the Waitress stage or star in Dear Evan Hansen. Plus casting details, tour announcements, and more!

Dear Evan Hansen is now casting! How would you like to star in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen? The upcoming London show just announced an open casting call. Auditions will take place in February, with one in London and one in Manchester. You could be found!

Waitress will hold cast album karaoke nights. And speaking of West End/Broadway transfers, you may not be able to star in the upcoming London production of Waitress, but you can sing along on stage! After the shows on 19 February and 18 March, audience members will have the chance to sing one minute of any song from Waitress, on stage with Waitress musical director Katharine Woolley. Here’s your chance to steal the limelight!

Emilia will transfer to the West End. After its successful run at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Emilia–a play about 16th century writer Emilia Bassano (the supposed inspiration for William Shakespeare’s “dark lady”)–will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre for a 2019 run.

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Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe

Tartuffe at the National Theatre announces full casting. Denis O’ Hare will play the title role, in his National Theatre debut. Known for his role as the vampire king of True Blood, Denis O’ Hare won a Tony Award for his performance in Take Me Out at the Donmar Warehouse. He also appeared in Sweet Charity on Broadway. Starring alongside O’ Hare will be Kevin Doyle (The White Guard, Mutabilitie) as Orgon and Olivia Williams (Mosquitoes, Waste) as Elmire. The rest of the cast includes Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Susan Engel, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Susan Engel, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo and Roisin Rae.

Hair the Musical tour announces full casting. Marcus Collins (Kinky Boots, national tour of Hairspray) stars as Hud, with Daisy Wood-Davis (Dreamboats and Petticoats, European tour of The Rocky Horror Show) as Sheila and Jake Quickenden (Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House, Cinderella at the Portsmouth King’s Theatre) as Berger. The other cast members are Alison Arnopp, Tom Bales, Louise Francis, Natalie Green, David Heywood, Bradley Judge, Aiesha Pease, Laura Sillett, Spin, Kelly Sweeney and Paul Wilkins. The 50th anniversary tour of Hair kicks off in March!

Jeanine Tesori’s Violet announces full casting. This multi award-winning musical by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Caroline, or Change, Shrek the Musical) and Brian Crawley (The Little Princess) gets its UK premiere 14 January at Charing Cross Theatre–and we now have full casting! Kaisa Hammarlund (Fun Home) will play the title role, with Jay Marsh (Miss Saigon) as Flick, Matthew Harvey (Loserville) as Francis. The other cast members are Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Gant, Danny Michaels and Janet Mooney. Amy Mepham, Rebecca Nardin and Maddie Sellman will play young Violet.

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Pixar in Concert is going on tour. Featuring music from Pixar films like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille and The Incredibles played live by a full orchestra, this concert will play in London on 16 April. It’s also planning stops in Manchester and Birmingham.

Nativity! The Musical announces 2019 tour. After this year’s sold out performances, Nativity! The Musical will go on tour again in 2019, starting at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in October.

Alys, Always announces full casting. Joining Joanne Froggatt, of Downton Abbey, and Robert Glenister will be Danny Ashok, Joanna David, Leah Gayer, Simon Manyonda, Slyvestra Le Touzel, Jeff Rawle, Vineeta Rishi, Sue Wallace and Sam Woolf. The production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opens 5 March at the Bridge Theatre.

Giles Terera joins the cast of The American Clock at the Old Vic. Known for playing Aaron Burr in the original West End production of Hamilton–which earned him the 2018 Olivier award for best actor in a musical–Terera will play Robertson in The American Clock at the Old Vic.

Briefs: Close Encounters is coming to the Leicester Square Spiegeltent for New Year’s Eve. An iconic act that combines drag, circus, burlesque and comedy, the Briefs boys are ready to help you ring in the New Year with aerials, artistry, and strippers.

 

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Waitress casting, Harry Potter extension, Joseph tickets, and more!

Your weekly news round-up is here! We’ve got the scoop on incoming Broadway transfers, world premieres, West End revivals, and more!

Tickets are now on sale for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The upcoming West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is set to run from 27 June to 8 September 2019. Casting details have yet to be announced.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extends. You can now catch the play through September 2019–if you can snag a ticket, that is!

Waitress announces further casting. We now know some of the cast members joining Katherine McPhee in the West End premiere of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress! Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls) will play Becky, Laura Baldwin (Eugenius!) will play Dawn, David Hunter (Kinky Boots) will play Dr. Pomatter and Peter Hannah (Cockpit) will play Earl. Waitress opens at the Adelphi Theatre 8 February.

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The cast of Waitress London

Shane Richie joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About JamieBest known for his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders, Shane Richie will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 28 January to 4 May.

Whitney – Queen of the Night will make its West End premiere on 24 March. After touring the UK and Europe for three years, the critically acclaimed musical about Whitney Houston will come to The Savoy Theatre next March. The show stars Elesha Paul as Whitney, accompanied by a live band. Tickets are on sale today!

Michelle Collins joins the cast of My Dad’s Gap Year, a wickedly funny comedy from Tom Wright. Known for her roles on EastEnders and Coronation Street, Michelle Collins will star alongside Victoria Gigante, Adam Lannon, Alex Britt and Max Percy, with Rikki Beadle-Blair directing. The show opens 30 January at Park Theatre.

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The cast of My Dad’s Gap Year

Jenna Russell and Judy Kuhn join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre. An Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee, Jenna Russell has starred in Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home at the Young Vic. Judy Kuhn, a four-time Tony nominee, is currently starring in Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The West End and Broadway stars will join music director Seth Rudetsky for two intimate concerts on 3 February.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical adds more performances to its London run. Starting 22 January, the Olivier Award-winning comic musical will play an eight-week run at The Other Palace in addition to its monthly performances at the Lyric Theatre. Plus, Showstopper! is coming up on its 1,000th performance! Well done!

Adrian Lester will star in the UK premiere of Cost of Living. Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living will play the Hampstead Theatre starting in January, with Adiran Lester starring alongside Katy Sullivan, Emily Barber and Jack Hunter. An Olivier Award winner for his performance in the 1995 West End revival of Company, Lester is best known for his role in BBC’s Hustle. He’s also starred in Six Degrees of Separation, Sweeney Todd and The National Theatre’s Othello.

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Marina Sirtis joins the cast of Dark Sublime. Known for her role as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Marina Sirtis will make her West End debut in this world premiere at Trafalgar Studios. Dark Sublime explores two phenomena: hero worship and the modern obsession with sci-fi. Andrew Keates will direct this debut play from Michael Dennis.

Michael Ball announces a 2019 UK tour. The celebrated West End and Broadway actor will give 21 performances next year, starting in April, to promote his new album Coming Home To You. You can see him at the London Palladium 30 April! But hurry, tickets are on sale now.

Broadway star Laura Benanti will make her London concert debut in 2019. Currently starring in My Fair Lady on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti plans to give a concert at Cadogan Hall in June 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

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Laura Benanti

Alex Jennings and Tamsin Grieg join the cast of Dear ElizabethSarah Ruhl’s play Dear Elizabeth, about poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, will star a series of guest actors: among them Tamsin Grieg and three-time Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings. Travis Alabanza, Jade Anouka and Tim Crouch will also star. Ellen McDougal directs this Gate Theatre production, which opens in January.

Come From Away started performances in Dublin yesterday–ahead of its London opening 30 January. We can’t wait for it to come from away to London!

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Hugh Jackman concert, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, new Chicago cast member, and more!

Hugh Jackman in concert? Tell us more! We’ve got that and more exciting news in this week’s London theatre round-up. Catch it all right here.

Hugh Jackman will perform at London’s O2 in June. The Man. The Music. The Show. No, seriously, that’s the title of Hugh Jackman’s upcoming world tour concert. As part of that tour, Jackman will perform two concerts at the O2 Arena in June 2019. He’ll sing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables, The Boy from Oz, and other musicals and movies. In other words, this is the ultimate Hugh Jackman showtunes concert.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will return to London. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on the Bible story of Joseph will rock the London Palladium next summer. Tickets go on sale next Friday. No casting news yet, but you can read up on all the other details here.

Caroline Flack joins Chicago. The West End revival is nearing its end (5 January), and we have our final Roxie Hart: ITV presenter Caroline Flack. She’ll give her first performance 10 December.

The Dear Evan Hansen movie is official. The rumors are true! Hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will be made into a movie by Universal Pictures. So far, the production team includes director Stephen Chbosky (Wonder), producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel and screenwriter Steven Levenson–who penned the Dear Evan Hansen script. Sources say that Ben Platt may be in early talks to star in the film, but we’re waiting for the official announcement before we get too excited. And speaking of excited, did we mention how thrilled we are that Evan is coming to London next year?

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Emma Rigby in Witness for the Prosecution. Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Witness for the Prosecution gets a new cast. Agatha Christie’s mysterious courtroom drama, now in its second year, welcomed a new cast on 20 November. The line-up now includes Emma Rigby (Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Hollyoaks), Daniel Solbe, Jasper Britton (Pack of Lies, The Libertine), William Chubb (Othello, This House), Christopher Ravenscroft (High Society, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries) and Ewan Stewart (Titanic, Let The Right One In).

Bonnie Langford joins the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical. Currently playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Langford starred in the 9 to 5 national tour, playing Roz Keith. She’ll reprise that role for the show’s West End premiere.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extends and announces new cast members. Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated comedy is now running until 3 November 2019. Starting 18 December, the show welcomes new cast members Julia Frith, Liam Jeavons, Jack Whittle and Jean-Luke Worrell. In January, Gareth Tempest and Emily Stott will join the cast.

The London production of 42nd Street will be available for streaming on BroadwayHD. Though we’re still waiting on a release date, it’s confirmed that the spectacular 42nd Street will be available for streaming in 2019. Meanwhile, you can still catch the production live if you’re in London!

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42nd Street. Credit: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

The Barbican will host a performance of Roy Budd’s score for the 1925 silent The Phantom of the Opera film. Roy Budd’s thrilling score for the film was set to premiere at London’s Barbican in 1993, but the composer died before he could perform it. Last year, the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra performed the score at the London Coliseum. This year, it returns to London at the Barbican for an 18 March performance in the space where it was originally set to premiere.

A new adaptation of The War of the Worlds is coming in 2019. Theatre company Rhum and Clay will premiere a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds at New Diorama Theatre in 2019. Inspired by Orson Welles’ infamous radio adaptation and the current fake news trend, this adaptation looks to be radically different from any we’ve yet seen.

We Will Rock You is going on tour. A reimagined production of Ben Elton’s Queen musical will tour the UK and Ireland starting in September 2019.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now in previews at the Picadilly Theatre. Returning for a limited season, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning play opens officially on 11 December. If you didn’t catch it the first time around, now’s your chance….