SIX extends to 31 January 2021. The new musical will celebrate its first birthday in the West End at the Arts Theatre, with 90,000 seats for the event on sale today. And on 21 January, the show welcomes Sophie Isaacs as Katherine Howard.
Desi Oakley makes her West Enddebut in Waitress. Last Saturday, Waitress star Lucie Jones and her two understudies Olivia Moore and Sarah O’Connor were struck down ill. A concert was held on Saturday by the remaining cast members, and other productions over the weekend were cancelled. The producers then flew in Desi Oakley, who played Jenna in the U.S. tour of Waitress, to cover for Lucie Jones. She will continue in the role until Jones, Moore, and O’Connor recover.
Stephanie J. Block reschedules her London concert. Originally scheduled to play Cadogan Hall on 12 April, the Tony Award winning Broadway star will not perform on 30 August at 2:30 and 6:30 PM. Stephanie J. Block recently starred in The Cher Show on Broadway, for which she won a Tony.
School of Rock will give its final performance on 1 March 2020. Now in its fourth year on the West End, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical won an Olivier Award for its score. A U.K. tour is planned for 2021. School of Rock is currently playing at the New London Theatre.
Louise Redknapp and Brian Conley will return to 9 to 5 The Musical. From 10 February, Redknapp will replace Caroline Sheen as Violet. From 2 March, Brian Conley will play Franklin Hart Jnr. David Hasselhoff gives his last performance in the role on 8 February. In the interim, Sean Needham will take on the role. 9 to 5 is currently running at the Savoy Theatre until 23 March 2020.
Thriller Live! will celebrate its 11th birthday with a singalong on 22 January. For one night only, audience members can sing along to their favorite Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 songs.
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for The Tamingof the Shrew and Women Beware Women. Directed by Maria Gaitanidi and Amy Hodge, respectively, both plays will be performed in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in February. The Taming of the Shrew will star Raymond Anum, Ryan Ellsworth, Mattia Mariotti, Evelyn Miller, Laura Moody, James Northcote, Jude Owusu, Paul Ready, Melissa Riggall, Vasilis Sarikis and Michelle Terry. Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women will star Paul Adeyefa, Daon Broni, Helen Cripps, Tara Fitzgerald, Stephanie Jacob, Wil Johnson, Simon Kunz, Gloria Onitiri, Rachael Spence, Thalissa Teixeira and Olivia Vinall.
Indecent will make its London premiere at Menier Chocolate Factory. Rebecca Taichman, who won a Tony Award for directing the play on Broadway, will also direct the London production of Paula Vogel’s play. Indecent runs from 13 March to 9 May. The Menier Chocolate Factory’s spring season will also include Habeus Corpus by Alan Bennett, The Watsons in the West End, and The Boy Friend in Toronto.
Dylan Wynford’s new musical The Throwaways announces casting for the workshop production. The performance will star Lizzie Bea, Francesca Forristal, Michael Hamway, Sahera Khan, Andrew Langtree, Siobhan O’Driscoll, Lawrence Smith and Courtney Stapleton. The workshop performance will play at The Other Palace on 31 January.
Jason Manford will return to host the 2020 Olivier Awards. This will be the comedian/actor/singer’s third time hosting. The Awards will take place on 5 April at the Royal Albert Hall.
The new production of Les Miserables opened Thursday at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre. Break a leg to the cast and crew!
A film version ofMatilda the Musical is in the works! Matthew Warchus, the show’s original director, will helm the production, with filming expected to take place from August to December of this year. Casting will begin in April. The film will be produced by Working Title, the company behind movie-musicals like Billy Elliot, Yesterday and Les Misérables. No release date has been announced yet.
Pretty Woman: The Musical announces full casting. Check out the photo above of the company’s first day in rehearsal! Starring Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac, Pretty Woman will also feature Rachael Wooding as Kit De Luca, Bob Harms as Happy Man/Mr. Thompson, Neil McDermott as Philip Stuckey and Mark Holden as James Morse. Pretty Woman runs at the Piccadilly Theatre from 13 February.
Andy Nyman joins Hello, Dolly!Nyman, who recently played Tevye in the Trevor Nunn production of Fiddler on the Roof, will play Horace Vandergelder. He joins the previously announced Imelda Staunton and Jenna Russell. Dominic Cooke directs. Hello, Dolly! runs at the Adelphi Theatre from 11 August.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will make its London premiere at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in September. Directed by Laurence Connor, the musical replaces School of Rock at the theater, which will close 1 March. Cinderella will launch a tour in 2021. Casting for both the London production and the tour will be announced later.
Cirque du Soleil’s show LUZIA comes to the Royal Albert Hall on 12 January. This new production marks 30 years since Cirque du Soleil first swung onto the UK stage. A waking dream of Mexico, LUZIA runs at the Royal Albert Hall from 12 January to 1 March.
Alice Fern and a new company join Come From Away. From 10 February, Alice Fern replaces Rachel Tucker in Come From Away. She will be joined by Tarinn Callender, James Doherty, Kate Graham and Alasdair Harvey. Come From Away is currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre.
Park Theatre announces casting for the English translation of La Cage aux Folles [The Play]. Simon Callow’s English translation of Jean Poiret’s French classic will star Paul Hunter, Michael Matus, Syrus Lowe, Arthur Hughes, Sarah Lam, Peter Straker, Mark Cameron, Simon Hepworth, Louise Bangay, Georgina Ambrey and William Nelson. Directed by Jez Bond, La Cage aux Folles runs at Park Theatre from 12 February through 21 March.
The English premiere of Joseph Crilly’s On McQuillan’s Hill announces casting. The production will star Helena Bereen, Gina Costigan, Julie Maguire, Kevin Murphy, Declan Rodgers and Johnny Vivash. On McQuillan’s Hill runs for four weeks from 4 February.
One Jewish Boy will make its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios in March. Stephen Laughton’s two-hander starring Robert Neumark-Jones and Asha Reid played a sold-out run at the Old Red Lion Theatre last year. Directed by Sarah Meadows, the play runs at Trafalgar Studios from 10 March to 4 April.
Ian Hughes replaces Matt Lucas as Thénardier in Les Misérables. Lucas, who took over for Gerard Carey when the latter contracted pneumonia, sustained a back injury last week and is unable to continue in the role. Hughes, who recently played Thénardier in the U.K. and international tour of Les Misérables, steps into the role today (10 January). The new London production of Les Misérables is currently playing at the refurbished Sondheim Theatre.
Lucie Jones and David Hunter will host the next Waitress karaoke night on 15 January. The event will take place in partnership with Encore Tickets.
Helen Aluko and April Hughes will star in the world premiere of Lily Shamoon’s Lipstick. Directed by Ed White, the production runs at Southwark Playhouse from 4 to 28 March.
Riverdance‘s 25th Anniversary Show will play in U.K. cinemas 3 and 4 March. The event, screening in 400 cinemas across the U.K., marks the first time the show has played on the big screen.
The West End Flea Market returns 16 May 2020. After its highly successful debut last year, the event will take place again this year, at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. Here’s your chance to shop for theatre memorabilia, signed posters, and specially made items.
The Wrong Man will run at The Other Palace in February. Ross Golan, best known as a pop songwriter who has written for artists like Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande, will bring his musical The Wrong Man to The Other Palace as a solo show on 20 February 2020. The show recently played Off-Broadway starring Joshua Henry.
New musical It Happened in Key West will get a concept recording. The show has book, music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello, additional book and lyrics by Jason Huza and an original concept by Jeremiah James. Production of the concept album begins on 8 February 2020, with a release date scheduled for 31 July 2020.
The Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Mike Bartlett’s Albion. Joining the previously announced Victoria Hamilton will be Nigel Betts, Edyta Budnik, Wil Coban, Margot Leicester, Nicholas Rowe and Helen Schlesinger–all reprising their roles from the sold-out 2017 run. In addition, the cast includes Angel Coulby, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Dónal Finn and Geoffrey Freshwater.
It’s a new year! And that means new theatre! To help you get ready, here’s our list of some of the hottest productions coming to the West End this winter:
Lucie Jones, currently starring in Waitress, will perform a one-night-only solo concert at the Adelphi Theatre. The concert is set for 16 February 2020, and will also feature the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
And speaking of Waitress, the show will welcome newcomer Evelyn Hoskins and returning cast member Marisha Wallace in the new year. Hoskins (Assassins, Spring Awakening) will play Dawn from 25 January, with Marisha Wallace reprising her role as Becky from 6 January. Waitress runs through 7 March 2020 at the Adelphi Theatre.
Emilia Clarke will make her West End debut in The Seagull. Clarke, known for her roles in Game of Thrones, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Terminator: Genisys, Last Christmas and more, will play Nina. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play runs at the Playhouse Theatre from 11 March to 30 May 2020.
Sophie Isaacs will join the cast of Six. Starting 21 January 2020, Isaacs, who formerly starred in Heathers and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, will play Katherine Howard. She will replace Vicki Manser, who leaves Six to tour with Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.
Hannah Waddingham, Steph Parry and Emma Norman join The Pirate Queen. The three join the previously announced Rachel Tucker, Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan in the charity gala performance of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical. The Pirate Queen runs 23 February 2020 at the London Coliseum, with proceeds to benefit Leukaemia UK.
The Wolf of Wall Street will close 19 January 2020. As it winds down, the immersive production will host a special New Year’s Eve After Party with DJs, aerial artists, a magician and a marching band. The Wolf of Wall Street is currently running at Stratton Oakmont (5-15 Sun Street).
On Blueberry Hill will transfer to London’s Trafalgar Studios this spring. Irish Laureate Sebastian Barry’s play previously ran in Dublin and Off-Broadway, starring Olivier Award winner Niall Buggy and David Ganly. Both actors will reprise their roles for the show’s London run. Directed by Jim Culleton, Blueberry Hill runs at Trafalgar Studios from 5 March to 2 May 2020.
Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline will make its U.K. premiere at Arcola Theatre next year. The Off-Broadway drama runs 26 March to 21 May as part of the theatre’s 2020 season. The season will also include a brand new adaptation of August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death and 10 new plays by celebrated playwrights.
English National Opera announces its next two ENO Studio Live productions. A new production of Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert will run 20 to 23 May at ENO’s Rehearsal Studios. A revival of Jonathan Dove’s The Day After will run 30 April to 2 May at Alexandria Palace Theatre.
The Jury, a new musical by Ashley M.A. Walsh and Amy Fletcher, will play in London this February. The production had its world premiere at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn. Directed by Joseph Meighan, The Jury will run “Upstairs At The Gatehouse” from 4 to 16 February 2020.
Tomorrow is here! Les Misérables reopened the newly restored (and renamed) Sondheim Theatre on Wednesday. The re-imagined production stars Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Harry Apps as Marius, Shan Ako as Eponine, Lily Kerhoas as Cosette, Matt Lucas as Thénardier (from 23 December to 3 February), Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier and Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras. Rachelle Ann Go plays Fantine 2 March to 18 April, and again from 27 July. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, Les Misérables is now booking at the Sondheim Theatre until October 2020. You can catch a peak at the new production in rehearsals below.
This week–casting for Pretty Woman, Be More Chill, The Secret Garden and more! Catch all the latest news in the world of London theatre right here.
Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac (pictured above) will lead Pretty Woman: The Musical. The transfer of the Broadway show based on the 1990 romantic comedy film will star Aimie Atkinson as Vivian and Danny Mac as Edward. Pretty Woman runs at the Piccadilly Theatre for a limited engagement of 46 weeks. More casting will be announced later.
Ramin Karimloo, Lucie Jones and Jac Yarrow will star in The Secret Garden at the London Palladium. The concert production of the musical will run 4 April 2020 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM. More casting will be announced later.
Be More Chill announces casting for its London run. The transfer of Joe Iconis’ Broadway musical will star Scott Folan (Mother of Him) as Jeremy Heere, with Blake Patrick Anderson (Closer to Heaven) as Michael, Renee Lamb (Six) as Jenna, and Millie O’Connell (Six) as Chloe. Joining them will be Miracle Chance as Christine Canigula, Stewart Clarke as The Squip, Eloise Davies as Brooke Lohst, James Hameed as Rich Goranski, Miles Paloma as Jake Dillinger and Christopher Fry as Mr. Heere and Mr. Reyes. Eve Norris joins the production as swing, with further casting to be announced later. Be More Chill runs at The Other Palace from 12 February 2020.
Hannah Tointon and Joel Montague will host the next Waitress karaoke night on 18 December.Waitress is currently running at the Adelphi Theatre.
Jim Carter will appear in conversation with Helen Mirren at the Kiln Theatre. Mirren will discuss her career on stage and screen in this special fundraising event that takes place 16 February 2020.
Theo James (Divergent) and Jonathan Slinger (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) join City of Angels. They will star alongside Vanessa Williams, Hadley Fraser, Rebecca Trehearn and Rosalie Craig in the transfer of the Olivier Award winning Donmar Warehouse production. Directed by Josie Rourke, City of Angels runs from 5 March 2020 at the Garrick Theatre.
Wendy Nottingham, Paul Eason, Elliot Liburd and Josh Barrow will lead the world premiere of James McDermott’s Time and Tide. The LGBTQ+ comic drama runs at the Park Theatre from 5 to 29 February 2020. Directed by Rob Ellis, the play features Wendy Nottingham (Vera Drake, Peaky Blinders, Mr. Selfridge) as May, Paul Easom (The Girls, Beyond the Rainbow) as Ken, Elliot Liburd (The Three Musketeers, Titus Andronicus) as Daz and Josh Barrow (The Outsider, Temple) as Nemo.
Hassan Abdulrazzak’s new play The Special Relationship comes to Soho Theatre. Synergy Theatre presents this timely new satire about the deportation of ex-prisoners from the U.S. Directed by Esther Baker, The Special Relationship stars Miranda Foster, Ricky Fearon and Duncan Wiseby. More casting will be announced later. The production runs at Soho Theatre from 26 February to 21 March 2020.
Get ready to party like a princess, with Broadway Princess Party and Disney’s Frozen–starring Samantha Barks–headed your way in the near future! Besides that, we’ve got brand new casting news for Rags, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, City of Angels and more. Catch it all right here.
Samantha Barks will star in Disney’s Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in October 2020. The star of the Les Misérables film and Broadway’s Pretty Woman, Samantha Barks has also performed in London productions of Honeymoon in Vegas and The Last Five Years. Frozen will go on sale to the general public 6 March 2020, with priority booking from late January 2020. Further casting has yet to be announced.
Broadway Princess Party, featuring Laura Osnes, Susan Egan and Courtney Reed, is coming to London. Hosted by Benjamin Rauhala, the show features Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine singing every princess song in the book and sharing stories from Broadway and beyond. Broadway Princess Party runs at Leicester Square Theatre on 15 and 16 May 2020.
Carolyn Maitland, Dave Willetts and Sam Attwater will star in Rags at London’s Park Theatre. Directed by Bronagh Lagan (Little Women, Broken Wings), the production features Maitland (Ghost, Groundhog Day) as Rebecca, Willetts (The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love) as Avram and Attwater (EastEnders, Hollyoaks) as Bronfman.
The cast of Rags will also include Debbie Chazen, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Rachel Izen, Samuel Jones, Jude Muir, Martha Kirby, Oisin Nolan-Power, Jeremy Rose, Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent and Natasha Karp. With a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and music by Charles Strouse (Annie), Rags runs at the Park Theatre from 9 January to 8 February 2020.
Nicola Roberts will make her stage debut in City of Angels. A BRIT Award-winning singer/songwriter, Roberts was a former member of the pop group Girls Aloud. Playing Avril/Mallory, she joins Vanessa Williams, Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser, Rebecca Trehearn and Marc Elliott in the transfer of the Donmar Warehouse production. Directed by Josie Rourke, City of Angels runs from 5 March 2020 at the Garrick Theatre.
Monsoon Wedding will come to London in 2020. The new musical based on Mira Nair’s 2001 film, played at Berkeley Rep in 2017. Co-directed by Nair and Stephen Whitson, the show features a book by Sabrina Dhawan and Arpita Mukherjee, with music by Vishal Bhardwaj and lyrics by Masi Asare, Susan Birkenhead and Jamshied Sharfiri. Monsoon Wedding will run at Leeds Playhouse from 17 June to 11 July 2020, then at London’s Roundhouse Theatre from 17 July to 29 August 2020. Casting will be announced later.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamieannounces a new cast for 2020. From 6 January 2020, the following cast members will join the show: Hiba Elchike as Pritti Pasha, David O’Reilly as Laika Virgin, Leon Craig as Sandra Bollock, Jordan Ricketts as Dean, Zion Battles as Levi and Keenan Knight as Sayid. Ebony Clarke joins as Swing/Dance Captain, with Joe Wolstenholme as Swing and Brian James Leys as Leys (Understudy). As previously announced, Noah Thomas will take over the role of Jamie New. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently running at the Apollo Theatre.
Soho Cinders extends and announces new casting. From 23 December, Michael Mather and Livvy Evans will replace Millie O’Connell and Luke Bayer in the lead roles. Also joining the production are Dayle Hodge, Hollie Taylor and Liam McHugh. Soho Cinders is currently running at Charing Cross Theatre through 11 January.
Improv comedy troupe Austentatious announces a 2020 residency at the Fortune Theatre. After a successful national tour and 2019 London run, the show will continue performances from 24 February to 27 July 2020.
Headlong’s new 2020-2021 season will feature August Wilson’s Jitney, Jack Thorne’s After Life and Chris Bush’s Faustus: That Damned Woman. Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin’s final season will also include Europeans: Dramas from a Divided Union and April De Angelis’ Mrs. Noah.
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! returns to London next Christmas. Tickets go on sale 10 February 2020 for a run at Sadler’s Wells in December 2020, with dates to be announced in January.
Magic Mike Live extends to 28 June 2020. The show has also changed its schedule to add more performances. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale now. Conceived by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live is currently running at The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.
Happy Friday! Here’s all the latest info about new musicals, U.K. premieres, star casting, and more.
Sleepless, A Musical Romance will star Michael D. Xavier and Kimberley Walsh. The new musical, based on the movie Sleepless in Seattle, runs at the newly opened Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from 21 March 2020. Directed by Morgan Young (Elf, White Christmas, Big), Sleepless will also feature Soo Drouet, Gay Soper, Alex Fobbester, Dylan Turner, Vicki Davids, Michael Carolan, Jobe Hart, Charlie Bull, Charlotte Gale, Matt Holland, Joanna Rennie, Tyler Smith and Annette Yeo. The musical has a book by Michael Burdette, with music and lyrics by Robert Scott and Brendan Cull.
It’s official. Rhys Ifans will play Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. The London transfer of Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play, directed by Bartlett Sher, opens in 2020. Further casting will be announced later.
Gary Beadle and Jasper Britton will star in Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited. The London premiere of Cormac McCarthy’s play, directed by Terry Johnson, will run at the Boulevard Theatre from 16 January 2020.
Helen Monks, Rob Rouse, Steve Speirs and Mark Heap join Upstart Crow. Based on the BBC TV sitcom, the play will star David Mitchell as Will Shakespeare, with Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Kate. Most of these actors will be reprising their roles from the original sitcom. Danielle Phillips, Jason Callender and Rachel Summers also join the cast. Adapted by Ben Elton, Upstart Crow runs at the Gielgud Theatre from 17 February 2020.
Dear Evan Hansen extends to 30 May 2020. The London transfer of the Broadway musical opened last week and is now running at the Noël Coward Theatre.
Wicked releases new tickets until 28 November 2020. The musical is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for an open-ended run.
Afterglow extends through 22 December. The transfer of the hit Off-Broadway play has extended twice already, with this being the final extension. Afterglow is currently running at the Waterloo East Theatre.
The U.K. premiere of Pass Over will star Paapa Essiedu, Alexander Eliot and Gershwyn Eustache Jr. Antoinette Nwandu’s critically acclaimed play, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, runs at the Kiln Theatre from 13 February 2020.
Athena Stevens’ Scrounger opens Finborough Theatre’s 40th anniversary year. The world premiere of this new play by Finborough Theatre Playwright in Residence and Olivier Award nominee Athena Stevens will run at the Finborough Theatre for four weeks from 7 January 2020.
Opera Undone: Tosca & La Bohème announces casting. The double-bill will feature a repertory cast in two modernized, 60-minute adaptations of the Puccini operas. Fiona Finsbury and Honey Rouhani will share the roles of Musetta/Melissa and Tosca. Robert Barbaro, Philip Lee and Roger Paterson will share the roles of Rodolfo/Rod, Mimi/Luca, and Cavaradossi. Michael Georgiou and Hugo Herman Wilson will share the roles of Marcello/Marcus and Scarpia. Directed by Adam Spreadybury-Maher, Opera Undone runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 5 February 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s your round-up of all the latest buzz in the world of London theatre. Enjoy!
Rhys Ifans will star in the West End transfer of To Kill A Mockingbird. Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, comes to the Gielgud Theatre from 21 May 2020. The play is currently running on Broadway as well. More casting will be announced later.
Noah Thomas (pictured above) will step into the title role of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. From 6 January he’ll play Jamie New in the West End. Meanwhile, Layton Williams will take the show on a U.K. tour staring February 2020. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre.
Jane Horrocks and Karl Johnson join Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe in Endgame. Directed by Richard Jones, Samuel Beckett’s dark comedy will play at the Old Vic from 27 January 2020.
Courtney-Mae Briggs and Will Haswell join Back to the Future. Briggs, who starred in Hamilton on the West End, will play Jennifer Parker, with Haswell (The Braille Legacy, Jersey Boys) as Dave McFly. In addition, Aidan Cutler will play Biff and Emma Lloyd will play Linda McFly. The new musical is now fully cast.
The Bridge Theatre announces its 2020-2021 season, including productions starring Roger Allam, Colin Morgan and Simon Russell Beale. The lineup will include Paula Vogel’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (directed by Marianne Elliott), Caryl Churchill’s A Number starring Roger Allam and Colin Morgan, Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust–La Belle Sauvage and Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman starring Simon Russell Beale. Casting for other productions will be announced later.
Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens will play Eric & Ern in the West End. The two actors are known for their portrayal of the comedy duo Eric Morcambe and Ernie Wise. On 2 and 9 February 2020, they’ll return to the West End as Eric & Ern, performing at The Duke of York Theatre alongside Ruthie Henshall.
The Watsons will transfer to the West End. Currently finishing up its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade’s play based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 8 May through 26 September 2020. Samuel West directs, with casting to be announced later.
Sandra Marvin and Kelly Agbowu will host the next Waitress karaoke night on 19 November. Marvin plays Becky and Agbowu plays Nurse Norma in the current cast.
Lee Knight will star in Coming Cleanat Trafalgar Studios 2. Joining him will be Elliott Hadley, Stanton Plummer-Cambridge and Jonah Rzeskiewicz. Adam Spreadbury-Maher directs the return of Kevin Elyot’s play, produced by the King’s Head Theatre. Coming Clean runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 9 January to 1 February 2020.
Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for Swive [Elizabeth]. The world premiere of Ella Hickson’s play, directed by Natalie Abrahami, will star Nina Cassells, Abigail Cruttenden, Michael Gould and Colin Tierney. Exploring the relationship between beauty, sex and power in the reign of Elizabeth I, Swive [Elizabeth] runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 6 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.
Follies is getting the movie treatment. Stephen Sondheim’s and James Goldman’s musical will be adapted into film format by director Dominic Cooke. Since Cooke received an Olivier nomination for the 2017 National Theatre revival of Follies, we’d say it’s in good hands.
National Theatre Live will broadcast Cyrano de Bergerac and The Welkin to cinemas.Cyrano, starring James McAvoy, will broadcast 20 February, with The Welkin on 21 May. If you’re in London, you can catch Cyrano live at the Playhouse Theatre and The Welkin at The National Theatre.
The news this week is short but sweet. Sweet as a slice of pie! Find casting details about Waitress, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie–plus some exciting Fleabag news!
Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel (pictured above) will star in Waitress. From 27 January 2020, Sara Bareilles will play Jenna and Gavin Creel will play Dr. Pomatter in the London production of Waitress, for a limited six-week run. The two recently played opposite each other in the Broadway production. Lucie Jones and David Hunter, the current Jenna and Dr. Pomatter, will return to the cast 9 March 2020.
Jac Yarrow and Jason Donovan will return to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. The musical returns to London 2 July 2020 for a 10-week run, with Yarrow as Joseph and Donovan as the Pharaoh. The two will reprise their roles from the show’s 2019 run. Additional casting will be announced later.
Preeya Kalidas and Bianca Del Rio join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee Preeya Kalidas will play Miss Hedge from 17 November, with Roy Haylock (Bianca Del Rio) reprising his role as Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December.
Afterglow extends. S. Asher Gelman’s play is now booking until 8 December at the Waterloo East Theatre. It’s original run was scheduled through 24 November.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge will appear in an in-conversation event at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Deborah Frances-White will join her to celebrate the publication of Fleabag: The Scriptures. The event takes place 8 December 2019.
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.
Rachel Tucker will star in The Pirate Queen at the London Coliseum. Drew Baker will direct Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’smusical 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.
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.
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.
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.
Special guest stars, thrilling new shows–we’ve got all that and more in the headlines this week. Plus, Mary Poppins is finally back in London! Catch up on all the latest West End news below.
Peter Andre will guest star in Thriller Live from 10 to 22 December. The award-winning pop artist (pictured above) will perform as the first in a series of guest stars the show plans to host during its final six months at the Lyric Theatre.
Jessica Chastain will star in A Doll’s House. The new production by Frank McGuinness, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will run at the Playhouse Theatre from 10 June to 5 September 2020.
Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders will star in Sister Act. Whoopi stars as Deloris, with Jennifer Saunders as Mother Superior. The reworked version of the musical comes to the Eventim Apollo 29 July through 30 August 2020.
Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace join Michael Ball in Hairspray. Lizzie Bea, currently performing in the U.K. tour of Kinky Boots, will play Tracy Turnblad, with Marisha Wallace, known for Dreamgirls and Waitress, as Motormouth. Hairspray runs at the London Coliseum for 18 weeks from 23 April 2020.
Aimee Lou Wood, Rosalind Eleazar and Ciarán Hinds join Uncle Vanya. Wood, known for her roles in Sex Education and Downstate, will play Sonya, with Eleazar as Yelena and Hinds, known for her role in Girl from the North Country, as the Professor. Also joining are Dearbhla Molloy (The Ferryman), Anna Calder-Marshall (LOVE) and Peter Wight (The Birthday Party). Directed by Ian Rickson and starring Richard Armitage and Toby Jones, this new adaptation from Conor McPherson runs for 16 weeks from 14 January 2020.
Hannah Tointon joins the cast of Waitress from 2 December. Known for her roles in The Inbetweeners, Mr. Selfridge and Hollyoaks, Hannah Tointon will play Dawn in the London production of Sara Bareilles’ musical. Meanwhile, Lucie Jones has extended her run as the title character to 25 January 2020. Waitress is currently running at the Adelphi Theatre.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Evita will transfer to the Barbican. The summer 2019 production will play at the Barbican Theatre for 8 weeks from 27 June 2020, with casting to be announced later.
Jeremy O’ Harris’ play Daddy will get its U.K. premiere next year at the Almeida Theatre. For its spring 2020 season, the theatre will also perform Mike Bartlett’s Albion, starring Victoria Hamilton, and new play The House of Shades.
The Boy Friend announces further casting for its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Joining Amara Okereke, Jack Butterworth and Janie Dee will be Tom Bales, Ryan Carter, Chloe Goodliffe, Matthew Ives, Bethany Huckle, Emily Langham, Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson, Annie Southall, Peter Nash and Robert Portal. The revival runs from 22 November 2019 to 7 March 2020.
Robin Ince’s Sea Shambles comes to the Royal Albert Hall on 17 May. The sea-themed spectacular is slotted as The Cosmic Shambles Network’s biggest show ever. The Royal Albert Hall will transform into a virtual underwater playground, featuring special guests like oceanographer Dr. Helen Czerki, Naturalist Steve Backshell, comedian Josie Long and poet Lemm Sissay MBE.
Elliot Levy and Ellen Robertson will reprise their roles in Snowflake at the Kiln Theatre. The two starred in the production of Mike Bartlett’s play at Old Fire Station in Oxford. Joining them for the London transfer will be Amber James. Clare Lizzimore directs the play, which opens 16 December.
Mary Poppins began previews on Wednesday! The new production stars Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp at the Prince Edward Theatre, with an opening scheduled for 13 November.
Fall is the perfect time to experience live theatre, and luckily, there are plenty of fantastic productions headed your way. Take a look at the latest news in the realm of casting, new productions, and season announcements.
Moulin Rouge is coming to London! The Broadway musical is expected to make its London debut at the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2021. Casting has yet to be announced, but you can already register for tickets, which will go on sale in 2020.
Roger Bart (pictured above with Christopher Lloyd) joins Back to the Future the Musical. The Tony winner, known for his performances in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, will play Doc Brown in the 12-week run of the musical at Manchester Opera House. He joins the previously announced Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, with Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland and Cedric Neal also in the cast. After its Manchester run, Back to the Future heads to London.
Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Michele Austin and Adam Best join James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac. Uwajeh will star as Cyrano’s cousin Roxane, with Michele Austin as the poet-baker Rageneau and Adam Best as Cyrano’s friend Le Bret. In addition, Eben Figueiredo will play Christian, with Tom Edden as De Guiche. Martin Crimp’s new adaptation of Rostand’s classic play runs from 27 November 2019 to 29 February 2020 at the Playhouse Theatre.
Karl Queensborough is the next Alexander Hamilton! The actor currently performing as the alternate for the title role in Hamilton will take center stage full-time starting 18 November. Joining him will be Emilie Louise Israel as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Trevor Dion Nicholas as George Washington, Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Aaron Burr, Sharon Rose as Eliza Hamilton, Emile Ruddock as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Carl Spencer as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. From 4 November, Gavin Spokes will play King George. Current cast members Allyson Ava-Brown (Angelica Schuyler) and Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) will continue in their roles.
Nicholas McLean joins the cast of Wicked. From 20 January 2020, McLean–currently starring as Gary Coleman in the UK tour of Avenue Q, will play Boq in Wicked. Idriss Kargbo will give his final performance as Boq on 9 November, with George Ure returning to the role from 11 November to 18 January.
The Play That Goes Wrong welcomes a new cast on 5 November. The production will now star David Kirkbride, Ross Green, Ciara Morris, Milo Clarke, Michael Keane, Blayar Benn, Elan James and Ellie Morris.
Come From Away extends until 23 May 2020. The transfer of the Broadway musical just celebrated its 300th London performance and its 30,000th visitor.
La Cage Aux Folles [The Play] in English will make its world premiere at Park Theatre in 2020. The English-language adaptation by Simon Callow will form part of Park Theatre’s just announced 2020 season. Other productions will include Stephen Schwartz’s Rags the Musical, Bruce Norris’ Tony-winning Clybourne Park, and the anime-inspired The Garden of Words.
The Lion King will give away 2,000 free tickets. To celebrate its 20th year in the West End, the Disney musical will give out 2,000 free tickets for the 18 October performance. You can register for the chance to win free tickets here.
Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry will appear in conversation at The National Theatre. On 18 December, the author will discuss his book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which is currently being adapted for the stage. Tickets are on sale now.
Jermyn Street Theatre announces its upcoming season. The 2020 Season will mark the theatre’s first full year of programming in 25 years. Productions will include a new world premiere by Peter Gill, three Samuel Beckett plays directed by Trevor Nunn, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, and The Tempest starring Michael Pennington.
The Almeida Theatre announces full casting for The Duchess of Malfi. Joining Lydia Wilson will be Khalid Abdalla, Hadassah Allen, Leo Bill, Jersey Blu Georgia, Ioanna Kimbook, Michael Marcus, Ciarán Owens, Shalini Peiris, Jack Riddiford, Jethro Skinner and Kalungi Ssebandeke. Rebecca Frecknall directs John Webster’s revenge tragedy, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from 2 December 2019 to 25 January 2020.
New musical& Juliet releases a trailer for its upcoming West End run. Check it out:
Casting for Cinderella in concert is complete! Plus, we have news about a new drag panto version of the classic fairytale–and further casting details for the Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol. Catch it all below.
Mazz Murray and Jérôme Pradon join Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in concert at Cadogan Hall. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the one-night only event will star Christine Allado as Ella, Jodie Jacobs as Charlotte, Dean John-Wilson as Jean-Michel, Cedric Neal as Lord Pinkleton, Dianne Pilkington as Marie, Zoe Rainey as Gabrielle, Jac Yarrow as Prince Topher, Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia!, Chicago) as Madame and Jérôme Pradon (Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Sebastian. Cinderella plays one night at Cadogan Hall on 20 October.
Emmerdale‘s Sandra Marvin joins the cast of Waitress. Sandra Marvin, best known for her role as Jessie Dingle on Emmerdale, will play Becky from 17 October. Marvin has also performed in Committee, City of Angels, Show Boat, Hairspray, Porgy & Bess and Ragtime. She replaces Marisha Wallace in the role. Waitress is currently running at the Adelphi Theatre, with Lucie Jones as Jenna and Joe Sugg as Ogie.
Rebecca Trehearn and Steven Miller join A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic. Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic will star the previously announced Paterson Joseph as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Trehearn as Belle and Miller as Bob Cratchit. A Christmas Carol runs from 23 November at the Old Vic.
Life of Pi will transfer to London in 2020. The Sheffield Theatres production of Yann Martel’s award-winning novel, adapted by Lolita Chkrabarti, will run at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 22 June 2020. Casting will be announced later.
Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean returns to Trafalgar Studios. After its critically acclaimed, sold out run in 2018, the production will return to Trafalgar Studios 2 from 8 January to 1 February 2020.
Hartshorn – Hook Productions and Flavourology will present an immersive version of A Christmas Carol, complete with a Christmas feast. Starring Alexander Barclay as Scrooge and Jack Witham as Marley, the production is written by Alexander Wright and directed by Tom Bellerby. A Christmas Carol runs at Immersive LDN from 27 November to 5 January.
Park Theatre confirms casting for The Snow Queen. A family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Snow Queen will star Frances Marshall, Ayesha Casely-Hayford, Esmonde Cole, Sarah-Louise Young, Justin Brett, Paula James and Matt Cavendish. Adapted by Charles Way and directed by Abigail Andersen, The Snow Queen runs at the Park Theatre from 4 December 2019 to 4 January 2020.
Jamie Cameron, Peter Hamilton Dyer and Indra Ové will star in #WeAreArrested. The Arcola Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Sophie Ivatts, is adapted by Ivatts and Pippa Hill from Can Dundar’s novel. A gripping political thriller, #WeAreArrested runs at Arcola Theatre from 18 November to 7 December.
Arcola Theatre also announces casting for Amanda Lomas’ Hunger. Adapted from Knut Hamsun’s psychological novel, the production will star Archie Backhouse, Katie Eldred, Kwami Odoom and Jessica Tomlinson. Directed by Fay Lomas, Hunger runs at Arcola Theatre from 25 November to 21 December.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are heading on a UK tour. The duo will perform at London’s O2 on 7 March 2020. Tickets go on sale 18 October.
A drag pantomime version of Cinderella will run at Trafalgar Studios this winter. Playing on December 15, 22 and 29, the production will star Baga Chipz, Sheila Simmonds, Keman Bob, Ophelia Love, Veronica Green, Baby and Holly Stars.
The Kiln Theatre announces three new production for its 2020 season. Along with Mike Bartlett’s Snowflake, the theatre will perform Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (which previously ran off-Broadway and in Chicago), Hannah Khalil’s A Museum in Baghdad (with the Royal Shakespeare Company) and Richard Cameron’s The Glee Club.
Wilton’s Music Hall announces its 2020 season. The exciting lineup includes a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, a mimed production about Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, a Shakespeare comedy set to the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and more.
The Evening Standard Awards will take place at the London Coliseum on 24 November. Co-hosted by The Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and the Editor in Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, the awards ceremony will be presented by Cush Jumbo, joined by Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.
Meanwhile, you’re running out of time to see Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed Fiddler on the Roof! The record-breaking production finishes its run at the Playhouse Theatre 2 November.
Be More Chill and High Fidelity are coming to London! Get all the details and catch up on other news in your weekly round-up.
Be More Chill is coming to London in February 2020. Joe Iconis’ hit musical, based on Ned Vizzini’s novel, sold out Off-Broadway in New York before transferring to Broadway and receiving a Tony nomination for best score. Now, Be More Chill will make its U.K. premiere at The Other Palace, from 12 February 2020. Casting will be announced later. Tickets go on sale 8 October.
Oliver Ormson will lead the U.K. premiere of High Fidelity. This musical about the 30-something owner of a record store, which played on Broadway in 2006, is now coming to London for the first time. Ormson, known for The Book of Mormon, will play record store owner Rob. Joining him will be Carl Au, Robbie Durham, Rosie Fletcher, Joshua Dever, Shanay Holmes, Eleanor Kane, Jessica Lee, Bobbie Little, Lauran Rae and Robert Tripolino. Tom Jackson Greaves directs. High Fidelity runs at the Turbine Theatre from 21 October to 7 December.
Luke Bayer and Millie O’Connell will lead the cast of Soho Cinders. Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), and Millie O’Connell (Six) will star in this modern, gay romcom version of Cinderella. The production will also feature Lewis Asquith, Christopher Coleman, Ewan Gillies, Tori Hargreaves, Natalie Harman, and Michaela Stern. Directed by Will Keith, Soho Cinders runs at Charing Cross Theatre from 24 October through 21 December.
The Young Vic announces complete casting for Fairview. Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize winning play will feature Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Donna Banya, David Dawson, Julie Dray, Nicola Hughes, Matthew Needham, Rhashan Stone and Esther Smith. Directed by Nadia Latif, Fairview runs from 28 November 2019 to 18 January 2020 at the Young Vic.
Olivia Olsen’s Stray Dogs will make its world premiere this fall at the Park Theatre. A play about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Stray Dogs takes place during Stalin’s purges, when many young men are being sent to gulags–among them, Akhmatova’s son. Olivia Olsen stars as Anna, with Ben Porter as Isaiah Berlin and Ian Redford as Joseph Stalin. Directed by Robin Herford, Stray Dogs runs at the Park Theatre from 13 November to 7 December.
The Royal Shakespeare Company announces its 2020 summer season. The company will perform The Winter’s Tale, The Comedy of Errors and Pericles. After playing in Stratford-upon-Avon, all three productions will come to the Barbican from October 2020 to January 2021, with The Winter’s Tale going on tour in 2021.
The Boulevard Theatre announces its 2020 season. The new London theatre opening 24 October with Ghost Quartet has a number of productions set for next year. In January 2020, performances begin for the London premiere of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited. The season will also include Lucy Prebble’s The Effect, Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye and Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders.
Superstar, Nicola Wren’s one-woman show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will run at Southwark Playhouse for four weeks. The story of a girl struggling to step out of the shadow of her superstar brother (Chris Martin of Coldplay), Superstar will play at The Little at Southwark Playhouse from 26 November to 21 December.
Heathers is going on a UK tour! The recent London production directed by Andy Fickman will go on tour in 2020, with casting and tour dates to be announced later.
The news this week is all kinds of exciting–with plenty of new productions on the horizon and Olivier winning stars headed your way. Catch all the latest and greatest right here.
Toby Jones and Richard Armitage will star in a new production of Uncle Vanya in 2020. Oliver Award winner Toby Jones will play Uncle Vanya, with Richard Armitage as Astrov. This new adaptation of Chekhov’s play by Conor McPherson, directed by Ian Rickson, will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre for 16 weeks from 14 January 2020. More casting will be announced later.
Lesli Margherita will star in a concert production of Zorro at Cadogan Hall. The actress who won an Olivier for her performance as Inez in the musical will reprise her role for a one-night concert on 23 February 2020. Joining her are Emma Williams as Luisa and Ricardo Afonso as Zorro. Additional casting will be announced later.
David Mitchell will make his West End debut in the stage adaptation of Upstart Crow. Ben Elton’s adaptation of the BBC TV sitcom will run at the Gielgud Theatre from 7 February to 25 April 2020. Reprising his role from the TV comedy series will be David Mitchell as Will Shakespeare, joined by Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Kate. Olivier Award winner Sean Foley directs.
The Boy Friend at Menier Chocolate Factory announces casting. The revival of Sandy Wilson’s play, directed by Matthew White, will star Janie Dee (Madame DuBonnet), Tiffany Graves (Hortense), Amara Okereke (Sandy Wilson), Arian Edmondson (Lord Brockhurst), Issy van Randwyck (Lady Brockhurst), Dynal Mason (Tony) and Jack Butterworth (Bobby Van Husen). The Boy Friend runs at Menier Chocolate Factory from 3 December 2019 to 7 March 2020.
Soho Cinders, a modern, gay version of Cinderella, will play in London this fall. Olivier Award winners George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Becoming Nancy, Mary Poppins) have reframed the classic fairytale as a contemporary, gay rom-com musical. Directed by Will Keith, the production runs from 28 October at Charing Cross Theatre, with casting to come.
The original West End cast of Ghost Stories will reprise their roles this fall and winter. Simon Lipkin, Garry Cooper, Preston Nyman and Richard Sutton will all return for the thriller’s run at Ambassadors Theatre from 3 October 2019 to 4 January 2020. The London run will precede a UK tour starting in January.
Waitress extends until 28 March 2020. Sara Bareilles’ celebrated musical extends yet again. The show is now booking until 28 March at the Adelphi Theatre.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie extends through 29 August 2020. Plus, the show just announced an open casting call for the role of Jamie New. You can find more information about how to audition here.
Almeida Theatre’s The Doctor, starring Juliet Stevenson, will transfer to the West End. Adapted by Robert Icke from Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi, The Doctor runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 20 April to 11 July 2020. Olivier winner Juliet Stevenson plays Professor Ruth Wolff, with more casting to be announced later.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe announces casting. Directed by Sally Cookson at the Bridge Theatre, the stage adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ classic book will feature Femi Akinfolarin (Peter), Shalisa James-Davis (Susan), John Leader (Edmund), Keziah Joseph (Lucy), Wil Johnson (Aslan/Professor Kirk), Laura Elphinstone (the White Witch/Mrs. Macready), Stuart Neal (Mr. Tumnus), Omari Bernard (Maugrim), Dean Nolan (Mr. Beaver) and Beverly Rudd (Mrs. Beaver). The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe runs at the Bridge Theatre from 9 November 2019 to 2 February 2020.
Kunene and the King will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre in January. John Kani’s play, first produced by the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, will play in London from 24 January to 28 March 2020. John Kani will reprise his role as Lunga Kunene, joined by Antony Sher, with live music by Lungiswa Plaatjies.
The National Theatre’s A Taste of Honey will come to the West End in December. Shelagh Delaney’s drama, directed by Bijan Sheibani, is currently on a UK tour. It will play a 12-week engagement at Trafalgar Studios from 5 December. Jodie Prenger leads the cast, joined by Gemma Dobson, Durone Stokes, Stuart Thompson and Tom Varey.
Graham Norton, Tom Allen and Michelle Visage will host this year’s West End Bares. The 10th anniversary performance, titled West End Bares: Stripped, takes place at Troxy on 13 October.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will release a new joint album on 1 November. The album will be called “Back Together.” The two West End and Broadway veterans are currently starring in Les Misérables – The Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre.
Kenneth Branagh’s Olivier Award winning The Winter’s Tale will return to cinemas this December. Starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, the production from 2015 will play in cinemas around the world on 4 December.
Wicked just celebrated 13 years on the West End! There was a special performance on Thursday to mark the event, complete with balloons and confetti. The show is now entering its 14th year.
As summer winds up and we head into fall, it’s comforting to know that there are lots of great productions to catch in the months ahead. Here’s your weekly round-up of all the latest news in the London theatre scene.
Cameron Mackintosh announces casting for Les Misérables at the newly restored Sondheim Theatre opening 18 December. The cast of the new production will feature Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Shan Ako as Eponine, Lily Kerhoas as Cosette, Gerard Carey as Thenardier, Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thenardier and Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras. Rachelle Ann Go will play Fantine starting next summer.
Storme Toolis will play the title role in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Her performance will mark the first time in West End history that a disabled actor has been cast in this play. The production will also star Clarence Smith, Lucy Eaton, Toby Stephens, Claire Skinner and Patricia Hodge. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg runs at Trafalgar Studios from 21 September to 30 November.
Michael Brandon, Brenda Edwards, Martha Watson, Danielle Hope and Clare Halse complete the cast of White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. They join the previously announced Danny Mac and Dan Burton, both reprising their roles from the Curve, Leicester production. White Christmas runs at the Dominion Theatre from 16 November 2019 to 4 January 2020.
Blithe Spirit, starring Jennifer Saunders, will return to the West End next year. Directed by Sir Richard Eyre, this production of Noël Coward’s classic comedy will run for 6 weeks at the Duke of York’s Theatre, from 5 March to 11 April 2020.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will return to London next summer. After its sold-out run this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical will return to the London Palladium from 2 July to 6 September 2020. Casting has yet to be announced.
Sadler’s Wells announces its Spring 2020 season, which includes the world premiere of Message In A Bottle. This new dance theatre show by Kate Prince features Sting’s greatest hits. The season also includes a new Irish dance show from Michael Keegan-Dolan, a new production of The Rite of Spring, and the return of Adam Cooper in Singin’ in the Rain.
Phil Nichol and Melissa Jacques join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. From 30 September, the production welcomes back Phil Nichol, reprising his role as Hugo/Loco Chanelle from the original West End cast. Melissa Jacques, who has understudied the role of Margaret New for more than a year, will now take over the part full time. Other new cast members include Alexander Archer as Mickey and Tilly La Belle Yengo as Fatimah.
Arcola Theatre announces casting for the London premiere of Meet Me at Dawn. Zinnie Harris’ gripping drama inspired by the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice will star Jessica Hardwick and Marianne Oldham. Murat Databan directs. Meet Me at Dawn runs at Arcola Theatre from 9 October to 9 November.
The cast of The Prince of Egypt gathered this week to perform “When You Believe.” Check it out below! The new musical based on the Dreamworks film opens February 2020.
The Jermyn Street Theatre announces casting for Gail Louw’s The Ice Cream Boys. This political thriller set in South Africa will feature Andrew Frances, Jack Klaff and Bu Kuene. Directed by Vik Sivalingam, The Ice Cream Boys runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre from 9 October to 2 November.
The London transfer of A Prayer for Wings will feature an all-Welsh cast. Sean Mathias’ award-winning play will star Llinos Daniel, Alis Wyn Davies and Luke Rhodri, with Mathias directing. A Prayer for Wings comes to the King’s Head Theatre from 30 October to 23 November.
The Young Vic announces casting for Lauren Yee’s in a word. Directed by Dadiow Lin, the production will star Karl Collins (The Bill, Hollyoaks), Michael Elcock (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Jill Halfpenny (Coronation Street, EastEnders). A critically acclaimed drama about a woman dealing with her son’s disappearance, in a word runs at the Young Vic 23 October to 2 November.
Have you listened to the Dear Evan Hansen cast album enough times to star in the musical? Obsessed over photos of Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George? Or maybe you’re currently rocking out to the recently released Moulin Rouge! songs.
We get it. That’s why we made this handy list of all the Broadway shows currently planning West End runs: from Falsettos to Moulin Rouge! If you can’t make it across the Pond, your favorite Broadway production may just be coming to you!
Falsettos isn’t exactly a direct-from-Broadway transfer: it opened on the Great White Way in 1992, when it won the Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. But it was revived in 2016, when it was nominated for five Tony Awards.
Falsettos is about a dysfunctional Jewish family living in New York in 1979. Marvin, the father, leaves his wife for a man, and his wife (Trina) falls in love with the family psychiatrist (Mendel). Their son, Jason, is caught in the middle, and the family’s lesbian neighbors also feature. Meanwhile, Marvin’s lover, Whizzer, is diagnosed with AIDS.
Dear Evan Hansen may just be the most popular new musical of the decade. It won six Tony Awards on Broadway in 2017, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations. Plus, the cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album in 2018.
Dear Evan Hansen takes place at a high school in New Jersey, where a student named Connor has committed suicide. In a communication mix-up, a socially anxious teen named Evan Hansen tells everyone that he and Connor were best friends. Soon Evan, who never had any friends before, is the school’s hero and a viral sensation. Things get even more complicated when Connor’s sister falls in love with Evan.
Based on the classic French film about everyone’s favorite shy waitress, Amélie had a limited Broadway run in 2017, but it’s done very well for itself since then: with a UK tour and now an upcoming run at The Other Palace.
If you haven’t seen the movie (and why haven’t you?), Amélie is the story of a quiet, quirky girl with a big imagination and a desire to do good. When Amélie moves to Paris, she finds herself getting involved in the lives of her neighbors: a lonely painter, a woman still pining over her unfaithful husband, and a hypochondriac waitress. But when Amélie meets a quirky young photographer, she has to find the courage to pursue her own happy ending.
Be More Chill just ended its Broadway run in August. Joe Iconis’ Tony-nominated score was what got the show to Broadway in the first place: when, long after its production at a regional theatre in New Jersey ended, fans gave the album more than a million streams per month, the producers realized Be More Chill would live again. The Broadway run starred Will Roland, George Salazar, Jason Tam and Stephanie Hsu, but casting for the London run has yet to be announced.
Based on Ned Vizzini’s novel (Joe Tracz wrote the show’s book), Be More Chill tells the story of Jeremy Heere: a socially anxious high-schooler who takes a pill in order to “be more chill.” The pill implants a supercomputer in his head, and at first, things seem to be going well. Jeremy gets to be the popular kid, and even gets the attention of the girl he likes. But the computer has more sinister plans for Jeremy–and for his whole school.
When: 12 February to 3 May 2020 (possibility to extend)
Pretty Womanthe Musical just wrapped up its Broadway run. The production starred Samantha Barks and Andy Karl, with music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Casting for the West End run has yet to be announced.
When businessman Edward Lewis hires Vivian Ward–a plucky prostitute–as an escort for a series of social events, he gets much more than he bargained for. The two quickly fall in love, only to discover that there are vast hurtles to overcome if they truly want to be together. Based on the 1990 film starring Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman is a comedic, modern take on the Cinderella story.
When: First preview 14 February 2020, limited engagement of 46 weeks
Where: Piccadilly Theatre
11 June 2020: Sunday in the Park with George
Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway in 1984 and won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but the production coming to London next year is the Broadway revival from 2017. And, you lucky people, Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford will be reprising their roles from that revival when the musical comes to the Savoy Theatre next year.
Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George is about the pointillist painter Georges Seurat, with the title taking its name from his famous Sunday on La Grand Jatte. The musical hones in on Seurat’s struggle to balance art and love, then jumps into the future to Seurat’s descendant: an artist who finds himself caught in the same dilemma his famous ancestor faced generations ago.
Frozen just finished its first year on Broadway, starring Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, and is still going strong. The show is coming to London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane next fall starring Samantha Barks. Tickets go on sale in March.
Based on the popular Disney film, Frozen is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Queen Elsa of Arendelle was born with magical powers, but if she can’t learn how to control her powers, she may end up destroying her kingdom instead of ruling it. Meanwhile, her sister Anna is determined to help Elsa and bring spring back to Arendelle.
Samantha Barks as Elsa
Further casting has yet to be announced.
Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
When: October 2020
March 2021: Moulin Rouge!
It’s official! After opening to wide critical acclaim on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! is heading to the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre under the direction of Alex Timbers. Casting has yet to be announced.
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s ground-breaking musical film, Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a beautiful courtesan named Satine and a poor songwriter named Christian who fall head over heels for each other. But Satine, engaged by the Duke of Monroth, isn’t free to follow her heart, and Christian soon learns that playing with fire is dangerous. It all takes place amid the glittering backdrop of Paris’ most famous night club: the Moulin Rouge.
Where: Piccadilly Theatre
When: March 2021
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This week: casting finally drops for the London production of Dear Evan Hansen, we now have a date and tickets on sale for Pretty Woman, and there’s a 101 Dalmatians musical in the works! And that’s not even all of the news this week! Happy Friday!
Pretty Woman announces dates for London production. The London transfer of Broadway’s Pretty Woman will open 14 February 2020 at the Piccadilly Theatre. Based on the romantic comedy, the musical features music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, with a book by Gary Marshall and J.F. Lawton. Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs. Casting for Pretty Woman will be announced soon.
Dear Evan Hansen announces full casting. Sam Tutty, who recently made his professional stage debut in Southwark Playhouse’s Once On This Island, will play Evan Hansen. Joining him is Rebecca McKinnis (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) as Heidi Hansen, Lauren Ward (Caroline, or Change) as Cynthia Murphy, Rupert Young (Merlin) as Larry Murphy, Jack Loxton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as Jared Kleinman and Nicole Raquel Dennis (Waitress) as Alana Beck, with Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy and Doug Colling as Connor Murphy. Dear Evan Hansen runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 29 October.
The Phantom of the Opera welcomes new cast members. Australian performer and singer Josh Piterman stepped into the role of the Phantom on 9 September, with Britt Lenting joining the cast as Carlotta and Richard Woodford as Monsieur André. The production is now entering its 34th year in the West End.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical extends until 27 June 2020. The production is currently running at the Aldwych Theatre starring Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ashley Zhangazha.
The Play That Goes Wrong extends until 1 November 2020. The show just celebrated its 5th birthday in the West End. Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is also now booking until 1 November 2020.
Mamma Mia! extends until 19 September 2020. Currently starring Mazz Murray and Lucy May Barker, Mamma Mia! is now in its 21st year on the West End.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announces its 2020 season. Productions will include a new 101 Dalmatians musical, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet announces casting. The production will star Carly Bawden, Niccolò Curradi, Maimuna Memon and Zubin Varla. Ghost Quartet runs at the Boulevard Theatre from 24 October 2019 to 4 January 2020, with an opening night on Halloween. The creative team behind the immersive London production of Sweeney Todd will helm Ghost Quartet, with Bill Buckhurst directing.
Sharon Osbourne and Danny Dyer will star in Nativity! The Musical. The production returns to London for its third year this December. Dyer returns as Harry Parker, with his daughter Dani Dyer as Polly Parker, Sharon Osbourne as Crystal Collins, Rylan Clark-Neal as the Critic and Simon Lipkin as Mr. Poppy. Scott Garnham returns as Mr. Maddens, with Ashleigh Gray as Jennifer Lore. Nativity! runs at the Eventim Apollo from 11 to 29 December.
Thriller Live will end its run at the Lyric while the theatre undergoes refurbishment. But never fear! Plans are in the works to transfer the show to another West End theatre, and in the meantime, the show is planning a number of events and star guests to celebrate its record-breaking 11-year run at the Lyric Theatre. Thriller Live will end its run at the Lyric Theatre on 26 April 2020.
The Duchess of Malfi, starring Lydia Wilson, is coming to the Almeida Theatre. Rebecca Frecknall’s new production of John Webster’s tragedy runs 10 December 2019 to 18 January 2020.
Park Theatre confirms casting for the world premiere of Eugene O’Hare’s black comedy Sydney & The Old Girl. The production will feature Miriam Margoyles, Mark Hadfield and Vivien Parry. Directed by Phillip Breen, Sydney & The Old Girl runs from 31 October to 30 November.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to London this Christmas. Adapted by David Wood from Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book, the production stars Jocelyn Zackson, Stephanie Summers and David Scotland, and runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 December 2019 to 5 January 2020.
Dick Whittington and his Cat will star Tarinn Callender, Annette McLaughlin, Christina Tedders and Sue Kelvin. Callender, who debuted in the original London production of Hamilton, will play Dick Whittington. As previously announced, Clive Rowe will star as Sarah the Cook, with Kat B as Vincent the Cat and Tony Whittle as Alderma Fitzwarren. The production runs at Hackney Empire from 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.
And speaking of pantos, King’s Head Theatre announces this season’s panto production: The Nativity Panto – A Not-So Silent Night. The production will run from 29 November 2019 to 11 January 2020.
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Matilda the Musical announces new casting. Elliot Harper will play Miss Trunchbull, with Sebastian Torkia as Mr. Wormwood and, starting next March, Carly Thoms as Miss Honey. Tilly-Raye Bayer, Olivia Juno Cleverly, Alex Munden and Zoe Simon will share the title role, marking the 100th Matilda to be cast in the show. You can meet the new Matildas in the video below.
On Your Feet will return to London in 2020. The production just ended its run at the London Coliseum and is now embarking on a UK tour. Dates and casting for the London return have yet to be announced.
Waitress will hold its next Cast Album Karaoke Night on 25 September. Joe Sugg, playing Ogie from 9 September, and Marisha Wallace, currently playing Becky, will host the event.
Jeremy Secomb will star in Reputation. This new musical by Alick Glass, set in the 1930s, will make its world premiere at The Other Palace Studio in November. Jeremy Secombe (Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables) will be joined by Maddy Banks (The Band), Ed Wade (Fiddler on the Roof), Cory Peterson, Lauren Ingram, Charlie Dennis, Ashleigh Cavanagh and Eleanor Tollan. Directed by Warren Wills, Reputation runs 5 to 14 November.
Disney’s The Lion King will hold a gala performance on 19 October. Celebrating 20 years in the West End, the event will support the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music. Tickets for the gala are on sale now through the show’s website.
Translations at the National Theatre will star Ciarán Hinds, Judith Roddy and Fra Free. Dermot Crowley, Ciarán Hinds, Seamus O’Hara, Judith Roddy and Rufus Wright reprise their roles from last year’s production. Joining them are Fra Fee, Jack Bardoe, Liádan Dunlea, Amy Molly and Julian Moore-Cook. Directed by Ian Rickson, Brian Friel’s Translations runs at the National Theatre from 15 October.
Janie Dee will star in the European premiere of The Niceties. Eleanor Burgess’ play about an ambitious black student and her white professor runs at Finborough Theatre from 1 to 26 October. Janie Dee will star as the professor, Janine. Her past credits include the National Theatre productions of Follies and Carousel. Joining her will be Moronke Akinola as the student, Zoe.
The world premiere of Alice Birch’s [BLANK] announces full casting. Directed by Maria Aberg, the production will feature Ayesha Antoine, Shona Babayemi, Sophia Brown, Jackie Clune, Grace Doherty, Lucy Edkins, Zaris-Angel Hator, Zainab Hasan, Joanna Horton, Thusitha Jayasundera, Petra Letang, Leah Mondesir-Simmonds, Kate O’Flynn, Ashna Rabheru, Jemima Rooper and Taya Tower. [BLANK] runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 11 October to 30 November.
The Girl Who Fell will receive its world premiere at Trafalgar Studios next month. Directed by Hannah Price, Sarah Rutherford’s darkly funny play is about loss, guilt and snapchat. The production stars Navin Chowdhry, Rosie Day, Will Fletcher and Claire Goose. The Girl Who Fell runs from 15 October to 23 November.