TGIF! As usual, here’s your weekly round-up of all the latest news in the London theatre scene.
The Everybody’s Talking About Jamie movie will premiere 23 October, 2020. The movie stars Max Hardwell as Jamie New, with Richard E. Grant as Hugo/Loco Chanelle, Sharon Hogan as Miss Hedges and Sarah Lancashire as Margaret New.
A musical called The Impossible Man, about Harry Houdini, is in development. Producer Kary Sydow (The Last Ship) and Federico Bellone (Mary Poppins) are currently working on the musical, which will feature stage illusions and a Hungarian-inspired score. The workshop is set for next year, with a world premiere planned for Detroit: the last city Houdini performed in.
Joe Sugg joins the cast of Waitress. The vlogger known on YouTube as ThatcherJoe, who also appeared on the 16th season of Strictly Come Dancing, will make his acting debut as Ogie in Waitress. He takes over the role starting 9 September.
The Watsons at Menier Chocolate Factory announces full casting. The Chichester cast will reprise their roles, with Joe Bannister, Louise Ford, Grace Molony and Laurence Ubong Williams in the lead roles. Rhianna McGreevy joins the cast as Margaret Watson, with Isaac Forward, Sonny Fowler and Teddy Probets sharing the role of Charles Howard.
The Great Gatsby will transfer to an immersive 1920s pop-up bar. Starting 18 October, the immersive production of The Great Gatsby will run at 56 Davies Street in Mayfair. The new immersive space will feature a pop-up 1920s bar that opens in September.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong announces casting. The production from Mischief Theatre will star Romayne Andrews, Tom Babbage, Georgia Bradley, Connor Crawford, Katy Daghorn, Phoebe Ellabani, Ciaran Kellgren, Ethan Moorhouse, Oliver Senton and Patrick Warner.
BIG the Musical cancels its first four performances due to refurbishment at the Dominion Theatre. Previews will now begin 10 September, with two matinee performances added in October.
Afterglow will return to the West End this fall. S. Asher Gelman’s play recently ran at Southwark Playhouse for seven weeks. Now, it’s coming to the Waterloo East Theatre from 17 October to 24 November. Steven Kunis directs, with casting to be announced.
Sir Bryn Terfel will headline Love Classical 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall. The Grammy-winning Welsh bass-baritone will lead give a one-night concert on 17 April, as part of the Love Classical 2020 season. The season will also include a piano concert; an orchestral concert featuring the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens; and an evening of choral classics by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of London Choir.
The Royal Shakespeare Company announces casting for new musical The Boy in the Dress. The comedy musical about a star striker and fashion lover will feature Rufus Hound, Irvine Iqbal, Natasha Lewis and Forbes Masson. Further casting is yet to come. Adapted by Mark Ravenhill from David Walliams’ comedy, the musical includes songs by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. Gregory Doran directs, with performances starting 8 November.
John Godber’s This is not Right will premiere 2 October at Trafalgar Studios. John Godber directs, with Frazer Hammill and Martha Godber starring in this play about a young woman with an over-protective father.
Did you catch Sir Ian McKellen’s star-turn in Les Misérables? Last Saturday, in Newcastle, the actor popped in for a one-day cameo in the touring production. Looks like he enjoyed himself!
Happy Friday! We hope you’re having a great summer packed full of even greater theatre. Here’s all the latest news about casting, closings, and premieres.
Patricia Hodge joins the cast of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. An Olivier Award winner known for her role as Penny in Miranda, Patricia Hodge made her West End debut in Pippin at The National Theatre. She has also appeared on Downton Abbey and A Very English Scandal. Starring Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg runs at Trafalgar Studios from 21 September.
Joel Montague will replace Matt Cardle in Falsettos. Due to scheduling complications, Matt Cardle has had to pull out, but Joel Montague (Kiss Me Kate, School of Rock, Funny Girl, Urinetown) will replace him as Mendel. Falsettos makes its UK premiere at The Other Palace starting 30 August.
Peter Pan at the Troubadour White City Theatre will close 1 September. The National Theatre production of the play, adapted by Sally Cookson from J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, opened 20 July and will close earlier than expected.
Gatsby the Musical adds an extra performance night on 27 August. Due to the popularity of the concert performance, the show has added an extra night in addition to its performances on the 28th and 29th.
The New Zealand play Anahera will make its European premiere in London. Directed by Alice Kornitzer, Emma Kinane’s award-winning play will run for a limited season at the Finborough Theatre from 3 September. Anahera is about a Maori social worker who must help a grieving family when their 11-year-old son disappears.
Get ready to dream big, because Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to Cadogan Hall for a special one night concert. And you know who else is coming to London for a one night concert? Tony Award-winner Stephanie J. Block! Find all that news and more in our weekly round-up.
Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play a one-night only concert at Cadogan Hall on 20 October. The production will use the 2013 Broadway script, with a book updated by Douglas Carter Beane and additional songs from Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s other works. Casting has yet to be announced.
Stephanie J. Block will give two solo concerts in April. The Tony Award-winning star of The Cher Show will perform on 12 April 2020 at Cadogan Hall. Presale tickets will be available 30 August, with tickets going on sale to the general public 3 September.
9 to 5 the Musical will release a cast album. The album is currently in the works, with a release date to be revealed later. Meanwhile, the musical has extended through April 2020.
Dominik Tiefenthaler replaces Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy. Known for his roles in The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Blood Ties and Maybe Tomorrow, Tiefenthaler previously played the Janitor in The Lehman Trilogy. He will now play the role of Emanuel Lehman. The production runs through 31 August at the Picadilly Theatre.
Andrew Boyer joins the cast of Waitress. From 12 August, Boyer will play Old Joe, with Shaun Pendergast giving his final performance in the role on 10 August.
Cherelle Jay, Zara MacIntosh and Hana Stewart join the cast of SIX as alternate queens. They will join the production in October, replacing Vicki Manser, Grace Mouat and Courtney Stapleton. Watch the video announcement from the show’s Twitter below.
Florian Zeller’s The Son announces full casting for its West End transfer. Michael Longhurst’s critically acclaimed production will feature Amanda Abbington, Laurie Kynaston, John Light, Amaka Okafor, Martin Turner and Cudjoe Asare. The Son runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 August.
Dame Judi Dench will help reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse (previously known as the Ashcroft Theatre) with a special Q&A. Broadcaster John Hannam will host the Q&A on 16 September, joined by Dame Judi Dench and theatre critic Michael Billington OBE. They will talk about Olivier Award-winning actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft–in whose honor the theatre is being reopened. A limited number of tickets are available to the public, starting today.
This week, we’ve got all the latest news in London theatre for your perusal. Learn about new casting for Doctor Zhivago, Come From Away, 9 to 5 and more. Plus find out about the next Waitress karaoke night and what’s going on with that James McAvoy Cyrano.
Doctor Zhivago announces full casting for its UK concert premiere. Joining Ramin Karimloo as Zhivago and Celinde Schoenmaker as Lara Guishar will be Rhys Bailey, Maisey Bawden, Isabella Djuve-Wood, Emma De-Anne Edwards, Darcy Jacobs, Kelly Mathieson, Charlie McCullagh and Matthew Woodyatt. Doctor Zhivago will play at Cadogan Hall on 1 September at 2 and 6:30 pm.
David Thaxton joins Come From Away. Best known for playing the Phantom of the Opera and starring in Passion, Les Misérables and Love Never Dies, Thaxton will replace David Shannon from 9 September, playing Kevin T/Garth and Others. Come From Away, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical, is currently running at the Phoenix Theatre.
Further details have been announced for Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy. The revival of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play will form part of Jamie Lloyd’s new season at the Playhouse Theatre. Directed by Lloyd, the production opens 27 November and will book until 29 February 2020. Tickets are expected to go on sale to the general public in September.
Chelsea Halfpenny will play Judy Bernly in 9 to 5 the Musical. Known for her roles in Emmerdale and Casualty, Halfpenny will make her West End debut in the role starting 2 September, when she will take over from Amber Davies. Bonnie Langford, Brian Conley, Caroline Sheen and Natalie McQueen will continue in their current roles.
The Prince of Egypt announces further casting. The lineup includes Joe Dixon as Seti, Debbie Kurup as Queen Tuya, Gary Wilmot as Jethro, Adam Pearce as Hotep, Tanisha Spring as Nefertari and Silas Wyatt-Barke as Aaron. They join Luke Brady as Moses, Liam Tamne as Ramses, Christine Allado as Tzipporah and Alexia Khadime as Miriam. The Prince of Egypt runs from 5 February 2020 at Dominion Theatre. Further casting will be announced later.
Mischief Theatre announces full casting for Magic Goes Wrong. The ensemble cast will include Bryony Corrigan, Roxy Faridany, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Nancy Zamit, Natasha Culley, Laurence Pears, Sydney K. Smith and Liv Spencer. Magic Goes Wrong runs from 14 December at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Lucie Jones and Marisha Wallace will host the next Waitress karaoke night on 14 August. Audience members will be able to sing one minute of any Waitress song onstage at the Adelphi accompanied by the show’s musical director.
Olivier winner Maria Friedman is set for a reading of new musical The Trojan Women. Adapted from Euripides, the reading will take place 9 August at Covent Gardens. The Trojan Women features a libretto by Ellen McLaughlin and music by Sarah Taylor Ellis.
Legendary theatre producer and director Harold Prince died Wednesday at the age of 91. The recipient of 21 Tony Awards, Prince directed the original production of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as productions of Company, Evita and Show Boat. He worked as a producer on musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Here’s your weekly round-up of all the latest news in the London theatre scene. Find casting details for Tina, Mary Poppins, How Love Is Spelt, Phantom and more!
Mary Poppins announces additional casting. The West End return of Disney’s practically perfect musical will include Amy Griffiths (Mrs. Banks), Claire Moore (Miss Andrews), Claire Machen (Mrs. Brill), Barry James (Admiral Bloom) and Jack North (Robertson Ay). They join Petula Clark (the Bird Woman), Joseph Milson (George Banks), Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) and Charlie Stemp (Bert). Mary Poppins runs at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October.
Aisha Jawando will take over the title role in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Starting 8 October, Jawando will play Tina Turner, as Nkeki Obi-Melekwe heads to Broadway to play Adrienne Warren’s alternate. Jawando has appeared in West End productions of Cinderella, Motown, Beautiful and The Lion King.
Noises Off will return to the West End from 27 September 2019 to 4 January 2020. Michael Frayn’s farce has played in locations around the world, including London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Now it’s back for a limited run.
Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas join Les Misérables – The Staged Concert as Eponine and Cosette respectively. The production is now fully cast, with Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thénardier and Rob Houchen as Marius.
Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) will star in How Love Is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse. Joining her will be Nigel Boyle, Benjamin O’Mahony, Yana Penrose, Larner Wallace-Taylor and Duncan Moore. How Love Is Spelt opens 4 September.
Josh Piterman will play the Phantom of the Opera from 9 September. The Australian singer and performer will make his West End debut in the role. Joining him will be Danny Whitehead as Raoul, Britt Lenting as Carlotta and Richard Woodford as Monsieur André. The rest of the cast will continue in their roles.
The Turbine Theatre’sTorch Song announces final casting. The production will star Matthew Needham, Daisy Boulton, Dino Fetscher, Rish Sha, Jay Lycurgo and Bernice Stegers. Torch Song runs from 22 August to 13 October.
Waitress extends at the Adelphi Theatre through 4 January 2020. Tickets are now on sale.
Dave Malloy will appear at Southwark Playhouse after the 19 September performance of Preludes. The Tony-nominated composer and writer will hold a conversation with Matt Wolf, free to audience members who have already purchased tickets for the evening’s show.
Clive Rowe will appear in Hackney Empire’s Dick Whittington and His Cat alongside Kat B and Tony Whittle. Rowe will play Sarah the Cook, with Kat B as Vincent the Cat and Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren. This year’s pantomime will run from 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.
It’s official, London is sweltering. With the sun set to scorch for at least the next couple of weeks, it can be hard to picture yourself doing anything other than slapping on the suncream and eating all the ice lollies you can get your hands on. If, like us, you’d still prefer to be out and about in the city, we’ve compiled a handy list of the top shows that you can go and enjoy in the comfort of an air conditioned theatre.
A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s multi-award winning musical has landed in the London Palladium for a strictly limited summer run. No need to worry about feeling the Egyptian heat – the London Palladium has air conditioning to keep you cooler than a dip in the Nile. Book tickets now from £24.
Fast-paced and riotously hilarious, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery masterfully unites screw-ball comedy with real theatrical invention, and is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. With air conditioning in the Criterion, it’ll be tears of laughter wetting your face, not sweat! Book tickets from just £11.80.
The record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses is now also a smash-hit, five star West End musical! Join Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad in this brilliant adaptation of the classic sitcom and cool off with the coolest guys that Peckham has to offer. Lovely Jubbly! Book tickets from just £18 this summer.
Tennessee Williams’s last great play comes to the West End for a limited run starring Clive Owen, Lia Williams, Anna Gunn and Julian Glover. Thrown together for one eventful night at a remote coastal Mexican hotel, the only rise in temperature in the Noël Coward Theatre will be from the actors’ chemistry. Book tickets now from £21.
Set in the sunny climates of the Mediterranean, it would be easy with the heatwave to forget that we’re in London at all! Luckily, the Novello Theatre is equipped to keep you cool while you channel your inner dancing queen with this classic jukebox musical. Book tickets for this West End classic from just £18.
This week, the much-anticipated Prince of Egypt musical makes its first casting announcement, and Paul McCartney is writing a musical! Find all that and more in our weekly round-up of the latest from London theatre.
A musical adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life may be in the works…from Paul McCartney. Wait…what? You read that right. McCartney is currently partnering with Bill Kenwright to adapt Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film into a musical. Tony Award-winning writer Lee Hall is working on the book. It’s A Wonderful Life is eyeing a London opening in late 2020, but that’s all the information we have at this point.
The Prince of Egypt announces initial casting (pictured above). Luke Brady (Sweeney Todd, St. George and the Dragon) will play Moses. Liam Tamne (The Light in the Piazza) will play Ramses. Christine Allado (Hamilton) will play Tzipporah. Alexia Khadime (Wicked) will play Miriam. Directed by Scott Schwartz, The Prince of Egypt runs at the Dominion Theatre from 5 February 2020.
Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will star in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at Trafalgar Studios. This revival of Peter Nichol’s comedy will be its first staging in more than 15 years. Directed by Simon Evans, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg runs from 20 September.
Colin Salmon (James Bond, Master of None, Krypton) will star in The Time Of Our Lies for one night only on 2 August. For the remainder of the run, Daniel Benzali will play the lead role. Other cast members include Trang Le and Jessye Romeo. Directed by Ché Walker, The Time of Our Lies runs at the Park Theatre from 1 August.
Back to the Future announces further casting. Hugh Coles will play George McFly, with Rosanna Hyland (School of Rock) as Lorraine Baines and Cedric Neal (Motown the Musical) as Mayor Goldie Wilson. They join the previously announced Olly Dobson as Marty McFly. Back to the Future opens at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020 before transferring to the West End. Further details have yet to be announced.
Ghost Stories returns to the West End this October. A new production of the cult-classic horror show by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson will play a 12-week run at the Ambassadors Theatre, starting 17 October, before embarking on a national tour. Tickets are on sale now.
The West End transfer of Touching the Void announces casting. Directed by Tom Morris, the production will star original cast members Fiona Hampton, Patrick McNamee and Josh Williams, joined by newcomer Angus Yellowlees. Touching the Void runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 November.
The immersive adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street announces venue and casting. Based on the memoirs of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, the production will take place at 5-15 Sun Street, in a four-story building that will be renovated to recreate Belfort’s 1990s New York. The 16-person cast includes Oliver Tilney as Belfort, with Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty as his wife and James Bryant as his business partner Danny. The Wolf of Wall Street runs from 5 September.
Paterson Joseph will star in the Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol. Paterson, who has appeared in several National Theatre and RSC productions, will play Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the Dickens classic. The production runs at the Old Vic from 23 November, with further casting to come.
Lorna Brown, Raghad Charr and Yoi Fuller join the cast of Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre. They join Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić in this world premiere of Nancy Harris’ play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Two Ladies runs from 14 September to 26 October.
The Man in the WhiteSuit announces full casting. Joining Stephen Mangan will be Kara Tointon, Sue Johnston, Richard Cordery, Richard Durden, Delroy Atkinson, Katie Bernstein, Ben Deery, Matthew Durkan, Rina Fatania, Oliver Kaderbhai, Eugene McCoy, Elliott Rennie and Katherine Toy. The Man in the White Suit opens at Wyndham’s Theatre 27 September.
The world premiere of Anupama Chandrasekhar’s When the Crows Visit announces full casting. Running at the Kiln Theatre from 23 October, the play will star Ayesha Dharker, Bally Gill, Mariam Haque, Asif Khan, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Paul G. Raymond and Soni Razdan.
The Elixir of Love comes to the King’s Head Theatre. This new production of the classic opera, set in an Italian immigrant community in 1982 Wales, runs from 25 September to 26 October.
Disney’s musicals The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen and Mary Poppins will take part in a Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up. The event will take place in Covent Garden from 23 July to 1 September, and will feature plenty of free events and activities.
Everyone’s favorite spunky French waitress is coming to London! And so are Doctor Zhivago and a choir of soul singing nuns (aka Sister Act). Read up on the details and catch all the latest news below.
Amélie is coming to The Other Palace this Christmas. The touring production (pictured above) based on the 2001 French film will run in London from 29 November 2019 to 1 February 2020. Audrey Brisson will reprise her role as Amélie, joined by Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy, Samuel Morgan-Grahame, Emma Jane Morgan, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin and Johnson Wills.
Brenda Edwards will star in a new production of Sister Act opening in April 2020. After an opening at Leicester Curve and a UK tour, Sister Act will come to London, with details to be announced at a later date. Brenda Edwards (The X Factor, We Will Rock You, Chicago) will play Deloris. Further casting has yet to be announced.
Ramin Karimloo will lead the UK concert premiere of Doctor Zhivago. Written by Michael Weller (Ragtime), with music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, the Broadway musical based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel will give two performances at Cadogan Hall on 1 September. Ramin Karimloo will play Yurii Andreyevich Zhivago, with Celinde Schoenmaker as Lara Guishar. Further casting will be announced later. Tickets are on sale today!
Mischief Theatre announces casting for Groan Ups. The production will star writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, alongside original cast members of The Play That Goes Wrong Bryony Corrigan, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell and Nancy Zamit, and additional cast members George Haynes, Krystal Dockery and Holly Sumpton. Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, Groan Ups runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from 20 September.
La Clique, the Olivier Award-winning international cabaret show, will return to London this Christmas. First seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004, La Clique debuted at the London Hippodrome in 2008 and won the Olivier Award for best entertainment in 2009. Now, after more than a decade, the show returns to London for a run at the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square, featuring juggler Florian Brooks, fire-breather and sword-swallower Heather Holliday, aerialist Stephen Williams and MC Bernie Dieter, with more stars to be announced. La Clique will run from 8 November 2019 to 4 January 2020.
The Lyric Hammersmith announces casting for A Doll’s House. Anjana Vasan, Elliot Cowan, Arinder Sadhra, Colin Tierney, Tripti Tripueraneni and Assad Zaman will star in this reworking of Ibsen’s classic, which takes place in 1879 in Calcutta. Rachel O’Riordan, directs.
Valued Friends will have its first major UK revival this autumn. Rose Theatre Kingston will present Stephen Jeffreys’ play from 20 September to 12 October. Directed by Michael Fentiman, this production will be the first revival of Valued Friends in 30 years.
Shakespeare’s Globe announces its 2019/2020 Sam Wanamker Playhouse season, titled “She Wolves and Shrews.” The season will feature Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew, along with a world premiere of Ella Hickson’s Swive [Elizabeth], Middleton’s Women Beware Women, and a family show entitled Christmas at the (Snow) Globe.
Natasha Cottriall, Gabrielle Brooks and Beverley Rudd will star in the UK premiere of Anna Bella Eema. The play is written by Lisa D’Amour and directed by Jessica Lazar. A ghost story/fairytale/coming of age fantasy, Anna Bella Eema runs from 11 September to 12 October at Arcola Theatre.
Park Theatre’s world premiere of Eugene O’Hare’s dark drama The Weatherman confirms casting. The production will star Mark Hadfield, Niamh James, Alec Newman, Cyril Nri and David Schaal.
A new play by actress Zawe Ashton will premiere in Hackney later this year.for all the women who thought they were Mad, investigates the impact of colonialism on African women living in the UK. Directed by Jo McInnes, the play runs at Hackney Showroom at Stoke Newington Town Hall from 14 October to 9 November.
Sweatwill end its scheduled run 20 July. The Donmar Warehouse production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened 7 June and gives its last performance at the Gielgud Theatre on 20 July.
Happy Friday! Here’s your weekly round-up of all the latest news in the world of London theatre.
Christmas Carol– a fairytale (a reimagining of A Christmas Carol with a female Scrooge) comes to Wilton’s Music Hall. Written by Piers Torday and directed by Stephanie Street, Christmas Carol tells the story of Scrooge’s sister Fan, now Jacob Marley’s widow. A darkly funny musical, Christmas Carol runs 29 November 2019 to 4 January 2020.
Tom Brooke, Lloyd Hutchinson, Michael Shaeffer, Peter Polycarpou and Reece Shearsmith will star in A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic. The cast will also include Thomas Arnold, MyAnna Buring, Callum Coates, Marc Graham, Amanda Hadingue, Yasmine Holness-Dove, Robyn Moore, Sarah Seggari, Gavin Spokes and Bea Svistunenko. Written by Lucy Prebble and directed by John Crowley, A Very Expensive Poison runs at the Old Vic from 20 August.
Luke Mullins, George Fletcher, Michael Burrows, Annabel Leventon and Fiona Marr will star in Southern Belles at the King’s Head Theatre. Southern Belles unites two rarely performed one-act plays by Tennessee Williams (And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens and Something Unspoken), and runs from 24 July to 24 August.
Jermyn Street Theatre will present Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered. The production, revived for the first time since its performance at the Old Vic in 1993, will launch the theatre’s season of memory plays. For Services Rendered runs 4 September to 5 October, with casting to be announced later.
Arcola Theatre’s autumn season will feature seven productions written or adapted by female writers. The shows will include Dael Orlandersmith’s Until The Flood, Lisa D’Amour’s Anna Bella Eema, Zinnie Harris’ Meet Me At Dawn, Maxine Peake’s Beryl, Amanda Lomas’ adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger and Winsome Pinnock’s One Under. Arcola Theatre will also collaborate with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the London premiere of Can Dündar’s #WeAreArrested, adapted by Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts.
Waitress will present its next karaoke night on 17 July. Hosts for the event have yet to be announced.
The Queen’s Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre. The Queen’s Theatre, home to Les Misérables, will close for renovations until December. When it reopens, it will be known as the Sondheim Theatre.
Big news this week–including full casting for (you guessed it) BIG the Musical! Besides that, find out where you can catch film stars James McAvoy and Richard Armitage in upcoming West End productions, and if you haven’t yet, hurry up and book your tickets for Fiddler on the Roof–it’s closing soon!
James McAvoy will play Cyrano de Bergerac in a revival at the Playhouse Theatre. While dates and full details have yet to be announced, McAvoy will reportedly star in an adaptation of Rostand’s play written by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Richard Armitage joins the production of Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Armitage will play Vastra in the production, which is a new adaptation of Chekhov’s play written by Conor McPherson and starring Toby Jones. Uncle Vanya opens January 2020.
BIG the Musical (pictured above) announces full casting. Lori Haley Fox will play Mrs. Kopecki / Miss Watson, and Edward Handoll will play Paul Seymour. Harrison Dadswell, Jamie O’Connor and Jake Simon will share the role of Young Josh, with Jobe Hart, Austen Phelan and Theo Wilkinson sharing the role of Billy. They join the previously announced Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly. BIG runs at the Dominion Theatre for nine weeks from 6 September.
Noel Sullivan will star as Dewey Finn in School of Rock. The Hear’Say singer will take over the role from Craig Gallivan on 19 August. From 8 October, Mark Anderson will play Ned Schneebly. Laura Tebbutt and Rebecca LaChance will continue in their current roles.
Rita Simons will play Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The EastEnders star will replace Faye Tozer, taking on the role from 5 August until 16 November.
Six extends and announces new casting. The musical will now run to 5 July 2020. Joining the cast as queens will be Courtney Bowman, Danielle Steers, Collette Guitart and Shekina McFarlane.
Ramin Karimloo joins Barbra Streisand’s Hyde Park concert. The West End and Broadway star will perform with Barbra Streisand, Richard Marx, Bryan Ferry, Kris Kristofferson and the Kingdom Choir on 7 July.
Mamma Mia! The Party announces casting. The immersive event at the O2 will feature Fed Zanni, Steph Parry, Joanna Monro, AJ Bentley, Julia Imbach, Elin König Andersson, Kimberley Powell, Pauline Stringer, Gregor Stewart, Linda John-Pierre, Allie Ho Chee, Molly Cleere, Jessica Spalis, Dawn Spence and Matthew Wesley. Performances begin 29 August.
Fiddler on the Roof extends for a final time. The Trevor Nunn production is now booking at the Playhouse Theatre until 2 November, at which point it will close.
Almeida Theatre’s The Doctor announces full casting. Joining Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz will be Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Nathalie Armin, Paul Higgins, Mariah Louca, Pamela Nomvete, Daniel Rabin, Joy Richardson, Kirsty Rider and Naomi Wirthner. Artistic Director Robert Icke’s final production at the Almeida Theatre, The Doctor runs from 10 August to 28 September.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announces full casting for Evita. Adam Pearce joins the cast as Agustín Magaldi, with the previously announced Samantha Pauly as Eva Perón, Ektor Rivera as Juan Perón, Trent Saunders as Che and Frances Mayli McCann as the Mistress. Evita has also added two matinee performances on 21 and 28 August. The production runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 2 August to 21 September.
The Time Of Our Lies at Park Theatre will star TV and film actor Daniel Benzali. Written by Bianca Bagatourian and directed by Ché Walker, The Time Of Our Lies tells the story of American historian, author and social activist Howard Zinn. The cast also includes Alvaro Flores, Wayne Gidden, Lanna Joffrey, Sophia Mackay and Claire Lebowitz King. The Time Of Our Lies runs 30 July to 10 August at the Park Theatre.
Blues in the Night announces full casting. The production of this Olivier and Tony nominated musical at Kiln Theatre will star Sharon D. Clarke, Debbie Kurup, Clive Rowe, Gemma Sutton, Aston New and Joseph Poulton. Blues in the Night runs 18 July to 7 September.
The Watsons, based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, will receive its London premiere this fall. Written by Laura Wade, The Watsons ask the question: what happens to characters when an author leaves their story unfinished? The production made its world premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, and will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 20 September to 16 November.
Leopoldstadt, a new play by Tom Stoppard, will premiere in London next January. Set in 1900 Vienna, the play follows a Jewish family across half a century, drawing on the experiences of Stoppard’s own family. Directed by Patrick Marber, with casting yet to be announced, Leopoldstadt runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 25 January to 16 May 2020.
Dave Malloy’s musical Preludes, about Sergei Rachmaninoff, will make its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse this fall. Based on the true story of Rachmaninoff’s hypnotherapy sessions–which helped the composer bounce back from a period of depression–Preludes will star Rebecca Caine (Les Misérables original RSC and London casts), Norton James, Georgia Louise, Tom Noyes, Keith Ramsay and Tim Walton. Directed by Alex Sutton, the production runs 6 September to 12 October.
Shakespeare Globe announces full casting for As You Like It. Returning to The Globe Theatre after last summer’s critically acclaimed run, As You Like It will feature Bettrys Jones reprising her role as Orlando, Jack Laskey reprising his role as Rosalind and Nadia Nadarajah reprising her role as Celia, with Sophie Stone as Jaques and James Garnon as Touchstone. The cast will also include Stacy Abalogun as Phoebe, Lily Bevan as Duke Frederick, Peter Bray as Oliver, Scott Brooksbank as Audrey, Simon Scardifield as Silvius, Kudzai Sitima as William and Tanika Yearwood as Amiens. As You Like It opens 7 August.
The Colours will come to Soho Theatre from 30 July to 17 August. A play created through interviews with patients, doctors, nurses and volunteers at a cancer center and hospice facility, The Colours features five people nearing the end of their lives, moving through fantasy, memory and reality. Directed by Max Barton, this original new musical will star Morfydd Clark, Claire-Marie Hall, Che Francis, Mark Knightley and Harriet Madeley.
Warheads at Park Theatre announces casting. Based on the story of writer and actor Taz Skylar’s best friend, Warheads illuminates PTSD in young soldiers. The production will star Taz Skylar, Lariza Clayton, Craig Fairbass, Hassan Najib, Joseph Connolly and Suli Breaks. Directed by Toby Clarke, Warheads runs at the Park Theatre from 15 August to 7 September.
Mike Bartlett’s play Snowflake will receive its London premiere this Christmas at Kiln Theatre. Olivier Award-winner Clare Lizzimore will direct this critically acclaimed play, which runs from 10 December 2019 to 18 January 2020. Casting will be announced later.
The news this week is big. Huge! With two incoming Broadway transfers and a Dave Malloy production, plus the Royal Shakespeare Company’s London season announcement and casting news for the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film, we’re beside ourselves! Catch it all right here.
Broadway’s Pretty Woman will transfer to the West End in 2020. Details about casting and venue have yet to be announced. The current Broadway production, based on the 1990 film, stars Samantha Barks and Andy Karl.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford will star in the West End transfer of Sunday in the Park with George. The pair will reprise their roles from the recent Broadway production of Sondheim’s musical, which played at the Hudson Theatre in 2017. Directed by Sarna Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George will play the Savoy Theatre from 11 June to 5 September 2020.
Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet will open the new Boulevard Theatre in Soho. A song cycle about four people caught in multiple, interwoven stories, Ghost Quartet has played in New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Bill Buckhurst will direct, with casting to be announced later. Ghost Quartet runs from 31 October to 4 January.
Girl From the North Country will return to London this December. The Old Vic’s production of Conor McPherson’s play featuring songs by Bob Dylan ran at the Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre in 2017. Now, it will play at the Gielgud Theatre from 10 December, with tickets on sale 24 June. The cast will include Katie Brayben (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Gloria Obianyo, Rachel John (Hamilton) and Anna-Jane Casey.
Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola will star in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre. Following a short run at the Sherman Theatre, Ed Thomas’ play will open at the Royal Court Theatre 24 October. Tickets are on sale now.
Singin’ in the Rain will play a five week run in London next summer. The Chichester Festival theatre’s award-winning production starring Adam Cooper will run at Sadler’s Wells from 24 July to 30 August 2020.
The Life I Lead will transfer to the West End for eight performances. Starring Miles Jupp as actor David Tomlinson, the production runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 to 21 September.
Lynette Linton announces her first season as the Bush Theatre’s artistic director. The new season, opening in August, will feature debuts by British and Irish writers. The lineup includes Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro, Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer, Bijan Sheibani’s Arrival, Temi Wilkey’s The High Table and Malachi Kirby’s Level Up. Meanwhile, the studio space will host Zia Ahmed’s I Wanna Be Yours and Margaret Perry’s Collapsible.
Waitress extends through 7 December, with tickets now on sale.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story announces full casting. Eric Da Costa, Jeff Kingsbury and Kelsey McNulty will join the previously announced Ben Caplan and Mary Fay. The genre bending Klezmer folk musical plays at Wilton’s Music Hall from 18 to 28 September.
Disney’s Aladdin celebrates three years in the West End. The musical opened on 15 June 2016. Aladdin will end its West End run 24 August.
Stephen Fry’s adaptation of Kind Hearts and Coronets, the classic comedy film, is coming tentatively to London in 2020. Producer Sonia Friedman is hoping to mount a production, depending on theatre availability and casting.
The film adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces casting. Richard E. Grant (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) will star as Hugo/Loco Chanelle, with Max Hardwell as Jamie New, Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) as Miss Hedge, Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as Margaret and Shobna Gulati reprising her role as Ray from the original London cast. John McCrea, who originated the role of Jamie in the London production, will have a cameo.
Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird is heading to London! Get all the details, plus, catch up on the latest casting news and more–including a recap of how Brits fared at the Tonys.
The Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird (pictured above) will transfer to the West End in 2020. Adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Harper Lee’s novel, and directed by Bartlett Sher, To Kill A Mockingbird will debut at the Gielgud Theatre in spring 2020. No casting has been announced yet for the London production. The current Broadway production stars Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, with Celia Keenan-Bolger as Scout.
Ian McKellen is bringing his one man show to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 20 September. After performing in over 80 venues across the UK in celebration of his 80th birthday, Ian McKellen will raise money for theatre charities from the proceeds of his West End performances. Tickets are on sale today.
Falsettos announces casting for its run at The Other Palace. Directed by Tara Wilkinson, the production will star Natasha J. Barnes, Daniel Boys, Matt Cardle, Gemma K. Jones, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Oliver Savile. A musical about a tightly knit modern family, Falsettos runs at The Other Palace from 30 August.
The UK premiere of The Bridges of Madison County announces full casting. Joining Jenna Russell as Francesca will be Ed Baker-Duly as Robert, Georgia Brown as Chiara/Ginny/State Fair Singer, Maddison Bulleyment as Carolyn, Shanay Holmes as Marian, Gillian Kirkpatrick as Marge, Paul F. Monaghan as Charlie, David Perkins as Michael and Dale Rapley as Bud. Directed by Trevor Nunn, The Bridges of Madison County runs 13 July to 14 September at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Alex Fearns, Marc Elliott and Philip McGinley join the cast of The Girl on the Train. The record-breaking production, starring Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth and based on the thriller by Paula Hawkins, will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 23 July to 17 August.
The Old Vic production of Lungs, starring Matt Smith and Claire Foy, will run 14 October to 9 November, with tickets on sale 25 June. Casting had been announced previously, but the dates were just released.
The Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for Appropriate. Joining Monica Dolan will be Jaimi Barbakoff, Charles Furness, Edward Hogg, Steven Mackintosh, Isabella Pappas, Orlando Roddy and Oliver Savell. Ola Ince directs the UK premiere of Branden Jacob-Jenkins play about an American family who discovers an earth-shattering secret on their late father’s Southern plantation. Appropriate runs at the Donmar Warehouse 16 August through 5 October.
The National Theatre announces a new season. The 2019-2020 season will feature 15 productions, including My Brilliant Friend starring Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack; Tony Kushner’s The Visit, or the Old Lady Comes to Call starring Lesley Manville; Annie Baker’s The Antipodes starring Arthur Darvill, Hadley Fraser, Conleth Hill, Sinead Matthews, and Bill Milner; and The Ocean at the End of the Lane: the premiere of a new adaptation based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel. Maxine Peak will star in The Welkin, a new play by Lucy Kirkwood.
Charlotte Kennedy joins the cast of Les Misérables. Returning to the cast after making her professional debut in Les Misérables, Kennedy will play Cosette, taking over the role from Amara Okereke (who’s headed to Chichester to join their production of Oklahoma!).
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain– Part Four will star Pip Chamberlain and Benedict Martin. After seven years in the West End and a sold-out 2018 run, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain is back. Directed by Neal Foster, the production runs at the Apollo Theatre for the month of August.
Billionaire Boy will play in London this Christmas. Adapted from David Wallaims’ best-selling book, the play follows Joe Spud: the richest 12-year-old in the country, who decides to attend a public school instead of his posh private school. Billionaire Boy will play at the Bloomsbury Theatre from 13 December to 5 January as part of its national tour.
Alfie Boe and Danielle De Niese will play a joint concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 20 October. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Timothy Redmond, Boe and de Niese will perform classics from opera, Broadway, and the West End. Tickets are on sale today.
The UK touring cast of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery will take over from the current London cast. From 25 June, the London production will feature Sean Carey, David Coomber, Julia Frith, George Hannigan, Liam Jeavons, Damian Lynch, Killian Macardle, Jon Trenchard and Ashley Tucker.
Brits represented at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards!The Ferryman won several awards, including best play and best direction of a play, Bertie Carvel won best actor for his performance in Ink, and Hadestown (previously at the National Theatre) won best musical, best direction, best score, and numerous other awards.
If you’re like us, you’ve been hearing about the Prince of Egypt musical for what seems like forever. Now, you can finally get your tickets! But that’s not the only news in London theatre this week. Find more below.
Tickets are now on sale for the new Prince of Egypt musical, running for 32 weeks from 5 February 2020. Based on the DreamWorks animated film, The Prince of Egypt is an exhilarating new musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), set to run at the Dominion Theatre.
Dear Evan Hansen announces a new booking period. Starting 10 June, tickets will be available for performances to 4 April 2020.
Bill Ward joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Known for his roles on Coronation Street and Emmerdale, Bill Ward will play Loco Chanelle starting 1 July.
Fiver announces full casting. The new musical will star Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Aoife Clesham (Peter Pan), Alex James Ellison (The Secret Garden), Dan Buckley (Eugenius!) and Hiba Elchikhe (Aladdin). Written by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, Fiver will receive its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse on 3 July, running until the 20th.
Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican announces full casting. Joining Robert Tripolino as Jesus, Ricardo Afonso as Judas, Sallay Garnett as Mary, Matt Cardle as Pilate, Cavin Cornwall as Caiaphas and Nathan Amzi as Annas will be Samuel Buttery as King Herod, Matthew Harvey as Peter and Tim Newman as Simon. Jesus Christ Superstar runs at the Barbican from 4 July to 24 August.
The National Theatre’s Peter Pan will return to London this summer. Directed by Sally Cookson, the production which ran at the National Theatre in 2016 will play at the new Troubadour White City Theatre from 20 July to 27 October. Casting has yet to be announced.
The Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman starring Wendell Pierce will transfer to the West End. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, the production also stars Sharon D. Clarke, Arinzé Kene and Martins Imhangbe. Death of a Salesman runs at the Piccadilly Theatre from 24 October 2019 to 4 January 2020.
You Only Live Forever comes to Soho Theatre. The comedy by Roxy Dunn and Alys Metcalf, which previously ran at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, will come to Soho Theatre from 14 to 17 August.
Red Palace, an immersive Gothic cabaret show, will play at The Vaults starting in September. Inspired by the Carnival of Venice, Edgar Allan Poe, and stories from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, Red Palace is a combination of circus, dance and performance. The production runs from 24 September 2019 to 12 January 2020.
If you were planning on seeing Bernadette Peters in London, bad news. Due to contractual issues, Peters’ UK tour dates have been canceled. The award-winning actress posted an apology on Twitter: “I’m so disappointed,,,sorry to my U.K. audience,,,So unfortunate I won’t get to see you.”
Happy Friday! Here’s your round-up of all the latest and greatest news in the world of London theatre.
Nikki Bentley and Helen Woolf (pictured above with Alastair Brammer) will join the cast of Wicked this summer. Nikki Bentley will take over the role of Elphaba from 22 July, with Helen Woolf as Glinda. Other new cast members will include Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Idriss Kargbo as Boq and Simeon Truby as Doctor Dillamond. They join the previously announced Alistair Brammer as Fiyero, with Andy Hockley continuing as the Wizard and Carina Gillespie playing Nessarose.
Ramin Karimloo and Laura Baldwin join the cast of Godspell at Cadogan Hall. The one-night concert will also feature Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Rachel John (Hamilton) and Max Bowden (EastEnders). The British Theatre Academy’s performance of Stephen Schwartz’s musical based on the Gospel of Matthew will play Cadogan Hall on 29 June.
Amour, Michel Legrand’s musical currently running at the Charing Cross Theatre, will close 8 June. That means you’re running out of chances to see this critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated production.
Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić will star in the world premiere of Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre. Written by Nancy Harris, the play focuses on the first ladies of France and America, who find themselves in a side room as their husbands negotiate international crises. The play runs from 14 September to 26 October. Further casting will be announced later.
Blake Harrison will join the cast of Waitress. Starting 17 June, Harrison, best known for playing Neil Sutherland in The Inbetweeners, will play Ogie in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre.
David Morrissey will star in Jack Thorne’s the end of history… at the Royal Court Theatre. Morrissey is best known for his critically-acclaimed performances in television series like The Walking Dead and The Deal. A story about a middle-aged couple whose oldest children have just come home from university, the end of history… will also star Lesley Sharp, Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey), Laurie Davidson (Will), Kate O’Flynn (Doctor Thorne) and Sam Swainsbury (Victoria). John Tiffany directs the production, which runs from 27 June to 10 August.
Sue Johnston will play Mrs. Watson in The Man in the White Suit at Wyndham’s Theatre. Known for her roles in Coronation Street, Downton Abbey, The Royle Family and Brookside, Johnston joins Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon in the world premiere of this new play based on the 1951 film. The Man in the White Suit will play in London from 26 September 2019 to 11 January 2020.
The Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will transfer to the Bridge Theatre this Christmas. The play comes to London for a run from 9 November 2019 to 2 February 2020. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre this summer. Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of the play, based on Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel that takes place on a Greek island during the Italian and German occupation of WWII, will run in London from 4 July to 31 August.
Queen of the Mist will transfer to Charing Cross Theatre from 15 August. Pint of Wine Theatre Company’s production of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical is based on the story of Anna Edson Taylor–who in 1901 decided to become the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. With the original cast intact, the production will play in London from 15 August to 5 October. Queen of the Mist will also release a cast recording ahead of its transfer.
Love Is Only Love will headline The Other Palace’s Pride Festival. After a sold-out run last year, Sam Harrison’s play returns to The Other Palace from 1 to 6 July.
The Young Vic announces its 2020 season. Kicking off the new season will be Stef Smith’s retelling of A Doll’s House, directed by Elizabeth Freestone and produced with Citizens Theatre. The season will also include the premiere of Nmon Ford’s Orfeus: A House Music Opera; Nat Randall’s and Anna Breckon’s The Second Woman; Cush Jumbo in Greg Hersov’s Hamlet; and Ruth Negga in Marina Carr’s play Portia Coughlan.
Ready for your weekly news round-up? Get excited to welcome a new Jenna to the diner, catch Samantha Womack in her latest stage role, and prepare for the West End transfer of Equus–among other things.
Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts (pictured above) will star in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre. Starting 17 June, Jones will replace Katharine McPhee as Jenna, with Roberts replacing Laura Baldwin as Dawn.
Samantha Womack will star in The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, the production will play in the West End as part of its national tour, from 23 July to 17 August. Womack, known for her role as Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders, will play Rachel Watson. Further casting will be announced later.
Equus will transfer from Theatre Royal Stratford East to Trafalgar Studio One this summer. Starring Ethan Kai, Robert Finch, Keith Gilmore, Norah Lopez Holdren, Ira Mandela and Zubin Varla, with further casting to be announced, Equus plays in London from 6 July to 7 September.
Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studio Two announces full casting. Starring Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Sherlock), this sci-fi comedy will also feature Jacqueline King, Kwaku Mills, Simon Thorp and Sophie Anna Ward. Dark Sublime runs from 25 June to 3 August.
Miles Jupp will star in the West End engagement of The Life I Lead. The play tells the story of British actor David Tomlinson: known for playing Mr. Banks in Disney’s film Mary Poppins and Professor Emelius Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. A comic yet moving tale, The Life I Lead explores the relationships between fathers and sons across generations. As part of its UK tour, the production will play at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 to 21 September.
Bitter Wheat announces full casting. Joining John Malkovich in David Mamet’s new play will be Doon Mackichan, Ioanna Kimbrook, Alexander Arnold, Teddy Kempner, Matthew Pidgeon and Zephryn Taitte. Directed by David Mamet, Bitter Wheat runs 7 June to 21 September.
Caroline Sheen will reprise her role as Violet in 9 to 5. After taking over the role from Louise Redknapp, Sheen continued to 22 March, at which point Redknapp resumed the role. Now, following Redknapp’s last performance on 29 June, Sheen will step in starting 4 July. The rest of the cast will continue in their roles until the end of August, with further casting news to come.
Secret Cinema, in collaboration with Netflix, will present an immersive Stranger Things theatre experience. Drawing on all three seasons of the Netflix TV series, Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things will allow audience members to relive their favorite moments as they explore the town of Hawkins and create their own character. Performances begin 13 November.
Matt Baker will star in the London Palladium pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears. From 7 December, Goldilocks will play for a five-week run, with tickets on sale next Friday. The show will star TV presenter Matt Baker (The One Show) along with Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot. Further casting will be announced later.
Anna Nguyen will star in Summer Rolls: the first British-Vietnamese play to be staged in the UK. The cast will also include David Lee Jones, Kwong Loke, Keon Martial-Phillip, Christopher Nguyen, Linh-Dan Pham and Michael Phong Le. Written by Tuyen Do, this play about a second generation immigrant is directed by Kristine Landon-Smith.
Bare: A Pop Opera announces casting. Featuring a cast of West End, Broadway and screen stars, the musical will feature Darragh Cowley, Lizzie Emery, Stacy Francis, Mark Jardine, Jo Napthine, Daniel Mack Shand. Bare: A Pop Opera runs at The Vaults from 21 June to 4 August.
The Lyric Hammersmith announces its 2019/2020 season. Helmed by Rachel O’Riordan as the new Artistic Director, the season will include a new version of A Doll’s House; a Cinderella Panto; Mike Bartlett’s award-winning Love, Love, Love; Seamus Heaney’s translation of Antigone; dark comedy The Beauty Queen; and a new play based on the cult science fiction novel Solaris by Stanislaw Lem.
Broadway star Caissie Levy will give a concert in London this fall. Currently starring as Elsa in Broadway’s Frozen, Levy’s other roles have included Fantine in the 2014 Les Misérables revival, Molly in Ghost, Sheila in Hair and Elphaba in Wicked. She’ll perform a solo concert at Cadogan Hall on 15 September.
Happy Friday! Here’s your weekly round-up of all the latest news in the world of London Theatre. Now go out and see a show!
Jenna Russell will star in The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Russell previously appeared on stage in Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George and Fun Home. On the screen, she’s appeared in EastEnders and Call the Midwife, among other things. The UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award winning musical, directed by Trevor Nunn, will run from 13 July to 14 September.
Back to the Future: The Musical will premiere in the West End in 2020. Based on the 1985 movie, the show will feature Olly Dobson (Bat Out of Hell, Matilda) as Marty McFly. Dates, venue, and further casting will be announced later.
Tootsie announces a West End transfer. The show, currently nominated for 11 Tony Awards on Broadway, will come to London in 2021. Based on the film starring Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie tells the story of a down-and-out actor who dresses up as a woman in order to land a part.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat announces full casting. Joining Jason Donovan, Sheridan Smith and Jac Yarrow will be Richard Carson (Reuben), Michael Pickering (Simeon), Jack Wilcox, James Ballantyne, Joshua Steel, Femi Akinfolarin, Carl Spencer, Vanessa Fisher, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Emily Ann Potter, Thalia Burt, Harriet Samuel Gray, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Georgina Parkinson, Michael Cortez, Matt Krzan, Hannah Taylor, Ahmed Hamad, Matthew Rowland, Blythe Jandoo and Lydia Bannister. Joseph is at the London Palladium from 27 June to 8 September.
Come From Away extends its London run. The Tony and Olivier Award winning musical is now booking to 15 February 2020 at the Phoenix Theatre.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will feature Rosemary Ashe, Ian Talbot and John Hopkins. Other cast members will include Lara Denning, Andrew Langtree, Amy Ellen Richardson, Holly Ashton and Matthew Craig, with details on the child cast members to come. We also hear the musical will be appearing at this year’s West End Live!
Tyrone Huntley will star in The View UpStairs at the Soho Theatre. Huntley previously acted in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (for which he received an Olivier Award nomination), Memphis and The Book of Mormon. The View UpStairs runs from 18 July to 24 August.
Matthew Kelly joins the cast of Carousel at Cadogan Hall. Kelly, an Olivier Award winner, will play the Star Keeper. He joins Joanna Riding, Janie Dee, Hadley Fraser, Chizzy Akudolu, Stewart Clarke, Lucy Schaufer and Gavin Spokes for this one night concert on 19 May.
A revival of How Love Is Spelt heads to Southwark Playhouse. Written by Chloë Moss (Dickensian, This Wide Night), How Love Is Spelt originally played at the Bush Theatre in 2004. Charlotte Peters will direct, with casting to be announced later. The production runs 4 to 28 September.
Meaghan Martin will make her professional stage debut in The Actor’s Nightmare at the Park Theatre. Written by Christopher Durang, the play follows an accountant who, after being mistaken for an actor’s understudy, is forced to perform in a play. Best known for her roles in Camp Rock and 10 Things I Hate About You, Martin will be joined by Layo-Christina Akinlude, Stefan Menail, Adrian Richards and Kate Sumpter. The Actor’s Nightmare runs from 8 July to 10 August.
Anna Ziegler’s Actually will star Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda. A play that follows a man and a woman who hook up at a party and then spend the night together, Actually explores topics of sexual consent, gender politics, and the need for absolute truth in a society slammed with fake news and victim shaming. Making its European premiere, the play runs at Trafalgar Studios from 6 to 31 August.
Touching the Void will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2020. Directed by Tom Morris (War Horse, The Grinning Man), Touching the Void previously played a sold-out world premiere at the Bristol Old Vic in 2018. Thrilling and darkly funny, the play charts two mountain climbers’ struggle for survival on the Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Casting will be announced later.
Europe at the Donmar Warehouse announces casting. Directed by Michael Longhurst, David Greig’s play will star Teo Barklem-Biggs, Ron Cooke, Billy Howle, Kevrok Malikyan, Faye Marsay, Natalia Tena, Stephen Wright and Shane Zaza. Europe runs from 20 June to 10 August at the Donmar Warehouse.
Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz will star in The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre. Adapted from the play by Arthur Schnitzler and directed by Robert Icke, The Doctor runs from 12 August to 28 September.
Open Air Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream announces full casting. Directed by Dominic Hill, the Shakespearean comedy will star Amber James as Hippolyta/Titania and Kieran Hill as Theseus/Oberon, with Susan Wokoma as Bottom and Myra McFayden as Puck. The young lovers will be played by Remy Deasley (Helena), Gabrielle Brooke (Hermia), Michael Elcock (Lysander) and Pierro Niel-Mee (Demetrius). A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre 28 June to 27 July.
Heathers the Musical will release its Original West End Cast Recording 31 May. Ghostlight Records has announced that the album, currently available only for digital download and streaming, will be available online and in stores on Friday, 31 May.
After Dark; or, a Drama of London Life comes to the Finborough Theatre. Written in 1868, the play is a rip-roaring Victorian melodrama. Directed by Phil Willmott, After Dark runs for four weeks from 12 June.
Waitress will hold its next Cast Album Karaoke Night 26 June. For this karaoke night, the musical will partner with Gay Times in celebration of Pride Month.
Wendi Peter, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly will join Jay McGuiness in BIG The Musical for a strictly limited 9-week season from 6 September to 2 November 2019.
Peters, Walsh and Kelly with star as Mrs Baskin, Susan Lawrence and George MacMillan respectively. They join the previously announced Jay McGuiness as Josh Baskin. Based on the smash-hit movie starring Tom Hanks, BIG The Musical will make its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre.
Wendi Peters is best known for her role as Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street – a role that she played for over four years, returning briefly in 2014.
Kimberley Walsh rose to prominence in the record-breaking girl band Girls Aloud. During their 10 years together, the group achieved twenty consecutive top ten singles in the UK, including four number ones, with over 4.3 million single sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. In 2012, Kimberley was runner up in Strictly Come Dancing.
Matthew Kelly’s many television credits include the award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Bleak House and Moving On, although he is probably best known for presenting You Bet! and Stars in their Eyes. His West End appearances include the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar, Waiting For Godot, Tim Firth’s play Sign of the Times, the musical Lend Me A Tenor! and as Lennie in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Who’s excited for Big the Musical? We now have full casting! Plus, get details on the European premiere of The Bridges of Madison County and find out which shows are headed your way!
The Bridges of Madison County will make its European premiere in London this summer. Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning musical comes to London in a production directed by Trevor Nunn, with casting to be announced later. The Bridges of Madison County runs at Menier Chocolate Factory from 23 July to 14 September. Tickets go on sale to the public 13 May at 9 AM.
Florian Zeller’sThe Son will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre. The play recently had its English language premiere at the Kiln Theatre under the direction of Michael Longhurst. The cast, including Amanda Abbington, Laurie Kynaston, John Light and Amaka Okafor, will reprise their roles for the London transfer. The Son runs from 24 August to 2 November, with tickets on sale now.
Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly will star in BIG the Musical. Based on the movie with Tom Hanks, the musical runs at the Dominion Theatre from 6 September to 2 November. Jay McGuiness originated the role of Josh Baskin during the musical’s run in Plymouth back in 2016, and will star in the new musical when it comes to London. Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) will play Mrs. Baskin, with pop star Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud) as Susan Lawrence and Matthew Kelley (Waiting for Godot, Of Mice and Men) as George MacMillan. Tickets are on sale now.
9 to 5 extends at the Savoy Theatre. The musical is now booking to April 2020.
An immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street will play in London starting in September. Based on stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s autobiography, The Wolf of Wall Street comes from the production team behind the immersive The Great Gatsby, and runs from 5 September to 19 January, with the location yet to be announced. Alexander Wright, who adapted the play, will direct.
Heartbeat of Home will return to London starting in September. Produced by the team behind Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home features 33 dancers who embark on a journey through various styles of dance: including Latin, Irish and hip-hop. Heartbeat of Home plays at the Picadilly Theatre from 4 September to 13 October, with tickets on sale today.
Charles Venn will join Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream at Sadler’s Wells in London. Actor and star of 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing, Venn will play the show’s narrator: Richard Porter–former dance coach of the show’s two main characters. Somnium stars real life couple Neil and Katya Jones (along with a company of dancers) and runs from 20 to 22 June.
The Royal Shakespeare Company will return to the Barbican in 2019-2020. From October through January, the Company will present As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.
Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith announces full casting. A revival of the play first performed at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982, Noises Off will star Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen and Daniel Rigby. Completing the cast are Lois Chimimba, Jonathan Cullen, Debra Gillett, Amy Morgan, Enyi Okoronkwo and Simon Rouse. The production runs from 27 June to 27 July.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story will make its London premiere. This genre-bending Klezmer musical is based on the true story of two Jewish refugees who fly Romania for Canada in 1908. After critically acclaimed runs in New York, Canada, Edinburgh, and various other locations, Old Stock plays at Wilton’s Music Hall from 18 to 28 September.
Maria Friedman andAnita Dobson will join the company ofTrevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof, which is currently running at the reconfigured Playhouse Theatre until 28 September. Friedman plays Golde, and Dobson plays Yente from 18th June 2019, taking over from Judy Kuhn and Louise Gold respectively. They join Andy Nyman (Tevye), Nicola Brown (Chava), Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Matthew Hawksley (Fyedka), and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel). Tickets are available to book now from £24.
‘Musically, geopolitically, emotionally, this Fiddler raises the roof.’
Direct from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tony and Olivier award-winning director Trevor Nunn’s ‘exuberant revival’ (Daily Telegraph) of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof has transferred to the West End for a strictly limited run. The Playhouse Theatre has been specially transformed into an intimate space for this ‘shiveringly intimate chamber musical about family’ (The Times).
Bet you didn’t know Daniel Radcliffe was in Endgame! Oops, not thatEndgame. We’re talking about Samuel Beckett’s play, soon to get a revival at the Old Vic! Find out more details on this, plus the return of Hairspray to London and all the other news in the world of London theatre this week.
Hairspray returns to the London Coliseum next year, with Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad. Ball will be reprising the role he played in London in 2007. Further casting for the production, directed by Jack O’Brien, will be revealed later. Helmed by the show’s original creative team, Hairspray runs from 23 April to 19 July 2020, with tickets on sale today! Plus, Hairspray is going on tour again in 2020.
Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming will star in a new production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Old Vic. Opening 27 January 2020, the production will feature a double bill: Endgame + Beckett’s one-act play Rough For Theatre II–rarely performed. Tickets go on sale 9 May.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith will make their West End debuts in Lungs at the Old Vic. The play, which premiered in New York in 2011 and made its UK premiere in 2013, examines what it means to give birth in today’s society. Dates have yet to be announced, and tickets are not yet on sale.
The Old Vic’s upcoming season will also feature Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison, Jack Thorne’s A Christmas Carol, and the musical Local Hero. The latter, based on the film by Bill Forsyth, will run at the Old Vic from 18 June after receiving its world premiere in Edinburgh.
Starting 10 June, Mazz Murray will play Donna in Mamma Mia!. Murray previously played Tanya from 2015 to 2017. She’s also starred in Chicago, We Will Rock You and Rent. Joining her will be Taylor Bradshaw as Eddie, Cameron Burt as Sky, Kirsty Hoiles as Tanya, Sophie Matthew as Lisa, Danny Nattrass as Pepper and Melissa Nettleford as Ali. Cast members Lucy May Barker (as Sophie Sheridan), Ricky Butt, Stephen Beckett, Neil Moor and Richard Trinder will remain in the cast.
Rob Houchen and Bradley Jaden join the cast of Les Misérables: The All-Star Staged Concert. Houchen will reprise his role as Marius, which he first played in 2013; while Bradley Jaden, currently playing Javert at the Queen’s Theatre, will play Enjolras–a role he performed in London in 2015. The concert will run at the Gielgud Theatre from 10 August to 30 November, while the Queen’s Theatre undergoes renovation. In the meantime, you can still catch the original production at the Queen’s Theatre–but your window is closing!
It’s official: The Prince of Egypt musical will receive its West End premiere in February 2020. Based on the DreamWorks animated film and featuring 10 new songs, the musical will run at the Dominion Theatre from 5 February to 12 September 2020, with tickets on sale 3 June.
Dame Patricia Routledge joins the concert production of Carousel at Cadogan Hall. In the role of Narrator, she joins the previously announced Chizzy Akudola, Stewart Clarke, Janie Dee, Hadley Fraser, Joanna Riding, Lucy Schaufer and Gavin Spokes.
Lea Salonga is going on tour! The singer, actress and Disney princess will embark on a solo UK tour, with two performances at the London Palladium on 21 July. An Olivier and Tony Award winner known for creating the role of Kim in Miss Saigon and for playing Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, Salonga also sang as Jasmine and Fa Mulan in the Disney films Aladdin and Mulan. Tickets are now on sale.
Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre will close 1 June 2019. The transfer of the acclaimed production from Shakespeare’s Globe tells the story of Emilia Bassano: Shakespeare’s alleged “Dark Lady.”
Stephen Fry will perform a stage adaptation of his book Mythos at the London Palladium. Returning to the stage after almost 40 years, Fry will be touring the UK, with three performances in London on the 13th and 14th of September. Tickets are on sale starting today.
Pheobe Waller-Bridge will appear in her play Fleabag in the West End. After its previews at Soho Theatre and its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fleabag will play at Wyndham’s Theatre from 20 August to 14 September. Waller-Bridge recently starred in the show Off-Broadway.
BalletBoyz is bringing their production Them/Us to the Vaudeville Theatre in June, in the group’s West End debut. The dance show looks at how humans define themselves through their relationships with the ‘other.’ Them/Us premiered at Sadler’s Wells in March. Tickets are on sale now.
Brainiac Live will run in the West End this summer. Based on the TV series Brainiac, the show chronicles scientific exploration in all its weirdness and wackiness–with live experiments and explosions. Brainiac Live plays in London from 31 July to 1 September.
Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson join the cast of Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre. Starting 18 June, Friedman will play Golde and Dobson will play Yente.
Audible announces a new London production of Radio: a one-man play about memory, love and spaceships. Starring Adam Gillen and directed by Josh Roche, the play runs at Arcola Theatre from 19 June to 13 July. Audible will also release a studio recording of the play.
The Royal Court Theatre announces its 2019-2020 season. Titled “A Year of Work” the season will feature Is God Is, three new plays by Caryl Churchill, and A History of Water in the Middle East, among other productions.
Courtney Reed, the original Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, is currently starring in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. Meanwhile, Aladdin is closing at the end of the summer, so you’re running out of chances to see it!