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.
Summer is winding down, but it’s not over yet! On 14 September you can catch Barry Manilow, Ramin Karimloo, Carrie Hope Fletcher and more at Proms in the Park. Meanwhile, we’ve got some exciting casting news for Ages of the Moon, Fast, Waitress and more! Catch it all right here.
BBC Proms in the Park will feature Michael Ball, Ramin Karimloo, Carrie Hope Fletcher and more. The concert will include songs from Les Misérables performed by Michael Ball, Shan Ako and Carrie Hope Fletcher. Les Misérables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg will also make a special appearance. In addition, the concert will feature Ramin Karimloo, Celinde Schoenmaker, Ben Forster and Jon Robyns (who will perform a song from Hamilton). Barry Manilow, Chrissie Hynde and Jack Savoretti will also put in appearances. BBC Proms in the Park takes place on 14 September in Hyde Park, with further acts to be announced later.
Sope Dirisu and Natey Jones join Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre. Dirisu, who played Coriolanus at the RSC and appeared in Black Mirror on Netflix, will play Biff Loman. Jones, whose past productions include Small Island at the National Theatre and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, will play Happy Loman. Dirisu and Jones join a cast that features Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke in the lead roles, with Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Carole Stennett. Ian Bonar, Trevor Cooper, Joseph Mydell, Matthew Seadon-Young, Nenda Neurer and Femi Tomowo reprise their roles from the Young Vic. Co-directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, Death of a Salesman runs from 24 October at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Joseph Marcell will star in Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon at the Vault Theatre. Best known for playing Geoffrey the butler on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Marcell has also appeared in productions at Shakespeare’s Globe. He’ll play Byron in Ages of the Moon, opposite Christopher Fairbank (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) as Ames. Directed by Alexander Lass, the production runs 17 October through 24 November at the Vault Theatre.
Tamlyn Henderson joins the cast of Waitress. Known for his roles in the UK and international tours of Mamma Mia! and in the Australian productions of The Sound of Music and Les Misérables, Tamlyn Henderson will play Earl from 9 September. Peter Hannah, currently in the role, plays his last performance on 7 September.
Park Theatre announces full casting for Mother of Him. Joining Tracy-Ann Oberman will be Scott Folan, Simon Hepworth, Anjelica Serra, Neil Sheffield, Hari Aggarwal and Matt Goldberg. Evan Placey’s award-winning play, inspired by true events, runs at Park Theatre from 18 September to 26 October. Max Lindsay directs.
Caroline Lawrie will star inFast at the Park Theatre. Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders) will play cult health professional Linda Hazzard, joined by Jordon Stevens (Harlots, Call the Midwife, Phantom Thread), Natasha Cowley and Daniel Norford. Written by Kate Barton and directed by Kate Valentine, Fast runs from 15 October to 9 November at the Park Theatre.
The Greatest Play in the History of the World comes to Trafalgar Studios 2. A sell-out from the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, The Greatest Play in the History of the World will star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who takes us on a heartfelt journey through life, science, and love via the story of neighbors on a quiet suburban street. Written by Hesmondhalgh’s husband Ian Kershaw (Coronation Street, Shameless), and directed by Raz Shaw, The Greatest Play in the History of the World runs from 26 November at Trafalgar Studios 2.
Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend will get a revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory. A love letter to the musical comedies of the 1920s, The Boy Friend premiered in 1953 and later ran on Broadway starring Julie Andrews. This revival, directed by Matthew White, will run from 22 November 2019 to 7 March 2020. Casting has yet to be announced.
After more than three years and a total of 1,361 performances, Aladdin closed last Saturday (24 August). Taking its place at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October will be Mary Poppins. Get your tickets now!
George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man comes to the Bridewell Theatre this September. Directed by Peter Foster and featuring the City of London theatre company Sedos, the production will play from 17 to 21 September.
Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Vassa. Mike Bartlett’s play, directed by Tinuke Craig, will feature Samantha Bond, Alexandra Dowling, Arthur Hughes, Daniella Isaacs, Amber James, Danny Kirrane, Kayla Meikle, Cyril Nri, Lee Ross and Sophie Wu.
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. The producers had hoped that they would be able to load their equipment into the Dominion Theatre early, despite the ongoing refurbishment work occurring. Unfortunately this has not been possible, so they have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the first few previews.
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.”