Theatre News - January 2017

Billie Piper in Yerma
The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards announced
Today the winners were revealed for The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016, hosted by our own critic Mark Shenton at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End, where the invited audience was... Read more
John Boyega in Woyzeck
Further cast announced to join John Boyega in Woyzeck at the Old Vic
Further casting has been announced for the Old Vic's upcoming production of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner in new version by Jack Thorne which runs from 13 May to 24 June 2017 with an official opening on... Read more
Wind in the Willows (Photo Helen Maybanks)
Further casting announced for The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium
Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End engagement of the new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe which runs at the... Read more
The Life
Full casting announced for The Life at the Southwark Playhouse
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming London debut of The Life directed by the show’s original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, which runs at the Southwark Playhouse from 25 March to... Read more
Sir Elton John
The Devil Wears Prada musical enlists Sir Elton John
Fans of the 2006 hit movie The Devil Wears Prada can rejoice as a Broadway musical adaptation, which was first rumoured back in May 2015, seems to becoming more and more a reality. Exciting new... Read more
Rachelle Ann Go
Initial casting announced for London's Hamilton
Producers Cameron Mackintosh and Jeffrey Seller have now announced initial casting for the upcoming West End premiere of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Continuing the trend set by the... Read more
Lillias White
Lillias White to make London debut in This Joint is Jumpin' at The Other Palace
Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Lillias White will lead the cast of This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace Studio Theatre (previously the St James Theatre) for a limited run... Read more
Meera Syal joins cast of new Debbie Tucker Green play at the Royal Court
The Royal Court Theatre have announced casting for Debbie Tucker Green's new play a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) which runs at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre... Read more
Dusty Springfield
Jonathan Harvey and Maria Friedman collaborating on new Dusty Springfield musical
It has been announced that Jonathan Harvey and Maria Friedman are collaborating on Dusty a New Musical, the first authorised new musical charting the life of Dusty Springfield which is set to... Read more
Further cast announced for Follies.
Further casting announced for Follies at the National Theatre
The National Theatre have today announced further casting for their upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical Follies which will run at the Olivier Theatre in August 2017.... Read more
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots extends booking at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots has announced a booking extension at the Adelphi Theatre, where it is now booking to 30 September 2017. The London production originally opened... Read more
National Theatre
National Theatre announces new 2017/18 Season: Bryan Cranston, Pinocchio and more
The National Theatre have today announced details of their upcoming 2017/18 season which will include a record number of new plays being performed at the venue's Olivier Theatre. Bryan Cranston will... Read more
I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Adrian Lukis and Jill Winternitz star in UK premiere of I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard
The Finborough Theatre in west London have announced that Adrian Lukis and Jill Winternitz will star in their upcoming UK premiere of Halley Feiffer's hit off-Broadway play I'm Gonna Pray For You So... Read more
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre
It has been announced that producer Sonia Friedman will transfer Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre, running from 9 May to 2 September 2017, with an official... Read more
Love in Idleness
Trevor Nunn directs Love in Idleness at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Menier Chocolate Factory have announced that Trevor Nunn will direct a new production of Terence Rattigan's comedy Love In Idleness which will run at their south London venue from 10 March to 29... Read more
Young Vic
Young Vic 2017 Season sees Billie Piper return in Yerma
The Young Vic Theatre have announced details of their upcoming new season which will see the Evening Standard Award-winner Billie Piper return to the role of Yerma following the production's sold out... Read more
Wicked Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wicked extends booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Producers of the internationally successful musical Wicked have announced that the show has extended its booking in London's West End into its 23rd booking period, with tickets now available to 26... Read more
Disney's Aladdin
Aladdin - Disney's New Musical Extends Booking in London
The West End production of Aladdin - Disney's New Musical has extended its booking period at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End where it is now booking to 8 July 2017. The production... Read more
Handbagged
Handbagged at Brockley Jack Studio
Moira Buffini's award-winning comedy Handbagged, which began life at the Tricycle Theatre in October 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre in April 2014, will now be... Read more
Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre announces new Spring 2017 Season
The Hampstead Theatre in Hampstead, north London, has now announced details of its forthcoming spring 2017 season for the venue's main stage. The first production in the season will be the world... Read more
Nicholas Lyndhurst
Nicholas Lyndhurst joins West End cast of Carousel
It has been announced that TV and West End star Nicholas Lyndhurst - perhaps best known for his TV role of Rodney on "Only Fools and Horses" - will join previously announced Katherine Jenkins and... Read more
Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw will star in 2017 Almeida Theatre season
The Almeida Theatre in north London has announced three new productions for its 2017 season which also sees a return to the venue for Ben Whishaw. The popular star of stage and screen last appeared... Read more
Roger Allam
Roger Allam joins cast of Limehouse at Donmar Warehouse
The Donmar Warehouse has announced complete casting for its upcoming production of Limehouse. Joining previously announced Paul Chahidi (as Bill Rodgers) and Debra Gillett (as Shirley Williams) will... Read more
Natalie Casey in Stepping Out
Natalie Casey steps into Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre
Producers of the upcoming West End production of Richard Harris' comedy Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre from 1 March 2017 have announced a casting update. Natalie Casey will step in for Angela... Read more
Royal Court announces cast for The Kid Stays in the Picture
The Royal Court Theatre have today announced casting for their upcoming production of The Kid Stays in the Picture based on the life story of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans directed by... Read more
David Baddiel's My Family: Not the Sitcom
David Baddiel's My Family: Not the Sitcom transfers to the Playhouse Theatre
It has been announced via Twitter that David Baddiel's new show My Family: Not the Sitcom will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End, following runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory... Read more
My Country: A Work in Progress
The National Theatre announces cast for My Country: A Work in Progress
The National Theatre have announced casting for their upcoming production of My Country: a Work in Progress which runs at the Dorfman Theatre from 28 February to 22 March 2017 before heading on a UK... Read more
PLAY Theatre Company
PLAY Theatre Company return to The Vaults with The Subterranean Season
Following a sold out run at the Vault Festival in 2016, the award-winning PLAY Theatre Company will return to the Waterloo based venue with a new production, The Subterranean Season which runs from... Read more
An American in Paris
West End cast of An American in Paris begins rehearsals at the Dominion Theatre
Rehearsals begin today for the upcoming West End premiere of An American in Paris which begins previews at the Dominion Theatre from 4 March 2017. Original Broadway stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne... Read more
Wild Honey
Wild Honey extends booking at the Hampstead Theatre
The Hampstead Theatre's production of Wild Honey, a new play by Michael Frayn from the play without a name by Anton Chekhov, has extended its booking to 21 January 2017. The production opened at... Read more
Hamilton
Hamilton sets London opening dates and prices as tickets go on sale next week
Producers Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh have announced the official dates for the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, with booking going on sale to priority... Read more
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
New cast announced for The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Producers of the hit West End play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery have announced that a new cast are set to join the production from 8 February 2017. The comedy opened at the Criterion Theatre on 21... Read more
Half a Sixpence
Half a Sixpence extends booking at the Noel Coward Theatre
The hit West End revival of Half a Sixpence has announced it has extended its booking to 2 September 2017 at the Noel Coward Theatre. The production, which originated at the Chichester Festival... Read more
Death Takes a Holiday
Mark Inscoe replaces Maxwell Caulfield in Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross
It has been announced that 'Grease 2' star Maxwell Caulfield has withdrawn from the upcoming European premiere of Maury Yeston's musical Death Takes a Holiday due to unforeseen circumstances. Mark... Read more
Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater
New Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater musical Some Lovers workshopped in London
A workshop of a new musical by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater is to go ahead in London next month, produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Ollie Rosenblatt for Senbla, the producers of... Read more
Anyone Can Whistle
Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle at The Union Theatre
The Union Theatre has announced an upcoming revival of a rarely seen Stephen Sondheim musical - Anyone Can Whistle - which is set to play the South-East London venue from 8th February to 11th March... Read more
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extends booking to April 2018
The West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has extended its booking to 29 April 2018 at The Palace Theatre in London. A new block of tickets for the show, which is currently sold... Read more
Brexit the Musical
Brexit the Musical transfers to the Waterloo East Theatre
It has been announced that Brexit the Musical will transfer to the Waterloo East Theatre following a sold-out run at the Canal Cafe Theatre for nine performances between 20 and 29 January 2017. "... Read more
Mary Stuart
Almeida Theatre's sell-out Mary Stuart extends booking due to demand
The Almeida Theatre have today announced a booking extension for their sell-out production of Mary Stuart which stars Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams play both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart decided... Read more
David Haig joins Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
David Haig joins Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
The Old Vic Theatre have announced that David Haig will join the previously announced Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in their upcoming production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern... Read more
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls' Amber Riley diagnosed with pneumonia - Marisha Wallace alternates role
Producers of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre have released a statement regarding the health of leading lady Amber Riley who stars as Effie White in the London premiere. Released on their Twitter page... Read more
The Braille Legacy
New Musical The Braille Legacy to premiere at the Charing Cross Theatre
The Charing Cross Theatre have announced that they will stage the world première of a major new musical inspired by the story of Louis Braille, The Braille Legacy which will run at their central... Read more
Andrew Scott Hamlet
Full cast announced for Hamlet with Andrew Scott at the Almeida Theatre
Full casting has been announced for the Almeida Theatre's upcoming production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare which runs at their north London venue from 17 February to 8 April 2017, with an... Read more
Stomp London
STOMP breaks records in the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre
Producers of the long-running West End hit STOMP have announced that the London production finished 2016 on a high, reporting two consecutive record-breaking performances on Wednesday 28 and Thursday... Read more
Speech and Debate
Patsy Ferran and Charlotte Lucas join the cast of Speech and Debate
Full casting has now been announced for the UK première of Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam which runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 22 February to 1 April 2017, with an official opening on 24... Read more
Audra McDonald
Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald returns to Leicester Square Theatre
It has been announced that six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will return to the West End for four concerts at the Leicester Square Theatre this Spring, performing on April 12 to 15 2017.... Read more
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