Theatre News - October 2017

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
New season announced at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for 2018
Artistic director Timothy Sheader has today announced the 2018 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The season begins in May with a revival of Sheader and Liam Steel’s Olivier Award-nominated... Read more
The Birthday Party
Full cast announced for Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party in the West End
The full cast has been announced for the upcoming West End production of Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party, which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January. The Birthday Party tells the... Read more
London Coliseum
Tim Rice’s musical Chess to be revived in London
The musical Chess is set to be revived in London by the English National Opera, and is set for a run at the London Coliseum next spring. Written by Tim Rice and ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and... Read more
The Ferryman
The Ferryman extends in London until May 2018
Jez Butterworth’s play The Ferryman has extended its run at the Gielgud Theatre in London until 19th May 2018. Directed by Sam Mendes, the play premiered at the Royal Court earlier this year, with a... Read more
Pippin
Pippin is set to transfer to Southwark Playhouse
It has been announced that Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin will transfer to Southwark Playhouse in spring 2018. The score includes classics like "Magic to Do"... Read more
Bryan Cranston in Network
Photos of Bryan Cranston in rehearsals for Network at the National Theatre
Images have been released showing actor Bryan Cranston in rehearsals for the National Theatre’s production of Network, which opens in the Lyttelton next month. Ivo van Hove directs the play, adapted... Read more
The Old Vic
The Old Vic announces four world premiere productions in bicentenary season
Matthew Warchus has announced a new season at the Old Vic as it prepares to celebrate its 200th birthday in May. The theatre has previously announced the world premiere of Jack Thorne’s take on... Read more
School of Rock
New cast announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock in the West End
A new West End cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical School of Rock has been announced. The cast, which started rehearsals today, includes alternate Stephen Leask stepping up to lead the cast in the... Read more
Mel Giedroyc
Mel Giedroyc to star in Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Mel Giedroyc will appear in the Rose Theatre Kingston production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Simon Dormandy from next April. The production, which will be at the Rose Theatre Kingston from... Read more
Meera Syal
Meera Syal to take over as West End’s Miss Hannigan in Annie
Comedian Meera Syal is set to take over as Miss Hannigan in the west End production of Annie, which runs at the Piccadilly Theatre. The role is currently played by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig... Read more
Tina Turner
Tina Turner announces Adrienne Warren will star in upcoming musical
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical has casts its lead, with Turner announcing actress Adrienne Warren would be playing the lead role when the musical opens at the Aldwych Theatre next year. At an event... Read more
Royal Court
Royal Court to host day of events in response to Harvey Weinstein revelations
Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone will hold a day of events later this month in response to the Harvey Weinstein revelations of the past weeks. On Friday, Featherstone tweeted  “If... Read more
Dreamgirls
Amber Riley to leave Dreamgirls in November + new West End cast announced
It has been confirmed that Amber Riley will leave the West End production of Dreamgirls on 18th November this year, with a new cast taking over from 20th November. Amber Riley made her West End debut... Read more
The Twilight Zone
Full casting announced for The Twilight Zone at the Almeida Theatre
The full cast has been announced for Anne Washburn’s adaptation of The Twilight Zone, the CBS television series, which opens at the Almeida Theatre in December. Based on the stories by Rod Serling,... Read more
Rory Kinnear in Young Marx
Production photos of Rory Kinnear in Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre
The first production images of the inaugural production at the Bridge Theatre have been released. Richard Bean and Clive Coleman’s looks at the life of a young Karl Marx in his 30s as he gallivants... Read more
Stomp
Stomp to close in London after 15 years
The West End production of Stomp is to close after 15 years in London. Following a ten-year run at the Ambassadors Theatre, the show, which incorporates dance and percussion using everyday... Read more
Bridge Theatre
First look inside London’s new Bridge Theatre
An image has been released of the first audience inside the auditorium of London’s newest theatre, the Bridge Theatre. Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr opened the doors to their new venture on Saturday... Read more
Park Theatre
New season announced at the Park Theatre
Artistic director Jez Bond has announced a new season at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, taking the programming up to summer next year. The season will begin with the UK premiere of the musical... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
UK Theatre Awards 2017: full list of winners
The winners of this year’s UK Theatre Awards have been announced at a ceremony hosted in central London by actress Sharon D Clarke. The big winners of the evening included Everybody’s Talking About... Read more
The King and I
The King and I set for London Palladium run in 2018
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I is set for a West End run at the London Palladium, starting in June 2018, according to the Daily Mail.  Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater... Read more
Sheila Hancock
Sheila Hancock to star in London premiere of Harold and Maude
Olivier Award-winning actress Sheila Hancock is set to star in the London stage premiere of Harold and Maude, in Thom Southerland’s production at the Charing Cross Theatre from February 2018. Colin... Read more
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen to provide voice of The Demon in The Exorcist
Acting legend Ian McKellen will lend his voice to the upcoming production of The Exorcist, as the play makes its West End premiere. McKellen, who is currently playing King Lear in the Chichester... Read more
Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh to make stage debut in Nativity! The Musical in London
The X Factor judge Louis Walsh is set to make his stage debut in the stage adaptation of Nativity the Musical, which opens in Birmingham later this month. The musical is adapted from the 2009 film of... Read more
Christian Slater and Kris Marshall in rehearsals for Glengarry Glen Ross
Photographs showing Christian Slater, Kris Marshall and the cast off Glengarry Glen Ross in rehearsals have been released. David Mamet’s play, which will run at the Playhouse Theatre, is set across... Read more
Saint George and the Dragon
Images released of National Theatre’s Saint George and the Dragon
Production images have been released for the National Theatre’s production of Saint George and the Dragon, which opens in the Olivier Theatre tonight. Rory Mullarkey’s new play looks to update the... Read more
Hair
Production images released for Hair at the Vaults
Production photography has been released for the musical Hair, which opens at the Vaults tonight. Hair opened off-Broadway in 1967 before transferring to Broadway the following year, and tells the... Read more
The Grinning Man
Musical The Grinning Man set for West End transfer in December
New British musical The Grinning Man is set to transfer to London at the end of this year. With a book by Carl Grose, the musical is based on the novel The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo. The story... Read more
The Seagull
Production images of Simon Stephens’ The Seagull released
Images have been released of Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, which is due to open at the Lyric Hammersmith next week. The production will star Lesley Sharp as actress Irina... Read more
Girl from the North Country
Girl from the North Country to transfer to the West End in December
Conor McPherson’s play Girl from the North Country, featuring the music of Bob Dylan, is to transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre this December. Currently playing at the Old Vic, the play is set to... Read more
Daisy Pulls it Off
Casting announced for Daisy Pulls It Off at the Park Theatre
Casting has been announced for a revival of Denise Deegan’s award-winning play Daisy Pulls It Off, which will run at the Park Theatre from December. The play is a parody of 1920s boarding schoolgirl... Read more
Whither Would You Go
One-off star-studded gala to be held in London to raise money for refugees
Jamie Lloyd is to direct a one-off gala event at the Harold Pinter theatre later this month to raise money for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. The cast for the evening, titled Whither Would You Go, ... Read more
National Theatre
Rufus Norris announces new National Theatre season for 2018
National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris has laid out the theatre’s plans for its new season. Patrick Marber will direct his new version of Exit the King, Eugène Ionesco’s drama about a king... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Full casting announced for West End transfer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The full cast has been announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is due to open at the Apollo Theatre in November. As previously announced, John McCrea will reprise his role as Jamie from... Read more
Teddy
Musical Teddy to run at The Vaults after national tour
The musical Teddy is due to run at The Vaults in Waterloo next year, following a national tour. Written by Tristan Bernays, with music by Dougal Irvine, Teddy is set in the aftermath of the Blitz and... Read more
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