Theatre News - September 2017

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Going to the theatre as good for your heart as half an hour of cardio, new study finds
A new study has found that going to the theatre can have the same effect on the body as half an hour of healthy cardio exercise. The study, conducted by University College London and the University... Read more
The Retreat
Casting announced for Kathy Burke’s production of The Retreat
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Sam Bain’s play The Retreat, which will be directed by Kathy Burke at the Park Theatre in November. Bain’s play is about Luke, a former city... Read more
Nina Sosanya
Nina Sosanya joins Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins in Frozen
Actress Nina Sosanya will appear in the west End production of Frozen, which runs a Theatre Royal Haymarket next year. Set in England, Frozen is about the search of a 10-year-old girl Rhona, who goes... Read more
Marcus Brigstocke and Laura Pitt-Pulford to star in Barnum at the Menier
Initial casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Barnum. Marcus Brigstocke and Laura Pitt-Pulford are set to perform in the musical which follows the life of... Read more
Donmar Warehouse
Josie Rourke announces new Donmar Warehouse season
Artistic director Josie Rourke has today announced the new season at the Donmar Warehouse. The season opens with Belleville, Amy Herzog’s acclaimed play. It stars James Norton and Imogen Poots as a... Read more
​New Wicked portrait images released
​New portrait images of the principal West End cast of Wicked have been announced in celebration of the musical nearing becoming the 15th longest-running show in London theatre history. The images,... Read more
Venus in Fur
Images of Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in Venus in Fur rehearsals
​Rehearsal images of Natalie Dormer and David Oakes preparing for the West End run of Venus in Fur have been released. Dormer plays actress Vanda Jordan who appears unannouncedly in Manhattan for an... Read more
An American in Paris
An American in Paris to close in the West End
​An American in Paris is to close in the West End after just under one year at the Dominion Theatre. An American in Paris is taking bookings until 6th January 2018, when it will play its final... Read more
Date confirmed for live television broadcast of musical Rent
It has been announced that FOX will broadcast the musical Rent live on television in January 2019. The network unveiled the broadcast date for their latest live musical: Sunday 27th January 2019. The... Read more
Young Vic
Young Vic appoints Kwame Kwei-Armah as artistic director
The Young Vic have officially appointed Kwame Kwei-Armah as David Lan’s successor as the theatre's artistic director. In June, Lan announced he would be stepping down form the post after 17 years in... Read more
Pussy Riot
Les Enfants Terribles to collaborate with Pussy Riot founder for new theatre show
Olivier Award-nominated theatre company Les Enfants Terribles are set to collaborate with Nadya Tolokonnikova – a founding member of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot – for a new immersive... Read more
Le Grand Mort
Production images of Julian Clary in Le Grand Mort
Production images of Julian Clary and James Nelson-Joyce in Le Grand Mort have been released. Stephen Clark’s play is about a dinner party hosted by Michael (Clary) and his younger guest Tim (Nelson-... Read more
Patti LuPone
Company to star Patti LuPone in London from September 2018
Company, directed by Marianne Elliott, is to star Broadway legend when it runs at the Gielgud Theatre in September next year. Stephen Sondheim’s musical follows single man Bobby who is unable to hold... Read more
Saint George and the Dragon
Rehearsal images for Saint George and the Dragon at the National Theatre
Rehearsal images have been released for Saint George and the Dragon, a new play by Rory Mullarkey based on the classic English myth. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the play is about a down on his luck... Read more
Manhattan Parisienne
Casting announced for Manhattan Parisienne at The Other Palace
Casting has been announced for the work in progress production of Alain Boublil’s Manhattan Parisienne, which will run at The Other Palace in October. Boublil, best known as the lyricist for the... Read more
King's Head Theatre
Two King’s Head Theatre plays to transfer to Trafalgar Studios
Two productions from the King’s Head Theatre in Islington are to transfer to the West End. Adam Spreadbury-Maher (King’s Head AD) and Becca Marriott’s adaptation of La bohème will run at Trafalgar... Read more
Le Grand Mort
Images of Julian Clary in rehearsals for Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios
Rehearsal images have been released showing Julian Clary and James Nelson-Joyce in Le Grand Mort, which runs at Trafalgar Studios later this month. The play, which was written by Olivier Award-... Read more
Andrew Polec
The Stage Debut Awards 2017 - full list of winners
The winners of the inaugural The Stage Debut Awards, which celebrate breakthrough successes in theatre, were announced last night at a ceremony in London. Hosted by actor Ben Forster, the awards were... Read more
The Birthday Party
Further casting announced for The Birthday Party
Actress Pearl Mackie will appear in a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party when it opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre next year. The Doctor Who actress joins the previously announced Toby... Read more
Tina the Musical
Tina Turner musical to open at the Aldwych in spring 2018
Dates and a venue have been confirmed for the long-awaited musical Tina, based on the life of legendary singer Tina Turner. It will run at the Aldwych Theatre from 21st March with an official opening... Read more
The Exorcist
Casting announced for The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre
Adam Garcia, Jenny Seagrove and Peter Bowles will star in The Exorcist in London when it opens at the Phoenix Theatre next month. The three actors will reprise their roles from the original... Read more
UK Theatre Awards
UK Theatre Awards 2017 – full list of nominees
Nominations have been announced for this year’s UK Theatre Awards, which celebrate outstanding work in theatre across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Highlights from London’s theatre... Read more
Clare Burt
Clare Burt joins Kelsey Grammer and cast of Big Fish at The Other Palace
Actress Clare Burt will join Kelsey Grammer in the London premiere of Big Fish, due to open at The Other Palace in November. Burt will play Sandra Bloom in John August and Andrew Lippa’s musical,... Read more
The Woman in White
Casting announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White
Initial casting has been announced for the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White at the Charing Cross Theatre.  The Woman in White is based on the 19th century novel of the same name by... Read more
Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall, founder of Royal Shakespeare Company, dies aged 86
Legendary theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died aged 86. In a statement, it was confirmed that Hall passed away yesterday (11th September 2017) at University College Hospital surrounded by his... Read more
The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party to star Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan
Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party is to be revived at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January 2018. The Birthday Party is Pinter’s second full-length play. It tells the story of Stanley Webber, a... Read more
Jack and the Beanstalk
Casting announced for Lyric Hammersmith pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk
Casting has been announced for the Lyric Hammersmith’s upcoming pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, which opens in late November. Written by Joel Horwood, the classic children’s fairy-tale will feature... Read more
Full cast joining Bryan Cranston in Network at the National Theatre announced
The full cast joining Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston in Ivo van Hove’s production of Network has been announced. Lee Hall’s adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky will run in the... Read more
Strictly Ballroom
Strictly Ballroom to transfer to London's Piccadilly Theatre in 2018
Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom is to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London following a successful run in Leeds last year. The show, based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film, opened at the West... Read more
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton in the West End forced to cancel first two weeks of previews
The London production of Hamilton has been forced to cancel two weeks of previews following the restoration of the Victoria Palace Theatre. The theatre, which is a listed building, has undergone a... Read more
Five Guys Named Moe
Production images for Five Guys Named Moe released + extension announced
New production images have been released showing the cast of Clarke Peter’s Five Guys Named Moe in action. The production takes place at a new pop-up theatre in Marble Arch, and have also announced... Read more
Lady Windermere's Fan
Jennifer Saunders and Kevin Bishop cast in Kathy Burke’s Lady Windermere’s Fan
Initial casting has been announced for Classic Spring’s second Oscar Wilde production at the Vaudeville Theatre, Lady Windermere's Fan, to be directed by Kathy Burke. Lady Windermere's Fan is about a... Read more
La Soiree
La Soirée to to run at the Aldwych this Christmas
The multi-award winning show La Soirée is to return to London this Christmas at the Aldwych Theatre. The show, which previously ran in a spiegeltent in Leicester Square, will run at the Aldwych from... Read more
The Knowledge
Production images of The Knowledge at Charing Cross Theatre released
Production images have been released for the stage premiere of The Knowledge, directed by Maureen Lipman at Charing Cross Theatre. The Knowledge is an adaptation of Lipman’s late husband’s 70s... Read more
Full casting announced for Mike Bartlett’s Albion at the Almeida
The full casting for Mike Bartlett’s play Albion at the Almeida Theatre has been announced.  Joining the previously announced Victoria Hamilton will be Nigel Betts, Edyta Budnik, Christopher Fairbank... Read more
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong extends in the West End
Mischief Theatre’s hit The Play That Goes Wrong has announced it has extended its run in the West End. The play opened at the Duchess Theatre in September 2014 and, in celebration of the show’s 3rd... Read more
Punchdrunk announces new six-hour production staged across London, Kabeiroi
Theatre company Punchdrunk has announced a new six-hour immersive production which will take place across London, based on the ancient Greek tragedy The Kabeiroi. Kabeiroi is the middle play about... Read more
New child cast announced for Matilda the Musical
A new child cast has been announced for Matilda the Musical, Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl story. Lily-Mae Evans, Kitty Peterkin and Savannah Read will join Emma Moore playing... Read more
Caroline, or Change
Caroline, or Change starring Sharon D Clarke to transfer to London
The musical Caroline, or Change is to transfer to the Hampstead Theatre following an earlier run in Chichester. Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical starred Sharon D Clarke, who will transfer... Read more
Christian Slater
Christian Slater to star in Glengarry Glen Ross revival in London
David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross is to be revived in London 34 years after it premiered at the National Theatre. The play will star Christian Slater and run at the... Read more
An American in Paris
An American in Paris extends in the West End
The musical An American in Paris has extended for a second time in the West End. Christopher Wheeldon’s musical is now taking bookings at the Dominion Theatre until 28th April 2018. The cast... Read more
Tom Hiddleston
Production images of Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet released
Production images of Tom Hiddleston performing in Kenneth Branagh's production of Hamlet have been released.  Actor Hiddleston plays the Dane in Branagh's production, which is raising money for Rada... Read more
Tamsin Greig
Tamsin Greig to replace Sarah Lancashire in Labour of Love
Tamsin Greig will star in Labour of Love alongside Martin Freeman as it is announced that Sarah Lancashire has been forced to withdraw on doctor’s advice. The play follows David Lyons, a Labour MP... Read more
The Ferryman
New casting announced for The Ferryman in the West End
New casting has been announced for the West End run of The Ferryman, following the news actor Paddy Considine would not be continuing in the production after October. The original company will give... Read more
Wicked extends run in London's West End
West End musical Wicked has announced its 24th extension in the West End, taking the show into December 2018. 500,000 tickets have been released for the production, which will now run at the Apollo... Read more
Dick Whittington
Full casting announced for London Palladium pantomime Dick Whittington
The full cast for this year’s London Palladium pantomime, Dick Whittington, has been announced. Emma Williams and Lukus Alexander will join the previously announced Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells... Read more
Suranne Jones
Suranne Jones to star in London revival of Frozen
The Bryony Lavery play Frozen is to be revived in London next February when it will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Set in England, Frozen is about the search of a 10-year-old girl Rhona, who... Read more
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