Theatre News - January 2018

The Best Man to transfer to the West End starring Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw will star in the West End transfer of the play The Best Man, which is set to begin previews at the Playhouse Theatre in February.  Written by Gore Vidal, the play is about a presidential... Read more
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Casting announced for Menier’s Kiss of the Spider Woman
Samuel Barnet and Declan Bennett are to star in Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Menier Chocolate Factory in March.  The story, which has been adapted for the production by José Rivera... Read more
Bryan Cranston
Hamilton, Bryan Cranston, and Andrew Scott among Critics’ Circle Theatre Award winners
The winners of the 2017 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards have been announced at a ceremony at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, which recently opened at the... Read more
Production images released for Long Day’s Journey Into Night in the West End
Production images have been released for the West End transfer of Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey into Night, which is set to open at the Wyndham’s Theatre in February. Richard Eyre’s... Read more
Casting announced for UK premiere of Ruthless! the Musical in London
Initial casting has been announced for spoof musical Ruthless, which gets its UK premiere in London at the Arts Theatre from March. The musical tells the story of 8-year-old Tina Denmark who will... Read more
Tina the Musical extends booking period in the West End
The upcoming Tina Turner musical has extended its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End. Tina the Musical, which will begin previews on 21st March 2018, is now booking to the 20th... Read more
New booking period for Hamilton in the West End announced
A second booking period for the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre has been announced. On Monday 29th January at noon, tickets will go on sale for performances from 30th... Read more
Cast announced for James Graham’s play Quiz in the West End
Casting has been announced for James Graham’s latest play to be staged in the West End, Quiz. The play, which initially ran in Chichester last year, explores Britain’s love affair with the game show... Read more
Nominations for the 8th Annual OffWestEnd Theatre Awards revealed
The nominations for this year’s Offies have been announced ahead of a ceremony announcing the winners to be help in Deptford in March. The OffWestEnd Awards were established in 2011 and endeavour to... Read more
Laura Linney to make London stage debut at the Bridge Theatre
Hollywood actress Laura Linney will make her London stage debut at the Bridge Theatre in the play My Name is Lucy Barton, which is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. The... Read more
Strictly Ballroom
Further casting announced for Strictly Ballroom the Musical in the West End
Further cast members joining the previously announced Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young in Strictly Ballroom have been announced.  Baz Luhrmann’s musical, which is based on the first film... Read more
Tartuffe
Christopher Hampton adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe to open in the West End
A new adaptation of Molière’s comedy Tartuffe is set to open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket this summer. Directed by Gerald Garutti, Christopher Hampton’s adaptation will be performed in both English... Read more
Ruthless the Musical to receive UK premiere in London
Joel Paley and Marvin Laird’s musical Ruthless is set to get its UK premiere in London this spring, with a limited run at the Arts Theatre. The musical, which features all-female characters, is about... Read more
New adaptation of Kiss of the Spider Woman to run at Menier Chocolate Factory
A new adaptation of Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from March. José Rivera and Allan Baker have adapted Puig’s novel, which is about the bond two... Read more
Absolute Hell
Initial casting announced for Absolute Hell at the National Theatre
Casting has been announced for Rodney Ackland’s play Absolute Hell, which opens in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre in April. Ackland’s play is set in a Soho club in wartime London where the... Read more
Myth
Arlene Philips to stage revamped rock musical 27 at The Other Palace
Arlene Philips will direct a revamped version of the rock musical Myth:The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (formerly known as 27) at The Other Palace later this year.  The musical, written by Sam Cassidy,... Read more
Frank Sinatra
Danny Strong set to write new Frank Sinatra musical
Emmy Award-winning writer Danny Strong has been signed up to write the book for a new musical  based on the life of legendary singer Frank Sinatra.  The musical, which aims to be on stage by early... Read more
Wicked extends in the West End into 2019
West End musical Wicked has announced it has extended in London into 2019.  The show, which runs at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is the 7th longest-running show currently playing in the West End, and... Read more
The King and I
Further casting and extension announced for The King and I at the London Palladium
Further casting and an extension have been announced for the upcoming London Palladium production of The King and I.  Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles will join the previously announced Ken... Read more
Casting announced for Pippin at Southwark Playhouse
Casting has been announced for the transfer of Tony Award-winning musical Pippin to Southwark Playhouse from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. With a book by Roger O. Hirson, and music and lyrics... Read more
Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale among initial casting for Sam Mendes' The Lehman Trilogy
Initial casting has been announced for Sam Mendes’ production of The Lehman Trilogy which is set to run at the National Theatre in July. Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale will take on... Read more
Hamilton
Auditions announced for Hamilton in the West End
Auditions have been announced for the London production of Hamilton, currently running at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the West End. Producers are looking for male and female performers in their... Read more
Rehearsal images of Hayley Atwell in Dry Powder at the Hampstead Theatre
Images of Hayley Atwell in rehearsals for Sarah Burgess’ play Dry Powder, which is set to run at the Hampstead Theatre, have been released. Dry Powder is about a firm forced to lay-off employees from... Read more
Nightfall
Casting announced for Barney Norris’ new play Nightfall at the Bridge Theatre
Ophelia Lovibond will star in Barney Norris’ new play Nightfall, which will run at the Bridge Theatre from 28 April. Nightfall is about a family who live on a farm just outside Winchester after the... Read more
Maxine Peake
Maxine Peake to curate series of suffragette monologues at The Old Vic
It’s been announced that Maxine Peake will curate a series of monologues commemorating the 100th anniversary of the legislation giving women the vote in Britain. Titled One Hand Tied Behind Us, the... Read more
Harold and Maude
Full casting announced for Harold and Maude at the Charing Cross Theatre
The full cast joining Sheila Hancock has been announced for the London premiere of Harold and Maude, the stage adaptation of the 1971 film by Colin Higgins. Harold and Maude is romantic tale about an... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie extends West End run into October 2018
Good news for new hit British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Initially intended to run through to 21 April 2018 at the Apollo Theatre, the musical has now extended its West End engagement... Read more
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Charlie Murphy and more complete the cast of Aidan Turner-led The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Complete casting has now been revealed for Michael Grandage's upcoming West End production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Joining "Poldark" star Aidan Turner (making his West End... Read more
Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Billy Flynn
Cuba Gooding, Jr. will make his West End debut in Chicago
It's official! Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will make his UK stage debut, taking on the iconic role of Billy Flynn in the upcoming West End revival of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre from... Read more
Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham announce departure from the Donmar Warehouse
The Donmar Warehouse’s artistic director Josie Rourke and executive producer Kate Pakenham have announced they will step down from their roles at the theatre. Rourke, who has been artistic director,... Read more
Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave cast in The Inheritance at the Young Vic
Casting has been announced for Matthew Lopez’s two-part play The Inheritance, which gets its world premiere at the Young Vic in March. Vanessa Redgrave will take on the role of Margaret in the play,... Read more
Casting announced for immersive crime show The Grift
Casting has been announced for an immersive crime theatre show The Grift, which will open at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green later this month. The show premiered in San Diego in 2015, and trains... Read more
Musical The Grinning Man extends booking in London
The Grinning Man has extend its booking period at London’s Trafalgar Studios following positive reviews after its opening night in December. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel The Man Who Laughs,... Read more
An American in Paris
Details for An American in Paris cinematic release confirmed
An American in Paris is set for a cinematic release this spring following its closure in the West End on 6th January. The musical, which features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira... Read more
Again Trafalgar Studios
Full cast announced for Stephanie Jacob play Again at Trafalgar Studios
Casting has been announced for the premiere of Stephanie Jacob’s new play Again, which opens at Trafalgar Studios next month. Again is about a close-knit family who come together after a long period... Read more
Casting announced for Simon Longman’s Gundog at the Royal Court
Casting has been announced for Gundog, Simon Longman’s new play at the Royal Court which opens later this month. Gundog is set on an isolated farm where two sisters, Anna and Becky, try to keep their... Read more
Open auditions announced for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Producers of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical have announced they are looking for young actors to join the cast of the upcoming production. Open auditions will be held to find actors to play Anna Mae,... Read more
Michelle Terry Shakespeare's Globe
Mark Rylance to feature in Michelle Terry's inaugural Shakespeare’s Globe season
The new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Michelle Terry has announced her first season at the helm of the theatre. Terry takes over from previous AD Emma Rice, who announced she would be... Read more
Full casting announced for Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre
The full cast has been announced for the Almeida Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ play Summer and Smoke, which runs from February. Joining the previously announced Patsy Ferran will be Seb... Read more
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