Theatre News - November 2018

Secret Cinema
Secret Cinema to screen Casino Royale in 2019
Secret Cinema has announced that they will be bringing the iconic British spy James Bond to life on stage, as they transform a secret London location into an immersive experience. 1500 audience... Read more
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to return to London Palladium
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to return to the London Palladium next summer. The musical, which tells the story of Joseph in the book... Read more
Bonnie Langford
Bonnie Langford to join the cast of 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre
The full casting has been announced for the upcoming West End premiere of 9 to 5 the Musical at the Savoy Theatre, with Bonnie Langford set to play Roz Keith. Langford is currently playing Dorothy... Read more
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman to perform concerts at The O2 Arena in June 2019
Actor Hugh Jackman is set to embark on a solo world tour in 2019, including two dates at London’s O2 Arena in June. Jackman will perform songs from the hit 2017 film The Greatest Showman, in which he... Read more
Phoenix Season extended at Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre has announced an extension of its Phoenix Season, which celebrates the reopening of its grand hall after a fire that burned the theatre down in 2015. From 20th February 2019,... Read more
Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack to star as Roxie Hart in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre
Caroline Flack will star as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Her first performance as Roxie Hart will be on 10th December 2018, playing the role until the show... Read more
Matthew Xia
Matthew Xia announced as new Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company
Matthew Xia has been announced as the new artistic director for Actors Touring Company. Xia will assume the position part-time from December 2018, before taking on the role full time in March 2019.... Read more
Stop and Search
Casting announced for world premiere of Stop and Search at the Arcola Theatre
The full cast for the world premiere of Stop and Search has been announced, which will be performed at the Arcola Theatre. In a tense political climate, Stop and Search explores the relationship... Read more
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery announces new cast and extended booking period
The Olivier Award-nominated play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has extended its booking period at the Criterion Theatre, playing until 3rd November 2019, as well as announcing a new cast for its... Read more
Shipwreck Almeida Theatre
Casting announced for Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck at the Almeida
Casting has been announced for the Almeida’s production of Anne Washburn’s new play Shipwreck, which is set at a dinner with the 45th President of the United States. Directed by Almeida Theatre... Read more
I And You
Hampstead Theatre’s I and You to be streamed for free on Instagram
The Hampstead Theatre’s sold-out production of Lauren Gunderson’s play I and You will be streamed on Instagram for free, it has been announced. Starring Maisie Williams, who has a following of around... Read more
David Thaxton
David Thaxton to star in Phantom of the Opera in the West End
David Thaxton is set to take on the lead role in The Phantom of the Opera from next month, as Tim Howar temporarily leaves the role due to previous commitments. Howar is scheduled to play dates on... Read more
Agnes Colander
Trevor Nunn to direct Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life at Jermyn Street
Trevor Nunn is to direct Harley Granville Barker’s play Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life at the Jermyn Street Theatre in February. Barker’s play, which premiered in the Ustinov Studio at Theatre... Read more
Katharine McPhee
Katharine McPhee to play Jenna Hunterson in Waitress in the West End
Katharine McPhee is set to star in the West End premiere of Waitress as Jenna Hunterson, opening at the Adelphi Theatre next year. McPhee will make her West End debut in this production, reprising... Read more
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
New 2019 season announced at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The new season at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre is set to include productions directed by Jamie Lloyd and Ellen McDougall, and includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s í. The... Read more
Coming Clean
Casting announced for Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios
The full cast for the West End transfer of Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studio Two has been announced, set to open in January 2019. Coming Clean looks at the breakdown of a gay couple’s relationship, as... Read more
Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre announces Roxana Silbert as new artistic director
The Hampstead Theatre has announced Roxana Silbert as its new artistic director, following the departure of Edward Hall after nine years in charge. Silbert, who will also be joint chief executive... Read more
Evening Standard Awards
Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 winners announced
The winners of this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards have been announced, as see Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo both win following their performances in the National Theatre's production of... Read more
Wicked extends booking period to November 2019
The West End production of Wicked has extended its booking period at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, taking the show into its 13th year in London. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is... Read more
Man of La Mancha
Musical Man of La Mancha to star Kelsey Grammer at London Coliseum
English National Opera are set to bring the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha to the London Coliseum next year, starring Kelsey Grammer and opera singer Danielle De Niese. The musical, written by... Read more
Kinky Boots
Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly to return to Kinky Boots in the West End
Original Kinky Boots cast members Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly are to return to the production later this month, as the musical is filmed for worldwide release. The pair will return to the... Read more
Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston to star in Betrayal by Harold Pinter in the West End
Tom Hiddleston is set to star in Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal in London’s West End next year. Hiddleston, known for his roles as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the BBC series The... Read more
Mischief Theatre
New Mischief Theatre magic show Magic Goes Wrong in the works
Mischief Theatre appears to be planning a new major production based on a magic show, according to the company’s website. According to the company’s website’s listings, Magic Goes Wrong is listed as... Read more
Cirque du Soleil announces Avatar-inspired show in London
Cirque du Soleil has announced its latest production will be inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar and is set to run in London in 2019. The show, titled Toruk – The First Flight, is the first time the... Read more
The American Clock
Casting announced for The American Clock at The Old Vic
Initial casting has been announced the Old Vic’s upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, which is set to open at the theatre in February 2019. Rachel Chavkin, whose production of... Read more
Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam to return to London as part of UK tour
Jon Brittain’s Olivier Award-winning play Rotterdam is set to embark on a UK tour which will include its return to London, it has been announced. The play follows the story of a couple – Alice and... Read more
The Light in the Piazza
The Light in the Piazza to run at the Southbank Centre in London in 2019
Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' musical The Light In The Piazza is set to run at London’s Southbank Centre in 2019, directed by Daniel Evans. The musical is set in Florence, and tells the story of a... Read more
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen to embark on 80 venue tour to celebrate 80th birthday
Ian McKellen is set to embark on a mammoth 80 venue tour across the country, taking in a number of different theatres in London, as he marks his 80th birthday. Beginning in January 2019, the actor... Read more
Rip It Up – The 60’s to transfer to the Garrick Theatre
Rip It Up - The 60's is set to transfer to the West End with a 16 week run at the Garrick Theatre in 2019. The show has recently toured the UK and brought the sights and sounds of the 1960s to... Read more
Bush Theatre
Madani Younis announces final season as Bush Theatre artistic director
A new season of work has been announced at the Bush Theatre, including two world premieres in what will be Madani Younis’ final programme as artistic director at the theatre. The season begins in... Read more
The Wider Earth
The Wider Earth extends run at the Natural History Museum
Charles Darwin play The Wider Earth has extended its run at the Natural History Museum, where it is currently playing at the custom-built theatre in the Jerwood Gallery. The production tells the... Read more
The Simon & Garfunkel Story announces West End extension
Ahead of its week-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Simon & Garfunkel Story has announced six more performances in 2019. The six additional performances will be held at the Lyric... Read more
Jesus Christ Superstar to transfer to the Barbican Theatre
After successful runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2016 and 2017, Jesus Christ Superstar will play at the Barbican Theatre in 2019 for a limited engagement of 60 performances. The production... Read more
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie extends in the West End
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the musical that has now been running in the West End for one year, has extended its run at the Apollo Theatre, it has been announced. With music from The Feeling... Read more
Joshua Jenkins
Casting announced for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The full West End cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre has been announced. Joshua Jenkins makes his West End debut leading the cast as Christopher Boone... Read more
Todrick Hall
RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Todrick Hall to star in Chicago as Billy Flynn
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Todrick Hall is set to star in the West End production of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre as he takes over the role of Billy Flynn. Hall is known in the US for being a semi-... Read more
Aled Jones to make guest appearance in The Wipers Times on Remembrance Sunday
Aled Jones will make a special guest appearance in the evening performance of The Wipers Times on Sunday 11th November. Jones will perform a special arrangement of “Silent Night” with cast members... Read more
Griff Rhys Jones to star in A Christmas Carol with London Musical Theatre Orchestra
Griff Rhys Jones will play Ebenezer Scrooge in the concert production of A Christmas Carol with London Musical Theatre Orchestra at the Lyceum Theatre this December. Rhys Jones is known for appearing... Read more
Home, I'm Darling
Home, I’m Darling starring Katherine Parkinson to transfer to the West End
Laura Wade’s play Home, I’m Darling is set to transfer to the West End next year following a sell-out run at the National Theatre this summer. The play, directed by Theatr Clwyd artistic director... Read more
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