London Theatre News - January 2019

Man of La Mancha
Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson join West End cast of Man of La Mancha
Further casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Inspired by the seventeenth-century novel titled Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha follows the... Read more
Troubadour White City Theatre
New theatre in White City to launch in summer 2019
A new West London fringe theatre is set to launch later this year on the former site of BBC Media Village in White City. The Troubadour White City Theatre, announced today by Troubadour Theatres and... Read more
Little Miss Sunshine
Laura Pitt-Pulford and Gary Wilmot to star in European premiere of Little Miss Sunshine
Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Little Miss Sunshine at the Arcola Theatre written by James Lapine and William Finn, which will be the musical’s European premiere.... Read more
Sarah Hadland
Sarah Hadland joins Alex Kingston in Admissions at Trafalgar Studios
Miranda star Sarah Hadland will join Alex Kingston for the upcoming West End production of Admissions, Joshua Harmon’s play set to transfer from New York. Admissions is a comedy set in the admissions... Read more
Sting ZooNation
ZooNation dance show set to music by Sting to premiere in London
A new ZooNation dance production set to the music of Sting will be performed at the Peacock Theatre next year. Titled Message In A Bottle, the story will tell of three siblings who are all separated... Read more
Bitter Wheat
David Mamet play based on Weinstein scandal to star John Malkovich in London
A new play by David Mamet tackling the Harvey Weinstein scandal is set to premiere in the West End later this year, and will star John Malkovich making his first stage appearance in almost three... Read more
Fiddler on the Roof
Menier’s Fiddler on the Roof to transfer to the West End
Trevor Nunn’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, which is currently running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will transfer to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre in March, is has been announced. Fiddler... Read more
& Juliet
Max Martin musical & Juliet to open in London starring Miriam Teak-Lee
A new musical featuring the back catalogue of songwriter Max Martin based on William Shakespeare’s character Juliet is set to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre later this year, it has been announced.... Read more
Groan Ups
Mischief Theatre announces new show Groan Ups and residency at Vaudeville Theatre
Mischief Theatre are set to take up a residency at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End where they will present three new productions, beginning in September 2019. Known for their hit... Read more
Judi Dench and Charles Dance
Judi Dench and Charles Dance to appear in conversation series at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
A new series of events at the Theatre Royal Haymarket will feature guest speakers discussing their experiences in theatre, as well as performances by esteemed British laureates.  Sunday Encounters at... Read more
Theatre attendance
Musicals drive record London theatre attendance in 2018
A sharp increase in attendance at musicals has driven a steady rise in theatre attendances in the West End, new figures from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) show. The figures show that theatre... Read more
Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss to provide voiceover in Dark Sublime
Mark Gatiss will lend his voice to a character in the upcoming world premiere of Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studio Two. Dark Sublime is a science-fiction inspired play that tells the story of Oli, a... Read more
The Bay at Nice
David Hare’s The Bay at Nice to be revived at Menier Chocolate Factory
A major revival of David Hare’s play The Bay at Nice has been announced at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Richard Eyre. The play is set in Leningrad in the 1950s when Valentina Nrovka is... Read more
Mary Poppins
Dates announced for West End revival of Mary Poppins
The dates for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre have been announced, as well as when tickets will go on sale. Mary Poppins will begin previews on 23rd October 2019, before an official opening... Read more
The Starry Messenger
Matthew Broderick to make West End debut in The Starry Messenger
Actor Matthew Broderick is set to star in a new production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham’s Theatre later this spring. Taking inspiration from Galileo’s Sidereus... Read more
Tina Turner Musical Extends
Tina the Musical extends booking period in the West End
The booking period for Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre has been extended, with performances scheduled until 21st December 2019.   It has also been announced that Adrienne Warren and Kobna... Read more
National Theatre
New updates for the 2019 season at the National Theatre
The National Theatre has announced casting for upcoming productions, as well as updates on touring NT productions returning to London during the year. Leah Harvey, Aisling Loftus and Gershwyn... Read more
MT Fest Nightcaps
West End stars to feature in late night concert series at The Other Palace
A series of late-night concerts featuring West End stars will take place as part of the next month's two-week MT Fest UK at The Other Palace , it has been announced. From 11th to 23rd February 2019,... Read more
Caroline Sheen
Caroline Sheen to replace Louise Redknapp in 9 to 5 the Musical
EDIT: Louise Redknapp has since rejoined the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical in London, and is scheduled to play the part of Violet until 30th June.  Caroline Sheen is set to replace Louise Redknapp in... Read more
Six the Musical
Six extended at the Arts Theatre until January 2020
It has been announced that Six has extended its run at the Arts Theatre, with performances now scheduled to January 2020. A concert-style show based around the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives, Six... Read more
Amanda Abbington to star in Florian Zeller’s The Son
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming UK premiere of Florian Zeller’s play The Son, which will run at the Kiln Theatre from next month. Amanda Abbington will star in the play, which... Read more
Casting announced for Trevor Nunn’s production of Agnes Colander
Full casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s upcoming production of Agnes Colander, which will run in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre. The play was written by a young Harley Granville Barker... Read more
Louise Redknapp
Louise Redknapp delays 9 to 5 role due to injury
It has been announced that Louise Redknapp has had to delay her upcoming performances in 9 to 5, after an injury earlier this week. Louise Redknapp was scheduled to appear in 9 to 5 as Violet... Read more
Alex Kingston
Alex Kingston to star in Joshua Harmon's play Admissions in the West End
Joshua Harmon’s new play Admissions is set to transfer to the West End next month, starring actor Alex Kingston at Trafalgar Studios. Having premiered on Broadway last year, Admissionsis set in the... Read more
Betrayal
Cast joining Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal in London announced
Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox are set to join Tom Hiddleston in the upcoming West End revival of Betrayal, Harold Pinter’s play set to be performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre later this year. From... Read more
Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle officially announced as Royal Patron of the National Theatre
It has been officially announced that the Duchess of Sussex is the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre in London, following some weeks of speculation. The role has been handed down to Meghan,... Read more
Sweat extends run at the Donmar Warehouse
Lynn Nottage's critically acclaimed new play Sweat has extended its run at the Donmar Warehouse, it has been announced. Inspired by interviews Nottage conducted with townspeople from Reading,... Read more
The Twilight Zone
Full cast for The Twilight Zone West End transfer announced
Casting has been announced for the upcoming transfer of The Twilight Zone, which comes to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre from the Almeida in March. Written by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns), the stage... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
New cast for West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announced
A new cast for the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre has been announced. Joining the previously announced Layton Williams in the title role of Jamie, a boy... Read more
Shakespeare's Globe
Full Shakespeare’s Globe summer 2019 season announced
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the productions that will make up its summer season on the South Bank later this year. It will be the second season under the artistic direction of Michelle Terry,... Read more
Jesus Hopped The A Train
Full casting announced for Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic
Artistic Director of the Young Vic Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced the full cast for Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Gurgis, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is set... Read more
The Jungle
Sonia Friedman says she’ll bring The Jungle back to London for Sajid Javid
Producer Sonia Friedman, refugee charity Good Chance and the National Theatre have invited Home Secretary Sajid Javid to a special performance of The Jungle, which told the stories of a number of... Read more
Waitress casting
Full West End cast announced for Waitress London premiere
Full casting for the upcoming West End premiere of the Broadway musical Waitress, which opens at the Adelphi Theatre next month, has announced. The cast is led by Katharine McPhee, best known for her... Read more
Les Miserables
Les Miserables to move to Gielgud Theatre temporarily in 2019
The London production of Les Miserables is set to move to the Gielgud Theatre this summer, with a  new production of the musical opening in a newly refurbished Queen’s Theatre in December 2019. The... Read more
Home I'm Darling
Full casting announced for West End transfer of Home, I’m Darling
The full casting for the upcoming West End transfer of Home, I’m Darling at the Duke of York’s Theatre has been announced. The play tells the story of  high-flying businesswoman Judy who adopts the... Read more
All About Eve
Full cast joining Gillian Anderson and Lily James in All About Eve announced
The full cast joining Ivo van Hove’s hotly anticipated stage adaptation of All About Eve has been announced. Based on the 1950 film, All About Eve centres on Eve Harrington, a young theatre fan who... Read more
Stage 100
Architect Steve Tompkins named most influential person in UK theatre in The Stage 100
Architect Steve Tompkins has been named the most influential person in British theatre in the latest edition of The Stage 100, published today by the newspaper. Tompkins, who is the director of the... Read more
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