London Theatre News - May 2019

Jesus Christ Superstar
Full casting announced for Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican
The complete cast for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre revival of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican has been announced. Samuel Buttery will star as King Herod, with previous credits including... Read more
The Worst Witch
Full casting announced for The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre
Ahead of the West End transfer for The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre, the full cast to star in the production has been announced. Based on the books by Jill Murphy, The Worst Witch follows... Read more
The Man in the White Suit
Sue Johnston to join cast of world premiere of The Man in the White Suit
It has been announced that Sue Johnston will star in the world premiere of The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Based on the 1951 film starring Alec Guinness, The Man in the White Suit... Read more
Blake Harrison
Blake Harrison to join cast of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre
It has been announced that Blake Harrison will take over the role of Ogie in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre next month. Best known for playing Neil Sutherland in The Inbetweeners from 2008-2010 and... Read more
Wicked announces new West End cast to take over from July 2019
A new cast for the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria is set to take over this summer. Nikki Bentley will take over the role of Elphaba from Alice Fearn, while Helen Woolf will play... Read more
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre
Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will transfer to the West End for an eight-week run at the Harold Pinter Theatre this summer. Based on the best-selling novel by Louis... Read more
Two Ladies
Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić to star in world premiere at the Bridge Theatre
Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić will star as the first ladies of the US and France in the world premiere of Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre, opening in September 2019. Written by Nancy Harris, Two... Read more
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to transfer to Bridge Theatre this Christmas
The Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will transfer to London for a Christmas run at the Bridge Theatre, it has been announced. Sally Cookson’s production premiered... Read more
Godspell
Laura Baldwin and Ramin Karimloo to join cast of Godspell concert at Cadogan Hall
A line-up of West End stars will join the British Theatre Academy’s performance of Godspell at Cadogan Hall, it has been announced. Laura Baldwin will join the cast, currently playing Dawn in... Read more
Kwame Kwei-Armah announces new 2020 season at Young Vic
Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced his next season of work at the Young Vic, featuring Cush Jumbo taking on Hamlet, retellings of two classic plays, and a 24-hour endurance performance... Read more
the end of history...
David Morrissey to star in world premiere of Jack Thorne's the end of history...
Full casting for the world premiere of the end of history... at the Royal Court Theatre has been announced, ahead of the show’s opening next month. Set in 1997, the end of history... follows Sal and... Read more
Goldilocks and the Three Bears announced as London Palladium pantomime for 2019
Television presenter Matt Baker is set to make his Palladium pantomime debut this Christmas as the London Palladium stages a production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Following the successes of... Read more
The Life I Lead
Miles Jupp to star in The Life I Lead at the Wyndham’s Theatre
After a nationwide tour earlier this year, it has been announced that The Life I Lead will transfer to the West End, playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Based on the life of David Tomlinson, The Life I... Read more
Caroline Sheen
Caroline Sheen to return to 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre
It has been announced that Caroline Sheen will reprise her performance as Violet in 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre. After stepping into the role following Louise Redknapp’s injury in rehearsals, Sheen... Read more
Dark Sublime
Marina Sirtis to star in world premiere of Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios
The full casting for the upcoming world premiere of Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studio Two has been announced. Written by Michael Dennis, Dark Sublime is a sci-fi comedy play that tells the story of... Read more
Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things
Secret Cinema to present immersive Stranger Things experience in London
In an official collaboration with Netflix, Secret Cinema will bring Stranger Things to life at a newly-created immersive theatre experience at a secret location, it has been announced. Titled Secret... Read more
Equus
Equus to transfer to Trafalgar Studio One in 2019
After a limited engagement at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Equus will transfer to Trafalgar Studio One later this year, it has been announced. Inspired by Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller,... Read more
Lyric Hammersmith
Details on Rachel O'Riordan's first season as artistic director at Lyric Hammersmith
Productions to be performed as part of the first season under the artistic direction of Rachel O’Riordan at the Lyric Hammersmith have been announced. The season will feature seven new productions by... Read more
Waitress
Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts to join cast of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre
It has been announced that Lucie Jones and Ashley Roberts will join the cast of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre. Jones will take over the role of Jenna from Katharine McPhee. After competing on The X... Read more
The Girl on the Train
Samantha Womack to star in West End transfer of The Girl on the Train
As part of the production’s national tour, it has been announced that The Girl on the Train will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited engagement. Based on the 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins... Read more
Bitter Wheat
Full casting announced for world premiere of Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
The complete casting for the upcoming world premiere of David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat starring John Malkovich at the Garrick Theatre has been announced. Inspired by recent Hollywood scandals surrounding... Read more
Back To The Future
Back to The Future to receive West End transfer in 2020
It has been announced that Back to the Future: The Musical will receive its West End premiere in 2020. Based on the award-winning 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, Back to the Future follows Marty... Read more
How Love is Spelt
How Love Is Spelt to be revived at Southwark Playhouse
The first major revival of How Love Is Speltwill be performed at the Southwark Playhouse, it has been announced. Set in 2004, the play centres on Peta, a young, independent woman who is looking for... Read more
The Actor's Nightmare
Full casting announced for The Actor’s Nightmare at the Park Theatre
The complete casting has been announced for The Actor’s Nightmare at the Park Theatre, to be performed later this year. Written by Christopher Durang, The Actor’s Nightmare offers a satirical outlook... Read more
Come From Away
Come From Away extends at the Phoenix Theatre to 2020
It has been announced that Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre will play for an extended booking period into 2020. Inspired by real-life events in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Come From Away... Read more
New season announced at the Jermyn Street Theatre
A new season of theatre has been announced at the Jermyn Street Theatre, with a world premiere and a London premiere as part of the season. Titled ‘Memories’, each production during the season... Read more
The View UpStairs
Tyrone Huntley to join cast of The View UpStairs at the Soho Theatre
It has been announced that Tyrone Huntley will star in the European premiere of The View UpStairs at the Soho Theatre, opening later this year. First performed at an off-Broadway venue in 2017, the... Read more
Donmar Warehouse - Europe
Casting announced for David Greig’s Europe at the Donmar Warehouse
Full casting has been announced for the first production in Michael Longhurst’s tenure as artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse: David Greig’s Europe. Directed by Longhurst, the play is set at a... Read more
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Initial casting announced for West End transfer of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Adult casting has been announced for the West End premiere of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ - The Musical at the Ambassadors Theatre. Based on the 1980s children’s books by Sue Townsend,... Read more
The Bridges of Madison County
Jenna Russell to star in The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Jenna Russell is set to lead the cast of the UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County, which opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory in July. With a book by Marsha Norman, the... Read more
Touching The Void
Touching The Void to transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre
Following a world premiere production at the Bristol Old Vic in 2018 and performances earlier this year, Touching The Void will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre, it has been announced. Based on... Read more
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Full casting announced for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Full casting has been announced for the Open Air Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is set to open next month. Directed by Dominic Hill, Amber James and Kieran... Read more
Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz to star in Robert Icke’s The Doctor at the Almeida
Robert Icke will direct his new play The Doctor, which is freely adapted by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi, at the Almeida Theatre in August, it has been announced. Schnitzler’s... Read more
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Full casting announced to join Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith in Joseph at the Palladium
Complete casting for this summer’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium has been announced. Joining the previously confirmed Jason Donovan as the Pharaoh... Read more
Noises Off
Casting announced for Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith
The full casting has been announced for the return of Noises Off to the Lyric Hammersmith, which will open at the off-West End theatre next month. First performed at the Hammersmith venue in 1982,... Read more
9 to 5 the Musical
9 to 5 extends at the Savoy Theatre to 2020
It has been announced that 9 to 5 will be extended at the Savoy Theatre, with a booking period to April 2020. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, the musical follows three colleagues who work... Read more
Bridge Theatre
Team behind Bridge Theatre to open new venue in London’s King’s Cross
Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr are set to open their second commercial theatre venue in London, following their recent venture at the Bridge Theatre in London Bridge. Designed by Howard Tompkins... Read more
The Son
Florian Zeller's The Son to transfer to West End from Kiln Theatre
Florian Zeller’s play The Son is set to transfer to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre following its English-language premiere as part of the first season at the newly rebranded Kiln Theatre.... Read more
Big Cast
Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly join West End cast of Big
Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End transfer of Big the Musical, which opens at the Dominion Theatre in September. Based on the film starring Tom Hanks, the musical is about... Read more
Heartbeat of Home
Heartbeat of Home to transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre
Following a world tour and performances at the London Palladium in February, Heartbeat of Home will return to the West End for a limited run at the Piccadilly Theatre, it has been announced. Produced... Read more
The Bridges of Madison County
British premiere of The Bridges of Madison County to open at Menier Chocolate Factory
The Bridges of Madison County will receive its national premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, it has been announced. Set in the 1960s, the musical follows Francesca, an Italian immigrant living... Read more
Wolf of Wall Street
Immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street to open in London in September
An immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street, the autobiography by American stockbroker Jordan Belfort later adapted for the cinema by Martin Scorsese, is set to open in central London later... Read more
Fiddler on the Roof
Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson to join cast of Fiddler on the Roof
New casting has been announced for the West End revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which transferred to the Playhouse Theatre from the Menier Chocolate Factory. Maria Friedman will take over the role of... Read more
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt to receive West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre
After an industry reading earlier this year, The Prince of Egypt will receive its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre next year, it has been announced. Based on the 1998 DreamWorks animation... Read more
Stephen Fry Mythos
Stephen Fry to perform one-man trilogy of shows at the London Palladium
It has been announced that Stephen Fry will return to the stage for the first time in nearly 40 years to tour a stage adaptation of his book Mythos, with three performances at the London Palladium.... Read more
Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star in final ever run of Fleabag in the West End
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to bring her one-woman show Fleabag to the West End, as she reprises the role on stage for its final ever run. The play, which has previously run at the Soho Theatre,... Read more
Hairspray
Michael Ball to play Edna Turnblad as Hairspray returns to London in 2020
Michael Ball will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad as Hairspray is set to return to London for a summer run at the London Coliseum next year. Ball appeared in the musical when it last ran in London... Read more
Les Mis All Star Staged Concert
Rob Houchen and Bradley Jaden to join cast of all-star Les Mis concert
Further casting has been announced for Les Miserables: All-Star Staged Concert to be staged at the Gielgud Theatre later this year. Rob Houchen joins the cast as Marius, first appearing in Les... Read more
Mamma Mia
Mazz Murray to play Donna in Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre
New casting has been announced for Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre, as the musical enters its 21st year in the West End. Mazz Murray will return to the production to play Donna, previously playing... Read more
Royal Court announces year-long season of work for 2019/20
The Royal Court has announced its next year’s worth of work in both its Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and Downstairs spaces, with this latest season spanning from September this year to July 2020.... Read more
BalletBoyz to make West End debut at the Vaudeville Theatre this summer
It has been announced that BalletBoyz will receive their West End debut at the Vaudeville Theatre later this year, performing their latest production for a two-week engagement. Titled Them/Us, the... Read more
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