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NEW BANK ROBBERY CAST ANNOUNCED (17 JANUARY 2017

With Mischief Theatre's production of The Play That Goes Wrong soon to open on Broadway, the company have announced the new cast for its critically acclaimed smash (and grab) hit play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. The new cast start from Wednesday 8 February 2017 at the West End's Criterion Theatre, where the show is currently booking until 29 October 2017.

Jeremy Lloyd (Everyone Else) continues in the production and he is joined by Hannah Boyce (Caprice), Mark Hammersley (Warren), Sean Kearns (Freeboys), Steffan Lloyd-Evans (Sam), Tania Mathurin (Ruth), Christopher Pizzey (Smitties), Gareth Tempest (Mitch), Miles Yekinni (Cooper) and understudies Michael Bodie, Samuel Fogell, Paula Kay, Niall Ransome and Holly Sumpton.

Mischief Theatre currently has three shows running simultaneously in the West End - The Comedy About A Bank Robbery as well as the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre and Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre. A specially written television adaptation of Peter Pan Goes Wrong was broadcast on BBC 1 on New Year's Eve.


DAVID HAIG JOINS DANIEL RADCLIFFE IN ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDERSTERN (9 JANUARY 2017)

The Old Vic has confirmed that David Haig will join Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Further casting has also been announced.

Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production, running from 25 February to 29 April.

David Haig plays The Player. David's most recent theatre credits include Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Guys & Dolls (Savoy Theatre), and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me at Chichester Festival Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Madness of George III, Mary Poppins, Hitchcock Blonde, Donkey's Years, Art, and Our Country's Good at the Royal Court, for which David won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. Television credits include The Witness for the Prosecution, The Thick Of It, Mo, The 39 Steps, My Boy Jack, Talking Heads and The Thin Blue Line. Film credits include Florence Foster Jenkins and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Other cast includes Louisa Beadel as a Player (Future Conditional at The Old Vic), William Chubb as Polonius (King Lear at The Old Vic), Luke Mullins as Hamlet (Endgame with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Waiting for Godot at The Barbican Centre), Marianne Oldham as Gertrude (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at Chichester Festival Theatre, Sons Without Fathers at The Arcola) and Helena Wilson as Ophelia (Romeo and Juliet, OUDS/Thelma Holt International Tour).


PANTO RETURNS TO PALLADIUM IN 2017 (3 JANUARY 2017)

Pantomime will return to the London Palladium over the Festive Season in 2017 with Dick Whittington. It will run from 9 December 2017 to 8 January 2018.

On the return of pantomime to the Palladium Qdos Entertainment Chairman Nick Thomas said: "We've been overwhelmed by the exceptional response that our production of Cinderella has received - the show has now broken the Box Office record for the highest grossing week in the West End. We couldn't resist Really Useful Theatres invitation to return to the iconic home of pantomime for a second year and look forward to revealing more about Dick Whittington and its cast in the New Year."

Qdos Entertainment's run of Cinderella, which opened earlier this month, continues at the Palladium until 15 January 2017. The production - directed by Michael Harrison and co-directed and choreographed by Andrew Wright - has a cast including Paul O'Grady as Baroness Hardup, Julian Clary as Dandini, Amanda Holden as The Fairy Godmother, Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain, Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup, Natasha J Barnes as Cinderella and Suzie Chard and Wendy Somerville as The Wicked Stepsisters.

Further details about the production of Dick Whittington will be announced at a later date.