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  REGENT'S PARK THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR EVITA (16 APRIL 2019)  
             
  Regent's Park Theatre has today announced principal casting for their production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, alongside the full creative team.

Chicago-based Samantha Pauly makes her UK debut in the role of Eva Peron, direct from her performance in SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and as Valkyrie in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour). She appears alongside Ektor Rivera, also making his UK debut, having recently played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! on Broadway and US Tour.
An original Broadway cast member of Disney's Aladdin - where he has been performing on and off for the last five years - Trent Saunders returns to the UK in the role of Che following his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green Day's American Idiot (Hammersmith Apollo). Nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Kylah in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Frances Mayli McCann plays the role of The Mistress.

Director Jamie Lloyd said:
"After an international search, I am incredibly excited about the amazing talent we have discovered, and the variety of voices we have assembled, to share this story today. Samantha Pauly will lead a thrillingly diverse and powerful company."

Joining director Jamie Lloyd are: Soutra Gilmour (designer), Fabian Aloise (choreographer), Alan Williams (musical supervisor), Jon Clark (lighting designer), Nick Lidster for Autograph (sound designer) and Barbara Houseman (season associate director, voice and text).

The fastest selling production in the theatre's history, Evita plays at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre from 2 August to 21 September.
 
             
  STEPHEN MANGAN & KARA TOINTON STAR IN THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (15 APRIL 2019)  
             
  Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon are to star in a stage adaptation by Sean Foley (who also directs) of the classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit. The production will play a three-week season at Theatre Royal Bath (5-21 September 2019(, prior to receiving its world premiere at London's Wyndham's Theatre in preview from 26 September (press night is 8 October). Mangan plays Sidney Stratton with Tointon as Daphne Birnley.

The 1951 iconic Ealing comedy starred Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Screenplay).

When Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne, the mill owner's daughter, shows Stratton any sympathy as his world gradually falls apart before he finally finds love and a new idea.

This world premiere production will reunite Mangan and Foley who created the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster together. Foley also teams up again with Michael Taylor with whom he created the five-time Olivier Award-nominated The Ladykillers. Foley's production will feature a cast of 14 including actor-musicians and a specially written score. Set and costume design will be by Michael Taylor.

Stephen Mangan is a stage, film, television and voice actor. In 2008 he played in title role in The Norman Conquests at The Old Vic and then on Broadway. Other theatre credits include, Birthday and The People Are Friendly (Royal Court Theatre), Jeeves and Wooster (Duke of York's Theatre), Hayfever (Savoy theatre), Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC) and Rules For Living (National Theatre). Mangan has an extensive list of television credits, he plays the lead role of Sean Lincoln in the comedy series Episodes.
This year he can also been seen starring the new comedy series Bliss for Sky Atlantic.

Kara Tointon's stage appearances include: Olivia in Twelfth Night (RSC); Bella Manningham in Gaslight (UK Tour); Ginny in Relatively Speaking (Wyndham's Theatre); Evelyn in Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Eliza in Pygmalion (Garrick Theatre). On television she has appeared in The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, Henry IX, The Halcyon, The Sound of Music Live, Mr Selfridge, Suntrap, Lewis, Bedlam, The Bill, Dream Team, Keen Eddie, Harry and Cosh and EastEnders.
 
             
  THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE MUSICAL GETS WEST END PREMIERE (11 APRIL 2019)  
             
  Move over Cats - It's time for a mole!

This joyous new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ -The Musical arrives in London for a strictly limited season!

A timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. One of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, he's the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain.

With an infectious score and a script as sidesplittingly outrageous as the original novel, this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

Following acclaimed runs at Leicester's Curve theatre in 2015 and the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017, Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ - The Musical, will open at the West End's Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 15 June until 12 October 2019, with a Gala Night on Tuesday 2 July. Tickets are on sale now.

The page-to-stage musical has book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and direction by Luke Sheppard. Casting for the West End is still to be announced.

Set in 1980s Leicester, this adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book is a timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. One of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, Adrian is the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain. This critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

Curve's Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster commented:
"It has been a great joy for all of us at Curve to see Sue Townsend's 'misunderstood intellectual' flourish under the inspired writing of Jake and Pippa. We are immensely proud that, after a triumphant opening in Leicester and acclaimed season at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Adrian, Nigel, Pandora and their motley crew are now rocking up in the glitzy West End. It is wonderful to see Sue's legacy live on and that this quirky, joyous, turbo-charged, home-grown new musical has been embraced so whole-heartedly by audiences at home in Leicester and London."

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13ĺ was Townsend's first novel, was originally published in 1982 by Methuen, but is now published by Penguin Books. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, been translated into 30 languages, and spawned seven sequel Adrian Mole novels. The novels have previously been adapted for the stage, radio and television.

Sue Townsend died in 2014. The Townsend family said of the musical's transfer:
"Sue loved West End theatre, and she loved working with Jake and Pippa on the creation of this show. We're very happy for her and Mole that thirty years after his last appearance, a new generation has brought him back."
 
             
  OLIVIER AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED (10 APRIL 2019)  
             
  The winners of the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard were announced at a ceremony this week at London's Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford.

Come From Away, Company and The Inheritance led the way, taking home four awards each.

Come From Away won Mastercard Best New Musical, as well as Outstanding Achievement in Music, Best Theatre Choreographer (Kelly Devine) and the Royal Albert Hall Award For Best Sound Design (Gareth Owen).

Jonathan Bailey picked up his first ever Olivier Award, winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Jamie in Company. Company also won Magic Radio Best Musical Revival, the Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design (Bunny Christie) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Patti LuPone.

Matthew Lopez's play The Inheritance was another big winner on the night, winning American Airlines Best New Play. First-time nominee Kyle Soller won Best Actor for his role in the production. The Inheritance also won the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design (Jon Clark) and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director (Stephen Daldry).

Eight of the winners were first-time nominees, including Best Actress winner Patsy Ferran, who won for her performance in Summer And Smoke (which also claimed the award for Cunard Best Revival).

Other first-time nominee winners included Chris Walley, who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, and Kobna-Holdbrook Smith, who won Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Ike in Tina - The Tina Turner Musical.

An actress who also picked up her first ever Olivier Award was Monica Dolan, who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in All About Eve.

Best Actress in a Musical was won by Sharon D. Clarke for Caroline, Or Change.

Choreographer and director Matthew Bourne was presented with a Special Award by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to dance.

The night featured performances from all the musical nominees: Caroline, Or Change; Come From Away; Company; Fun Home; The King And I; Six; and Tina - The Tina Turner Musical. Disney's The Lion King, which celebrates its 20th anniversary opened the show with a special performance.

Acclaimed West End star Beverley Knight performed during the In Memoriam section of the show, paying tribute to those in the theatre industry who have passed away over the last year.

Presenters at the ceremony included Zawe Ashton, Joanne Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Charlie Cox, Arthur Darvill, Danny Dyer, Gloria Estefan, Sally Field, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hiddleston, Judy Kuhn, Jack McBrayer, Katharine McPhee, Bill Pullman, Shane Richie, Layton Williams, 'Donna and the Dynamos' from Mamma Mia (Sara Poyzer, Ricky Butt and Kate Graham), Darcy Bussell and Richard. E Grant.

The full list of winners is below.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Jonathan Bailey for Company at Gielgud Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Patti LuPone for Company at Gielgud Theatre

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
Come From Away - Book, Music and Lyrics: David Hein and Irene Sankoff; Music Supervisor, Arrangements: Ian Eisendrath; Orchestrations: August Eriksmoen; Musical Director/UK Music Supervisor: Alan Berry; and the band of Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Blkdog by Botis Seva at Sadler's Wells

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Akram Khan for his performance in Xenos at Sadler's Wells

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
A Monster Calls at The Old Vic

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Kelly Devine for Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Company at Gielgud Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith for Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sharon D. Clarke for Caroline, Or Change at Playhouse Theatre

CUNARD BEST REVIVAL
Summer And Smoke at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre

BEST NEW COMEDY
Home, I'm Darling at National Theatre - Dorfman and Duke of York's Theatre

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AFFILIATE THEATRE
Flesh And Bone at Soho Theatre

WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Jon Clark for The Inheritance at Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre

ROYAL ALBERT HALL AWARD FOR BEST SOUND DESIGN
Gareth Owen for Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Catherine Zuber for The King And I at The London Palladium

BLUE-I THEATRE TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN
Bunny Christie for Company at Gielgud Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Chris Walley for The Lieutenant Of Inishmore at NoŽl Coward Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Monica Dolan for All About Eve at Noel Coward Theatre

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
Katya Kabanova at Royal Opera House

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
The ensemble of Porgy And Bess at London Coliseum

BEST ACTOR
Kyle Soller for The Inheritance at Young Vic and NoŽl Coward Theatre

BEST ACTRESS
Patsy Ferran for Summer And Smoke at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre

SIR PETER HALL AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry for The Inheritance at Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre

AMERICAN AIRLINES BEST NEW PLAY
The Inheritance at Young Vic and Noel Coward Theatre

MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL
Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

SOCIETY OF LONDON THEATRE SPECIAL AWARD
Sir Matthew Bourne
 
             
  CAST ANNOUNCED FOR UK PREMIERE OF GLORIA ESTEFAN'S ON YOUR FEET (9 APRIL 2019)  
             
  Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, which will play a limited season at the London Coliseum from 14 June to 31 August 2019. Prior to the London run, there will be seven performances at Curve, Leicester from 3 to 8 June.

Broadway star Christie Prades will reprise her role as 'Gloria Estefan' for the UK premiere, alongside George Ioannides as 'Emilio Estefan', and at certain performances, the role of 'Gloria Estefan' will be played by Philippa Stefani. Madalena Alberto will play 'Gloria Fajardo', Karen Mann 'Consuelo'.

Christie Prades played the role of 'Gloria Estefan' in "On Your Feet!" on Broadway and can currently be seen in the same role on the US tour of the show. Christie's other credits include 'Vanessa' in "In the Heights" and "West Side Story".

George Ioannides has appeared in the West End productions of "Annie' and 'Mamma Mia!" and was most recently seen as 'Eduardo Cortez' in "An Officer and a Gentleman" at Curve, Leicester and on national tour.

Philippa Stefani played 'Mimi' in the recent national tour of "Rent". She has also played 'Daniela' in "In The Heights" at King's Cross Theatre. Her other theatre credits include the original London casts of "Wicked" at the Apollo Victoria and "I Can't Sing" and "Sister Act", both at the London Palladium. She has also appeared in "High Society" at the Old Vic and "Ghost" at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Madalena Alberto's West End credits include the title role in "Evita" at the Dominion Theatre and 'Grizabella' in "Cats" at the London Palladium. She has also appeared as 'Fantine' in the 25th Anniversary tour of "Les Miserables" and was most recently seen as 'Giulietta' in "Aspects of Love" at the Southwark Playhouse.

Karen Mann's many credits include 'Golde' in the national tour of "Fiddler on the Roof" opposite Paul Michael Glaser, 'Marley' in "Scrooge" at Curve and 'Mother Superior' in "Sister Act" also at Curve and on national tour. Her extensive work at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury includes 'Gladys' in "Copacabana", 'Viv' in "Spend Spend Spend" and 'Mrs Lovett' in "Sweeney Todd", which transferred to both the New Ambassadors Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.

Completing the London cast of ON YOUR FEET! will be Hollie Cassar, Francisco Del Solar, Katie Dunsden, Eduardo Enrikez, Laura Friedrich Tejero, Denzel Giskus, Francesca Lara Gordon, Yonly Leyva Desdunes, Elia Lo Tauro, Martin McCarthy, Alicia MencŪa, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Carl Patrick, Clayton Rosa, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Shanna Michelle Slaap, Dawnita Smith, Frank van Hengel, Despina Violari and Alain Zambrana Borges.

Klaudia Gjergji, Holly McDonagh, Emily Perra will share the role of 'Little Gloria' and Santiago Huertas Ruiz, Jonathan Naranjo, Alejandro Puentes Motato will share the role of Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy.

ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom and features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including 'Rhythm is Gonna Get You', 'Conga', 'Get On Your Feet', 'Don't Want To Lose You' and '1-2-3'.

The Tony Award® nominated show ran on Broadway for two years, playing for over 750 performances. It is currently on a two year US tour, whilst the production in Holland played to sell out business and standing ovations for a season in 2017/18.
 
             
  KATHARINE MCPHEE'S FINAL PERFORMANCE IN WAITRESS THIS JUNE (8 APRIL 2019)  
             
  Audiences have ten weeks to catch Katharine McPhee in the West End production of Waitress. The Smash and Scorpion actress will play her final performance on 15 June 2019 with new casting for the role of Jenna to be announced soon. The Tony-nominated musical by Sara Bareilles began performances at the Adelphi Theatre on 8 February and is now booking to 19 October 2019.

Alongside Katharine McPhee as Jenna, Waitress stars Jack McBrayer as Ogie, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Stephen Leask, Jack McBrayer, Chris McGuigan, Katharine McPhee, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O'Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby, Marisha Wallace and Mark Willshire.

Brought to life by a ground breaking, female-led creative team, the hit show features an original score by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.
 
             
  BIG THE MUSICAL GETS WEST END PREMIERE (6 APRIL 2019)  
             
  Something BIG is coming to London this autumn - the West End premiere of screen-to-stager BIG The Musical, which will run for nine weeks only at the Dominion Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.
Based on the smash-hit movie starring Tom Hanks, BIG The Musical makes its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited season from 6 September to 2 November 2019, with a Gala Night in aid of Make-A-Wish on Tuesday 17 September.

BIG is a joyous, heart-warming musical about 12-year-old Josh Baskin who longs to be big. When a mysterious Zoltar machine grants his wish, he finds himself trapped inside an adult's body and he is forced to live and work in a grown-up world, but his childlike innocence has a transforming effect on the adults he encounters.

Jay McGuiness will reprise his role as Josh Baskin, the role immortalised in the 1998 film by Tom Hanks. McGuiness originated the role in the musical's UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2016.

Jay came to fame as part of the successful boy band The Wanted. His fame widened when he won Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 with professional dancer Aliona Vilani. He and fellow bandmate Siva won last year's celebrity version of Channel 4's Hunted, raising money for Stand Up To Cancer. Jay is also a regular contributor to the BBC's The One Show and is currently starring in Rip It Up - The 60's in London's West End until June.
 
             
  RUPAUL'S DRAG STAR BIANCA DE RIO JOINS EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (4 APRIL 2019)  
             
  More West End casting this week for Everybody's Talking About Jamie: Roy Haylock, best known as his drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, will make his West End debut playing the role of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for a limited season 6 May to 29 June 2019.

Haylock takes over his role from Shane Richie and starts the same night as former Steps star Faye Tozer takes over as Miss Hedge.

Bianca Del Rio said:
"I'm absolutely ecstatic to be joining the brilliant cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie' What better way to return to the musical theatre stage than in a WEST END production?! It's such an incredible honour. Helen Mirren beat me to playing Queen Elizabeth, so I accepted the role of the next best admired queen... Loco Chanelle!".

Nica Burns, producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, added: "We are so excited to have a genuine drag queen playing the part of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for the first time. Bianca Del Rio is a queen amongst queens, a world-famous, RuPaul's Drag Race winner. This is her West End debut and while dazzling us as Loco Chanelle, she will also be channelling her inner actor in the double role of Hugo."

Bianca Del Rio was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul's Drag Race. A self-proclaimed "clown in a gown," he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine's list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the "Joan Rivers of the Drag World", and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as "So funny! So sharp!"

Since winning RuPaul's Drag Race, Haylock has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book:Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything. As Bianca, he made guest appearances on MTV's Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starred in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy, the Emcee in Cabaret, and Angel in Rent.

Haylock is now touring with his fourth solo stand-up show, It's Jester Joke, that will reach six continents and over 25 countries in 2019. The tour will include performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall and London's Wembley Arena which will be the first time a drag queen headlines either of those venues with a solo act.

Roy will join current cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Faye Tozer (Miss Hedge), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Harriet Payne (Bex), Rachel Price (Swing), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).
 
             
  MISCHIEF'S COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY EXTENDS TO MAY 2020 (3 APRIL 2019)  
             
  As The Play That Goes Wrong continues at the Duchess Theatre and ahead of a year-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, Mischief Theatre has announced a long extension at another West End theatre for The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. Celebrating its third birthday in the West End, the production is now taking bookings through to 3 May 2020.

In The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, it's summer 1958 at Minneapolis City Bank, which has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend... and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can't be trusted. In a town where everyone's a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

The current cast includes Samson Ajewole (Cooper), Jenna Augen (Ruth Monaghan), Jack Baldwin (Officer Randal Shuck), Leonard Cook (Robin Freeboys), Chris Leask (Everyone Else), Emily Stott (Caprice Freeboys), Gareth Tempest (Mitch Ruscitti), Jack Whittle (Sam Monaghan) and Jean-Luke Worrell (Warren Slax). From Tuesday 23 April the role of Warren Slax will be taken over by Matthew Cavendish and Jean-Luke Worrell will be taking over the role of Cooper. The understudies are Rhiann Francis, Gracie Lai, Dale Mathurin, Kieran Mortell and Finlay Paul.

As well as celebrating The Comedy About a Bank Robbery's third birthday, Mischief Theatre are celebrating a roller-coaster start to the year. Having announced a brand-new season opening at the Vaudeville Theatre in September 2019, with new shows including Groan Ups and Magic Goes Wrong. In addition, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery UK tour is currently running until 8 June and the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong is enjoying its fifth year at the Duchess Theatre, with booking until October 2019.
 
             
  CURVE'S PRODUCTION OF WHITE CHRISTMAS TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END (29 MARCH 2019)  
             
  Made at Curve production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas will transfer to London's Dominion Theatre from 15 November 2019 to 4 January 2020, with a press night on 25 November.

The family musical will star Danny Mac as Bob Wallace and Dan Burton as Phil Davis, who both reprise their roles following the successful run at Curve, Leicester. Further casting will be announced soon.

Danny Mac's many theatre credits include Joe Gillis in the recent tour of Sunset Boulevard, Gabey in On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and the West End productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde. He recently reached the final of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

Dan Burton was nominated for an Olivier for his performance as Tulsa in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. His other West End credits include Jersey Boys, The Pajama Game, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Betty Blue Eyes and Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall.

White Christmas features the classic songs 'Blue Skies', 'Sisters' and the most famous festive song of all, 'White Christmas'. The musical has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

This production is directed by Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster (Annie, Breakfast at Tiffany's) and choreographed by Stephen Mear (Mary Poppins, Gypsy). Set design is by Michael Taylor and costume design is by Diego Pitarch. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Tom Marshall. Orchestrations are by Larry Blank with new musical arrangements by Jason Carr.