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  SIX EXTENDS BOOKING AS FIRST WEST END BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS BEGIN (20 JANUARY 2020)  
             
  A new booking period for the hit London production of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss' musical Six will run until 31 January 2021, with over 90,000 extra seats now on sale to mark the show's first West End birthday at the Arts Theatre.

Plus, on 21 January, the West End Queendom welcomes a new royal as Sophie Isaacs will wear the crown for the first time as Katherine Howard. Sophie starred as Heather McNamara in the cult West End hit musical Heathers and recently was Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium.

The current West End Queendom are Jarneia Richard-Noel (Catherine of Aragon), Courtney Bowman (Anne Boleyn), Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour), Alexia McIntosh (Anna of Cleves), Danielle Steers (Catherine Parr), with Zara MacIntosh (alternate Catherine of Aragon and Katherine Howard), Cherelle Jay (alternate Anne Boleyn and Anna of Cleves), Hana Stewart (alternate Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr) and Collette Guitart (dance captain/understudy).

The Six soundtrack stormed the charts with 400,000 streams per day across the Spotify and Apple Music platforms, now amassing over 90 million streams since its release, making it the second highest streamed theatre cast album in the world. The Australian production, which opened this week at Sydney Opera House, will tour to Melbourne and Adelaide, and the Broadway staging begins on 13 February, ahead of opening night on 12 March. A successful 33-venue UK tour continues to summer 2020.

Later this year, Six will also return to Chicago, where it made its North American premiere, for an open-ended run from 8 July.

Six is written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, with direction by Moss and Jamie Armitage, choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, set design by Emma Bailey, costume design by Gabriella Slade, lighting design by Tim Deiling, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, musical orchestration by Tom Curran and musical supervision by Joe Beighton. Also in the team are associate choreographer Freya Sands, musical director Katy Richardson and associate musical director Arlene McNaught.
 
             
  SCHOOL OF ROCK TO CLOSE IN MARCH; CINDERELLA TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER (16 JANUARY 2020)  
             
  School of Rock The Musical will complete its hugely successful run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 1 March 2020, having played more than 1,400 performances, before heading out on a major UK tour in 2021. All tour dates and further information will be announced in due course.

Seen by over 1.3 million people, the West End production of School of Rock, based on the hit movie comedy starring Jack Black, received widespread critical and audience acclaim when it opened in November 2016, going on to win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Since opening the show has also welcomed over 100 young actor musicians to the kids cast of the show, who play their instruments live at every performance.
School of Rock opened in London following a triumphant Broadway premiere in 2015. The New York production ran for more than three years and also embarked on an 18 month US tour. The show is also currently playing in Sydney, following dates in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Korea and a multi-city tour of China. This extensive Australasian tour will continue into 2020 with dates across the region and a major UK tour will launch in February 2021. Standalone productions have also played in Italy, Brazil and Israel with runs in Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Germany planned.

Andrew Lloyd Webber further said: "I've been thrilled by School of Rock's success around the world, especially in the West End. I'm very glad that so many kids have seen the show and been inspired to pick up an instrument and take up music after seeing what our young performers do live every night. There are local language productions now planned around the world, and I'm particularly keen to see the Chinese kids band rock out in due course!"

Following School of Rock's departure from the Gillian Lynne Theatre, owners LW Theatres will carry out internal upgrade work to the building including the addition of more toilets, refurbishment to areas of the auditorium and Front of House, as well as the potential increase in seating capacity on the circle level of the theatre.

Following the refurbishment, Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly-anticipated Cinderella will open at the venue, with performances beginning in September 2020.

The production, a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, is based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, the Emmy Award-nominated lead scriptwriter of the second season of international smash hit Killing Eve, with a brand new score from the legendary composer.

Fennell's new film A Promising Young Woman, that she has written and directed and which stars Carey Mulligan, will open this spring. As an actress she played Patsy Mount on the BBC's Call The Midwife and currently depicts Camilla Parker Bowles on the Netflix hit The Crown.

The show's lyrics are from David Zippel, a multi-award winner for Broadway productions including City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, The Woman in White and Liza at the Palace, as well as for work on film including Disney's Hercules and Mulan, both of which received Oscar nominations.

Cinderella will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography from JoAnn Hunter, who previously partnered on School of Rock and the recent, sold out production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:
"I have long wanted to write my own version of Cinderella but could never find a take on the classic story that really grabbed me. Emerald Fennell has written something truly exciting and original, and the moment I read her outline I knew I'd found my latest collaborator. I'm very pleased to be working with David Zippel, a hugely witty lyricist, once again.
"I'm also excited to be reunited with Laurence and JoAnn, who I loved creating School of Rock with and who delivered a knock out Joseph last Summer at The London Palladium, where it rightfully returns in June."

All further creative team and cast announcements regarding Cinderella will be made at a later date.
 
             
  COME FROM AWAY NEW WEST END CAST ANNOUNCED (15 JANUARY 2020)  
             
  As the Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical Come From Away enters its second year in the West End, it welcomes new cast members from 10 February 2020.

The new cast of Come From Away in the West End will include Tarinn Callender (Bob and others), James Doherty (Claude and others), Alice Fearn (Beverley/Annette and others), Kate Graham (Diane and others), and Alasdair Harvey (Nick/Doug and others), with Ricardo Castro, Stuart Hickey, Sorelle Marsh, Micha Richardson and Matthew Whennell-Clark.

They join Jenna Boyd (Beulah and others), Mary Doherty (Bonnie and others), Mark Dugdale (taking over the roles of Kevin T/Garth and others), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J/Ali and others), Harry Morrison (Oz and others), Emma Salvo (Janice and others), Cat Simmons (Hannah and others) and Chiara Baronti, Alexander McMorran and Jennifer Tierney.

Under the musical direction of Alan Berry (keyboard/accordion/harmonium), the band includes Matt Bashford (whistles/irish flute/uilleann pipes), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle), Oli Briant (electric, acoustic and nylon guitars), Ray Fean (bodhrán/percussion), Joey Grant (electric bass/acoustic bass), Justin Quinn (acoustic guitar/mandolins/bazouki) and Ian Whitehead (drums/percussion).

Come From Away features a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, hair design by David Brian Brown, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.

In addition to winning four Olivier Awards (London) including Best New Musical, Come From Away has scooped multiple awards all across North America: the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, five Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, three Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including Outstanding Musical, four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington DC) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, four Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Awards, four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including Excellence in Production of a Musical, six San Diego Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Musical, three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including Best New Musical, three Dora Awards (Toronto) including Outstanding New Musical/Opera and Outstanding Production, and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).

The multi award-winning musical continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, in Canada, in Australia and on a 60-city North American tour. It has recently been announced that a tour of China will commence in Shanghai from May 2020, and a feature film adaptation is in the works.
 
             
  ANDY NYMAN AND JENNA RUSSELL JOIN IMELDA STAUNTON IN HELLO DOLLY! (14 JANUARY 2020)  
             
  Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced that Andy Nyman and Jenna Russell are to join the cast of Hello, Dolly! as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to the Adelphi Theatre this summer. This brand new production is headlined by Imelda Staunton, as she reunites with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020).

Andy Nyman - who will play Horace Vandergelder - is a multi-award winning actor, writer and director. Most recently he won ununaimous acclaim for his memorable portrayal of Tevye in the celebrated production of Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and its subsequent transfer to the Playhouse Theatre.

Nyman's acting credits include the Royal Court production of Hangmen and the West End hit Ghost Stories, which he also created and starred in the film adaptation. His various TV roles include Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders and he has frequently collaborated with illusionist Derren Brown, co-writing and co-directing four of his stage shows.

Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell will play Irene Molloy. Jenna recently starred in the UK premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2006 for her performance in Sunday In The Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory (a performance she later reprised on Broadway) and was nominated for her work in the Menier's 2012 revival of Merrily We Roll Along. She also appeared in the acclaimed, London premiere production of Fun Home the Young Vic.

Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Imelda Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried 'half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman's timeless score includes 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes', 'Ribbons Down My Back', 'Before the Parade Passes By', 'Elegance', 'It Only Takes a Moment' and of course, 'Hello, Dolly!'.

Imelda Staunton and Dominic Cooke most recently worked together to spectacular effect with the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Now Hello, Dolly! reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical.

Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.

Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date.
 
             
  EMILIA CLARKE MAKES WEST END DEBUT IN THE SEAGULL (7 JANUARY 2020)  
             
  The Jamie Lloyd Company has announced that Emilia Clarke is to make her West End debut as Nina in Anya Reiss' adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, completing the new season at the Playhouse Theatre. The production opens on 19 March 2020, with previews from 11 March, and runs until 30 May.

The season, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opened this month with the critically-acclaimed production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, freely adapted by Martin Crimp and starring James McAvoy - running until 29 February 2020; and closes with Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in a version by Frank McGuinness with Jessica Chastain which opens on 18 June, with previews from 10 June and running until 5 September. The production has a design by Soutra Gilmour. Further cast and creative team to be announced.

Emilia Clarke said:
"I am over the moon to be playing Nina in Jamie Lloyd's interpretation of The Seagull. I've long been a fan of the singular vision he brings to each of his masterful productions and the way he approaches classical texts. We are so lucky to be working with Anya's brilliant adaptation, as she brings a light touch of modernity to this beautifully crafted play. I cannot wait to get stuck in with these two visionaries."

Anya Reiss added: "It's a cliche, but the classics really do age and change with you, so I'm thrilled to get another chance to work on The Seagull. I'm even more excited to work with Jamie and Emilia."

Emilia Clarke plays Nina. Her theatre credits include Breakfast at Tiffany's (Cort Theatre, New York). Her television credits include as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones' and for film, Spike Island, Dom Hemingway, Terminator: Genisys, Me Before You, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Last Christmas.
 
             
  SOPHIE ISAACS JOINS THE WEST END CAST OF SIX THE MUSICAL IN JANUARY 2020 (28 DECEMBER 2019)  
             
  Sophie Isaacs will be crowned the new Katherine Howard in the West End cast of Six The Musical at the Arts Theatre, joining the production on 21 January 2020.

Sophie will replace Vicki Manser, who is leaving Six to become the alternate Carole King in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical on a UK tour.

The current West End Queendom are Jarneia Richard-Noel (as Catherine of Aragon), Courtney Bowman (Anne Boleyn), Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour), Alexia McIntosh (Anna of Cleves), Vicki Manser (Katherine Howard), Danielle Steers (Catherine Parr), with Zara MacIntosh (Alternate Catherine of Aragon and Katherine Howard), Cherelle Jay (Alternate Anne Boleyn and Anna of Cleves), Hana Stewart (Alternate Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr) and Collette Guitart (Dance Captain/Understudy).

Isaacs starred as Heather McNamara in the cult West End hit musical Heathers, she was Annette in the sold-out critically acclaimed European premiere of Cruel Intentions the musical at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and is currently starring as Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium. Her other major musical theatre roles include Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Frenchy in Grease, Sandra Beaumont in Made In Dagenham, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and Margot in Legally Blonde.

Critically acclaimed across the UK with a soundtrack storming the charts with over 75 million streams to date, Six The Musical sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic in to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

Nominated for five 2019 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design, the show's 2018 debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hastened its West End transfer which opened in January 2019. This homegrown histo-remixed pop-concert musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss is enjoying an open-ended run at the Arts Theatre, currently booking to July 2020.

And the Queens are going global: a Broadway transfer has been announced for February 2020 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, following north American runs in Chicago, Boston, Edmonton and Minnesota. Six will also open in Australia at the Sydney Opera House in January 2020. It is currently selling out theatres across the UK in a 33-venue tour that continues to summer 2020.

Six is written by Marlow and Moss, with direction by Moss and Jamie Armitage, choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, set design by Emma Bailey, costume design by Gabriella Slade, lighting design by Tim Deiling, sound design by Paul Gatehouse and musical orchestration by Tom Curran. Musical supervision is by Joe Beighton, associate choreographer is Freya Sands, musical director is Katy Richardson and associate musical director is Arlene McNaught.
 
             
  DIVERGENT STAR THEO JAMES AND RSC ACTOR JONATHAN SLINGER COMPLETE THE CAST OF CITY OF ANGELS (17 DECENBER 2019)  
             
  City of Angels, the Olivier Award winning production directed by Josie Rourke, is pleased to announce that award winning Hollywood actor, Theo James, best known for playing Four in Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant, will be joining the cast as Stone and stage actor Jonathan Slinger (various roles at the RSC and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Buddy / Irwin.

Theo and Jonathan will join the already announced Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables, Young Frankenstein), Rosalie Craig (Company), Rebecca Trehearn (Show Boat) and BRIT Award winner Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud) making her stage debut with Emmy and Grammy Award nominee Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), making her West End debut.

Josie Rourke, Director of City of Angels said: "I'm thrilled that two more phenomenal actors have joined this wonderful company. I knew Theo was a terrific actor, but I had no idea he was also in possession of such an exceptional singing voice. He and Hadley Fraser will be dynamite playing opposite each other.

Jonathan Slinger is one of our finest actors, and I'm so happy to be working with him at long last. I think he will bring a magnetic danger to the role of this Hollywood Mephistopheles, Buddy Fiddler."

Nica Burns, Producer of City of Angels said: "This superb cast lead by seven outstanding artists, will sizzle in this classy, exciting, multi-award winning musical. Josie Rourke's wonderful production of City of Angels will fly even higher at the Garrick. We are so excited."

Theo James said: "I'm extremely excited to be a part of Josie Rourke's City of Angels. I'm a massive fan of hers and of Cy Coleman's music and can't wait to bring it alive in the West End."

Jonathan Slinger said: "I am hugely excited to get working on this wonderful piece of work with such a great team."

Theo James (Stone). Theatre credits include: Sex with Strangers (Hampstead Theatre); Closer (Nottingham New Theatre). Television credits include: Dark Crystal; Sanditon; Castlevania; Golden Boy; Case Sensitive; Room at the Top; Bedlam for which he won Best Actor at the Salento Film Festival; Downton Abbey; A Passionate Woman; Red Tails. Film credits include: Archive; Lying and Stealing; Backstabbing for Beginners; How It Ends; Zoe; Underworld: Blood Wars; Allegiant; War on Everyone; The Secret Scripture; Franny; London Fields; Insurgent; Divergent; The Domino Effect; Underworld 4; The Inbetweeners; You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.

Jonathan Slinger (Buddy / Irwin). Theatre credits include: Absolute Hell (National Theatre); Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic); Trouble in Mind (Print Room); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Urinetown (St. James Theatre/Apollo Theatre); Hamlet; All's Well That Ends Well; The Tempest; The Comedy of Errors; Twelfth Night; The Homecoming; Macbeth; Richard II; Richard III; Henry VI Part One, Two and Three; Henry IV Part One and Two; Henry V; A Midsummer Night's Dream (all for RSC); Yes, Prime Minster (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Gods Weep (RSC/Hampstead Theatre); Uncle Vanya (Young Vic); Power (National Theatre); The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre). Television credits include: Salisbury (BBC 2); January 22nd (BBC and HBO); Nelson in his Own Words (BBC); Doctors (BBC); The Bill; Hustle; Cold Feet. Film credits include: War & Peace; Bel Ami; Duchess of Malfi; The Coram Boy; Euripides; A High Wind in Jamaica.

City of Angels will play at the Garrick Theatre for a limited season, with previews from Thursday 5 March 2020, reuniting the production's entire creative team.
 
             
  THE WEST END PRODUCTION OF PRETTY WOMAN FINDS ITS LEADS (12 DECEMBER 2019)  
             
  It's been announced that Aimie Atkinson will play 'Vivian' and Danny Mac will play 'Edward' in the smash hit Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre from 13 February 2020 where it will play for a strictly limited engagement of 46 weeks. Full casting to be announced soon.

Producer Paula Wagner said today "After an extensive search, we have found our ideal Vivian and Edward! Their talent and undeniable charisma will take Pretty Woman: The Musical to new iconic heights. When I met Aimie, I was completely captivated by her wit, warmth and dynamic presence. Danny, has all the great qualities of a leading man and will make the perfect Edward. I can't wait to see these two power-house talents together on stage".

Director and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell said today "When I first saw Aimie I knew I wanted to work with her. Her star quality, attack and voice in SIX leapt off the stage. I have wanted to work with the very talented Danny Mac for ages. His voice is perfectly suited for Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance's romantic score. Together, Aimie and Danny will make the West End production of Pretty Woman: The Musical sizzle, and with them we'll all be falling in love again with Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton's romantic story".

Aimie Atkinson was in the original West End cast of the hit musical Six at the Arts Theatre and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance. Her other credits include Daniela in In the Heights at King's Cross Theatre, Serena in Legally Blonde at Kilworth House and Chloe in Never Forget - The Take That Musical and Luisa in Zorro The Musical, both on national tour. Aimie is also the winner of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre Award.

Danny Mac can currently be seen as Bob Wallace in White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre in the West End. His many other theatre credits include Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and Nino in Amelie, both on national tour, Gabey in On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and the West End productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde. Danny captured the nation's hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, making it all the way to the final.
 
             
  RHYS IFANS IS CONFIRMED AS PLAYING ATTICUS FINCH IN WEST END'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (10 DECEMBER 2019)  
             
  Rhys Ifans will play the iconic role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new play by Aaron Sorkin based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, which will open in London's West End in 2020. Further casting will be announced.

To Kill a Mockingbird will preview at London's Gielgud Theatre from 21 May 2020 with opening night on 11 June 2020.

Harper Lee's enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of its publication.

Set in Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird centres on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus's daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, a mysterious neighbour the reclusive Arthur "Boo" Radley, and the other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama.

To Kill a Mockingbird, celebrating one year on Broadway last month, has not played to a single empty seat and holds the benchmark of having become the most successful American play in Broadway history. A national tour of the United States opens at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC in August 2020. To Kill a Mockingbird is designed by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Scott Lehrer and an original score by Adam Guettel.

Rhys Ifans has just completed a main stage run of On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre playing John Daniel. On stage, he recently played the title role in Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King (National Theatre), The Fool in King Lear (Old Vic) and caused a sensation in the one-man show Protest Song (National Theatre). He also starred as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Old Vic). Ifans' extensive film work includes Official Secrets, Snowden, Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth, Greenberg directed by Noah Baumbach, Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter, Mr Nice, Anonymous, The Amazing Spider-Man, Enduring Love and, of course, Richard Curtis' Notting Hill. He won a BAFTA for his performance as comedian Peter Cook in Not Only But Always and will next appear in the new comedy drama film Misbehaviour, directed by Philippa Lowethorpe, and in Matthew Vaughn's latest film Kingsman: The Great Game.
 
             
  IMELDA STAUNTON TO HEADLINE NEW PRODUCTION OF THE ICONIC MUSICAL HELLO DOLLY! (28 NOVEMBER 2019)  
             
  Imelda Staunton is back where she belongs in Hello, Dolly! as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to the Adelphi Theatre in 2020. This brand new production reunites Imelda with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020). Tickets go on sale today.

Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried 'half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman's timeless score includes 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes', 'Ribbons Down My Back', 'Before the Parade Passes By', 'Elegance', 'It Only Takes a Moment' and of course, 'Hello, Dolly!'.

Imelda Staunton and Dominic Cooke most recently worked together to spectacular effect with the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Now Hello, Dolly! reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical.

Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.

Imelda Staunton commented: "Well, I'm delighted and daunted in equal measure to be doing a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London next year. I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can't wait to bring Hello, Dolly! - which is a truly joyous show - back to the West End after all these years. "

Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date.