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  SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE'S NEW PLAY EMILIA TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END IN 2019 (19 DECEMBER 2018)  
             
  Following its sell-out run at Shakespeare's Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's new play Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 March to 15 June 2019.

Emilia Bassano was a writer, teacher, poet and mother said to have been 'The Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets and one of literature's first female voices - yet her story has gone untold for centuries until now.

In August 2017 Shakespeare's Globe artistic director, Michelle Terry commissioned playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm to tell Emilia Bassano's inspiring story. Weeks later, a female empowerment political movement swept across the Atlantic, uniting women to stand up and speak out, just like Emilia 400 years before.

The role of Emilia is played at different stages of her life by three actors who are part of a 17 strong all-female company playing both hers and hims. The cast includes Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood. Further casting is to be announced.

Artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, Michelle Terry, said:
"We all knew Emilia had an important story to tell and we had to commit to telling it, but an audience decides whether it's a story worth hearing. We could not be more pleased or more proud that her story gets to be told and heard again and again, and continue a legacy of new plays being given the chance to become old plays because of popular demand."

The producers of Emilia in the West End said:
"This is a fantastic new play, a brilliant production and one of the most powerful experiences we have ever had in a theatre. This is a show that could start a revolution! The opportunity to harness that feeling, bring the spirit of rebellion and this extraordinary company of women into the heart of the West End, is irresistible. "With thousands of great seats available at £25 or less, our aim is to make it possible for a wide range of audiences to participate, be entertained and inspired."

Through her poetry, Emilia Bassano recognised and paid tribute to the collective strength and support amongst women. In honour of this Emilia is presented in the West End by an all-female producing team: Eleanor Lloyd, Kate Pakenham, Nica Burns and Eilene Davidson.
 
             
  DENIS O'HARE IS JOINED BY KEVIN DOYLE AND OLIVIA WILLIAMS IN THE NATIONAL'S TARTUFFE (18 DECEMBER 2018)  
             
  Denis O'Hare, making his National Theatre debut as Tartuffe, will be joined by Kevin Doyle as Orgon and Olivia Williams as Elmire in a new version of Moliere's comic masterpiece by John Donnelly. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the production will run in rep from 9 February to 30 April 2019 in the Lyttelton Theatre.

Orgon is the man who has everything: money, power, a beautiful home and family. But lately, he's been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything. With Orgon under Tartuffe's spell, can his family outwit this charismatic trickster? Are Tartuffe's wild claims truth or fiction? This mysterious stranger may not be quite the villain he appears.

Speaking about Tartuffe, Blanche McIntrye said:
"John Donnelly's adaptation is an outrageously funny, savage, brilliant updating of Moliere's classic. Molière spoke fearlessly about power and hypocrisy in Tartuffe - so much so that the play was banned more than once. This new version shifts the weight of the central ideas to entertain and disturb an audience of 2019."

The cast also includes Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Susan Engel, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Susan Engel, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo and Roisin Rae. The production has set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.
 
             
  HAMILTON'S GILES TERERA JOINS THE CAST OF THE OLD VIC'S THE AMERICAN CLOCK (17 DECEMBER 2018)  
             
  Giles Terera (Hamilton) will be joining the cast of Arthur Miller's The American Clock at the Old Vic, directed by Rachel Chavkin, to play Robertson/Moe 3.

He joins the previously announced cast Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Greg Bernstein, Clare Burt, Flora Dawson, Abhin Galeya, Fred Haig, Jyuddah Jaymes, John Marquez, Francesca Mills, Taheen Modak, Christian Patterson, Golda Rosheuvel, Abdul Salis, Josie Walker and Ewan Wardrop.

Chavkin presents Arthur Miller's ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation's unwavering faith in capitalism, opening at The OId Vic on 13 February 2019 with previews from 4 February and running until 30 March.

Giles Terera's theatre credits include The Meaning of Zong (Bristol Old Vic); Hamilton (Victoria Palace, Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical 2018); The Resistible Rise of Artuo Ui (Donmar Warehouse); The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare's Globe/International Tour); King John (Shakespeare's Globe/UK Tour); Pure Imagination (St James' Theatre); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Hamlet, Death and the Kings Horseman, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Troilus and Cressida, Candide, Honk!, Darker Face of the Earth (National Theatre); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Don't You Leave Me Here (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Playboy of the Western World (Abby Theatre); Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre); The Rat Pack (Adelphi Theatre); Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre/Theatre Royal Plymouth) and Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre). His television credits include London Boulevard, Horrible Histories and Doctors.
 
             
  A NEW PRODUCTION OF JOSEPH RETURNS TO THE LONDON PALLADIUM FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN (9 DECEMBERF 2018)  
             
  Michael Harrison and The Really Useful Group are pleased to announce that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first major musical collaboration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is to be re-imagined in a brand new production at the iconic London Palladium next summer.

Opening on Wednesday 26 June, the new production will have an entirely new creative team to be announced soon. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play a strictly limited 11 week summer season through until Sunday 8 September 2019 (Press Night: Thursday 11 July 2019). Tickets are on general sale now.

Released as a concept album in 1969, the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the worlds most beloved family musicals. The multi-award winning show, which began life as a small scale school concert, has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international number one tours, and productions in over 80 countries as far afield as Austria and Zimbabwe and from Israel to Peru! The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, Jacob and Sons, There's One More Angel In Heaven and Go Go Go Joseph.

Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob's favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar's wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt's famine, he becomes Pharaoh's right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

One of stages most sought after roles, stars who have previously played the title character include Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield, Lee Mead, Joe McElderry and Donny Osmond.
 
             
  WEST END TRANSFER FOR NATIONAL THEATRE & THEATR CLYWD'S HOME, I'M DARLING (6 DECEMBER 2018)  
             
  The National Theatre and Theatr Clwyd's critically-acclaimed co-production of Laura Wade's new play Home, I'm Darling, directed by Theatre Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey and featuring Katherine Parkinson, will transfer to the West End, in a co-production with Fiery Angel.

Home, I'm Darling will play at the Duke of York's Theatre from 26 January until 13 April 2019, with a press night on 5 February. Tickets for the West End transfer will go on sale on Friday 9 November. Home, I'm Darling then will tour to the Theatre Royal Bath and The Lowry, Salford, immediately following the West End run.

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Wade's comedy about one woman's quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife. Director Harvey is joined by designer Anna Fleischle. Further casting to be announced.

Home, I'm Darling, which premiered in the Emlyn Williams Theatre at Theatr Clwyd on 3 July 2018, playing a sold out run before transferring to the Dorfman Theatre on 24 July where it also sold out, has been nominated for Best Play in the 64th Evening Standard Awards, with winners announced on 18 November.

Artistic director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey said:
"I began this journey with two of the most glorious partners anyone could hope for in Laura Wade and Katherine Parkinson. Several years and children later, we realised Home, I'm Darling in what has been a very happy and collaborative co-production between Theatr Clwyd and the team at the National Theatre."

Katherine Parkinson's stage roles include Season's Greetings for the National Theatre; Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre; Before The Party at the Almeida Theatre; Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre; School for Scandal at the Barbican; Cock and The Seagull at the Royal Court. Her television roles include Humans, The IT Crowd, Hang Ups, The Kennedys, The Honourable Woman, Inside Number 9, In The Club, Sherlock and Psychoville. In film she has appeared in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Boat That Rocked, St Trinians 2, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and Easy Virtue.
 
             
  CAROLINE FLACK TO STAR AS ROXIE HART IN CHICAGO  
             
  Caroline Flack will star as Roxie Hart in Chicago from 10 December 2018 until the end of the show's run at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 January 2019.

Caroline joins YouTube sensation and star of RuPaul's Drag Race Todrick Hall as Billy Flynn, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.

Sarah Soetaert plays the role of Roxie Hart until 8 December.

Caroline Flack is the presenter of the BAFTA award-winning Love Island. Her other presenting credits include The X Factor, The Xtra Factor and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! She made her stage debut as Irene Roth in the national tour of Crazy For You playing to rave reviews and sell out business. Caroline won the 2014 series of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing and will return for this year's Christmas special on Christmas Day.

Caroline said today "I've been imagining playing Roxie since I was a teenager. To have now landed the role in the West End is a dream come true. I hope I do everyone proud and don't fall off the ladder!"
 
             
  PUBLIC BOOKING NOW OPEN FOR BETRAYAL STARRING TOM HIDDLESTON (5 DECEMBER 2018)  
             
  Public booking has opened for The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal starring Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston. This new production, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 (press night 13 March) for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June. To celebrate, a new behind-the-scenes shot of Tom Hiddleston, taken whilst filming the production's viral announcement trailer, is released today.

With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, "the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter's plays" (The Daily Telegraph). Betrayal was first produced by the National Theatre in 1978. The original cast featured Pinter at the Pinter company members Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon.

Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage following his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh and his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. His other theatre credits include: Hamlet, Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline, The Changeling. His film credits include: Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, I Saw The Light, High-Rise, Crimson Peak, Thor: The Dark World, Exhibition, Only Lovers Left Alive, Avengers, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, Archipelago, Unrelated. His television credits include: The Night Manager, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V), Wallander, Miss Austen Regrets, The Gathering Storm.

Pinter at the Pinter is the once-in-a-lifetime season of Harold Pinter's work, marking ten years since the Nobel Prize winner's death. The season celebrates the most important playwright of the 20th century in the theatre that bears his name.
 
             
  BONNIE LANGFORD JOINS THE WEST END CAST OF DOLLY PARTON'S 9 TO 5 MUSICAL (5 DECEMBER 2018)  
             
  Bonnie Langford has been cast as Roz Keith in the West End production of 9 To 5 The Musical, joining the previously announced Louise Redknapp as Violet Newstead, Amber Davies as Judy Bernly, Natalie McQueen as Doralee Rhodes and Brian Conley as Franklin Hart. The musical will run at London's Savoy Theatre, London for a strictly limited season from 28 January to 31 August 2019.

The cast also includes Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Ashley Campbell, Simon Campbell, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Llandyll Gove, Lucinda Lawrence, Jenny Legg, Christopher Jordan Marshall, Natasha Mould, Sean Needham, Jon Reynolds, James Royden-Lyley, Giles Surridge, Sasha Wareham and Emily Woodford.

Bonnie Langford was most recently seen as Carmel Kazemi in EastEnders for which she won a 2015 British Soap Award. She can currently be seen as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Her other West End credits include the original cast of Cats, Me and My Girl, Sweet Charity, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Spamalot. She played Roxie Hart in Chicago at both the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres as well as on Broadway. Her touring credits include Fosse, Guys and Dolls and 9 To 5 The Musical. She appeared in the 2006 series of ITV1's Dancing On Ice, skating her way to the final and returning for the All-Stars season in 2014.

9 To 5 The Musical features a book by Patricia Resnick, the film's original screenwriter, and an original Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award-nominated score by country legend and pop icon Dolly Parton.

It tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

The production is directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Lisa Stevens, design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Mark Crossland, musical direction by Andrew Hilton and casting by Victoria Roe.
 
             
  KELSEY GRAMMER AND DANIELLE DE NIESE TO STAR IN MAN OF LA MANCHA (18 NMOVEMBER 2018)  
             
  Michael Linnit and Michael Grade - the producers who brought Chess, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd to the London Coliseum - are collaborating again with English National Opera to bring a brand new production of the multi-Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha to London, the first West End production of this acclaimed musical in over 50 years.

Man of La Mancha will play a limited season, with performances from 26 April to 8 June 2019. It will be performed with ENO's 35 piece orchestra.

Emmy award winning and Tony nominated actor Kelsey Grammer, best known for playing Dr Frasier Crane in NBCs hit series' Cheers and Frasier will make his West End debut playing Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote and the international opera star and soprano, Danielle de Niese will play Aldonza and Dulcinea. Danielle will be performing in 33 performances of Man of La Mancha, with further star casting for this role and the rest of the company to be announced.

Man of La Mancha will be directed by Lonny Price, who directed Linnit and Grade's acclaimed London production of Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum starring Glenn Close, as well as its hugely-successful subsequent Broadway transfer.

Featuring the iconic song 'Dream the Impossible Dream', Man of La Mancha is Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's masterpiece Don Quixote.

In a 16th century dungeon Cervantes and his man servant await trial from the Spanish Inquisition. In his possession he has a trunk, carrying an unfinished novel Don Quixote. As prisoners attempt to steal his possessions, Cervantes embarks on acting out his novel as his defence, transforming himself into Alonso Quijano.

Quijano, deluded, believes he is a knight errant, renames himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, and sets off on a fantastical quest with his man servant Sancho Panza.

Chivalry abounds in this classic tale of knighthood, love, loyalty and adventure.

The music in Man of La Mancha is by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion and book by Dale Wasserman.

'The impossible Dream' has become an internationally-renowned song, and has been performed by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Luther Vandross and The Temptations, amongst others.

Kelsey Grammer played Dr Frasier Crane in Cheers and Frasier for two decades. He has won five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award nomination in 2010 for his performance in La Cages aux Folles.

Opera Soprano Danielle de Niese, described by the New York Times magazine as 'opera's coolest soprano' has performed to audiences world-wide, from the Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden as well as performing on stage with LL Cool J. Sky Arts will feature Danielle as the subject of her own Southbank Show, presented by Melvyn Bragg on November 21, 2018.
 
             
  TOM HIDDLESTON TO STAR IN PINTER'S BETRAYAL (16 NOVEMBER 2018)  
             
  Forty years to the day of the first ever performance of Harold Pinter's Betrayal on 15 November 1978, The Jamie Lloyd Company announces that Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston will play Robert in Jamie Lloyd's new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 (press night 13 March) for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June. Further casting to be announced.

General on sale is at 9am on 30 November, with priority on sale to all previous The Jamie Lloyd Company ticket bookers, ATG Theatre Card members and Pinter at the Pinter ticket holders at 9am on 29 November.

Tom Hiddleston said: "Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season is terrific and I am so pleased that he's asked me to be part of it."

With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, "the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter's plays" (The Daily Telegraph). Betrayal was first produced by the National Theatre in 1978. The original cast featured Pinter at the Pinter company members Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon.

Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage following his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh and his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. His other theatre credits include: Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline and The Changeling. His film credits include: Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, I Saw The Light, High-Rise, Crimson Peak, Thor: The Dark World, Exhibition, Only Lovers Left Alive, Avengers, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, Archipelago, Unrelated. His television credits include: The Night Manager, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V), Wallander, Miss Austen Regrets, The Gathering Storm.

Pinter at the Pinter is the unprecedented season of Harold Pinter's work, marking ten years since the Nobel Prize winner's death. The season celebrates the most important playwright of the 20th century in the theatre that bears his name.