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  REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE'S NEW MUSICAL 101 DALMATIANS IS POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 (3 APRIL 2020)  
             
  Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have announced that, in light of government advice restricting non-essential contact with others in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, their new musical, 101 Dalmatians will be postponed and will now open the 2021 season.

The musical has been in development for two years with full casting about to be announced ahead of rehearsals starting later this month.

A press statement read:
"Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a charity which operates without any public subsidy and so must generate the vast majority of its income from ticket sales. The decision to delay the start of the 2020 season, though unavoidable given the current global crisis, has been an extremely difficult one and we are very mindful of all those associated with the production who now find themselves without work."

The Box Office will be in contact directly with all ticketholders for 101 Dalmatians which will now run from 15 May to 20 June 2021.

The 2020 season will now open with Romeo and Juliet (27 June-25 July), followed by daytime performances of Dragons and Mythical Beasts (11 August-6 September) and Carousel (31 July-19 September).
 
             
  TYRONE HUNTLEY, CLARE HALSE & HARRY HEPPLE JOIN THE WEST END PRODUCTION OF HELLO, DOLLY! (9 MARCH 2020)  
             
  Joining the previously announced Imelda Staunton, Andy Nyman and Jenna Russell in the West End production of Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre this summer will be Clare Halse, Tyrone Huntley and Harry Hepple. With a score by the legendary Jerry Herman, the musical will begin performances in London on 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (press night is 27 August 2020).

For the new production Imelda Staunton will be reunited with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

The full cast also includes: Craig Armstrong, Gemma Atkins, Jenni Bowden, Alan Bradshaw, Natalie Chua, Joshua Clemetson, Brendan Cull, Bessy Ewa, Isaac Gryn, Ashlee Irish, Jodie Jacobs, Paul Kemble, Emily Langham, Amira Matthews, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Laura Medforth, Matt Overfield, Angelo Paragoso, Tom Partridge, Wendy Lee Purdy, Edwin Ray, Phil Snowden, Bree Smith, Christine Tucker, Gavin Wilkinson and Liam Wrate.

Clare Halse plays Minnie Fay. She starred in the lead role of Peggy Sawyer in the iconic Broadway musical 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Her West End credits also include Gypsy and A White Christmas.

Harry Hepple will play Cornelius Hackl. He previously performed in Follies at the National Theatre and Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic.

Tyrone Huntley will play Barnaby Tucker. Huntley was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Judas in the widely acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He was also previously in the original London casts of Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon.

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. 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 'Hello, Dolly!'

The production 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 Staunton also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.
 
             
  AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON & STEVE PEMBERTON WILL STAR IN MARTIN MCDONAGH'S THE PILLOWMAN (3 MARCH 2020)  
             
  Martin McDonagh, the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter responsible for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Six Shooter, is back in London's West End this summer with his acclaimed play, The Pillowman, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton.

Performances begin at the Duke of York's Theatre from 24 July 2020, for a strictly limited 12-week season until 17 October (press night is 5 August).

With an all-star cast including Taylor-Johnson (Golden Globe Award winner, Nocturnal Animals) and Pemberton (Bafta Award winner, The League of Gentlemen), Matthew Dunster directs the first ever West End production of McDonagh's Olivier Award-winning The Pillowman (its only previous UK run was at the National Theatre in 2003).

Martin McDonagh said:
"The Pillowman is a play that's always been very close to my heart, in terms of its combination of the darkest of dark comedy with its exploration of the nature of storytelling itself. It's a play that I haven't wanted to have staged in London until I could find the perfect director and the ideal cast for it, and having worked with Matthew previously on Hangmen, and been an admirer of Steve and Aaron's work for many years, I feel it's the perfect time to find out what a whole new generation makes of this peculiar tale..."

Matthew Dunster - who directed McDonagh's award-winning Hangmen at the Royal Court, in the West End and about to open on Broadway - is joined on the creative team by set and costume designer Anna Fleischle and sound designer Ian Dickinson.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson's film roles include portrayals of a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, Count Vronksy in Joe Wright's adaptation of Anna Karenina and James Frey in A Million Little Pieces. Recently starred in Doug Liman's The Wall, David Mackenzie's Outlaw King and the upcoming Christopher Nolan's Tenet. Additional credits include the titular character in the Kick-Ass Films, Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Shanghai Knights, Godzilla and Oliver Stone's Savages. He was recognised with a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA Award Nomination for Tom Ford's thriller, Nocturnal Animals. Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play Katurian in The Pillowman.

Steve Pemberton is a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson. He co-wrote and appeared in Psyschoville and Inside Number 9. His other television credits include: Good Omens, Worzel Gummidge, Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia. His stage work includes playing Mr Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre. Steve Pemberton will play Tupolski.
 
             
  THE PRINCE OF EGYPT EXTENDS ITS WEST END RUN BY SEVEN WEEKS (2 MARCH 2020)  
             
  The Prince Of Egypt, the brand-new musical that officially opens this week at London's Dominion Theatre, has added seven extra weeks to its limited engagement with 100,000 new tickets now on sale to 31 October 2020.

The production, which has already been seen by over 41,000 people at 20 sold-out preview performances, has also added an extra show on 27 October 2020 at 2.30pm. Additional matinees have previously been added on 14 April, 11 August and 25 August.

The Prince Of Egypt has music and lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas) and features 10 brand new songs written by Schwartz, together with five of his acclaimed songs from the DreamWorks Animation film ('Deliver Us', 'All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven's Eyes', 'The Plagues' and the Academy Award-winning 'When You Believe', which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as well as a UK and Ireland chart-topping winner's single for The X Factor).

The huge cast of 43 features Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari), Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron), Simbi Akande, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Joe Atkinson, Danny Becker, Felipe Bejarano, Paje Campbell, Adam Filipe, Soophia Foroughi, Natalie Green, Jack Harrison-Cooper,Rachael Ireson,Kalene Jeans, Christian Alexander Knight, Jessica Lee, Oliver Lidert, Jay Marsh, Scott Maurice, Carly Miles, Sam Oladeinde, Alice Readie, Christopher Short, Molly Smith, Ricardo Walker, Danny Williams, Niko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward together with young performers Leo Babet, Jonah Collier, Taylor Jenkins, Mia Lakha, Iman Pabani and Hannah Selk.

The Prince Of Egypt is directed by Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman; set designs by Kevin Depinet; costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Mike Billings; sound design by Gareth Owen; projection designs by Jon Driscoll; illusions by Chris Fisher; wigs, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose, casting by Jim Arnold CDG and children's casting by Verity Naughton CDG.
 
             
  THE PRINCE OF EGYPT EXTENDS ITS WEST END RUN BY SEVEN WEEKS (27 FEBRUARY 2020)  
             
  The Prince Of Egypt, the brand-new musical that officially opens this week at London's Dominion Theatre, has added seven extra weeks to its limited engagement with 100,000 new tickets now on sale to 31 October 2020.

The production, which has already been seen by over 41,000 people at 20 sold-out preview performances, has also added an extra show on 27 October 2020 at 2.30pm. Additional matinees have previously been added on 14 April, 11 August and 25 August.

The Prince Of Egypt has music and lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas) and features 10 brand new songs written by Schwartz, together with five of his acclaimed songs from the DreamWorks Animation film ('Deliver Us', 'All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven's Eyes', 'The Plagues' and the Academy Award-winning 'When You Believe', which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as well as a UK and Ireland chart-topping winner's single for The X Factor).

The huge cast of 43 features Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari), Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron), Simbi Akande, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Joe Atkinson, Danny Becker, Felipe Bejarano, Paje Campbell, Adam Filipe, Soophia Foroughi, Natalie Green, Jack Harrison-Cooper,Rachael Ireson,Kalene Jeans, Christian Alexander Knight, Jessica Lee, Oliver Lidert, Jay Marsh, Scott Maurice, Carly Miles, Sam Oladeinde, Alice Readie, Christopher Short, Molly Smith, Ricardo Walker, Danny Williams, Niko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward together with young performers Leo Babet, Jonah Collier, Taylor Jenkins, Mia Lakha, Iman Pabani and Hannah Selk.

The Prince Of Egypt is directed by Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman; set designs by Kevin Depinet; costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Mike Billings; sound design by Gareth Owen; projection designs by Jon Driscoll; illusions by Chris Fisher; wigs, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose, casting by Jim Arnold CDG and children's casting by Verity Naughton CDG.
 
             
  JAY MCGUINESS, KIMBERLEY WALSH & DANIEL CASEY STAR IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SLEEPLESS (19 FEBRUARY 2020)  
             
  Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Daniel Casey will star as Sam, Annie and Walter respectively in Sleepless, A Musical Romance, based on the original screenplay Sleepless in Seattle. They are joined by Harriet Thorpe as Eleanor, Tania Mathurin as Becky and Jake Sharp as Rob. Sleepless will premiere in London on 1 April 2020 at the newly opened Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London, with previews from 24 March.

Sleepless is a new musical with a book by Michael Burdette and music and lyrics by new British writers Robert Scott and Brendan Cull and will feature a 12-piece jazz orchestra.

Also in the cast are Charlie Bull, Colin Burnicle, Christie-Lee Crosson, Laura Darton, Leanne Garretty, Matt Holland, Ross McLaren, Gary Murphy, Dominique Planter, Annie Wensak and Benjamin Wong. Theo Collis, Mikey Colville and Jack Reynolds will share the role of Jonah.

Jay McGuiness 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 the celebrity version of Channel 4's Hunted in 2018, raising money for Stand Up To Cancer. Jay is also a regular contributor to the BBC's The One Show and most recently starred in Rip It Up - The 60's and BIG The Musical in London's West End.

Kimberley Walsh rose to prominence in the record-breaking girl band Girls Aloud. During their 10 years together, the group achieved twenty consecutive top ten singles in the UK, including four number ones, with over 4.3 million single sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. In 2012, Kimberley was runner up in Strictly Come Dancing. She has starred as series regular Rebecca in Disney's The Lodge, played Claire Butterworth in the second series of Channel 4's Ackley Bridge, and appeared in children's movies Horrid Henry and All Stars. In the West End she starred as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, Jovie in Elf the Musical, joined Denise Van Outen for a week-long run at Cadogan Hall in Sweet Charity and most recently starred in BIG The Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Daniel Casey is best known for playing DS Gavin Troy in the first six seasons of Midsomer Murders (ITV 1). He most recently played regular characters in Emmerdale (ITV 1), EastEnders (BBC 1) and Coronation Street (ITV 1). His theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Yes, Prime Minister (Theatre Clwyd) and Abigail's Party (UK tour).

Harriet Thorpe is best known for her roles as Carole in the BBC's The Brittas Empire and Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous. Harriet has performed extensively with French and Saunders, in Girls on Top, Mirrorball and The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. She also worked with Victoria Wood in Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas. She recently finished a critically acclaimed run in Mame opposite Tracie Bennett, which played Hope Mill Theatre Manchester, Northampton Royal & Derngate and Salisbury Playhouse. Her West End credits include The Dresser, Great Britain, Wicked, Cabaret, Crazy for You, Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables. Films include The Writers Group, The Lady in the Van, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Calendar Girls, Zeffirelli's Young Toscanini, Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Merchant Ivory's Maurice.

Tania Mathurin most recently appeared in the West End musical Come From Away. Other recent theatre includes Day of the Living (RSC), The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales) and Porgy & Bess (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).

Jake Sharp is currently the alternate Dewey Finn in School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. He previously played Bill Austin in Mamma Mia! and Ben in Going Out West (which he co-wrote for the New Diorama, London/Just The Tonic, Edinburgh Fringe).
 
             
  DAVID TENNANT STARS IN DOMINIC COOKE'S REVIVAL OF NAZI GERMANY-SET GOOD (18 FEBRUARY 2020)  
             
  Former Royal Court Theatre artistic director Dominic Cooke and executive director Kate Horton are launching their production company Fictionhouse with a new West End revival of CP Taylor's 1981 play Good, starring David Tennant as a 'good' man who questions what the right thing to do is as Hitler takes power in Nazi Germany.

Good, which also stars Fenella Woolgar and Elliot Levey, runs at the West End's Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season from 6 October to 19 December 2020, with a press night on 14 October. Tickets are now on sale.

Olivier Award-winning director Dominic Cooke reimagines one of Britain's most powerful, political plays with David Tennant returning to the West End, for ten weeks only. Speaking about making his West End return, David Tennant said:
"Dominic is one of the UK's all-time great theatre directors. I am really inspired and delighted to finally get a chance to work with him, and especially on a wonderful play like CP Taylor's Good - a fantastic bit of writing that is more pertinent and resonant now than it has ever been."

Speaking about launching Fictionhouse with Good in the West End, Dominic Cooke said:
"I have known David Tennant since he was a student and have wanted to work with him ever since. He is one of our finest actors and has the ideal combination of wit, warmth and charisma to bring John Halder vividly to life. I can't wait to start work with him and the amazing Elliot Levey and Fenella Woolgar on this dazzling play. CP Taylor's modern classic about the perils of moral compromise is an apposite fable for our troubled times and it feels like an exciting first project for Fictionhouse. Ever since we left the Royal Court, the incredible Kate Horton and I have been plotting about how we could find a way to work together again. Fictionhouse has been a long time coming and I couldn't be happier to be developing the successful partnership Kate and I built together at Sloane Square."
Speaking about the launch of Fictionhouse, Kate Horton said:
"Dominic, David, Fenella, Elliot and the entire Good creative team are the best people I could imagine coming together to realise CP Taylor's extraordinary, vital play. Good encompasses all we hope for with our work at Fictionhouse - brilliant and absorbing writing that illuminates our world, made by our greatest actors, directors and designers. As well as being a remarkable artist of rare and brilliant talent, Dominic Cooke is my favourite creative and business partner. I am overjoyed that our many happy years of collaborating are starting again with Fictionhouse."

Good is the first stage production for Fictionhouse, the newly formed commercial producing partnership of Dominic Cooke and Kate Horton. Their long and fruitful working relationship, which began at the Royal Shakespeare Company, developed into a celebrated partnership at the Royal Court Theatre. Whilst at the Royal Court they produced over 100 new plays, including the world premieres of Jerusalem, Constellations, Posh and UK premier of Clybourne Park all of which they transferred to the West End. Their productions have been nominated for 210 major awards, winning 59 and their partnership saw the development and launch of an exciting new generation of playwrights including Mike Bartlett, Polly Stenham, Bola Agbaje, Nick Payne, Lucy Kirkwood and Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Good is produced in the West End by Fictionhouse and Playful Productions.
 
             
  RUFUS HOUND & KATY BRAND WILL JOIN THE WEST END CAST OF EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (17 FEBRUARY 2020)  
             
  Actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound and actor, writer and comedian Katy Brand will be joining the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie in March 2020 to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle and Miss Hedge at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End.

Katy Brand said:
"Joining the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a truly thrilling opportunity for me. If I could tell my teenage self that I would one day have the chance to perform in a huge hit show on the West End stage, that girl would pinch herself. Jamie gets to realise his dream every night, and now so do I!"

Rufus Hound added:
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be going into the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie - a brilliant, brave and British smash hit. I have been waxing for the last year in anticipation and am currently so tucked I may as well be a Ken doll. Bring. It. On."

Brand will play Miss Hedge from 3 March until 20 June 2020 and Hound will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 16 March until 30 May 2020. They join current cast members: Noah Thomas (Jamie New), Melissa Jacques (Margaret New), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Hiba Elchikhe (Pritti Pasha), David O'Reilly (Laika Virgin), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Leon Craig (Sandra Bollock), Marlon G Day (Dad), Jordan Ricketts (Dean Paxton), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Zion Battles (Levi), Zahra Jones (Becca), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Keenan Knight (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah), Rico Bakker (Swing), Ebony Clarke (Swing), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Joe Wolstenholme (Swing), Gillian Forde (Alternate Miss Hedge/Understudy Margaret/Ray) and Brian James Leys (Understudy Jamie's Dad/Drag Queens).

Rufus Hound is an award-winning actor, presenter and comedian. His extensive list of stage credits include Freddy in the original West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Francis Henshall in One Man Two Guv'nors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Toad in Wind In The Willows (London Palladium) and more recently Sancho Panzo in Don Quixote (Garrick Theatre). He has also appeared in Utopia (Soho Theatre); Neville's Island, What The Butler Saw, Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Wars Of The Roses (Rose Theatre); Dusty and The Provoked Island (RSC). Hound originated the role of Dad in the recent RSC production of The Boy In The Dress.
On screen Hound has appeared as a series regular in the hit comedies Zapped (Dave) and Trollied (Sky). His other TV credits include Doctor Who, Cucumber, A Touch Of Cloth and as the eponymous hero in the BBC's Hounded.

Katy Brand devised and starred in her award-winning ITV sketch show Katy Brand's Big Ass Show which ran for three series and later became a nationwide tour. She won a British Comedy Award for the show in 2008. During this time, she also co-wrote and performed in Mouthtrap with Katherine Parkinson which ran for two series on BBC Radio 4. Her acting credits cover a wide array of TV, film and radio shows.
In 2016, Brand took her first stand-up comedy show I Was A Teenage Christian to the Edinburgh Fringe and later toured with it nationwide. She returned to the Fringe in 2017 with the follow-up show, I Could've Been An Astronaut. Her debut play 3Women starring Anita Dobson opened at Trafalgar Studios 2 in May 2018.
 
             
  THE SHARK IS BROKEN WILL PLAY A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN AT THE AMBASSADORS THEATRE IN THE WEST END (11 FEBRUARY 2020)  
             
  Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on JAWS has stalled. The film's lead actors - Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss - are stuck on a boat, frustrated by foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three great white sharks start to bare their teeth...

The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.

Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce its second production at the Ambassadors Theatre in 2020. After a sell-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon's brilliantly funny play will arrive in the West End from May 11th. Tickets are now on general sale.
 
             
  MAGIC GOES WRONG HAS NEW CAST AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE FROM MARCH 2020 (10 FEBRUARY 2020)  
             
  From March 2020 a new cast will star in the West End production of Magic Goes Wrong, the box office hit created by Mischief Theatre with Penn & Teller, currently running at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, presents their latest 'Goes Wrong' comedy in the West End, created with magic legends Penn & Teller. In Magic Goes Wrong, a hapless gang of magicians present a charity event. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target! Tickets are on sale until 30 August 2020.

In the cast will be Laurence Pears as Sophisticato (31 March-31 May), Lauren Ingram as Spitzmaus (from 31 March), Sydney K Smith as Mickey (from 5 April), Kazeem Tosin Amore as The Blade (from 7 April), Laura Kirman as Bear (from 7 April), Harry Kershaw as Mind Mangler (from 5 May) and Tom Babbage as Sophisticato (from 2 June).

The company is completed by Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen and Christian James with additional casting to be announced.