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  YOUTUBE SENSATION JOE SUGG ANNOUNCED TO JOIN THE CAST OF WAITRESS (21 AUGUST 2019)  
             
  It has been announced that YouTube star, filmmaker, author, vlogger and 2018 Strictly Come Dancing finalist Joe Sugg will make his stage debut in London's brand-new smash hit musical comedy Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre from 9 September. He will join the West End cast in the role of Ogie, taking over from Blake Harrison, well known as Neil from The Inbetweeners, who will mark his final performance on Saturday 7 September.

Joe Sugg said: "I'm so excited I've been given the opportunity to play Ogie in Waitress starting the 9th September. I got to see the show a couple of months back and it's absolutely fantastic. I'm excited to be a part of the cast and to have now landed a role in the West End really has topped off an incredible year for me. I hope I do everyone proud and thanks to all my supporters for making it all possible and the best year yet."

Joe Sugg (Ogie) is a British YouTuber, filmmaker, author and vlogger. As of 2019, he has over 27 million followers across all social media channels and is an international star. His videos consist of challenges, pranks, impressions and gaming, across his three YouTube channels. Joe is the author of the tremendously successful graphic novel series 'Username', which was the fastest selling graphic novel of all time. He also wrote, starred and executive produced the travelogue specials 'Joe and Caspar: Hit the Road' and 'Hit the Road USA', with best friend - Caspar Lee, which set pre-order DVD sales records for Amazon, and both of which are available on Netflix. Last year, Joe launched Margravine Management with Caspar Lee. Margravine is a new talent management company that identifies, nurtures and elevates new talent in the digital sphere. Most recently, Joe was a finalist of one of the UK's largest shows, BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Brought to life by a ground breaking, female-led creative team, Waitress features an original score by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) 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.

Alongside Joe Sugg as Ogie, Waitress stars Lucie Jones as Jenna, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Peter Hannah as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Andrew Boyer as Old Joe.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Andrew Boyer, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, David Hunter, Lucie Jones, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Charlotte Riby, Joe Sugg, Marisha Wallace and Mark Willshire.

Waitress celebrated its official opening night at the Adelphi Theatre on 7 March and recently extended by popular demand, now booking through Christmas and New Year to 4 January 2020.
 
             
  PATRICIA HODGE JOINS CAST OF A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (15 AUGUST 2019)  
             
  It's been announced today that Olivier Award winner and Miranda star Patricia Hodge will join the cast of Peter Nichols' funny and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Hodge will star opposite Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, The Father). The production opens at London's Trafalgar Studios on 21 September (Press Night 2 October).

Hodge made her West End debut under the watchful eye of Bob Fosse in Pippin at The National Theatre and has starred in classics like Look Back In Anger and A Little Night Music. Hodge has received three Olivier Award nominations and won the 2000 Olivier Award for her performance in Money at the National Theatre. Best known recently for playing Penny, the hilarious middle-class mother in the BAFTA-nominated television series Miranda (BBC One), Hodge has also enjoyed an illustrious career on the small screen. Her numerous TV roles have seen her star in iconic shows like Downton Abbey, Rumpole Of The Bailey Hodge and more recently the Golden Globe nominated A Very English Scandal.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is Peter Nichols' powerful and moving play about the issues faced by two parents raising a disabled child - which was inspired by his own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter. This new production, directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), reunites Stephens and Skinner after 18 years and Hodge now joins the duo taking on the role of Bri's mum Grace.

Patricia Hodge said: "This play was ground breaking in the 1960s. We live in different times but its relevance and impact is ever more powerful. I am delighted to be joining Toby and Claire to tell the story on the West End stage, in this new production of Peter Nichols' profound and moving play."

This startlingly funny, celebrated play - which will break your heart one minute and fill it with warmth the next - is in the West End for a limited season until Saturday 30 November. Further casting will be announced soon.
 
             
  AMELIE THE MUSICAL TRANSFERS TO THE OTHER PALACE FOR CHRISTMAS RUN (1 AUGUST 2019)  
             
  Amelie The Musical will transfer to London's The Other Palace from 29 November 2019 to 1 February 2020 (press night is 3 December), following its current UK tour and its season premiere at the Watermill in Newbury in April.

Starring French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain, this story of an imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, in a re-conception with new orchestrations, has garnered critical and public acclaim.

With music by Hem's Daniel Messe, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messe and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar-nominated film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant is directed by Michael Fentiman.

Michael Fentiman said:
"I really hope London audiences will be enchanted by our little Parisian Tale. The show was originally created in the beautiful and inspiring Watermill Theatre, with some of the most skilled performers and creatives I have ever had the privilege to work with. We are led by the wonderful Audrey Brisson, who (I am sure you will agree) was born to play the role of Amelie. This is a show about making connections, the simple acts of kindness that pull people closer, not further apart... In such divisive times, we all need a little piece of Amelie."

The full cast includes Sophie Crawford as Gina, Faoileann Cunningham as Georgette/Sylvie, Rachel Dawson as Andamine/Philomene, Oliver Grant as Lucien/Mysterious Man, Chris Jared as Nino Quincampoix, Caolan McCarthy as Hippolito/Elton John, Samuel Morgan-Grahame as Joseph/Fluffy, Emma Jane Morgan as Delphine, Kate Robson-Stuart as Suzanne, Josh Sneesby as Blind Beggar, Jez Unwin as Raphael/Bretodeau and Johnson Willis as Collignon/Dufayel.

The original film, Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amélie Poulain, was released in 2001, starring Audrey Tautou and Matthieu Kassovitz. Taking over $33 million in a limited theatrical release, it is to date the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a French film. Amelie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four Cesar Awards in 2002 (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including best foreign language film.

Amelie The Musical will tour internationally in 2020, with dates to be announced. The production is presented by Hartshorn-Hook Productions, Selladoor Productions, The Watermill Theatre and Broadway Asia.
 
             
  FINAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR LES MIS STAGED CONCERT (31 JULY 2019)  
             
  As rehearsals begin for Les Miserables - The Staged Concert, it has been announced that Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas will complete the principal casting as Eponine and Cosette respectively. They join the previously announced Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Rob Houchen as Marius, Bradley Jaden as Enjolras, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and, for three performances a week, John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean.

Shan Ako will make her West End theatre debut in the role of Éponine. As a Brit School graduate, her performance credits include the Pre-MOBO Awards at Cadogan Hall, London Jazz Festival at the Barbican, touring the UK and Europe playing the lead role in Whitney Queen of the Night, as well as being seen on the live finals of X Factor and the subsequent 2019 X Factor National Arena Tour. Ako was also the recipient of the Project Aloft Star for emerging artists, run by Starwood Hotel Group and BBC Radio 1.

Lily Kerhoas, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, will make her West End stage debut as Cosette. Having begun her professional career in New York in the Barely Legal Extravaganza Concert with composers Sam Carner and Dereck Gregor, Kerhoas has performed internationally in shows including Barbe Bleue, Seasons and Hello Girls! as well as in concert with American composers including Joel B. New, Peter Mills, Jill Santoriello, Elaine Pechacek and John Bucchino. During her time at the Royal Academy of Music, her performance credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Hello Again and The Wild Party.

This spectacular staging of the legendary concert, with a company of more than 65, will run from 10 August to 30 November 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre, next door to the home of Les Miserables at the recently re-named Sondheim Theatre, previously the Queen's.

The company also includes Rosanna Bates, Adam Bayjou, Ciaran Bowling, Simon Bowman, Oliver Brenin, Earl Carpenter, Vinny Coyle, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Nicola Espallardo,Celia Graham, Barnaby Hughes, Holly-Anne Hull, Oliver Jackson, Christopher Jacobsen, Gavin James, Will Jennings, Ciaran Joyce, Katie Kerr, Sarah Lark, Joanna Loxton, Craig Mather,Stephen Matthews, James Nicholson, Rosa O'Reilly, Claire Parrish, Sophie Reeves, Grainne Renihan, Leo Roberts, Raymond Walsh, Gemma Wardle and Andrew York.
 
             
  PATERSON JOSEPH TO STAR IN THE OLD VIC'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (30 JULY 2019)  
             
  Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Green Wing) is to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in Matthew Warchus' big-hearted, hit production of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The Old Vic's A Christmas Carol returns on 4 December 2019, with previews from 23 November, and runs until 18 January 2020. Further casting to be announced.

Also in the creative team for the unique staging, which immerses the audience in the uplifting story, are set and costume designer Rob Howell, composer and arranger Christopher Nightingale, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, sound designer Simon Baker, casting director Jessica Ronane CDG and movement director Lizzi Gee.

Paterson Joseph has had an extensive career in theatre, television and film since he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His stage career includes working in fringe and touring venues around the country and he has spent a number of years at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been touring his play Sancho - Act of Remembrance since 2016. Television includes: Peep Show, Babylon, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Timeless, Noughts and Crosses (upcoming). Film includes: The Beach, In the Name of the Father.
 
             
  A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG GETS WEST END REVIVAL (30 JULY 2019)  
             
  Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will make their long-awaited returns to the West End stage this autumn in Peter Nichols' play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Directed by Simon Evans, this revival of Nichols' bittersweet comedy reunites Stephens and Skinner who last worked together 18 years ago on the award-winning BBC TV drama Perfect Strangers, but will now be performing on stage together for the very first time. The production will run at London's Trafalgar Studios from 21 September 2019 to 30 November, with a press night on 2 October. Further casting will be announced soon.

Bri (Stephens) and Sheila (Skinner) have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born. Nicknaming her "Joe Egg", they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality.
Inspired by Nichols' own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays of its generation and the issues faced by two parents in this bittersweet comedy still resonate with audiences today.

Toby Stephens said: "I'm thrilled to be part of a revival of this fantastic play. Reading it for the first time, I couldn't believe that it had been written in the late sixties; it felt so vivid, dark and anarchically funny. The play still feels very raw and relevant, today. I'm very glad to be working with Claire Skinner again after quite a long interval - some 18 years! I think she is a very fine actor and I was really excited to hear that she wanted to do the play as well."

Claire Skinner said: "I'm really looking forward to coming back to the West End with this complex, thought-provoking and funny play and I'm also looking forward to working with Toby again after 18 years!"

Simon Evans said: "At a time when the act of living well from day to day seems tougher than ever, I can't help but resonate with the characters in Joe Egg: displaying such wit, weakness, cruelty and courage as they struggle on. I've been a fan of Toby and Claire for years and the opportunity to explore Bri and Sheila with actors of their calibre, and share Peter's seminal play again with a London audience, is such an honour."
 
             
  LYRIC HAMMERSMITH'S NOISES OFF HEADS TO THE WEST END (29 JULY 2019)  
             
  The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith production of Michael Frayn's classic farce about a farce, Noises Off will return to the West End for the fourth time as it heads to the Garrick Theatre from 27 September 2019 to 4 January 2020.

This production, directed by Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons, This House, Wolf Hall), runs at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre until 27 July 2019.

Reprising their roles for the West End in the comedy play (including the farce that the characters of Noises Off are playing called Nothing On) will be:
BAFTA Television Award nominee Meera Syal (Beautiful Thing, Absolutely Anything and The Kumars at No. 42) as Dotty Otley portraying Mrs Clackett, the housekeeper with a taste for sardines.
Lloyd Owen (Cleaning Up, Monarch of the Glen and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) as Nothing On's director extraordinaire Lloyd Dallas.
BAFTA-winning Daniel Rigby (BBC2's Eric & Ernie and One Man, Two Guvnors) as Garry Lejeune, who in turn gives us his best Roger Tramplemain.
Simon Rouse (Hangmen, Local Hero, The Bill) is Selsdon Mowbray, who, if he can remember where he is in the script, will play the Burglar.

After watching from the wings a production of his 1970 farce The Two of Us with Richard Briers and Lynn Redgrave, also at the Garrick Theatre, and noting that the goings on behind the scenes were funnier than out front, Michael Frayn wrote Noises Off. The original production directed by Michael Blakemore, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 1982 before heading to the West End, Broadway and beyond. A feature film was made of Noises Off in 1992.
 
             
  INITIAL WEST END CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (20 JULY 2019)  
             
  The Prince Of Egypt, the brand-new stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) and a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas) and based on the celebrated DreamWorks Animation film, today announces initial casting for its West End premiere production. Luke Brady and Liam Tamne will lead the cast as 'Moses' and 'Ramses' respectively, with Christine Allado as 'Tzipporah' and Alexia Khadime as 'Miriam'. Further casting to be announced.

Luke Brady (Moses) trained at RADA and is best known for playing 'Anthony Hope' in Jonathan Kent's acclaimed production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (West End and Chichester Festival Theatre). His other credits include: The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe and Tour); and St George and the Dragon (National Theatre).

Liam Tamne (Ramses) most recently starred as 'Guiseppe Naccarelli' in The Light in the Piazza at the South Bank Centre. He has also appeared in: Working (Southwark Playhouse); Spamilton (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour); The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Wicked in the West End. He appeared on The Voice (Series 2) and Eurovision: You Decide.

Christine Allado (Tzipporah) starred in the dual role of 'Peggy Schuyler' and 'Maria Reynolds' in the original London cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton. Her additional theatre work includes: In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre); Here Lies Love (National Theatre); and Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange). Christine has also toured internationally with Andrea Bocelli as a guest artist and sang the role of 'Maria' in the BBC's acclaimed documentary West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic.

Alexia Khadime (Miriam) has played leading roles in multiple West End musicals including: 'Elphaba' in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked; 'Nala' in Disney's The Lion King; 'Eponine' in Les Miserables and 'Nabulungi' in the original London cast of The Book of Mormon. Her additional theatre work includes: Welcome To Thebes (National Theatre); Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios); and 'Rita Marley' in One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep).

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; illusion designs by Chris Fisher; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose and casting by Jim Arnold CDG.

Performances begin at London's Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 5 February 2020, with an official West End premiere on Tuesday 25 February 2020, for a limited 32-week engagement. Tickets are now available.
 
             
  CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WEST END TRANSFER OF TOUCHING THE VOID (18 JULY 2019)  
             
  Casting has today been announced for the West End transfer of Tom Morris' production of Touching the Void which will see original cast members Fiona Hampton, Patrick McNamee and Josh Williams return to the show, joined by Angus Yellowlees. The show will open at the Duke of York's Theatre from 9 November 2019 to 29 February 2020 with an opening night of 14 November. This follows critically-acclaimed runs at the Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Hong Kong Festival and on tour in the UK.

Bristol Old Vic's Tom Morris (War Horse, Swallows & Amazons) directs the first stage version of Touching the Void, adapted by The Lyceum's David Greig (The Events, The Suppliant Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) from the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, which also became a BAFTA-winning film.

They are joined by designer Ti Green, sound designer and composer Jon Nicholls, lighting designer Chris Davey, movement director Sasha Milavic Davies and with casting by Jill Green CDG.

The production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson's best-selling memoir, charting his extraordinary struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Alongside this struggle is the appalling dilemma of his climbing partner Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them...

Fiona Hampton will play Sarah. Her theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe); Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth/Arcola Theatre and UK tour); A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Wolsey Theatre); Private Lives (Octagon Theatre/New Victoria Theatre); Winter Hill, The Glass Menagerie, Tull, Of Mice and Men, Lighthearted Intercourse (all Octagon Theatre); Don't Laugh (Cockpit Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Changeling (The Production Works/Southwark Playhouse); Roar, Clockheart Boy (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Merchant of Venice (Derby LIVE).

Patrick McNamee will play Richard. His theatre credits include: French Without Tears (Orange Tree Theatre); The History Boys (Selladoor); Sweeney Todd, A Few Good Men, Love and a Bottle, The Way of the World, Three Sisters, Hamlet, Women Beware Women, Iona Rain, For Services Rendered (all LAMDA).

Josh Williams will play Joe. His theatre includes: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (Project Arts Centre); One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse); Barbarians (Found 111); New Views: Is There a WIFI in Heaven? (National Theatre); Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); Love and Information, Our Private Life (Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe); Shivered (Southwark Playhouse); Lord of the Flies (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).

Angus Yellowlees will play Simon. Angus trained at LAMDA graduating in 2017 where credits whilst training included Bury Fair, Hobson's Choice and The Cherry Orchard. Touching the Void will be his professional stage debut.
 
             
  NIKKI BENTLEY, HELEN WOOLF AND ALISTAIR BRAMMAR LEAD NEW WICKED CAST IN LONDON (11 JULY 2019)  
             
  Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to release the first pictures of the new London cast headed by Nikki Bentley (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Alistair Brammer (Fiyero), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Natasha Ferguson★ (Nessarose) and Idriss Kargbo (Boq).

From Monday 22 July 2019, Wicked will star Nikki Bentley (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Alistair Brammer (Fiyero), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Natasha Ferguson★ (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba), Lisa-Anne Wood (Standby for Glinda), Chanelle Anthony, Meg Astin, Rebecca Botterill, Michael Colbourne, Lewis Easter, Nolan Edwards, Kerry Enright, Rebecca Gilliland, Lucie Horsfall, Nicole Lupino, Maggie Lynne, Stuart Maciver, Carl Man, Rhidian Marc, Joanna Sawyer, Tonye Scott-Obene, Scott Sutcliffe, Genevieve Taylor, Grant Thresh, James Titchener, Libby Watts, Bryony Whitfield, Chad Wilder, Dickie Wood, Chiarina Woodall and Tom Woollaston.
★Maternity cover for Carina Gillespie.

"A dizzyingly imaginative rewrite of The Wizard of Oz" (Time Out), Wicked is already the 9th longest running musical in West End history. Winner of over 100 major awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards and ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards in the UK, the classic musical has now been seen by almost 10 million people in London alone.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines an ingenious backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum's beloved characters from 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely University friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.