London Show News
|CAROLINE SHEEN JOINS 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL AS LOUISE REDKNAPP RECOVERS FROM INJURY (1AMS 8 JANUARY 2019)|
|Caroline Sheen will be joining the company of Dolly Parton's 9 To 5 The Musical in the role of Violet Newstead at the Savoy Theatre, London from 28 January 2019 until the end of March. Louise Redknapp will re-join the company to play the role in the musical from the end of March.
Sheen is renowned for her leading roles in the West End, US and on tour throughout the UK. These include the West End productions of Les Miserables at the Palace and Queen's theatres, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, the original cast of Witches of Eastwick at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Once in a Lifetime and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the National Theatre and the title role in Mary Poppins on tour throughout the US and the UK. She will be seen later this year as a lead role in the new BBC series Pitching In.
Due to an injury this week, Redknapp has had to temporarily withdraw from performing the role of Violet. The recovery time recommended means the singer and actress is no longer able to properly rehearse the show in the remaining time left before opening. Earlier this week, a statement from the producers said:
"Together we have made the difficult decision to delay Louise's start date in the show. We hope that Louise will start performances sometime towards the end of March/early April 2019. Everyone at 9 to 5 wishes Louise a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back."
9 To 5 The Musical opens for a limited season at London's Savoy Theatre from 28 January to 31 August 2019. Sheen will join Amber Davies as Judy Bernly, Natalie McQueen as Doralee Rhodes, Brian Conley as Franklin Hart and Bonnie Langford as Roz Keith.
|ZAWE ASHTON AND CHARLIE COX JOIN TOM HIDDLESTON IN BETRAYAL (12 JANUARY 2019)|
|Two of the country's most exciting young stars, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, will join Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston in The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 (press night 13 March) for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June, directed by Jamie Lloyd. The production forms the culmination of the historic Pinter at the Pinter season.
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).
Zawe Ashton will play Emma. Like Pinter, Ashton was born in Hackney, London. Known for her roles in television sitcom Fresh Meat, the comedy series Not Safe for Work, Wanderlust and the forthcoming Velvet Buzzsaw, Zawe starred in The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Jean Genet's The Maids at Trafalgar Studios and played the title role in Lloyd's production of Salome for Headlong.
Zawe Ashton said: 'I'm so thrilled to be part of the journey into the heart of one of Harold Pinter's most personal pieces of work. As a longtime collaborator of Jamie Lloyd, it's so exciting to be rounding off such an epic season of Pinter's work.'
Charlie Cox, who plays Jerry, is best known for the leading role in Daredevil for Marvel, Tristan Thorn in Stardust, Jonathan Hellyer Jones in The Theory of Everything and Owen Sleater in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. On stage, he appeared in the 2008 production of The Lover & The Collection, directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Comedy (now Harold Pinter) Theatre, the title role in The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse and Nick Payne's Incognito in New York.
Charlie Cox said: 'I am so excited to be returning to the West End and, indeed, the Harold Pinter Theatre after over ten years, and to be collaborating once again with the brilliant Jamie Lloyd. It feels particularly fitting and special to be working with Jamie on another Pinter play, as our production of 'The Lover and The Collection' in 2008 was amongst the last projects that Harold himself was personally involved with.'
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. Currently playing are the critically-acclaimed productions of Pinter Five and Pinter Six, starring Celia Imrie, John Simm, Jane Horrocks and Rupert Graves, amongst others. Still to come is the unmissable comedic double-bill, A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, which form Pinter Seven and star Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, John Heffernan and Gemma Whelan. Pinter Seven will play from January 31st for 27 performances only.
|FINAL CAST IS ANNOUNCED FOR LIMITED WEST END RUN OF ALL ABOUT EVE (11 JANUARY 2019)|
|Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Ivo van Hove's stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film All About Eve as West End rehearsals commence.
Jessie Mei Li will play the role of Claudia Casswell with Merric Boyd, Fejiro Emasiobi, Chanelle Modi, Stuart Nunn, Phillipa Peak and Michael Warburton joining the ensemble. Performances run from 2 February to 11 May 2019 (press night is 12 February) at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre.
Previously announced, Emmy Award-winning Gillian Anderson will return to the stage alongside Lily James to lead the cast. BAFTA Award-winner Monica Dolan will play the role of Karen alongside Ian Drysdale as Max Fabian, Tsion Habte as Phoebe, Julian Ovenden as Bill, Sheila Reid as Birdie, Rhashan Stone as Lloyd and Stanley Townsend as Addison DeWitt. Charles Hagerty, Grace Stone and Philip Voyzey will also appear as ensemble cast.
Ivo van Hove's direction will be accompanied by set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D'Huys and music from double Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons' sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.
|CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WEST END TRANSFER OF HOME, I'M DARLING (10 JANUARY 2019)|
|As rehearsals begin, casting has been announced for the West End transfer of the National Theatre and Theatr Clwyd's critically acclaimed co-production of Home, I'm Darling, a new play by Laura Wade, directed by Theatre Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey, featuring Katherine Parkinson, which begins performances at the Duke of York's Theatre on 26 January 2019.
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. She is joined by Sara Gregory as Alex and Richard Harrington as Johnny (for the West End run, with tour casting for the role of Johnny to be announced), reprising the roles they played at Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre in 2018. Charlie Allen, Susan Brown (Sylvia), Ellie Burrow, Siubhan Harrison (Fran), Jane MacFarlane and Hywel Morgan (Marcus) complete the cast.
Home, I'm Darling will play at the Duke of York's Theatre until 13 April 2019, with a press night on 5 February. The production will then tour to the Theatre Royal Bath, and The Lowry, Salford, before returning to Theatr Clwyd following a sold-out run in July 2018. Home, I'm Darling is co-produced in the West End and on tour with Fiery Angel.
|HAYLEY TAMADDON JOINS THE WEST END CAST OF JAMIE (9 JANUARY 2019)|
|New casting has been announced for the award-winning musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie at London's Apollo Theatre with Hayley Tamaddon (best known for her roles in Emmerdale and Coronation Street and for winning the fifth series of ITV1's Dancing on Ice) stepping into the role of Miss Hedge, Sejal Keshwala joining the company as Ray, and Sabrina Sandhu playing Pritti Pasha, all from 28 January 2019.
They will join the previously announced Layton Williams who takes over the role of Jamie New and Shane Richie who will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle.
New cast members also include Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Rachel Price (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).
Continuing with the show are current cast members: Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Jordan Laviniere (Cy) Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), and Harriet Payne (Bex).
Inspired by a true story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie has songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell who also directs. The musical has won seven major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.
The musical is also to be made into a major film by Sheffield-based production company Warp Films, completing the fairy-tale journey from a 16-year-old approaching a documentary maker to hit West End Show and now the big screen. Filming is expected to commence this spring.
|FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE TWILIGHT ZONE (9 JANUARY 2019)|
|Full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated West End transfer of the Almeida's sell-out production of The Twilight Zone, which transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre from 4 March 2019.
Reprising their highly praised performances from the Almeida run are Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola and Neil Haigh, who will be joined for the West End premiere by Alisha Bailey, Natasha J Barnes, Nicholas Karimi, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Lauren O'Neill and Matthew Steer.
Adapted by Anne Washburn (Shipwreck, Mr. Burns) and directed by the multi award-winning director (winner of 7 Olivier Awards), Richard Jones, this production of the acclaimed classic CBS television series The Twilight Zone is an ingenious mixture of morality tales, fables and fantasy that are as relevant today as when audiences first encountered them.
The Twilight Zone has design by Paul Steinberg, with costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, movement direction by Aletta Collins, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin, and D.M Wood, composition and sound by Sarah Angliss, sound by Christopher Shutt, casting by Julia Horan, and illusions by Richard Wiseman and Will Houstoun.
The Twilight Zone is based on original stories by Rod Serling, and two of the most frequent and celebrated contributors, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson from the CBS television series.
It is one of television's most revered and influential science-fiction fantasy shows and ran on American network CBS from 1959 to 1964, winning 3 Emmy Awards during its 156-episode run. Its incisive parables explore humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices. The programme has had a seminal influence on popular culture; from Stephen King to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to Steven Spielberg, The Simpsons to Black Mirror.
With the original series celebrating its 60th Anniversary Year, a new version of The Twilight Zone recently began production and is coming to CBS All Access in 2019 with Jordan Peele serving as host and narrator. The upcoming new series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg's Genre Films. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.
The Twilight Zone stage production is presented under license by CBS Consumer Products and produced by Ron Fogelman for Your Next Stop Limited and the Almeida Theatre. Kenny Wax is executive producer.
|30 ROCK STAR JACK MCBRAYER CONFIRMED FOR WAITRESS (28 DECEMBER 2018)|
|It has been announced that US film and television star Jack McBrayer will make his West End debut in the role of Ogie in Waitress, which will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London's Adelphi Theatre.
As previously announced, Katharine McPhee will star as Jenna, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year, alongside Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl and with David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team - a West End musical first.
Jack McBrayer was Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of Kenneth Parcell on the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed series 30 Rock for NBC. He is also known for his work on The Jack and Triumph Show for Universal/Adult Swim, Adult Swim's first half hour comedy straight to series pickup, which Jack executive produced and starred opposite Robert Smigel. He can be seen in Cooties opposite Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson for Lionsgate which premiered at Sundance. Jack also starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall opposite Jason Segel, directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow for Universal. His other credits include Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, directed and written by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow for Columbia Pictures; The Campaign opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, directed by Jay Roach for Warner Bros; opposite Bill Hader in The To Do List for CBS Films; and They Came Together opposite Paul Rudd and directed by David Wain for Lionsgate.
Jack can also be seen appearing on ABC's The Middle, Comedy Central's Drunk History opposite Derek Waters and USA's Playing House opposite Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. He can be heard voicing the lead role of Fix-It Felix in Wreck-It Ralph, directed Rich Moore and produced by John Lasseter for Disney. His other animated film voice credits include Despicable Me for Universal, The Simpsons on Fox and Archer on FX.
Waitress also recently announced the first of its "Cast Album Karaoke" nights in London, meaning that theatre lovers who have always dreamt of singing on the West End stage will soon be able to make their dream a reality. The first ever karaoke nights will be held post-show on Tuesday 19 February and Monday 18 March 2019. For the chance to sing one minute of any song from the show - live on stage and accompanied by the show's musical director Katharine Woolley - interested audience members just need to sign up in the theatre before the performance.
|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.