• Becky Wallis

Theatre News Round Up - February 19-27

Updated: Apr 28

The news that has had theatre land talking this week includes...


West End Does concert announced

A Hollywood concert from West End Does has been announced this week, featuring iconic classics from the movies, with the event comprising of two concerts hosted by Warwick Davis

The line up for both shows, due to take place on 29 May, includes Oliver Tompsett, Sophie Evans, Rob Houchen, Leanne Robinson and Shan Ako.

Louise Dearman will be taking part in the 2.30 concert with Carrie Hope Fletcher appearing in the 6.30 concert

Jack and the Beanstalk to run at the London Palladium

Dawn French has confirmed that she will be returning to the palladium this year for the annual pantomime, which will be Jack and the Beanstalk.

French commented: “Roll up! Roll up! Much merriment and happiness and downright cheek and cheeks going to be happening onstage at The Palladium this Christmas with a brand spanky new Panto at last! We’ve waited two years to bring you Jack and The Beanstalk and I’m de-blimmin-lighted to be part of it. See you there folks!”

She will star alongside Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmott. The show is set to run 10 December to 15 January

First casting announced for the Cher Show

It has been announced that Millie O’Connell, Danielle Steers and Debbie Kurup will play the role of Cher in the upcoming UK Tour of the Cher Show, with each playing the performer at different stages in the show. O’Connell will play Babe, with Steers as Lady and Kurup as Star.

The production is set to open at the Curve in Leicester on 15 April 2022 with tour dates through to April 2022.

First casting for My Fair Lady announced

It has been announced that Amara Okereke will play Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum later this year.

She will be joined by Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins, Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs Higgins and Sharif Afifi as Freddy Eynsford Hill. Maureen Beattie will play Mrs Pearce.

My Fair Lady is scheduled to begin previews at the Coliseum on 7 May 2022

New casting announced for Fantastically Great Women who changed the world

New casting has been announced for Fantastically Great Women who changed the world, which heads out on tour later this year.

The show follows Jade, who sneaks into her local museum for a behind-the-scenes peek at the yet to be opened Gallery of Greatness. There, she meets some of history’s most iconic ladies: Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart for example.

The show will welcome Kirstie Skivington, Kudzai Mangombe, Elise Zavou and Clarie Julianda who will join Renee Lamb, Christina Modestou and Jade Kennedy.

The show first opened in Southampton last summer, and is now set to visit Liverpool, Salford, Kingston, Edinburgh, Exeter, Cheltenham, Sheffield, Poole and Stratford in east London, where it runs for a month.

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