• Becky Wallis

Theatre News Round Up - January 23-29

Updated: Apr 28

The news that has gotten Theatreland talking this week includes...


The Color Purple to tour the UK

It has been announced that The Color Purple is to embark on it’s first UK Tour later this year. Originally staged in 2019 at Leicester Curve, the production will visit Birmingham Hippodrome from 13 September, before touring to Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal & Derngate Northampton, The Lowry Salford, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Mayflower Theatre Southampton and Norwich Theatre Royal.

Casting is yet to be announced.

Mary Poppins extends West End Run

Cameron Mackintosh’s critically acclaimed production of Mary Poppins has this week announced an extension to its booking period.

The show, which stars Zizi Strallen as the magical nanny and Charlie Stemp as chimney sweep Bert is now booking until July 10 2022 at the Prince Edward Theatre with tickets on sale now

Big Night of musicals line up announced

The line up and numbers that feature in the big night of musicals that is showing on BBC One tomorrow night have been announced.

The event, which took place on Monday in Manchester, was hosted by Jason Mansford. It features performances of One Night Only from Dreamgirls performed by Nicole Raquel Dennis, Natalie Kassanga and Paige Peddie, Teenage Dream/Break Free from &Juliet performed by David Bedella and Keala Settle, I can’t lost you from Frozen performed by Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon, He Lives in You from The Lion King performed by Thenjiwe Nofamele and Kayi Ushe, Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast performed by Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor, Let It Go from Frozen performed by Samantha Barks, Gotta Start Somewhere from Back to the Future performed by Cedric Neal and the cast, Ease on Down The Road from the Wiz performed by the cast, You will be Found from Dear Evan Hansen performed by Sam Tutty, Mitchell Zhangazha and Samantha Mbolekwa, She Used to be Mine from Waitress performed by Chelsea Halfpenny, Teachers Pet from School of Rock performed by the cast, a medley from The Drifters Girl performed by Beverley Knight, Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud, One Love/Jammin from Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical performed by Arinźe Kene, and We Don’t Need Another Hero/Simply The Best/Proud Mary from Tina, the Tina Turner Musical performed by Aisha Jawando.

Dear Evan Hansen extends west end run

Hit musical Dear Evan Hansen has announced an extension to its booking period this week. The show which stars Olivier award winning Sam Tutty in the title role is now booking up to 22 October 2022 at the Noel Coward Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong to embark on new UK Tour

After a highly successful tour last year, Mischief Theatre’s hit comedy The Play that Goes Wrong is set to hit the round again.

On it’s fifth uk tour, the production will start in Bath on 20 April before visiting Mold, Southend, Leicester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Plymouth, Bristol, Sheffield, Hull, Milton Keynes and Dartford with further dates and casting to be announced.

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