• Becky Wallis

Theatre News Round Up - May 9-14

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


The Ocean at the End of the Lane to tour UK


With it’s critically acclaimed run at the Duke of York Theatre coming to an end, it has been announced that The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be heading out on a UK Tour later this year

The show will visit Salford in December before heading to Woking, Leicester, Plymouth, Sunderland, Bath, Belfast, Dublin, Bradford, Wimbledon, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Newcastle, Canterbury, Southend, Bristol, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Norwich, Stoke on Trent, Truro and Wolverhampton.

Casting is yet to be announced.

Full casting announced for UK Tour of Girl from the North Country

Casting has been announced for the upcoming UK Tour of Girl from the North Country with opens at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin next month.

Kiesha Amponsa Banson will play Mrs Neilson with Ross Carswell as Elias Burke, Colin Connor as Nick Laine, Joshua C Jackson as Joe Scott, Eli James as Reverend Marlowe, Justina Kehinde as Marianne, Teddy Kempner as Mr Perry, Chris McHallem as Dr Walker, Frances McNamee as Elizabeth Laine, Gregor Milne as Gene Laine, Eve Norris as Katherine Draper, James Station as Mr Burke and Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Burke.

The ensemble includes Frankie Hart, Graham Kent, Owen Lloyd, Nichola MacEvilly, Daniel Reid-Walters and Neil Stewart.

The tour will visit Canterbury, Southampton, York, Glasgow, Salford Quays, Newcastle, Bath, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Milton Keynes, Woking, Bradford, Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Birmingham, Belfast, Aberdeen, Norwich, Belfast, Leicester and Wimbledon.

The Theatre Cafe to launch new West end Diner

It has been announced that the team behind the Theatre cafe will be launching a new west end musical themed diner which will open on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The menu will feature high quality diner food and the diner will be decorated in theatre memorabilia. It will be situated over two floors and will feature singing waiting staff who perform whilst the customers eat.

Jeremy Jordan to perform solo concert

Jeremy Jordan will be returning the theatre royal drury lane where he was seen as Clyde in the concert versions of Bonnie and Clyde back in January

The Broadway star will perform a solo concert on Monday 29 August with the event including ‘some of the music Jordan is most loved for performing as well as personal favourites’

New show from Mischief Theatre duo

A new comedy written by Henry Shields and directed by Henry Lewis, both of Mischief theatre fame, have written a new show which will premiere at Mercury Theatre later this year before being performed at the Salisbury Playhouse.

Good Luck, Studio, described as a dark comedy, takes place during the last night of filming for kids tv show Wibble the Dragon. The show is over budget and under written and with just one hour left to film and 16 pages to get through, the cast and crew are running out of time.

Shields said: “I am thrilled, delighted, excited and utterly terrified to be presenting my first solo work Good Luck, Studio at the Mercury Theatre Colchester and Salisbury Playhouse. With the help of the Mischief team, we will be creating a show that is extremely funny, totally original, and not at all suitable for children.”

Lewis added: “I am absolutely thrilled to making my directorial debut with this hilarious new play.”


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