• Becky Wallis

Weekly Theatre News Round Up - August 10-14

The news that has had theatre land talking this week includes


Casting announced for new Mischief Theatre show


Casting has been announced for Good Luck Studio, the newest show from popular theatre company Mischief Comedy.

The show, which takes place during the final night of recording of kids show Wibble the Dragon will star Mischief regulars Bryony Corrigan as Saoirse, Harry Kershaw as Sean, Chris Leask as Toby and Greg Tannahill as Kevin. Adam Bryon, Eboni Dixon, Jemma Geanaus, Gareth Tempest, Sophia Lorenti and Tom Walker will also appear as Anthony, Pam, Elizabeth, David Cooper-Brown, Michaela and Andy respectively.

Good Luck studio opens next month in Colchester before visiting Salisbury and Guildford.

New casting announced for 2.22

New casting has been announced for 2.22 A Ghost Story at the Criterion Theatre

The current cast will play their final performances on September 6 with the new cast taking over from 8 September to 8 January

The cast will include Laura Whitmore making her west end debut alongside Matt Willis, Tamsin Carroll and Felix Scott.

Above the Stag theatre closes down

The Above the Stag theatre, which specialises in producing LGBT work, has closed its door for good this week.

The company stated “To all Above The Stag stakeholders (issued at 9.30am on Sunday 7 August 2022). Above the Stag ceased trading and permanently closed its Vauxhall venue at 9:30am on Sunday 7 August 2022.

Ticket holders with future bookings will be refunded in full. Trade creditors, staff, creatives, actors and technicians with any outstanding amounts due will be paid in full. Thank you to all stakeholders for their loyal support.”

New casting announced for Cabaret

New casting has been announced for the critically acclaimed west end production of Cabaret.

Callum Scott Howells (BAFTA Nominated for It’s A Sin) will star as Emcee with Emmy Award Nominee Madeline Brewer appearing as Sally Bowles. They will join the show on 3 October.

Howells has said “I can’t wait to work with the incredible team and company, and follow on from two actors who I hugely respect and admire. I feel very lucky and excited to be taking on such an iconic role within this widely celebrated and unique production. It’s going to be a ride.”

Tributes paid to Olivia Newton John

Tributes have been paid to Olivia Newton John, who achieved superstardom after playing Sandy in the film version of Grease, after she passed away at the age of 73.

Her husband John Easterling broke the news on Instagram “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the ONJ Foundation.

“Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.”

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