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  • Becky Wallis

Weekly Theatre News Round Up - January 17-25

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


Hannah Waddingham to present 2023 Olivier Awards


It has been announced that Hannah Waddingham will host the Olivier Awards this year.

With choreographer Anthony Van Last serving as creative director, the event is due to take place on Sunday 2 April at the Royal Albert Hall.

Rory Bremner to star in Quiz

Rory Bremner is set to return to the stage, playing the role of Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s Quiz, which tells the story of the famous cheating major Charles Ingram who cheated his way to winning Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

With further casting to be announced, the show will open in Chichester on 22 September, before visiting Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, Salford, Norwich, Bromley, Canterbury, Bath and Birmingham.

New lead casting announced for The Phantom of the Opera

It has been announced that much loved performer Earl Carpenter will return to The Phantom of the Opera, playing the phantom once more for a limited stint from 13 February to 1 April, inheriting the mask from Killian Donnelly.

The role will then be played by Jon Robyns, who leaves the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables to wear the famous mask. He will play the role from 3 April.

Holly Anne Hull will step up to playing the role of Christine full time from 23 January, with Paige Blankson joining the production as alternate Christine from 13 February.

Fundraiser launched for Adam Pearce following a stroke

A fundraiser has been launched for performer Adam Pearce after it was announced that he suffered a stroke backstage whilst working on Mandela at the Young Vic in December. He has stared in the productions such as Sunset Boulevard and Prince of Egypt to name but a few

Currently in an intensive programme of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, it is hoped that he will be able to return home from hospital by Mid February in progress continues

You can donate to the fundraiser here https://www.gofundme.com/f/adam-pearce-stroke-recovery-fund

Casting announced for Windfall

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Windfall, written by Scooter Pietsch and directed by Mark Bell.

The chaotic comedy tells the story of five downtrodden office workers who risk it all of a $500 million lottery ticket.

The cast includes Gabriel Paul, Wesley Griffith, Joanne Clifton, Audrey Anderson, Jack Bennett and Judith Amsenga.

The production runs at the Southwark Playhouse 9 February to 11 March.

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