Weekly Theatre News Round Up - November 7-13
The news that has had theatre land talking this week includes...
Further dates announced for the UK Tour of Greatest Days
Further dates have been announced for the upcoming uk tour of Greatest Days, previously known as The Band.
The tour starts in May, with new dates announced this week including Southend, Canterbury, Norwich, Blackpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol. Southampton, Brighton, Truro, Leicester, Aylesbury, Sunderland and Leeds with more dates to be announced.
Nanny McPhee musical in the works
During the promotional tour for the upcoming movie adaptation of Matilda the musical, Emma Thompson, who plays the role of Miss Trunchball in the film, has been talking about future projects.
She has revealed that there are plans in place for her Nanny McPhee musical to open in the West End next year, with further details to be announced.
The Woman in Black to close in the West End
In surprising news this week, it has been announced that The Woman in Black will close after 33 years in the West End.
Playing at the fortune theatre, the show will play its final performance on 4th March 2023.
Producer Peter Wilson said, “The Woman in Black‘s miraculous theatricality has never faltered. Out of a gauze, a wicker skip and a door Stephen Mallatratt and Robin Herford conjured a complete world into which generations of young people have entered, surrendering to the ultimate magic of theatre: their own imaginations. However, the economic reality of attracting so many young people has caught up with us in a world of rising prices.My thanks to Charles Kay and John Duttine, the first cast in 1989, to the generations of actors who have maintained the tradition of excellence while inhabiting Susan’s marvellous novella and Stephen’s extraordinary adaptation, to Robin Herford – who has directed every cast over the 33 years – to all the staff at the Fortune and of course the team at PW Productions.”
Casting announced for UK Tour of The Bodyguard
Casting has been announced for the upcoming UK Tour of The Bodyguard which begins in January.
Ayden Callaghan will play bodyguard Frank Farmer alongside the previously announced Melody Thornton as Rachel Marron.
They will be joined by Emily-Mae as Nicki Marjon, Graham Ewell as Tony, James Groom as Sy Spector, John Macaulay as Bill Devaney, Marios Nicolaides as Stalker and Feral Coghlan as Ray Court.
The ensemble includes Alexandros Beshonges, Kayne Gordon, Jack Hardwick, Kalisha Johnson, James Lee Harris, Samantha Mbolekwa, Abbie Quinine, Kellie Rhianne, Charlotte Scally, Yiota Theo and Marco Venturini.
The role of Fletcher will be shared by Kaylenn Aires Fonseca, Iesa Miller, Frankie Keith and Reneo Kusi-Appauh.
New casting announced for Wicked
New casting has been announced for Wicked, with Alexia Khadime returning to the role of Elphaba and Lucy St.Louis joining as Glinda in March.
They will be joined by Caitlin Anderson as Nessarose with current ensemble cast member Joe Thompson-Oubari taking over as Boq.
The cast also includes Mark Curry as the Wizard, Simeon Truly as Doctor Dillamond, Amy Webb as standby Elphaba and Lisa-Anne Wood as standby Glinda.
The ensemble is completed by Yuki Abe, Kofi Aidoo-Appiah, Conor Ashman, Jessica Aubrey, Joshua Clemetson, Fergus Dale, Effie Rae Dyson, Nicola Espallardo, Danny Fogarty, Ross Harmon, Kate Leiper, Nick Len, Jemima Loddy, Joshua Lovell, PaddyJoe Martin, Millie Mayhew, Harry Mills, Daniel Parrott, Aiesha Naomi Pease, Jeanie Ryan, Natalie Spriggs, James Titchener, Micaela Todd, Christine Tucker, Jaydon Vijn and Taela Yeomans-Brown.