• Becky Wallis

Weekly Theatre News Round Up - October 18-23

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


Great British Bake Off Musical to open in the West End


It has been announced that The Great British Bake Off musical will transfer into the West End after impressing with its premiere earlier this year. The show will play at the Noel Coward Theatre from 25 February to 13 May.

Based on the tv show, the musical follows a group of aspiring contestants striving to win Star Baker.

Producer Mark Goucher said “Having won over the Cheltenham audience, I’m so thrilled that this talented creative team and cast are getting this opportunity to bring this new musical to the audiences of the West End. If you are a fan of the iconic Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 you will love it, and if you’ve never watched Great British Bake Off, you’ll be sure to tune in after seeing this.”

Cast for Dirty Dancing announced

Casting has been revealed for the 2023 return of Dirty Dancing, which will play at the Dominion Theatre

Michael O’Reilly and Kira Malou will return to the roles of Johnny and Baby with Charlotte Gooch as Penny, Georgia Castle as Lisa Houseman, Lynden Edwards as Jake Houseman, Jackie Morrison as Majorie Houseman, Colin Charles as Tito Suarez, Michael Remick as Max Kellerman and Tony Stansfield as Mr Schumacher.

Danny Collegian will play Billy Kostecki alongside Alastair Crosswell as Neil Kellerman and Lydia Sterling as Elizabeth.

The cast is completed by Chrissy Brooke, Inez Budd, Lily Laight, Hollie-Ann Lowe, Callum Fitzgerald, Nathan Ryles, Joel Benjamin, Shaquille Brush, Carly Miles, Ben Middleton, Lee Nicholson, Ayden Morgan, Miles Russell, Tom Parsons, Morgan Burgess, Tom Mussell, Christopher Fry and Charlotte Coggin.

2.22 A Ghost Story finds a new West End Home

It has been announced that hit thriller 2.22 A Ghost Story will move to a new west end home after finishing its run at the Criterion in early January

It will move into the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, with booking available between January 21 and April 23.

The Mousetrap announces new casting

New casting has been announced for The Mousetrap as the Agatha Christie whodunnit celebrates its 70th anniversary on November 25th.

Producer Adam Spiegal has announced a special midday matinee will take place on the shows anniversary with guests with a historical connection to the show invited.

New casting for the show includes Sara Lessore as Mollie Ralston, George Banks as Giles Ralston, Jonathan Tynan-Moss as Christopher Wren, Sarah Whitlock as Mrs Boyle, Phillip Childs as Major Metcalfe, Phoebe Sparrow as Miss Casewell, Rob Pomfret as Mr Paravicini and George Jones as Detective Sgt Trotter. The new cast will join the show on November 21.

Casting announced for Nativity the musical

Casting has been announced for the 2022 run of Nativity the musical which plays in Birmingham from 19 November to 7 January.

Ben Lancaster will play Mr Poppy with Billy Roberts as Mr Maddens, Daisy Steere as Jennifer and Cameron Johnson as the Hollywood producer.

Jamie Chapman will play Patrick Burns/ensemble with Jemma Churchill as Mrs Bevan, Tom Next as Mr Rye/ensemble, Matthew Rowland as Mr Shakespeare and Eliza Waters as TJ’s mum/swing. Sydney Isitt-Ager, Callum Train and Louie Wood will be the on stage swings.

Fifty-four local children are also in the cast.. The children playing pupils at St Bernadette’s children are Ava Ayodeji, George Bakel, Frankie Bradbury, Ava Carty-Jones, Madison Davis, Hattie Disney, Matilda Flower, Seth Foster, Isaac Fox, Felix Holt, Ava Hupperdine-Perrin, Molly Jin, Sophie John, Kyrelle Lammy, Mac Manumbre, Oliver Milchard, Darcie Morris, Alexandra Ngwenya, Mischa Palor, Abigail Salt, William Stafford and Ziame Stewart.

Those playing Oakmoor children are Willow Adamson, Toby-Jay Amphlett, Bronte Ashmore, Zara Bench, Beatrice Carpenter, Thomas Cox, Amelie Davison, Alyssa Dewar, Ivy Edwards, Betsy Fahey, Ayana Freckleton, Effie Gell, Isla Granville, Ocean-Flower Hemmings, Jessica Howell, Alfie Jennings, Amelia Katie Connor, Nia King, Ava Knight, Will North Lewis, River Mahjouri, Annabel Parsons, Zara Pearson, Max Reekie, Gerline Rosales, Frankie Stephens, Eboni Rae’ Thomas-Witter, Isla-Belle Trimble, Ryley Trimble, Amelia Uma Thompson, Daniel Webley and Iman Wilkins.

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