Tuesday Newsday: 22 October 2019

The Royal Albert Hall prepares for Settling the Score (18 October 2019)


Voting has opened for the 2019 BroadwayWorld UK Awards! Vote for anything from Most Accessible Theatre and Theatrical Event of the Year to Best Musical Direction of a New Production of a Play or Musical and Best Regional or Touring Production.

Come From Away last week celebrated its 300th performance (& 300,000th visitor) by announcing a further extension – the Olivier Award-winning show is now booking at the Phoenix Theatre until 23 May 2020.

Frantic Assembly are marking the 25th anniversary of their first ever production by launching a new fundraising campaign (25@25), and announcing the founding of a new creative think-tank (The Assembly) – plus they will be publishing a book charting their quarter-century in November.

New season

Tarek Iskander’s inaugural season as the Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre is entitled ‘Going Global‘, and will feature: Autoreverse (3-22 February 2020), Outrageous Behaviour (7-8 February 2020), When It Breaks It Burns (19-29 February 2020), The Spirit (27 February-14 March 2020), unReal City (2-28 March 2020), Daughter (3-28 March 2020), HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL (30 March-9 April 2020), Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (14 April-2 May 2020), Cock, Cock..Who’s There? (14 April-2 May 2020), Swimming Pools (5-7 May 2020), Life: LIVE! (19-30 May 2020), Neither Here Nor There (4-9 May 2020).

At Soho Theatre we see the returns of Lucy McCormick with Post Popular (3-14 December 2019), and Mary Higgins & Ell Potter with Fitter (3 December 2019-4 January 2020). Chloë Moss’ Run Sister Run comes to Soho Theatre from Sheffield Crucible (25 March-2 May 2020), and Trygve Wakenshaw brings Only Bones v1.4 as part of London International Mime Festival (7-25 January 2020).

The next Voila! Europe Festival will be taking place from 4-17 November 2019, based at the Cockpit Theatre (Marylebone) and Rich Mix (Shoreditch). There will be a range of comedy, physical theatre, music, new writing, improvisation, robotics, clowning, satire, interactive performance, circus, and much more – truly something for everyone.

New shows

It’s a big one: the London transfer of Alex Timbers’ stage production of Moulin Rouge! (book: John Logan) has been announced. The Spectacular Spectacular will land at the Piccadilly Theatre from March 2021 and is set to completely transform the theatre, as the audience is immersed in the world of Baz Luhrmann (set design: Derek McLane).

Moulin Rouge - Broadway Set - Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Moulin Rouge! at Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway)

Cast announcements

Gemma Maclean and Ben Morris are set to star in a new production of I Do! I Do!, which will be running Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the end of this month.

Message In A Bottle (from Kate Prince, using the music of Sting) has announced its full cast. Featured roles go to Lukas McFarlane (Leto), Tommy Franzen (Mati), Natasha Gooden & Lizzie Gough – also appearing are: Kino McHugh, Michael Naylor, Aaron Nuttall, Delano Spenrath, Annie Edwards, Nestor Garcia Gonzalez, Gavin L Vincent, Samuel Baxter, Onyemachi Ejimofor, Anna Holmström, Emma ‘Shortbread’ Houston, Ajani Johnson-Goffe, Daniella May, Daniel Phung, Hannah Sandilands, and Nafisah Baba. It holds its world première at The Peacock (6 February-21 March 2020), before touring to Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg (26 – 28 March 2020), The Lowry, Salford (1 – 4 April 2020) and Birmingham Hippodrome (8 – 11 April 2020) – more dates will be confirmed at a later date.

Tibu Fortes and Tom Joyner will be appearing in Ben Anderson’s production of Jerker at the King’s Head Theatre from next week.

Antic Disposition are returning to Middle Temple Hall once more for their version of A Christmas Carol, which will again star David Burt as Ebeneezer Scrooge, joined by Haydn Oakley as Bob Cratchit. The remainder of the company are: Geri Allen (Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Fezziwig),
Megan Ashley (Belle), Chris Courtenay (the Ghost of Jacob Marley), Elliot Fitzpatrick (Fred/Young Scrooge), Lucy Ford (Martha Cratchit/Fan), Katie Lovell (the Ghost of Christmas Past), Nigel Richards (the Ghost of Christmas Present/Fezziwig), Matt Whipps (Peter Cratchit/Teen Scrooge), and Jacob Fullagar & Noah Swer-Fox (sharing the roles of Tiny Tim/Boy Scrooge).

John Cleese’s new play, Bang Bang!, will star Tony Gardner, Tessa Peake-Jones & Wendi Peters. It will be on tour throughout the early part of next year, starting at Exeter Northcott (6-15 February 2020) and ending at Festival Theatre Malvern (5-9 May 2020).

And finally…

Matthew Parker ends his tenure as AD at The Hope Theatre, going out with the bold choice of The House of Yes – you have until this weekend to catch it!

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