Saturday, 24 January 2015

Scarlett Strallen to star in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway

It has been announced that Scarlett Strallen will star as Sibella in the Broadway production of  A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder from 10th February 2015.

She takes over from Lisa O’Hare who plays her final performance on 8th February. The show won four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The current cast includes: Jeff Kready, Catherine Walker and Carole Shelley.

Strallen previously starred as the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway, a role she also played in the West End. Her most recent credits include: Candide (Menier), A Chorus Line (Palladium) and Singin' in the Rain (Chichester/Palace). Strallen has also starred in productions of HMS Pinafore, Passion, The Music Man and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Made in Dagenham to close in April

It has been confirmed that Made in Dagenham will close in the West End on 11th April 2015. A statement posted on the show's Facebook Page reads:

Today it has been announced that we will end our run at the Adelphi Theatre on Saturday 11th April adding a further two weeks to our booking period before the final performance in April. Producers are already in discussions regarding a UK Tour and future life for the show.

Rebecca Quigley, Stage Entertainment Producer, said: “I'm immensely proud of Made in Dagenham and of everyone involved in bringing it to the stage. Brand new, British musicals are few and far between - particularly those that can make you laugh and move you in equal measure. Our writers, creative team and company have been particularly passionate about telling this true story of a remarkable event in our history with the wit, heart and creativity it deserves. They’ve achieved that and so much more.

Michael Xavier & Anna Francolini take over from Aaron Tveit & Catherine Tate in Assassins

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that Anna Francolini and Michael Xavier will join the cast of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins.

From 10th February, Michael Xavier will take over the role of John Wilkes Booth from Aaron Tveit. Tveit leaves the run due to a change in schedule for his television series Graceland, which has been brought forward.

Anna Francolini plays Sara Jane Moore from 10th February, with Catherine Tate returning to the role on 24th February to complete the run at the Menier. Tate leaves the role for 2 weeks to fulfil pre-contractual filming commitments.

Casting announced for world premiere of Game by Mike Bartlett

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Mike Bartlett's provocative new play Game which opens at the Almeida Theatre on 3rd March (previews from 23rd February) and runs until 4th April 2015.

The cast includes: Georgina Beedle, Clare Burt, Daniel Cerqueira, Kevin Harvey, Chloe Hesar, Jodie McNee, Mike Noble, Ben Righton, Richard Sumitro and Susan Wokoma. 

In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. But at what price? Invasive and unsettling, Game invites us to spy on a family as they explore a dangerous new way to live.

Photo Feature: New cast join Shakespeare in Love

Producers of Shakespeare in Love have released production pictures of the new cast who took over at the Noel Coward Theatre on 12th January 2015. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge).

The play now stars Orlando James as Will Shakespeare opposite Eve Ponsonby as Viola De Lesseps. The pair recently appeared together in Cheek by Jowl’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore directed by their Artistic Director and Director of Shakespeare in Love, Declan Donnellan.

Full casting announced for Crucible's Playing for Time starring Siân Phillips

Full casting has been announced for Richard Beecham's production of Playing for Time by Arthur Miller. The production runs at the Sheffield Crucible between 18th March (previews from 12th March) and 4th April.

The cast includes: Kate Adams (Helene), Noa Bodner (Esther), Pascale Burgess (Elzvieta), Imogen Daines (Etalina), Emma Darlow (Liesl), Holly De Jong (Schmidt), James Duke (Mengele / Kapo / Cellist / Paul), Amanda Hadingue (Alma Rose), Melanie Heslop (Marianne), Rebecca Jenkins (Varya), Kate Lynn-Evans (Mandel), Maeve O'Sullivan (Greta / Olga), Siân Phillips (Fania), Danny Scheinmann (Schmuel / Captain Heinz / Second Chess Player / First Trooper), Augustina Seymour (Paulette/ Music Captain), Christopher Staines (Commandant Kramer / 1st Chess Player / SS Guard / Kapo / Pianist) and Alexia Traverse-Healy (Mala / Tchaikowska). 

Completing the cast are 17 members of Sheffield People’s Theatre - the theatre’s intergenerational acting company from across the region. The show marks the Centenary of Arthur Miller's birth and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  

GOSSIP: Could Groundhog Day musical open at the Old Vic if workshop is a success?

According to the Daily Mail, Matthew Warchus and Tim Minchin are planning a second workshop in March for their musical adaptation of Groundhog Day. If successful, Baz Bamigboye reports the show will run at the Old Vic next year.

Described as an American fantasy comedy, the 1993 film Groundhog Day was directed by Harold Ramis and starred Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott.