Updated weekly every Monday, this feature includes details on returning and new productions in the West End, elsewhere in London, around the UK and at festivals, and on Broadway
Andrew Lloyd Webber is nothing if not a theatre rule-breaker, continuing to bend and change theatrical conventions to his own PR needs. It was Lloyd Webber (then with Tim Rice) who first initiated the idea of recording his scores ahead of their theatrical release, to generate a public appetite for them, with Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, a method subsequently adopted by shows like Chess. It was Lloyd Webber who did Britain’s first casting-by-television-reality show for his revival of The Sound of Music, a technique he subsequently employed on The Wizard of Oz and an arena tour production of Jesus Christ Superstar and let Cameron Mackintosh in on the game to help cast his West End revival of Oliver!
And while Lloyd Webber has been drawing headlines through the last few weeks as he has protested against the government’s failure to ease social distancing restrictions which has meant that his new musical Cinderella has had to begin previews with 50% houses, he is now pressing ahead with opening the show. Usually, reviews are embargoed until the official opening night; outside the theatre it proudly states world premiere July 14. But now critics are being invited this Wednesday (July 7) and Thursday (July 8), with reviews embargoed to Thursday (at 11pm); so in fact the reviews will now appear ahead of the stated world premiere.
UPDATE (12noon MONDAY JULY 5): Critics are now being invited Monday July 19 and Tuesday July 20: “With apologies for further rearrangement, but since our invitation to review Cinderella this week, the Government is ready to confirm today that social restrictions are to be lifted from 19 July. Everyone involved with Cinderella is desperate to perform for you with a full house, and so we will be moving the official opening of the show to Tuesday 20 July.”
Another busy week of openings (and re-openings) also sees Be More Chill getting a West End run at the Shaftesbury (after its original run at the Other Palace was cut short by the theatres closing), a small-scale version of the Broadway classic Pippin (based on a production seen during lockdown last summer in Vauxhall’s Garden Theatre, now at Charing Cross Theatre), and the return of The Pin’s The Comeback (shut down early last December by the lockdown) as well as Pretty Woman (which had only just opened at the Piccadilly when the lockdown arrived and now resumes at the Savoy.
This list will continue to update the latest shows that are announcing their returns or new premieres.
PRESS NIGHTS/RE-OPENING THIS WEEK (July 5-11)
Monday July 5
- Pippin (Charing Cross Theatre), June 30-August 14, press night July 5. Stephen Schwartz’s 1972 Broadway musical is revived at Charing Cross Theatre for 7 week run, directed by Steven Dexter, who has directed it three times in previous productions and this time stages it with an ensemble of just eight actors. In a press statement, he has commented, “Pippin opened on Broadway in October 1972, however Stephen Schwartz started writing an early version of the show while he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Flower power was at its peak, war was raging in Vietnam and ‘Hair’ opened on Broadway. It was the year of The Summer of Love. My take on the show (which I have been lucky to direct three times before) is told by a group of hippie travellers of that time.” Press contact: Kevin Wilson. https://www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/
Tuesday July 6
- Be More Chill (Shaftesbury Theatre) June 30-September 5, press night July 6. The 2019 Broadway cult musical, whose cast album has been streamed more than 611 million times, returns to London with the transfer of the 2020 production that was running at the Other Palace when the pandemic shut it down. The original London cast will reprise their original roles: Blake Patrick Anderson (as Michael Mell), Miracle Chance (Christine Canigula), Stewart Clarke (The Squip), Eloise Davies (Brooke Lohst), Scott Folan (Jeremy Heere), Christopher Fry (Mr Heere, Mr Reyes and others), James Hameed (Rich Goranski), Gabriel Hinchliffe (Ensemble), Renée Lamb (Jenna Rolan), Eve Norris (Ensemble), Millie O’Connell (Chloe Valentine), and Miles Paloma (Jake Dillinger). Press contacts: Dee McCourt/Rachel Wingate at Borkowski. https://www.bemorechillmusical.com/
- Piaf (Nottingham Playhouse, July 2-17, opens July 6; followed by a run at Leeds Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre, from July 23-August 7) Jenna Russell stars in the title role of Pam Gems’s play, joined by Sally Anne Triplett as Toine – Edith Piaf’s best friend and confidante. They are joined by Laura Pitt-Pulford as Marlene Dietrich, Garry Robson as Louis Leplee – the nightclub owner who discovered Piaf. — and Louis Gaunt as Piaf’s husband Theo. Also in the cast are Samuel James, Matthew Woodyatt, Joseph Prowen and Zheng Xi Yong. Press contact: David Burns PR. https://nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/events/piaf/
Wednesday July 7
- The Invisible Hand (Kiln Theatre) July 1-31, opens July 7. Ayad Akhtar’s play, first seen in the UK at the Kiln in 2016, returns in India Rubasingham’s production, with Daniel Lepaine reprising his performance as Nick Bright, an American banker confined to a cell in rural Pakistan who knows that his freedom comes at a price. Who will decide his fate: his captors, or the whims the market? Tony Jayawardena returns to play Imam Salem again, with Scott Karim as Bashir. Press contact: Kate Morley PR. https://kilntheatre.com/whats-on/the-invisible-hand
- Last Easter (Orange Tree Theatre, July 3-August 7, press night July 7) Tinuke Craig directs the London premiere of Bryony Lavery’s play about the true nature of friendship. Press contact: Riona Kelly/Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/last-easter
- The Dumb Waiter (Old Vic from July 7-10). Jeremy Herrin directs Daniel Mays and David Thewlis in Pinter’s two-hander, presented as the sixth production in the globally live-streamed “Old Vic: In Camera” series, but now presented with a live “studio audience” for the first time. Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR. https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2021/watch-at-the-theatre/the-dumb-waiter-studio-audience
Thursday July 8
- Cinderella (Gillian Lynne Theatre) From June 25, gala opening July 20 (but press invited July 7/8, with reviews embargoed to 11pm July 8). Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical version of the classic tale, with a book by Emerald Fennell and lyrics by David Zippel, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher in the title role, with Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Stepmother, and new graduate Ivano Turco as Sebastian. Also newly announced, the principals also include Rebecca Trehearn as The Queen, Georgina Castle and Laura Baldwin as Cinderella’s stepsisters Marie and Adele, and Gloria Onitiri as The Godmother. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com/
Friday July 9
- Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe) June 26-October 17, press performances July 6-7 and July 9, reviews embargoed to July 9, 11pm). Ola Ince, artistic associate at the Royal Court, directs Alfred Enoch as Romeo and Rebekah Murrell as Juliet, who were in rehearsal in 2020 to do the play when the theatre was shut down by the pandemic. Press contacts: Claudia Conway at Claudia Conway, or Jessica Strawson at the Globe. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-2021/
PREVIEWING THIS WEEK
- Hamlet (Windsor Theatre Royal, June 21-September 4, press night MOVED TO JULY 20, from previously-planned June 30). Ian McKellen, now aged 81, returns to a role he previously played fifty years ago, in a new production by Sean Mathias that is age, colour and gender-blind. The company also includes Steven Berkoff, Jenny Seagrove, Francesca Annis and Jonathan Hyde. The company will also perform The Cherry Orchard from September — see below. Press contact: Dee McCourt, Borkowski. https://theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/hamlet
- Changing Destiny (Young Vic Theatre) July 9-August 21, 2021, press night July 16. The Young Vic re-opens with a new adaptation of the 4,000 year-old Egyptian poem of Sinuhe the Warrior King by Ben Okri, directed by Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and designed by award-winning architect Sir David Adjaye. In a press statement, Kwei-Armah comments: “This pandemic has wielded an unquantifiable wound to theatre-makers and theatres, the repercussions of which we will continue to feel for a long time. We have seen a year of racial reckoning reverberate through our sector, a cry of pain and a call to do better. To announce a new season of work fills my heart with optimism, as it comes with the hope that artists can return to their craft, and as we rebuild, we improve on what was good, and take time to undo the broken systems and structures. My message with this new season is Welcome Back and Welcome Home. The Young Vic is a civic centre and a home-away-from-home for our community. It is a space for us to hear extraordinary stories told by the world’s finest artists that help us see the world through someone else’s eyes. With Ben Okri’s Changing Destiny and Shakespeare’s Hamlet we bring you the tales you thought you knew, and present them afresh. These stories have withstood the test of time because they continue speak to what it means to be human, and I believe now, more than ever, they deliver messages we need to hear. ” Press contact: Emma Hardy at the Young Vic. https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/changing-destiny
- Lava (Bush Theatre) July 9-August 7, press night July 14. Debut play by Congolese-British writer Benedict Lombe that started life in 2020 as part of the Bush Theatre’s The Protest Series, a digital artistic response to the murder of George Floyd. It has now been re-imagined as a full-length play for the stage. Press contact: Martin Shippen. https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/event/lava/
- Re-Emerge season: Anna X (Harold Pinter Theatre, July 10-August 4, press performances July 15-17) New season of plays introducing new voices and fresh talent to the West End, curated by Sonia Friedman Productions (who are producing) and Ian Rickson, concludes with Joseph Charlton’s Anna X. First seen at the Vaults (below Waterloo station), it is (in the words of a feature in the FT), about “a con artist who passes herself off as a super-rich art curator and the tech CEO behind an exclusive dating app. Inspired by (but not about) the fake heiress Anna Delvey, it becomes a sort of Great Gatsby for our era, exploring self-reinvention through the internet, Instagram fame and what constitutes success.” The cast includes Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in Netflix’s The Crown. www.sfp-reemergeseason.co.uk.
RETURNING SHOWS THIS WEEK
- The Comeback (Noel Coward Theatre) Resuming performances for a run from July 7-25. After having its original West End run curtailed by the imposition of the December lockdown following only nine performances, comedy duo The Pin (Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen, pictured above) return to complete the season of their backstage comedy. Press contact: Clair Chamberlain/ Ben Chamberlain at Bread and Butter PR, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. https://thecomebackcomedy.co.uk/
- Pretty Woman (Savoy Theatre, transferring from Piccadilly) Resuming performances from July 8, with Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac [pictured above right] reprising their roles as Vivian Ward and her client Edward Lewis from when the show originally opened at the Piccadilly Theatre last March, but now in a new venue — the Savoy. They are joined by Rachael Wooding, Bob Harms, Neil McDermott and Mark Holden. Press contact: Simon Raw, Emily Webb, Stacey Pedder at Raw PR. https://prettywomanthemusical.com/
SHOWS AHEAD AFTER THIS WEEK: LONDON’S WEST END AND BEYOND
(Dates shown are for first performances, with press nights separately indicated where announced)
- Come from Away (Phoenix Theatre). Resuming performances from July 22, with a cast that includes Jenna Boyd, James Doherty, Mary Doherty, Mark Dugdale ,Alice Fearn, Kate Graham, Alasdair Harvey, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison and Emma Salvo, newly joined by Gemma Knight Jones and Sam Oladeinde. Press contact: Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR. https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk
- The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s). Resuming performances from July 27. Though Andrew Lloyd Webber promised that the original production would return to Her Majesty’s (after it was revealed that the original set had been removed from the theatre and the entire existing cast and orchestra had been released from their contracts), it is not quite the original that is returning, but a newly-revised version created for its last national tour. In the words of co-producer Cameron Mackintosh, “Although many of our brilliant original creative colleagues including, Hal Prince, Maria Björnson and Gillian Lynne are sadly no longer with us, their work lives on inspiring our new creative team to stage the Phantom afresh, as if it was a brand new production.” This includes the reduction of the orchestra from 27 players to 14, and what Lloyd Webber calls “our first entirely new cast for The Phantom of the Opera in London in over 35 years”, led by Killian Donnelly in the title role (who was playing the role on the national tour that had just launched before Covid shut it down), Lucy St Louis as Christine and Rhys Whitfield as Raoul. (They are pictured above: left to right are Whitfeld, St Louis and Donnelly). Press contact: Simon Raw/Emily Webb at Simon Raw PR, firstname.lastname@example.org. https://uk.thephantomoftheopera.com
- Tina — The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre). Resuming performances from July 28, with a cast led by by Aisha Jawando in the title role (pictured), and Jammy Kasongo as Ike. In a press statement, Turner has commented, “Music has had the power to pull me out of my darkest moments and rejoice during my happiest. To announce the re-opening of our West End show, where my musical had its premiere, means so much to me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Tina family and our fans from around the world for their continued love and support during these unprecedented times. Let my story be a celebration, a reminder of our resilience and our ability to overcome hardship together.” Press contact: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications, Janine.email@example.com. https://tinathemusical.com/uk/
- Leopoldstadt (Wyndam’s Theatre). Resuming performances from August 7, for a run to October 30. Tom Stoppard’s latest (and arguably most personal) play, which premiered in February 2020 before having its run abbreviated when the pandemic shut down theatres the following month, returns to complete its run. In a press statement, producer Sonia Friedman comments, “I am deeply relieved that after a year of immense loss and struggle for so many, including the unthinkable shutdown of our theatre industry, to announce the new dates for the return of Tom’s astonishing play to the West End. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of enduring love and familial bonds that asks us to bear witness to our pasts, no matter how painful that may be. The audience response throughout our seven weeks of sold-out performances before the pandemic struck in March 2020 was incredibly moving and humbling to witness. Over a year later and now having won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Leopoldstadt could not be more pertinent. I so look forward to returning to the Wyndham’s Theatre, to welcome back our very special audiences as we continue to share this epic, truly great new play.” Press contact: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications. https://leopoldstadtplay.com
- Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). Resuming from August 7, Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s co-production of their stage version of the hit film returns to its original London home, where it was originally premiered in 2004, before being revived there in 2019. Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp return in the title role and Bert respectively. Press contact: Janine Shalom/Ella Taibel at Premier Communications. https://www.marypoppinsonstage.co.uk/
- Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre). Resuming from August 19, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical returns to London. As the composer has stated, “For over a year the lights on the West End have been dark and our friends, family and colleagues on and off the stage have been out of work. It is with tremendous gratitude that we announce the return of Hamilton to London’s Victoria Palace Theatre this August. We will safely gather to tell this story again. We’ll be back.” Press contacts: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications/ Simon Raw at Raw PR. https://hamiltonmusical.com/london/home/
- Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre) Resuming performances from August 25. https://mamma-mia.com/london-tickets.php
- The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre) Resuming performances from September 7. The West End’s second-longest running play (after The Mousetrap) returns. In response to the show’s enduring popularity with young people, the producers have announced that those aged 18 and under will be able to see the West End production free of charge, alongside each full paying adult ticket. Additionally, persons aged 25 and under will be eligible for a £25 ticket rate. A new national tour will also embark from Cambridge’s Arts Theatre from June 17. Press contacts: Emily Webb or Simon Raw at Simon Raw PR.
- Witness for the Prosecution (London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1) Originally announced as resuming performances August 3, this production of Agatha Christie’s courtroom drama has now changed its return date to September 14. In a press statement, producers Eleanor Lloyd and Rebecca Stafford commented, “Unfortunately, the combined effects of continued uncertainty around a return to full capacity in theatres, no provision of cancellation insurance, and the delayed delivery of our promised Cultural Recovery Fund grant are such that we cannot afford to proceed with the rehearsals as planned. We have not taken this decision lightly. It leaves 51 people waiting to resume their jobs. For us as Producers the cost of remaining closed is significant and will increase as furlough and business rates relief are reduced from July.” It plays in the former council debating chamber of what used to be the seat of London’s local governance. Lucy Bailey’s production (pictured above) had already run for over two and a half years and had just played to its 1000th performance when Covid forced it to suspend performances. Press contacts: Laura Myers and Chloe Pritchard-Gordon at About Grace PR. http://www.witnesscountyhall.com/
- Wicked (Apollo Victoria) Resuming performances from September 15, with a celebratory performance planned for September 28 to mark its imminent 15th anniversary in the West End. Casting is yet to be announced. Press contacts: Rebecca Byers/David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/
- Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre) Resuming performances from September 16, as this autumn marks its 10th anniversary since its transfer to the West End. Press statement from Catherine Mallyon, executive director of The RSC: “It is fantastic to see London’s West End re-opening and for our company, freelance colleagues, and creative team to be back at the Cambridge Theatre, preparing for performances in the autumn. We all know how challenging the past year has been, and that makes this moment even more special and important. We will not only celebrate 10 brilliant years of Matilda The Musical in the West End but also that our audiences can join us once again to experience the power of live theatre.” Press contact: Chloe Pritchard-Gordon, at About Grace PR.
- Blithe Spirit (Harold Pinter Theatre) September 16-November 6, press night September 21. After its original West End transfer from Bath’s Theatre Royal to the Duke of York’s was curtailed after 12 performances in March 2020, following the arrival of the first lockdown, Richard Eyre’s production of the Noel Coward play returns with Jennifer Saunders reprising her role as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati. She is joined by original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild as Charles Condomine, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, and Rose Wardlaw as Edith. Press contact: Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/blithe-spirit/harold-pinter-theatre/
- & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre) Resuming performances from September 24. The new Shakespearean musical based on the back catalogue of pop hit maker Max Martin, including such iconic songs as ‘Baby One More Time’, ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and ‘Can’t Feel My Face scored three Olivier Award wins for cast members Miriam-Teak Lee (Best Actress in a Musical) as Juliet, with Cassidy Janson and David Bedella winning Best Actress and Actor in a Musical in a supporting role respectively. https://www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk/
- Only Fools and Horses (Theatre Royal, Haymarket) Resuming performances from October 1. As the TV show it is based on celebrates its 40th anniversary year (it first aired on September 8, 1981 on the BBC), the musical version returns, with Paul Whitehouse returning as Grandad, alongside Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton as Rodney. In a press statement, Whitehouse comments: “I’m over the moon because, finally, the West End is coming back to life and Only Fools and Horses The Musical will return to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this October. The last year or so has been very difficult for a lot of people, so I know I speak for the whole cast when I say that we genuinely cannot wait to get back on stage in front of a live audience – we’ve missed it so much. Roll on 1st October, we can’t wait to see you. Mange tout!” Press contact: Neil Reading PR. https://onlyfoolsmusical.com/
- Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward Theatre) Resuming performances from October 26, the 2020 Olivier winning musical will also return to Broadway, re-opening at its original home the Music Box from December 11, five years after its opening there. The US national tour will also re-launch its tour on December 7. In a press statement, producer Stacey Mindich has commented, “It’s a remarkable feeling to put plans in place to relaunch all three Dear Evan Hansen companies, though we, like everyone in the theater industry, are facing considerable challenges. We will proceed safely and smartly to ensure a safe and equitable workplace for everyone when we return, and protect our cast, crew and audiences amidst a world forever changed and continuously evolving due to both the global pandemic and the cultural and racial reckoning. We hope that Dear Evan Hansen’s message of human connection and acceptance will feel more vital than ever.” Press contact: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications.
NEW PRODUCTIONS FURTHER AHEAD (From July 5 onwards)
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium) Originally due to begin performances July 1, they will now begin July 12. According to a statement, “The rehearsal process for Joseph and the Amazing Techniolor Dreamcoat has been interrupted due to members of the company having to isolate in line with current guidance. Performances at the London Palladium will now begin in Monday 12 July. These performances will operate in line with current social distancing guidelines for theatres. To manage these measures, and due to the huge public demand to see the acclaimed production, we are delighted to confirm that an additional 11 performances have been now been added to the season.” The 2019 hit revival, originally scheduled to return last summer, now returns, with Jac Yarrow reprising the title role and Jason Donovan – who played that role in its 1991 London revival at this same theatre — returning as Pharaoh. Alexandra Burke will play the Narrator (Linzi Hateley — who played the narrator in the 1991 production — will return to that role for some performances). Also in the adult company are Steffan Lloyd Evans as Reuben and Bobby Windebank as Simeon, with Femi Akinfolarin, Jabari Braham, Gemma Buckingham, Thalia Burt, Jasmin Colangelo, Jonathan Cordin, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Alexander Day, Andre Fabien Francis, Llandyll Gove, Abigayle Honeywill, Blythe Jandoo, Danny Nattrass, Perry O’Dea, Georgina Parkinson, Emily-Ann Potter, Jon Reynolds, Rochelle Sherona, Katie Singh and Callum Train. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.josephthemusical.com/
- Wonderville (Palace Theatre) July 16-August 30, press night July 19. Formerly titled Wonderment, this “vaudevillian journey of ilusion: has now had a late change of name to Wonderville. It features mind-reader Chris Cox and magician Josephine Lee (who starred in Britain’s Got Talent in 2017), both of whom starred in The Illusionists. Press contact: Chloë Abley, Chloé Nelkin Consulting. https://www.wondermentlive.com/
- Hymn (Almeida Theatre, July 16-August 13, press night July 20) Previously performed in a live stream in February during lockdown from the stage of the Almeida, Lolita Chakrabarti’s play returns to be performed in front of a live audience for the first time. Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani return to reprise their performances in Blanche McIntyre’s production. Press contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/hymn/23-jul-2021-14-aug-202
- The Two Character Play (Hampstead Theatre) July 17-August 28, press night July 26. Tennessee Williams’ two-hander, which received its world premiere at Hampstead in 1967, is revived there in a new production by director Sam Yates, who comments: “I am excited to present this production to audiences following the show’s cancellation last year. The Two Character Play is form-busting and unique, celebrating the very process of making theatre. The Company and I look forward to presenting our interpretation of Tennessee’s daring play this summer.” The cast comprises Kate O’Flynn and Zubin Varla. Press contact: Clare McCormack at Hampstead Theatre. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2021/the-two-character-play
- Bagdad Cafe (Old Vic, July 19-August 21, press night July 28, followed by Old Vic: In Camera live streamed version, August 25-28). Emma Rice, whose company Wise Children debuted its first show (also called Wise Children) at the Old Vic in 2018, returns to the theatre to offer the world premiere of her stage adaptation of Percy and Eleonore Adlon’s iconic 1987 film Bagdad Cafe, which she also directs. As the press release puts it, “After a long year apart, we invite you to join us for a joyful celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship.” After its Old Vic run, it will live streamed as part of the Old Vic’s In Camera series. Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR. https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2021/watch-at-the-theatre/bagdad-cafe-live-audience
- My Night with Reg (Turbine Theatre, July 21-August 21, press night July 27) Kevin Elyot’s play, originally premiered at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs before transferring to the West End in 1994 and also since revived at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014 a production that also transferred, is revived again, this time under the direction of Matt Ryan. The cast featutres Stephen K Amos (as Benny), James Bradwell (Eric), Edward M Corrie (John), Paul Keating (Guy), Gerard McCarthy (Daniel) & Alan Turkington (Bernie). Press contact: Emma Holland/Georgie Robinson at EHPR.
- Anything Goes (Barbican Theatre) July 23-October 17. Sutton Foster, who won the 2011 Tony Award for playing Reno Sweeney in the original outing of Kathleen Marshall’s production of this Cole Porter classic, has stepped in for Megan Mullaly who has withdrawn following a reported injury, with Robert Lindsay as Moonface Martin, Felicity Kendal as Evangeline Harcourt and Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney. Press contact: Neil Reading PR. https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/anything-goes
- Jersey Boys (Trafalgar Theatre) July 28-January 2. The Broadway hit musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, originally due to start performances June 2, now returns to London from July 28 to re-open the newly-reinstated Trafalgar Theatre (formerly Trafalgar Studios, when it had been converted into two auditoria from the Whitehall Theatre; now it will once again be one theatre). The show will also embark on a new national tour at Wimbledon from November 25. Press contact: Amanda Malpass PR. http://www.jerseyboyslondon.com/
- Jon & Jen (Southwark Playhouse) July 28-August 21, press nights August 2/3. Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald’s musical two-hander about a brother and sister, performed by Lewis Cornay and Rachel Tucker, directed by Guy Retallack. Press contact: Kevin Wilson Public Relations. https://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show-homepage/john-jen/
- Carousel (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park) July 30-September 18, opens August 9. Artistic director Timothy Sheader directs with choreography by Drew McOnie, reuniting the team behind the theatre’s hit production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Principal casting with feature Carly Bawden and Declan Bennett (returning to the Open Air after playing the title character in Jesus Christ Superstar) as Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow, John Pfumojena as Enoch Snow, Joanna Riding as Nettie Fowler and Natasha May Thomas plays Louise Bigelow. Press contact: James Lever, Jo Allan PR. https://openairtheatre.com/production/carousel
- Singin’ in the Rain (Sadler’s Well) July 30-September 5, opens August 5. Jonathan Church’s production, which originated in Chichester in 2011 and subsequently played at the West End’s Palace Theatre, returns with Adam Cooper reprising the Gene Kelly role of Don Lockwood. He is joined by Kevin Clifton as Cosmo Brown, Faye Tozer as Lina Lamont, Charlotte Gooch as Kathy Selsdon and Cavin Cornwall as RF Simpson.Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2021/singin-in-the-rain/
- Big Big Sky (Hamspead Downstairs) July 30-September 11, press night August 5. World premeire of a play by Tom Wells, with Tessa Walker, newly appointed associate director at Hampstead, directing a cast that comprises Jennifer Daley, Jessica Jolleys, Sam Newton and Matt Sutton. Press contact: Clare McCormack at Hampstead Theatre. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2021/big-big-sky/
- The Windsors: Endgame (Palace Theatre) August 2-October 9, press night August 10. A new stage version of the Channel 4 series, to star Harry Enfield as (and at) the Prince of Wales; also reprising their original roles from the TV series are Matthew Cottle (Prince Edward), Tom Durant-Pritchard (Harry) and Tim Wallers (Andrew), newly joined by Crystal Condie (Meghan), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Camilla), Ciarán Owens (Wills, Jenny Rainsford (Beatrice) and Kara Tointon (Kate). It is written by George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore, creators of TV series, and will be directed by Michael Fentiman. Press contacts: Clair Chamberlain firstname.lastname@example.org; Ben Chamberlain email@example.com; Kate Hassell firstname.lastname@example.org. https://thewindsorsendgame.com/
- Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe) June 29-October 30 opening w/c August 6. The same company as A Midsummer Night’s Dream performs, joined by artistic director Michelle Terry as Viola. Press contacts: Claudia Conway at Claudia Conway, or Jessica Strawson at the Globe. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/twelfth-night-2021/
- The Song Project: Some things can only be sung (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, August 17-28, press night August 20) Conceived by Royal Court associate designer Chloe Lamford and award-winning Dutch singer and composer Wende, in collaboration with composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, choreographer Imogen Knight and playwrights E.V. Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson, these artists and playwrights were brought together to co-create in a new way, starting with the idea that some things can only be sung. In a press statement, Wende (one of the most successful artists in the Netherlands) comments, “We were so ready last year May to perform The Song Project, and now I have kept the show under my pillow a whole year and can’t be more ready to finally be able to share the beautiful collaboration, the words, the songs, the music, that we have created for you, and to have my debut in London!” Press contact: Anoushka Warden at the Royal Court. https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/thesongproject/
- Back to the Future — the Musical (Adelphi Theatre), from August 20. The film’s co-writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis adapt a stage musical version, with a cast led by Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Broadway’s Roger Bart as Doc Brown. With original music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror), alongside hit songs from the movie including The Power of Love, Johnny B. Goode, Earth Angel and Back in Time, it is directed by John Rando. Press contact: Amanda Malpass PR. https://www.backtothefuturemusical.com/
- Once upon a time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia (Almeida Theatre, August 21-September 18, press night August 26) Eleanor Rhode directs the world premiere of a plat about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers. Azouz’s plays include The Mikvah Project (Orange Theatre Theatre and Yard Theatre) and Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre). The cast will comprise Adrian Edmondson, Laura Hanna, Ethan Kai, Pierro Niel-Mee, Yasmin Paige and Daniel Rainford. last Press contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/once-upon-a-time-in-nazi-occupied-tunisia/21-aug-2021-18-sep-202
- Cirque Beserk! Return season of the circus show created specially for proscenium-arch theatres will run at the Garrick Theatre from August 25 (also press night) to September 11. Press contact: Claire Cummins/John Potter at the Can Group. https://www.cirqueberserk.co.uk
- Frozen (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), from August 27, opens Sept 8. Michael Grandage brings his Broadway stage version of the Disney film to the West End, with a cast led by Samantha Barks as Elsa and Stephanie McKeon as Anna (pictured above). Press contact: Kate Morley PR. https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/frozen-musical/
- Statements after an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Orange Tree Theatre, August 28-October 2, press night September 2) The annual JMK Award for emerging theatre directors has been won by Diane Page, who will direct Athol Fugard’s classic. In a press statement, she has called it “a brilliant and poignant play that is in dialogue with the world now. Press contact: Riona Kelly/Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/statements-after-an-arrest-under-the-immorality-act/
- Camp Siegfried (Old Vic, September 7-October 30, press night September 15). Patsy Feran and Luke Thallon star in the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s story of two teenagers embarking on a first relationship a a summer camp run exclusivelyn for American youth of German descent; it is based on the real Camp Siegfried, which operated on New York’s Long Island in the 1930s. Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR. https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2021/watch-at-the-theatre/camp-siegfried
- Is God Is (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, September 10-October 23, press night September 16) RoyaCourt associate director Ola Ince directs the UK premiere of Aleshea Harris’s revenge taler about two women seeking justice and taking control of their own narratives, that has previously won an Obie Award in New York. Harris has commented, “The Royal Court’s commitment to producing my play is one I receive with deep gratitude. To know that it would see the light of day on their stage has been uplifting during this past year of loss and uncertainty.” Press contact: Anoushka Warden at the Royal Court. https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/isgodis/
- The Last 5 Years (Garrick Theatre), September 17-October 13, press night September 23. Southwark Playhouse’s 2020 production, which played two runs there last March and September but was shut down on both occasions early by the arrival of lockdowns, moves to the West End, where it will now play the Garrick (instead of the originally announced Vaudeville) with Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson reprising their roles in Jonathan O’Doyle’s production. Press contact: Alexandra Buchanan at Amanda Malpass PR. https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-last-five-years/
- Shining City (Theatre Royal Stratford East) September 17-October 23, press night September 23. Nadia Fall directs the first London revival of Conor McPherson’s play since it was riginally premiered at the Royal Court in 2004, now starring Brendan Coyle. Press contact: Hannah Stockton at Jo Allan PR. https://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/shining-city
- >> NEW ENTRY: Search Party (Donmar Warehouse) September 21-25. Poet, playwright and performer Innua Ellams (best known theatrically for his play Barber Shop Chronicles, seen at the National) launches the new Donmar season with his audience-led poetry event. Prompted by audience suggestions, he will search through his extensive archive of work and perform a reactive and spontaneous selection. Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR, email@example.com. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/
- The Mirror and the Light (Gielgud Theatre). September 23-November 28, press night October 6. Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light (the third and final part in her Wolf Hall trilogy), is adapted for the stage by Mantel and Ben Miles (who stars as Cromwell, reprising a role he also played in the RSC stage version of the first two parts in 2014), with Nathaniel Parker resuming his Olivier winning role as Henry VIII. It is directed by Jeremy Herrin. Press contacts: Maisie Lawrence and Ben Chamberlain at Bread and Butter PR firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com https://themirrorandthelight.co.uk/
- The Tragedy of Macbeth (Almeida Theatre, September 25-November 20, press night October 5). James McArdle plays the title role in Yaël Farber’s new production, with four-time Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan making her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth. Press contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/the-tragedy-of-macbeth/29-sep-2021-20-nov-2021
- Hamlet (Young Vic) September 27-November 13, opens October 4. Greg Hersov directs Cush Jumbo [pictured above] in the title role of Shakespeare’s play, postponed from 2020. Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director, comments: “I am delighted that this extraordinary new version of Hamlet will play at the YV this autumn. I want to take this opportunity to thank each audience member who kept their tickets in the show through this period of uncertainty; I can’t wait to have you back into our house, to step into the extraordinary world Cush, Greg and the company will create.” Press contact: Emma Hardy at Young Vic. https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/hamlet-cush-jumbo
- What If If Only (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, September 29-October 23, press night October 1) James Macdonald directs a new short play (running 14 minutes) by Carol Churchill, whose plays including Cloud Nine, Top Girls, A Number and Far Away premiered at the Royal Court, as well as more recent work like Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp and Escaped Alone. Press contact: Anoushka Warden at the Royal Court. https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/whatififonly/
- Metamorphoses (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, at Shakespeare’s Globe) September 30-October 30, opens w/c October 4) A new piece of theatre inspired by Ovid’s myths of chaos and creation, written by Globe writers-in-residence Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz. Press contacts: Claudia Conway at Claudia Conway, or Jessica Strawson at the Globe. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/metamorphoses-2021/
- White Noise (Bridge Theatre) October 5-November 13, press night October 12. Polly Findlay directs the European premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’s new play, originally premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 2019. Press contact: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications. https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/white-noise/
- >> NEW ENTRY: Love and other Acts of Kindness (Donmar Warehouse) October 7-November 27, press night October 14. Cordelia Lynn’s new play, commissioned by the Donmar after she won the 2020 Berwin Lee Award, is premiered in a production directed b y Elaye Ismail, and with a cast that includes recent Central graduate Abigail Weinstock and Richard Katz. It is described as a subversive and intimate love story about inheritance and the cycles of politics and history. Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR, firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/
- >> NEW ENTRY: The Shark is Broken (Ambassadors) October 9-January 15 (press performances October 19-21, with review embargoed to midnight October 21). An Edinburgh Fringe hit in 2019 that goes behind-the-scenes of the making of Spielberg’s Jaws transfers to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. It is co-written and performed by Ian Shaw, son of Jaws star Robert Shaw who also plays his father, and Joseph Nixon. In a press statement, Ian Shaw comments, “I first watched Jaws when I was about eight. I loved it, even though it terrified me! Like many others, sharks inhabited my dreams, and swimming was off the menu. Over forty years later, the prospect of playing my father in a play that Joseph and I wrote, and bringing to light the off-screen intrigue and comedy that went into the making of a masterpiece, is a unique and very special one.” Press contact: Chloe Pritchard-Gordon or Laura Myers at About Grace PR, email@example.com; laura@Aboutgracepr.com. https://thesharkisbroken.com/
- Rice (Orange Tree Theatre, October 9-November 13, press night October 13) Matthew Xia directs the UK premiere of an award-winning Australian play about globalisation, politics and family by Asian-Australian writer Michele Lee. Press contact: Riona Kelly/Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/rice/about
- The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Lyric Hammersmith, October 9-November 6, with a press night on October 13) Co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre, where this production will play first from September 3 to October 2, this revival of Martin McDonagh’s play will be directed by Rachel O’Riordan, artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith. It will feature Ingrid Craigie and Kwaku Fortune. Press contact: Sue-Ann Chow-Seegoolam. https://lyric.co.uk/shows/the-beauty-queen-of-leenane/
- Get Up Stand Up! – The Bob Marley Musical (Lyric Theatre) From October 1, opens October 20. With a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), direction by Clint Dyer (new deputy artistic director of the National Theatre) and Arinzé Kene (as Bob Marley), this musical will feature such Marley standards as ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Waiting in Vain’, ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Could You Be Loved’ and ‘Redemption Song’. Press contact: Ben Chamberlain at Bread and Butter PR. https://getupstandupthemusical.com
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Duke of York’s), October 26-February 12, opens November 4. Delayed transfer for the National’s hit production adapted from Neil Gaiman’s book. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-lane/duke-of-yorks-theatre/
- The Drifters Girl (Garrick Theatre) November 4-March 26, 2022, opens November 25. Beverley Knight to star as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters in Jonathan Church’s production. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-drifters-girl/
- Rare Earth Metal (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, November 10-December 18, press night November 16) Al Smith, whose plays include Harrogate that was seen at the Royal Court, returns with what is described as a epic new play exploring risk, delusion and power. In a press statement, he comments, “We were halfway through rehearsals when the first lockdown began. I feel very fortunate to be able to return to that work we were making, and enormously grateful to the Court for their unwavering commitment to my play when everything creative felt shattered. I can’t wait to share it.” Press contact: Anoushka Warden at the Royal Court. https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/rareearthmettle/
- Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre) Previews from November 12, press night December 8. The hit 2019 Broadway version of the iconic 2001 Baz Luhrmann film transfers to the West End. With a book by playwright John Logan, direction by Alex Timbers and choreography by Sonya Tayeh, it is produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM for Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke. In a press statement, Timbers has commented, “The last 12 months have proven uniquely challenging in engaging with performers as we look to cast the UK production. Nevertheless we have all been astounded by the perseverance and sheer talent of those we have seen, and I am excited to see the cast coming together. It feels great to finally be confirming our UK premiere dates. I am thrilled now that we can look forward to bringing Moulin Rouge! to life in London and to welcome our audiences.” Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.moulinrougemusical.co.uk/
- A Christmas Carol (Old Vic, November 13-January 8, 2022, press night November 24). Matthew Warchus’s now perennial stage version of Dickens returns once again, this time live after last year’s version was presented ‘In Camera’ (when it was live-streamed from the theatre starring Andrew Lincoln as Scooge). Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR.https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2021/watch-at-the-theatre/a-christmas-carol-5
- The Comedy of Errors (Barbican Theatre) The RSC’s new production, being produced in a new outdoor space at Stratford-upon-Avon HQ in July (see regional openings below), is to transfer indoors to the Barbican Theatre, from November 16-December 31, press night Nov 23. In a press statement, director Philip Breen has commented, “I am beyond excited to be making my debut at the Barbican this autumn with this production of The Comedy of Errors. It’s an extraordinary play, not least because of how it resonates with the times we now find ourselves in – a play of family reunions, people finding each other once again, people holding each other at sunset – it seems entirely apt for this moment, and for the RSC to be reunited with the Barbican once again this autumn.” https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/royal-shakespeare-company-the-comedy-of-errors Press contact: Kate Evans at The RSC.
- >> NEW ENTRY Four Quartets (Harold Pinter Theatre) Ralph Fiennes, currently touring in his own solo production of TS Eliot’s poem, transfers to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for 36 performances only from November 18 to December 18 2021. Press contact: Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/four-quartets/harold-pinter-theatre/
- While the Sun Shines (Orange Tree Theatre, November 20-January 8, press night November 24) Orange Tree artistic director Paul Miller’s 2019 production of Terence Rattigan’s 1943 play set during the London blitz returns. Press contact: Riona Kelly/Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/while-the-sun-shines/about
- Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East) November 27-December 31, press night December 4. This year’s pantomime has book and lyrics by Carl MIller and music and lyrics by Robert Hyman. Press contact: Hannah Stockton at Jo Allan PR. https://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/red-riding-hood
- Spring Awakening (Almeida Theatre, November 30-January 22, press night December 14) Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 2006 Broadway musical version of Frank Wedelind’s play about adolescent anarchy and sexual awakening, which won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical and subsequently also won the Olivier when it transferred to London’s Lyric Hammersmith and the West End’s Novello, is revived in a new production by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold. The cast will include Amara Okereke as Wendla and Laurie Kynaston as Melchior. Press contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/spring-awakening/2-dec-2021-22-jan-2022
- Best of Enemies (Young Vic Theatre) December 2-January 22, 2022 (press night to be confirmed). The Young Vic and Headlong co-produce James Graham’s new play, inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Set in 1968 — a year of protest that divided America — it revolves around the battle between the conservative William F Buckley Jr and the liberal Gore Vidal, who feuded nightly in a new television format. Little did they know that they were about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever. It will be directed by Jeremy Herrin. Press contact: Emma Hardy at the Young Vic. https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/best-of-enemies
- Bring It On The Musical (Queen Elizabeth Hall) December 8-January 22, 2022. The Broadway cheerleading musical, due to run here last Christmas, has been re-booked for this Christmas, starring Amber Davies and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith. The songs are by Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Next to Normal’s Tom Kitt, plus lyricists Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and Amanda Green. UPDATE: Following the London season, it will embark on a UK/Ireland tour, beginning at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre from January 26-29. PR: Emily Webb or Simon Raw at Raw PR. https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/bring-it for London; for full tour dates, visit https://www.bringitonthemusicaluk.com/
- >> NEW ENTRY: Force Majeure (Donmar Warehouse) December 10-February 5, press night December 16. Ruben Östlund’s award-winning film comedy about a family falling apart is adapted by Tim Price (whose play Salt Root and Roe received its premiere at the Donmar in 2011 and directed by the Donmar’s artistic director Michael Longhurst. The cast will include double Olivier winner Rory Kinnear (for Othello and The Man of Mode, both seen at the National). Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR, email@example.com. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/
- A Number (Old Vic, January 24-March 19, 2022, press night February 1). Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and son(s) in Caryl Churchill’s play, directed by Lyndsey Turner. Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR. https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2022/watch-at-the-theatre/a-number
- >> NEW ENTRY: Henry V (Donmar Warehouse) February 11-April 9, press night February 22. Max Webster, now an associate director at the Donmar, directs Kit Harington in a modern production of Shakespeare’s study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR, firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/
- The Key Workers Cycle (Almeida Theatre, January 31-February 5) A cycle of nine short plays about those who keep our daily lives running, like teachers, funeral directors, delivery drivers, midwives, refuse collectors and supermarket workers, performed by a company of professional actors, local community participants and key workers. Press contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/the-key-workers-cycle/28-jan-2022-5-feb-2022
- Into the Woods (Old Vic, April 16-July 8, 2022, press night TBC). Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman co-direct Sondheim and Lapine’s 1987 Broadway musical, originally seen in London (in a different production to the Broadway original) in the West End in 1990, when Richard Jones directed it at the Phoenix Theatre; it has since been revived twice in major productions in London, at the Donmar Warehouse (1998) and Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park (2010, in a production that subsequently was re-staged — with a new American cast — at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre). Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR. https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2022/watch-at-the-theatre/into-the-woods
- >> NEW ENTRY: Marys Seacole (Donmar Warehouse) April 15-June 4, press night April 21. Nadia Latif, who previously directed the UK premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview at the Young Vic in 2019 when she was Genesis Director there, now directs the UK premiere of Drury’s play about a pioneering Jamaican nurse who bravely voyaged to heal soldiers in the Crimean War. Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR, email@example.com. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/
REGIONAL THEATRE OPENINGS (at selected venues only)
- South Pacific (Chichester Festival Theatre, from July 5-August 28, press night July 13; streamed as live, August 4, 9, 14, 18, 21, 26, 31 and Sept 3). Artistic director Daniel Evans directs Gina Beck as Nellie Forbush, Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque in a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, originally planned for last summer and now being staged this year. The cast also includes Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary, Rob Houchen as Lt Cable, and Keir Charles as Luther Billis. Owing to the news that Gina Beck is pregnant, she will now share the role of Nellie with Alex Young from August 5, who will then take over full-time from August 23 for the remainder of the run. In a press statement, Beck commented, “I’m so excited to be finally playing Nellie at Chichester, and am so grateful to CFT for all their support. I’m hoping their trailblazing attitude will spread across the industry to create a future which accommodates those women who want to start a family. When carrying my first child, I became unemployable and unpaid for 6 months of my pregnancy because I looked, well…pregnant. Like most women, I wasn’t unable to work during this time, but because of some of the industry’s more conventional attitudes, financial pressures greatly impacted my choice to return to work when my daughter was just 4 months old.” Press contact: Lucinda Morrison at Chichester Festival Theatre. https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/south-pacific
- The Comedy of Errors (Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, July 13-September 25, press night July 20, then touring to Nottingham Theatre Royal, Canterbury’s Marlowe and Bradford’s Alhambra. Philip Breen’s new production, which was due to be part of the RSC’s 2020 season but was postponed owing to the COVID pandemic, is now launched in a specially constructed outdoor performance space (shown above), located in the Swan Theatre Gardens, flanked by the river Avon. After Stratford, it will tour to indoor venues, with a London run at the Barbican now confirmed for November (see above). The cast combines members of the original 2020 acting company, but with several roles re-cast. Jonathan Broadbent and Greg Haiste retain their roles as, respectively, Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, whilst Hedydd Dylan (Adrianna), Guy Lewis (Antipholus of Syracuse) and Rowan Polonski (Antipholus of Ephesus) join the company. Original cast member Avita Jay will now play Luciana. Press contact: Dean Asker at the RSC.
- The Flock (Minerva Theatre, Chichester, from August 6-28, press night August 12). Guy Jones directs a new play by Zoe Cooper; he also directed her play Out of Water for the Orange Tree/RSC, which was a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist and also saw Cooper shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Press contact: Lucinda Morrison at Chichester Festival Theatre. https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-flock
- POSTPONED: Rent: The Concert (Curve, Leicester, was due to run August 10-21, but now postponed) In apress statement, Foster and chief executive Chris Stafford commented, “Following the Government announcement on the extension of the roadmap, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Made at Curve concert production of Jonathan Larson’s RENT. Although it’s hoped we will be able to operate at full capacity by August, with such uncertainty we do not feel it’s in the best interests for the theatre to take the risk of committing finances and resources predicated on a date that may change. We realise this news will disappoint our audiences, but rest assured we will do everything we can to bring this incredible musical to Curve in the future. ” Press contact: Arabella Neville-Rolfe at ANPR. https://www.curveonline.co.uk
- Bedknobs and Broomsicks, Newcastle Theatre Royal, September 14-21, then touring. World premiere stage version of the 1971 Disney film musical, with songs by the Sherman Brothers (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, both of which have also been adapted for the stage, with the latter returning to the Prince Edward Theatre from August 7). New songs and additional music and lyrics will be provided by Neil Bartram. The book is by Brian Hill. Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison, who co-founded Vox Motus (whose installation Flight was recently seen at the Bridge Theatre), co-direct, with Harrison also designing the set and illusions. The cast will be led by Dianne Pilkington as Miss Eglantine Price (the role played on film by Angela Lansbury), and Charles Brunton as Emelius Browne. The tour, which is currently booking to April 2022, will include a Christmas residency at Leeds Grand Theatre (December 8-January 9). For full tour dates, visit https://www.bedknobsonstage.com/tour-dates. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR.
- Curtain Up (Theatre Clwyd, August 16-September 4, press night August 19) A three week season of 15 short plays by Welsh writers, with 10 actors a week (30 in all) performing five of those plays each week. Another twist: The audience decide who plays who and their props and costumes. Artistic director Tamara Harvey directs with associates Francesca Goodridge and Emyr John. Press contact: Kate Morley. https://www.theatrclwyd.com/event/curtain-up-week-1; https://www.theatrclwyd.com/event/curtain-up-week-2; https://www.theatrclwyd.com/event/curtain-up-week-3
- Rock of Ages (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, August 19-21, then touring) Tour resumes for the Broadway musical comedy that features 25 classic rock anthems, directed and choreographed by Nick Winston. Press contacts: Simon Raw, Stacey Pedder or Emily Webb at Raw PR. https://www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk/
- Beauty and the Beast (Bristol Hippodrome, August 25-September 18, then touring) Brand-new production of Disney’s stage version of their animated film classic, with a cast led by Courtney Stapleton and Emmanuel Kojo in the title roles (pictured above), and also featuring Gavin Lee (Lumiere), Tom Senior (Gaston), Sam Bailey (Mrs Potts), Nigel Richards (Cogsworth), Martin Ball (Maurice), Samantha Bingley (Wardrobe), Emma Caffrey (Babette) and Louis Stockil (Le Fou). A national press night will be held at Liverpool Empire on September 29. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.beautyandthebeastmusical.co.uk/
- Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (The Lowry, Salford Quays, September 1-12, with dates currently booked to April 23, 2022) The national touring version of the ongoing West End hit resumes, with Layton Williams reprising the role of Jamie that he has previously played in the West End, and Shane Richie playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle (to November 20), then replaced by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Roy Haylock (aka Bianca Del Rio, from November 23 to January 8); they are joined by Shobna Gulati as Ray. The tour includes a four week Christmas season in Brighton (Theatre Royal, December 7-January 2). Press contact: Jo Allan PR.
- The Beauty Queen of Leenane (MInerva Theatre, Chichester, September 3-October 2, press night September 9) It is directed by Rachel O’Riordan, artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith, where this co-production with that theatre will transfer after Chichester, playing in London from October 9-November 6, with a press night on October 13). The cast will feature Ingrid Craigie and Kwaku Fortune. Press contact: Lucinda Morrison at Chichester Festival Theatre. https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-beauty-queen-of-leenane
- Waitress (New Wimbledon Theatre, September 4-11, then touring) Jessie Nelson and Sara Bareilles’s Broadway musical, whose West End run was curtailed by Covid, launches a UK national tour, with Lucie Jones and Evelyn Hoskins reprising the roles of Jenna and Dawen respectively that they played at the Adelphi, joined by Sandra Marvin as Becky and Matt Willis (from the pop group Busted) as Dr Pomatter. After Wimbledon, it will tour to Leeds, Crawley, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Eastbourne, Sunderland, Manchester, Aberdeen, Stoke-on-Trent, Northampon, Edinburgh, Leicester, Hull, Bristol, Woking, Bromley, Belfast, Newcastle, Plymouth, Llandudno, Inverness, Glasgow, Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Dublin, Torquay, Wolverhampton, Dartford, Brighton, Nottingham, Bradford, Canterbury, Southend and Norwich. Though Lucie Jones is announced for the whole tour, there will be cast changes after Hull. Press Contact: Simon Raw, Stacey Peddler, Emily Webb at Raw PR. https://www.waitressthemusical.co.uk/
- School of Rock — The Musical (New Theatre, Hull, September 7-18, then touring to July 2022) As Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical Cinderella opens in the West End in July, his most recent previous show embarks on its first national tour. Originally premiered on Broadway in 2015 before transferring to the West End in 2016, it is based on the 2003 film of the same name, about a failed would-be rock star who becomes a substitute prep school teacher — and turns his students into a rock band. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR.
- Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, September 9-11, then touring, with dates booked to November 27) The world premiere of New Adventures’s latest show, inspired by novelist Patrick Hamilton. In a press statement, Bourne commented, “Patrick Hamilton’s literary world could be seen as the flip-side of his close contemporary, Noel Coward, whose witty and glamorous world of cocktails and high society made him so fashionable and successful. Hamilton, on the other hand, wrote about the lives of everyday people, full of pathos, comedy and thwarted romance. Indeed his own personal setbacks and increasingly serious drinking problem became the source from which he created his finest and most individual work. More than any other author of the time, Hamilton’s characters speak with the authentic voice of the era and it’s the raw passion and secret lives that lie beneath the conventional exterior that appeals to me so much”. The 12-strong company includes Liam Mower (one of the original trio of Billy Elliott’s when that musical first opened). It will tour to 13 venues, including a week at London’s Sadler’s Wells (October 4-9). Press contact: Simon Raw at Raw PR.
- The Cherry Orchard (Theatre Royal, Windsor, September 10-October 23) Francesca Annis stars as Ranevskaya, Ian McKellen as Firs and Jenny Seagrove as Gaev, after also previously featuring in Hamlet (see above). Press contact: Dee McCourt, Borkowski. https://theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/thecherryorchard/
- Missing Julie (Theatr Clwyd, September 16-October 9, press night September 21) World premiere of a play freely adapted from Strindber’g Misss Julie by Kaite O’Reilly. The production’s director is to be recruited as part of the #OpenHire campaign. Press contact: Kate Morley
- Mum (Drum Theatre, Plymouth, September 30-October 16. then Soho Theatre, London) New play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (who wrote Emilia, that transferred from the Globe to the West End’s Vaudeville), that will transfer to London’s Soho Theatre after its Plymouth debut,running there from October 20-November 20, with press night on October 26. Press contact: Laura Myers at About Grace PR.
- The Long Song (Chichester Festival Theatre, October 1-23, press night October 7) Suhayla El-Bushra adapts Andrea Levy’s novel for the stage, and Charlotte Gwinner directs. Press contact: Lucinda Morrison at Chichester Festival Theatre. https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-long-song-1
- What’s New Pussycat? (Birmingham Rep, October 8-November 14) Luke Sheppard, who is represented by the Max Martin jukebox hit & Juliet in the West End, directs Joe DiPietro’s new musical that folds the hits of Welsh troubadour Tom Jones into Henry Fielding’s comic novel The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, including such hits as Green, Green Grass of Home, It’s Not Unusal, Delilah and the title track. Arlene Phillips will choreograph. Presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Flody Suarez, Joshua Andrews and Stuart Galbraith from Kilimanjaro Theatricals, with Donna Munday as Executive Producer. Press contact: Ben Chamberlain at Bread and Butter PR. https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
- Home (Minerva Theatre, Chichester, October 8-November 6, press night October 13) Josh Roche directs David Storey’s 1970 play that is regarded as a modern classic. Roche won the JMK Award for his production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie at the Young Vic with Erin Doherty in the title role. Press contact: Lucinda Morrison at Chichester Festival Theatre. https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/home
- Wuthering Heights, Bristol Old Vic, October 11-November 6, press night October 20, then touring to York Theatre Royal form November 8-20, with runs at the National Theatre in 2022 and a national tour to follow) World premiere of Emma Rice’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, in a coproduction with the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal. Lucy McCormick stars as Cathy. Press contacts: Kate Morley, Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/wuthering-heights
- Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical (Hall for Cornwall, Truro) October 13-30. World premiere of a new musical based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations and the hit 2019 film, reopening Hall for Cornwall after a period of closure for a multi-million-pound transformation. Written by Brad Birch, directed by James Grieve, designed by Lucy Osborne and with musical supervision by David White, it will feature hit shanties made famous by the band including Keep Haulin’, Nelson’s Blood, No Hopers Jokers & Rogues and Sweet Maid Of Madeira. The show will be produced by Royo, in association with Hall for Cornwall’s new in-house producing company, Cornwall Playhouse Productions. Press contact: Amanda Malpass. https://www.fishermanonstage.com/
The Good Life (Theatre Royal Bath from October 7-16, then touring). A new stage comedy based on the iconic 70s BBC TV series, originally scripted by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, and now written and directed for the stage by Jeremy Sams. Rufus Hound is to play Tom (originally Richard Briers on tv). Press contact: David Bloom/ Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR, firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com Full tour dates: https://thegoodlifeonstage.com/
- Isla (Theatr Clwyd, October 16-November 6, press night October 21) Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey directs the world premiere of Welsh playwright Tim Price’s Isla. Press contact: Kate Morley.
- The Wiz (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, November 24-January 16, 2022) Matthew Xia directs a new outing of the 1975 Broadway re-telling of The Wizard of Oz story, with an all-black cast, that has music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown and original orchestrations by Harold Wheeler. Press Contact: Jo Allan PR. https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/events/the-wiz
- Les Miserables (Glasgow’s King’s Theatre, November 24-January 1, then touring) National tour resumes for the blockbuster musical, in the production that was first conceived in 2009 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary year. After Glasgow, in 2022 it will visit Liverpool, Dublin, Southampton, Salford, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Hull, Bristol, Birmingham, Norwich, Canterbury, Sunderland, Leeds and Cardiff (running into 2023). https://www.lesmis.com/uk-ireland-tour
- Jersey Boys (New Wimbledon Theatre, from November 25-27, then touring, with dates currently announced to November 12) The Broadway hit musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, also returning to the West End at the newly reinstated Trafalgar Theatre from July 28, embarks on a new national tour. Press contact: Sarah Wharton at Amanda Malpass PR. http://www.jerseyboyslondon.com/
- Dreamgirls (Liverpool Empire, December 14-January 1, then touring) The 1981 Broadway musical embarks on its first-ever UK tour, in the production first seen at the West End’s Savoy Theatre in 2016, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Nicole Raquel Dennis, a finalist on the 2019 season of The Voice and who was in the original London cast of Dear Evan Hansen, will play Effie White. Following Liverpool, it will tour into 2022 to Bristol, Milton Keynes, Sunderland, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Wimbledon, Nottingham, Norwich, Leeds, Canterbury, Plymouth, Lladudno, Aberdeen, Manchester, Oxford, Glasgow, Blackpool, Southampton, Northampton, and Birmingham, with further dates to be announced in 2023. Press contact: Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR. https://www.dreamgirlsthemusical.co.uk/
POSTPONED PRODUCTIONS (DATES TBC):
- Sunday in the Park with George (Savoy) Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprise their roles from the Broadway revival.
- Sister Act (Eventim Apollo) Whoopi Goldberg can no longer star in the production now that it has been postponed twice, but it is due here in 2022 now.
- Good (Pinter) David Tennant in a revival of CP Taylor’s play originally premiered at the Donmar Warehouse under the RSC’s auspices in the 1980s.
- 4,000 Miles (Old Vic) Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet are due to star in Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer nominated play.
- The Doctor (Duke of York’s) Juliet Stevenson in Rob Icke’s production originally seen at the Almeida.
- Life of Pi (Wynham’s) Lolita Chakrabarti’s stage version of Yann Martel’s epic story of endurance and hope, first seen at Sheffield’s Crucible in 2019 in a production directed by Max Webster, is finally due to transfer to the West End in November, after being delayed by COVID-19.
- Manchester International Festival (July 1-18) The biannual festival of original new work and special events, most of which has been created in the past year, provides — in the words of the press release — “a unique snapshot of these unprecedented times. Artists have reflected on ideas such as love and human connections, the way we play, division and togetherness, equality and social change, and the relationship between the urban and the rural. As one of the first major public events in the city, MIF21 will play a key role in the safe reopening of the city’s economy and provide employment for hundreds of freelancers and artists.” Events include a new dance piece by choreographer Boris Charmatz for the opening night of the festival on July 1 called Sea Change, “a huge human flipbook sprung to life on the streets of Manchester” and Deborah Warner presenting Arcadia, a new sound and light installation that will use the immense open spaces of the site of Factory, MIF’s new home that is in the process of still being built, on July 10-11. Press contacts: Maisie Lawrence/ Kate Hassell/ Ben Chamberlain at Bread and Butter PR. https://mif.co.uk/
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival (August 6-30): Show registration for this year’s Fringe will open May 5, and events will be published and bookable on https://www.edfringe.com/. According to a press release issued April 14, “As Scotland navigates its roadmap out of lockdown, much is still unknown about what the Fringe will look like this August. However, a range of scenarios are being prepared for, from socially distanced live events to digital offerings. The Fringe Society is supporting artists and audiences to find and book work online across a range of platforms, including the brand-new Fringe Player. This online platform aims to bring some festival magic into homes across the world, while providing a secure platform for artists, companies and venues to host their shows. The platform is available to any registered 2021 Fringe show or venue to use if they wish”. Press contact: Rebecca Monks at Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.
- Edinburgh International Festival (August 7-29): A ‘re-imagined’ EIF for 2021 will use ‘bespoke outdoor venues to safely reunite artists and audiences to rediscover the magic of live performance.’ According to a press release issued April 13, “a selection of performance spaces across the city will include three temporary outdoor pavilions designed especially for live performance. The pavilions will be situated at iconic city locations including Edinburgh Park and the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quad [pictured above in an artist impression] and will feature covered concert stages and socially distanced seating.” This year’s festival includes 170 classical and contemporary music, theatre, opera, dance and spoken word performances, including 15 new commissions and premieres. The theatre programme includes the world premiere of Edna Walsh’s Medicine (Traverse Theatre, August 4-29, with a cast that includes Domhnall Gleeson); A Grand Night for Singing (Edinburgh Academy Junior School, August 8-13, a 1993 Broadway revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, directed by and starring Kim Criswell, joined by Danielle de Neise, Anna-Jane Casey, Damian Humbley, and Richard Morrison. Press contact: Emma Goodacre (media manager), Hugo Mintz (head of communications).Theatre: https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on/category/theatre; Opera: https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on/category/opera; Dance: https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on/category/dance.
ONE-OFF PERFORMANCES & OTHER LIMITED RUN
- Well-Behaved Women (Cadogan Hall, September 3, 7.30pm) A new song cycle by Carmel Dean celebrating women across history. Julie Atherton directs a cast that comprises Maisey Bawden (Lady Liberty), Anna-Jane Casey (Billie Jean King and Janet Armstrong), Janie Dee (Eleanor Roosevelt), Nicole Raquel Dennis (Eve), Hiba Elchikhe (Cleopatra and Malala Yousafzai), Kerry Ellis (Boudicca), Gabriela García (Frida Kahlo), Cassidy Janson (Virginia Woolf), Rachel John (Maya Angelou), Linda John-Pierre (Harriet Tubman) and Rachael Wooding (Mary Magdalene), accompanied by an all-female live band. PR: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/well-behaved-women/
- Jenna Russell solo concert (Cadogan Hall) November 7, 6.30pm. The Olivier winner — soon to play Piaf at Nottingham Playhouse (see regional, above) — will perform a solo show, with musical director Nigel Lilley. Also in Fourth Wall Live’s season: Shoshana Bean (December 4, 7.30pm) and Jessica Vosk (February 27, 6.30pm) will appear. Press contacts: Simon Raw or Emily Webb at Raw PR. https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/jenna-russell-live-in-concert-2021/
- Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre) Resuming performances from September 2, the 2019 Tony winning Best Musical is the first Broadway show to return. In a press statement, producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy, commented, “For the past 15 months, ‘spring will come again,’ has become our mantra. Anaïs Mitchell’s elegant lyric has gotten us through a year of profound change, soul searching, and more than a few sleepless nights. Now, as spring is in full bloom in New York, that mantra continues to show itself in wonderful ways, as we’re able to announce not only our return to Broadway, but our North American tour, and our first-ever international production in South Korea. Bringing Hadestown back to stages all over the globe is a fundamental celebration of theater’s survival, about the power of this beloved art form, and the strength of millions of arts workers who are bringing it back to life. It will be an honor to sit in the audience on Thursday, September 2 at the Kerr and see fans welcome our cast, crew, and band back to the stage where they belong.” Press contact: Rick Miramontez / Aaron Meier at DKC/O&M. https://www.hadestown.com/#home
- NEW ENTRY: Chicken & Biscuits, a new comedy by Douglas Lyons, is to transfer from the Queen’s Theatre in the Park (where it was running when theatres shut down in March 2020) to Broadway’s Circle on the Square from September 23, opens October 10. The cast will be led by Norm Lewis and Michael Urie. It is one of seven new plays (so far) by black writers that have been announced will be seen on Broadway this season: the others are Pass Over by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu; Lackawanna Blues by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II; Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress; Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage; and Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau. Press contact: Vivacity Media Group. https://chickenandbiscuitsbway.com/
- Chicago (Ambassador Theatre) Resuming performances from September 14, Broadway’s longest-running American musical of all time resumes performances, as it approaches its 25th anniversary since opening on Broadway in November 1996, after transferring from New York CIty Center, where this Encores! revival was first seen earlier that summer. Press contacts: Adrian Bryan-Brown/Heath Schwarz at Boneau/Bryan-Brown. https://chicagothemusical.com/
- Six The Musical (Brooks Atkinson Theatre) Six, the British musical whose Broadway opening night was cancelled two hours before it was due to take place on March 12, 2020 when all of Broadway was shut down, will finally open officially, after resuming performances from September 17, prior to a new opening night on October 3. Press contacts: Adrian Bryan-Brown, Heath Schwartz, Imani Punch at Boneau/Bryan-Brown. http://www.sixonbroadway.com/
- The Lehman Trilogy (Nederlander Theatre, resuming performances from September 25 prior to an official opening on October 14, to run for 99 performances only to January 2, 2022) The transfer of Sam Mendes’s production, originally premiered at the National Theatre in 2018 and subsequently presented in New York at the Park Avenue Armory in 2019 before returning to London for a sell-out West End run at the Piccadilly in 2019, resumes its run on Broadway, which was aborted by the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020. Original cast members Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley are newly joined by Adrian Lester, replacing Ben Miles, to make his Broadway debut. In a press statement, Mendes has said: “It couldn’t be more perfect that Adrian Lester will be joining our production of The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway. He was the first person I offered the role to, way back when we first mounted the production in London at the National Theatre, so on some level it feels like destiny. His joining the company at this moment in time offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on the Lehman family history.” Mendes and Lester previously worked together on a London revival of Sondheim’s Company at the Donmar Warehouse in 1995 that subsequently transferred to the Albery (now Noel Coward Theatre). Lester comments, “This will be the second time I’ve worked with Sam after Company and though I have played New York before, this will be my first time on Broadway. Years after Sam and I first discussed my involvement in this incredible project, I am now so pleased the ups and downs of actors’ availabilities has finally offered me the chance to be a part of this fantastic production.” Press contract; Rick Miramontez/Marie Bshara at DKC/O&M. https://thelehmantrilogy.com/
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Shubert Theatre) Resuming performances from October 5, with Jeff Daniels returning to reprise the role of Atticus Finch that he originated when this version of the Harper Lee novel first premiered on Broadway in 2018, with Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger returning as Scout. Orin Wolf was been named Executive Producer to oversee all aspects of the production. In an interview with the New York Times, Wolf has commented, “The Broadway company will no longer pay any compensation to Scott [Rudin] as a producer, and he’ll no longer have any managerial or decision-making role of any kind. He does have a small investment position, which is passive.” Press contact: Rick Miramontez/ Marie Bshara at DKC/O&M, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. https://tokillamockingbirdbroadway.com/
- Girl from the North Country (Belasco Theatre) Resuming performances from October 13, the London-born hit transferred to Broadway where it opened on March 5, days before Broadway was shut down by the pandemic. In a press statement, producers Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons commented, “Bob Dylan once said ‘You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future’. We are thrilled to go forward by welcoming audiences safely back to The Belasco this fall and reunite with our beloved Broadway family. At the heart of Girl From The North Country is the Depression-era story about a community coming together to find hope while facing hardships during difficult and uncertain times. After the turbulent past year of experiencing great pain, suffering, and loss, the global pandemic has tested our resolve and resilience in countless ways, revealing in the process the deep divides and inequities in our society, and strengthening our commitment to change and moving forward. Girl From The North Country resonates powerfully today, and is a love letter to America celebrating its strength and resilience with the poetry of Bob Dylan’s music to unite, heal, uplift, inspire, and illuminate through the darkest of times.” Press contact: Amy Jacobs at Rubenstein. https://northcountryonbroadway.com/
- Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations (Imperial Theatre) will resume performances October 16. In a press statement, producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce said, “Ain’t Too Proud has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our career, but over the past year, the Temptations’ story of strength, hope, and standing up for justice has taken on an added significance. Our return to the Imperial on Saturday, October 16 will be an epic performance full of love, laughter, and tears of joy, but we know the hard work still lies ahead and we embrace the task whole heartedly.” Press contact: Rick Miramontez / Aaron Meier at DKC/O&M. https://www.ainttooproudmusical.com/
- The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic Theatre) The longest-running musical in Broadway history — which has been running since transferring from the West End in 1987 — resumes performances from October 22. Press contact: The Publicity Office. https://us.thephantomoftheopera.com
- Mrs Doubtfire (Stephen Sondheim Theatre) The new Broadway musical version of the 1993 film comedy resumes performances from October 21, after a hiatus brought about by the closure of Broadway in March 2020, prior to an official opening December 5. Rob McClure plays the title role, originally played on screen by Robin Williams, in Jerry Zaks’ production. Press statement from producer Kevin McCollum: ““Broadway is about celebrating a shared experience together and after 18 months away there is no one better to bring us all together again than Mrs. Doubtfire. I’m thrilled that the Mrs. Doubtfire company will reunite on Broadway this fall bringing their indomitable spirit and talent to this new production based on one of the most beloved films of all time. After just three preview performances, Mrs. Doubtfire was shut down along with the rest of Broadway. Now, it’s time to re-launch this hysterical new musical comedy that reminds us there is nothing more important than love and finding your family.” Press contact: Adrian Bryan-Brown at Boneau/Bryan-Brown. https://mrsdoubtfirebroadway.com/
- >>NEW ENTRY: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Lyric Theatre) Resuming performances from November 16, this stage extension of the Harry Potter story is being re-staged as a single show, not in two parts as before. In a press statement, JK Rowling, Harry Potter’s original creator and co-author of the play with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, commented, “Collaborating on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been one of the great joys of my professional life. While no one would wish for what has happened over the last year, it has given Jack, John and the first-class creatives who first breathed life into the production the opportunity to revisit the play, and to find a new way to frame our story — with amazing illusions and some exquisite new staging— all the while keeping our original story intact. I’m so proud to be associated with this new, reimagined version.” The original 2-part version will continue to play in Melbourne (now on), London (from October 14) & Hamburg (December 1). Press contacts: Adrian Bryan-Brown/ Heath Schwartz at Boneau/Bryan-Brown. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/us/
- Diana: The Musical (Longacre Theatre) Previews will resume November 2, prior to an official opening night on November 17 (brought forward from December 1/16 respectively) for this new musical (with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan), after its original 2020 run was curtailed by the closure of Broadway. Celebrating the life of Princess Diana and the light of her legacy that continues to shine across the world, it will premiere two months ahead of its Broadway return as a special presentation on Netflix of a filmed version of the stage production that was filmed after Broadway was locked down. In a joint press statement, the Diana producers said, “The chance to share our show, first with Netflix’s global audience, and then welcoming a live audience back on Broadway, is something we’ve all been dreaming about for more than a year. We could not be more thrilled to finally share both the film and the Broadway musical with the world.” The cast is led by Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. Press contact: Rick Miramontez / Pete Sanders at DKC/O&M.
- Dear Evan Hansen (Music Box Theatre) Resuming performances from December 11, five years after its opening there. The US national tour will also re-launch its tour on December 7; and will resume in the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre from October 26 (see above).
- Company (Bernard B Jacobs Theatre) Resuming preview performances (that were shut down last March ahead of the originally announced opening) from December 20, prior to a new official opening night January 9, Marianne Elliott’s production of Sondheim and Furth’s 1970 Broadway classic stars Katrina Lenk as Bobbie and Patti LuPone as Joanne (pictured above). In a press statement, Sondheim has commented, “Company is a show about connecting, about the necessity of having other people in our lives. This past year, with its isolation, has reminded us all of that need for togetherness, so I’m happy that Marianne Elliott’s startling and exhilarating production is coming back to Broadway. See it. It will make you laugh, make you care, and lift your spirits at a time when we need such things.” Elliott adds, “During the last 18 months, we have all struggled with isolation and loneliness and Company is the exact opposite of that. It is a musical about being happily together again, about celebrating each other with love, laughter, and deep joy. I have been reminded of the essential human need to be with other people and I can’t wait to share the show with our amazing New York audiences. At last!” Press contact: Rick Miramontez / Aaron Meier at DKC/ O&M.
- The Music Man (Winter Garden Theatre) Beginning performances December 20, prior to an official opening February 10, Hugh Jackman plays ‘Professor’ Harold Hill, the music man of the title, in a revival of Meredith Willson’s 1957 musical, co-starring Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo. Jerry Zaks directs, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, the same team behind the 2018 revival of Hello, Dolly! Press contact: DKC/O&M.
- >> UPDATED CASTING: MJ – The new Michael Jackson Musical (Neil Simon Theatre) Beginning performances December 6, prior to an official opening February 1, this musical inspired by the life of the late pop icon will now star newcomer Myles Frost in the title role, replacing the originally annnounced Ephraim Sykes who has departed to shoot a film. It has a book by Lynn Nottage, and will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (whose last Broadway show An American in Paris transferred to the West End). Press contact: DKC/O&M. https://mjthemusical.com/
- >>NEW ENTRY: Plaza Suite (Hudson Theatre) New dates announced for actor-turned-director John Benjamin Hickey’s new production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring husband and wife team Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, that was originally due to begin performances at the Hudson Theatre on March 13, 2020 — the day after Broadway was shut down. It will now begin previews nearly two years later at the same venue, from February 28, prior to opening on March 25. Press contacts: Rick Miramontez / Aaron Meier at DCK/O&M. firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. http://plazasuitebroadway.com/
- Tracy Letts’ The Minutes, originally set to open at Broadway’s Cort Theatre in March 2020 but shut down during previews when Covid closed the theatres, will now resume performances two years later, in March 2022, at a new venue Studio 54, prior to official opening April 7. Anna D Shapiro directs; the cast is still be confirmed. (It originally starred Armie Hammer, who announced in April that he has departed the production, following allegations of sexual assault, which he strongly denies. In a press statement in April, he announced, “I have loved every single second of working on The Minutes with the family I made from Steppenwolf. But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.” Press contacts: Matt Polk/Jeffrey Fauver at Polk & Co. https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/The-Minutes/Overview