News update from this week in the world of theatre…
Thursday 12th December
According to press reports, Downton Abbey’s Samantha Bond is to join the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which opens at the Savoy Theatre in 2014.
The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange is coming back to St James Studio after its sell-out success in July 2013.
Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present The Spanish Golden Age Season from Thursday 9th January to Saturday 15th March 2014 at the Arcola Theatre.
Maybe a late Christmas present, or possibly an early New Year present, is the cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward which will be released on 30th December 2013.
A recent survey by Equity, with details reported by Matthew Hemley in today’s The Stage online, highlights some major areas of concern within its members.
Review of Centrally Heated Knickers at the Science Museum… “Without wishing to sound too damned adult about this, the great strength of Michael Rosen’s naughtily named show is its childishness.”
Interview with Heather Headley… Having played the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard at The Adelphi Theatre, Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley has announced her return to London
Louise Dearman is to launch a new events entertainment company called Backslap, together with her partner Andrew Eastel and choreographer Ian Stroughair.
Having played the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard at The Adelphi Theatre, Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley has announced her return to London for Encore – An Evening With Heather Headley at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 2nd February 2014.
Award-winning actress Emma Thompson is to make her New York stage debut in March 2014, performing the role of Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, an 85-seat performance space will open inside the Cutty Sark in Greenwich January 2014.
According to reports, the Marc Bolan musical 20th Century Boy will tour the UK from April 2014, before heading to the West End.
Starring Lenny Henry, a short three-week season of a stage version of Rudy’s Rare Records: Last Record Shop Standing is planned for September 2014 at Hackney Empire before a UK tour.
At the end of Ovalhouse’s 50th year, Young Londoners and a guest panel debate a vision for the next 50 years, with artists presenting their ideas through drama, spoken word and physical and digital art, at the Ovalhouse, Friday 20th December, 7.30pm.
Trevor Nunn and Imogen Stubbs may be very familiar to London theatregoers, but now their daughter Ellie Nunn, is making a name for herself with an adverturous one-woman show at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Free Trade Productions are delighted to announce the World Premiere of new play Keepsake, the London debut of award-winning playwright Gregory Beam at the Old Red Lion Theatre from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 25th January 2014.
News reports from Neil Cheesman who you can follow in full on Twitter @LondonTheatre1
Friday 13th December 2013