News Update – September 12th

Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad. Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March. Charlie Stemp has pocketed his half a sixpence and will set off to Broadway where he will be part of the recast of “Hello Dolly!” replacing Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker joining Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters. The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” will open two weeks later than originally planned on 21st  December  rescheduling 16 performances, totally down to the complexities of the theatre reconstruction. Olivier Award-winning cabaret troupe “La Soirée” will have its West End debut this winter at the Aldwych Theatre from 24 November. Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018.