News Update 23 October 2017

The first London revival in 20 years of  “The Rink” by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics) will play at the Southwark Playhouse for a limited season from 25 May to 23 June 2018, with a national press night on Tuesday 29 May. “Miss Saigon” has added new dates to its current tour with visits to Bradford (Sept 19), Sunderland (Oct 24) before heading to Zurich where it will run from Nov 28 to Jan 13, 2019. The first dates and venues have been announced for the upcoming tour of “Dusty”, new musical about Dusty Springfield, starring Katherine Kingsley opening at Bath Theatre Royal on 23rd June 2018 it will then visit Sheffield, Newcastle and Salford. A new London cast for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “School of Rock” includes alternate Stephen Leask who will now lead the cast in the the role of Dewey Finn from 15th November with Alan Pearson playing Ned Schneebly, with current ensemble member Michelle Francis playing Patty Di Marco, Craig Gallivan will play the alternate Dewey Finn and Florence Andrews will continue as the school’s principal Rosalie Mullins. British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress  Meera Syal will be taking over the role of Miss Hannigan from Craig Revel Horwood in the West End production of “Annie the Musical”. Amber Riley will make her last performance as Effie  in “Dreamgirls” at the Savoy Theatre on 18th November, with new Effies Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela, and Karen Mav alternating the role from 20th November – Angela played the role during its North American revival tour; Wallace joined the show earlier this year, while Mav made her professional debut as the character in London last year. Ray Fearon will appear in the UK’s first all-black cast production of “Guys and Dolls” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange from December 2 to January 27, 2018 also featured are Ashley Zhangazha, Abiona Omonua and Lucy Vandi (Could this pave the way for an all-white production of “Porgy and Bess”?). Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” will extend its run in the West End to September 2018, after opening at the Garrick Theatre last week. The UK and Ireland tour of “Matilda” will begin at Leicester Curve on 5th  March 2018 with  Craige Els in the role of Miss Trunchbull (a part he played in the West End for three years) Carly Thoms as Miss Honey, Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood and Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood, before travelling to Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Southampton.