NOVEMBER NEWS HEADLINES

  • Now Spirit Productions are launching “Summer Holiday” as a feel-good stage musical next summer based on the legendary 1963 film starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows opening at Liverpool Empire on 8th May.
  • Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical “The Girls” is being renamed ahead of its UK tour which will set off from Leeds Grand on 15th August 2018, it will now be titled “Calendar Girls the musical”.
  • A completely new production of Leslie Bricusse’s musical “Doctor Dolittle” is set to tour the UK in 2018 and 2019 playing the Lowry in Salford for the 2018 Christmas season.
  • Miranda Hart is to host the “2017 Royal Variety Performance” at the London Palladium on 24th November becoming the first-ever solo female presenter of the show which will feature  performances featuring Kelsey Grammer and the cast of “Big Fish,” casts from “Annie” and “42nd Street” as well as ‘The Leading Ladies’ – a  trio of West End divas Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson and Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.
  • McFly musician, performer and writer Tom Fletcher announced that his musical based on his first bestselling children’s novel “The Christmasaurus” is coming to London’s Eventim Apollo from 21st-28th December, the musical is based on Fletcher’s 2016 novel of the same name, which was nominated for the Children’s Book of the Year and follows the life of young boy’s  adventures across the North Pole.
  • “Girl from the North Country” which originally opened at the Old Vic earlier this year transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre from 29th December 2017 to 24th March 2018 and joining the production is Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, David Ganly as Mr Burke, Adam James as Dr Walker, Karl Johnson as Mr Perry and Emmanuel Kojo.They will join the returning cast which includes Sheila Atim, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Arinze Kene, Tim McMullan and Debbie Kurup.
  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2018 season which will feature a musical version of “As You Like It” and a new production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
  • The Hope Mill Theatre’s production of “Pippin” is to run in London at Southwark Playhouse between 23 February and 24 March 2018.
  • Emma Rice debuts her new musical “Romantics Anonymous” in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe this week.
  • Matthew McKenna has been unmasked as the star and handsome hero of “Bananaman the Musical” and will be attempting to save the world at London’s Southwark Playhouse this Christmas from 15 December 2017 to 20 January 2018.
  • The West End production of “The Grinning Man” which  runs at Trafalgar Studios from 18th  December to 17th February and previews from 6th December will feature four principal returning cast members: Louis Maskell: Julian Bleach:  Sean Kingsley  and Ewan Black.
  • Jerry Bock, Sherman Yellen and Sheldon Harnick’s musical “Rothschild & Sons” which runs  at the Park Theatre from 29th January to 17th February and previews from 24th  January will star Tony Award-nominee Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton reprising the roles they created in New York.
  • “Chess the Musical”, by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus will be revived by English National Opera in the West End for the first time in 30 years, for five weeks from 1st  May until 2nd June 2018 featuring English National Opera’s award-winning 48 piece orchestra and Chorus directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Stephen Mear and this production precedes a potential Broadway revival of the show.
  • Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical, “Kinky Boots”, is to go on a UK  tour appropriately starting in  Northampton from September 2018 whilst the London production of “Kinky Boots” will continue.
  • Sting’s highly personal debut musical “The Last Ship” will launch a four-week season at Northern Stage in Newcastle, beginning on 12 March 2018, which will be followed by a major UK and Ireland tour that will include runs in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Salford and York.
  • The Bishopsgate Institute will celebrate the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with concert performances of his classic West Side Story next summer which will also mark the centennial of Broadway legend Jerome Robbins who directed and choreographed the original production over 60 years ago, the show will play The Great Hall, from 26 June until 1 July 2018.