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  • “Miss Nightingale” – The WWII musical  is to open at the Hippodrome Casino in March and will run from 21 March to 6 May . The British musical is set in 1940s London during the war and is created by Matthew Bugg. Songs include music hall tunes, ballads and cabaret numbers. It tells the story of aspiring singer Maggie Brown and her best friend George Nowodny who perform at the newest nightclub in town. The theatre in the Hippodrome Casino will offer an immersive WWII experience with themed food and drink being served to cabaret tables. The cast includes Lauren Chinery in the title role, alongside Oliver Mawdsley as Frank, Matthew Floyd Jones as George, Adam Langstaff as Tom, Tobias Oliver as Clifford and Matthew Bugg himself, in the role of Harry.
  • “Working” – an original London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz’s musical will be released on 2nd March, featuring never before released tracks by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The original UK cast album is the first released since the original Broadway cast recording was issued 40 years ago.
  • “Pieces of String” – the world premiere of the new musical developed by non-profit theatre company Perfect Pitch and supported by Arts Council England, The musical drama focuses on three generations of one family and a secret held since the Second World War. With a book, music and lyrics by Gus Gowland (Sick!, Clocks & Teapots), Pieces of String will begin previewing at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre from 20 April ahead of a 27 April opening night, and is due to run until 5 May.
  • “Company” – the Stephen Sondheim’s  musical which Marianne Elliott will direct at the Gielgud has added former Great British Bake Off host  Mel Giedroyc to the cast, joining Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone.
  • “The Rink” – the  musical which plays at Southwark Playhouse from May 25th-23rd June will feature Caroline O’Connor as Anna Antonelli –  the owner of a fading Coney Island seaside roller rink.
  • “The Last Ship” – the tour of the UK premiere of Sting’s  musical  The Last Ship has announced its cast headed by Joe McGann starring as Jackie White alongside Charlie Hardwick (Peggy White), Richard Fleeshman (Gideon Fletcher) and Frances McNamee (Meg Dawson) are Michael Blair (Yard Worker), Joe Caffrey (Billy Thompson), Matt Corner (Young Gideon & Yard Worker), Marvin Ford (Ferryman & Yard Worker), Orla Gormley (Cathleen & Yard Worker), Annie Grace (Mrs Dees), Sean Kearns (Freddy Newland & Old Joe), Katie Moore (Ellen Dawson), Charlie Richmond (Adrian Sanderson), Parisa Shahmir (Young Meg), Kevin Wathen (Davey Harrison) and Penelope Woodman (Baroness Tynedale).
  • “Titanic” – the UK tour of Titanic the musical which opens at the Mayflower Southampton in April has announced it’s cast of 25 will feature 11 actors from previous Toronto, Southwark Playhouse  and Charing Cross Theatre  productions including Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera)/Murdoch, Devon-Elise Johnson (Half a Sixpence)/Kate Murphy, Claire Machin (The Girls)/Alice Beane, Victoria Serra (Mamma Mia!)/Kate McGowan and Niall Sheehy (Miss Saigon)/Barrett.They will be joined by Alistair Barron/Lightoller , Greg Castiglioni/Andrews, Lewis Cornay/Bellboy/Hartley, Simon Green/Ismay, Emma Harrold/ Kate Mullins, Claire Marlowe/Lady Caroline, Oliver Marshall/Bride, Chris McGuigan/Jim Farrell, Matthew McKenna/Pitman/Etches, Joel Parnis/Fleet, Timothy Quinlan/Edgar Beane, Philip Rham/Captain Smith, Dudley Rogers/Isidor Straus, Judith Street/Ida Straus, Stephen Webb/Chales Clarke  and ensemble members Samuel J Weir, Alexander Evans, Matthew McDonald, Gemma McMeel and  Janet Mooney.