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Last Week's Theatre News (June 26th)

Find below our news highlights from the last week!


Shows Opening


Following the government announcement that shows need to continue with Social Distancing people were worried we wouldn’t get to see many favourites for another month. But fortunately, many West End shows have opened as scheduled but with social distancing added. I’m sure the decisions on which tickets to cancel was not easy but it has meant many could see shows such as Heathers, Hairspray and the new Cinderella. Andrew Lloyd Webber opted not to head to prison but took a not so subtle jab at the government as he told everyone before the first show the Covid rules were in place – “no kissing in corridors, that sort of thing”.


But we can definitely say we are #BackOnStage


Cast of Heathers The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

But we do have another Andrew Lloyd Webber show which is delayed – Jac Yarrow won’t get to don the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat until July 12th after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid. A big disappointment for many. But they have added 11 shows at the end of the run so more people have the opportunity to see it.


Show Tickets


Alongside all these show openings we have new shows announced for later in the year. The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has announced a UK & Ireland tour, starting November 20th at the Troubadour at Wembley Park. You can read our review from when we saw it at the Piccadilly Theatre here https://www.dresscirclereviews.com/post/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time


Above The Stag are selling tickets for new play Tommy On Top which kicks off on July 28th. If their past shows are anything to go by I’m sure this will have the entire house in stitches. Tickets can be found here https://abovethestag.org.uk/


There is a new festival – The East London Shakespeare Festival – a new theatre festival merging contemporary culture of East London with the storytelling of Shakespeare’s plays. They are opening with A Midsummer Night’s Dream from July 1st. Dates and locations here http://www.elsf.uk/whats-on/4595198383 Look out for our review in July.


Cast Announcement


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical have announced the casting for their September 16th return to the Cambridge Theatre.


Matilda The Musical is delighted to announce that the four performers in the title role of Matilda will be Imogen Cole, Alyssa D’Souza, Alex Munden and Zoe Simon, with their first performances from 16 September.


The other young performers who join the London company in the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall are as follows: Hari Aggarwal, Thommy Bailey Vine, Kieron Bell, Tom Bonomini, Drew Edwards, Robyn Elwell, Rory Finnegan, Darcy Kelly, Ben Lee, Keanna-Skye O’Quinn, Nicholas Parris, Bella Perdoni, Chancé Quaye, Scarlett Jayne Rackham, Bren Reilly, Niamh Ritchie, Jacob Savva, Jayden Seder and Alex Stockton. Kaspar Cahill-Ritter, Sienna Clarke, Rosie Gell-Marquez, Beth Gilmour, Louie Gray, and Gracie Hodson-Prior will continue in the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the pupils at Crunchem Hall.


As previously announced, Carly Thoms will be taking over the role of Miss Honey, joining the adult cast which includes Elliot Harper as Miss Trunchbull, Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood and Annette McLaughlin who will be returning to the company in the role of Mrs Wormwood, taking over from Marianne Benedict.


The full adult cast includes Liberty Buckland, Georgia Carling, Roger Dipper, Katrina Dix, Kate Kenrick, Ben Kerr, Matt Krzan, Connor Lewis, Tom Mather, Bryan Mottram, Kane Oliver Parry, Landi Oshinowo, Ryan Pidgen, James Revell, Gemma Scholes and Dawn Williams.


We loved this show when we saw it and are sure the new cast will continue to delight. Get tickets here and see the new trailer below.


New Theatre


Perhaps the most exciting announcement is that we have a new theatre opening on the banks of the Thames near Deptford.


The Shipwright are welcoming people to this atmospheric outdoor space from Jul 22nd – August 7th for a festival of theatre, music and cabaret. Check out the full listings


The Shipwright


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