Les Mis To Move
The current West End production of Les Misérables will finish this summer. But don’t panic – we’re not losing London’s longest running show yet! The original 1985 production is moving to a new theatre (the Gielgud theatre to be more specific), whilst the Queen’s Theatre undergoes renovations, with the 2009 production taking over when the theatre reopens in December. Bookings for the new(er) production will start in February of this year.
Drama Bookshop Saved
New York’s beloved drama bookshop has been saved from closure! Following the announcement last October that the store was to move out of its current premises due to rent increases, Lin Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jeffrey Seller and James L Nederlander have teamed up to buy it. It will temporarily close on the 20th of January before moving into its new home.
Broadway Relaxed Performances Announced
Roundabout Theatre have announced Relaxed Performances of several of their Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Shows including Merrily We Roll Along and Kiss Me Kate will be specially adapted to suit those with special needs at certain performances. Their first relaxed performance, True West, will take place on the 2nd of March at American Airlines Theatre.
West End Waitress Cast Complete
We finally have a full cast for the upcoming West End production of Waitress. Whilst Shaun Prendergast, best known for television appearances on Waterloo Road, Eastenders and Emmerdale (in addition to a multitude of Shakespeare plays) will take on the role of Old Joe, additions to the ensemble will include Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Kelly Agbowu, Chris Mcguigan, Olivia Moore, Michael Hamway, Stephen Leask, Charlotte Riby, Sarah O’Connor, Nathaniel Morrison and Leanne Pinder. They’ll be joining previously announced principles Katharine McPhee, David Hunter, Laura Baldwin, Marisha Wallace, Jack McBrayer and Peter Hannah when the show opens in February.
Patti Lupone for Big Screen Comeback
Broadway legend Patti Lupone is set to make a comeback to the big screen. The Tony award winning actress will appear in historical drama the Cliffs of Freedom. The love story set at the beginning of the Greek War of Independence will mark her first film appearance since 2016’s The Comedian, although since then she’s appeared on TV shows including Rita and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Southwark Playhouse Casting ‘All In A Row’
The casting for Alex Oates’ new play, All In A Row has been announced. Set to start it’s run at the Southwark Playhouse next month, the show focuses on the parents of an autistic child and will star Eastender’s Charlie Brooks and Nativities’ Simon Lipkin in the lead roles. All In A Row will be on from the 14th of February to the 9th of March.