This Week in Theatreland
By Amy Thomas
2 May 2017
Keep your eyes peeled every Monday lunchtime for your regular dose of theatre news and what to look forward to in venues around the capital, country and globe. We reflect on the week that's passed, as well as the week ahead to bring you the freshest industry gossip, announcements and those all-important dates for your diary.
Last Week We Learnt...
Disco Pigs in Traf 2
Casting was announced last week for the 20th anniversary production of Enda Walsh's ground-breaking play Disco Pigs, opening at Trafalgar Studios this July.
Evanna Lynch, best known for her performance of the whimsical Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films will star alongside Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight, Through A Glass Darkly).
Disco Pigs invites us into the unique world of Pig and Runt, a pair born on the same day, in the same place who are inseparable until their seventeenth birthday when their world is sent spinning dangerously out of control. The play erupted at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 1997 winning both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award.
This unique, enticing play is only playing for a limited run this summer, book your tickets now to make sure you don't miss out!
We Think They're Gonna Like It Here
Last week the full cast was announced for Annie, opening at the Piccadilly Theatre next month! Joining Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan will be Alex Bourne (Mamma Mia!) as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer (Sweet Charity) as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines (Grease) as Rooster and Djalenga Scott (Grease) as Lily.
Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes, will share the title role, and will be joined by 4 year old Labradoodle Amber, as Annie's beloved dog Sandy.
Don't hang on 'til tomorrow to get your tickets, book now!
They're creepy, kooky and coming to a place near you!
Edinburgh got all kinds of kooky last week as the national tour of The Addams Family opened. Featuring a star studded cast including Samantha Womack, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Les Dennis, the musical comedy has opened to rave reviews.
The show tells the story of all grown up Wednesday Addams (Fletcher), as she introduces her respectable new boyfriend (Oliver Ormson, The Book of Mormon) to her unique, unconventional family. Will their make it through a freaky family dinner in one piece?
Don't miss this heart-warming, crazy story of
friendship, family and love - the Addams won't be around for long! Book your tickets here.
Coming Up This Week...
From Russia with Love
The season is directed by Galina Volchek, one of Russia's greatest theatre practitioners, and all shows will be performed in Russian with English surtitles. Sovremennik Theatre are known around the worls for their work, including intense psychological dramas, bold and daring adaptations of classic and contemporary plays.
Don't miss this opportunity to catch them this week only at the Piccadilly Theatre. Book your tickets here.
David Baddiel will be taking over our sister site LOVEtheatre's Twitter this Thursday evening at 6pm, answering all your questions in classic Baddiel style - with no holds barred!
Learn more about the show audiences have described as wonderfully disrespectful, honest and real as he takes over @LOVEtheatrecom for an hour. During the takeover, David will be divulging more on the creative process behind My Family: Not the Sitcom as well as answering any questions you have!
Submit any thing you would to ask now using the hashtag #AskBaddiel.
Angels on Southbank
The eagerly anticipated Angels in America opens this Thursday at the National Theatre.
Andrew Garfield (Prior Walter), Denise Gough (Harper Pitt), Nathan Lane (Roy Cohn) James McArdle (Louis Ironson) and Russell Tovey (Joe Pitt) lead the cast through this story of life and love amidst the AIDS crisis in mid-1980s America.
If you haven't been able to get tickets yet, there are day seats and a lottery!
Elsewhere in London
Other picks for the coming week:
Soho (Peacock Theatre): Original production celebrating one of Londons most iconic districts opens on 6th May. Features dance, circus and an electronic soundtrack.
Summer of Love (Globe Theatre): Shakespeare's classics along with new work will be brough to life throughout the summer. Romeo and Juliet is currently playing
Matilda the Musical: There is an Audio Described performance of Tim Minchin's brilliant musical this week, on Saturday 6th May.
Don't forget to come back next week to see what's new in Theatreland...
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