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This Week In Theatreland

by Abbie Jenkins

17th July 2017

Keep your eyes peeled every week 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.


What happened last week?



Kinky Boots Welcomed New Cast

Last week we welcomed the arrival of the new cast of Kinky Boots! The hit west end show has been running at the Adelphi Theatre since September 2015, with Olivier award winner Matt Henry as the incredible drag sensation Lola. Henry donned his heels for the last time on Saturday 8th July and passed over the sparkly red baton to his understudy Simon-Anthony Rhoden whose west end credits include Ash in Marianne (New Wimbledon Theatre); Devon in Married to the Game (Theatre 503) plus many more! 

Elena Sky left alongside Henry on the 8th of July and the role of Lauren transferred into the capable hands of Emmerdale actress Verity Rushworth. On Monday 10th July the ensemble also welcomed Jordan Fox, Lauren Drew, Rosie Glossop, Keith Higham, Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Antony Reed, Dale Evans, Ben Jennings, Georgia Louise, Emma Odell and Tom Scanlon.

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Disco Pigs opened at Trafalgar Studios

Twenty years since its British debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Disco Pigs starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter) and Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight) has opened at the Trafalgar Studios.

The play follows two young friends as they figure out who they are outside of their intensely co-dependent relationship. Here is an exclusive look at what goes on behind the scenes.

Jarr my bes pal in da whole whirl.

Jarr my life, Pig.

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Wise Children 

Wise Children, the new theatre company set up by the Globe's Artistic Director Emma Rice, is set to become the new company in residence at the Old Vic next year. The first production,also titled Wise Children, will be a stage adaption of Angela Carter's novel about twin chorus girls and their theatrical family. This move is part of the bicentennial celebrations at the theatre. 


Happy Birthday Hammerstein!


July 12th marked 122 years since the birth of the renowned lyricist and theatre producer Oscar Hammerstein II. Known for his hugely successful collaboration with composer Richard Rodgers, Hammerstein won a total of eight Tony awards and two Academy awards. Some of his most famous works include Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music

Carousel will be going to the Woking Rhoda McGaw Theatre in October 2017. 

The Sound of Music goes on tour in January 2018, starting at the Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre.

Coming up this week...


Extra! Extra! INK tickets on sale now!

Tickets have now gone on sale for INK at the Duke of York’s Theatre in September this year. INK tells the story of the young Rupert Murdoch as he determinedly releases the first issue of The Sun newspaper in 1969.

The play written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III) has recently had a successful run at the Almeida Theatre and features a hugely talented cast including Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover).

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Hamlet on BBC Radio 2

Tune in to BBC Radio 2 at 17:05 this Tuesday to hear Sherlock superstar Andrew Scott talking to Scott Mayo about his starring role in Hamlet at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke’s new production of Hamlet is now playing in the West End for a limited season. 

There are also tickets priced £30 and under for under 30s at every single performance, available at the Harold Pinter box office. Otherwise, click here to book Hamlet tickets online.

There will also be a captioned performance taking place on Tuesday 18th July at 19:00.


Philanthropist closes July 22nd

Simon Callow's production of The Philanthropist is preparing to leave Trafalgar Studios on the 22nd of July this year. The play has been described by the Sunday Times as a 'gloriously, gloriously funny play' and features incredible actors such as BAFTA award winning writer, actor and musician Matt Berry, Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Lily Cole (Ab Fab the Movie), Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner).

Out in the ‘real world’ the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and England’s most treasured writers are being murdered one by one! Back in the cosy bubble of university life, a bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams, and the meaning of life. Did someone suggest academics were ‘out of touch’?

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Elsewhere in London

Other picks for the coming week:

Skin (Pleasance Theatre)
Skin is the emotional story of a young boy as he discovers his identity and embarks on the challenging journey of gender transition. Award winning choreographer Andrea Walker directs the small cast in a fast paced story that combines contemporary and urban styles with an original score.

A Chorus Line (Bridewell Theatre)
Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut. The original production in 1976 won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. 

Hatch (Polka Theatre)

Hatch follows the extraordinary journey of an egg through different sensory worlds, each bursting with a mesmerising blend of sights and sounds. With a sparkling musical score by Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale, Polka and The Royal Opera bring you the perfect introduction to music and theatre. Recommended for ages 2-5 years. 

The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre)

There will be a British Sign Language Interpreted performance of the Lion King at 2:30pm on Saturday 22nd July.

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