A bite size round-up of the week’s top West End, London and Theatre news stories 

18/8 – Michelle Terry will act but not direct at the Globe. 

The incoming Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe revealed in an interview this week that she will not direct productions because she felt it requires a particular skill set she does not possess. Terry, who has an in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare and has acted in several productions at the Globe, announced one of her first productions will explore the history of Shakespeare’s mistress Emilia Bassano.

18/8 – Veteran entertainer and television presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89. 

Forsyth had been ill for the last 18 months. When asked recently what he had been up to he replied ‘I’ve been very, very busy… being ill’.   Bruce Forsyth’s long career in showbiz started with variety performances at the age of 14; he also played at the London Palladium but is best known for hosting game shows and over the last decade as co-host of BBC series Strictly Come Dancing.

17/8 – Full casting has been announced for Nicholas Hytner and Nick Star’s production of Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre. 

The cast is led by Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris alongside Nancy Carroll, Laura Elphinstone, Eben Figueiredo, Nicholas Burns and Tony Jayawardena.

Dominic Dromgoole

Dominic Dromgoole

17/8 – Dominic Dromgoole’s Oscar Wilde season in the West End will be broadcast live to cinemas.

The productions include A Woman of No Importance starring Eve Best and Anne Reid, broadcast on 28 November 2017; Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Kathy Burke, broadcast 20 March 2018; An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, will be broadcast later in 2018.

Emma Rice

16/8 – Emma Rice’s Wise Children publishes extracts from Arts Council funding application. 

Following the controversy surrounding the grant awarded by Arts Council England to Rice’s new company, Emma Rice has published extracts of the application.  Members of the theatre community had complained that Rice’s new venture had been given preferential treatment over established theatre companies.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber

16/8 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group announces new venture with Shanghai Media Group Live to develop the musical theatre industry in China. 

Shanghai Media Group Live is part of Shanghai Media Group one of the largest entertainment groups in China which owns television and radio channels, tv and film production companies, theatres and performing arts spaces. One of the first projects is a Chinese version of Tell Me On A Sunday and a training course taught in collaboration with Arts Educational Schools.

Andy Coxon

Andy Coxon

16/8 – Andy Coxon (Yank!, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) is to lead the cast in Hair

The 50th anniversary production of the rock musical will run from 11 October 2017 until 13 January 2018 at the Vaults in London.  The cast also features Daniel Bailey, Adam Dawson, Patrick George, Jammy Kasongo, Jessie May, Natalie Green, Laura Johnson, Shekina McFarlane, Robert Metson, Liam Ross-Mills, Koryann Stevens and Kirsten Wright.

Andrew Scott in Hamlet, London

Andrew Scott as Hamlet (c) Manuel Harlan

15/8 – Andrew Scott’s Hamlet will be broadcast on BBC2. 

Robert Icke’s acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott and Jessica Brown Findlay will be broadcast on BBC2 in 2018.  The production is coming to the end of its limited West End run, Hamlet is playing until 2 September 2017 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

 

Miranda Hart in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre

Miranda Hart in Annie (Piccadilly Theatre ). Photo Paul Coltas

15/8 – Miranda Hart has apologised to disappointed fans following several missed performances in the West End musical Annie

The comedian was advised by doctors to rest due to an ongoing throat infection.  Hart is due to complete her run in September, with Craig Revell Horwood taking over the role from 19 September 2017. Annie plays at the Piccadilly Theatre.

14/8 – Further casting announced for The Lie at the Meniere Chocolate Factory.

Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat, Last Tango in Halifax), James Drefuss (Gimme Gimme Gimme, Cabaret,Harvey) and Alexandra Gilbreath will join Samantha Bond in Florian Zeller’s play play.  The Lie will run from 14 September until 18 November at the Meniere Chocolate Factory in South London.