This week’s round-up of West End Theatre and UK Theatre casting news and updates The Southbury Child, Wuthering Heights, Witness for the Prosecution, The Play That Goes Wrong and more.
Other casting also announced this week in previous news stories includes Louis Grant joining Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, Zorro The Musical casting at the Charing Cross Theatre, The 47th casting at the Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre 2022 Season casting, Cabaret casting at the Playhouse Theatre / Kit Kat Club, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat UK tour casting.
Liam Tamne cast in Wuthering Heights (London & Tour)
Liam Tamne is to join the cast of Wuthering Heights from 15 March 2022 at the National Theatre, and then on tour, playing Heathcliff. The National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic York Theatre Royal and Wise Children co-production is adapted and directed by Emma Rice based on Emily Brontë’s novel.
Cathy is played by Lucy McCormick in the production, with Sam Archer (Lockwood/Edgar Linton), Nandi Bhebhe (The Moor), Mirabelle Gremaud (swing), TJ Holmes (Robert), Craig Johnson (Mr Earnshaw/Dr Kenneth), Jordan Laviniere (John), Kandaka Moore (Zillah), Katy Owen (Isabella Linton/Linton Heathcliff), Tama Phethean (Hindley Earnshaw/Hareton Earnshaw) and Witney White (Frances Earnshaw/Young Cathy).
Tamne, who starred in The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre, takes over from Bridgerton and Harlot’s actor Ash Hunter for just 5 days in London before the show ends at the National on 19 March, and then goes on a UK tour.
More cast for The Southbury Child (London & Chichester)
Additional cast has been announced to join Alex Jennings in Stephen Beresford’s new play The Southbury Child at the Bridge Theatre. Holly Atkins will play Joy Sampson, Josh Finan as Lee Southbury, Jack Greenlees as Craig Connor, Jo Herbert as Susannah Highland, Phoebe Nicholls as Mary Highland, Racheal Ofori as Naomi Highland and Sarah Twomey as Tina Southbury.
The play is directed by Nicholas Hytner, and runs at the Bridge Theatre from 1 July to 27 August 2022. It is also doing a stint at the Chichester Festival Theatre first, from 13 to 25 June 2022.
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Witness for the Prosecution new cast announced (London)
Agatha Christie’s thriller Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall in London has announced its new cast, and is now in its fourth nail-biting year.
Joshua Glenister stars as Leonard Vole, the accused, alongside Lauren O’Neil as Romaine, David Michaels as Sir Wilfrid Robarts QC, Peter Landi as Mr Mayhew, Richard Teverson as Mr Myers QC, and James Hayes as Mr Justice Wainwright. Other cast include James Alper, Lily Blunsom-Washbrook, Jonathan Brenner, Simon Butteriss Vicki Davids William Donaldson, Nick Hardie, Andrew Hollingworth, Mandi Symonds, Naomi Taylor, Matt Weyland and Donnavan Yates.
Book tickets to Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall
The Play That Goes Wrong casting (London)
Olivier Award winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre has announced a new cast from 5 April 2022.
Tomisin Ajani will star as Trevor, Jo Ben Ayed as Dennis, Ashh Blackwood as Annie, Anya de Villiersas Sandra, Tendai Humphrey Sitima as Robert, Scott Hunter as Max, Oliver Mott as Jonathan, and Mikhail Sen as Chris. The company is completed by Roisin Fahey, Charlie Richards, Stuart Vincent, Emily Waters and Jack Whittle.
Now in its 8th year in the West End, The Play That Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and is directed by Mark Bell.
Book tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre
Marys Seacole casting at the Donmar Warehouse (London)
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2019 play Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse has announced casting, with Déja J Bowens as Mamie, Llewella Gideon as Duppy Mary, Kayla Meikle as Mary, Esther Smith as Miriam, Olivia Williams as May, and Susan Wooldridge as Merry.
The play runs from 15 April 2022 at the Donmar, and is about a pioneering Jamaican nurse who healed soldiers during the Crimean War. Nadia Latif directs.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical casting (UK Tour)
The forthcoming UK tour of Broadway and West End musical Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has announced casting.
The show is led by Molly-Grace Cutler (The Worst Witch, Girls Don’t Play Guitars, We’ll Live and Die in these Towns) as Carole King. Tom Milner (Holby City, Waterloo Road) plays Gerry Goffin, Carole’s former husband and collaborator. Seren Sandham-Davies (Crazy For You, Brassed Off) and Jos Slovick, who performed in the original West End production of Once, plays husband and wife song-writing duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.
Garry Robson plays music producer and talent manager Don Kirshner. Claire Greenway, who originated the role of Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act at the London Palladium, plays Carole’s mother Genie Klein, and Dan de Cruz is the production’s on-stage Musical Director. The cast is completed by Naomi Alade, Kemi Clarke, Chris Coxon, Amena El-Kindy, Louise Francis, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Jessica Jolleys, Sorrel Jordan, Myles Miller, Peter Mooney, Adrien Spencerand Kevin Yates.
The show opened at the Leicester Curve on 28 February 2022, and plays the Theatre Royal Bath 17 – 26 March, Theatre Royal Brighton 29 March – 2 April, Festival Theatre Edinburgh 5 – 9 April, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 12 – 16 April, Newcastle Theatre Royal 19 – 23 April, Orchard Theatre Dartford 26 – 30 April, Malvern Theatres 3 -7 May, Cambridge Arts Theatre 10 – 21 May and New Theatre, Cardiff 24 – 28 May 2022.
The show features countless classic songs such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, Up on the Roof, Locomotion and You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is written by Douglas McGrath, with songs by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming casting (UK Tour)
A new UK tour of Harold Pinter’s classic play The Homecoming has announced cast. Directed by Jamie Glover, it opens at Theatre Royal Bath on 30 March 2022, and then travels to the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Malvern Theatre, Leicester Curve, Theatre Royal Brighton, Newcastle Theatre Royal, and Theatre Royal York.
Mathew Horne (Death in Paradise, Bad Education, The Nan Movie), plays Lenny, Keith Allen (The Young Ones, The Pembrokeshire Murders) plays Max, Ian Bartholomew (Into The Woods, Radio Times, Mrs Henderson Presents, Half a Sixpence, Coronation Street), plays Sam, Sam Alexander (Emmerdale, Lady in the Van) plays Teddy, Geoffrey Lumb (The Mirror and The Light) plays Joey, Shanaya Rafaat (Around the World in 80 Days, BBC’s Doctor Who) plays Ruth.
Our Man In Havana The Musical casting (Newbury)
The world premiere of the Our Man in Havana, a new musical based on Graham Greene’s thriller, has cast Nigel Lister as James Wormold, Daniella Agredo Piper as Milly Wormold, Paula James as Beatrice/Maria, Alvaro Flores as Segura/Hawthorne/Marco, Adam Keast as Hasselbacher/Chief and Antonio Sanchez as the onstage musical director.
The show runs from 7 April to 21 May 2022 at the Watermill Theatre Newbury, with music and lyrics by Ben Morales Frost, a book by Richard Hough, and direction by Abigail Pickard Price.