UK THEATRE NEWS

National Theatre announces initial cast for Dick Whittington pantomime

The National Theatre has unveiled the initial cast and dates for its in-the-round pantomime Dick Whittington.

Directed by Ned Bennett and based on Jude Christian Cariad Lloyd's Lyric Hammersmith piece which ran in 2018 (now updated by Christian and Lloyd to suit 2020), the show will play from 11 December in the Olivier theatre, modified to suit socially distanced audiences.

Initial casting will include Dickie Beau, Amy Booth-Steel, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings, Georgina Onuorah, and Cleve September.

Set and costume designs are by Georgia Lowe, with choreography by Danielle Rhimes Lecointe, compositions, arrangements and music production by DJ Walde, music supervision by Marc Tritschler and music direction and additional composition and arrangements by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell.

Lighting is designed by Jessica Hung Han Yun and sound designed by Paul Arditti. Denzel Westley-Sanderson is associate director, Debbie Duru is associate set designer and Fiona Parker is associate costume designer.

SOURCE: whatsonstage.com

Everybody's Talking About Jamie to reopen in the West End with socially distanced audiences

The West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie will recommence performances on 28 November 2020.

The musical first opened at Sheffield Crucible in spring 2017, transferring to the West End later that year. The piece won a number of WhatsOnStage Awards in 2018, including Best New Musical.

The show, which has been in the West End for three years, is inspired by a documentary about Jamie Campbell, who wanted to be a drag queen at the age of 16. It is due to be released as a film in early 2021, with the first trailer now available.

Nica Burns, producer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie said: "Like everyone else in the UK, year 11 at Mayfield High School is back to school and coping with COVID-19 and the challenges of personalising their facemasks within school rules… We are delighted to welcome back our pre-lockdown leading performers with the addition of Phil Nichol guest starring as Hugo/ Loco Chanelle.

"To keep them safe, our brilliant cast and the backstage team will be tested for COVID every 48 hours. In a change of schedule, we will now be playing 8 shows a week Wednesday to Sunday with ticket prices remaining unchanged.

"We are only able to open such a big cast show with so few seats thanks to Oliver Dowden and the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund grant. Huge thanks to them – you should have heard the cheers from the cast when they received the news! It is wonderful to be able to welcome back our cast, backstage crew and all our fantastic freelancers who together make the production."

Appearing in the reopening cast will be Noah Thomas, Melissa Jacques, Phil Nichol, Sejal Keshwala, Hiba Elchikhe and Gillian Ford. The show's script and production is set to be adapted to suit Covid-compliance rules for an initial run of six months, according to reports.

SOURCE: BBC Theatre

SCRIPT OF THE MONTH 

Synopsis:

The Hilton Community Centre is in danger of closure forever due to council cuts in funding.  The Management Committee, consisting of a very diverse range of individuals seeks ways to rescue the Centre with hilarious results. 

The sparkling dialogue and characters carry this fast-moving play to a very lively conclusion.   

Roles: 5 female parts and 4 male parts. 

Runtime: 90 mins 

Genre: Comedy play