UK THEATRE NEWS

Jake Quickenden joins Darren Day in Footloose tour – with rescheduled dates revealed

Jake Quickenden will join the upcoming tour of Footloose, set to begin in the UK in February 2022.

Rescheduled from its original dates, the piece will open at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 14 February. Darren Day will also appear in the piece as Reverend Moore.

Quickenden said today: "I can't wait to get out on tour with Footloose, after such a strange and difficult time we will finally be able to join our friends and family in the theatre for a truly feel -good night out. This show is packed full of amazing 80s hits I can't think of a better tonic for 2022."

The piece has casting by Debbie O'Brien, and will be directed by Racky Plews, with choreography from Matt Cole, musical supervision by Mark Crossland and design by Sara Perks with lighting design from Chris Davey and sound design from Chris Whybrow. Further casting will be announced soon.

The piece will also visit Brighton, Manchester, Peterborough, Stoke, York, Cheltenham, Blackpool, Birmingham, Doncaster, Southampton, Aylesbury, Malvern, Llandudno, Cardiff, Sunderland, Woking, Bradford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Barnstaple, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Wimbledon (Quickenden will not appear at the final three stops).

Based on the 1980s film of the same name about a city where dancing and rock music are banned, it features numbers including "Holding Out for a Hero", "Almost Paradise" and "Footloose".

SOURCE: whatsonstage.com

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella announces reopening date next month

The West End production of Cinderella has revealed fresh opening plans for next month.

Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Emerald Fennell and David Zippel, the fresh twist on the classic fairy-tale was in previews at the Gillian Lynne Theatre when derailed by a positive Covid case.

The show has put performances back on sale from 18 August, pushing back its opening for a number of weeks. This is after the track and trace rules change, meaning double-vaccinated individuals do not need to isolate if they come into contact with a Covid-positive individual. This may prevent further cancellations and give both the production and audiences more confidence.

Press night will take place on 25 August. Ticket holders for dates before 18 August will be contacted by the production.

Appearing in the world premiere of the musical are Carrie Hope Fletcher in the titular role, alongside Ivano Turco as Prince Sebastian, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as the Stepmother, Caleb Roberts as Prince Charming, Rebecca Trehearn as the Queen, Laura Baldwin and Georgina Castle as the Stepsisters and Gloria Onitiri as the Godmother.

Also in the show are Georgina Onuorah as the Ensemble / Alternate Cinderella, Sam Robinson as Dorian, Giovanni Spano as Gawain and Vinny Coyle as Arthur.

The full company includes Michael Afemaré, Lydia Bannister, Michelle Bishop, William Bozier, Lauren Byrne, Sophie Camble, Tobias Charles, Nicole Deon, Jonathan David Dudley, Dominic Adam Griffin, Michael Hamway, James Lee Harris, Leah Harris, Kate Ivory Jordan, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Andy Rees, Alexandra Waite Roberts, Lauren Stroud, Georgia Tapp, Matthieu Vinetot and Rodney Vubya.

Fennell recently won an Oscar for her Promising Young Woman screenplay, and is part of a creative team led by director Laurence Connor. The production has choreography by JoAnn M Hunter, co-musical supervision by David Andrew Wilson and John Rigby, musical direction by Ben van Tienen, vocal coaching by Fiona McDougal, design by Gabriela Tylesova, sound design by Gareth Owen and lighting by Bruno Poet Casting is by David Grindrod Associates CDG.

Tickets for the piece are on sale now.

SOURCE: whatsonstage.com

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