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Sixty-Second Theatre News Roundup -April 19th

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This week’s news includes:

The new online production of I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical begins streaming this week. Between 22nd April and 12th May. Starring Luke Bayer, Lucas Rush, Charlotte O’Rourke, and Charlotte Anne Steen.

Written by Alexander S. Bermange. This production is directed and choreographed by Chris Whittaker and was filmed at the King’s Head Theatre in London

Chiswick Playhouse Recharged will take place between 17th May - 27th June.

A brand new festival with musicals, magic, comedy and more.

Full details:

Includes A Night at the West End, starring Scott Sutcliffe and Claudia Kariuki. With Sam Coates.

Sunday Soul, featuring Elliee Clayton, Sharon Rose, Steph Parry, Ahmed Hamad, Shaq Taylor, Shanay Holmes, Anoushka Lucas and Nikki Bentley.

Single Black Female by Lisa B. Thompson.

Meat Cute. Written and performed by Bibi Lucille. Directed and produced by Anastasia Bunce. Co Produced by Lote Pupola.

The Soprano Behind The Screen. Ft. Charlie-Jade Jones. Musical Director, Connor Fogel.

Could It Be Magic? By by Paul Aitchison

Tom Sharpe's WILT adapted by David Spicer

Andy Parsons.

An Evening with Judi Love.

The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn.

Another Life. Rodgers & Sondheim & Guettel & Brown. Cast includes Becky Harrison, Christopher Hobbs, Charlie-Jade Jones, Tom Elliot Reade. Musical Direction - Connor Fogel.

An Evening With Todin Douglas

The Woodcutter’s Tale

An Evening With Phyllis Logan

Gustav Holst’s The Idea

Everybody's Talking About Jamie to have North American premiere in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre as part of the venue's 2022 season. The production, directed by Jonathan Butterell, will play January 16-February 20, 2022.

Phantom of the Opera has confirmed it will return with a reduced orchestration of 14 musicians. Performances resume in July, with a nearly 50 percent reduction from the 27 piece orchestra.

The Barn Theatre’s Now Or Never is back on demand for a three week run until 9 May – with tickets at £5.

The British song cycle by associate artist Matthew Harvey, which follows 7 people as they each take a defiant act of positivity in their last week on Earth.

The inaugural cast includes Eloise Davies (Be More Chill, Grease), Ahmed Hamad (Rent, Stay Awake Jake, The Boy in the Dress), Matthew Harvey (Les Misérables, Violet, Jesus Christ Superstar, Murder Ballad), Irvine Iqbal (The Boy in the Dress, Aladdin, Broken Wings), Lucy St Louis (Man of La Mancha, Motown, Beautiful), Katie Shearman (The Sound of Music UK Tour, Evita) and Courtney Stapleton (Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Les Misérables).

This project is the first collaboration between The Barn Theatre and associate artist Matthew Harvey. Harvey created the song cycle with the intention of writing about individual responses to global adversity without writing specifically about the pandemic. The piece features 7 songs with relatable everyday characters that choose positivity in the face of adversity.

Matthew Harvey created the concept and wrote the song cycle. Freddie Tapner is Musical Supervisor and Ryan Carter is Creative Director, who is responsible for the innovative digital approach. Ben Collins as Director of Photography, supported by Ben Thomas & Alex Tabrizi. Harry Smith as Sound Designer.

The ambitious digital show was filmed on 1st April as a non-stop, one-shot, song cycle, with one camera navigating the entire building, featuring 7 characters moving between 7 spaces.

Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar, Elf The Musical), joins the cast of A Killer Party. It will be released as a series of 9 episodes to watch on-demand, from 26 April – 23 May.

The full cast includes Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only Fools and Horses, Nativity The Musical) as Shea Crescendo, Debbie Kurup (The Prince of Egypt, Sweet Charity) as Vivika Orsonwelles, renowned comedian, actor and presenter Jason Manford (Curtains, Sweeney Todd, The Producers) as Varthur McArthur, Cedric Neal (The Voice, Motown The Musical) as George Murderer, Amara Okereke (Les Misérables, The Boyfriend) as Lily Wright, Lucas Rush (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Les Misérables) as Clarke Staples, Emma Salvo (Come From Away, The Toxic Avenger) as Justine Case, Ashley Samuels (Motown The Musical, The Book of Mormon) as Cameron Mitchelljohn, Harriet Thorpe (Wicked, Les Misérables) as Detective Case and Rachel Tucker (Come From Away, Songs From a New World) as Joan McArthur.

Am Dram by Alex Parker and Katie Lam will run at the Leicester curve 27th - 29th May.

Starring Janie Dee, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Raj Ghatak, Debbie Chazen, Sharan Phull, Jordan Lee Davies and Wendy Ferguson.

Alyssa Edward’s will star in Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! by Brad Loekle

Coming to the West End between 7-13 June.

Produced by New Frame Productions.

Director Spencer Noll

Designer Libby Todd

Lighting Designer Gillian Tan

Press Representative: Kevin Wilson

Marketing: Jan Baister (JB Creative Consulting)

Graphic Design: Steph Pyne

Photography: Dillon Del Toro

Video Creation: Dekel Lazimi Lev

Production Management: Ian Taylor and Jerome Reid for eStage


Layton Williams to star in Jonathan Harvey’s Hushabye Mountain at the Hope Mill Theatre.

It will be available as a live stream on 5th June and then available online from 11th - 20th June

Directed by Nick Bagnall, this online production will star Matt Henry, Jodie Prenger, Nathan McMullen, Amy Dunn and Harrison Scott-Smith

Hope Mill Theatre will be partnering with the following venues to show the production throughout the run:

The Turbine Theatre

Sheffield Crucible

Liverpool Everyman

York Theatre Royal

Tickets are £17 to live steam and £15 for the recorded stream plus booking fees where applicable per household. Tickets are on sale and available from, partner venue websites and

Paul Taylor Mills has announced that Rob Madge’s debut play directed by Luke Sheppard will premier at the Turbine Theatre.

My Son's A Queer But What Can You Do will plays for a limited run from 17 June until 03 July.

And finally... I have set up THaT Fest with Rob Eyles to raise money and awareness for HIV charities, through theatrical events that celebrate and amplify the voices of artists living with HIV.

For more information check out our webpage

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