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Firstly, sad news that A Chorus Line is closing early on 31 August. But with every early curtain comes news of an extension, and fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be pleased to hear that the Sam Mendes-directed show is now booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 31 May 2014.
This week, I’ve got news of two hit shows returning to the London stage: firstly, the Royal Opera House’s family-friendly production of The Wind in the Willows will play at the Duchess Theatre this Christmas. This perennial favourite has received three revivals since its first appearance and played more than 100 performances in the capital. Secondly, Lolita Chakrabarti’s Olivier Award-nominated play Red Velvet will return to the Tricycle Theatre as part of its forthcoming new season, with Adrian Lester reprising his role as Ira Aldridge.
Finally three very different new London shows have been announced: a farce, a musical, and a pantomime. Take your pick from Antony Sher playing Sigmund Freud in Terry Johnson’s farce Hysteria at the Hampstead Theatre this September; the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre from early December; or the ever-brilliant Hackney Empire panto team’s production of Puss in Boots from November.
London Theatre Cast News
- Darius Campbell will lead the cast in new musical From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre, playing First Sergeant Milton Warden, a role made famous by Burt Lancaster in the 1953 film. Other cast members include Robert Lonsdale (Private Prewitt), Siubhan Harrison (Lorene), Ryan Sampson (Private Angelo Maggio) and Rebecca Thornhill (Karen).
- Captain America star Hayley Atwell returns to the London stage this summer leading the cast in The Pride at the Trafalgar Studios. She’ll be joined by Harry Hadden-Paton, Mathew Horne and Al Weaver.
- The lovely Owain Arthur is to return to One Man, Two Guvnors following his performance in the comedy’s international tour. He’s back on 23 September, and will be joined by Angela Griffin as Dolly, Kellie Shirley as Pauline and Peter Caulfield as Alfie.