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Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) - Spring 2017

Sara Kestelman

Season preview

HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced its Spring 2017 season and it includes the world premiere of Stephen Brown’s new play Occupational Hazards, based on Rory Stewart’s critically acclaimed memoir of the same name, and the UK premiere of Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016.

However, the season opens with the world premiere of Ryan Craig’s fiery new family comedy Filthy Business, which runs from March 16 (previews from March 10) to April 22.

Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, this new production takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial outsiders who became part of the beating heart of Modern Britain. Taking on the lead role of matriarch Yetta Solomon is critically acclaimed actor Sara Kestelman.

When you’ve got no nation, no government, no place in the world what have you got? Family. You can’t
depend on anything else.

1968, East London. Over the years and against all the odds, Yetta Solomon has built a thriving business from nothing through sheer grit and passion. Ignoring all the obstacles – insufficient capital, economic downturns, aggressive competition – she has found a way to survive everything adversity could throw at her.

Now she faces her toughest challenge: her family. In a rapidly changing Britain, Yetta must protect the shop and keep it in the Solomon family. But her sons, grandchildren and in-laws have other ideas… Always ruthless, how far will she go to keep the business in the family and the family in the business?

Ryan Craig was Writer-in-Residence at the Royal National Theatre Studio from January 2012 to March 2013. His plays for the National include The Holy Rosenbergs, a version of Tadeusz Siobojanek’s Our Class and We Lost Elijah for NT Connections.

His other plays include How to Think The Unthinkable (Unicorn Theatre), Talk Talk Fight Fight (Tricycle Theatre), The Glass Room (Hampstead Theatre), Broken Road (BAC/Edinburgh Fringe – winner of a Fringe First), Happy Savages (Lyric Studio) and What We Did To Weinstein (Menier Chocolate Factory) for which he was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright award.

His television includes The Musketeers, Robin Hood, Waterloo Road and Hustle all for BBC1 and Saddam’s Tribe for Channel 4. In 2005, he was Writer-in-Residence at BBC Radio Drama and his radio plays include Blood Sports, Resolutions, English in Afghanistan, The Lysistrata Project, Hold My Breath, Portugal, The Great Pursuit and Looking For Danny.

Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall’s productions include Rabbit Hole, Firebird, Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon, Raving, Chariots of Fire, No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment. As Artistic Director of Propeller, his work has toured worldwide, played in both the West End and on Broadway, and has won numerous awards both in the UK and overseas.

His other theatre work includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (National Theatre), Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre), Macbeth with Sean Bean (Albery Theatre), The Constant Wife (Apollo Theatre), Julius Caesar and Henry V (RSC) and The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville Theatre).

Hall’s television work includes The Durrells, Partners in Crime, Restless, Downton Abbey, Strike Back, Spooks and Kingdom.

Sara Kestelman’s theatre credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre), Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse), Girls (UK Tour), 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal), Torchsong Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory), Making Noise Quietly, Nine, Hamlet, Love for Love, As You Like It, The Double Dealer, The Threepenny Opera and The American Clock (National Theatre), Macbeth and Custom of the Country (RSC), King Lear (RSC/Barbican), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/New York), Lettice & Lovage (Gielgud Theatre) and Fiddler on the Roof (London Palladium).

Her television and film credits include Zardoz, Lisztomania, Lady Jane, Anna Karenina, The Last Spark of Sundown, Rome, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, The Last Romantics and In the Flesh.

Also at Hampstead Theatre: Laura Eason’s smart comedy Sex with Strangers, starring Emilia Fox and Theo James (January 27 to March 4, 2017).

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in concert at the Ambassadors Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW musical inspired by Goethe’s poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is to appear in two exclusive concerts, with a stellar cast including Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett.

Written by Ben Frost and Richard Hough, the first concert takes place at The Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD on Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm; and the second at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7.30pm.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is best known to modern audiences through the Disney film Fantasia. ​​Acclaimed musical theatre writing team Frost and Hough have gone back to the original poem by Goethe to put their own spin on the story for this new musical, which reimagines the apprentice as the rebellious daughter of a master magician.

Their new ​​version explores this relationship between a father and daughter, and whether magic can help them repair it.

Now audiences have an exclusive opportunity to see this concert presentation, with a cast of West End stars including the double Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award nominated Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow, Mrs Henderson Presents) with narration from Jan Ravens, best known for her Dead Ringers impressions.

The first concert is the opening event for the newly renovated Broadway Theatre in Letchworth, and the second is in the intimate surroundings of the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End.

Ben Frost and Richard Hough have been writing together since 2010. For Christmas 2015, they wrote a comic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Castle Theatre), and are currently developing a new musical version of Around The World In Eighty Days, plus an original project entitled Neon. They have written full-length adult musical Possession (about a gothic murder in the backwaters of suburbia) and solo show Sin (about the wife of a politician at the end of her tether).

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is directed by Ryan McBryde, whose credits include The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola Theatre), The Donkey Show (Proud London), 1984 (Stuttgart), which was nominated for the prestigious Theaterpreis Der Faust, Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse), Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour), The Ruling Class (Frankfurt), Angus, Thongs And Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Who’s Tommy (European Tour) and the German premieres of Spring Awakening and The Full Monty.

His production of Hamlet! The Musical at Northampton and Richmond won the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award. He is associate director for Perfect Pitch Musicals and the English Theatre Frankfurt.

Presented by Olivier Award-winning Seabright Productions, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has musical direction by Seann Alderking.

To book tickets for The Broadway Theatre call the box office on 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com/ and for the Ambassadors Theatre call 020 7395 5405 or visit www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/.

Full casting announced for the Donmar's Limehouse

Limehouse

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Steve Waters’ new play Limehouse, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from March 8 (previews from March 2) to April 15, 2017.

The play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’ met in 1981 to break away from the Labour party and form the SDP.

Joining previously announced Paul Chahidi as Bill Rogers and Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams are Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins and Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen. Nathalie Armin will play Debbie Owen, wife of David Owen and co-host of that momentous day in east London.

Roger Allam returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his Olivier Award-winning role in Privates on Parade directed by Michael Grandage.

His other theatre credits include The Moderate Soprano and Seminar (Hampstead Theatre), The Tempest and the Olivier Award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV Parts I and II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre), Boeing, Boeing (Comedy Theatre) and The God of Carnage (UK Tour).

On television, he is best known for his roles as Peter Mannion in the BBC political satire The Thick Of It and Detective Inspector Fred Thursday in the Morse prequel Endeavour. He has also appeared in the films Tamara Drewe and The Queen.

Tom Goodman-Hill also returns to the Donmar Warehouse having starred in The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union in 2005. His theatre credits elsewhere include Rabbit Hole (Hampstead Theatre), The Effect and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Harold Pinter Theatre), Enron (Noel Coward Theatre, Chichester and Royal Court), and Spamalot (Palace Theatre).

His television and film work includes The Secret Agent, Humans, Mr Selfridge, Call the Midwife, Black Mirror, The Truth Commissioner, Everest and The Imitation Game.

Nathalie Armin makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Limehouse. Her theatre credits include Another World: Losing Our Daughters to Islamic State, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dara and Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), The Complaint (Hampstead Theatre), The Bomb/First Blast (Tricycle Theatre), On the Record (Arcola Theatre), Lidless (High Tide/Trafalgar Studios) and Arabian Nights and Othello (RSC).

Armin’s screen credits include Humans, Maigret: Maigret’s Dead Men, Luther, Doctors, EastEnders and SPOOKS (TV); Denial and Grow Your Own (film).

Limehouse is directed by Polly Findlay and designed by Alex Eales, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Emma Laxton. Composer is Rupert Cross.

Read more about Limehouse.

Following Limehouse, Lenny Henry will make his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui in Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, given a new translation by Bruce Norris and directed by Simon Evans ( April 21 to June 17, 2017).

Meanwhile, Josie Rourke’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton in the title role, continues at the Donmar Warehouse until February 18, 2017.

Carousel - Nicholas Lyndhurst joins Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins

Nicholas Lyndhurst

Casting news

NICHOLAS Lyndhurst (as Star Keeper) joins the previously announced Alfie Boe (Billy Bigelow) and Katherine Jenkins (Julie Jordan) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

The third production in the partnership between The GradeLinnit Company and English National Opera (ENO), it runs at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited five week season – from April 11 (previews from April 7) to May 13, 2017.

This semi-staged production of Carousel, directed by Lonny Price, marks BAFTA Award-winning actor Nicholas Lyndhurst’s return to the West End stage, where he was last seen in Trevor Nunn’s 2011 production of The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other West End credits include Allan Davis’ The Straight and Narrow (Wyndham’s Theatre), Peter Hall’s production of The Dresser (Duke of York’s Theatre) and The Foreigner by Larry Shue (Albany Theatre).

However, Lyndhurst is probably best known for his classic television series – Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart, After You’ve Gone, Rock & Chips, Butterflies and The Piglet Files. He can also be seen in the 2016 film, A United Kingdom.

Further casting for Carousel includes Brenda Edwards (as Nettie Fowler), Derek Hagen (Jigger Craigin), Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge), Gavin Spokes (Enoch Snow), Susan Kyd (Mrs Mullin), Martyn Ellis (Mr Bascombe) and Davide Fienauri (Carnival Boy). Final casting will be announced shortly.

Other parts will be played by Bruce Aguilar Rohan, Thomas Audibert, Will Barratt, Jay Bryce, Danielle Cato, Jacob Chapman, Nolan Edwards, Alexander Evans, Lizzi Franklin, Alice Jane, Tessa Kadler, Hannah Kenna Thomas, Jasmine Leung, Leisha Mollyneaux, Rachel Muldoon, Saori Oda, Kane Oliver Parry, Daniel Perry, Alastair Postlethwaite, Joseph Poulton, Verity Quade, Genevieve Taylor, James Titchener, Adam Vaughan, Matthew Whennell-Clark and Anna Woodside.

When the charming Carousel Barker, Billy Bigelow falls in love with Julie Jordan, little do they realise that their relationship will end in tragedy. Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery, Billy gets the chance to redeem his past and restore pride to his family.

Read more about Carousel.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? - full casting announced

FULL casting has been announced for Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from April 5 (previews from March 24) to June 24, 2017.

Joining Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, who play husband and wife Martin and Stevie in Ian Rickson’s production, will be Jason Hughes as Martin’s oldest friend Ross and Archie Madekwe as their son Billy.

Jason Hughes is perhaps best known for his television work, which includes playing lawyer Warren Jones in the BBC TV series This Life and as Detective Sergeant Ben Jones in Midsomer Murders from 2005 until 2013.

A respected stage actor, his previous work includes Our Country’s Good and Look Back in Anger opposite Michael Sheen at the National Theatre, Violence and Son and 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Court and US tour, Way Upstream at Chichester Festival Theatre, Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse and Design for Living at Theatre Royal Bath.

Archie Madekwe, who trained at LAMDA, makes his professional stage debut as Billy. His previous work includes Fresh Meat and Casualty, as well as the films Legacy and Second Coming. He also appeared in National Youth Theatre’s 2013 production of Pope Joan at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

Sophie Okonedo OBE has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, a Golden Globe® nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009).

Okonedo made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun for which she won the Tony Award® for Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 2016, she received a second Tony® nomination for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor in Ivo van Hove’s Broadway production of The Crucible which also starred Ben Whishaw, Saoirse Ronan and Ciarán Hinds.

Ian Rickson was artistic director of the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006, where his many directing credits include Jerusalem (also West End at the Apollo Theatre), The Winterling, The Night Heron and Mojo (also Chicago), all by Jez Butterworth; The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (also Broadway); and Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett.

In the West End, Rickson directed Kristin Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell and Lia Williams in Old Times by Harold Pinter (Harold Pinter Theatre); Betrayal again by Harold Pinter and also with Kristin Scott Thomas, and Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss in The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman (both Comedy Theatre). His work at the National Theatre includes Evening at the Talk House by Wallace Shawn and The Red Lion by Patrick Marber; while at the Young Vic, he has directed Hamlet starring Michael Sheen, Now We Are Here and The Nest.

For The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Ian Rickson will be joined by an Olivier and Tony Award®-winning creative team in Rae Smith (set and costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design) and Greg Clarke (sound design), with an original score by PJ Harvey.

Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, The Lady from Dubuque, Me, Myself & I) was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980. In 1996, he received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts and in 2005, he was awarded a special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement.

In The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, a husband and successful New York architect with everything to lose must confess to his wife and son that he is having an affair and face the dizzying, explosive consequences.

Image: Edward Albee’s The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia – Sophie Okonedo (Stevie) and Damian Lewis (Martin). Photo credit: Uli Weber.

Read more about The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?.

The Play That Goes Wrong celebrates its 1001st performance

Theatre news

THE PLAY That Goes Wrong would have been delighted to announce its 1000th performance. However in true goes wrong fashion, producers of the hit play realised that due to an incompetent miscount, they missed their landmark performance and so celebrated their 1001st performance instead.

Awarded the 2014 Whatsonstage.com Best New Comedy and the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to thrive in the West End.

It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play, which started its life at a room above a pub in north London with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has since played to an audience of over a quarter of a million.

The production will open on Broadway this Spring, playing at the Lyceum Theatre from March 9, 2017 and co-produced by JJ Abrams. As well as currently playing at the Duchess Theatre in the West End, the production is also out on a 30 week tour around the UK.

Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group.

Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. Their other production The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is currently at the Criterion Theatre and their acclaimed production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong continues at the Apollo Theatre until January 29, 2017. The company is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer.

Read more aout The Play That Goes Wrong.

Death Takes A Holiday - production images released

Mark Inscoe

Theatre news

PRODUCTION images have been released for the European premiere of the new musical Death Takes A Holiday. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Producers have announced that there has been a cast change for the upcoming European première of the musical Death Takes A Holiday, which runs at Charing Cross Theatre from January 23 (previews from January 16) to March 4, 2017.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Maxwell Caulfield has withdrawn from the production and the role of Duke Vittorio Lamberti will now be played by Mark Inscoe.

Mark Inscoe played Hugh Dorsey in Thom Southerland’s acclaimed production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. His many musical theatre credits include William Desmond Taylor in Mack & Mabel (Chichester), Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady (Kilworth House), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (Leicester Curve), Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (Palace ) and Tabarro in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory).

He joins Zoë Doano (as Grazia Lamberti), Chris Pelulso (Death/Prince Nikolai Sirki), Gay Soper, Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Ken Christiansen, Scarlett Courtney, Sophie-May Feek, James Gant, Matthew McDonald, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas, Helen Turner.

In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.

Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premièred Off Broadway in 2011.

See first production image.

Stepping Out - Natalie Casey joins cast

Casting news

NATALIE Casey will join the previously announced Amanda Holden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson in the heart-warming comedy Stepping Out, which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on March 14, 2017, following preview performances from March 1.

Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala.

Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell. There’s perfectionist Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy, bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy, eager Lynne and cheerful Rose, and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.

Natalie Casey is well known to TV audiences for playing Carol Groves in Hollyoaks and Donna Henshaw in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Her West End theatre credits include Fame, Legally Blonde, Well and Abigail’s Party with other stage work including 9 to 5, Hobson’s Choice, The Wedding Singer, The Vagina Monologues and Oklahoma!

The cast of Stepping Out also includes Judith Barker, Jessica-Alice McCluskey, Sandra Marvin and Dominic Rowan with Janet Behan, Suzy Bloom, Emma Hook, Marcia Mantack, Katie Verner and Nick Warnford.

Stepping Out originally premiered in the West End in 1984 starring Barbara Ferris and Marcia Warren, winning the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and enjoying extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway. Stepping Out has also been made into a musical, which became a film in 1991, starring Julie Walters, Liza Minnelli and Shelley Winters.

Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and the James Grant Group, Stepping Out is directed by Maria Friedman, designed by Robert Jones and choreographed by Tim Jackson, with lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Gregory Clarke and orchestrations by Christopher Walker.

Read more about Stepping Out.

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London Theatre Consortium Announces Fourth Year of Pioneering Apprenticeships

Lyric Hammersmith

Theatre news

THE LONDON Theatre Consortium (LTC) has announced plans for a fourth year of its pioneering apprenticeship programme offering up to a further 12 apprenticeships across the group for 2017.

In a new development the LTC will work with the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries to offer the apprenticeship qualifications and will pilot a new apprenticeship training hub at the Lyric Hammersmith.

This announcement comes as the consortium publishes a new report on the programme’s first three years which sets out how an investment of £800,000 has created 56 entry level apprenticeships into theatre across a broad range of disciplines including Technical Theatre, Costume, Community Arts, Venue Operations, Producing and Administration.

The report shows how apprenticeships can help arts organisations to diversify their workforces and to create new routes into a career in theatre. 62% of apprentices to date have been from non white-British
backgrounds and 27% have a disability, most hidden.

The programme was also effective in reaching people from socio-economic backgrounds that are not currently well represented in theatre staff teams. All apprentices were paid at least the adult National Minimum Wage, regardless of their age, to make sure that no one was barred from taking a role for financial reasons.

As well as college and workplace training towards an accredited qualification, apprentices were given mentoring support, help to plan their careers and next steps and provided with opportunities to build their contacts and networks. Of the 48 individuals, 23 have gone on to further employment in the arts and 11 will shortly complete their Level 2 qualifications.

Apprentices reported that their self-confidence, organisational skills and work readiness improved enormously. Employers reported that managing an apprentice had encouraged them to reconsider their standard working practices to support better inclusivity and access.

The programme has been co-funded by CCSkills’ Creative Employment Programme, AGE, City Bridge Foundation, LTC employers and the LTC itself.

Emma Rees, Director, LTC said: “We worked really hard to find talented young people who we don’t usually hear from when we are recruiting. Almost everyone working in the arts will say at some point that they owe their position to someone who “saw something in them and believed in them”. That’s brilliant if you’re there to be ‘spotted’ but impossible if you’d never find yourself in that position in the first place. We decided we needed to be proactive and to go out and look for talent and potential – and we found it.”

An LTC apprentice said: “I think it’s important to continue schemes like this where it’s completely accessible to people who didn’t go to university, people from different walks of life.”

Sam Maynard, Education Manager, Donmar Warehouse, said: “Working with apprentices makes me question a lot of practice that is taken as read within the organisation, and I think that is a really good thing for the culture of an organisation.”

And Sian Alexander, Executive Director, Lyric Hammersmith, said: “The cultural sector is a real UK success story in terms of growth and economic development and London is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, yet the workforce of the theatre sector is still under-representative of London’s diversity. From the start, we have seen this collaborative programme as an important way to diversify the workforce, to reach and train young people from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the theatre sector. Working together has been key to this.

“I don’t think the London theatres could have embraced apprenticeships on the scale that they have, and with the success they have, if it hadn’t been for that collaborative approach, as part of the London Theatre
Consortium. Although the funding climate makes it harder now, we are committed to continuing to work together to maintain the momentum we have achieved and to create open and accessible opportunities for talented young people from all backgrounds in our theatres.”

Recruitment for the fourth year of apprenticeships will begin in January 2017, with apprenticeships starting in March2017. More details are available from www.londontheatreconsortium.com/.

Wicked to tour to ten cities in the UK and Ireland from February 2018

Glinda and Elphaba (a previous cast). Photo credit: Matt Crocket.

Theatre news

WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has confirmed that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to the UK and Ireland in 2018, revisiting the following ten cities:

Bristol Hippodrome – from Tuesday, February 5 to Saturday, March 3, 2018. Tickets on sale from Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders January 25, Groups 10+ January 30, 2017).

Liverpool Empire – from Wednesday, March 7 to Saturday, March 31, 2018. Tickets on sale from Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders January 25, Groups 10+ January 30, 2017).

Birmingham Hippodrome – from Wednesday, April 4 to Sunday, April 29, 2018. Tickets on sale Tuesday, March 21 (Friends March 7, Groups 10+ March 14, 2017).

Edinburgh Playhouse – from Tuesday, May 8 to Saturday, June 9, 2018. Tickets on sale from Wednesday, February 8 at 10am (Groups 10+ February 6, 2017).

Leeds Grand Theatre – from Wednesday, June 13 to Saturday, July 7, 2018. Tickets on sale from Friday, February 3 (Friends January 27, Groups 10+ January 30, 2017).

Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre – from Tuesday, July 17 to Sunday, August 26, 2018. Tickets on sale from Friday, June 30 at 10am.

Sunderland Empire – from Tuesday, September 4 to Saturday, September 29, 2018. Tickets on sale from Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders January 25, Groups 10+ January 30, 2017).

Southampton Mayflower Theatre – from Wednesday, October 3 to Saturday, October 27, 2018. Tickets on sale from September 2017.

Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre – from Wednesday, October 31 to Saturday, November 24, 2018. Tickets on sale from Monday, March 27 (Promise members February 27, Groups 10+ March 20, 2017).

Manchester Palace Theatre – from Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019. Tickets on sale from Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders January 25, Groups 10+ January 30, 2017).

Discover more and sign up for priority information at www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/.