Touring news - January 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 31st December, 2016

La Cage, Gaslight, Play That Goes Wrong, Judgement In Stone

La Cage Aux Folles - tour starts 5 January

2017 sees the first ever UK tour of much loved musical La Cage Aux Folles, written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, based on the French play by Jean Poiret and film of the same name.

It is a multi-award-winning musical, the score of which features the iconic song "I Am What I Am".

The production is to star John Partridge as Albin, Adrian Zmed as Georges and Marti Webb as Jacqueline.

Partridge’s stage credits include A Chorus Line, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago in the West End. Zmed, whose credits include Grease, Falsettos and Blood Brothers on Broadway, will be making his UK stage debut.

Webb enjoyed huge success with Tell Me on a Sunday and its hit song "Take That Look off Your Face". Her extensive career includes lead roles in Evita, Blood Brothers, Oliver, Oklahoma, 42nd Street and Half-a-Sixpence. Amongst her other hits are "Always There", the theme from BBC TV's Howard's Way.

Dougie Carter has the role of Jean-Michele and Samson Ajewole plays Jacob. Also in the cast are Su Douglas, Alexandra Robinson, Paul F Monaghan, Jon De Ville and Les Cagelles who are Jordan Livesey, Matthew Ives, Louie-George Daniels, Liam Paul Jennings, Micah Holmes and Richard Leavey. Completing the cast are Luke Byrne, Jane Quinn, and Rachel Cumino.

Martin Connor directs, the choreographer is Bill Deamer and the musical director is Mark Crossland.

La Cage Aux Folles opens at New Oxford Theatre then tours.

Gaslight – tour starts 6 January

Patrick Hamilton's thriller Gaslight tours shortly with Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham, the part played by Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1944 film adaptation. Hamilton's story Rope was also made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Tointon's stage credits include Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion whilst television credits include Strictly Come Dancing and Mr Selfridge.

Rupert Young plays Jack Mannigham; his stage credits include High Society at the Old Vic and While The Sun Shines at Bath Theatre Royal. On television, his roles include Sir Leon in Merlin.

Detective Rough is played by Keith Allen. His stage credits include The Homecoming, Smack Family Robinson, Comedians and Treasure Island. Allen also has extensive television and film credits.

The director is Anthony Banks.

Gaslight opens at Birmingham New Alexandra then visits Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Grand Opera House York, Theatre Royal Brighton, Arts Theatre Cambridge, Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, Richmond Theatre Richmond and New Theatre Cardiff.

The Play That Goes Wrong - tour starts 10 January

Hit play The Play That Goes Wrong is off on tour again to the UK and to Ireland.

This play's gongs include Best New Comedy awards from the Oliviers, Broadway World and Whatsonstage, and the West End run is now in its third year. There are productions across the globe too with the original cast opening at New York's Lyceum Theatre in April.

The highly physical comedy is co-written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. Mark Bell directs and set designs are by Nigel Hook.

The cast features Katie Bernstein, Jason Callender, Edward Howells, Edward Judge, Alastair Kirton, Meg Mortell, Graeme Rooney and Patrick Warner.

Opening at Theatre Royal Bath on 10 January, the production will then visit Newcastle Theatre Royal, Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Colchester The Mercury Theatre, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Theatres, Poole Lighthouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Glasgow Theatre Royal, Milton Keynes Theatre, Leicester Curve, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Cardiff New Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre, Stoke on Trent Regent Theatre, Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre, Llandudno Venue Cymru, Salford Quays The Lowry, Norwich Theatre Royal, Birmingham Rep Theatre, Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Southampton Mayflower, Malvern Theatres, Plymouth Theatre Royal and Canterbury Marlowe Theatre.

A Judgement In Stone - tour starts 11 January

Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone tours in an adaptation by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard.

It stars Andrew Lancel who will be known for Coronation Street and The Bill on the small screen and The Sound of Music, The Damned United and 12 Angry Men on stage.

Alongside Lancel are Sophie Ward whose screen credits include A Dark Adapted Eye, Young Sherlock Holmes and Heartbeat and pop idol and actor Mark Wynter.

Deborah Grant, Shirley Anne Field, Antony Costa and Ben Nealon complete the cast which is directed by Roy Marsden.

A Judgement In Stone starts its tour at Theatre Royal Windsor and then visits Richmond Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, Devonshire Theatre Eastbourne, Hall for Cornwall Truro, Buxton Opera House, Royal & Derngate Northampton, New Theatre Cardiff, Playhouse Theatre Weston Super Mare, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Grand Theatre Leeds, Malvern Theatre Malvern, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells, The Hawth Theatre Crawley, Waterside Theatre Aylesbury, Palace Theatre Southend, Derby Theatre, Theatre Royal Glasgow, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, Harrogate Theatre Harrogate, Regent Theatre Stoke, Milton Keynes Theatre, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Orchard Theatre Dartford. Further dates will be announced.

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