Touring news - July 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 25th June, 2017

And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet – tour starts 2 July

The story of And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet is inspired by the 1984 Kerry Babies scandal.

Written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke, the play garnered a host of five-star reviews during its original production last year and its revival this year at VAULT Festival and Henley Arts Festival.

The director is Colin Watkeys.

And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet visits White Bear Theatre London, Underground at The Old Clubhouse Buxton, 53two Theatre Manchester, The Tea Pot Great Yorkshire Fringe and Ventnor Isle of Wight Trinity Theatre.

Miss Saigon – tour starts 3 July

The celebrated musical Miss Saigon tours the UK and Ireland with Red Concepcion as The Engineer, Sooha Kim as Kim (at certain performances Kim will be played by Joreen Bautista) and Ashley Gilmour as Chris.

Zoë Doano will play Ellen and Gerald Santos Thuy. Also in the cast are David Allwood, Randy Chien, Vinny Coyle, Kristine Mae Diaz, Michael James Eborall, Aynrand Ferrer, Seng Henk Goh, Emily Beth Harrington, Jack Heasman, Tom Hier, Barnaby Hughes, Kamm Kunaree, David Kar-Hing Lee, Amanda Lingdren, Ela Lisondra, Winchester Lopez, Christian Rey Marbella, Jay Marsh, Tom Mussell, Thao Nguyen, Saori Oda, YoungJoo Park, Kiel Payton, Katherine Picar, Alistair So, Carl Jae-Suk Sohlberg, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Gavin Tsang, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla.

The musical's story is based on the opera Madam Butterfly; it is set in the last days of the Vietnam War and finds 17-year-old Kim falling in love with American GI Chris only to be separated.

The show opened in London in 1991, running for nearly a decade. It has since been performed in 28 countries, in 15 different languages, winning awards by the score.

Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler.

The show is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt.

Miss Saigon visits Curve Leicester, Birmingham Hippodrome, Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin, Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Manchester Palace Theatre, The Bristol Hippodrome, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Norwich Theatre Royal.

Around The World In 80 Days – tour starts 11 July

Around The World In 80 Days embarks on a major tour which includes a month at London's Cadogan Hall over the summer and the Christmas season at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

The show originated at The New Vic Theatre in 2013 when the production was nominated for the UK Theatre Awards Best New Production. It closes a run there prior to touring.

The ensemble cast of eight play over 125 characters and the touring production reunites original cast members Andrew Pollard as Phileas Fogg, Michael Hugo as Passepartout, Dennis Herdman as Inspector Fix and Pushpinder Chandi as Mr Naidu.

Matthew Ganley plays Colonel Proctor, Simi Egbejumi-David plays Captain Speedy, Joey Parsad plays Miss Singh and Kirsten Forster plays Mrs Aouda.

The adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel is by Laura Eason and it is directed by Theresa Heskins the New Vic Theatre's artistic director. The show has music composed by James Atherton.

Around The World In 80 Days visits Theatre Royal Nottingham, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, New Theatre Cardiff, Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, Playhouse Salisbury, Northcott Theatre Exeter, Rose Theatre Kingston, Warwick Arts Centre, Liverpool Playhouse, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Derby Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Arts Depot North Finchley London and The Lowry Salford Quays.

The Mikado, Iolanthe, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Princess Ida – tour starts 20 July

The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company tour with a number of favourites: The Mikado, Iolanthe, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Princess Ida.

Founder and artistic director of Lyric Opera in Ireland Vivian Coates directs new productions of Princess Ida and The Pirates of Penzance, whilst Michael McCaffery directs a new production of The Mikado. Donald Maxwell directs HMS Pinafore and stars in Princess Ida.

Amongst the casts are Anthony Flaum, Mae Heydorn, Emma Walsh, Natalie Montakhab, Toby Stafford-Allen, Simon Wilding, Richard Gauntlett, James Elliott, Richard Suart, Nicholas Sales, James Cleverton and Gaynor Keeble.

Check web sites for information regarding post–show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances, and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.