Hello dears! It’s been a busy week for me, running around the West End (or mostly off-West End this time), indulging myself in this business we call show!
I saw the cult classic musical Bat Boy at Southwark Playhouse, the UK premiere of The Boys Upstairs at the UK’s only gay theatre, Above the Stag and Cat, and the play at the new Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham. I enjoyed all of them in different ways.
So what’s been hitting the stage headlines this week? The full cast of the upcoming UK tour of The Producers was announced including Phil Jupitus and David Badella, alongside the already announced Ross Noble and Louis Spence. The show starts its tour at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 6 March before trekking around the UK.
A special concert version of Follies has announced it will play two shows at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 April to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday. The all-star cast includes Christine Baranski, Ruthie Henshall, Anita Dobson, Anita Harris, Roy Hudd and Russell Watson. The show will be directed by Craig Revel Horwood!
Noel Cowards much-loved play Hayfever returns to the West End on 29 April, following a successful UK tour last year. The show was last seen in the West End in 2012 starring Lyndsey Duncan and now it’s back at the Duke of York’s Theatre, starring Felicity Kendall from 29 April until 1 August.
Harvey, staring Maureen Lipman and James Dreyfus has also announced it will play a limited run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 17 March, following a short UK tour. The show tells the story of a man who has a friendship with an invisible rabbit called Harvey.
This week I’m going to check out My Night With Reg, which has transferred to the Apollo Theatre following a sell out season at the Donmar Warehouse. Also, I’m off to see my favourite Witches, Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked the Musical!
I’ll speak to you again next week. Stay #Stagey