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NEWS: Lyric marks Roald Dahl centenary with Fantastic Mr Fox in spring season

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The Lyric Hammersmith’s spring season opens with the new musical version of Fantastic Mr Fox, marking the Roald Dahl centenary. This is followed by premieres for Matthew Whittet’s Australian play Seventeen and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass.






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NEWS: Lillian Hellman’s 1951 Broadway play The Autumn Garden gets UK premiere

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Jermyn Street Theatre presents the UK premiere of The Autumn Garden by acclaimed US playwright, screenwriter and political activist Lillian Hellman. Nominated for the New York Critic’s Circle Award and considered by many as her best work (above the better known Little Foxes and Children’s Hour), the play opened on Broadway in 1951 to critical acclaim. It will run at Jermyn Street from 5 to 29 October 2016.






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NEWS: Two more Matildas & other new cast announced for Roald Dahl hit

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Ahead of celebrations for its fifth birthday in the West End this autumn and Roald Dahl’s centenary on 13 September, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical has announced that Sara Sheen and Abbie Vena will join Zaris-Angel Hator and Clara Read in the title role from 13 September 2016.






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NEWS: Matt Smith, Daisy Lewis, Hugh Bonneville & more celebs announced for NYT’s 60th birthday gala

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Taking to the stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in celebration of National Youth Theatre’s 60th birthday will be former members including: Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve, W1A), Timothy Dalton (James Bond), Jessica Hynes (Twenty Twelve, W1A) and Gina McKee (Our Friends in the North). More names are still to be announced.






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NEWS: Scarlett Strallen stars in She Loves Me revival at Menier

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The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that Scarlett Strallen will return to the Menier Chocolate Factory to lead the company of She Loves Me this Christmas. The production reunites Strallen with director Matthew White, following their previous collaboration at the Menier on Candide. The production opens on 7 December 2016, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 5 March 2017.






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NEWS: Hollywood’s Ed Harris makes West End debut in Buried Child transfer

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The multi award-winning, international star Ed Harris will make his West End debut, reprising his role of Dodge in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer & Obie prize winning play Buried Child, following a critically acclaimed New York run earlier this year. It runs at Trafalgar Studios in London for a strictly limited season from 14 November to 18 February 2017, with press night on 24 November.






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NEWS: Ruth Wilson opens in Hedda in Dec, Elizabeth Debicki joins Red Barn, New NT season

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The National Theatre has announced full dates and further details for its new booking period, running from September 2016 to February 2017. Headline highlights for the period include: dates for Ruth Wilson taking the title role in HEDDA GABLER in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, and The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki joining Mark Strong and Hope Davis in the cast of David Hare’s THE RED BARN, directed by Robert Icke.