Curtain Up: News from the last week in theatre, tickets on sale

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Another week has passed and somehow I still haven’t been to the theatre (damn that day job!), but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole heap of theatre news to excite us all. Here are few of my favourite stories
from the past seven days, covering shows including: Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls, Red Velvet, The Caretaker and more…

In what was undoubtedly the biggest news of the last week, we’ve found out who will be joining Glenn Close (pictured) in English National Opera’s Sunset Boulevard. It’s a starry affair with Michael Xavier taking on the role of struggling writer Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as love interest Betty Shaefer and Fred Johanson as the enigmatic Max.

Even more exciting (for us at least) is the news that the lovely Stephen Mear will be choreographing. Stephen is not only one of the very best choreographers working in theatre, but a thoroughly nice bloke to boot so this makes us very happy!

Guys and Dolls is perhaps my all-time favourite musical so news it would be transferring at the end of its current Savoy Theatre run was good to hear. In addition to a version heading out across the UK on tour it will continue to have a West End presence at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road. We loved this production when it originated in Chichester and if you haven’t seen it you really should go check it out now! Casting is yet to be announced but you can find tour and ticket details at www.GuysandDollsTheMusical.co.uk!

Elsewhere the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s season rolls on apace at the Garrick Theatre. Rehearsals are now underway for Red Velvet, a fascinating look at the history of coloured performers in theatre set against a backdrop of revolt in London as the slave trade is abolished. You can see a shot from the rehearsal
rooms above. Adrian Lester revisits
the role of Ira Aldridge that he first performed a few years back at the
Tricycle Theatre.

Over at the venerable Old
Vic
further casting has been announced
for The Caretaker. Harold Pinter’s ground-breaking classic
was announced as part of the season with Timothy
Spall
in the starring role, but now we can confirm he will be joined by Daniel Mays and George MacKay. Daniel is a well-known face for theatre goers but
will soon appear as Private Walker in the new Dads Army movie.

After a one-off performance last year Lee Tannen’s bittersweet tribute to Lucille Ball I Loved Lucy will play a limited run at Jermyn Street Theatre. Sandra Dickinson stars as perhaps the
most iconic female figure in television history. Tannen is played by Matthew Bunn and the whole is presided
over by Jermyn Street’s Artistic Director Anthony
Biggs
. More information and tickets here: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

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Matt has been a theatre fan since childhood, regularly visiting theatres in his native Portsmouth and surrounding areas. He has been reviewing for some time, initially for local press outlets before starting his own site, Sitting in the Cheap Seats, in 2013. These days he can generally be found in the front row of the balcony in a theatre in the Southwest (or on trips to London), quietly thankful he is short enough not to notice the lack of legroom!
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Matt Merritt
Matt has been a theatre fan since childhood, regularly visiting theatres in his native Portsmouth and surrounding areas. He has been reviewing for some time, initially for local press outlets before starting his own site, Sitting in the Cheap Seats, in 2013. These days he can generally be found in the front row of the balcony in a theatre in the Southwest (or on trips to London), quietly thankful he is short enough not to notice the lack of legroom!

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