Jon Culshaw is playing the role of King Arthur in the all-new production of Monty Python's Spamalot at The Harold Pinter Theatre in London when the new version of the show returns to the West End. Culshaw is sharing the role of King Arthur with Marcus Brigstocke and will be performing alongside Todd Carty and Bonnie Langford. The play runs from 31 July - 9 September with previews from 24 July. Jon is taking on the role of King Arthur from 2 August - 2 September. This version of the play has been created to be more like the original version which was performed by the Cambridge Footlights when the Monty Python team first met.
Full casting has been announced for Soho Cinders, the new musical from Olivier-award winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe which receives its world premiere at Soho Theatre from 8 August to 9 September 2012 (previews from 2 August). Directed by Jonathan Butterell, Soho Cinders promises an "edgy, fun and deliciously naughty" take on the Cinderella fairy tale, featuring lap-dancers, politicians and sex scandals. Thomas Milner, best known for playing Paul Langley in BBC drama Waterloo Road, will star as Robbie, an impoverished student who becomes romantically involved with engaged mayoral candidate James Prince, played, as previously announced, by Michael Xavier. Also joining the cast are Raj Ghatak, who was nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award for his role as Sweetie in Bombay Dreams, Beverley Rudd (Shameless, Into the Woods), Gerard Carey (Masterclass, Spamalot, Torchwood), Amy Lennox (Elle in Legally Blonde on tour), Suzie Chard (Oliver, Scrooge on tour) and Neil McCaul (Guys & Dolls,, Chicago). As previously announced, Olivier-award winning actress Jenna Russell will also star in Soho Cinders, which also features the voice of actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry.
Broadway smash hit musical The Book of Mormon, created by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez, will transfer to the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre from 25 February 2013. Tickets will go on sale 13 September, with press night planned for 'around' 23 March.
Three reality TV stars are to take on the role of ‘Teen Angel’ in the Grease UK Tour this year. Russell Grant, Mary Byrne and Rhydian Roberts will take it in turns to don the famous white suit and croon away to ‘Beauty School Dropout’. Astrologer Russell Grant will perform at Newcastle (9-14 July), Llandudno (6-11 Aug), Dartford (27 Aug-1 Sep), Southsea (1-6 Oct), Manchester (8-13 Oct), Wimbledon (15-20 Oct) and Swansea (5-10 Nov) dates; whilst two X Factor stars will take on the role elsewhere. Mary Byrne will guest star in Newcastle (3-7 July) and Eastbourne (20-25 Aug), and blonde baritone Rhydian Roberts will play in Southend (30 Jul-4 Aug) and Bournemouth (13-18 Aug).
Steven Luke Walker's musical adaptation of Louisa-May Alcott's Little Women, in aid of the Gingerbread charity (supports single parent families) at the Playhouse Theatre for one day only, on Sunday 24th June at 7.30pm. This concert version will feature many West End stars: Gina Beck, Helena Blackman, Norman Bowman, Daniel Boys, Nikki Davis-Jones, Sarah Lark, Shona Lindsay, Jon Robyns, Lisa-Anne Wood. Samantha Barks will make a guest performance, and the ensemble comprises some talent from Guildford School of Acting. The event is directed by Nicola Samer, hosted by theatre critic and journalist Mark Shenton. Musical Director is Niall Bailey and Producer Paul Taylor- Mills.
A new site-specific production of Boy George’s 2002 musical Taboo will be staged later this year at the recently opened Brixton Club House. Running from 7 September to 23 December 2012, the revival will be helmed by the show’s co-creator and original director, Whatsonstage.com Award-winner Christopher Renshaw. According to press material, it is also “actively supported” by other members of the original creative team including book writer Mark Davies Markham, casting director Anne Vosser and Boy George himself.
THE LANDOR THEATRE BRINGS ANOTHER EUROPEAN PREMIERE TO LONDON
The Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) 2007 Broadway hit opens on 27th July and runs until the 1st September.