Round-up of news and treats and other interesting things

With Son Of A Preacher Man about to start its epic UK tour at the Churchill Bromley in 10 days or so, here’s a sneak preview of what we can expect from star Diana Vickers.

The Lorax is marching back into the Old Vic this autumn (check out my rhyming review from the previous run) and the cast has now been announed. Simon Paisley Day reprises his role as The Once-ler, and David Ricardo-Pearce will play The Lorax along with puppeteers Laura Caldow and Ben Thompson. The full cast includes Michael Ajao, Joseph Alessi, Josh Baker, Jack Beale, Hannah Fairclough, Owain Gwynn, Wendy Mae Brown, Kirsty Malpass, Kerri Norville, Ellena Vincent and Silas Wyatt-Barke.


Jane is coming back. Following a critically-acclaimed season and UK tour, the adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel returns to the Lyttelton Theatre and a new trailer has just been released. Learn more and book tickets for Jane Eyre here.


Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions have announced casting for their major new production of Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, opening on London’s South Bank this October. Catherine Steadman, best known for her role as Mabel Fox in Downton Abbey and nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Oppenheimer will play the role of Romaine, while rising star Jack McMullen, whose recent work includes hard-hitting TV drama Little Boy Blue, Waterloo Road and Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood, will play Leonard Vole. David Yelland (The Crown, Foyle’s War) will play Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Philip Franks (Art, Noises Off) will play Mr Myers, Patrick Godfrey (Half Life, Mr Turner) will play Sir Justice Wainwright and Roger Ringrose (Broadchurch, Mr Selfridge) will be playing Mr Mayhew. The cast will also include Richard Attlee, Elliot Balchin, Alexandra Guelff, Miranda Horn, Jon House, Jules Melvin, Hywel Simons and Alex Stedman.


And last but by no means least, leading lady and recording artist Madalena Alberto has released ‘Train Tracks’, a new collaboration with songwriter Peter Wickström and producer J Rokka.

Recorded in the mystical town of Glastonbury by J Rokka Music, ‘Train Tracks’ is a story-driven, pop-inspired, love-learning song, that will most definitely stick in your head and you can listen to it on Spotify here.

Regarding this new music release Madalena Alberto says: 

‘I’m very excited to be collaborating with another songwriter! It just shows clearly new avenues that we never thought we could take on our own. And Peter is a very clever and accomplished musician so I learnt a lot from him. It was also a challenge to come up with solutions of how to work together being in different countries, so I can’t wait till we spread the result all over the world.’

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