September theatre news, the UK version

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced their Autumn plans and it looks to be a good’un. It includes:
– Sarah Kane’s Crave, directed by Tinuke Craig and starring Erin Doherty and Alfred Enoch, staged in a socially distanced Festival Theatre for 10 performances and live streamed to digital audiences
– for Christmas, a series of festive concerts (including one with Rebeccas Caine and Trehearn), followed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in a new version of Pinocchio by Anna Ledwich, directed by Dale Rooks
Michael Ball, Sheila Hancock and Patricia Routledge in conversation with Edward Seckerson
– cabaret and comedy including Frisky & Mannish, The Black Cat Cabaret, Barely Methodical Troupe, Rich Hall, Suzi Ruffell, Russell Kane and Rosie Jones
– music ranging from a celebration of Sondheim with West End stars, to a song recital by Kate Royal, a new concert from Joe Stilgoe and a portrait of Rachmaninoff with Henry Goodman and Lucy Parham

The full cast and creative team has been announced for the upcoming production of Rent the Musical at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. The company was originally cast back in February but are now finally getting the opportunity to come together for this Covid-safe special revival of the much-loved musical. 

Jocasta Almgill will play Joanne; Blake Patrick Anderson will play Mark; Tom Francis will mark his professional debut as Roger; Ahmed Hamad will play Benny; Dom Hartley-Harris will play Collins; Millie O’Connell will play Maureen; Maiya Quansah-Breed will play Mimi; and Alex Thomas-Smith will play Angel.

Completing the cast in featured ensemble roles are Kayla Carter, Allie Farrell-Daniel, Isaac Hesketh and Bethany Terry. Rent is directed by Luke Sheppard, choreographer is Tom Jackson Greaves, musical supervisor is Katy Richardson, musical director is Chris Poon, set & costume designer is David Woodhead, LX designer is Howard Hudson, and sound designer.

Sheffield Theatre also has live theatre returning this Autumn with their Together Season in the Crucible! The season includes:
-the world premiere of Here’s What She Said to Me by Oladipo Agboluaje and directed by Mojisola Elufowoju
Maxine Peake and Imelda Staunton star in a double bill from Alan Bennett’s acclaimed Talking Heads monologues
– the return of Operation Crucible by Kieran Knowles 
Far Gone, by Bank supported Artist John Rwothomack, – and fun-sized festive treat for the whole family Damian’s Pop-Up Panto! 

If you’re in the Norwich area on the 9th and 10th October, then you can get a load of the concert version of Hair, recently seen at the Turbine, which will be showing as part of the two-week INTERLUDE@UEA festival.

Directed by Arlene Phillips, the show will feature Frances Mayli McCann, Cleve September, Layton Williams, Matt Croke, Jordan Luke Gage, Sophie Isaacs and Jodie Steele. Be sure to wrap up warm though, 90 minutes outside in a tent in October will be a test!


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