An assortment of October theatre news

Full casting has been announced for Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s upcoming production of Misfits, an innovative new hybrid of live theatre and digital content, playing 12-22 November 2020. Bookers will purchase a ticket which will allow them the choice of watching the show be performed live onstage in front of a socially
distanced audience or streamed to their homes, right up until the day of the show.

Misfits intertwines four inspirational tales of Essex resilience to make an unmissable world premiere by four of the region’s most exciting playwrights: Anne Odeke, Guleraana Mir, Kenny Emson and Sadie Hasler and will be co-directed by QTH Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul and Emma Baggott. The cast is Anne Odeke, who is also writing part of the piece, Gemma Salter, Mona Goodwin and Thomas Coombes.

Crazy Coqs have announced their December in-person programme, available to book now on the Crazy Coqs website. The line-up includes Bonnie Langford: 50 years on stage, Dillie Keane: Love, politics and other bad ideas, Drag Actually: the Christmas drag rom-com, Miss Hope Spring: Christmas Agogo!, La Voix’s Christmas Cracker, Lou and Rachel’s Christmas Cracker, Gary Williams: A Swingin’ Christmas, Ali & James: An Acoustic Christmas, and Julie Madly Deeply.

Deck the halls with holly and get out those jingle bells as the biggest stars from West End musicals celebrate the festive season in West End Musical Christmas – Live at the Palace Theatre which will play six performances from 17 – 20 December, 2020 at the Palace Theatre.

The line-up so far features some the West End’s biggest stars including: Alice Fearn, Sophie Evans, Ben Forster, Shanay Holmes, Rachel John, Jamie Muscato, Trevor Dion Nicholas, and Layton Williams. The creative team include director Tom Jackson Greaves, choreography from Sha Barclay and music direction by Richard Beadle.

Casting has also been announced for upcoming season of shows at Theatre Royal Windsor.

Iain Glen and Charlotte Emmerson will star in a socially distanced production of Frank Vosper’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Love From A Stranger from 20 to 24 October, alongside Liza Goddard and Ben Nealon.

Jenny Seagrove will take on a lead role in a revival of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, alongside Matthew Cottle, Sara Crowe, Ashley D Gayle, Elizabeth Counsell and Robert Daws. The piece runs from 27 to 31 October.

From 3 to 7 November, Felicity Kendal, Tom Conti, Charlie Stemp, Robert Duncan, Eric Carte and Elizabeth Carter will appear in William Douglas Home’s classic comedy Lloyd George Knew My Father.

Will Young, Andrew Lancel, Isaac Lancel-Watkinson and Beatrice Curnew will finally perform in A Thousand Clowns from 10 to 14 November.

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