News: some good-looking non-London shows to consider

‘My hands are shaking you know. I haven’t been so keyed up about anything since I was the Virgin Mary.’

Sheffield Theatres announces their new production of Talent, written by Victoria Wood, at the Crucible Theatre from Wednesday 30 June to Saturday 24 July 2021. Cast in the play are: Richard Cant (The Country Wife), Daniel Crossley (Me and My Girl), Jamie-Rose Monk (Dick Whittington), Jonathon Ojinnaka, (Coronation Street)James Quinn (Democracy) and  Lucie Shorthouse  (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie).

Directing Talent is Paul Foster (Kiss Me, Kate). Originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, Talent tells the story of a young woman with dreams of showbiz glory.

Full casting and streaming dates have been revealed for Chichester Festival Theatre’s eagerly anticipated revival of South Pacific, postponed from last year. Leading the team will be Gina Beck (Matilda, Show Boat, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera) as Nellie, Julian Ovenden (Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, BBC Proms) as Emile, Joanna Ampil (Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) as Bloody Mary, Keir Charles (Quiz, Back To Life) as Luther Billis and Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, The Light in the Piazza) as Cable.

It also includes Iroy Abesamis, Lindsay Atherton, Carl Au, Rosanna Bates, David Birrell, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Taylor Bradshaw, Bobbie Chambers, Charlotte Coggin, Danny Collins, Oliver Edward, Sergio Giacomelli, Shailan Gohil, Adrian Grove, Zack Guest, Cameron Bernard Jones, Amanda Lindgren, Matthew Maddison, Sera Maehara (as Liat), Melissa Nettleford, Rachel Jayne Picar, Kate Playdon, Pierce Rogan, Clancy Ryan, Charlie Waddell and James Wilkinson-Jones, with children’s roles played by Lana Lakha, Kami Lieu, David Ngara O’Dwyer and Alexander Quinlan.

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions are delighted to present COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn, starring Philip Arditti, Haydn Gwynne, and Malcolm Sinclair which will open at Theatre Royal Bath for three weeks from 9 June before touring to Southampton, Malvern, Cambridge, and Kingston-Upon-Thames.

Frayn’s multi award-winning play will be directed by Emma Howlett, with original direction by Polly Findlay who was mid-rehearsals and due to open the production as part of Theatre Royal Bath’s 2020 Autumn Welcome Back Season before being forced to postpone amidst second national lockdown.

Karl Queensborough, who was most recently seen in the title role of the hit musical Hamilton in London’s West End, will play Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first theatre production at HOME’s pop-up Summer outdoor venue, Homeground. Joining him with be Carla Henry in the role of Titania, best known for playing the role of Donna in Queer As FolkHarry Jardine reprises the role of Oberon, Ferdy Roberts plays Puck, Ed Gaughan will play Quince, and the cast is completed with David Judge as Lysander, Misha Duncan-Barry as Helena, and Leah Walker as Hermia.

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