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London Theatre News Today: Monday 11 January

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 11 January 2021, Last Updated 12 January 2021

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice announces a one-month delay to it’s online world premiere and releases new video

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The filming of new British musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, and it will now get its world premiere on the streaming platform stream.theatre from Friday 26 February – Sunday 14 March 2021.

Producer James Seabright said: “The birth of this magical new musical has been a five -year journey to date, so a small final delay only heightens the air of suspense! Thankfully we are only having to postpone the streaming schedule by a month and to build excitement, we are today releasing a new video and song, Spellbound, featuring Mary Moore and Yazdan Qafouri.”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost, directed by Charlotte Westenra (The Wicker Husband, Watermill) explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together. This gripping family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew.

Acclaimed musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost have created this gender-swapped twist on the timeless poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony that memorably featured in the Disney film ‘Fantasia’.

Tickets for the first stream will be available at £10, increasing to £15 thereafter. Click here to grab yours now and if you’re looking for more theatre online, don’t forget to check out our calendar here! It covers everything from live streams and world premieres to podcasts and more!

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When Darkness Falls at Park Theatre to be postponed

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021 of a new national lockdown until at least the middle of February, Park Theatre and the producers of the new spine-chilling ghost story, When Darkness Falls, which was due to play a limited season from 24 February to 13 March 2021 at Park Theatre in London, have taken the difficult decision to postpone the run.  The Box Office will be in touch with ticket holders as soon as possible.

Written by James Milton and Paul Morrisey and starring Will Barton and Alex Phelps, When Darkness Falls is a brand new spine-chilling ghost story that delivers a twisted, terrifying and thrilling tale that will haunt you forever. Set on the island of Guernsey, When Darkness Falls tells the story of John Blondel; a history teacher who runs the local Historical Society. Tonight, as part of the weekly Vlog, a young paranormal expert is giving a talk on the island’s incredible folklore and paranormal history. As John films, the stories unfold and we discover what happens when the wind blows, the seas swell and darkness falls.

Mean Girls producer confirms that the musical is still set to transfer to the West End

Three girls wearing pink clothing with the wording above reading Tina Fey's Mean Girls

Lorne Michael, producer of the Mean Girls musical has reassured UK theatre fans that the musical will be transferring to London in the future, issuing a statement as the Broadway production announced its closure.

“Thank you to the brilliant creative team, cast and crew that brought Mean Girls to life from our first reading to final performance,” said Lorne in a statement on Thursday. “We remain excited to bring this musical to the big screen, relaunch the tour and prepare for a London production. I look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when theaters can open their doors again.”

Fey added, “The chance to bring this show to Broadway, with such a talented young ensemble and five astounding female leads, has been a dream come true. And to our fierce and dedicated fans — the limit of our gratitude does not exist.”

The stage production, which features a book by Tina Fey and is based on her screenplay for the 2004 original comedy film version. Following a five-week world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., in 2017, Mean Girls opened on Broadway in April 2018. During its first year, the show played to capacity houses and was still doing well in early March 2020 before the COVID-related shutdowns. Its final performance took place on March 11.

To find out more about the Broadway production, click here! We will be sure to keep you posted as soon as we hear any more!

 

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