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LoUis CYfer, Kemah Bob, Courtney Act, Vinegar Stokes, Holly Stars, Anna Phylactic, Monet X Change in Death Drop. Photo by Matt Crockett.

LoUis CYfer, Kemah Bob, Courtney Act, Vinegar Stokes, Holly Stars, Anna Phylactic, Monet X Change in Death Drop. Photo by Matt Crockett.

London Theatre News Today: Thursday 25 March

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood Published 25 March 2021

Death Drop announces new cast members

Following rave reviews in December 2020, the fabulous killer comedy and smash hit sold-out sensation Death Drop is sashaying back into London’s West End and will return to the Garrick Theatre on Wednesday 19 May for an eight week run until Sunday 11 July. Tickets are on sale now.

RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Willam and Latrice Royale will star alongside Britain’s Got Talent 2020 semi-finalist Myra Dubois, along with a full drag cast in this hilarious Dragatha Christie murder mystery – this show is like nothing you’ve seen on the West End stage before!

In what will be their West End debuts, Willam will take on the role of 80s pop sensation Shazza, alongside Latrice Royale as Summer Raines, a glamorous American weather girl living in London and Myra Dubois as The Lady.

Willam said: “I’m excited to be in the West End with my breast friend Latrice Royale in Death Drop, a spec-tacular drag musical murder mystery. No spoilers please (I DID IT).”

Latrice Royale continued: “I cannot WAIT to be making my debut on London’s West End in Death Drop! This is just beyond any dream I could have even conceived of when I was a boy in Compton, California. And to get to come out of an entire year in lockdown and step into such a major production is a very welcome change. It gives me hope that the world is going to get back to “normal” and when I can finally get on a stage again, I’m gonna tear it up! I miss connecting with a live audience so much, and getting to do it with my good Judy, Willam, makes it even more special.”

Myra Dubois added: “Rejoice! I, Myra DuBois (off the telly), am making my long-anticipated West End debut! People forget that as well as a globally revered singer, poet, muse, wellness facilitator, energy worker and empath; I’m also an actress. Award-winning, actually. What an honour it is to be able to swoop in and save this little show. I can’t wait to meet my supporting cast.”

LoUis CYfer, Anna Phylactic and Holly Stars – who all performed in the show last year – will return to reprise their co-starring roles.

RSC launches Interval Drinks, a new podcast

Today the Royal Shakespeare Company announces the Company’s first in-house podcast, Interval Drinks, bringing together members of the RSC’s 2020/21 acting company with inspirational personalities from the Company’s history. The series is supported by Darwin Escapes.

Interval Drinks is an opportunity to learn more about the life of the RSC from those at the heart of the Company. The Podcast offers audiences a rare insight into the professional journeys of these RSC artists, as well as a chance to explore the craft of modern theatre and discuss some of the biggest issues facing the theatre industry today.

The first two episodes of Interval Drinks are available to download now. Episode one features actor and comedian Miles Jupp in conversation with singer/songwriter, Tim Minchin, who this year joins the RSC in celebrating a decade since Matilda the Musical, for which Tim wrote both music and lyrics, opened in the West End. Episode two features Mogali Masuku in conversation with playwright, actor and political activist John Kani, who recently wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed RSC production of Kunene and the King, which premiered at the Swan Theatre before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in London last year. The show’s run was ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series’ guests also include Adjoa Andoh (Netflix’s Bridgerton, RSC’s Troilus and Cressida) Charlotte Arrowsmith (RSC’s As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew), Justin Audibert (RSC’s The Taming of the Shrew 2019/20) Paul Chahidi (BBC’s This Country, Death of Stalin) and Juliet Gilkes Romero (RSC’s The Whip).

Joining Miles and Mogali from the RSC’s 2020/21 acting company are Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Hal Chambers, Greg Haiste, Avita Jay and Bea Webster.

Southwark Playhouse to stream Preludes

Southwark Playhouse announces new live stream show, Dave Malloy’s Preludes – which will be streamed live from The Little on 7 and 8 May 2021, including a fully captioned performance on Saturday 8 May.

Preludes previously ran in The Large in autumn 2019 to critical acclaim. This production is a concert version featuring the same cast. It’s directed by Alex Sutton and produced by Danielle Tarento. The cast is Rebecca Caine, Norton James, Georgia Louise, Tom Noyes, Keith Ramsay and Steven Serlin.

Keith Ramsay and Georgia Lousie in Preludes. Photo by Scott Rylander.

Three-time Tony Award-nominated composer Dave Malloy has written a brand new song, which will receive its world premiere performance in this concert production.

Based on a true story of Rachmaninoff’s sessions of hypnotherapy, Preludes is an extraordinary new musical by three-time Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy. It examines the crippling debilitation and harm the world can do to people, and how the dramatic and musical process can be used as therapy to restore them back into the fullest of creative lives.

You can find out more and book tickets on Southwark Playhouse’s website here.

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