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David Mitchell in Upstart Crow; Toby Jones & Richard Armitage in Uncle Vanya

London Theatre News Today: Toby Jones & Richard Armitage in Uncle Vanya, David Mitchell’s West End debut & more…

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 25 September 2019, Last Updated 22 October 2019

There have been a lot of big names bandied about in London theatre news today! Check out our round up of the day’s goings-on here.

Toby Jones and Richard Armitage will star in a new production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in January next year at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Read all about it below.

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A new adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by Conor McPherson will star Toby Jones as Vanya and Richard Armitage as Astrov.

The full casting for Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes was announced today. The production begins touring on 18 November ahead of a Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells.

Most of the original cast will be returning, including Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page. There will be several rising stars performing in the production for the first time, and Matthew Bourne’s original Swan Adam Cooper, who hasn’t danced in a Matthew Bourne production in 20 years.


Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes


David Mitchell will be making his West End debut in a stage version of BBC sitcom Upstart Crow. The TV series has been specially adapted for stage by the show’s writer, Ben Elton. Read more about the news below.

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David Mitchell will make his West End debut next year in a stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC sitcom about William Shakespeare - Upstart Crow.

The casting has been announced for The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at The Bridge Theatre, who began rehearsals this week.

The cast features Laura Elphinstone (Young Marx, Vera) as the White Witch/Mrs Macready, Wil Johnson (Sweat, Waking The Dead) as Aslan/Professor Kirk and Stuart Neal (The Producers, Les Miserables film) as Mr Tumnus.

The cast alson includes Femi Akinfolarin as Peter, Omari Bernard as Maugrim, Shalisa James-Davis as Susan, Keziah Joseph as Lucy, John Leader as Edmund, Dean Nolan as Mr Beaver and Beverly Rudd as Mrs Beaver.


London Theatre News TodayThe cast of The Lion, The Witch And TheWardrobe. Photo by Craig Sugden


We got a sneak peek at the rehearsal shots of The Girl Who Fell. The play, starring Claire Goose (EastEnders), Navin Chowdhry (Doctor Foster), Rosie Day (Outlander) and Will Fletcher, follows a mother’s attempts to understand her teen daughter’s suicide and her tangle in the digital world. 

The Girl Who Fell opens at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 15 October.



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