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The cast of Witness For The Prosecution and director Lucy Bailey at London County Hall. (Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz)

London Theatre News Today: Tuesday 20 July

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 20 July 2021, Last Updated 20 July 2021

Lizzie Dewar and Annabel Williams join us tonight on Theatre Chat Live

Tune into Theatre Chat Live tonight at 6pm on Official London Theatre’s Instagram channel, where Frankie will be joined by Lizzie Dewar who plays Mummy in popular family show, The Tiger Who Came To Tea and Annabel Williams – who is the Head Vocal Coach on Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor, and I Can See Your Voice.

Frankie will be talking to them about all things theatre, their careers and more stagey fun as well as asking you, what shows you’ve been enjoying recently.

In the meantime, you can check out some of our previous episodes with the cast of Amelie, The Play That Goes Wrong and The Prince Of Egypt.

See you at 6pm!


Casting announced for Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution

Jonathan Firth, Emer McDaid and Joe McNamara Witness for the Prosecution. (Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz)

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions are delighted to announce casting for Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution as they look forward to welcoming audiences back to the acclaimed play at London County Hall from 14 September.

Joe McNamara makes his professional stage debut as the accused, Leonard Vole. He will be joined by Emer McDaid (Game of Thrones, HBO; Soft Border Patrol, BBC) as Romaine, Jonathan Firth (Gaslight, Royal and Derngate; Father Brown, BBC) as Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Teddy Kempner (Caroline or Change; Bitter Wheat, both West End) as Mr Mayhew, Miles Richardson (The Crown, BBC; King Charles III, West End/Broadway) as Mr Myers and Martin Turner (The Son, Kiln Theatre/ West End; The Plague, Arcola Theatre) as Mr Justice Wainwright.

The cast of Witness for the Prosecution and director Lucy Bailey at London County Hall. (Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz)

The rest of the new cast includes Christopher Dickins (War Horse; The Phantom of the Opera, both West End), Nicholas Fretwell (Love from A Stranger, Royal & Derngate/UK tour) who makes his West End debut, Yvonne Gidden (Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, West End; Coronation Street, ITV), Sam Graham (Peterloo, Film4; The Country Wife, Southwark Playhouse), Eliot Giuralarocca (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, West End; The Tempest, UK Tour), Ellie-Rose Mackinlay who also makes her West End stage debut and Elana Martin (Miss Saigon, UK/European Tour; Travesties, West End). More casting is to be announced in due course.

When theatres were closed in March 2020 Witness For The Prosecution had just celebrated its 1000th performance having played to more than 325,000 people over two and a half years.

The twists and turns of the case are played out in a spectacular courtroom setting inside the atmospheric London County Hall as prosecution battles defence and witnesses take the stand to give their shocking testimonies. The production received Best Revival nominations at the 2018 Olivier Awards with Mastercard.

Witness for the Prosecution is now booking for performances from 14 September 2021 – 20 March 2022. Grab your tickets to see this iconic show below.


First look: Rehearsal images of Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey in Constellations

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened at the London Palladium on 12 July to much fanfare and we’ve got a first look at some stunning production images.

Starring Jac Yarrow, Jason Donovan and Alexandra Burke in the leading roles, the multi-award-winning show is one of the West End’s most famous productions and a firm family favourite.

Principle casting announced for Hackney Empire’s 2021 pantomime

Co-directors Tony Whittle and Clive Rowe Hackney Panto 2021. (Photo credit: Perou 10)

For the first time, Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe and Hackney panto veteran Tony Whittle will co-direct and star in Hackney Empire’s 2021 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk which will run from 20 November to 2 January 2022. Both making their 14th pantomime appearance, Grande Dame Clive Rowe will star as Dame Daisy Trott while Tony Whittle will play Councillor Higginbottom.

Full principal casting includes the legendary Kat Bas Simple Simon, Zoe Curlett as Fenella Fleshcreep, Julie Jupp as Fairy Fusia, Ellie Ruiz Rodriguez as Jill Higginbottom, Rochelle Sherona as Jack Trot, Tony Whittle as Councillor Higginbottom and Clive Rowe as Dame Daisy Trott.


Kids Week endorsed by KidRated 

We’re thrilled to announce that Kids Week has been endorsed by KidRated, a place where teenagers and kids review London’s most popular attractions. 

Over the years, KidRated has become experts in knowing what families are looking for when it comes to great days out, specifically in London and their bespoke itineraries are hugely popular with both overseas tourists and the domestic market.  

We’re so pleased that Kids Week has been recognised as one of the top London activities to take part in. The initiative, which offers half-price family theatre tickets for performances throughout August, is a great opportunity to introduce little ones to theatre at an affordable price and to enjoy some world-class theatre during the summer. 

This year, we’ve got lots of exciting shows available in Kids Week including musicals, something for the teenagers and shows for the whole family. Check them out below! 


Sonia Friedman Production’s filmed version of Uncle Vanya wins the Theatre Award at South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Toby Jones, Aimee Lou Wood and Rosalind Eleazar in Uncle Vanya. Photo by Johan Persson.Toby Jones, Aimee Lou Wood and Rosalind Eleazar in Uncle Vanya. Photo by Johan Persson.

At a ceremony today at The Savoy, Sonia Friedman Productions together with Angelica Films received the Theatre Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021, for their film of Sonia Friedman Productions’ critically acclaimed production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a new adaptation by Conor McPherson, directed by Ian Rickson.

Uncle Vanya originally opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 14 January 2020, and was due to complete its sell-out run on 2 May, but was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, closing on 16 March when theatres across the UK were shut down. The production had received Olivier nominations for Toby Jones (Best Actor Award), Ian Rickson (Best Director Award), Bruno Poet (Best Lighting Design Award) and Rae Smith (Best Set Design Award).


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