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London Theatre News Today: Tuesday 26 November

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 26 November 2019, Last Updated 27 November 2019

The full cast for Ben Elton’s stage adaption of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom Upstart Crow was announced today. 

Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 7 February 2020, David Mitchell (playing William Shakespeare) and Gemma Whelan (playing Kate) will be joined on stage by Helen Monks (Raised by Wolves, Inside No. 9) as Susanna, Rob Rouse (Grownups) as Bottom and Steve Speirs (Stella, Rovers) as Burbage. Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner, Spaced) who is will be known by lovers of the TV show as Robert Greene, will play a new character, Dr John Hall and will be joined by Danielle Phillips (Ready Player One, Father Brown), Jason Callender (Shadow and Bone, 4 O’Clock Club) and Rachel Summers (This Islands Mine).

Following the life of William Shakespeare, the 11-week season will be directed by Olivier Award-winning Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, The Miser) and will feature plenty of Shakespeare puns, easter eggs and anachronisms. To find out more about the David Mitchell’s West End debut, read below!

Related Article: David Mitchell to make his West End debut in Upstart Crow
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.

Opera fans, we have an exciting announcement for you! The lineup for the Puccini double-bill, Opera Undone: Tosca & La Bohème was announced today and will be playing at the Trafalagar Studios 2 from 5 February to 7 March 2020.

The talented lineup includes Fiona Finsbury and Honey Rouhani, who will share the roles of Musetta (Melissa) and Tosca, with Robert Barbaro, Philip Lee and Roger Paterson sharing the roles of Cavaradossi, Rodolfo (Rod) and Mimi (Luca) and Michael Georgiou and Hugo Herman Wilson sharing the roles of Scarpia and Marcello (Marcus).

From the producers behind 2017’s Olivier Award-nominated La Bohème, Opera Undone reinvents the rules of opera by introducing the genre to a whole new audience with two sixty-minute shows and sung in English. In this revolutionary and touching production you will experience the two classical tales of love, heartbreak and deception like never before. Perfect for opera newcomers and diehard fans alike, Opera Undone promises to be an unforgettable show. 

Fiona Finsbury, Robert Barbaro, Honey Rouhani and Roger Paterson. Photo by Joseph SinclairFiona Finsbury, Robert Barbaro, Honey Rouhani and Roger Paterson. Photo by Joseph Sinclair


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