News round-up: Chess returns, Ferryman extends

News | 27 Oct 2017

News round-up: Chess returns, Ferryman extends

In this week's theatre news:

Chess is set to return to London next year with a production by English National Opera. The Tim Rice/Abba musical, set amid a chess match during the Cold War, will be directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) and choreographed by Stephen Mear. It runs at the London Coliseum from 26 April to 2 June 2018.

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Jez Butterworth's acclaimed play The Ferryman (pictured) has extended its run at the Gielgud Theatre to 19 May 2018. The production, which is directed by Sam Mendes, originated at the Royal Court and transferred to the Gielgud in June. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale now.

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A revival of Stephen Schwartz's Tony-winning musical Pippin is set to transfer to the Southwark Playhouse next year. Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, the production, which was first seen at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, will run from 23 February to 24 March 2018.

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The Old Vic has announced its 200th anniversary season, which includes new adaptations of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Ingmar Bergman's Fanny & Alexander and Patrick Ness' novel A Monster Calls. Read our full story.

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Meanwhile the Lyric Hammersmith's 2018 season will include an adaptation of Derek Jarman's cult film Jubilee (pictured), starring Toyah Willcox, and a revival of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. Read our full story.

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In the wake of allegations against figures including Harvey Weinstein and Max Stafford-Clark, 19 British theatres including the National, RSC and Royal Court have released a joint statement condemning sexual harassment and abuse of power in the industry. Read it in full here.

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