News round-up: Chicago returns, Stage Awards shortlist

News | 15 Dec 2017

News round-up: Chicago returns, Stage Awards shortlist

In this week's theatre news:

Chicago (pictured) is returning to the West End next year. The hit Kander and Ebb musical finished its long run at the Cambridge Theatre over five years ago but will return at the Phoenix following a UK and international tour. It opens in March, with casting still to be announced.

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Nominations have been announced for The Stage Awards 2018, which feature categories including Producer of the Year and awards for Innovation and Sustainability. This year's London Theatre of the Year nominees are the Almeida, National and Barbican. Read the full list here.

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David Hare's The Moderate Soprano, about the foundation of Glyndebourne opera festival, will transfer to the West End next year. The play, which premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015, stars Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, who will reprise their roles, and is directed by Jeremy Herrin. It opens at the Duke of York's Theatre in April.

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Casting has been announced for Eugenius, a new musical by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins. The show, which opens at The Other Palace next month, will feature Liam Fforde and Laura Baldwin, alongside Daniel Buckley, Ian Hughes, Scott Paige, Cameron Blakely, Shaun Dalton, Melissa James, Alexander Evans and Alison Arnopp.

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The Royal Court has cancelled the forthcoming run of Andrea Dunbar's play Rita Sue and Bob Too. A statement from the venue and co-producer Out of Joint said the run was "highly conflictual" considering the play's themes of "grooming and abuses of power on young women". Read it in full here.

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