FALL LONDON PREVIEW: From Lindsay Lohan to Memphis, Here Lies Love, Urinetown, The Scottsboro Boys, City of Angels, Cats and More | Playbill

News FALL LONDON PREVIEW: From Lindsay Lohan to Memphis, Here Lies Love, Urinetown, The Scottsboro Boys, City of Angels, Cats and More
Four major musicals first seen in New York in recent years are headed to London, including British premieres for Memphis and Here Lies Love and West End transfers for productions of The Scottsboro Boys and Urinetown that were previously seen Off-West End.

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan

There's also a transfer for the locally created jukebox musical Sunny Afternoon (devoted to the catalogue of Ray Davies and the Kinks) and West End returns for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and Evita in current touring versions of each. There's also a new production of Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart's 1990 Broadway musical City of Angels, to be staged at the Donmar Warehouse.

On the new musicals front, two films are being adapted for the stage: Made in Dagenham and The Infidel, based on British films that were both first released in 2010.

Made in Dagenham has a book by prolific playwright Richard Bean, whose National Theatre "surprise" summer play Great Britain, based on the phone-hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks that was rehearsed in secret and only announced the day after she was acquitted, also transfers to the West End.

The National Theatre will also offer a new play by David Hare that will be helmed by Rufus Norris, who next year will take over the artistic stewardship of the theatre from Nicholas Hytner, as well as Rona Munro's three-play trilogy The James Plays, co-produced with the National Theatre of Scotland, which transfers after premiering as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Other highlights around town will include the British premiere of David Cromer's Off-Broadway production of Our Town; the stage debut of Lindsay Lohan in a revival of Mamet's Speed-the-Plow; and Henry IV, the second in the Donmar's all-female Shakespeare productions that follows Julius Caesar that was subsequently seen in New York and is again directed by Phyllida Lloyd with Harriet Walter starring. There's also a West End transfer for Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, Kristin Scott Thomas starring in the title role of Electra and the London premiere of Theresa Rebeck's 2011 Broadway entry Seminar. More details of these and others follow….

Brandon Victor Dixon
Brandon Victor Dixon Photo by Carol Rosegg

Memphis, the 2010 Tony-winning Best Musical, will make its London bow at the Shaftesbury Theatre Oct. 9, with Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly (recently in The Bodyguard and The Commitments, respectively in the lead roles of Christopher Ashley's production.

Here Lies Love, the immersively-staged David Byrne/Fatboy Slim musical still running at New York's Public Theater, will be re-staged by its original director Alex Timbers as the opening production at the National's refurbished third theatre, the Dorfman (formerly the Cottesloe), from Sept. 30.

Transferring to the West End after their earlier successful Off-West End bows are Kander and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys, premiered at the Young Vic last October after which it was named Best Musical in the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. It will re-open at the West End's Garrick Theatre Oct. 4, while Urinetown, first seen at the St. James Theatre earlier this year, gets a transfer to Shaftesbury Avenue's Apollo Theatre from Sept. 29.

The Scottsboro Boys is to feature Broadway's Brandon Victor Dixon (recently seen in Motown and also seen in the original Off-Broadway production of The Scottsboro Boys) and original Broadway cast members Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon (both of whom were nominated for the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical) and James T. Lane.

Urinetown is to feature Tony nominee Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger and Marc Elliott reprising their roles as Penelope Pennywise, Office Lockstock and Mr. McQueen, respectively, in Jamie Lloyd's production, with Simon Paisley Day (seen in the 2011 Broadway Private Lives, newly joining the company as Caldwell B. Cladwell. There's also a transfer on the cards for the locally created jukebox musical Sunny Afternoon, first seen at Hamsptead Theatre in May and now moving to the Harold Pinter from Oct. 4, with a cast led by John Dagleish as Ray Davies, the iconic British singer/songwriter. There are West End returns for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita (to the Dominion for a run of just 55 performances from Sept. 22, starring Madelena Alberto in the title role and Marti Pellow as Che) and Cats (to the London Palladium for a 12-week season from Dec. 6, for the first time since the original production closed at the New London Theatre in 2002).

Samantha Barks
Samantha Barks

Lloyd Webber also, inevitably, makes an appearance in Forbidden Broadway, a new edition of which transfers from its summer season at the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Vaudeville (from Sept. 9), with former New York cast member Christina Bianco (best known for her YouTube videos) newly joining Anna-Jane Casey, Damian Humbley and Ben Lewis.

The Menier Chocolate Factory, meanwhile, has lined up a new production of Sondheim's Assassins as its next big musical from Nov. 21. It will be directed by Jamie Lloyd (currently represented in London by his productions of Richard III, The Commitments and the above-mentioned transfer of Urinetown).

The Donmar Warehouse, which re-opened in its current guise as a producing theatre when Sam Mendes directed the British premiere of Assassins there in 1992, is to revive City of Angels, with artistic director Josie Rourke directing a cast that includes Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig and Samantha Barks (Eponine in the film version of "Les Miserables") from Dec. 5.

Rising film star Gemma Arterton is to lead the cast of the stage musical version of Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi from Oct. 9, based on the 2010 film of the same name and features a book by playwright Richard Bean, music by David Arnold (who has scored five Bond films) and lyrics by Richard Thomas (who wrote the score for Jerry Springer – the Opera). Set in the county of Essex, near London, it revolves around Rita O'Grady, who works at a car factory, and stands up to her employers' attempts to downgrade her pay scale to "unskilled." It will be directed by Rupert Goold.

At East London's Theatre Royal Stratford East, David Baddiel is to adapt his own hit comedy The Infidel as a stage musical, with music by Erran Baron Cohen, beginning performances Oct. 3, with award-winning comedian Kev Orkian starring as Mahmoud Nassir, the everyday Muslim man who discovers he was born Jewish. Elsewhere this fall, Altar Boyz is to receive its U.K. premiere at Greenwich Theatre in a limited run of only 14 performances from Oct. 3; the Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little will return to the St. James Studio for a week only from Oct. 6 with Laura Pitt-Pulford and Simon Bailey, who first performed it there in August; and a new production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd will star David Bedella (Olivier winner for Jerry Springer the Opera) in the title role to inaugurate the brand-new Twickenham Theatre in south-west London from Sept. 10 .

White Christmas, the stage version of the 1954 Irving Berlin film of the same name, is to receive its West End debut at the Dominion Theatre from Nov. 8, with a cast that includes Aled Jones and Tom Chambers.

Director David Cromer in <i>Our Town</i>
Director David Cromer in Our Town Photo by Carol Rosegg

As ever, the play's the thing at the National Theatre, where fall highlights include Ballyturk, a new play by Enda Walsh starring Cillian Murphy transferring from a season in Ireland to the Lyttelton from Sept. 11. Also transferring to the National is The James Plays for a run in the Olivier Theater from Sept. 10. Rona Munro's trilogy of plays brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the 15th-century; it recently premiered at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

The National will also present the world premieres of David Hare's Behind the Beautiful Flowers, based on the book by Katherine Boo, that will be directed by Rufus Norris in the Olivier from Nov. 10, and 3 Winters, a play by London-based Croatian-born playwright Tena Štivičić in the Lyttelton from Nov. 26. In addition DV8 Physical Theatre will present their latest show JOHN in the Lyttelton from Oct. 30, described as a new verbatim dance-theatre work in which Lloyd Newson, who conceived and directs the show, interviewed more than 50 men and asked them frank questions about love and sex. This year's family show in the Olivier will be Bryony Lavery's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, from Dec. 3.

Richard Bean's Great Britain, premiered at the National in August, will transfer to the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket from Sept. 9, with Lucy Punch (soon to be seen as Lucinda in the film version of "Into the Woods") starring as an ambitious young newspaper editor of a tabloid newspaper.

At north London's Almeida, David Cromer will reprise the role of the Stage Manager that he originally played Off-Broadway in his own production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town (from Oct. 10), alongside an English company. The Almeida will also premiere Little Revolution, a play inspired by the 2011 London riots, from Sept. 3.

The Almeida's production of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, which imagines a future in which Prince Charles ascends to the throne, will transfer to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre from Sept. 2, and a new West End production of Ayub Khan Din's 1996 comedy East is East will be presented at the Trafalgar Studios from Oct. 4, starring the playwright himself and Jane Horrocks. Also in the West End, the "West Wing" star Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay will join Lindsay Lohan in a new production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow (at the Playhouse from Sept. 24).

Roger Allam
Roger Allam

Hampstead Theatre is to offer the U.K. premiere of Theresa Rebeck's 2011 Broadway play Seminar from Sept. 25, starring Roger Allam (London's original Javert in Les Miserables) as the writer and teacher Leonard who teaches a writing class.

At the Donmar Warehouse, Harriet Walter will play the title role in an all-female Henry IV, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who previously directed the all-feamle Julius Caesar with Walter as Brutus, from Oct. 9.

At the Royal Court, there will be premieres of new plays by Tim Price (The Internet is Serious Business, from Sept. 17), Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley (2071, from Nov. 6) and Jack Thorne (Hope, directed by John Tiffany, from Dec. 2).

Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre will offer a new production of Sam Shepard's True West (from Sept. 4), the British premiere of Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand (from Oct. 9), comedian Mark Thomas in his latest one-man show Cuckooed (from Dec. 1) and a London run for Complicite's Lionboy (from Dec. 17).

The Menier Chocolate Factory is to reprise Becky Mode's Fully Committed, a solo behind-the-scenes confessional about the world of restaurant reservations. First staged in 2004, the new production will star Kevin Bishop (from Sept. 10). BEYOND LONDON
Outside of London, Chichester Festival Theatre is to host a long-awaited revival of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton as Rose and Lara Pulver as her daughter Louise, directed by Jonathan Church, who also directed Staunton in Sweeney Todd at this address in 2011. That production subsequently transferred to the West End.

Heading out on the touring road are productions of Jersey Boys (kicking off Sept. 4 at Manchester's Palace Theatre) and Barnum (starring Brian Conley in the title role with Linzi Hateley, Broadway's original Carrie, as Barnum's wife Chairy, starting at Leicester's Curve Sept. 5).

Please note: This feature is far from comprehensive. It only offers selected highlights of the fall season. As always, stay tuned to Playbill.com for further news from London and the U.K. as it breaks.

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