JOANNA KIRKLAND has begun rehearsals for Committee... (A New Musical) which will run at the Donmar Warehouse from 23 June to 12 August. The show will feature music by Tom Deering and lyrics edited by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke from the transcript of the evidence session on Whitehall's relationship with Kids Company. Adam Penford will direct.
SOLOMON ISRAEL has started rehearsing for The Pulverised, which will run at the Arcola from 2 to 27 May and then at York Theatre Royal from 31 May to 10 June. The play by Alexandra Badea arrives in the UK in an English translation following its premier at the Strasbourg National Theatre where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature.
Having just completed three episodes of the BBC's Porridge reboot, CAOLAN BYRNE is now working on all three episodes of The Miniaturist, playing the role of Arnaud. The serial is adapted from the best selling novel by Jessie Burton set in 17th century Amsterdam, and is directed by Guillem Morales for BBC One.
MARCUS GRIFFITHS will appear in The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse between 26 April and 27 May. James Shirley's tragic play will feature Stephen Boxer in the title role and will be directed by Justin Audibert.
Look out for SEAN KINGSLEY playing Alan in the musical film London Road which can be seen on BBC iPlayer at present. The film is based on the National Theatre production which was also directed by Rufus Norris. Playwright Alecky Blythe worked with composer Adam Cork after recording interviews with residents of Ipswich who had been affected by a series of murders in 2006.
We're thrilled that MELISSA ALLAN has been nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role along with the rest of the cast of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour. The National Theatre of Scotland production originally opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 where it won several awards. It went on to tour the UK and run at the National Theatre of Great Britain in 2016.
ADRIAN IRVINE is currently in rehearsals for One Love: The Bob Marley Musical in which he will play the role of Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley. The musical will tell the story of a dramatic period of Bob Marley's life and will bring his catalogue to the stage for the first time. Kwame Kwei-Armah will direct the show which will run at Birmingham Rep from 10 March to 8 April.
JOHN OMOLE will be appearing in #Hashtag Lightie at the Arcola between 31 January and 4 February. Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair and written by Lynette Linton, the play is a heartwarming and hilarious exploration of the conflicting ideas of what it means to be mixed race in Britain today.
LOUISE MARDENBOROUGH is currently in rehearsals for In the Motherhood which will tour for theatre company Outer Circle Arts from 6 to 21 February. The show is directed by Tom Saunders and is a sharply accurate and wickedly funny portrayal of the perils of modern parenting.
Catch PEPTER LUNKUSE in the BBC daytime drama Father Brown on Tuesday 17 January. The episode will air at 2.45pm on BBC One and is called The Tanganyika Green.
Pepter will soon be going on tour with Nell Gwynn, a co-production between Shakespeare's Globe and English Touring Theatre which follows the show's runs at the Globe and in the West End. Pepter will be playing Rose Gwynn in the tour which opens at the Lowry in Salford in February and closes with a two week run at the Globe in May.
COLIN RYAN is currently in rehearsals for Snow in Midsummer which will be playing in the RSC's Swan Theatre from 23 February to 25 March. Justin Audibert is directing Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's contemporary re-imagining of the Classical Chinese drama by Guan Hanquin.