JOHN OMOLE has joined the cast of Hamlet, directed for the RSC by Simon Godwin and starring Paapa Essiedu. The show opens at the Lowry in Salford on 30 January before touring the UK, doing a four week run at the Hackney Empire and a run at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
SIMON SHACKLETON will soon be on tour with the Original Theatre Company's production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The show opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre at the end of January and tours until 5 May.
SOLOMON ISRAEL is now in rehearsals for The Follies of Mrs Rich and The Duchess of Malfi which form part of the next season in the RSC's Swan Theatre. Directed by Jo Davies and Maria Aberg respectively, both shows open in March next year.
JESSICA BAGLOW has been cast in Jane Eyre and Hamlet at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. Jane Eyre, in which Jessica will play the titular role, will run from 18 January to 10 February and Hamlet, in which she will play Ophelia, will run from 15 February to 10 March.
NICHOLAS GERARD-MARTIN is returning to the cast of Amadeus which will run at the National Theatre from 11 January following a sell out run in 2016 and 2017. Michael Longhurst's acclaimed production will again star Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen.
RANJIT KRISHNAMMA is now in rehearsals for Simple8's production of A Passage to India. The show opens at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on 18 January and then tours before a run at London's Park Theatre from 20 February to 24 March.
JOHN OMOLE is returning to the Arcola to reprise his role in #Hashtag Lightie between 14 November and 2 December following its sell out run earlier this year. 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.
SEAN KINGSLEY will soon reprise the role of Ursus in The Grinning Man following its run at Bristol Old Vic last year. The musical is based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo and can be seen at Trafalgar Studios from 5 December.
COLIN RYAN is currently in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre by Anders Lustgarten which will run at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe from 16 November to 16 December. Directed by Matthew Dunster, the play centres on spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham and the surveillance network he ran from the heart of Elizabeth I's court.
CONNOR HUGHES is now in rehearsals for the European premiere of Little Women, a musical based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott with a score by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland. Connor will play the part of Laurie at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre from 9 November to 9 December.
It has just been announced that MELISSA ALLAN will play Little Fan in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, in a cast that includes Rhys Ifans. Matthew Warchus will direct a new version of the story by Jack Thorne which will run from 20 November to 20 January.
PATRICK ROMER is now in rehearsals for the RSC's Imperium: The Cicero Plays, Mike Poulter's new version of Robert Harris' bestselling Cicero series. The event will be staged as six plays in two performances and will be directed by Gregory Doran. Imperium Part I: Conspirator will run from 16 November to 10 February and Imperium Part II: Dictator will run from 23 November to 10 February.
KIRSTY OSWALD will reprise the role of Rosie in Things I Know to Be True which is going back on tour for Frantic Assembly from 27 September before a run at Lyric Hammersmith from 11 January to 3 February.
Having just shot an episode of the long running series Vera in Newcastle, ADRIAN IRVINE is now in rehearsals for Pride and Prejudice which will run at Nottingham Playhouse from 15 to 30 September and York Theatre Royal from 4 to 14 October. The new comic adaptation by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe will be directed by Susannah Tresilian with original music by Emmy the Great.
GINA ISAAC will play Blanche DuBois in Rapture Theatre's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. The show opens at the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock on 2 September and tours Scotland, closing at the Kings in Edinburgh on 7 October.
PIOTR BAUMANN will soon be appearing in Ragroof Player's production Bridges y Puentes which will appear in Hull, London and Dover through September. The promenade production is about migration and the search for home, using several different languages - spoken, sung, played and danced.
JASPER JACOB is in rehearsals for Dangling at Southwark Playhouse which will run from 7 to 26 August. The contemporary play by Abigail Hood follows two families left dangling after two teenage girls inexplicably disappear.
SOLOMON ISRAEL is currently in rehearsals for Kingdom Come which will run from 7 to 30 September as part of the RSC's Mischief Festival at the Other Place. The piece will be devised in a collaboration between the cast and creators Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard, and will be set in 1640 on the brink of civil war.