Andy Nyman and Jenna Russell Join Imelda Staunton in the New Production of the Iconic Musical, Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly

Today Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced that Andy Nyman and Jenna Russell are to join the cast of Hello, Dolly! as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to the Adelphi Theatre this summer. This brand new production is headlined by Imelda Staunton, as she reunites with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020).

Andy Nyman – who will play Horace Vandergelder – is a multi-award winning actor, writer and director. Most recently he won unanimous acclaim for his memorable portrayal of Tevye in the celebrated production of Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and its subsequent transfer to the Playhouse Theatre.

Nyman’s acting credits include the Royal Court production of Hangmen and the West End hit Ghost Stories, which he also created and starred in the film adaptation. His various TV roles include Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders and he has frequently collaborated with illusionist Derren Brown, co-writing and co-directing four of his stage shows.

Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell will play Irene Molloy. Jenna recently starred in the UK premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2006 for her performance in Sunday In The Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory (a performance she later reprised on Broadway) and was nominated for her work in the Menier’s 2012 revival of Merrily We Roll Along. She also appeared in the acclaimed, London premiere production of Fun Home the Young Vic.

Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Imelda Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman’s timeless score includes ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’, ‘Ribbons Down My Back’, ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, ‘Elegance’, ‘It Only Takes a Moment’ and of course, ‘Hello, Dolly!’.

Imelda Staunton and Dominic Cooke most recently worked together to spectacular effect with the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Now Hello, Dolly! reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical.

Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.

Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date.

Nottingham Playhouse has announced its spring 2020 season


Nottingham Playhouse has announced its spring 2020 season, which includes musical legends, TV stars, gripping new writing, hilarious comedies and a brand-new musical.

New announcements include:
·      TV and theatre star Jenna Russell to bring a musical legend to life in Piaf
·      New play First Touch to tackle the footballing world’s child sex abuse scandal
·      Hilarious, quick-witted comedy Moonlight and Magnolias
·      Tickets now on sale for performances of Oliver Twist – the latest tour from the Ramps on the Moon consortium
·      The creation of new West End musical Identical – based on novel The Parent Trap.

Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell (EastEnders and Sunday in the Park with George) will be taking to the stage in Piaf in May 2020. She will bring to life the sensational, world-renowned Edith Piaf, whose most famous songs include La Vie en Rose and Je Ne Regrette Rien. Pam Gems’ play explores the extraordinary life led by Piaf – from singing in the streets to becoming one of France’s biggest international stars.

Piaf is a co-production with Leeds Playhouse and will be directed by Adam Penford (An Enemy of the PeopleThe Madness of George III). Nottingham Playhouse will also transform its auditorium into a Parisian bar, with the opportunity to book cabaret-style seating for performances.

Adam Penford, Artistic Director for Nottingham playhouse, said: “Nottingham Playhouse produced Piaf in the 1980s and I’m thrilled to bringing this lively play back to the theatre. It takes a real star to capture the legend that is Edith Piaf and Jenna Russell is one the UK theatre’s most beguiling actor-singers. She has a unique talent for bringing fragility, spirit and charisma to every role she tackles. Nottingham’s in for a magical night at the theatre.”

In February there will be also be a new production of farcical comedy Moonlight and Magnolias.  When the producer of Gone With The Wind scrapped the script three weeks into filming, he tasked a new director and screenwriter to create a new one.  Hilariously they only had five days to achieve cinematic magic, and this play speculates what happened behind the locked doors of an office with just peanuts and bananas for food.

The play will be directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (director of Groan Ups in the West End, a new play by the award-winning team behind The Play That Goes Wrong), who previously worked on Nottingham Playhouse’s Shebeen as dramaturg.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, commented: “Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, said: “With this season we’re proud to showcase the range of fascinating stories that we will bring to life here in Nottingham – from showcasing major new talent to reviving absolute classics.”

After previously announcing it had commissioned new writing from stage and screenwriter Nathaniel Price (Noughts and Crosses, BBC and Tin Star, Sky) Nottingham Playhouse can now confirm First Touch will make its stage debut in June.

It’s 1980 and Clayton James, a 17 year-old Nottingham lad, seems to have the world at his feet after being offered a professional contract at a First Division football club. During an era of racism, hooliganism and Thatcher’s administration, his dual-heritage family are facing an uncertain future and Clayton’s success may hold some relief. However, when his former coach suddenly re-enters his life, Clayton is forced to confront a past he had try to bury.

The summer will also see the world premiere of a ‘twinsational’ new musical, destined for London’s West End. Identical will be co-produced between Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd (producer of the global phenomenon, Six) and directed by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Sir Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables and Cats).

The summer will also see the world premiere of a ‘Twin-sational’ new musical, destined for London’s West End.

Identical will be co-produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd (producer of the ‘Goes Wrong‘ shows and the new musical phenomenon SIX) and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning Sir Trevor Nunn (responsible for some of the greatest hits in the world, including Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard).

Identical is based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kastner, which inspired Disney films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998. It tells the story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp 10 years later. In an attempt to re-join their divorced parents, they decide to exchange identities.

Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, (the multi award-winning writers of the Olivier award-winning National Theatre hit Honk!, who also created a new score for the international smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins) with a book by Stuart Paterson.

Producer Kenny Wax says: “It’s a wildly ambitious project which will stand or fall on whether we can cast identical twins who the audience cannot tell apart. Without that, there will be no show. So our challenge over the next nine months is to scour the country and leave no stone unturned until we find our Lottie and Lisa.”

Auditions for identical twins will take place in London on Saturday 5 October and in Nottingham on Saturday 26 October. All audition enquiries should be sent to Jo Hawes

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice will also be brought bang-up-to-date in the first ever co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts. The play – directed by Martin Berry – will be transported to the modern-day Goose Fair, delivering a tale of greed, poverty and personal vendetta with no-nonsense Nottingham spirit.
In April, Nottingham Playhouse will welcome a new adaptation of Oliver Twist, as part of the Ramps on the Moon consortium. The play, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, will be brought to life with creative sign language, audio description and captioning – placing D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the heart of the project.

Ramps on the Moon is a consortium of seven major UK theatres plus partner company Graeae. Each year, one of the organisations creates a new large-scale production which champions diversity both on and off stage, most recently Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Our Country’s Good in March 2018. 2020 is the turn of Leeds Playhouse and Oliver Twist will be adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery and directed by Amy Leach.

Director Amy Leach, said: “Oliver Twist will give an integrated ensemble cast of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled actors the opportunity to play a brilliantly varied range of characters and showcase a wide range of talents.”

Tickets for Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning Private Peaceful are also on sale, with performances running from March. The new adaptation by Simon Reade, which has been written for an ensemble of actors, follows the Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, after they both fall for the same girl just as the Great War begins. The production will be directed by Anna Ledwich (Kiss Me, Trafalgar Studios and No One Will Tell Me How to Start A Revolution, Hampstead Theatre).

It has now been announced that Private Peaceful will travel to Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre for performances between Tuesday 21– Saturday 25 April, and Plymouth’s Theatre Royal 28 April – 2 May.

Arriving in Nottingham in March is Poet in da Corner by Debris Stevenson – one of Nottingham Playhouse’s former associate artists. It tells the story of how a young girl’s life is changed after she is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking album Boy in da Corner. This dynamic production combines music, dance, spoken word – and features grime MC Jammz and SS Vyper. Poet in da Corner will be directed by Ola Ince, is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and the Royal Court Theatre, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, in association with Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Curve.
Continuing Nottingham Playhouse’s link to emerging artists, Amplify Festival will take February by storm – with a line-up of fresh new work from some of the region’s most exciting new artists. The festival is produced by Amplify – Nottingham Playhouse’s Artist Development Programme, and will include a programme of workshops led by the industry’s most-prominent practitioners.
Holes will also return to Nottingham Playhouse in February. Based on the award-winning novel and the Hollywood blockbuster, the production was hailed as “a fast-paced and inventive family show” by The Stage when it was first produced by the Playhouse back in spring 2018. It now returns as part of a UK tour that will tell the story of Stanley Yelnats, who is cursed with bad luck and sent to a labour camp for a crime he didn’t commit.

A new term of Nottingham Playhouse’s Classes and Courses will start after a successful debut this year. Eleven classes, led by industry professionals, will take place between February and April. The quirky and unique sessions range from song writing, stage fighting, prosthetic makeup and ballroom music.
Nottingham Playhouse Spring 2020 shows will go on sale to Playhouse Pass members
 < Monday 23 September 2019, following a launch event held in the Playhouse’s auditorium. Tickets will go on general sale from Monday 7 October 2019.

To book tickets visit <, or call the box office on 0115 941 9419.

Daniel Evans hosts… A Charity Concert at Chichester Festival Theatre

Daniel Evans Photo Credit: Seamus Ryan
Daniel Evans Photo Credit: Seamus Ryan

Daniel Evans Photo Credit: Seamus Ryan

Artistic Director Daniel Evans will host an evening of music and song at Chichester Festival Theatre on Sunday 27 October, joined by some special friends and West End stars – including Amara Okereke, Jenna Russell, Giles Terera and Rebecca Trehearn – and members of Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Giles Terera won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in the original London cast of Hamilton; his many other musical credits include Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

Rebecca Trehearn’s many West End appearances include Show Boat (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), City of Angels and Ghost; she’s also frequently a guest on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

Jenna Russell starred opposite Daniel Evans in Sunday in the Park with George in London and on Broadway, for which they both won Olivier Awards and were nominated for Tonys. They will sing a duet from the show in the Chichester concert. Jenna’s many other musical credits include Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along, Fun Home and most recently The Bridges of Madison CountyDaniel’s acting credits also include Candide (National Theatre) and Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award, Donmar Warehouse).

Amara Okereke returns to Chichester where she played Laurey in Oklahoma! earlier in Festival 2019; she won The Stage Debut Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Cosette in Les Misérables.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre members will also take part in the concert.

All proceeds from this unique evening will fund CFT’s Young Carers Days this Christmas and other work with vulnerable people in the community. With the majority of young carers taking on caring duties every day and almost half of them also getting up during the night, young carers are far more likely than their peers to miss school and suffer from social isolation and mental health pressures. CFT’s Young Carers Days offer some welcome respite and an opportunity to have fun with other young people who share similar experiences.

Tickets are £30: to book, visit

or phone the Box Office on 01243 781312.