The big discussion in the West End this week is whether Tom Hanks will be treading the boards in the UK next year…
– The Hollywood actor, listed as the highest all time box office star, is currently wowing audiences on Broadway, portraying famed tabloid columnist Mike McAlary in the show Lucky Guy. Acclaimed by critics and theatre-goers alike, the producers of the show are said to be eyeing up a transfer to the West End with the original cast, which includes multiple award winning Hanks. According to theatre critic Baz Bamigboye, the transfer would likely to occur in Spring 2014. Watch this space.
– Show confirmed for a West End Transfer: The Young Vic Theatre production of A Doll’s House is set to transfer to The Duke of Yorks Theatre. The show, starring Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan, will open on 14 Aug 2013, following previews from 8 Aug – running to 26 Oct 2013. The Off West End production had been a success during its short run at the Lambeth based theatre and saw Morahan win the 2012 Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award for her performance as Nora.
– Another Bill Kenwright production is set to tour Britain. The play, titled The Governess and starring Peter Bowles, Jenny Seagrove and Colin Buchanan is set to visit Windsor, Darlington and Richmond before embarking on a nationwide tour when other theatres list their summer season.
– And Finally… In other news, Thriller Live! has become the longest running show at The Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue since it first opened in 1888. The show, which pays homage to Michael Jackson, opened in 2009 and is still taking bookings until March next year.