‘Harry Potter’ Will Have West Coast Premiere + More Regional Theater News

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You don’t have to be a Broadway baby to scratch your onstage acting itch. In fact, all around—and outside—the country, there are bustling theater communities producing works so vibrant they’d have Edward Albee rolling over in his grave. Want in on the action? You’d be wise to know the ins and outs of industry happenings, and this is a good place to start: From across the pond and back again, here is the week’s biggest regional theater news.

Harry heads west.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which just won the 2018 best new play Tony Award, will head out west—but audiences will have to wait a bit. The two-part epic, written by Jack Thorne, will have its West Coast premiere at San Francisco’s Curran in the fall of 2019. No word yet on specific dates nor casting, however, interested parties should act quickly as tickets are likely already sold out (despite not having gone on sale yet).

“Come From Away” goes afar.
“Come From Away,” the Tony-nominated best musical from 2017, will fittingly fly to a few far away lands later this year. The tuner, which takes place in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, will play the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland beginning Dec. 6, before heading to London’s West End for a run at the Phoenix Theatre starting Jan. 30, 2019. Casts have yet to be announced.

“Woman in Black” reignites a Chicago theater.
After a period of inactivity, Chicago’s Royal George Theatre will come back to life in a most dramatic fashion. “The Woman in Black,” the Susan Hill horror novel adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, will re-open the venue Nov. 18, starring Bradley Armacost and Adam Wesley Brown. The show, which has played for more than three decades in London’s West End, will be staged in Chicago by British director Robert Herford and receive an open-ended run.

“Nine Night” gets a second life.
“Nine Night,” Natasha Gordon’s rapturously received play that ran earlier this year at the National Theatre in London, is getting the West End treatment. The drama, following one family as it prepares for a traditional Jamaican nine-night wake, will play Trafalgar Studios, in a co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions. A limited run is slated for Dec. 1—Feb. 9, 2019. Casting for the piece, directed by Roy Alexander, is to-be-announced.

Peter Dinklage has company.
Before beginning his run in Goodspeed Musicals’ “Cyrano,” Peter Dinklage has found his cast mates. Joining the “Game of Thrones” star, along with previously announced Haley Bennett, will be former “Glee” star Blake Jenner as well as Damon J. Gillespie of NBC’s late musical series “Rise.” The piece, a new musical adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” created by Erica Schmidt and Carin Besser, will run Aug. 3—Sept. 2 at Terris Theatre in Connecticut.

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