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Susan’s performing arts book recommendations

29th May 2017
Take learning how to read play scripts imaginatively and intelligently. Robert Knopf’s Script Analysis for Theatre (Bloomsbury) has masses of advice for theatre students and professionals in the early stages of their careers. Read more...
from Susan Elkin

FROM DOWN UNDER: Hello Dolly!

29th May 2017
Look at the old girl now, fellas. Mrs Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, is back on the Melbourne stage in a glossy, if somewhat scaled down, production of Golden Age classic Hello, Dolly!.Read more...
from Simon Parris

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Enchanted’s Jade Ogugua

29th May 2017
Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Pharmacy Theatre present the London transfer of their debut show – a highly-acclaimed adaptation of death penalty investigator Rene Denfeld’s award-winning novel. The Enchanted highlights issues around capital punishment, child abuse, and the self-perpetuating.Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

JAM – Finborough Theatre

29th May 2017
Before Jam begins, the audience sees history teacher Bella Soroush (Jasmine Hyde) still in her classroom in the early evening, trying to settle down to mark essays but distracted by her uncomfortable shoes and stuff in her bag, and unable to fully relax and.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… director Max Hoehn

28th May 2017
Pop-Up Opera have announced their Summer Season as they continue to challenge the way opera is traditionally performed. This summer, Pop-Up Opera return with a rarely-seen opera from the late eighteenth century, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage).Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

SNAPSHOT – Hope Theatre

28th May 2017
James and Daniel are chalk and cheese, and very much in love. The unemployed photographer and Canary Wharf stockbroker are adorably domestic, but both are hiding secrets. When James’ uni mate and ex-girlfriend Olivia vengefully reveals one of them, this irrevocably opens the floodgates.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

WAR IN AMERICA – Edinburgh

28th May 2017
The Attic Collective’s War in America is passionate, emotional and committed – but not over-earnest, and certainly not polite. The second production by this company for young performers set up by the Festival City Theatres Trust, continues to fulfil the promise shown by their.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin

JULIUS CAESAR – Sheffield

28th May 2017
Robert Hastie's opening salvo as the new Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres might not immediately quicken the pulse as we've hardly been lacking for productions of Julius Caesar. But it is soon apparent that this is a canny director at workRead more...
from Ian Foster

SNAPSHOT – Hope Theatre

28th May 2017
On the face of it, Jamie has it all. A handsome, successful and, let’s make no bones about it, pretty rich boyfriend. A fabulous fag hag and a nice older gentleman friend who shares his love of art and photography. But, this is not.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

An injury in On the Town

28th May 2017
Fred Haig must have thought that this was his year after landing starring roles in two of the big musicals of the summer but during Monday evening’s performance, he sustained an injury to his foot which has now been confirmed as a fracture.Read more...
from Ian Foster

NEWS: Ambassadors Theatre Gets a Double Bill this Summer – Pinocchio and 13 The Musical

28th May 2017
Following their triumphant sold-out gala fundraising concert of The Color Purple last Sunday featuring major stars from shows including Dreamgirls, the British Theatre Academy today announces a double bill of musicals this summer at London’s Ambassadors Theatre.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: West End Stars Perform in Charity Event A Night For Life

28th May 2017
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ashleigh Gray (Wicked The Musical) and Antony Hewitt (Aladdin) will be among the stage and screen stars performing at A Night For Life, an event marking the two-year anniversary of Clíodhna McCorley’s diagnosis with a brain tumour.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: George Sampson Puts on His Sunday Best in Our House Tour

27th May 2017
A full house for OUR HOUSE has been announced, with street dancing sensation George Sampson confirmed to join the UK Tour of the Olivier Award-winning musical.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: Adam Garcia Leads Cast of Kevin Elyot’s Final Play, Twilight Song

27th May 2017
Adam Garcia, Bryony Hannah and Paul Higgins will lead the cast in a new Park200 production of Twilight Song, the final play by Kevin Elyot and set on summer evenings in the 1960s and the present day.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: All Aboard the Ship for The Hunting of the Snark

27th May 2017
RGM productions has announced the full cast for the West End première of The Hunting of the Snark, a brand-new family musical inspired by the creator of Alice in Wonderland’s beloved classic poem.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: After 50 Years, Groomed Makes it to Soho Theatre

27th May 2017
It is unusual for a director to become a performer. Patrick Sandford does so at the age of 65 to perform his solo show GROOMED, a play that was 50 years in the writing. Combining three gripping narratives, a Japanese soldier who refuses to.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: Thirty Three Comes Across from Down Under to Leicester Square Theatre

27th May 2017
Critically acclaimed new Australian play Thirty-Three makes it’s UK debut at the Leicester Square Theatre. Audiences are immersed into the heart of a birthday party that spirals out of control in this intense piece of new writing.Read more...
from Press Releases

Top 5 stars treading the West End boards

27th May 2017
Here’s a guide to some stars who are going to be treading the boards in the West End… Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

NEWS: Birmingham Rep Theatre’s Autumn 2017 Season Boasts Three World Premieres

27th May 2017
Birmingham Repertory Theatre today announces its Autumn and Winter 2017 season offering a rich, varied and entertaining programme to enthral audiences across the city and beyond.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: Josh Roche is Announced as the JMK Award Winner 2017

27th May 2017
The Trustees of the JMK Trust are delighted to announce today that the winner of the 20th anniversary James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award is Josh Roche.Read more...
from Press Releases