Are you missing live theatre as much as we are? In the face of the coronavirus crisis, most London and UK theatres remain closed until further notice. Our theatre-loving Mates are still blogging, and we’re doing our best to help keep theatre alive in unprecedented times. If we can help promote your project, give us a shout!
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‘It feels classy’: HOWERD’S END – Golden Goose Theatre ★★★★
30th October 2020Golden Goose Theatre, London – until 31 October 2020 An element of pilgrimage here: new-fledged theatre, new play, worth the long masked train to London and then a bus’ wild wanderings south of the river until I gave up and… .. Read more
NEWS: New Almeida Theatre season offers 3 world premieres including a new play by Lolita Chakrabarti
30th October 2020Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold has announced a socially distanced season of three world premieres for Christmas 2020 and into 2021. Highlights include: Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter – a new production devised by Rebecca Frecknall, Chris Bush and… .. Read more
‘Clever as well as disarming’: FRIGHTENERS – Spontaneous Productions Theatre Company (Online review)
30th October 2020Having had a day to recover (!), I headed back for the second tranche of Frighteners from the Spontaneous Productions Theatre Company, highlighted as part of Scenesaver’s Fright Night programme for Halloween. Apparently, the texts were developed as part of an advanced script writer’s… .. Read more
NEWS: Jersey Boys is set to open London’s new Trafalgar Theatre in April 2021
30th October 2020The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys returns to London’s West End, opening at the new multi-million pound reinstated Trafalgar Theatre, with a new, larger auditorium and stage (formerly known as Trafalgar Studios) on 21 April 2021, following previews… .. Read more
“It’s devastating what has happened to our beautiful business” Wendi Peters on returning to the stage in Going Ape!
30th October 2020Wendi Peters is "so looking forward to being back on stage and in front of a live audience again." As she and the cast of Andrew Corbet Burcher's comedy Going Ape! prepare to bring Biblical hilarity to the Union Theatre the former Coronation… .. Read more
‘Wholly engaging’: PETRICHOR – ThickSkin (Online review) ★★★★
29th October 2020During the period of lockdown and the closure of theatres, artists and companies have been driven to find new ways to reach out to their audiences. Interesting new forms of art have emerged in the drive to connect, create and… .. Read more
NEWS: Southwark Playhouse’s winter season includes new production of Constellations & three musical livestreams
29th October 2020Southwark Playhouse has announced that Nick Payne’s Constellations starring Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo and Oliver Johnstone and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle will be the next show to follow the current run of The Last Five Years and Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist in its new socially distanced auditorium.… .. Read more
REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Great Gatsby at Immersive LDN
29th October 2020We rounded up the reviews for this immersive production based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. The Guardian: ★★★★ “At first its headiness feels nervy and forced, but the audience interaction and unrehearsed intimacies of immersive theatre are ultimately a welcome… .. Read more
‘An engrossing immersive experience’: FLICKER – Colab Tavern, London (review)
28th October 2020COLAB have done it again with Flicker, an engrossing, sometimes unsettling, immersive experience that makes for an evening’s entertainment that feels appropriate for the time of year, and the times we find ourselves living in. We the participants have, we… .. Read more
‘We are transported somewhere far from Covid’: UNCLE VANYA – Harold Pinter Theatre (Screening)
28th October 2020Cut off in its prime in March, Ian Rickson’s Uncle Vanya returns to us from an empty theatre, filmed for cinema release. It begins with very brief shots of the cast arriving in street clothes and masks and putting on… .. Read more