Why is so much of the focus on young, up-and-coming writers? Happy Warriors is a brand-new play by 91-year-old, journalist-turned-debut playwright JamesHugh Macdonald, based on a real, wartime events involving novelist Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill. The play receives its world premiere at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, where it’s being recorded this Friday for future broadcast. Learn more – and nab £10 tickets to be in the audience for filming!
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PMJ Productions has announced a packed schedule of more than 18 themed, post-show talkbacks to accompany its European premiere of Selina Fillinger’s Faceless this month at London’s Park Theatre. The play is inspired by a true court case about a 19-year-old Denver court case who tried to fly to Syria to join Isis in 2014, and the wide-ranging, related discussions involve experts on faith, radicalisation, social media and cyber-security, as well as events with the production’s charity partner, the NSPCC.
As the great and good of the West End and Broadway were focused on the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend, pioneering Fringe innovators The Pensive Federation gathered more than sixty actors, writers and directors in south London for their launch “inspiration session” as preparations got fully underway for their annual new writing event, The Significant Other Festival, launching next week. Check out our bumper gallery of rehearsal photos below – and then get booking.
Selena Fillinger’s 2017 American play Faceless, inspired by a true court case about a 19-year-old Denver court case who tried to fly to Syria to join Isis in 2014, gets its European premiere this month at London’s Park Theatre, where it has a strictly limited season in Park 90. Gen up below about the production and the real-life story behind it – and then get booking!
We want a fishing boat! We’re dreaming of lazy sunny afternoons on the water after scrolling through the rehearsal room gallery for the upcoming European premiere of Audrey Cefaly’s award-winning American two-hander THE GULF at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre. Have a look – and then get booking!
Ahead of the UK premiere this month at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon catches up with director Jonathan O’Boyle, whose other recent work includes Dear Brutus, Pippin and Hair. Got your tickets yet?
Got your tickets yet for In the Shadow of the Mountain, a new mental health play by Felicity Huxley-Miners? Check out photos of Felicity and her co-star David Shears in rehearsals ahead of next month’s world premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre – and then get booking!
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Saturday 14 April 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is heading back to Cirencester to the new Barn Theatre to chair a post-show Q&A at their hit inaugural – just extended – actor-musician production of The Secret Garden. Got any questions?
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester triumphantly flung open its doors this week with its inaugural production of The Secret Garden. Dominic Shaw’s fresh new actor-musician, folk-influence take on this Tony Award-winning family musical continues until 15 April 2018 at this new theatrical destination in the heart of the Cotswolds. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes – plus new “Come to the Garden” videos.
Got your tickets yet for the European premiere of Audrey Cefaly’s award-winning American two-hander THE GULF at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre. Watch these fantastic videos with stars Anna Acton and Louisa Lytton talking about the “two strong, feisty women” they play – and then get booking!
Before Brief Encounter, there was Still Life. Audiences now have a chance to see Noel Coward’s one-act play, which spawned David Lean’s classic film, as part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s complete cycle of nine short plays, which have not been seen all together in London since their 1936 premiere. Watch our video with Still Life’s new Laura – and then get booking!
How much does new Edwardian spoof comedy Cream Tea and Incest, with its aristo Eddie Spangler and his servant Jeffrey, owe to PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster? Writer and star Benjamin Alborough answers our questions on the script and the 2.5 dimensional set. Have a read – and then get booking for the Edinburgh Fringe hit coming to London’s Hope Theatre next week!
With data thefts and cyber attacks dominating the news headlines, William Stanton’s highly topical new play THE OLD ROOM gets its world premiere at London’s White Bear Theatre, where it runs for a strictly limited season from 24 April to 12 May 2018, with a press night on 26 April. Get booking! Theft of privacy, eavesdropping and cyber attacks. And …
The Rasheeda Speaking cast – three women, one man – are big supporters of Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA 50:50), indeed Elizabeth Berrington is one of the campaign’s co-founders. We love the pics of the company wearing their ERA 50:50 badges with pride – and can’t wait to see how the themes tie in to Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama. Check out rehearsal photos below – and then get booking!
Jermyn Street Theatre is reviving Noël Coward’s complete cycle of one-act plays, Tonight at 8.30, for the first time in London since Coward himself starred in the 1936 West End premiere. How well do you know the plays (beyond just Still Life, which later became immortalised onscreen as Brief Encounter)? Gen up below – and then get booking!
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Tuesday 17 May 2018 at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to comic Katy Brand about making her playwriting debut with 3Women, a comedy (naturally!) about three generations of women and their perspectives on feminism. Got any questions?
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 25 April 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the American playwright Joel Drake Johnson – as well as director and stars – about the UK premiere of his acclaimed play Rasheeda Speaking at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. Got any questions?
Terri Paddock confronted her own squeamishness about needles to research and write this feature about the phenomenon that is Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. As Trainspotting Live officially opens tonight (29 March 2018) for a second, extended London season at The Vaults ahead of a New York transfer, gen up on your cultural history – and then get booking!
Got your tickets yet for the European premiere of Audrey Cefaly’s The Gulf, starring Louisa Lytton and Anna Actor next month at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre? Director Matthew Gould spoke to Love London Love Culture about what attracted him to this moving relationship two-hander and how the company are embracing their inner ‘Bama.
“Dangerous, incredibly current and really provocative.” Watch the brilliant new show trailer below to find out what else stars Elizabeth Berrington and Tanya Moodie and director Jonathan O’Boyle had to say about the upcoming UK premiere of American playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama Rasheeda Speaking. And then get booking!