A glorious, campy and traditional pantomime conceived and co-directed by Peter Duncan, Jack & the Beanstalk steams into Everyman cinemas/online from 4 December 2020 and Showcase cinemas from 11 December.
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Darkfield Radio is back with a new show, Eternal, this time for one person, in bed. It is just as creepy as the others, using a soundscape through headphones to give you the shivers.
The Half Moon Theatre has been sharing a wide variety of shows for children during theatre lockdown, and in its latest, The House That Jackson Built written and performed by Justin Coe, they retain their high standards.
Filmed inside The Theatre Cafe and out and about, this latest episode of The Theatre Channel’s series of musical theatre showcases features songs from rock musicals.
Currently streaming via The Actors Centre, Shaken is a one-person production by writer/director/performer Mariana Lafón.
Unfamiliar is a sensitive piece of work which explores a facet of queerness and masculinity we do not often see.
An “absurdist adaptation of Kafka” by CVIV Arts, The Hunger Artist opens with three people brightly lit on a stage with wooden flooring. A chalk board detailing “warder” and “day” suggests some form of prison.
A tour de force performance (mark Joseph Potter as one to watch) in a brilliant monologue on an empty stage, you will not want to miss Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist.
More of a dramatic piece than a concert, Ute Lemper (once described as “the new Marlene”) brings back the memory of the progressive woman, “Hollywood icon, chanteuse, soldier”, through song and speech. This is Ute Lemper – Rendezvous With Marlene.
When the writing is tight, fresh and more character driven, Misfits is very much worth a watch.
This 50-minute film of STIGMAcollective’s right left with heels, returning for a second year to the Voilà Europe Festival at The Cockpit, remains a piece of power and intellect on the screen.
Lockdown theatre has offered a lot of inventive ways to deliver performances – Zoom, email, through the post, on WhatsApp, and in the case of You Don’t Know Me, But…, a one-to-one performance delivered over the phone!
You will quickly feel involved, in Viper Squad and have to think on your feet, retain a lot of information and trust your instincts. The Viper Squad relies on you.
Jim Cartwright’s Two is a snapshot of its time and its people, their abject poverty and aspiration to escape clearly underlined.
Richard O’Brien returns like a welcome glass of fine wine to take centre stage in the six-part audio piece, The Barren Author, written by Paul Birch from a treatment by director/producer Barnaby Eaton-Jones.
The world of Little Wars is one where women can make a difference, and bond together, despite their obvious differences.
In the spirit of continued inventiveness under these odd times, spooky drama Stay Safe from New Perspectives takes place entirely over WhatsApp.
A season of new digital performances written and performed by a female-led creative team, Press Play offers bite-sized chances to escape from the worries of the current world situation.
A Broadway musical turned streamed extravaganza, First Date is a co-production from Lambert Jackson and Crazy Coqs and features an awkward encounter between Jewish Aaron (Simon Lipkin) and agnostic Casey (Samantha Barks).
With a startingly original score by Sam MacDonald, clowning, puppetry, and different video and audio effects, a variety of settings and emotions are conjured up Finding Percy Erebus, a depiction of a child’s sense of loss and curiosity.
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