Abdul Shayek has been announced as the new artistic director and joint CEO of Tara Arts, the award-winning theatre in Wandsworth which was the first Asian, Black and ethnically diverse led theatre company in the UK.
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There was a blow to any producers planning socially distanced indoor performances from 1 August 2020 when prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the easing of restrictions on theatre and music venues, amongst others, had been delayed to 15 August.
Co-producers the Really Useful Group have confirmed to The Stage that the original production of The Phantom of the Opera will be back.
The next full, live version of the VAULT Festival will be postponed until 2022. In consideration of the significant financial and safety risks brought about by Covid-19 and that each festival takes ten months to create, the organisers believe the “difficult but necessary decision” is in the best interests of its artists, staff, and collaborators.
In a candid self-penned article in the Evening Standard, producer Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that he and Andrew Lloyd Webber have been forced to “sadly permanently shut down” the iconic West End production of The Phantom of the Opera as a consequence of the Coronavirus crisis.
Acting for Others has announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been appointed vice president of the theatrical charity.
SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, which announced last month it would begin socially distanced indoor performances at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from 25 August until 27 September 2020, will begin using a new accurate Covid-19 test on cast, musicians, crew and theatre staff on a daily basis during rehearsals and the run of the show.
Casting has been announced for the concert staging of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which sold more than a third of all available seats in the first 48 hours. The productions runs for six weeks from 14 August until 27 September 2020. As capacity for the 1,256 seat venue has been reduced …
Gamepath – a brand new company dedicated to developing and staging large-scale experiential and live gameplay productions, in partnership with leading global entertainment brands – has been launched in the UK, under the umbrella of H & R Entertainment, parent company of the Selladoor Worldwide theatrical production company.
Due to delays resulting from the global impact of Covid-19, Moulin Rouge! The Musical will now begin performances at London’s Piccadilly Theatre, London in the autumn of 2021.
Following the success of The Old Vic’s socially distanced In Camera production of Lungs, featuring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, Andrew Scott will star in new Stephen Beresford play Three Kings, streamed live from the venue’s empty auditorium.
Artistic director Paul Hart and the team at Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre have announced a summer season of work outdoors.
The Stage Debut Awards will return on 27 September 2020 as a virtual ceremony.
A brand new socially distanced open-air production of Fanny And Stella, a musical with book and lyrics by Glenn Chandler, the creator of Taggart, and music by Charles Miller, is to be staged as the premiere production at The Garden Theatre in the newly refurbished beer garden of The Eagle in Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London from 3-25 August 2020.
One of the first outdoor theatre seasons to be announced as lockdown eases, The New Normal will take place at The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building in Wandsworth, London from 3-31 August 2020.
Stephen Tompkinson (Frank) and Jessica Johnson (Rita) will star in the 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall from 18-29 August 2020, directed by Max Roberts.
Following on from the news that open air venue productions could go ahead earlier this month, culture secretary Oliver Dowden and prime minister Boris Johnson have announced plans for a limited return of indoor socially-distanced theatre productions from 1 August 2020 subject to the success of previously planned pilot performances.
Casting has been announced for the West End production of Disney’s Frozen, now opening at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 April 2021, with previews from 2 April, due to the ongoing impact throughout the theatre industry of Covid-19.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will be the first London theatre to welcome back audiences with a special concert staging of their production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, running for six weeks from 14 August until 27 September 2020.
The drive-in tour of the hit musical Six, due to be performed across the UK in August and September 2020, has been cancelled due to concerns about local lockdowns.