Safe is a verbatim play created and directed by Alexis Gregory (I reviewed his work previously in Sex/Crime). Previously performed at the Soho Theatre, this is now reimagined for the digital space.
The S&S Award is turning producer to become S&S Theatre Productions, dedicated to producing radical new musical theatre with partnerships between the UK and the USA.
Artistic director Sean Foley has announced his programme for the 50th anniversary season of Birmingham Repertory Theatre in its current home on Centenary Square.
This weekly column keeps track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, as theatres prepare to re-open from next month onwards. It will be updated weekly until such time as it becomes a reality, and from then on will provide a weekly update to that week’s openings and future ones.
Underbelly Festival is set to return to London this summer with a brand new home in Cavendish Square in the heart of Central London’s Oxford Street District.
After a critically-acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse and a successful worldwide stream via stream.theatre, Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical The Last Five Years will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, running from 17 September to 13 October 2021.
When The Phantom of the Opera was unloaded from the Her Majesty’s Theatre last year, it produced the forlorn sight of the original Phantom chandelier resting on the pavement outside the theatre instead of poised over the proscenium from which it famously comes crashing down over the heads of those seated in the stalls.
On Monday, leaders of three American entertainment unions — SAG-AFRA, Actors’ Equity Association and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 released a joint statement condemning workplace harassment, bullying and violent behaviour.
The shutters of London’s Phoenix Theatre will lift on 22 July 2021 and welcome in audiences to the highly anticipated re-opening of the hit musical Come From Away.
It’s peculiar that disabled arts and artists are yet to make a substantial cross-over, at least in British theatre. Yes, there was one happy incidence of this at the Donmar Warehouse, when gay disabled actor Daniel Monks starred in their production of Teenage Dick in 2019.
Mamma Mia! recently marked its 22nd anniversary in the West End (it premiered at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, subsequently moving twice — first to the Prince of Wales, and then its current home, the Novello).
With the support of a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund, The Mill at Sonning will reopen on 17 May 2021 with a season of comedy, magic, cabarets and plays.
As a whole, R&H Goes Pop is a wonderfully diverse album that shows how the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein can reimagined for a contemporary audience.
As we trail along the roadmap slowly leading us back to theatres, let us not forget the incredible performances that are still coming to our screens, and Disenchanted is one not to be forgotten.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed its 2021 season, including extended runs of Romeo and Juliet (17 June-24 July), directed by Kimberley Sykes, and Carousel (31 July-25 September), directed by Timothy Sheader.
A trio of cast recording reviews covers musicals Amélie The Musical, Cases and After You – each one a winner in its own way.
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Alexandra Burke will return to the West End this summer in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running at the London Palladium from 1 July (gala night is 15 July) to 5 September 2021. Burke joins Jac Yarrow who is back in the title role and Jason Donovan who returns as Pharaoh.
Producers Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills have announced that Heathers the Musical will make its return to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from 21 June 2021 for a strictly limited until 11 September, while simultaneously launching its new touring production from 28 July, opening at Leeds Grand Theatre for three weeks, before heading off across the UK.