This world premiere of Mandela at the Young Vic Theatre, by Laiona Michelle and composers Shaun and Greg Dean Borowsky, acknowledges “proud partnership” with his family, tells the story with impassioned and rightly partisan simplicity. Michael Luwoye is a towering Mandela: idealistic, sorrowful at violence, deploying his familiar humour and unresentful humanity.
Following on from a highly successful YouTube series, this special Soft Sessions concert brings together Grace Mouat, Courtney Stapleton, Jake Halsey-Jones, Martha Kirby, Eloise Davies and Danielle Fiamanya, each putting their own personal spin on songs from popular artists that they personally love, from Beyonce to Luther Vandross.
The idea behind YouTube’s series of Soft Sessions, launched last year, is “it’s time to ask the artist what art they want to create”. All six of the performers in this concert have explored their musical roots in the short videos produced over the last few months.
I have loved both book and film of The Color Purple for as long as I can remember. Alice Walker’s novel of strong black females in an America which sees them as not just second-class citizens, but non-entities, is a seminal text in both feminist and LGBTQIA+ literature.
Following the success of its recent five-star production of Sunset Boulevard – at Home, Curve has announced plans to also stream The Color Purple online between 16 February and 7 March 2021, in association with Birmingham Hippodrome.
Live theatre will return to Leicester as Curve announces plans to reopen to the public from 23 November 2020. The theatre, which was forced to close on 16 March, will open again this autumn for re-imagined, socially distanced concert performances of acclaimed Made at Curve productions, using the building’s unique theatre design.
John Chapman ties up a few loose ends by catching up with short play/film Shielders as part of the Traverse Theatre Festival and the live stream of Stephen Beresford’s play Three Kings, starring Andrew Scott and streamed from The Old Vic.
There is some very promising writing talent on show in the Traverse Festival, and it is done justice both by the standard of performance and production from the venue.
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.
The 2019 winners of The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, were announced in a ceremony which took place at The Brewery, London this weekend.