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NEWS: Off West End announces 89 finalists for 2019 Offies awards

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Off West End, the agency supporting the work of independent, alternative and fringe theatres in London, has now announced the 89 finalists for 28 of its Offies awards categories. In 2018, Offies assessors were invited to 400 shows across 80 venues across London, resulting in 430 nominations across 28 Offies categories. The Offies panel of assessors and critics have now …

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THE BEGGAR’S OPERA – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

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London in 1728 was a dark and dangerous place. Highwaymen, hangmen and harlots roamed the streets and life was hard. John Gay’s satirical musical The Beggar’s Opera steps away from the traditional romanticised stories of heroes and villains, unrequited love, choosing instead to tell a tale of rogues and murderers. And a little bit of love, for good measure.

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NEWS: Lazarus turns to musicals with Beggar’s Opera revival, Q&A on 15 Nov

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Lazarus Theatre will make its musical theatre debut in November with an all-new production of John Gay’s bawdy and raucous 1728 musical comedy The Beggar’s Opera. The production, directed and adapted by Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, will feature a new, original score by Chris Drohan. It runs at London’s Jack Studio Theatre from 8 November to 3 December 2016, with a press night on 10 November, and a post-show Q&A hosted by My Theatre Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Tuesday 15 November.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Jack Studio Theatre

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Shakespeare often seems to come in cycles, with several productions of the same play on at once in different venues. At the moment, it’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream though it’s a common summer favourite anyway. With so much competition, individual productions need to distinguish themselves from the rest as well as have a distinctive concept, even if that concept is to stick to tradition.