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  • Toby Jones and Richard Armitage

    The recent West End revival of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, which closed due to the Covid-19 shutdown, has been filmed on stage of the Harold Pinter Theatre with a plan to release this version into cinemas and on television.The new film, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, along with the BBC and Angelica Films, has been conceived as "a sumptuous re-interpretation" of Ian Rickson's stage production, utilising the intimacy of film to deliver something more than the simple filming of a play. Uncle...

  • Rachel John and Rachel Tucker will star in Songs for a New World

    UPDATE: The ensemble cast for Songs for a New World at the London Palladium is completed by Haroun Al Jeddal, Tyler Davis, Sha Dessi, Charlotte Grayson, Daniel Harriot, Ben Joyce, Kaine Lawrence, Monet Marquis, Georgia Mason, Nathania Ong, Laura Raineri and Liv Sherry.Songs for a New World, the Jason Robert Brown song cycle most recently seen in the UK as a live stream in July, will become the first musical to be performed in the West End since it was shuttered for Covid-19. An all-star cast...

  • Photo credit: The Ocean at the End of the Lane cast at the Dorfman Theatre (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane will open in the West End a year later than scheduled. The new play was scheduled to open this fall but will now start performances at the Duke of York's Theatre on 23 October 2021 in a limited run. Based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and the production is directed by Katy Rudd. The play had its world premiere at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre in 2019. The story follows...

  • Southwark Playhouse social distancing illustration

    UPDATE: 2 DecemberIt's a hopeful time in theatre, as indoor venues begin to reopen, outdoor venues welcome back audiences, and a variety of creative solutions bridge the gap between viewers and performers - from the digital streaming of shows to new pop-up venues, installation pieces, and specially designed immersive theatre. West End theatres can reopen in December though, after a national lockdown forced theatres shut for a month.The good news for anyone who has questions or concerns about...

  • Michael Sheen, David Threlfall, and Indira Varma

    The Old Vic announced Faith Healer as the third play in its livestreamed In Camera series. Michael Sheen, David Threlfall, and Indira Varma will star in the Brian Friel play, which will be performed live on the theatre's stage and broadcast to audiences. The production will have five performances from 16-19 September.Sheen stars as Francis Hardy, the titular healer, who travels throughout Wales, Scotland, and Ireland with his wife Grace, played by Varma, and his manager Teddy, played by...

  • Kimberly Walsh and Jay McGuiness in Sleepless: A Musical Romance

    We're now on Stage 4 of the Government's roadmap for the return of the performing arts, meaning theatres can host both outdoor and indoor shows with a limited-capacity audience and strict safety measures. While that affects the financial viability of mounting productions for many venues, there are some now welcoming back audiences - and finding a great balance of reassuring caution when it comes to Covid-19, and creating a great atmosphere for entertainment. Among those reopening are Jesus...

  • The Last Five Years

    UPDATE: ​The Last Five Years has been filmed and will be released worldwide on the platform, stream.theatre. The show will be available to watch for a final time on stream.theatre on selected dates to 14 February. More information can be <a href="https://www.stream.theatre/video-page/TheLastFiveYears-Fri29thJan%28Eve%29/424" target="blank"found here.The Last Five Years is coming back to Southwark Playhouse this fall, and the original company is coming with the production. Molly Lynch and Olli...

  • Emma Thompson and Emilia Clarke

    Lockdown Theatre, in association with The Royal Theatrical Fund, announced its next installment with Noël Coward's Private Lives, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Emilia Clarke, Robert Lindsay, and Emma Thompson in the virtual table read of the classic. Directed by Jonathan Church, the play will be read over Zoom on 13 September at 7pm and will be followed by a live talkback hosted by Paul Jackson. The virtual reading of Private Lives follows the success of Lockdown Theatre's Waiting for Godot,...

  • Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil at the Bridge Theatre

    UPDATE: 2 DecemberWest End theatres are now allowed to reopen from December 2020, after a national lockdown. From 1 August - 4 November, venues were allowed to begin indoor performances, albeit with restrictions like: reduced venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing, online ticket purchasing and e-tickets provided, to reduce contact and help with track and trace; signs to mark where audiences should go, limit mass entry, and space out queues via one-way systems; deep...

  • The Great Gatsby Immersive Theatre

    The social distancing rules, and other Covid-19 safety measures, have challenged theatre artists to find creative solutions for performances that reduce risks for all involved while still keep audiences engaged. That live connection between actor and viewer is such a vital part of why people love this medium, and it's been a thrill to see productions popping up again post-lockdown. Judging by ticket sales, the audience appetite is clearly there, as long as shows feel safe to attend. One strand...

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