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Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art and Ali Milles's The Croft now available to watch online https://www.theatre.london/news/alan-bennetts-the-habit-of-art-and-ali-milless-the-croft-now-available-to-watch-online https://www.theatre.london/news/alan-bennetts-the-habit-of-art-and-ali-milless-the-croft-now-available-to-watch-online Tue, 24 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 In light of the closure of theatres across the UK due to COVID-19, the Original Theatre Company’s productions of Alan Bennett’s THE HABIT OF ART and Ali Milles’s THE CROFT, both of which were touring the UK, will now each have an online launch performance:  THE HABIT OF ART on Thursday 26 March at 8:15pm and THE CROFT on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. The performances are available to pre-order now. The videos will then be available to watch online until 2 June 2020.

The Original Theatre Company operates with no Arts Council support and relies solely on box office takings. With productions of THE HABIT OF ART and THE CROFT both out on national tours, the immediate cancellations are financially devastating. The company is determined, wherever possible, to meet financial commitments made to actors, stage managers and suppliers who are all dependent on the company to survive the coming months. They therefore ask people pay what they can afford but have a suggested minimum donation of £2.50.

Every penny they make through this online release will go to the people who helped make these shows and who now find themselves in a hugely precarious financial position. People in exceptional financial difficulties can access the videos for free by emailing directly the Original Theatre Company.

In addition to the show, there will also be access to a programme and backstage videos as part of the package.

 

THE HABIT OF ART explores friendship, rivalry and heartache, the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.  It is centred on a fictional meeting between poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten.  Bennett wrote it as a play-within-a-play – actors Fitz, Henry, Tim and Donald are rehearsing a play called Caliban's Day under the direction of stage manager, Kay, and in the presence of the playwright, Neil. In Caliban's Day, a fictitious meeting occurs in 1973 in Auden's (Fitz) rooms at Oxford not long before he dies.  Britten (Henry) has been auditioning boys nearby for his opera Death in Venice, and arrives unexpectedly – their first meeting in 25 years after falling out over the failure of their opera Paul Bunyan.

 

THE CROFT is set in the remote Scottish Highlands village of Coillie Ghille, where we encounter three women from different eras whose lives are intertwined by the croft's dark history. In the 1880’s, we have Enid, the last person left in the village - she's resilient, a survivor, who takes in the Laird's pregnant daughter, Eilene. In 2005, Ruth occupies the croft, which she and her husband Tom bought as a holiday home and where Ruth has her affair with local man, David. In the present day, Laura returns with her friend Suzanne to her parent's croft after her mother Ruth's death. They discover the terrifying truth that lurks within the croft. In this bold and haunting play, the present interweaves with the past, as these women search for love in the midst of great danger. As we watch their stories intertwine and ancient tales surface, can the present heal the past?

 

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Line-up announced for first week of Leave A Light On https://www.theatre.london/news/line-up-announced-for-first-week-of-leave-a-light-on https://www.theatre.london/news/line-up-announced-for-first-week-of-leave-a-light-on Fri, 20 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café today announce the line-up for the first week of their Leave A Light On series. The series of intimate, piano vocal concerts streamed live from The Theatre Café will feature performances from Blake Patrick Anderson, Aimie Atkinson, Christopher Cameron, Alice Fearn, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Evelyn Hoskins, David Hunter, Cassidy Janson, Lucie Jones, Bradley Judge and Harry Cooper Miller, Emma Kingston, Sarah O’Connor, Steph Parry, Danielle Steers, and Layton Williams.

 

For a fee of £7.50, significantly less than a ticket to a show, audiences around the country will be able to access a live concert from their favourite West End performer from the best seat in the house - their own home!

 

There will be three concerts a day on weekdays. 

Details of how to stream and further line ups will be coming very shortly

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Important update regarding West End Theatre https://www.theatre.london/news/important-update-regarding-west-end-theatre https://www.theatre.london/news/important-update-regarding-west-end-theatre Wed, 18 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 Following official government advice issued on Monday 16 March, which stipulates that people should avoid public buildings including theatres, SOLT and UK Theatre have advised member venues to close, to help slow the spread of coronavirus. We are currently working with venues to cancel affected bookings. Please bear with us during this unprecedented time – if your booking is affected by cancellations, we will be in touch as quickly as possible.

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Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Cafe announce Leave a Light On https://www.theatre.london/news/lambert-jackson-productions-and-the-theatre-cafe-announce-leave-a-light-on https://www.theatre.london/news/lambert-jackson-productions-and-the-theatre-cafe-announce-leave-a-light-on Tue, 17 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 Leave a Light On will be an extensive series of intimate, piano vocal concerts streamed live from The Theatre Café to audiences for a small affordable fee. The concerts will range from performers with huge, established followings to performers who may have only just started in theatre.

Starting next Monday 23 March, three 45-minute concerts will take place each day, aimed not only to provide financial support for the performers involved, but also to provide entertainment for people in self-isolation.

Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre Café today said “We are so excited about this project. This is a really dark time for the theatre world and we want to help wherever we can, as much as possible. The idea that people who are self-isolating can help performers who have lost all of their work is a really beautiful thing, and also speaks volumes about our amazing industry and the community it fosters”

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World Premier of Breakfast on Pluto, A New Irish Musical https://www.theatre.london/news/world-premier-of-breakfast-on-pluto-a-new-irish-musical https://www.theatre.london/news/world-premier-of-breakfast-on-pluto-a-new-irish-musical Fri, 13 Mar 20 11:39:03 +0000 Ever since a small audience got a glimpse of a work-in-progress showing last summer in Galway, excitement has been building around this brand new musical, which will play 120 performances in 4 cities, in 2 countries over 5 months.

The rural Irish border town of Tyreelin at the height of the Troubles is no place for a wonderfully unpredictable child like Patrick/Pussy Braden, illegitimate offspring of an errant priest and a long-gone local girl. Dismayed by small-town bigotry, religious repression and the IRA’s lack of fashion sense, Pussy ditches watchtowers and checkpoints for the faraway galaxy of 1970s London in search of a long-lost mother and a technicolour new life.

The role of Patrick/Pussy will be played by Fra Fee (Translations – National Theatre, The Ferryman - Royal Court Theatre, West End and Broadway, and the film version of Les Misérables) in this dazzling musical of self-discovery. He will be joined by Niamh Perry (Good Vibrations - Lyric; Mamma Mia and Love Never Dies - West End), David Ganly (On Blueberry Hill, Girl from the North Country - West End), Kate Gilmore (Town is Dead - Abbey Theatre, Fair City - RTÉ) and Rickie O’Neill (Once - Olympia; The Saw Doctors).

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Peter Andre Returns to the 2020 UK tour of GREASE https://www.theatre.london/news/peter-andre-returns-to-the-2020-uk-tour-of-grease https://www.theatre.london/news/peter-andre-returns-to-the-2020-uk-tour-of-grease Wed, 11 Mar 20 10:04:44 +0000 Following his success starring in the UK and Ireland tour in 2019, Peter Andre will star in the 2020 UK tour of the first new production in 25 years of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s iconic musical GREASE, at certain venues. As well as reprising the role of Teen Angel, Andre will also play Vince Fontaine and the Sergeant, joining the previously announced Dan Partridge as Danny Zuko.

In addition, GREASE will play newly announced venues: Norwich Theatre Royal from 17 to 22 August, Theatre Royal Plymouth from 24 to 29 August, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 20 to 24 October and Ipswich Regent Theatre from 17 to 21 November.

Peter Andre is currently scheduled to perform at certain performances in Northampton, Eastbourne, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester, Canterbury, Norwich, Blackpool, Dartford, Wolverhampton, Aylesbury, Ipswich and Stoke.

Peter Andre is known for his successful music and television career and became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK in the 1990s with number one hits such as Mysterious Girl, Flava and I Feel You. He has had two number one albums and has toured all over the world, collecting a multitude of national and international awards. Peter’s many TV shows and appearances, include his reality show Peter Andre: My Life, 60 Minute Makeover and the third series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2004.

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National Theatre Live to broadcast Tom Stoppard's LEOPOLDSTADT https://www.theatre.london/news/national-theatre-live-to-broadcast-tom-stoppards-leopoldstadt https://www.theatre.london/news/national-theatre-live-to-broadcast-tom-stoppards-leopoldstadt Tue, 10 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 Leopoldstadt will be broadcast to cinemas on 25th June with National Theatre Live.

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (The Times), Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal), is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. A passionate drama of love, family and endurance, it’s Tom Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.

The cast of over 40 includes Olivier award winner and nominee for this role Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, NT Live: The Madness of King George III), Ed Stoppard (The Crown, Upstairs Downstairs) and Sebastian Armesto (Gold Digger, Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and – for Austrian Jews – the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn’t ended yet.

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Sheridan Smith to revisit her award-winning TV role as CILLA in the hit stage musical adaptation https://www.theatre.london/news/sheridan-smith-to-revisit-her-award-winning-tv-role-as-cilla-in-the-hit-stage-musical-adaptation https://www.theatre.london/news/sheridan-smith-to-revisit-her-award-winning-tv-role-as-cilla-in-the-hit-stage-musical-adaptation Mon, 09 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 Sheridan Smith will revisit her award-wining portrayal of the late Cilla Black to star in Bill Kenwright’s stage production, Cilla The Musical.

The musical will open at the Liverpool Empire for a 4 week residency commencing 23rd September 2020, ahead of a UK tour.

Sheridan wowed fans and critics alike with her portrayal of the nation’s favorite singer and TV personality in Jeff Pope’s BAFTA award-winning ITV series. 

“Mesmerising… a joy to watch… she really does embody the young Cilla perfectly…” (Independent). 

Her acclaimed portrayal of the British icon won Sheridan both a 2015 National TV Award and a 2015 TV Choice Award, and went on to see her nominated for a BAFTA (2015) and a second international EMMY Award (2015).

Cilla The Musical is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the TV series. The 2017 debut tour was met with five-star reviews and standing ovations up and down the UK and was nominated Best New Musical in the WhatsOnStage Awards.

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World Premier of Another Mother https://www.theatre.london/news/world-premier-of-another-mother https://www.theatre.london/news/world-premier-of-another-mother Fri, 06 Mar 20 00:00:00 +0000 The world premiere of the anarchic comedy Another Mother, created by Selina Cadell and written by Justine Mitchell, will open at Park Theatre for a strictly limited season from 10 June – 11 July 2020.

Mary has left her sister and niece a million pounds each in her will.  But for the bequest to be released, mother and daughter must run a new business together for a year and a day.  This new commercial enterprise is an agency, for mothers.

You want a mummy. You hire the mummy you want. You have a lovely time ...

What could possibly go wrong?

Another Mother stars Selina Cadell and Justine Mitchell alongside Maggie McCarthy and Fleabag’s Jenny Rainsford. The six strong, all-female cast will be directed by Charlotte Peters.

Another Mother explores the commodification of love, where the free market invests in the UK’s loneliness epidemic and the gig economy means you can hire pretty much anyone. But being a mother costs and right here is where she starts getting paid.

 

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