Theatre.London · The official home of London Theatre | News https://www.theatre.london/ Discover the best of theatre in London from West End musicals, plays, opera, dance and kids theatre. Buy cheap London theatre tickets for the latest shows. en-gb Eddie Izzard, Dara O’Briain and Robert Bathurst to host star-studded Riverside Studios’ Charity Quiz Nights https://www.theatre.london/news/eddie-izzard-dara-obriain-and-robert-bathurst-to-host-star-studded-riverside-studios-charity-quiz-nights https://www.theatre.london/news/eddie-izzard-dara-obriain-and-robert-bathurst-to-host-star-studded-riverside-studios-charity-quiz-nights Wed, 13 May 20 00:00:00 +0000 Riverside Studios, the newly re-opened multi-arts venue in Hammersmith, is continuing its star-studded series of online fundraising quizzes with a new set of hosts joining the already stellar line up. The quizzes have been set up to raise funds to ensure it can continue its current artistic offering beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series kicked off on 29 April with a quiz hosted by much-loved author and presenter Gyles Brandreth, with some well-known faces amongst the participants, including Stephen Fry, Jo Brand and even Dame Judi Dench joining in the fun. 

Tonight, Wednesday 13 May, will see legendary actor and presenter Stephen Fry taking on the role of quizmaster with comedian Jo Brand hosting on Wednesday 27 May, Eddie Izzard asking the questions on 10 June, Dara O’ Briain taking the helm on 24 June and much-loved actor Robert Bathurst on 8 July.

With questions curated by QI and Blackadder producer John Lloyd, participants answer 6 rounds of questions from the worlds of music, theatre, cinema, comedy, art and food and drink, with a chance to win some incredible luxury prizes. The winner will receive a dinner for 4 (value £300) at the beautiful brasserie Sam’s Riverside, with other prizes including subscriptions to healthy recipe box service Mindful Chef, online streaming service MUBI and for film lovers, 12 months’ worth of tickets for Riverside Studios’ brand-new state of the art cinema.

For more information, head to the Riverside Studios website

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Wicked Witches support the launch of the Make a Difference Trust's Emergency Assistance Fund https://www.theatre.london/news/wicked-witches-support-the-launch-of-the-make-a-difference-trusts-emergency-assistance-fund https://www.theatre.london/news/wicked-witches-support-the-launch-of-the-make-a-difference-trusts-emergency-assistance-fund Wed, 13 May 20 00:00:00 +0000 The Make A Difference Trust has launched a new fundraising initiative, reviving and repurposing their Emergency Fund in order to support those in the theatre community suffering hardship because ofthe Coronavirus crisis.

The Make A Difference Trust has always been about community; the theatre community coming together to help those in need. Today it is the theatre community that needs help. Inspired by theirclose friends at Broadway Cares, MAD has launched the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to support those on stage and behind the scenes experiencing hardship during these unprecedented times. 

To support the Emergency Assistance Fund, 23 West End actresses who have played Elphaba or Glinda in the multi-award-winning smash-hit musical WICKED have joined together to perform a stunning rendition of the show’s ‘For Good’.  The track will be released on social media on Wednesday 13 May to support the Make a Difference Trust with a donation request at the end of the video.

The video can be viewed and downloaded here and will also be available on the MAD website:www.madtrust.org.uk

From their own homes, current and former WICKED cast members have recorded this very special version.  The Witches are: Gina Beck, Helen Dallimore, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Ashleigh Gray, Emma Hatton, Jacqueline Hughes,  Alexia Khadime, SuzieMathers, Natalie McQueen, Rosa O'Reilly, Michelle Pentecost, Laura Pick, Dianne Pilkington, Amy Ross, Savannah Stevenson, Emily Tierney, Rachel Tucker, Willemijn Verkaik, Lisa-Anne Wood and Helen Woolf

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West End performers star in All the Web's a Stage 12 hour streaming fundraiser https://www.theatre.london/news/west-end-performers-star-in-all-the-webs-a-stage-12-hour-streaming-fundraiser https://www.theatre.london/news/west-end-performers-star-in-all-the-webs-a-stage-12-hour-streaming-fundraiser Wed, 22 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 All the Web’s a Stage is a streaming initiative consisting of 12 marvellous jam-packed hours of all your favourite performers from the West End and theatre to comedy, drag and magic!

It’s fitting that the free livestream will be held on Thursday 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday and the date that theatres began their process of restoration after strict censorship in 1661, the last time British theatres were ordered to close for a prolonged period. 

Highlights include Stephen Fry reading Michael Rosen’s These are the Hands ahead of Clap for Carers at 8pm; songs from Musical Theatre stars including Joanne Clifton, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, David Hunter, and Marisha WallaceDon Warrington opens the event reading Shakespeare’s All the World’s a Stage monologue; a live Q&A with Danny Mac; poetry from Jade Anouka and Luke Wright; comedy from Ivo Graham and The Yes Queens, a multi-location dance choreographed by Chris Whittaker and closing the event is Evangeline Dickson reading a new monologue, All the Web’s a Stage.

Full schedule and list of performers taking part in this 12 hour event will be listed on the Theatre Together website

The livestream is raising money for our artistic comrades who have been severely impacted by Covid-19. Whilst we appreciate the government’s initiatives, and the support made available for many self-employed workers, there are still many freelance artists who fall through the cracks of these new government programs. As a result, thousands of artists who are now unable to earn an income are facing the coronavirus crisis with no available financial support.

You can watch the livestream on the Theatre Together website or on the Theatre Together Facebook page this Thursday at midday. 

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Mousetrap Theatre Projects announce the Mousetrap Monologue Slam https://www.theatre.london/news/mousetrap-theatre-projects-announce-the-mousetrap-monologue-slam https://www.theatre.london/news/mousetrap-theatre-projects-announce-the-mousetrap-monologue-slam Wed, 22 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 The lights might be down in Theatreland, but now it’s your turn to step into the spotlight. From Monday 20th April to Friday 8th May, you have an extra special opportunity to seize the stage and show the nation what you’ve got!

Perform your favourite monologue from a show or film (or even one you’ve written yourself). Please state your name, the play/film that your monologue comes from (or if it’s self-written), and the character you are playing.

For more information, head to mousetrap.org.uk/monologue 

If you’d like, we’d love you to share your video with us on social media too, @MousetrapTP using the hashtag #MousetrapMonologueSlam.

We are delighted to announce our first-place prize: our winner will learn from the best, with an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime prize package from renowned actor training company, Fourth Monkey!

The prize package will include:

- A free place on an upcoming Fourth Monkey Taster Workshop

- A pair of free tickets to an upcoming performance of Shakespeare's Richard II by Fourth Monkey's Class of 2020 graduating company

- A ‘backstage’ tour for a chance to meet the cast/students and ask them about their experiences at drama school, their training with Fourth Monkey and anything else they might be curious about (within reason!)

- A one-on-one audition speech coaching and guidance session to help prepare for drama school, with Fourth Monkey’s CEO and Artistic Director Steve Green  

Runners-up will receive West End theatre tickets.

 

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Dame Judi Dench in conversation will be available to stream online to support the Orange Tree Theatre https://www.theatre.london/news/dame-judi-dench-in-conversation-will-be-available-to-stream-online-to-support-the-orange-tree-theatre https://www.theatre.london/news/dame-judi-dench-in-conversation-will-be-available-to-stream-online-to-support-the-orange-tree-theatre Fri, 17 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 Filmed live at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2017, an exclusive 90-minute in conversation with Dame Judi Dench will be available online from 3pm on Sunday 26 April. This is a paid video on demand and all monies raised will go to the Orange Tree Theatre’s Survival Fund, following its closure due to the impact of the Coronavirus.   

Packed full of entertaining, funny and touching stories from Dame Judi’s incredible career, viewers can experience the unique intimacy of the Orange Tree, recreating a very special event in the comfort of their own home.

OT Artistic Director Paul Miller said: “This film records one of my happiest days ever: the day Judi came to the Orange Tree. It’s 90 minutes of enormous fun and fascinating insights, in the company of a national treasure with few, if any, rivals for our collective affection. We hear about John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft; Clint Eastwood and Johnny Depp; about Ken Branagh, Peter Hall and how to speak Shakespeare. The crucial importance of company spirit runs through it all like a golden thread. And what company she is: this is a treat to savour in your home, while we wait to welcome you back to ours one day.”

Audiences watching will pay £4.99 to watch on demand via orangetreetheatre.co.uk

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Olivier Awards to celebrate Greatest Moments in special TV and radio programmes https://www.theatre.london/news/olivier-awards-to-celebrate-greatest-moments-in-special-tv-and-radio-programmes https://www.theatre.london/news/olivier-awards-to-celebrate-greatest-moments-in-special-tv-and-radio-programmes Fri, 03 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 ITV will broadcast a special Olivier Awards with Mastercard programme on Sunday 5 April at 10:15pm, in place of the 2020 Royal Albert Hall awards show which was cancelled due to coronavirus.  

Hosted by Jason Manford, the hour-long ‘Olivier Awards – Greatest Moments’ programme will look back at Olivier Awards ceremonies over the past ten years, with archive footage of performances and speeches, and a celebration of some of the many Olivier Award-winning productions – including Dreamgirls, Hamilton, The Book Of Mormon, Disney’s The Lion King and the RSC’s Matilda The Musical. 

Official radio partner Magic Radio will broadcast a special programme from 6pm to 8pm on the same evening, also celebrating the best Olivier Awards moments, alongside a weekend of shows on Magic’s new musical theatre station Magic at the Musicals. 

Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard were announced on 3 March, and the winners will be revealed in a special ceremony and event – also broadcast on ITV and Magic Radio – which depending on government medical advice is likely to be held in the Autumn, with plans to be confirmed as soon as is feasible. 

In the lead-up to Sunday 5 April, the Olivier Awards social channels will be trailing the ITV and Magic Radio programmes by publishing stand-out content from shows to be featured in the broadcasts. 

Julian Bird, SOLT Chief Executive and Olivier Awards Executive Producer, said: 

‘Amid unprecedentedly difficult times for our theatre community, we look forward to providing audiences with a unique celebration of the last ten years of incredible, world-leading British theatre honoured at the Olivier Awards, in anticipation of a separate ceremony for this year’s winners in the Autumn. We are hugely grateful to our longstanding headline sponsor Mastercard, for their support this year and over the past decade – alongside all our other partners, who we look forward to working with again soon.’ 

The theatre world has seen mass closures and cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many companies, creatives and performers taking to online platforms to create new work, connect with fans and colleagues, and raise money to help those in the industry who are struggling. 

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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?

 

WATCH NOW

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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 An update for West End ticketholders (Monday April 6th):

In light of the COVID 19 pandemic the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) on behalf of the major commercial West End theatre operators and the Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR) are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020. We wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when entertainment venues will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show that you might have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets.

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience and we will be in contact with you directly and as soon as possible.

We are continuing to work through the very high number of ticket orders affected by the cancellations. An average of 300,000 people a week attend West End theatres, so this a huge task. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that all our teams are now working remotely in response to government restrictions, many with reduced numbers of staff due to the virus, and this will be adding to the time it will take us to process your order.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with us if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by our customer service team.

Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

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