News Archive

30th December 2005
Elsewhere, it is customary at this time to look back over the year, and review triumphs and failures. Well we don't do that because we're more interested in the future than the past, so the tradition here is to look forward to what will happen in the West End - all based on hard, ...
16th December 2005
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony award winning spectacular musical Wicked, currently Broadways biggest selling show, will receive its British premiere at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 27th September. Adapted from Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times...
2nd December 2005
The Donmar Warehouse was the big winner in this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Its productions taking Best Actor: Simon Russell Beale - The Philanthropist, Best Actress: Harriet Walter - Mary Stuart and artistic director Michael Grandage Best Director - Grand Hotel (and ...
25th November 2005
The recent Tony Award winning Broadway production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? starring Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, Mireille Enos and David Harbour, directed by Anthony Page, is to transfer to the Apollo Theatre, opening on 31st January. The iconic darkly comic...
18th November 2005
Patrick Stewart will return to the West End with his award winning one man adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, in which he plays 40 characters, at the Albery Theatre from 7th to 31st December, presented by Camm Lane Productions and Kate Elliott. With Scrooge already...
11th November 2005
The Barbican has announced the productions that will make up the first half of its BITE:06 season. These include Robert Lepage in The Andersen Project, a one man show about a writer creating an opera based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales; Peter Brook's Theatre des Bouffes...
4th November 2005
The National Theatre of Scotland has announced its first season, starting on 25th February with 9 free, site specific pieces inspired by the theme of Home, performed simultaneously in streets, schools and other non theatrical venues across Scotland. The company does not have its ...
28th October 2005
The favourites scored heavily in the Theatrical Management Association Awards, the only awards for excellence in regional theatre, with the Crucible Theatre Sheffield leading the field. Among the winners were Chichester Festival Theatre's How To Succeed In Business Without Really...
21st October 2005
English National Ballet will stage the world premiere of The Canterville Ghost a 'preposterous, witty and spooky family ballet' by Will Tuckett, with music by Martin Ward, at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 25th May. Based on Oscar Wilde's novella, it is the comic tale of an American...
14th October 2005
The Royal Court Theatre has announced the plays and events that will make up its 50th anniversary season. Though celebrating past triumphs, it concentrates on new writing, with, as previously forecast here, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, set in Czechoslovakia and Britain, moving between...
7th October 2005
Trafalgar Studios 2, the 100 seater studio space created by the twinning of the Whitehall Theatre, has finally announced its opening season of shows, launching on 16th November with Peter Arnott's Cyprus, a new British spy thriller set on the Isle of Mull, commissioned and produced...
30th September 2005
The Peter Hall Company Theatre Royal Bath production of George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, which is currently touring, will open at the Garrick Theatre on 7th November. Edward Fox, Diana Quick, Ken Bones, Rebecca Callard, Nancy Carroll, William Chubb and Ryan Kiggell star ...
23rd September 2005
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Judi Dench, Peter Bowles and Belinda Lang will star in Noel Coward's Hay Fever, directed by Peter Hall, opening at the Haymarket Theatre in April. One of the most iconic Coward plays, it is the story of a weekend at the country retreat ...
16th September 2005
Rambert Dance Company is to develop a new £16.5m headquarters building on the South Bank, close to the National Theatre. Designed by architects Allies & Morrison, the six storey building will include one large principle dance studio, with retractable seating for 50 for occasional...
9th September 2005
The Old Vic has announced its next season. The Motion Group production of Igor Stravinsky's Faustian music theatre piece about a violin playing soldier The Soldier's Tale, in a new translation by Abdul Karim Kasid and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, directed by Andrew Steggall, will open on ...
2nd September 2005
The 2003 Regent's Part Open Air Theatre production of the musical High Society, which toured last year, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 10th October. Jerry Hall will join the original cast, including Katherine Kingsley, Graham Bickley, Rob Robinson, Ria Jones, Claire Redcliff...
26th August 2005
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to bring its Gunpowder season of plays from the Swan Theatre in Stratford to the Trafalgar Studios for a 10 week season from 21st December. The political dramas written by Shakespeare's contemporaries, and performed by an ensemble company, are: A ...
19th August 2005
The Society Of London Theatre's eighth Kids Week in the West End is now on, running until 2nd September, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience with thousands of free tickets and special events. Children between 5 and 16 can go free (when accompanied by...
12th August 2005
James Nesbitt, Conleth Hill and Jim Norton will star in Owen McCafferty's semi autobiographical comedy Shoot The Crow, directed by Robert Delamere, opening at the Trafalgar Studios on 11th October. The play, about tilers on a Belfast building site engaging in petty crime in the hope...
5th August 2005
As part of the Summer In The Square programme of free events taking place in Trafalgar Square from June to September, the Trafalgar Square Festival is being held Thursdays to Sundays from 4th to 21st August. The general theme of the Festival is City Rites, with each weekend showcasing...
29th July 2005
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margaret Tyzack and Bob Hoskins will star in Pirandello's As You Desire Me, in a new version by Hugh Whitemore, directed by Jonathan Kent, opening at the Playhouse Theatre on 27th October. In typically enigmatic Pirandellian...
22nd July 2005
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the eighth Kids Week in the West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events. Once again this year it has double the fun, as it is extended to a fortnight, running...
15th July 2005
The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed details for The Complete Works, a year long festival in Stratford, running from April 2006 - the first time that Shakespeare's complete canon has been presented at one event. It will involve more than 30 professional companies from around...
8th July 2005
The National Theatre has announced new production in its autumn season. In the Olivier: the premiere of Coram Boy, adapted by Helen Edmundson from the novel by Jamila Gavin, which follows the fortunes of two orphans in 18th century England, one rescued from an African slave ship, ...
1st July 2005
Sadler's Wells' autumn season includes visits by William Forsythe's new ensemble The Forsythe Company, Siobhan Davies Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group with mixed bills, Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant performing two world premiere works, Lyons Opera Ballet with Philippe...
24th June 2005
The Barbican is to present The Young Genius season from 16th September to 10th December, comprised of performances and readings of works created by writers at an early stage of their career. It includes The Dragon's Trilogy, the six hour epic by Robert Lepage, performed by Lepage...
17th June 2005
With 26,995 performances, of 1,799 shows, in 333 venues, involving 16,191 performers, the 59th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 7th to 29th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the world's largest arts festival. As usual, new work plays a significant...
3rd June 2005
The Donmar Warehouse has announced its autumn season. Simon Russell Beale stars once again as a University don anguishing over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life in Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist, opening on 13th September; the European premiere of Sam Shepard...
27th May 2005
The Almeida Theatre has announced its new season. David Mamet's Romance, a contemporary satirical courtroom farce, directed by Lindsay Posner, will receive its European premiere on 8th September; Moliere's The Hypochondriac, about a man who enjoys being sick, in a new version by ...
20th May 2005
Covent Garden has announced its new season starting in the autumn. Royal Opera highlights include: new productions of Nielsen's Maskarade, directed by David Pountney; Rossini's Il barbiere di Sivigilia, directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier; Mozart's Le nozzi de Figaro, directed...
13th May 2005
Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's Tony Awards nominations. They are led by 14 nominations for Eric Idle's Monty Python musical Spamalot, including Tim Curry and Hank Azaria going head to head for Best Actor Musical (Leading); 5 for Martin McDonagh...
6th May 2005
The 13th Opera Holland Park season runs from 7th June to 6th August, with the City of London Sinfonia as resident orchestra. It comprises: Verdi's Macbeth directed by Olivia Fuchs; Bellini's La Sonnambula, directed by Alasdair Middleton; Puccini's Madama Butterfly, directed by Ian...
29th April 2005
The 111th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 15th July and 10th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 74 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
22nd April 2005
Telstar, the biographical play about the 1960s record producer Joe Meek, written by Nick Moran with James Hicks, and directed by Paul Jepson, which has recently been touring, will open at the New Ambassadors Theatre on 24th June. It features Con O'Neil and Linda Robson, with Tarl...
15th April 2005
Neil Patrick Harris will star in the European premiere of Tick, Tick… Boom!, the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, with book completed by David Auburn, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, on 9th June. The show is about the frustrations of a young musical theatre writer who...
8th April 2005
Gregory Murphy's Off Broadway success The Countess, about the triangular relationship of Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his wife Effie, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, has confirmed an opening date at the Criterion Theatre of 7th June. The cast includes Nick Moran...
1st April 2005
Shakespeare's birthday will receive a double celebration this year. On Saturday 23rd April Shakespeare's Globe will throw the theatre open to the public from 9.30am, with members of the Globe company, musicians and street performers on hand to recreate the atmosphere of Elizabethan...
24th March 2005
The Old Vic Theatre is reprising its weekend fundraising marathon The 24 Hour Play, when works are written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. As before, six teams of writers, actors, directors and producers will each create a 10 minute play, beginning work at 8.30pm on Saturday...
18th March 2005
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for this year's festival, running from 14th August to 4th September, for which booking opens on 2nd April. Theatre highlights include the world premieres of three plays commissioned by the EIF from Scottish writers ...
11th March 2005
This year's Glyndebourne season, running from 19th May to 28th August, will include two new productions: Rossini's La Cenerentola, directed by Peter Hall, with Maxim Mironov, Simone Alberghini, Luciano Di Pasquale, Raquela Sheeran, Lucia Cirillo, Ruxandra Donose and Nathan Berg; ...
4th March 2005
The second International Festival of Musical Theatre will be held in Cardiff from 1st to 17th April. The event will be a celebration of the art form of Musical Theatre, old and new, large and small, combining performances, concerts, cabaret, masterclasses, exhibitions and films. ...
25th February 2005
In this year's Olivier Awards the main honours were divided up between The Producers, taking Best Musical, Nathan Lane - Best Musical Actor and Conleth Hill - Best Supporting Musical Actor; Mary Poppins, winning Laura Michelle Kelly - Best Musical Actress and Matthew Bourne and Stephen...
18th February 2005
The 50th National Student Drama Festival takes place in Scarborough from 18th to 25th March, open to everyone: colleges, youth theatres, community organisations and universities. Last year's Festival comprised 14 shows, chosen from 120 entries. Entrants can embrace all styles and...
11th February 2005
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, starring Henry Goodman, Eileen Atkins, Geoffrey Hutchings, Finbar Lynch, Sinead Matthews and Paul Ritter, directed by Lindsay Posner, will transfer to the...
4th February 2005
The National Theatre has announced its new season. In the Olivier: Henry IV Parts 1 And 2, with Michael Gambon, Matthew Macfadyen, David Bradley, John Wood and John Carlisle; The UN Inspector, a contemporary take on Gogol's The Government Inspector, adapted and directed by David ...
28th January 2005
The first part of a two stage year long survey into the economic benefits to Edinburgh of its annual festivals (International, Fringe, Tattoo and Film) reveals that they generate an income of £135m, and create the equivalent of 2,900 full time jobs. Last year saw a 40% increase in...
21st January 2005
Mary Poppins, The Producers and The Woman In White go head to head in most eligible categories in the nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, with Susan Stroman up for Best Director and Best Choreographer, and Lee Evans and Nathan Lane vying for Best Actor. Despite recent...
14th January 2005
The Royal Shakespeare Company production of the one man show Tynan, with Corin Redgrave as the drama critic Kenneth Tynan, will transfer to the Arts Theatre on 21st February, for a six week season. The show is based on the book The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan, edited by John Lahr, adapted...
7th January 2005
The Mayor of London and the Society Of London Theatre are staging a fourth Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London. Discounted tickets are available for over 80 shows...