News Archive

28th December 2007
Elsewhere, it is customary at this time to look back over the past 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 ...
21st December 2007
Following last week's news that the futures of the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and the National Student Drama Festival were in jeopardy because Arts Council England is withdrawing their grants, it has now been revealed that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Arts Council England...
14th December 2007
The Society Of London Theatre has launched its sixth 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 50 shows, including opera, ...
7th December 2007
Following its inaugural event earlier this year, the Almeida Theatre has invited a further six leading playwrights to join forces to create Chain Play 2, to be staged as a fundraiser on 29th February, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. Stephen Adly Guirgis, Richard Bean, Neil LaBute, ...
30th November 2007
Next year's season at Shakespeare's Globe, titled Totus Mundus - thought to have been part of the motto of the original Globe: Totus mundus agit histrionem (The whole world is a playhouse) - will begin earlier than usual, on Shakespeare's birthday, 23rd April. It will comprise: King...
23rd November 2007
The previously mentioned production Noel Coward's The Vortex, with Felicity Kendal, Dan Stevens, Phoebe Nicholls, Barry Stanton, Annette Badland, Daniel Pirrie, Paul Ridley, Cressida Trew, Timothy Speyer and Vivien Keene, directed by Peter Hall, which is currently touring, will open...
16th November 2007
The National Theatre has announced further productions for the new year. In the Olivier: George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, the story of a Salvation Army member who becomes disillusioned when the organisation accepts money from her father, an arms manufacturer, whose workers live...
9th November 2007
Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, with Jane Horrocks, Jenny Seagrove, John Gordon Sinclair, David Bamber, David Horovitch and Lia Williams, directed by Alan Strachan, will open at the Garrick Theatre on 6th December. It tells the stories of three couples, through the events...
2nd November 2007
The Peter Hall Company production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with Tim Pigott-Smith, Michelle Dockery, Tony Haygarth, Pamela Miles and Una Stubbs, directed by Hall, recently seen at the Theatre Royal Bath, will transfer to the Old Vic Theatre, opening on 15th May. Now more...
26th October 2007
The Almeida Theatre in Islington has announced two further productions. American writer Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, directed by Rupert Goold, will open on 3rd April. The 'time-bending, serio-comic drama in an imagined world between heaven and hell', re...
19th October 2007
The Almeida Theatre in Islington will stage Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, with Kenneth Cranham, Neil Dudgeon, Danny Dyer, Jenny Jules, Nigel Lindsay and Anthony O'Donnell, directed by Michael Attenborough, opening on 7th February. The action takes place at a 'meet the in-laws' ...
12th October 2007
Yasmina Reza's The God Of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton, with Ralph Fiennes, directed by Matthew Warchus, will receive its world premiere at the Gielgud Theatre in March. It is a comedy in which two couples debate different styles of parenting, following a squabble between...
5th October 2007
While presenting the National Theatre's Annual Report for 2006/2007, Nicholas Hytner announced some future plans, which include: Vanessa Redgrave reprising her recent Broadway performance of Joan Didion's monologue The Year Of Magical Thinking, based on her book of the same name, ...
28th September 2007
It's Official! It has now been confirmed that the long discussed new musical adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind, the epic saga of the South during and after the American Civil War, as seen through the life and loves of plantation owner's daughter Scarlett O'Hara...
21st September 2007
The Open Rehearsal scheme, which gives the public a chance to go behind the scenes and sample London's music, theatre, dance and opera, is back for a second year, running from 27th September to 2nd October. The range of mostly free activities includes backstage tours of the Lyric...
14th September 2007
The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed that its Stratford season next year in the Courtyard Theatre will feature a repertoire of Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, all directed by Gregory Doran, performed by an ensemble company that will include David...
7th September 2007
The 15th London Open House, the annual scheme to allow the public into architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, takes place on 15th and 16th September. Over 600 locations will include old favourites of theatrical interest such as the Almeida, ...
31st August 2007
The Donmar Warehouse is to stage Arthur Miller's early and rarely performed play The Man Who Had All The Luck, about a man blessed with what appears to be almost supernatural good fortune while those around him fall in defeat, with Andrew Buchan, directed by Sean Holmes, from 28th...
24th August 2007
The Royal Opera House is continuing its ROH2 series of innovative and experimental small scale dance, opera and music events, staged in the Linbury Theatre and Clore Studio. Upcoming highlights include the London premieres of The Opera Group's production of The Shops, a comic contemporary...
17th August 2007
The Society Of London Theatre's tenth Kids Week In The West End is now on, running until 31st August, 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 a...
10th August 2007
Christian Slater is to star in the world premiere of Swimming With Sharks, adapted by Michael Lesslie from George Huang's 1994 film, directed by Wilson Milam, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 16th October. The darkly comic thriller is a look into the cut throat world of a contemporary...
3rd August 2007
Once again there is an extravagance of premieres in the 29th Dance Umbrella, running from 3rd October to 10th November, presenting the best of national and international contemporary dance, with 20 companies performing at venues across London. Highlights include: Isaac Julien and...
27th July 2007
The National Theatre has confirmed new productions in its autumn schedule. In the Olivier: Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford, about a boy who goes to the battlefield in the First World War to rescue his horse, directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott, in collaboration...
20th July 2007
Chichester Festival Theatre's acclaimed production of Macbeth, with Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood, Suzanne Burden, Michael Feast, Scot Handy, Paul Shelly and Martin Turner, directed by Rupert Goold, will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, opening on 26th September. This will be followed...
13th July 2007
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the tenth 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...
6th July 2007
In addition to the previously announced season of King Lear and The Seagull, with Ian McKellen and Frances Barber, directed by Trevor Nunn, opening at the New London Theatre on 12th November, the Royal Shakespeare Company will transfer its History Cycle, directed by Michael Boyd, ...
22nd June 2007
The autumn season at Sadler's Wells will include visits by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with programmes including Revelations and Night Creature; the launch season of Christopher Wheeldon's ballet company, Morphoses, with the world premiere of two works; Hofesh Shechter with...
15th June 2007
New York TheatreNet: Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's New York Tony Awards. The big winners were The Coast Of Utopia, with 7 awards (the most of any non-musical in Tony Awards history) including Tom Stoppard - Best Play, and Jennifer Ehle - Best...
8th June 2007
With 31,000 performances, of 2,050 shows (304 of which will be free), in 250 venues, involving 18,626 performers, the 61st Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 5th to 27th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the world's largest arts festival. Highlights...
1st June 2007
The Royal Shakespeare Company's current Stratford productions of Shakespeare's King Lear and Chekhov's The Seagull, with Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, William Gaunt, Romola Garai, Sylvester McCoy, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Hyde and Ben Meyjes, directed by Trevor Nunn, will play a West...
25th May 2007
The Young Vic has announced its 2007/2008 season. In the Main House: Carson McCullers's The Member Of The Wedding, about a young girl who dreams of leaving home and joining her brother's sophisticated world, directed by Matthew Dunster, opening on 13th September; a revised version...
18th May 2007
Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in this year's New York Tony Awards nominations. They are led by 10 nominations for The Coast Of Utopia, including Jennifer Ehle - Best Actress Play (Featured) and Best Play; 7 for Mary Poppins, including Gavin Lee Best Actor...
11th May 2007
Chichester Festival Theatre's acclaimed premiere production of Roger Crane's thriller The Last Confession, about events in the Vatican surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I, with David Suchet, Michael Cronin, Michael Jayston, Charles Kay, Bernard Lloyd, Stuart Milligan, Richard...
4th May 2007
The National Theatre has announced further productions in its summer schedule. In the Olivier: Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones, about an ex-convict who cons his way into becoming dictator on a remote island in the West Indies, with Paterson Joseph, directed by Thea Sharrock, reconceiving...
27th April 2007
The 113th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 13th July and 8th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 70 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
20th April 2007
English National Opera has announced its 2007/8 season at the London Coliseum. It will include new productions of Bizet's Carmen, directed by Sally Potter; Monteverdi's The Coronation Of Poppea, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng; Lehar's The Merry Widow; Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, ...
13th April 2007
Shakespeare's birthday will receive a three day celebration at Shakespeare's Globe this year. On Saturday 21st April, there will be the traditional Sonnet Walks, during which twelve sonneteers will entertain walkers along routes to Bankside. There is a choice of two routes through...
5th April 2007
The Royal Opera House has announced its 2007/2008 season. Royal Ballet highlights include new works by Wayne McGregor as part of A World Stage At Covent Garden; Christopher Wheeldon in a triple bill with Jerome Robbins's Afternoon Of A Faun and Frederick Ashton's A Month In The Country...
30th March 2007
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for this year's festival, running from 10th August to 2nd September, for which booking opens on 8th April. Theatre highlights include Euripides's The Bacchae, in a new version by David Greig, with Alan Cumming, directed...
23rd March 2007
Physical theatre company Peepolykus's production of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story The Hound Of The Baskervilles, adapted by Steven Canny, directed by Orla O'Loughlin, which has just completed a tour, will transfer to the Duchess Theatre, opening on 17th April. The tale...
16th March 2007
This year's Peter Hall Company season at the Theatre Royal in Bath running from 27th June to 25th August, will comprise: the world premiere of Simon Gray's Little Nell, based on Claire Tomalin's biography 'The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens', about...
9th March 2007
The Brighton Festival, running from 5th to 27th May, will celebrate its 41st birthday with 7 world premieres, 3 UK premieres and hundreds of events from around the world. Among the highlights will be: in dance, Ballet C de la B's, Import Export, an investigation of powerlessness; ...
2nd March 2007
Arts Council England is asking the public to 'join a debate' about the future of the arts, answering questions such as What do you value about the arts?, When should an artist receive public money? and Should members of the public be involved in arts funding decisions?. It provides...
23rd February 2007
In this year's Olivier Awards the main honours went to Sunday In The Park With George, which took 5 awards, including Outstanding Musical Production, Best Musical Actor - Daniel Evans and Best Musical Actress - Jenna Russell, as the big spectacular musicals that opened in the autumn...
16th February 2007
The National Theatre has confirmed further productions in its spring season: in the Olivier, Tom Morris and Emma Rice's adaptation and re-imagining A Matter Of Life And Death, the expressionist 1945 Powell and Pressburger film, about a British wartime pilot who is shot down, but ...
9th February 2007
The Royal Court Theatre has announced Dominic Cooke's first season as artistic director, which will include: the National Theatre of Scotland production of The Wonderful World Of Dissocia, written and directed by Anthony Neilson, with James Cunningham, Christine Entwistle, Alan Francis...
2nd February 2007
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to present the world premiere of Margaret Atwood's stage adaptation of her novel The Penelopiad, directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, opening at the Swan Theatre in Stratford on 27th July, in a co-production with Canada's National Arts Centre. Drawn...
26th January 2007
This year's 10th anniversary season at Shakespeare's Globe, running from 4th May to 7th October, will again feature new plays alongside Shakespeare. Under the title Renaissance And Revolution, the season will comprise: Othello, Labour's Lost, both making their Globe debut, and The...
19th January 2007
In the nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, Monty Python's Spamalot, heads the list with 7 nominations, including Best Actor (Musical) - Tim Curry, Best Actress (Musical) - Hannah Waddingham and Best New Musical, followed by Sunday In The Park With George with 6 nominations...
12th January 2007
The National Theatre has announced a further production: Anne-Marie Duff will star in George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, about the life, trial and death of Joan of Arc, who was burnt at the stake by the English in Rouen in 1431, directed by Marianne Elliot, opening in May. Meanwhile...
5th January 2007
The Society Of London Theatre is staging its fifth 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 60 shows, including opera, ballet...