News Archive

19th December 2008
The National Theatre's production of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford, with Kit Harington, Bronagh Gallagher, Colin Mace and Patrick Kane, directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott, in collaboration with South African puppet company Handspring, will transfer...
12th December 2008
The Society Of London Theatre has launched its seventh 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 45 shows, including opera...
5th December 2008
The Donmar Warehouse has announced a further production in its current season. Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, which follows the woes of a faded Southern belle, and her road to madness aided by her violent brother in law, with Rachel Weisz, directed by Rob Ashford, ...
28th November 2008
The usual suspects featured heavily in this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The Donmar Warehouse was the biggest hitter with its productions of The Chalk Garden taking Best Actress: Margaret Tyzack and Penelope Wilton, Othello taking best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best ...
21st November 2008
Next year's season at Shakespeare's Globe, titled Young Hearts, celebrating the heedless joy of youth and a love of life, will run from Shakespeare's birthday, 23rd April. It will comprise: Romeo And Juliet, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, opening on 30th April; As You Like It, opening...
14th November 2008
The National Theatre has announced further productions in its spring season: Peter Flannery's Burnt By The Sun, adapted from the 1994 film by Nikita Mikhalkov and Rustam Ibragimbekov, a tale of sexual jealousy, retribution and political rivalry in Russia at the beginning of Stalin...
7th November 2008
The spring season at the Royal Court Theatre will include Marius von Mayenburg's The Stone, in which, as a house passes from owner to owner, secrets buried in the garden and seeping from the walls reveal themselves, directed by Ramin Gray, opening on 9th February; Mark Ravenhill'...
31st October 2008
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Sean Mathias will succeed Jonathan Kent as artistic director at the Haymarket Theatre for its second producing season, which will open with Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, directed by Mathias, ...
24th October 2008
The Old Vic Theatre has announced its next season of productions. Joe Sutton's Complicit, exploring the current American political climate through the eyes of a journalist called before a Supreme Court Special Prosecutor, directed by Kevin Spacey, will receive its world premiere ...
17th October 2008
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Calendar Girls, adapted by Tim Firth from the 2003 film, about the members of the WI who posed for a calendar naked, but with their modesty preserved by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower...
10th October 2008
The spring season at the Young Vic will include the return of English National Opera with After Dido, a multimedia show inspired by Purcell's Dido And Aeneas, with Susan Bickley, James Gower, Adam Green, Helen Jarmanay, Katherine Manley and Nathan Vale, directed by Katie Mitchell...
3rd October 2008
The Society Of London Theatre is looking for 10 enthusiastic and knowledgeable theatregoers to join one of the judging panels for next year's Laurence Olivier Awards. Panellists will receive a pair of free tickets for all shows playing in the West End between 1st January and 31st...
26th September 2008
While presenting the Royal Shakespeare Company's Annual Report for 2007/2008, Michael Boyd announced some future production plans, which will feature an ensemble of 44 actors, with a major accent on Russia. Productions will include in 2009, new works by Russian writers, Natal'ia ...
19th September 2008
While presenting the National Theatre's Annual Report for 2007/2008, Nicholas Hytner announced some future production plans, which include: Jean Racine's Phaedra, with Helen Mirren and Margaret Tyzack, directed by Hytner; Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage And Her Children, with Fiona...
12th September 2008
The 16th London Open House, the annual scheme to allow the public into architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, takes place on 20th and 21st September. Over 700 locations will include old favourites of theatrical interest such as the Almeida, ...
5th September 2008
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, the iconic 18th century adventure story of swashbuckling pirates and the search for buried treasure in the Caribbean, in a new adaptation by Ken Ludwig, with Keith Allen, directed by Sean Holmes, will open a Christmas season at the Haymarket...
29th August 2008
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Menier Chocolate Factory production of the musical La Cage Aux Folles, adapted from the French play by Jean Poiret (and later film), book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, centred on a gay couple running a Saint...
21st August 2008
The National Theatre has confirmed the productions in its winter season. In the Olivier: Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn's play for actors and orchestra Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, in which a dissident is locked up in an asylum with a real lunatic who thinks he is surrounded by...
14th August 2008
The Society Of London Theatre's 11th Kids Week In The West End, is now on, running until 29th 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...
7th August 2008
The Chichester Festival/Headlong Theatre production of Rupert Goold and Ben Power's contemporary reworking of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters In Search Of An Author, in which six characters invade the editing of a documentary film and insist on being allowed to tell their story...
1st August 2008
Once again there is an extravagance of premieres in the 30th Dance Umbrella, running from 30th September to 8th November, presenting the best of national and international contemporary dance, with 21 companies performing at venues across London. Highlights include: Richard Alston...
25th July 2008
Shelagh Stephenson's stage adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's historical novel The Girl With A Pearl Earring, with Adrian Dunbar and Kimberley Nixon, directed by Joe Dowling, will open a prospective pre West End season at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 11th September. The novel provides...
18th July 2008
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 11th 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...
11th July 2008
The National Theatre has confirmed new productions opening this autumn. In the Olivier: Sophocles's Oedipus, in a new version by Frank McGuinness, with Ralph Fiennes, Alan Howard, Clare Higgins, Patrick Brennan, Steven Page, Christopher Saul, David Shaw-Parker and Malcolm Storry, ...
4th July 2008
Rain Man, adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon, from the 1989 film, about a self-centred yuppie car dealer who discovers that he has an autistic-savant brother who has been hidden in an institution, with Josh Hartnett and Adam Godley, directed by David Grindley, will open at the Apollo...
27th June 2008
The Donmar Warehouse has announced a further production. Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, in which a woman rebels against the confines of a Victorian marriage, in a new version by Zinnie Harris, with Gillian Anderson, directed by Kfir Yefe, will open in the spring. Meanwhile, Elena...
20th June 2008
New York TheatreNet: British talent failed to capitalise on its large number of nominations in this year's Broadway Tony Awards, the exceptions being Boeing-Boeing, which won Best Play Revival and Mark Rylance - Best Actor Play; The Seafarer, which took Jim Norton - Best Actor (Featured...
13th June 2008
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Royal Shakespeare Company will transfer three of its Stratford productions the to the Novello Theatre this winter. Hamlet, with David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Pennie Downie, Mariah Gale and Oliver Ford Davies, directed by Gregory Doran...
6th June 2008
With 31,320 performances, of 2,088 shows (350 of which will be free), in 247 venues, involving 18,792 performers, from 46 countries, the 62nd Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 3rd to 25th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the world's largest ...
30th May 2008
Royce Ryton's Crown Matrimonial, with Patricia Routledge, Rufus Wright, Emma Handy, Richard Hansell, Sam Hoare, Darlene Johnson, Laurence Kennedy, Jennifer Oscard, Rebecca Saire, Augustina Seymour and Dominic Cazenove, directed by David Grindley, will open a prospective pre West ...
23rd May 2008
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony Award winning Atlantic Theater Company production of the musical Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and music by Duncan Sheik, directed by Michael Mayer, with choreography by Bill T Jones, will receive its British...
16th May 2008
Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in the nominations for this year's New York Tony Awards. They are led by 9 nominations for Sunday In The Park With George, including Best Musical Revival, Jenna Russell - Best Actress Musical (Leading), Daniel Evans - Best Actor...
9th May 2008
Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female Of The Species, about a 1970s feminist icon held captive by a fan, with Eileen Aktins, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Sophie Thompson, Sam Kelly and Con O'Neill, directed by Roger Michell, will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 16th July. Originally set and...
2nd May 2008
LIFT - London International Festival of Theatre, which has presented cutting edge companies from all over the world since 1981, is returning after a break of 7 years, running from 12th June to 6th July. This year's event will see the launch of a mobile hub called The Lift, a four...
25th April 2008
Director and performer Robert Lepage's latest work Lipsynch, performed in French, German, Spanish and English (with English surtitles), will play at the Barbican Theatre from 6th to 14th September. The 9 hour performance, presented in 3 parts, spans a time frame of 70 years, exploring...
18th April 2008
English National Opera has announced its 2008/9 season at the London Coliseum. It will include the British premieres of john Adams's Doctor Atomic, directed by Penny Woolcock; and Kaija Saariaho's L'amore de loin; and new productions of Mascagni's Caveliera rusticana and Leoncavello...
11th April 2008
The 114th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 13th July and 13th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 76 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
4th April 2008
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for this year's festival, running from 8th to 31st August, including 3 world premieres, 2 European premieres, and 10 UK premieres, for which booking opens on 12th April. Theatre highlights include the National Theatre...
28th March 2008
This year's Glyndebourne season, running from 18th May to 31st August, will include a new commission: Love And Other Demons, composed by Peter Eotvos, libretto by Kornel Hamvai, adapted from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, a story of forbidden love set against a backdrop of slavery...
20th March 2008
The Royal Opera House has announced its 2008/2009 season. Royal Ballet highlights include: new works by Wayne McGregor in a triple bill with Flemming Flindt's The Lesson and Glen Tetley's Coulentaries; and Alastair Marriott in a triple bill with Fokine's Les Sylphide and The Firebird...
14th March 2008
In this year's Laurence Olivier Awards the honours were more evenly spread than ever before. In the subsidised sector, amongst others, the National took best Play Revival - St Joan and Best New Comedy - Rafta, Rafta; the Royal Court's The Seagull won Best Actress (Play) - Kristin...
7th March 2008
The Royal Shakespeare Company is encouraging schools to take a more practical approach to Shakespeare, with a new manifesto called Stand Up For Shakespeare. This has been developed following a year long consultation with teachers, students, policy makers and theatre companies across...
29th February 2008
The newly refurbished King's Head Theatre in Islington has announced a season of in house produced shows comprising: the premieres of The Black And White Ball, book by Warner Brown, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, a musical mystery concerning a 20 year old murder, directed by Matthew...
22nd February 2008
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its season running from 23rd May to 27th September. In the Festival Theatre: Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, in new version by Mike Poulton, about an actress returning to her family estate as it is about to be sold, with Diana Rigg, William...
15th February 2008
The spring season at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill Gate will comprise the world premiere of Press, athlete turned dancer/choreographer Pierre Rigal's solo performance piece exploring how personal space is confined by the pressures of modern life, opening on 19th February; the ...
8th February 2008
Maria Friedman will perform a new solo show, Maria Friedman: Rearranged, at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark, from 19th March to 4th May, accompanied by an 11 piece band. As with her earlier solo show, it will comprise new arrangements of show tunes and contemporary songs...
1st February 2008
It's Official! As previously forecast here, High School Musical, the stage adaptation of Disney's world conquering television film, book by David Simpatico, from the film script by Peter Barsocchini, directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Lisa Stevens, will play a 6 week ...
25th January 2008
The spring season at the Soho Theatre will include The Belarus Free Theatre performing the devised pieces Being Harold Pinter, combining transcripts from Belarusian political prisoners, with excerpts from Pinter's plays and his speech to the Nobel Prize Committee, and Generation ...
18th January 2008
The National Theatre has confirmed is productions for the rest of this year. In the Olivier: the premiere of Fram, about the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, written and directed by Tony Harrison, with Jasper Britton and Sian Thomas; Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, ...
11th January 2008
Roy Dotrice is returning to the role he created 40 years ago, as the 17th century author and antiquarian John Aubrey, in the one man show Brief Lives, written and directed by Patrick Garland, opening a prospective pre West End tour at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester on 7th February...