News Archive

31st December 2009
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 ...
18th December 2009
The Edinburgh Fringe has launched its annual nationwide Roadshow of seminars to give would be producers an idea of what is involved in taking part. Dates and locations are: in January: 17th - Barrow Street Theatre, New York; February: 6th - Shaw Theatre, London, 13th - Edinburgh ...
11th December 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, a comedy that explores the difference between art and emotion, as a writer has an affair with the wife of an actor in one of his plays, which is about adultery, with Toby Stephens, directed by Anna Mackmin...
3rd December 2009
Next year's season at Shakespeare's Globe, titled Kings And Rogues, will again run from Shakespeare's birthday, 23rd April. It will comprise: Macbeth, opening on 29th April; Henry VIII, opening on 24th May; Henry IV Parts I and II, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, opening on 14th July...
27th November 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Theatre Royal Windsor production of Agatha Christie's A Daughter's A Daughter (written under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott) set in the heady world immediately following the end of the Second World War, involving a mother and daughter...
20th November 2009
The spring season at Sadler's Wells will include a number of premieres with first time visits by English Touring Opera with Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Danza Contemporanea de Cuba; Compagnie Marie Chouinard; the...
13th November 2009
The spring season at the National Theatre will include: in the Olivier, Dion Boucicault's wild country house comedy of tangled love lives London Assurance, with Richard Briers, Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw, Paul Ready and Michelle Terry, directed by Nicholas Hytner; in the Lyttelton...
6th November 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the world's longest running musical, The Fantasticks, the coming of age fable, about a boy and girl whose romance is engineered by their fathers, but is cemented by their experience of the world outside, book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music...
30th October 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with David Suchet and Zoe Wannamaker, directed by Howard Davies, will open at the Apollo Theatre on 27th May. It is the story of a man who sold defective airplane parts to the military, and deflected the blame...
23rd October 2009
The previously mentioned Theatre Royal Bath production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, about a divorced couple who, finding themselves honeymooning with new partners in adjoining suites in the south of France, also find that their relationship is actually not over, with Kim Cattral...
16th October 2009
The Bridge Project has announced that the company of British and American actors for its second season productions of Shakespeare's As You Like It and The Tempest, directed by Sam Mendes, will comprise Stephen Dillane, Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance, Ron Cephas Jones, Thomas Sadoski...
9th October 2009
It has finally been confirmed that Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera, book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, with Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Summer Strallen, Liz Robertson and Joseph Millson in the...
2nd October 2009
Once again there is an extravagance of premieres in the 30th Dance Umbrella, running from 6th October to 7th November, presenting the best of national and international contemporary dance, with 20 companies performing at venues across London. Highlights include: Cloud Gate Dance ...
25th September 2009
While presenting the National Theatre's Annual Report for 2008/2009, Nicholas Hytner announced some future production plans, which include: Rory Kinnear as Hamlet, directed by Nicholas Hytner; Georg Buchner's Danton's Death, directed by Michael Grandage; Thomas Middleton's Women ...
18th September 2009
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 19th and 20th September. Over 700 locations will include old favourites of theatrical interest such as the Almeida, ...
11th September 2009
The Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park has announced its 2010 season, which will run from 24th May to 11th September, and comprise: Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which equates the 17th century Salem witch trials to the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigation into communist...
4th September 2009
The Royal Shakespeare Company's forthcoming Stratford production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with Richard Wilson, Sam Alexander, Nancy Carroll, Alexandra Gilbreath, James Fleet, Richard McCabe, Jo Stone-Fewings and Miltos Yerolemou, directed by Gregory Doran, will transfer to...
28th August 2009
Italian magician, actor and quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti will premiere his latest show Arturo Brachetti - Change, telling the story of a legendary artiste of the golden age of cabaret whose memories of his career come to life, written and directed by Sean Foley, at the Garrick...
21st August 2009
The National Theatre has announced further details of its autumn season. In the Lyttelton: the previously mentioned premieres of David Hare's The Power Of Yes, a socialist analysis of the world financial crisis, and how government has dealt with its consequences, with Jasper Britton...
14th August 2009
Judi Dench will play Titania in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Peter Hall, at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, from 15th February to 20th March. The production will be set in Elizabethan England, with Titania, the Fairy Queen, imagined as a portrait of the ageing...
7th August 2009
The new season at the Bush Theatre on Shepherds Bush Green will include Jack Thorne's 2nd May 1997, in which three personal stories unravel as the results of New Labour's first general election victory are declared, with James Barrett, Geoffrey Beevers, Linda Broughton, Jamie Samuel...
31st July 2009
Richard Briers will make his final stage appearance, with Adrian Scarborough and Miriam Margolyes, in Complicite's production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame, directed by Simon McBurney, opening at the Duchess Theatre on 24th September. Since it's impossible to summarise any Beckett ...
24th July 2009
New York TheatreNet: Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman will star in the premiere of Keith Huff's A Steady Rain, about two cops whose lifelong friendship is severely tested when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a young boy, directed by John Crowley...
17th July 2009
A new play by Roy Smiles, Kurt & Sid, which imagines a meeting between Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, and his hero, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, with Danny Dyer and Shaun Evans, directed by Tim Stark, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 14th September. The producers are Andrew Jenkins...
10th July 2009
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 12th 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...
3rd July 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Gaiety Theatre Dublin production of The Shawshank Redemption, adapted by Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns from Stephen King's novella, in which a man serving two life sentences finds hope through friendship with a fellow inmate, with Reg...
26th June 2009
Live Nation, Britain's largest theatre operator, has put all its venues up for sale, which comprise the Apollo Victoria, the Lyceum and a 1/3 stake in the Dominion in London, and 14 major theatres across the country. It is part of the company's world wide strategy of concentrating...
19th June 2009
The autumn season at the National Theatre will include in the Lyttelton: the premiere of David Hare's The Power Of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks To Understand The Financial Crisis , a socialist analysis of the world financial crisis, and how government has dealt with its consequences, opening...
12th June 2009
New York TheatreNet: The big winners in this year's Broadway Tony Awards were the British imports, with Billy Elliot taking 10 awards, including Best Musical, David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish - Best Actor Musical, Stephen Daldry - Best Director Musical and Peter Darling...
5th June 2009
The 2009/2010 season at the Old Vic Theatre will include Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee's Inherit The Wind, based on the 1925 Scopes 'Monkey' trial, over the right of a science teacher to educate his students on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, with Kevin Spacey, directed ...
29th May 2009
Once again the National Theatre will be presenting Watch This Space, its free outdoor festival in the riverside Theatre Square, from 1st July to 27th September. The programme of over 300 street theatre, music, circus, late night cinema, installations, dance, cabaret and other events...
22nd May 2009
Alan Bennett's new play, now officially titled The Habit Of Art, about the friendship between W H Auden and Benjamin Britten, will feature Michael Gambon, Alex Jennings and Frances De La Tour, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and will open at the National Theatre next winter. The ...
15th May 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, a stage version of Breakfast At Tiffany's, adapted by Samuel Adamson directly from Truman Capote's novella, rather than the film, with Anna Friel and Joseph Cross, directed by Sean Mathias, will open the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th ...
8th May 2009
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 Billy Elliot with 15 nominations (tying with The Producers for the all time record) including Best Musical, Book and Original Score, David Alvarez, Trent...
1st May 2009
The Society Of London Theatre has launched a new Senior Savers initiative, with spring offers for not so spring chickens. Anyone over 60 will be able to buy best seats for half price, in advance, with no booking or postage fees, for over 15 plays, musicals and opera, for performances...
24th April 2009
The Royal Opera House has announced its 2009/2010 season. Royal Opera highlights will include: new productions of Wagner's Tristan Und Isolde, directed by Christof Loy; Tchaikovsky's The Tsarina's Slippers, with the Royal Ballet, directed by Francesca Zambello; Prokofiev's The Gambler...
17th April 2009
Once again Shakespeare's birthday will receive a three day celebration at Shakespeare's Globe. On Saturday 18th 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...
9th April 2009
The 115th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 17th July and 12th September, featuring over 100 concerts for the first time. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 76 main concerts (at least one every evening...
3rd April 2009
English National Opera has announced its 2009/10 season at the London Coliseum. It will include new productions of Puccini's Turandot, directed by Rupert Goold; Bartok's Duke Bluebeard's Castle, directed by Daniel Kramer, in a double bill with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre performing...
27th March 2009
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for this year's festival, running from 14th August to 6th September, for which booking opens on 4th April. Theatre highlights include Rona Munro's The Last Witch, based on the historical account of the last woman to...
20th March 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, about the relationships between past and present, order and disorder, and the certainty of knowledge, with Samantha Bond, Nancy Carroll, Jessie Cave, Neil Pearson, Dan Stevens and Ed Stoppard, directed by David Leveaux...
13th March 2009
The Barbican Centre's 2009/2010 season will include a new work from the Michael Clark Company set to the music of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed; Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam's 6 hour multimedia spectacle based on Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony And...
6th March 2009
Following the successful tour last year of 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, comes High School Musical...
27th February 2009
The National Theatre has announced further details of its new productions this spring. In the Olivier, Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, with Clare Higgins, Conleth Hill, Michelle Terry, George Rainsford, Janet Henfrey, Sioned Jones, Elliot Levey, Brendan O'Hea and Michael...
20th February 2009
The Tony Award winning Atlantic Theatre Company New York production of the musical Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, with Aneurin Barnard, Charlotte Wakefield, Iwan Rheon, Sian Thomas and Richard Cordery, directed by Michael Mayer, with choreography...
13th February 2009
Arts Council England has officially launched A Night Less Ordinary, the scheme designed to encourage young people to gain the theatregoing habit. 618,000 free tickets will be made available to young people under the age of 26 at selected venues throughout the country, over a 2 year...
6th February 2009
The nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, Britain's premier theatre awards, given by the Society Of London Theatre, are dominated by Donmar Warehouse productions with 13, including Actress (Play): Penelope Wilton and Margaret Tyzack and Play Revival - The Chalk Garden...
30th January 2009
Despite the current economic situation, figures released by the Society Of London Theatre reveal that West End theatre enjoyed a record breaking year in 2008. There were 13,807,286 tickets sold, up 1% on the previous record of 13,630,810 set in 2007, while box office revenue totalled...
23rd January 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, The Last Cigarette, adapted by Simon Gray and Hugh Whitemore from the final volume of Gray's Smoking Diaries, with Felicity Kendal, Nicholas Le Prevost and Jasper Britton, directed by Richard Eyre, will receive its premiere at in the Minerva...
16th January 2009
The National Theatre has announced further productions in its autumn season. In the Olivier: Terry Pratchett's Nation, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, about the survivors of a tsunami on an island in the South Seas, directed by Melly Still; in the Lyttelton: a new play by Alan Bennett...
9th January 2009
On The Waterfront, a stage version of the 1954 film, about mob violence and corruption in the docks of 1950s New York, conceived and directed by Steven Berkoff, adapted by Budd Schulberg and Stan Silverman, from Schulberg's screenplay, which premiered at Nottingham Playhouse last...
2nd January 2009
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 ...