News Archive

31st December 2010
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 ...
17th December 2010
The opening productions in the first full season at the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon will be Macbeth with Jonathan Slinger, directed by Michael Boyd, from 16th April, and The Merchant Of Venice, with Patrick Stewart, directed by Rupert Goold, from 13th May...
10th December 2010
Booking has opened for The Society Of London Theatre's 10th 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 some 50 shows, including ...
3rd December 2010
The Bridge Project has amended the schedule for its final season, which features Shakespeare's Richard III, with Kevin Spacey leading a company of British and American actors, directed by Sam Mendes. The production will now open at the Old Vic in London on 29th June next year, prior...
26th November 2010
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its 50th birthday season, opening on 14th April, which will include in the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Macbeth, directed by Michael Boyd; The Merchant Of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold; A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Nancy ...
19th November 2010
The spring season at the National Theatre will include, in the Olivier: Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, directed by Danny Boyle, opening on 22nd and 23rd February; in the Lyttelton: Moira Buffini and Matt Charman's Greenland, a documentary...
12th November 2010
Next year's season at Shakespeare's Globe, titled The Word Is God, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, will again run from Shakespeare's birthday, 23rd April. It will comprise: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well from 27th April, and Much Ado About Nothing...
5th November 2010
Arts Council England has announced a new system for the administration of its grants from next year, which will lead to the number of organisations it funds being reduced by as many as 100 from the current total of 850. ACE will abolish the ongoing funding for companies such as the...
29th October 2010
The London International Mime Festival will run from 15th to 30th January, featuring companies from around the world spanning the full range of visual theatre, including leading exponents of mime, animation, circus, puppetry, clowning, juggling and vaudeville, together with a programme...
22nd October 2010
Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss will star in a West End production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, in which a disgruntled student in a girl's school in the 1930s claims that the two headmistresses are lovers, directed by Ian Rickson, opening in February. The producers...
15th October 2010
The winter season at the Almeida Theatre in Islington will comprise the British premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw, a contemporary tale of tangled love lives, with Daisy Haggard, Haydn Gwynne, Anna Madeley, Vincent Montuel, and David Wilson Barnes, who featured in the Off Broadway...
8th October 2010
While presenting the National Theatre's Annual Report for 2009/2010, Nicholas Hytner confirmed some future production plans, which include: Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, with Zoe Wanamaker, directed by Howard Davies; Shakespeare's A Comedy Of Errors, directed by Dominic Cooke...
1st October 2010
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Royal Court Theatre production of Bruce Norris's black comedy Clybourne Park, charting how change overtakes an American neighbourhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants and property values, between 1958 and 2008, with Martin...
24th September 2010
The Theatre Royal Bath production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals, the classic comedy of romance, confusion and commitment, set in Regency Bath, with Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, directed by Peter Hall, will transfer to the Haymarket Theatre, opening on 23rd November...
17th September 2010
Once again there is an extravagance of premieres in the 32nd Dance Umbrella, running from 5th to 30th October, presenting the best of national and international contemporary dance, with 24 artists and companies performing at venues across London. Highlights include: Stephen Petronio...
10th September 2010
The National Theatre has confirmed that Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings, which follows a group of characters over the family Christmas celebration from hell, with Oliver Chris, Mark Gatiss, Katherine Parkinson, Jenna Russell, Neil Stuke, Catherine Tate, David Troughton, Nicola...
3rd September 2010
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the first productions in the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre and refurbished Swan Theatre, after their 'on time and on budget', 4 year, 112.8m redevelopment. In a 'safety first' move, these will be transfers from the Courtyard Theatre. In...
27th August 2010
The Bridge Project has announced that its final season will be a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, with Kevin Spacey leading a company of British and American actors, directed by Sam Mendes. The production will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in February ...
20th August 2010
Following the refurbishment of the auditorium, the autumn season at the Theatre Royal Bath will include Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals, the classic comedy of romance, confusion and commitment, set in Regency Bath, with Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, directed by Peter Hall...
13th August 2010
The autumn season at the Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court will include: Suzan-Lori Parks's In The Blood, a contemporary picture of a single mother living on the streets of New York, with Frances Ashman, Natasha Bain, Eleanor Fanyinka, Vinta Morgan, Richard Pepple and Clifford Samuel...
6th August 2010
The Bush Theatre has announced its 2010/2011 season, comprising: the British premiere of Annie Baker's The Aliens, examining contemporary America by following professional dropouts who spend their days sitting in a coffee shop discussing music and the drudgery of work, directed by...
30th July 2010
This year's Kids Week in the West End, organised by the Society Of London Theatre to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events, is proving so popular that it is being extended to a third week, and will now run until 3rd...
23rd July 2010
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Love Story, book and lyrics by Stephen Clark, music and lyrics by Howard Goodall, adapted from Erich Segal's novel about college students who fall in love despite their different...
16th July 2010
The Old Vic Theatre has announced further productions in its 2010/2011 season. Georges Feydeau's A Flea In Her Ear, in the version by John Mortimer, in which a wife's trap designed to reveal her husband's infidelity results in mistaken identities, bruised egos and comic disaster...
9th July 2010
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 13th 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...
2nd July 2010
The National Theatre has announced further productions in its autumn season. In the Lyttelton: the premiere of J T Rogers's Blood And Gifts, a global political thriller set at the time of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, with Matthew Marsh and Lloyd Owen, directed by Howard...
25th June 2010
The Royal Shakespeare Company will play a 10 week season at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm with a repertoire of plays from its Stratford season, performed by an ensemble of 44 actors, opening on 2nd December. As with its previous season, a thrust stage will be constructed with a 750...
18th June 2010
British productions and performers were the biggest winners in this year's New York Tony Awards, with the Donmar Warehouse production of Red taking 6 (the most for any show): Play, Eddie Redmayne - Actor Play (Featured), Michael Grandage - Director (Play), Christopher Oram - Scenic...
11th June 2010
With 40,254 performances, of 2,453 shows (558 of which will be free), in 259 venues, involving 21,148 performers, the 64th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 6th to 30th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the world's largest arts festival. In fact...
4th June 2010
The summer dance season at the London Coliseum will include the Mikhailovsky Ballet performing Swan Lake, Giselle, Cipollino, Triple Bill and Laurencia, from 13th to 21st July; Carlos Acosta with a programme featuring new works by George Cespedes, Edwaard Liang, Acosta himself, and...
28th May 2010
The 48th City Of London Festival, running from 21st June to 9th July, has the twin themes of music from the Portuguese speaking world and a celebration of the 200th birthday of Chopin. The festival comprises the usual mixture of lunchtime, rush hour and evening events, with concerts...
21st May 2010
Neil Simon's dark comedy The Prisoner Of Second Avenue, with Jeff Goldblum, Terry Johnson, will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 13th July. Set in 1970s New York, it relates the experiences of a couple when the husband is made redundant and suffers a nervoius breakdown. The producers...
14th May 2010
The Royal Court Theatre will stage its first family Christmas show. Get Santa!, written and directed by Anthony Neilson, with music by Nick Powell, who also collaborated on the story, about a 10 year old girl's mission to find the perfect family by enlisting the help of Santa Claus...
7th May 2010
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 the Menier Chocolate Factory productions of La Cage Aux Folles with 11 nominations, including Musical Revival, Actor Musical (Leading) - Douglas Hodge and...
30th April 2010
It has been confirmed that television cast production of The Wizard Of Oz, adapted by John Kane from the 1939 film based on L Frank Baum's Oz stories, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, will play at the London Palladium, beginning on 19th March. The production is expected...
23rd April 2010
The 116th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 16th July and 11th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 76 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
16th April 2010
English National Opera has announced its 2009/2010 season at the London Coliseum. It will include new productions of Gunod's Faust, directed by Des McAnuff, a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Handel's Radamisto, directed by David Alden; Mozart's Don Giovanni, ...
9th April 2010
Once again Shakespeare's birthday will receive a celebration at Shakespeare's Globe. On Saturday 17th 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 Tudor London...
1st April 2010
LIFT - the London International Festival of Theatre will return as a full scale festival, presenting cutting edge companies from all over the world, from 23rd June to 17th July, after which it will become a biennial event again. The programme will feature 7 British premieres, and...
26th March 2010
This year's Laurence Olivier Awards were dominated by Donmar Warehouse productions, A Streetcar Named Desire winning Actress (Play) - Rachel Weisz, Supporting Actress (Play) - Ruth Wilson; and Red winning Supporting Actor (Play) - Eddie Redmayne; and Royal Court productions Jerusalem...
19th March 2010
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for this year's festival, running from 13th August to 5th September, for which booking opens on 27th March. Theatre highlights include The Gospel Of Colonus, a contemporary musical adapted from Sophocles's Oedipus Rex...
12th March 2010
The Royal Opera House has announced its 2009/2010 season. Royal Opera highlights will include: the world premiere of Anna Nicole, libretto by Richard Thomas, music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, about the life of American glamour model Anna Nicole Smith, with Eva-Maria Westbroek, directed...
5th March 2010
Tap Dogs, featuring 'six guys from a building site' dressed in Blundstone boots and jeans, who tap, stomp, jump, grind and splash their way through a series of routines created by choreographer Dein Perry and designer/director Nigel Triffitt, will return to the West End at the Novello...
26th February 2010
For the first time, the presentation of the Laurence Olivier Awards, given by the Society Of London Theatre, will be streamed live on the SOLT web site, from the Grosvenor House Hotel on 21st March, from 6.30pm. Disgracefully, Britain's premier theatre awards ceremony has not been...
19th February 2010
It's Official! As previously forecast here, David Herson's La Bete, a Moliere style comedy pitting the head of the royal court sponsored theatre troupe against a foppish, frivolous street entertainer in 17th century France, with Joanna Lumley, Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce, ...
12th February 2010
The nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, Britain's premier theatre awards, given by the Society Of London Theatre, are dominated by Royal Court Theatre productions with 15, including Enron: New Play, Samuel West - Actor (Play), Tim Piggott-Smith - Supporting Actor...
5th February 2010
The 33rd London Handel Festival runs from 23rd February to 2nd April, with highlights including: a fully staged performance of the third version of Il pastor fido, bringing baroque dance to the Festival for the first time; Apollo e Dafne performed by La Nuova Musica, with Lucy Crowe...
29th January 2010
Despite the current economic situation, figures released by the Society Of London Theatre reveal that West End theatre enjoyed a record breaking year in 2009. There were 14,257,922 tickets sold, up 5.5% on the previous record of 13,807,286 set in 2008, while box office revenue totalled...
22nd January 2010
The National Theatre has announced further productions for the spring and summer. In the Olivier: Thomas Middleton's Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women, with Harriet Walter and Samuel Barnett, directed by Marianne Elliott, opening on 27th April; the premiere of Moira Buffini's Welcome...
15th January 2010
The Laurence Olivier Awards is creating a new Audience Award, giving theatregoing audiences the chance to honour their favourite long running West End show. Voting is in two stages: first the selection of a shortlist from a field of 20, for which voting closes on 1st February, and...
8th January 2010
The Place is presenting its 21st Resolution! season of new dance ideas and fledgling talent, running until 20th February. 102 companies, selected from hundreds of applicants from this country and abroad, have an opportunity to present their work, with three different 30 minute programmes...