News Archive

20th December 2013
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical The Pajama Game, book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, adapted from Bissell's novel 7 Cents, about a strike in a garment...
13th December 2013
The Theatre Royal Stratford East will stage the musical Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, book by Frank Norman, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, adapted by Elliot Davis, set in the underworld of East London of the 1950s, where a criminal newly released from prison finds that he is ...
6th December 2013
Shakespeare's Globe has announced its 2014 season, comprising Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra; Julius Caesar directed by Dominic Dromgoole; Titus Andronicus directed by Lucy Bailey; and The Comedy Of Errors directed by Blanche McIntyre; and the premieres of Howard Brenton's Dr...
29th November 2013
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, in which a seance summons up the ghost of a novelist's first wife, who is determined to cause trouble for him and her replacement, with Angela Lansbury, Charles Edwards and Janie Dee, directed by Michael Blakemore...
22nd November 2013
Highlights of this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards include: Best Actor - Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester - Othello; Best Actress - Helen Mirren - The Audience; Best Play - Chimerica - Lucy Kirkwood; Best Musical - Merrily We Roll Along - George Furth and Stephen Sondheim; Best...
15th November 2013
Forthcoming productions at the National Theatre will include in the Olivier, the previously announced Shakespeare's King Lear, with Simon Russell Beale, Kate Fleetwood, Anna Maxwell Martin, Olivia Vinall, Adrian Scarborough and Stanley Townsend joined by Stephen Boxer, Tom Brooke...
8th November 2013
The London premiere of Putting It Together, the musical revue of 'middle period' songs by Stephen Sondheim, with Janie Dee, David Bedella, Daniel Crossley, Caroline Sheen and Damian Humbley, directed by Alistair Knights, with choreography by Matthew Rowland, will play at the St James...
1st November 2013
A revised version of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, adapted from the 1988 film about two con men competing to swindle money from an American heiress on the French Riviera, with Robert Lindsay...
25th October 2013
The spring season at the Donmar Warehouse will comprise the premieres of Versailles, written and directed by Peter Gill, about an English family whose son is involved in the negotiations of the peace treaty at the conclusion of the First World War, with Helen Bradbury, Barbara Flynn...
18th October 2013
Fuerzabruta, in which audiences are immersed in a series of 'experiences' as performers weave around, above and among them, to an accompaniment of pulsating music, will return to The Roundhouse at Chalk Farm for a season from 23rd December. Some Girl I Used To Know, a one person...
11th October 2013
Rambert Dance Company is to mark the opening of its purpose built 19m home on the South Bank behind the National Theatre, designed by Allies & Morrison, with Rambert Moves, a programme of free events from 2nd to 14th December. It will include performances of The Rite Of Spring, ...
4th October 2013
The National Theatre's Annual Report for 2012/2013, reveals that despite the Olympic Games it had a record breaking year financially, with income of 87m, partly thanks to the West End transfers of War Horse (which achieved 97% capacity), and One Man, Two Guvnors, which have also...
27th September 2013
The State Of Play: Theatre UK, a survey commissioned by Ticketmaster, paints a very positive picture of British Theatre. Key findings include: Theatre is more popular than attending sports events or concerts, with 63% of the UK population attending theatre in the last year, compared...
20th September 2013
It's Official! Craig Warner's adaptation of Strangers On A Train, Patricia Highsmith's novel in which two strangers agree to commit a murder for each other, with Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Imogen Stubbs, Miranda Raison, Christian McKay and MyAnna Buring, directed by Robert Allan ...
13th September 2013
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2014 season will include, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, with Antony Sher, Alex Hassell, Jasper Britton and Paola Dionisotti, directed by Gregory Doran, which will transfer to the Barbican Theatre as part of a new 3 year agreement...
6th September 2013
The National Theatre will mark its 50th anniversary with a celebration to be screened on BBC2 and in cinemas across the world on 2nd November. Simon Russell Beale, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester...
30th August 2013
Edinburgh Fringe Report: Maintaining its position as the world's biggest festival, ticket sales reached an all time high of 1,943,493, up 4.6% from 1,857,202 in 2012. There were 45,464 performances of 2,871 shows in 273 venues, up from 42,096 performances of 2,695 shows in 279 venues...
23rd August 2013
The Manchester International Festival production of Shakespeare's Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, will transfer to the Park Avenue Armory in New York next June. On The Casting Couch: David Tennant will be joined by Antony...
16th August 2013
The musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Burton Lane, in which a girl seeking help from a psychiatrist to give up smoking regresses to former lives during hypnotherapy sessions, with Vicki Lee Taylor, Nadeem Crowe, Rachel Spurrell...
9th August 2013
Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage, relating the story of a couple from a happy marriage through divorce and beyond, adapted by Joanna Murray-Smith, with Olivia Williams, Mark Bazeley, Shane Attwooll, Melanie Jessops and Aislinn Sands, directed by Trevor Nunn, will open at the...
2nd August 2013
The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe will join together to host a conference marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, from 31st July to 6th August next year. It will feature events, discussions, seminars and workshops run by leading scholars, writers...
26th July 2013
Jez Butterworth's Mojo, set in the Soho underworld of the late 1950s, involving rival gangs and a kidnapping, with Brendan Coyle, Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint, directed by Ian Rickson, will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 26th October. The producer is Sonia Friedman...
19th July 2013
Tim Price's I'm With The Band, with music by Gordon McIntyre, following the friendships and fallouts of rock band, alluding to the breakup of the United Kingdom, with James Hillier, Declan Rodgers, Andy Clark and Matthew Bulgo, directed by Hamish Pirie, will play at the St James ...
12th July 2013
The autumn season at the Royal Court Theatre will include Dennis Kelly's The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas, the story of a man on a journey from innocence to savage greed and knotted honesty, directed by Vicky Featherstone, opening on 11th September; the National Theatre of...
5th July 2013
Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride, spanning more than half a century to tell the story of a complex love triangle against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality, with Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton, Mathew Horne and Al Weaver, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open...
28th June 2013
The new musical Stephen Ward, book by Christopher Hampton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black, about the osteopath at the centre of the Profumo scandal of the 1960s, directed by Richard Eyre, choreographed by Stephen Mear, with a cast expected to be headed by Alexander...
21st June 2013
Chichester Festival Theatre will stage Shakespeare's King Lear, with Frank Langella, directed by Angus Jackson, in the Minerva Theatre, from 31st October, which will then transfer to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, from 7th January. It's Official! As previously forecast...
14th June 2013
The National Theatre has confirmed details of new productions in its autumn season, which will include in the Olivier, a contemporary production of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, with John Heffernan, Vanessa Kirby and Kyle Soller, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins; and Erich Kastner...
7th June 2013
Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, by Robert and David Goodale, adapted from P G Wodehouse's The Code Of The Woosters, with Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan, directed by Sean Foley, will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 12th November. The producers are by Mark Goucher...
31st May 2013
With 45,464 performances, of 2,871 shows (713 of which will be free), 1,585 premieres, from 41 countries, in 273 venues, involving 24,107 performers, the 66th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 2nd to 26th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the...
24th May 2013
The autumn season at the Donmar Warehouse will comprise the premiere of Nick Payne's The Same Deep Water As Me, a satire on compensation culture, with Nigel Lindsay, Daniel Mays, Monica Dolan, Peter Forbes, Joanna Griffin and Niky Wardley, directed by John Crowley, opening on 6th...
17th May 2013
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 16th 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 will run for a whole month, from 1st to 31st August. Children...
10th May 2013
The musical Billy, book by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, music by John Barry, lyrics by Don Black, based on Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's play Billy Liar, about a provincial dreamer at the dawn of the swinging '60s, with Keith Ramsay, Mark Carroll, Ricky Butt, Paddy Glynn...
3rd May 2013
This year's Laurence Olivier Awards were dominated by The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, taking a record equaling with 7, including New Play, Actor - Luke Treadaway, and Director - Marianne Elliott; Sweeney Todd, winning Musical Revival, Actor - Michael Ball, and ...
26th April 2013
The Lyceum Theatre Sheffield production of The Full Monty, a new play adapted from the 1997 film about unemployed Sheffield steelworkers who become male strippers, by original screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, (not the American musical, book by Terrence McNally, which relocated the action...
19th April 2013
The 119th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 12th July and 7th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 75 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
12th April 2013
Shakespeare's Globe will once again celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a weekend of events. On Saturday 20th April there will be the traditional Sonnet Walks, during which sonneteers entertain walkers along routes to Bankside starting from Westminster Abbey or St Leonard's Church...
5th April 2013
The National Theatre has announced further experimental productions in The Shed, its temporary replacement for the Cottesloe. Rory Mullarkey's The Grandfathers, following 8 boys from training camp to the battlefields of an unknown war, will open on 9th July, a Bristol Old Vic Young...
28th March 2013
The nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, Britain's premier theatre awards, given by the Society Of London Theatre, are dominated by The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time with 8, including New Play, Actor - Luke Treadaway, and Director - Marianne Elliott...
22nd March 2013
The Theatre Royal Bath production August Wilson's Fences, which tells of the struggle of a former Negro League baseball player who finds himself working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pitsburgh, with Lenny Henry, Tanya Moodi, Colin McFarlane, Peter Bankole, Ashley Zhangazha, directed...
15th March 2013
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Harold Pinter's The Hothouse, a black comedy set in a state run mental hospital, with Simon Russell Beale and John Simm, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 9th May. The Royal Opera House has announced its 2013...
8th March 2013
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, which satirises the rise of Hitler in Germany through the story of a Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade, translated...
1st March 2013
Moya Productions will stage Dermot Canavan's semi autobiographical play Third Finger, Left Hand, in which two estranged sisters come together following their mother's death to reminisce over a box of old photographs, with Imogen Stubbs and Amanda Daniels, directed by Ian Talbot, ...
22nd February 2013
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its 2013 season, with a 1,400 seater Theatre In The Park tent as its main space while the Festival Theatre undergoes refurbishment, which will host productions of Barnum, book by Mark Bramble, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart...
15th February 2013
The Almeida Theatre will stage Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, examining family, morality and guilt in a mother-son relationship, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, opening on 3rd October. House on the Hill Productions will stage Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen Of Carthage, charting...
8th February 2013
The Menier Chocolate Factory production of the musical Merrily We Roll Along, book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, adapted from the play by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart, charting the lives of a Broadway show writing partnership and their best friend over ...
1st February 2013
The National Theatre has announced productions for its 50th anniversary year, which will include in the Olivier: Shakespeare's Othello, with Adrian Lester, Rory Kinnear, Olivia Vinall, Jonathan Bailey and Lyndsey Marshal, directed by Nicholas Hytner; James Baldwin's The Amen Corner...
25th January 2013
The Royal Shakespesare Company's autumn season in Stratford upon Avon will include in the Main House: Shakespeare's Richard II, with David Tennant and Oliver Ford Davies, directed by Gregory Doran, from 10th October, which will transfer to the Barbican Theatre from 9th December; ...
18th January 2013
The National Theatre production of a double bill of monologues adapted from Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, performed by Alex Jennings, comprising Hymn, a memoir of music in childhood, directed by Nadia Fall, and Cocktail Sticks, in which a son talks to his dead father as his mother...
11th January 2013
The Royal Opera House has announced plans for new works to be staged in the next few years. The 2013/1214 season will see Gerald Barry's adaptation of The Importance Of Being Earnest, directed by Ramin Gray; Ben Frost's adaptation of Iain Banks's The Wasp Factory, text by David Pountney...
4th January 2013
The spring season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will include Githa Sowerby's The Stepmother, a play from 1924 about a woman trying to be both a mother and a businesswoman, directed by Sam Walters, from 6th February; G B Stern's The Man Who Pays The Piper, in which a 1920s...