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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

‘CODA’ Set for Stage Musical Adaptation by Deaf West Theatre, Vendôme Pictures and Pathe by Naman Ramachandran

Vendôme Pictures and Pathé are partnering with Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theatre to develop a stage musical adaptation of Oscar nominated and BAFTA-winning film “CODA.” PGA award-wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Friday, March 18, 2022

Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Kinky Boots,’ Henrik Ibsen’s ‘John Gabriel Borkman’ Get U.K. Revivals by Naman Ramachandran

The post-COVID U.K. theater scene is getting a boost with the revival of “Kinky Boots” and “John Gabriel Borkman.” The Tony and Olivier award-winning musical “Kinky Boots,” based…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:09AM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

A.R. Rahman, Shekhar Kapur Unwrap ‘Why? The Musical’ at Expo 2020 in Dubai by Naman Ramachandran

Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and revered “Elizabeth” and “Bandit Queen” filmmaker Shekhar Kapur have teamed to create Expo 2020 Du…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Curtains for ‘ Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)’ at London’s West End – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

THEATER The ongoing omicron wave in the U.K. has claimed another victim, with the producers of acclaimed play “Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)” at the Criterion Theatre on London’s Wes…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:41AM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Pauses ‘Cinderella’ Until February as Omicron Fears Devastate U.K. Theaters by Naman Ramachandran

Super-producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has halted performances of hit West End musical “Cinderella” until Feb. 2022 as the Omicron variant of coronavirus surges across the U.K. …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:26AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

U.K. Reveals $1.3 Billion Relief Plan for Omicron-Impacted Businesses, Including Cinemas and Theaters by Naman Ramachandran

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) plan designed to help businesses impacted by the Omicron variant of coronavirus that is sweeping across…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:24PM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Satire ‘Spitting Image’ to Make West End Debut, Lampooning U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson by Naman Ramachandran

“Spitting Image,” the iconic British satirical puppet show rebooted for streamer BritBox U.K., is set to make its stage debut at London’s West End in 2022. The target of the show will …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:22PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

‘The Levelling’ Director Hope Dickson Leach Sets Hybrid Version of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Naman Ramachandran

Hope Dickson Leach, BAFTA-winning director of acclaimed Toronto, Rotterdam and London festival selection “The Levelling,” has embarked upon a hybrid adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson�…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

U.K. Arts Workers Union Asks Venues and Producers to Enforce Masks for Audiences as Omicron Surges by Naman Ramachandran

Equity, the U.K. trade union for performing arts workers, has called on theater venues and producers to enforce mask-wearing among audience members. The request is in light of a surge in the…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:38AM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Antony Sher, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ Actor, Dies at 72 by Naman Ramachandran

Antony Sher, the South Africa born theater actor known for his Shakespearean roles, has died of cancer. He was 72. The news was revealed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on Friday. She…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11AM
Monday, November 29, 2021

London’s West End Theaters to Dim Lights in Memory of Legendary Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim by Naman Ramachandran

Theaters in London’s West End are getting ready to honor the memory of the late composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who passed away at the age of 91 on Friday. The theaters will dim th…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

Eddie Redmayne: Playing Trans Character in ‘The Danish Girl’ Was a ‘Mistake’ by Naman Ramachandran

Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has said that playing a trans character in “The Danish Girl” was a “mistake.” Based on true events, Redmayne played one of the first people in the …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:10AM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

New Stephen Beresford, Anupama Chandrasekhar, David Eldridge Works Mark Bumper 2022 for U.K. Theater by Naman Ramachandran

The 2022 U.K. theater season promises to be a bumper one with new works from Stephen Beresford, Anupama Chandrasekhar, David Eldridge and Alecky Blythe among the highlights. Three-time Olivi…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:25AM
Friday, October 22, 2021

Bollywood Hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ Goes to Broadway With Top Talent Attached (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s immensely popular 1995 Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” commonly abbreviated to DDLJ, is being adapted as a Broadway stage musical titled …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Ralph Fiennes to Lead Cast of David Hare’s ‘Straight Line Crazy’ by Naman Ramachandran

Ralph Fiennes will lead the cast in the world premiere of David Hare’s “Straight Line Crazy,” to be directed by Nicholas Hytner at London’s The Bridge theater. Fiennes stars as Rober…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:57PM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Robert J. Sherman, Bret Goldin, Andrew Kaplan Team to Form Sherman Theatrical Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

Songwriter and producer Robert J. Sherman is continuing his family’s rich musical legacy by teaming with finance professionals Bret Goldin and Andrew Kaplan to form Sherman Theatrical Ente…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Closes ‘Cinderella’ Musical After Cast Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 by Naman Ramachandran

Composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber has decided not to open his £6 million ($8.2 million) musical “Cinderella,” one day before it was due to open at London’s West End after a ca…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:28PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Playwright Jack Thorne to Deliver MacTaggart Lecture at Edinburgh TV Festival by Naman Ramachandran

Acclaimed dramatist and playwright Jack Thorne will deliver this year’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Thorne’s credits include the West End play “Harr…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:29AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Returns to London’s West End – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

RESUMPTION The producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, have confirmed that the two-part mul…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:42AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Theater Industry Sue U.K. Government to Reveal COVID-19 Events Research Results by Naman Ramachandran

Super-producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has joined his fellow artists working in the beleaguered theater and music industries in taking legal steps to get the U.K. government to rele…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:17AM
Friday, June 18, 2021

‘Mamma Mia!’ Musical Returns to London’s West End – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

THEATER Smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” will return to London’s West End at the Novello Theatre from Aug. 25. The beleaguered U.K. theater sector is operating at a vastly reduced capaci…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:10PM
Monday, June 14, 2021

‘Two Popes’ Actor Jonathan Pryce, ‘Great British Bake Off’ Judge Prue Leith Recognized in Queen’s Birthday Honors by Naman Ramachandran

“The Two Popes” actor Jonathan Pryce, “The Great British Bake Off” judge Prue Leith and “Strictly Come Dancing” judge Arlene Phillips are among those in the arts named to Britain…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:47AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Defies Possible Delay in Fully Reopening U.K. Theaters: ‘Come to the Theater and Arrest Us’ by Naman Ramachandran

Super-producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is prepared to defy the U.K. government if there is any delay in theaters expanding to 100% seating capacity on June 21. While the date is the…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:59AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

AMC Raises $230 Million From Equity Sales For Acquisitions, Investments; Discussions Underway With Arclight and Pacific Landlords by Naman Ramachandran

Leading cinema chain AMC is raising $230.5 million to purchase additional cinema leases and grow the consumer appeal of its existing properties. AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. revealed on …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:18AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

‘Fleabag,’ Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Hamlet’ Among National Theatre Productions on Amazon – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

In today’s Global Bulletin, U.K.’s National Theatre filmed plays to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. and Ireland; Mubi boards U.K., Ireland rights for Paul Verhoeven’s Cannes t…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:08AM
Thursday, May 13, 2021

London’s West End Set to Return in Stages After COVID-Devastated Year by Naman Ramachandran

The U.K. theater scene was vibrant, with a box office breaking £1 billion ($1.4 billion) annually, until coronavirus struck in 2020. Of this, London’s famed West End theater district cont…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:18PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘We Are Exhausted and We Are Angry’: 800 People Sign Letter Detailing Plight of Women and Call For Change in Noel Clarke Fallout by Naman Ramachandran

More than 800 members of the U.K. entertainment industry have signed an open letter decrying a work culture that’s been put in sharp relief following multiple misconduct allegations agains…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:10AM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

‘Fleabag’ Commissioner Shane Allen Exits BBC to Form New Comedy Outfit by Naman Ramachandran

Shane Allen, BBC’s director of comedy, is leaving the broadcaster to team with recently departed head of comedy commissioning Kate Daughton to launch a new outfit. Boffola Pictures Limited…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:41PM
Saturday, May 1, 2021

U.K. Moviegoers Offered 200,000 Free Tickets in June Through National Lottery Cinema Weekend by Naman Ramachandran

Punters across the U.K. can claim 200,000 free tickets to watch any film screening at 500 sites on the weekend of June 19 and 20, as part of the National Lottery Cinema Weekend. The weekend …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:30AM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Prince William, Leslie Odom Jr, Priyanka Chopra Jonas Among BAFTA Awards Presenters & Performers by Naman Ramachandran

Prince William, Renée Zellweger, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Leslie Odom Jr are part of the star-studded line-up set to appear at the BAFTA Film Awards on April 10 and 11. Clara Amfo will hos…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:10AM
Thursday, April 1, 2021

U.K. Government Distributes $553 Million More From Culture Recovery Fund to Arts Organizations by Naman Ramachandran

The U.K. government is disbursing £400 million ($553 million) to 2,700 organizations affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The distribution is part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:05PM

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