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Thursday, January 12, 2023

U.K.’s Equity, ITC Agree Pay Rises for Performers and Creatives – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

AGREEMENT Equity, the U.K. trade union for creative practitioners, and Independent Theatre Council (ITC), the management association representing the independent performing arts sector, have…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:19AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical’ Extends San Diego Run, Cast Celebrates Representation (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

San Diego’s The Old Globe has announced an extension of Aditya Chopra’s “Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” due to popular demand. The Broadway-bound production has been extende…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:30AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Funny Boy’ Star Nimmi Harasgama Returns to U.K. Stage With ‘Silence,’ Reveals Future Projects by Naman Ramachandran

British-Sri Lankan actor Nimmi Harasgama has returned to the U.K. stage after nearly a decade with “Silence,” a co-production between Donmar Warehouse and Tara Theatre. Harasgama, who wa…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:19AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Royal Shakespeare Company Sets Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey as Co-Artistic Directors by Naman Ramachandran

Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey will be the co-artistic directors of the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Bard-centric troupe based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, from June 2023. Gregor…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:01PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

‘Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical’ Lead Shoba Narayan Talks South Asian Representation on Broadway (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

For Shoba Narayan, the Indian American lead of Aditya Chopra’s “Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical,” the Broadway-bound production is a dream come true. Chopra’s U.S. stage music…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:30AM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

‘A Little Life,’ ‘Bloody Difficult Women’ Light Up Edinburgh, While ‘Not For Everyone’ Lives Up to Its Name: The Hits — and Misses — o by Naman Ramachandran

Two years ago, the Edinburgh Festival — comprised of film and TV events but dominated by the much larger Fringe festival — was entirely canceled by COVID. In 2021, it returned in a much …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:12AM
Friday, August 26, 2022

Aditya Chopra Reveals Vision for ‘DDLJ’ Stage Adaptation: ‘Diverse Cultures Coming Together in a Story That Celebrates Love (EXCLUSIVE) by Naman Ramachandran

Director Aditya Chopra has revealed a grand vision for “Come Fall in Love,” the stage adaptation of his immensely popular 1995 film Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” comm…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:30PM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Hilary Linstead, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Casting Director, and Producer, Dies at 83 by Naman Ramachandran

Hilary Linstead, casting director, agent and film and stage producer died on Aug. 6 after contracting a form of leukaemia. She was 83. Described as a “force of nature” by her friends and…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:17AM
Monday, August 15, 2022

‘The Crown’ Actor Sam Crane to Play Lead in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Naman Ramachandran

Sam Crane will play Harry Potter in the new company that commences performances on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at London’s Palace Theatre from Oct. 13. Crane’s credits includ…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:55AM
Saturday, August 13, 2022

‘Shantaram,’ Gandhi’s Assassin, Ophelia: The Many Faces of Shubham Saraf by Naman Ramachandran

During his eclectic career so far British actor Shubham Saraf has played a variety of roles. Saraf, who studied at the U.K.’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and France’s École Phil…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

‘Grease The Musical’ London Cast Dedicates Show Run to Olivia Newton-John by Naman Ramachandran

The cast of “Grease The Musical” at London’s West End have dedicated the run of the show to Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday. Newton-John was known for playing Sandy in the 1978 …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:03AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

‘Peaky Blinders’ Show Preview, UB40, Beverley Knight Performances to Feature in Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony by Naman Ramachandran

A sequence from an upcoming “Peaky Blinders” stage show and a performance from legendary local band UB40 are amongst the highlights of closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:55AM
Friday, August 5, 2022

Yash Raj Films Celebrates Multiculturalism With ‘Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical’ by Naman Ramachandran

Aditya Chopra’s U.S. stage musical reimagining of his immensely popular 1995 Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” commonly abbreviated to DDLJ, addresses the need for cultural…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:51AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

‘Cock’ Star Joel Harper-Jackson on Dramatically Replacing Taron Egerton: ‘A Real Baptism of Fire’ by Naman Ramachandran

Joel Harper-Jackson made his debut as a leading man in London’s West End in dramatic circumstances when Taron Egerton fainted on stage during the first preview of stage play “Cock.” Ha…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:06AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Union Demands Compensation After Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’ Abruptly Terminates London Run by Naman Ramachandran

Several actors were in shock after the abrupt termination of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical “Cinderella” at London’s West End and performing arts workers’ union Equity is seek…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Gets Stage Adaptation by Royal Shakespeare Company by Naman Ramachandran

Executive producer and composer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are readying a stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Toto…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:36AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

Eddie Redmayne, Jessie Buckley Win as ‘Cabaret’ Triumphs at Olivier Awards by Naman Ramachandran

“Cabaret” was the big winner at the annual Olivier Awards on Sunday with seven wins, with “Life of Pi” following with five. “Cabaret,” a revival of the 1966 Kander and Ebb musica…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:16AM
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

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