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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Culture Secretary visits the London Palladium to test safety measures by Hira Desai

Culture Secretary, Olivier Dowden, today revealed on Twitter that he had been to visit Andrew Lloyd Webber at the London Palladium. Read more here. The post Culture Secretary visits the Lon…

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#SaveHackneyEmpire campaign raises £40k in the first week by Hira Desai

Within just one week of launching the #SaveTheHackneyEmpire campaign, the iconic venue has raised over £40,000 and hopes to reach £100k. The post #SaveHackneyEmpire campaign raises £40k …

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The Noel Coward Foundation donates further £65,000 to support theatre organisations by Hira Desai

The Noel Coward Foundation has donated further funds to support theatre organisations including the Bush Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre and more. The post The Noel Coward Foundation do…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sir Ian McKellen launches charity fundraiser for backstage and front of house theatre workers by Hira Desai

Sir Ian McKellen has launched a new charity fundraiser to support backstage and front of house theatre workers, kicking it off with a donation of £40,000. The post Sir Ian McKellen launche…

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Ramin Karimloo, Rachel Tucker & more West End stars to lead virtual production of Songs For A New World by Hira Desai

Lambert Jackson Productions in association with The Other Palace today announced a virtual production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World. The post Ramin Karimloo, Rachel Tucker …

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Olivier Award winner Sharon D Clarke to perform new monologue in Your Old Vic series by Hira Desai

Sharon D Clarke will be performing a newly commissioned monologue, First, Do No Harm, on 5 July to celebrate the NHS' 72nd birthday. Find out more, here. The post Olivier Award winner Sharo…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Alice Fearn to host live online show Intermissions featuring West End stars by Hira Desai

You can catch weekly online concerts with Alice Fearn and musical stars in new online series Intermissions: The Summer Edition. The post Alice Fearn to host live online show Intermissions f…

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Six the Musical cancels all West End performances until 27 September by Hira Desai

West End performances for Six the Musical are cancelled until 27 September, but you can still catch the Queens this summer at Utilita Live from the Drive-In. The post Six the Musical cancels…

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Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain & Dinosaur World Live to play at The Drive In this Summer by Hira Desai

From 19 August you and your little ones can enjoy Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain & Dinosaur World Live all from the comfort of your car! Read more here. The post Horrible Histories …

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Monday, June 29, 2020

New chat show Musical Chairs with #CheerUpCharlie! features lockdown interviews with stage and screen stars by Hira Desai

In Musical Chairs with #CheerUpCharlie! ten-year-old Charlie Kristensen interviews Amanda Henderson, Matt Lucas & more about work, life and being bullied. The post New chat show Musical…

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Public Campaign For The Arts highlights the human value of the UK’s art industry by Hira Desai

Do you love theatre? What does it mean to you? Find out how you can support theatres by sharing your story with the Public Campaign For The Arts. The post Public Campaign For The Arts highl…

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Our stage: Why theatre matters by Hira Desai

Joanna Wood, a Trustee of VocalEyes, writes about the importance of theatre, and how audio-described theatre changed her life. The post Our stage: Why theatre matters appeared first on Offi…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Hairspray the Musical to open at the London Coliseum in April 2021 by Hira Desai

The smash-hit musical will now begin its rescheduled performances from April 2021 and will play a strictly limited 19-week season at the London Coliseum. The post Hairspray the Musical to op…

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Join first-ever 24-hour Women Of The World Festival this weekend by Hira Desai

This weekend's WOW Global 24 is WOW's first-ever free 24-hour online festival uniting women and girls across the world. Find out how you can join in here. The post Join first-ever 24-hour W…

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Sleepless, A Musical Romance will open this summer with social distancing by Hira Desai

We’ve got some great news for the hopeless romantics out there! It was announced today that SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, based on the original screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, will premie…

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Winners of Mousetrap Awards 2020 announced including Dear Evan Hansen & Sir Ian McKellen by Hira Desai

The first-ever digital Mousetrap Awards took place on Wednesday 24 June. The winners were announced online. Find out all about it here. The post Winners of Mousetrap Awards 2020 announced i…

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Culture Secretary announces a roadmap towards reopening of the performing arts sectors by Hira Desai

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announces a five-stage roadmap to bring our choirs, orchestras, and theatres back safely. Read it here. The post Culture Secretary announces a roadmap toward…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Photographer Helen Murray unveils a series of portraits in support of Act for Change charity by Hira Desai

London-based theatre photographer Helen Murray has released a series of portraits titled Widening the Lens in support of Act for Change. Check them out! The post Photographer Helen Murray u…

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Catch a look at Claire Foy and Matt Smith in socially distanced rehearsals for Lungs at The Old Vic by Hira Desai

The Old Vic has released a number of photos showing Claire Foy and Matt Smith in rehearsals for their upcoming socially distanced online performances of Lungs. The production will be directe…

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Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe launches crowdfunding campaign to help save Hackney Empire by Hira Desai

Clive Rowe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Hackney Empire survive the devastating impact Covid-19 lockdown has had on its finances. Read more. The post Olivier Award winner Cli…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

5 reasons to buy Theatre Tokens by Hira Desai

Are you missing theatre as much as we are? We can't wait to welcome you back when we can, but until then check out this handy guide about Theatre Tokens! The post 5 reasons to buy Theatre To…

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West End stars to celebrate Olivier Award winner Harry Gabriel in free online concert by Hira Desai

Hello Harry! - A Celebration of 40 Years at Stage Door Online Concert will feature Dame Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Amanda Holden, and many more! The post West End stars to celebrate Olivi…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Celebrate young talent in the first-ever digital Mousetrap Awards by Hira Desai

The 2020 Mousetrap Awards are coming to our screens tomorrow. The event is the only UK theatre awards run and voted for by young people. Find out more here. The post Celebrate young talent i…

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West End stars to celebrate Stiles + Drewe Prize nominees in a free virtual concert by Hira Desai

Marisha Wallace, Louise Dearman & lots more of your fave West End stars will be performing in a virtual concert to celebrate Stiles + Drew Prize nominees. The post West End stars to cele…

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Meet Bigfoot and a swamp monster in new online adventure Select A Quest by Hira Desai

Pins and Needles Productions and Bea Roberts announced a digital adventure for all. It's silly, it's funny and you'll definitely want to give it a go! The post Meet Bigfoot and a swamp monst…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

The Prince Of Egypt musical extends West End run with tickets now on sale by Hira Desai

Producers of The Prince Of Egypt musical today reopened tickets, now available from Monday 2 November 2020 to Saturday 4 September 2021. Read more! The post The Prince Of Egypt musical exten…

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Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin and Joanna Lumley star in new Lockdown Theatre event by Hira Desai

Lockdown Theatre in association with The Royal Theatrical Fund will be presenting a special live virtual table read of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Read more here! The post Robert Lindsay,…

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

West End LIVE Quiz: Part 2 by Hira Desai

Round two of our West End LIVE quizzes is all about the visuals! Guess the West End shows, cast member and hosts from a selection of disguised images. The post West End LIVE Quiz: Part 2 ap…

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

West End LIVE Quiz: Part 1 by Hira Desai

Get your thinking caps on because round one of our West End LIVE quizzes is really going to put your knowledge of the stagiest weekend to the test! The post West End LIVE Quiz: Part 1 appear…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Sir Ian Holm, British stage and film actor, dies aged 88 by Hira Desai

Veteran stage and film actor, Sir Ian Holmes CBE, best known for roles in Chariots Of Fire and The Lord Of The Rings, has died today aged 88. The post Sir Ian Holm, British stage and film ac…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

SOLT, UK Theatre and industry leaders call for government support in open letter by Hira Desai

A powerful alliance of leading industry figures has signed an open letter calling for government action to prevent the sector from crumbling. Read it here. The post SOLT, UK Theatre and indu…

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