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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

Eurovision Song Contest to Allow COVID-Tested Audiences at Semi-Finals and Finals by Naman Ramachandran

The Dutch government has granted permission for up to 3,500 fans to attend the popular Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals and finals in Rotterdam in May. The semi-finals are scheduled for M…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:16PM

Stephen Graham, Sindhu Vee, Andrea Riseborough Join ‘Matilda’ Cast by Naman Ramachandran

Stephen Graham (“The Irishman”), Andrea Riseborough (“Luxor”) and Sindhu Vee (“Feel Good”) have joined the cast of Netflix and Sony Pictures’ musical adaptation of the beloved …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:22AM
Thursday, March 25, 2021

U.K.’s National Theatre to Reopen With ‘Under Milk Wood,’ ‘After Life’ by Naman Ramachandran

London’s National Theatre is set to reopen two of its three venues in June after all U.K. indoor entertainment venues were forced to close in 2020 due to the pandemic. “After Life,” ba…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:07AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cole Porter, P.G. Wodehouse Musical ‘Anything Goes’ Gets London Revival – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

In today’s Global Bulletin, musical “Anything Goes” sets London revival; iZen signs diversity pact with LineLight; MTV’s “True Life Crime” gets U.K. version; and Banijay’s refr…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:18PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

England to Begin Easing Lockdown From March 8, Cinemas to Remain Closed For Now by Naman Ramachandran

As case rates plummet and vaccinations continue rapidly, England will begin easing lockdown from March 8, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to reveal Monday evening. While school…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:17PM
Friday, February 19, 2021

Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson Set for ‘The Great Escaper,’ Pathe to Sell at Berlin EFM by Naman Ramachandran

Actors Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson, who’ve won a brace of Oscars each, will headline the cast of “The Great Escapers,” which Pathé will present at the upcoming European Film Mark…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:17PM

‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge Becomes First President of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society by Naman Ramachandran

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of smash hit “Fleabag,” will take on the role of the first president of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Waller-Bridge performed her successf…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:30AM
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Britney Spears Speaks Up For The First Time After Controversial Documentary by Naman Ramachandran

The Princess of Pop has finally spoken out following the Feb. 5 debut of controversial FX documentary “Framing Britney Spears.” While not directly addressing the matters raised in the fi…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:06AM

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