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Friday, November 15, 2019

Production news round-up: Jessie Buckley to star as Juliet and Mark Rylance set for Bristol Old Vic debut by Ruth Comerford

This week’s production news round-up includes Mark Rylance’s Bristol Old Vic debut in Semmelweis and the news that Jessie Buckley will star

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Cinema screening of 42nd Street the Musical takes more than £1 million in first week by Ruth Comerford

A screening of 42nd Street the Musical took £1.1 million in its first week. Distributor More2Screen has confirmed the film achieved the

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Jessie Buckley to star as Juliet at the National Theatre by Ruth Comerford

Jessie Buckley is to star as Juliet alongside Josh O’Connor as Romeo in a new National Theatre production. Romeo and Juliet, directed by

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Mark Rylance to star in Semmelweiss at Bristol Old Vic by Ruth Comerford

Mark Rylance is to make his Bristol Old Vic debut in the world premiere of Semmelweis, as part of the venue’s new

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kwame Kwei-Armah: ‘We are living in one of the best times ever to be a black creative’ by Ruth Comerford

Kwame Kwei-Armah has claimed black creatives are working in “one of the best times ever” in UK theatre’s history. Speaking at RADA

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Lenny Henry criticises vintage blackface poster in Bournemouth theatre dressing room by Ruth Comerford

Lenny Henry has criticised Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre for hanging a poster depicting blackface in one of its dressing rooms. The comedian and

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Atri Banerjee to direct The Glass Menagerie at Manchester Royal Exchange by Ruth Comerford

Atri Banerjee will direct The Glass Menagerie at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, as part of Sarah Frankcom’s final season as the venue’s

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

National Theatre partners with Chanel to launch female directors award by Ruth Comerford

A new annual award aimed at supporting female directors to bring their work to a wider audience has been launched by the

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Circus performer Symoné: ‘It’s important to let yourself fail and fall in love with performance’ by Ruth Comerford

Circus performer and dancer Symoné is currently preparing for the preview of her first theatre show at London’s Hoxton Hall as part

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Production news round-up: Jac Yarrow and Jason Donovan to reprise roles in Joseph musical by Ruth Comerford

This week’s production news round-up includes Sara Bareilles’ West End debut in Waitress, the world premiere of a double bill by Hofesh

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Preeya Kalidas to join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Ruth Comerford

Preeya Kalidas will join the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie later this month. She will play the role of

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Jac Yarrow and Jason Donovan to return to Joseph musical by Ruth Comerford

Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow will reprise their roles in the  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when it returns next year.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Addams Family musical returns for second UK and Ireland tour by Ruth Comerford

The Addams Family musical is set to tour the UK and Ireland for a second time. The 2020 tour will open at

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Morecambe Winter Gardens receives £123k of Historic England funding to secure future by Ruth Comerford

Morecambe’s endangered Winter Gardens has received £123,312 from Historic England, which will help secure its future. The Winter Gardens Preservation Trust has

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Sheffield Theatres to stage sign language version of My Mother Said I Never Should by Ruth Comerford

Sheffield Theatres is to stage a production of My Mother Said I Never Should, which has been translated into British Sign Language

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Kenneth Williams letter calling Alan Ayckbourn’s work ‘rubbish’ goes up for auction by Ruth Comerford

Unpublished letters in which Kenneth Williams calls Alan Ayckbourn’s plays “rubbish” will go up for auction later this month. The collection features

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Brighton Festival 2020 to open with Hofesh Shechter world premiere by Ruth Comerford

Brighton Festival 2020 will open with the world premiere of new work by Hofesh Shechter’s, it has been confirmed. Double Murder, a two

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Phoebe Eclair-Powell wins Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting by Ruth Comerford

Phoebe Eclair-Powell has been named the overall winner of the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for playwriting. Her script Shed: Exploded View spans 30

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National Theatre to phase out use of ‘ladies and gentleman’ front of house by Ruth Comerford

The National Theatre is to phase out pre-recorded announcements that use gender-specific terms. It comes as Equity urges venues to “consider adopting

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Theatremaker Katherina Radeva: ‘Conversations with audiences after my show are extraordinary’ by Ruth Comerford

Now touring the revival of her one-woman show Fallen Fruit, written in 2010, Katherina Radeva tells Ruth Comerford how the piece was

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Sara Bareilles to make West End debut in Waitress by Ruth Comerford

Sara Bareilles will make her West End debut in Waitress. She will star alongside Gavin Creel, who appeared in the show with

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Debbie McGee to make stage debut in The House on Cold Hill by Ruth Comerford

Television and radio host Debbie McGee is to make her stage debut in The House on Cold Hill. The thriller, which is

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Enda Walsh to judge new playwriting competition by Ruth Comerford

Enda Walsh is to judge a new playwriting competition aimed at finding new work related to addiction and substance misuse. The Phil

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Production news round-up: Beverly Knight to star in new musical and City of Angels confirms West End transfer by Ruth Comerford

This week’s production news round-up includes the announcement that Beverley Knight is to star in a new musical about vocal group the

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Kander and Ebb’s Curtains to have London premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre by Ruth Comerford

Kander and Ebb musical Curtains will have its London premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre, it has been confirmed. The murder mystery comedy, currently

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Kinky Boots to be screened in cinemas across UK by Ruth Comerford

Kinky Boots the Musical is to be screened in more than 600 cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Cinema company More2screen announced

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Jodie McNee and Danny Lee Wynter to star in Faustus: That Damned Woman by Ruth Comerford

Jodie McNee and Danny Lee Wynter have been cast in Faustus: That Damned Woman at the Lyric Hammersmith. The gender-swapped production will

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Welsh National Opera appoints first female chair by Ruth Comerford

Welsh National Opera has appointed Yvette Vaughan Jones as its new chair, alongside five new board members. She is the first woman

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

WhatsOnStage Awards to add sound design and musical direction categories in 2020 by Ruth Comerford

The WhatsOnStage Awards will add two new categories when its returns for its 20th year in 2020. Best musical direction and best

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Principal character artist departs Royal Ballet by Ruth Comerford

The Royal Ballet’s principal character artist Alastair Marriott has announced his resignation after 30 years. He said he was leaving to develop

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Production news round-up: Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders to star in Sister Act and Jessica Chastain to lead A Doll’s House by Ruth Comerford

This week’s production news round-up includes an announcement that Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders will star in West End musical Sister Act,

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