Monday, July 6, 2020

(Transcript) Oliver Dowden goes on BBC Radio Four's Today programme to talk about Government's arts support package and the panto season

It has been reported earlier today that Oliver Dowden has cast doubt on whether the 2020 Christmas pantomime season can go ahead. The UK Culture Secretary stated that without social distanci…

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The Mousetrap FAQ: Your essential guide to the longest running show of all time

The case re-opens 23 October 2020 and you won't want to miss it! Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is officially returning to the stage for its 68th year in the West End. Staged in one of Lon…

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50th anniversary of Godspell to be marked by online charity concert starring Darren Day, Ruthie Henshall and more

It has been announced that Ruthie Henshall (Chicago) and Darren Day (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Celebrity Big Brother 17) will be reprising their roles from the 1993 st…

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SIX Queen’s Cherelle Jay and Hana Stewart star in Lockdown Theatre [Direct] Week 13 lineup

We’re very lucky that Six the Musical Queen’s have shared their time and talents with us throughout lockdown. Whilst lockdown eases, theatres remain closed for the time being, so we’r…

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Hamilton Disney Plus review: To stream or not to stream?

Since the pandemic hit, the life of theatre has ground to a halt. I feel like I have undergone a break-up, without warning, that came out of nowhere and has left me and my emotions all askew…

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Netflix donates £500k to SOLT and UK Theatre's "Artists Fund" led by Sam Mendes

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have jointly announced a new scheme to support "those who have been ineligible for Government aid and have not been able to work since the…

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UK Government announces £1.57 billion emergency support package for the arts, the largest investment in UK culture in history

After several months since the West End and UK theatres were forced to shut due to the pandemic, the UK Government has now revealed plans to support the arts sector. A one-off £1.57 billio…

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Friday, July 3, 2020

The Mousetrap to reopen in October with socially distanced performances

The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running show of all time, may just be the first major production to return to the West End theatre stage. The show's producers have announced plans to reop…

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Filmed Broadway production of Hamilton now available to stream on Disney+

"Look around at how lucky we are" to have Disney Plus! The Walt Disney Company recently announced that they'd be fast-tracking the highly anticipated digital premiere of Hamilton and n…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Oliver Dowden meets with Andrew Lloyd Webber to test safe shows at the London Palladium, says "panto season is key"

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden visited Andrew Lloyd Webber at the London Palladium to discuss ways to reopen theatres safely, the MP has revealed on Twitter.

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Qdos sets deadline on when to decide whether 34 pantomime shows will go ahead

The UK's biggest pantomime producer, Qdos Pantomimes, has set a deadline on when it will decide whether 34 of its Christmas pantomime productions this year will go ahead or be cancelled. If…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

MPs pressure Boris Johnson to support the arts during today's PMQs

Boris Johnson is under more intense pressure after MPs took advantage of today's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) to slam him for failing to take up government responsibility to support t…

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Ian McKellen launches fundraiser to help theatre workers in dire need of support

Hollywood movie star and highly prolific stage actor Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings) has started a new fundraising initiative to help theatre workers in need. In special collab…

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Oliver Dowden defends his lack of action in helping UK theatres with more inaction

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has fired back on Twitter in response to criticism on how he has been handling the coronavirus crisis. The only problem with the MP's defence? The whole t…

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West End musical SIX suspends all performances until end of September

London's Arts Theatre has announced that all performances of SIX The Musical up to and including Sunday, 27 September 2020 have been suspended. Officially, the West End has cancelled perform…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway theatres now closed until early January 2021

Broadway theatres will remain closed until at least 3 January 2021, it has been confirmed. The news was announced today by The Broadway League who also revealed that all tickets purchased un…

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Sharon D Clarke, Brenda Edwards and more join online charity concert Turn Up!

The charity concert series began recording at Cadogan Hall today! Turn Up! is a fundraising event in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The concerts will take place from 10 to 12 Ju…

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Laura Baldwin and Lauren Byrne are on the lineup for Week 12 of Lockdown Theatre [Direct]

Lockdown may be slowly lifting but with no clear plan from the government on when theatres can open, we continue on with Lockdown Theatre! A great thing about the arts industry is how it's s…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

5-Stage Plan announced by Culture Secretary for reopening theatres!

At long last the government have announced a plan on how we will reopen our theatres. The theatre community have been calling on the government for desperately needed assistance, as theatres…

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World Premiere Sleepless Musical to open at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre this August!

Sleepless A Musical Romance starring Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh is set to open at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on 25 August 2020 with its official press night on 1 September 2020.…

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Hairspray at the London Coliseum reschedules its run to 2021

It has been announced that due to the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, the upcoming West End revival of Hairspray has been once again rescheduled. The musical …

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"Only" £9m needed to save 100 independent fringe theatres in London from financial ruin post-lockdown

According to a report published by The Off West End Theatre Awards (commonly known as The Offies), only £9m is required to rescue 100 independent London fringe theatres from going insolv…

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ABBA Super Troupers The Exhibition at the O2 regretfully closes effective immediately

The producers of ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition at The O2 have announced that the experience will be closing effective immediately. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, visits to the exhibi…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

London Theatre Direct continue to innovate West End ticketing with the introduction of Google Wallet support

After becoming the West End’s first online ticket retailer to introduce Apple Wallet tickets, London Theatre Direct continue to lead the industry in innovation with the announcement of Goo…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

[Lockdown] Theatre Direct returns to Insta Live in full force with Olivia Moore kicking off Week 11!

After taking a brief hiatus in solidarity with recent events, LTD's [Lockdown] Theatre Direct is back in full force for a whole new week of theatrical goodies. We all have been starving for …

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The Prince of Egypt musical extends West End run, reopens ticket booking

The West End production of The Prince of Egypt, which made its London premiere earlier this year, is set to deliver us from our musical theatre withdrawals caused by the current world situat…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber to have safe live performances tested at the London Palladium in July

After prolonged government inaction, Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced plans to take matters into his own hands after seeing a "worrisome" version of a soon-to-be-released government report…

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Pretty Woman extends booking period by an extra month until early February

The producers of Pretty Woman UK have announced an extended booking period for the hit West End musical. The show will now be booking at London's Piccadilly Theatre until 6 February 2021 in …

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Only Fools and Horses musical FAQ: Everything you need to know about this West End hit

Only Fools and Horses The Musical has been razzling and dazzling audiences since winter 2019 and the cushty show is set to continue once this immortal curl recovers from the coronavirus pan…

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Nanny Bill's chosen as official food partner for The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water

Nanny Bill's has been announced to become the official food partner for The Drive In cinema in London at Troubadour Meridian Water. The restaurant is best known for its delicious gourmet bur…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Tiger Who Came To Tea rescheduled for summer 2021, tickets now on special offer!

The highly anticipated return of The Tiger Who Came To Tea to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London has been postponed, it has been announced. The beloved children's production will now …

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