Month: May 2009

Eastenders reunion in Calendar Girls

New cast of Calendar Girls announced including Eastenders stars June Brown, Anita Dobson, Jill Halfpenny and Jack Ryder.

Is televising theatre a good thing?

With the announcement that David Tennant’s Hamlet is to be televised for BBC2 we ponder the question: is televising theatre a good thing?

News Round-up: John Barrowman, La Clique, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

La Clique to move to the Roundhouse; Breakfast at Tiffany’s to star Anna Friel; John Barrowman to join the cast of La Cage Aux Folles La Clique to move to Roundhouse   The hugely successful, Olivier Award winning burlesque show La Clique will reappear at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden this Christmas after closing at the London Hippodrome on 27 June. Despite repeatedly extending its run at the London Hippodrome, La Clique is closing to allow the venue to be converted into a new £15 million casino complex. La Clique will begin in its new home – in what many …

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Major shows to close on 30 May

Sunset Boulevard, Spring Awakening, Shout and Joseph to all close on 30 May.   A number of major West End shows are closing this month – with only days left for theatregoers to catch them. Despite astonishing critical acclaim, Spring Awakening at the Novello Theatre is to close early on 30 May. Spring Awakening had its European premiere at Lyric Hammersmith earlier this year, where the mix of Frank Wedekind’s classic story about teenage sexual discovery fused with teen rock garnered numerous five star reviews. Stephen Daldry’s 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls will go into …

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New kid on the square

The West End’s newest venue The Leicester Square Theatre is proving to be a comedy hit   The newest theatre to arrive on the London scene is the Leicester Square Theatre, slap bang in the heart of Theatreland. And its combination of comfort and clever programming is proving a hit with a diverse audience of theatregoers. Fast becoming the home of comedy and cabaret, the 400 seater venue reopened last summer. Originally a Ballroom and then a church hall, the theatre has had over £600,00 spent on it to ensure it ranks as one of the most comfortable venues in …

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Cat cast announced

London cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof announced The London cast of Broadway transfer Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been announced. James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Adrian Lester will star in the Tennessee Williams revival, directed again by Debbie Allen. The all black production proved a sensation on Broadway with sold-out performances and critical acclaim. Multi award winning performers James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, Star Wars) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) will reprise their roles of Big Daddy and Big Mama, joined by popular British actor Adrian Lester (Hustle). Cat on a …

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Guardian launches Performing guides

Newspaper publishes two free guides covering Acting and Singing The Guardian is launching a two part guide this weekend that covers the world of performance and performing. A guide to acting, available free on Saturday in the Guardian, and a guide to singing available free in the Observer on Sunday, will feature techniques, exercises and practical advice from a range of teachers and performers including Imelda Staunton and Annie Lennox. Saturday 9 May: Part one – Acting Sunday 10 May: Part two – Singing

Theatre Tokens celebrate 25 years

The nationwide theatre voucher scheme Theatre Tokens, run by the Society of London Theatre, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The theatre gift vouchers are accepted in over 230 theatres across the UK – including all West End theatres – and were launched in 1984 to help promote theatregoing. They have proved to be a hugely successful way for friends, families and businesses to give theatre as a gift. To mark its quarter century, Theatre Tokens is including a Celebrating 25 Years voucher booklet with every order until the end of September. The booklet includes money off restaurants including …

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Tony Awards nominations announced

British production BILLY ELLIOT receives 15 Tony Award nominations. Brits do well in annual theatre awards nominations. The nominations for this year’s Tony awards were announced today in New York. The 63rd annual awards will see the Broadway version of Billy Elliot lead the pack with 15 nominations. Close behind were two productions that originated in the UK – The Norman Conquests, with 7 nominations, and God of Carnage with 6 nominations. British director Matthew Warchus received two nominations for his direction of both God of Carnage and The Norman Conquests. He’s competing with another UK director, Phyllida Lloyd, whose …

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