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Movie News: BBC Films announce The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith, London Road

BBC Films has announced its new slate for the Cannes Film Festival and it includes a new film adaptation of hit play The Lady In The Van. Maggie Smith will return to the role she immortalised on stage in 1999 as Miss Shepherd, alongside Alex Jennings – who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – playing Alan Bennett. The movie will reunite the team behind The History Boys – Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner, who also directed the stage play of The Lady in the Van. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones …

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NATIONAL THEATRE: Platform talks confirmed for 2014

The National Theatre has confirmed its forthcoming series of Platforms talks for 2014.

The eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews includes writers Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett and Enda Walsh ; directors Sam Mendes, Carrie Cracknell and Neil Bartlett ; and actors Kenneth Cranham and Michael Palin .

Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre

Alex Jennings stars as Alan Bennett in Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre, featuring two autobiographical recollections by Alan Bennett – Hymn directed by Nadia Fall and Cocktail Sticks directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Chichester Festival Theatre Announces Winter 2011 Season

Following its highly successful Festival 2011, Chichester Festival Theatre’s Winter season features distinguished actors, award-winning companies, and acclaimed writers and directors. High quality drama remains at the heart of the season, and there is also opera, dance, comedy, music and shows for children and young people, including an enchanting adaptation of a classic story for Christmas.

Animatronics pig new star of West End

The Creature Technology Company in Melbourne, who created the stunning animatronics for the Walking with Dinosaurs live arena tour, and are working on the new King Kong show on Broadway, have been busy at work on a pig for new musical Betty Blue Eyes

Betty Blue Eyes opens bookings

Booking has opened for new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes, coming into the West End this Spring.

Enjoy – Review

Enjoy by Alan Bennett – review

London Theatre – 2009 Preview

  If theatre mirrors life then you would expect 2009 to be a bad year for the performing arts in London: economic downturns and credit crunches sound like gloomy news for our discretionary entertainment spending. But West End theatre box office figures have kept on going up in recent years, and the huge number of new productions sailing into town during 2009 could mean that Theatreland manages to buck the trend. THE GREAT REVIVAL The RSC, National Theatre, Donmar and Old Vic dominated straight drama in the West End in 2008, and they haven’t finished yet. Big hitters coming to …

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