In view of the Coronavirus now hitting the arts in the UK, with theatres and venues closing for the foreseeable future, we thought it might be an opportunity to share some digital resources. Theatre isn’t only about performances on a stage, it is about embracing the body and soul – a means to escape from […]
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Swan Lake by Derek Deane
Derek Deane’s version of the iconic Swan Lake has delighted audiences worldwide for over two decades. Now, here is your chance to experience this stunning ballet from home.
Featuring Lead Principals Isaac Hernández as Prince Siegfried and Jurgita Dronina as Odette/Odile, this production captures all the magic of the classic ballet, from the ballerinas in white tutus moving in unison, to the thrill of the Black Swan. English National Ballet Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky's glorious score.
Recorded at the Liverpool Empire in 2018.
Matilda The Musical release video of current children and Miss Honey singing 'When I Grow Up
SADLER’S WELLS ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES BY WILKIE BRANSON & HUSSEIN CHALAYAN ON DIGITAL STAGE PROGRAMME
Today Sadler’s Wells announces the next two performances set for Digital Stage, its free online dance programme. Performances are screened live on Fridays at 7.30pm UK time via Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook page, and are then available to watch on demand on its Facebook or YouTube channels for one week thereafter.
Artists and companies presented include award-winning choreographer, filmmaker and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Wilkie Branson and British fashion designer and visual artist Hussein Chalayan:
- TOM – Wilkie Branson Friday 22 May at 7.30pm BST
- Hussein Chalayan – Gravity Fatigue Friday 29 May at 7.30pm BST
A new version of the extraordinary dance-for-camera installation TOM is screened on Friday 22 May, 7.30pm. The latest movement creation from award-winning choreographer, filmmaker and Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate Wilkie Branson, was set to form part of Sadler’s Wells Digital Edition in April 2020, and the film has been redeveloped specially for this Digital Stage presentation. Set in a hinterland between the civilised world and the wilderness, TOM tells the story of one man’s journey to rediscover who he really is. In this soul searching, poetic film, Branson explores storytelling using the hip hop language of b-boying, fusing it with cutting-edge technologies including animation, photogrammetry and chroma-key capture. Questions of innovation versus age-old wisdom collide in this dark and affecting journey of self-discovery, which explores issues of isolation, mental health and the perseverance of the human spirit.
Hussein Chalayan is an internationally renowned fashion designer and visual artist whose work is known for innovative design, bold use of technology and elegant minimalism. Chalayan’s first theatrical work Gravity Fatigue received its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells in October 2015. Gravity Fatigue combined the visual creativity of his artistic concepts with contemporary dance, realised in partnership with award-winning choreographer Damien Jalet (Vessel, Babel), Yeast Culture's Nick Hillel, sound illustrators Mode-F and lighting designer Natasha Chivers. The production takes its inspiration from themes of identity and displacement, and the disconnection experienced in public spaces at moments of transition. Gravity Fatigue is presented on Friday 29 May at 7.30pm.
Ahead of these newly announced performances, Moon Water from Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, is screened this Friday 15 May, 7.30pm. Audiences can tune into the performance or set a reminder to watch at https://sadl.rs/MoonWater. The performance is then available to watch on the Sadler's Wells Facebook and YouTube channels for the next week.
11th May 2020
REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE SEASON POSTPONED TO 2021
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced that their entire 2020 season has now been postponed to 2021. The 2021 season will open on Saturday 15 May with the new musical, 101 Dalmatians followed by Romeo and Juliet and concluding with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. MoreOutdoor events will include Jimmy Carr’s, Terribly Funny, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year LIVE, Luisa Omielan’s God is a Woman and the Luna Cinema screenings of Pretty Woman and The Shining. During August 2021, the theatre will also host Dragons and Mythical Beasts.
Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader, said: “Whilst obviously unavoidable, it is incredibly sad that we are unable to open our theatre this summer for the first time since 1961. Our thoughts are with all those who were due to work with us this summer and our loyal audience. We are so grateful for the messages of support we have received over the past weeks and I am delighted that we have been able to reschedule all of our productions in 2021.
We are a charity which receives no public subsidy and so ticket sales in the summer months provide the vast majority of our income. Through creative programming, shrewd financial management and the backing of an ambitious audience always up for the thrilling, yet unpredictable, nature of open air theatre, we have built a successful and resilient business which has allowed us to weather this loss of an entire season.
However, with another whole year until we are able to welcome audiences again, if our audiences are able to do so, I would be very grateful if they would consider supporting us in one of three ways:
§ Buy tickets now for our 2021 season;
§ Join our Annual Membership scheme and benefit from discounts and special events; or
§ Make a one-off donation, helping us re-build our resilience fund as quickly as possible.
This support really is much appreciated by all of us at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in a sunnier 2021.”
Park Theatre has today announced that its celebrated Creative Learning Programme will be moving online from May, with adult classes in acting technique, a script based acting course and devising available, as well as drama and performance skills classes for children and young people aged between 4 – 18.
Led by professional actor and creative learning facilitator Amy Allen and professional director and experienced creative learning facilitator Natasha Kathi Chandra, the courses will be held weekly via the Zoom video conferencing platform and will be available to book via https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/creative-learning, with both individual drop-in sessions and full courses available to purchase.
As with all theatres across the UK, Park Theatre has had to temporarily close to help prohibit the spread of Covid-19. This meant cancelling all performances, hires and in-person classes for the foreseeable future. As a small charity with no government or Arts Council funding, this has led to a catastrophic loss of income.
Helen Mirren, Miranda Hart, Michael Ball front West End fundraiser for COVID-19 relief
Donors include Dame Helen Mirren, Miranda Hart, Michael Ball, Christopher Biggins, Arlene Phillips, Danielle de Niese, Jodie Prenger, Bertie Carvel, Lauren Ward, Hannah Waddingham, Su Pollard, Harriet Thorpe, Lesley Joseph and more...
Rewards include personalised video messages, virtual coffee chats, signed memorabilia and one-on-one masterclasses.
Funds raised will be administered by Acting For Others, who provide financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through their 14 member charities. Equity UK is also supporting the Until The Curtains Rise initiative.
h CLUB LONDON TO LAUNCH FREE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FOR MEMBERS OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Leading arts members club h Club London (formerly The Hospital Club), are today pleased to announce the launch of a brand new free online membership for people who work in the creative industries. The initiative will last for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown period, and will provide much-needed solace for the creative communities, which have been particularly badly impacted by the pandemic. The club, which has suspended all fees for current members, hopes to support and connect individuals during this challenging time.
This new online membership will provide creatives with much-needed networking opportunities with new and existing members of the clubs in varying creative industries, both in London and LA. Members will be given access to the club’s content via desktop and app which includes: the members' news feed, where people can call out for project collaborators and test new ideas; the members' network, where members can directly message each other, and the newsletter, which includes news from the club, helpful content and links to contributor blogs.
Members will also be given access to the specially tailored online members event programme, which includes informative, educational, and fun programming. The first of these events is taking place tonight (Thursday 23rd April), with the club playing host to celebrities and authors who will read from much-loved books for World Book Night. Those interested will need to register at https://hclub.com/general/event/booking/2389 and will be sent a link to virtually attend the event.
The membership is open to people who work in advertising, marketing & PR, architecture & design, digital media, fashion, film, gaming, music, publishing & writing, sports, tech, television broadcast, theatre & performance and visual arts. Interested parties will need to fill out an application via https://bit.ly/hClubOnline, and all successful applicants will be notified within 48 hours of submitting an application.
Rob Seals, MD said: “We are fortunate to be in a position to be able to reach out and support those in the Creative Industries and give something back in the form of this online membership. In what has been and will continue to be a period of uncertainty for many in our community hopefully this small gesture will see some people gain a big benefit.”
Curve (Leicester) Announces Series of Digital Activity as 'The Show Must Go Online'
Leicester’s Curve theatre has announced a host of online initiatives to bring theatre into audiences’ homes during lockdown. A full list of content, which will be regularly updated, can be viewed here.
The theatre, which has announced it will not open any sooner than Monday 1st June, has created a range of new online content for audiences, as well as sharing past work digitally.
Speaking about the online initiatives, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“In these extraordinary and unprecedented times, we are more mindful than ever of the role we play in our community. Our purpose, as ever, is to entertain, educate and inspire and even though the doors to our amazing building may be closed, we remain committed to connecting with our audiences and Curve community.
“It’s thrilling to know thousands of people across the globe are now enjoying archive recordings of our Made at Curve productions, learning from leading theatre-makers and are taking part in our activities online. All of this content is available for free, but as a registered charity, any support people are able to give would be gratefully received and hugely appreciated.
“We cannot wait to welcome our communities back into our building, but until then, we’re proud Curve ensures the show must go online!”
UK Theatre Touring News
David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions are delighted to present The Nigel Havers Theatre Company in Noel Coward’s gloriously entertaining PRIVATE LIVES. This will be the inaugural show for The Nigel Havers Theatre Company, which will be touring the country with a wonderful line-up of theatrical gems. The plan is that the UK Tour of PRIVATE LIVES will begin at Theatre Royal Bath on 1 October 2020.
Award-winning theatre producer David Pugh said of the new company, “Nigel Havers is one of the biggest stars who likes to tour and in the past we have had some incredibly successful partnerships, from Art through to Frank McGuinness’s adaption of Rebecca.
“My suggestion last year to Nigel to form The Nigel Havers Theatre Company was met with a wry smile, but he warmed to the idea and finally agreed that he would take 18 weeks out each year to tour a play, ‘as long as the play is entertaining and, most importantly, ticket prices are accessible to as many people as possible.’”
David continued, “Little did we know last year that this now seems to be more important than ever and, when we are allowed again to safely open theatres, we have to realise theatre can no longer be the luxury item it so often is; theatre should be able to be seen by and be for everybody. Ticket pricing and ticketing charges have become ridiculous. I believe our job is simply to entertain and to as many people as possible and now, out of this crisis, let’s hope we can address this and do just that.”
Coward’s dazzling comic masterpiece is both a scintillatingly witty and scathingly vitriolic study of the rich and reckless in love. Elyot and Amanda, who were once married, find themselves in adjoining rooms in the same hotel on the French Riviera, both on honeymoon with their new partners. Their initial horror quickly evaporates and soon they’re sharing cocktails and a romantic serenade.
The Olivier Award-winning Patricia Hodge OBE, one of the country’s most loved actresses, plays Amanda. Nigel Havers, ever suave and thoroughly charming, plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930. Astonishingly, it is the first time Nigel Havers has appeared in a Coward play on stage. Dugald Bruce-Lockhart plays Victor and Natalie Walter plays Sibyl.
PRIVATE LIVES will be directed by Christopher Luscombe, with set and costume designs by Simon Higlett, lighting design by Tim Mitchell and casting by Sarah Bird.
The Nigel Havers Theatre Company’s PRIVATE LIVES is produced by David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions.
Graeae Theatre Company announces Full Eleven Week Digital Programme
The UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company, Graeae, today announces a full eleven-week programme of online activity which will provide audiences with a rich variety of work whilst the country is in lockdown. Crips Without Constraints – A Play, A Podcast, A Picture will, over the next few months, embrace the need to isolate and at the same time celebrate the creativity of Deaf and disabled artists across the nation.
Divided into three strands, from Monday 20 April this exciting new digital programme will roll out across Graeae’s website and Facebook pages - website - www.graeae.org / Facebook - /graeae.
Plays is a collaboration with acclaimed screenwriter, playwright and Graeae patron Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – Sonia Freedman, His Dark Materials BBC/HBO, Let The Right One In – National Theatre of Scotland/ Royal Court) alongside Graeae’s New Writing Department. It is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
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News Update: 15th April 2020 Deafinitely Theatre
Deafinitely Theatre today announce Deafinitely Digital with a selection of their critically acclaimed past productions available online to watch for free between April and June in a mission to bring theatre to people at a time when accessing live performance is not possible. In April, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (2012); in May, George Brant’s Grounded (2015); and in June, Mike Bartlett’s Contractions (2017) which marked the company’s 15th anniversary and won the company an Off West End Award for Best Production; will be made available to watch for free at www.youtube.com/user/markdeafinitely. All productions are performed in British Sign Language and Spoken English.
Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre, Paula Garfield today said, “We are in precarious times – probably the most difficult and unusual of this century, and many people are struggling. It is therefore important that we find a way to survive and connect beyond physical contact and culture remains a vital way for us to come together, even when we can’t congregate in theatres or galleries. Deafinitely Theatre is thrilled to make digitally available three of our recent plays to give audiences a chance to see, or revisit, these acclaimed bilingual productions. Each will be available for free for one month on Deafinitely’s YouTube channel.”
The Show Must Go Online will present an event on Monday 1 June from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Organised by Jack Baldwin and Liam Jeavons, the evening is free to view, with all donations going towards the mental health charity Mind and CALM. Compèred by Mike Shephard, the evening will feature a mix of performance, stand […]
Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are pleased to announce new performance dates for the smash-hit production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium. Due to the current global situation and the uncertainty around the resumption of West End shows, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will defer its dates […]
HighTide have announced the twelve new writers making up the Playwright Crisis Support Programme, as part of their Lighthouse Programme, to support artists during the pandemic, as well as setting up their new Playwright’s Network. In addition, having received over 100 scripts in their first submission window during the lockdown, today sees HighTide open the […]
With their national tour postponed, poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko are running free online workshops for children and families during lockdown, taking inspiration from 9-year-old Lula to create a new song about dens. Poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko were due to tour their family performance Mole & Gecko: THE SHOW this Spring, sharing […]