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DON'T MISS: This Week's TOP 10 New London ShowsDON'T MISS: This Week's TOP 10 New London Shows
by marianka swain - Feb 8, 2016

Don't miss: This week's Top 10 new London shows (more...)

BWW Review: RED VELVET, Garrick Theatre, February 2 2016BWW Review: RED VELVET, Garrick Theatre, February 2 2016
by Gary Naylor - Feb 4, 2016

Gary Naylor sees the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of Red Velvet raise questions about ethnicity and art that resonate through the generations. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The project will increase the size of the auditorium by approximately 25%, and quadruple the number of permanent wheelchair accessible seats in the auditorium from 2 to 8, reinforcing the Tricycle's commitment to ensuring its programme is fully accessible to all. The new seating will be fully adaptable to allow for various staging configurations including in the round, cabaret and traverse. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET at the GarrickPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET at the Garrick
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's†RED VELVET†just released behind-the-scenes†pictures today!†The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, is the third play in the inaugural†Plays at the Garrick†season and will play at the Garrick Theatre from†23 January until 27 February 2016.†RED VELVET†is written by†Lolita Chakrabarti†with direction by†Indhu Rubasingham†and stars†Adrian Lester†as Ira Aldridge. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Shakespeare Peckham to Return with Three Hamlets for the Price of OneShakespeare Peckham to Return with Three Hamlets for the Price of One
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

After the critically acclaimed and sold out Othello Peckham in 2013, Shakespeare Peckham return with their adaptations of Shakespeare at the Bussey Building, this time tackling HAMLET head-on. With 3 actors (2 female and 1 male) playing Hamlet and a cast ranging from 22-77 years old of varied ethnicities and nationalities, this accessible and relevant production will challenge your perception of the Bard. (more...)

Booking Now Open for Get Into London Theatre 2016Booking Now Open for Get Into London Theatre 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Booking has now opened for Get Into London Theatre 2016. Official London Theatre's annual promotion allows the public to see some of the best-loved shows in London with tickets for top shows reduced to just £10, £20, £30 or £40. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Tricycle Theatre's RED VELVETFull Cast Set for Tricycle Theatre's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced the full cast for Red Velvet, the third production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, will play at the Garrick Theatre from 23 January until 27 February 2016. Red Velvet is written by Lolita Chakrabarti with direction by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

The†Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company†has announced the full cast for†Red Velvet, the third production in the inauguralPlays at the Garrick†season. The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, will play at the Garrick Theatre from†23 January until 27 February 2016.†Red Velvet†is written by†Lolita Chakrabarti†with direction by†Indhu Rubasingham†and stars†Adrian Lester†as Ira Aldridge. (more...)

BWW Review: RED VELVET Is An Important Piece Of History That Is Very Relevant To This CompanyBWW Review: RED VELVET Is An Important Piece Of History That Is Very Relevant To This Company
by Barry Lenny - Nov 22, 2015

It is the complete package that we have come to expect from this group. (more...)

Independent Theatre Inc. Presents RED VELVETIndependent Theatre Inc. Presents RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2015

When, in 1933, the legendary African American actor/singer, Paul Robeson, played Othello in London, it was seen by audiences and critics alike as being a landmark in theatre history - and very shocking! Especially when he kissed British actress Peggy Ashcroft! The role of Shakespeare's 'Moor' had always been played by white actors in black makeup. (more...)

Adrian Lester to Star in RED VELVET as Part of Kenneth Branagh's Season at the GarrickAdrian Lester to Star in RED VELVET as Part of Kenneth Branagh's Season at the Garrick
by Jessica Khan - Oct 15, 2015

After acclaimed runs at the Tricycle Theatre and St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, Lolita Chakrabarti's†RED VELVET, starring Adrian Lester, is coming to the West End as part of†Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's inaugural season at the Garrick. (more...)

Photo Coverage: American Theatre Wing Honors Stage and Screen Legend James Earl JonesPhoto Coverage: American Theatre Wing Honors Stage and Screen Legend James Earl Jones
by Walter McBride - Sep 29, 2015

Just last night, the†American Theatre Wing†hosted†its annual Gala at The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South), honoring legendary actor†James Earl Jones.†Mr. Jones†is a two-time Tony Award winner, two-time Obie Award winner and alumnus of the†American Theatre Wing†Professional School.†CeCe Black, Anki Leeds, and†Marva Smalls†will serve as Gala Chairs. (more...)

THE GIN GAME's James Earl Jones Honored Tonight at American Theatre Wing's 2015 GalaTHE GIN GAME's James Earl Jones Honored Tonight at American Theatre Wing's 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

The American Theatre Wing†hosts its annual Gala tonight,†September 28, 2015 at The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South), honoring†legendary actor James Earl Jones. Mr. Jones is a two-time Tony Award winner, two-time Obie Award winner and alumnus of the American Theatre Wing Professional School. CeCe Black, Anki Leeds, and Marva Smalls will serve as Gala Chairs. (more...)

Annie Baker's THE FLICK, Rory Kinnear in THREEPENNY OPERA and More Among National Theatre's 2016 LineupAnnie Baker's THE FLICK, Rory Kinnear in THREEPENNY OPERA and More Among National Theatre's 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, today announced a high-profile slate of†forthcoming productions for 2016. Among them is Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play THE FLICK†-- keep reading for the†jam-packed, incredible lineup! (more...)

BBC America Names Gina Mingacci VP, Development & Current ProgrammingBBC America Names Gina Mingacci VP, Development & Current Programming
by TV News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

BBC AMERICA has appointed Gina Mingacci to vice president, development and current programming. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to Nena Rodrigue, head of programming and production for BBC AMERICA. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  RED VELVET at Shakespeare & CompanyBWW Reviews: RED VELVET at Shakespeare & Company
by Karen Bovard - Sep 14, 2015

Theater history buffs have two reasons to seek out a production of RED VELVET, Lolita Chakrabarti's historical drama. First, it sketches in part of the true story of the first great black classical actor, Ira Aldridge. Second, it depicts the beginning of the shift from old-fashioned 19th century declamatory acting style to something closer to the naturalism of the 20th century, a naturalism that still dominates today's stages. (more...)

NT Live Re-Broadcasts THE AUDIENCE, Starring Helen Mirren, TodayNT Live Re-Broadcasts THE AUDIENCE, Starring Helen Mirren, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Beginning today, June 25, National Theatre Live will present encore screenings of Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Academy & Tony Award winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Stephen Daldry, to select cinema screens in markets internationally. These screenings will include an exclusive In Conversation with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren. (more...)

NT Live to Re-Broadcast THE AUDIENCE This WeekNT Live to Re-Broadcast THE AUDIENCE This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Beginning this Thursday, June 25, National Theatre Live will present encore screenings of Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Academy & Tony Award winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Stephen Daldry, to select cinema screens in markets internationally. These screenings will include an exclusive In Conversation with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren. For participating venues and tickets, visit www.ntlive.com. Click here to watch the trailer. (more...)

Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Will Be Broadcast in US Cinemas Through NT Live This Fall!Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Will Be Broadcast in US Cinemas Through NT Live This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Fathom Events, in partnership with National Theatre Live and BY Experience, are pleased to present 'NT Live: Hamlet' on October 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of William Shakespeare's great tragedy directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. Captured live earlier the same day, the event will be broadcast from London's Barbican Theatre to select U.S. cinemas. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Promotional Art for West End's HAMLET, Featuring Benedict CumberbatchPhoto Flash: First Look at Promotional Art for West End's HAMLET, Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and presented by theBarbican. Today, 20 February 2015, it is announced that Hamlet will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on Thursday 15 October 2015 as part of National Theatre Live. Check out a first look at the promotional art for the show below! (more...)

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