Barbican Theatre News

Cast Announced for THE RING CYCLE at Birmingham Hippodrome This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

During the first week of November, the Mariinsky Theatre returns to the UK for an operatic showcase of Wagner's Ring in Birmingham at the historic Hippodrome and three operas originally written for the Mariinsky including the most recent Levsha (The Left-hander) by Rodion Shchedrin. With a 300-strong troop of musicians, soloists and chorus starting the tour in Cardiff with Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery, Valery Gergiev proceeds to London to present Russia's national epic Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov followed by the UK premiere of The Lefthander, both in concert versions at the Barbican. (more...)

Will Swenson's Return to Broadway's LES MISERABLES Delayed
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Will Swenson will now return to Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil's LES MISERABLES a few days later than originally anticipated, BroadwayWorld has confirmed. (more...)

2015 London International Mime Festival to be Held in January
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

The London International Mime Festival (LIMF), the longest-established annual theatre season of its kind, returns in 2015 with innovative visual theatre from around the world - this year's artists come from America, Belgium, France, Japan and New Zealand, joining some of Britain's fast emerging talents and established names. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/29/14 - It's Labor Day Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 29, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: It's Labor Day weekend! Go do something artsy! (more...)

Barbican Theatre's Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET to Screen in Theaters Next Year?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

According to the Daily Mail, director Lyndsey Turner and producer Sonia Friedman are in talks with National Theatre Live to film the Barbican Theatre's Summer 2015 production of HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. The production would screen in theaters next year. (more...)

BWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 20, 2014

Though only 38 years old, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has already amassed an impressive list of credits on stage, on television, and on the big screen. Though he has yet to grace a Broadway stage, I have a feeling that that is just an eventuality as his popularity continues to skyrocket on this side of the Atlantic. Today we are taking a look at his career from the British stage in 'Hedda Gabler,' 'After the Dance,' and 'Frankenstein' to his work on film in '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County,' and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' to his iconic work on TV as the 'high-functioning sociopath' titular character on the BBC's 'Sherlock,' for which he is nominated a second time, in addition to his 2013 nomination for HBO's 'Parade's End.' (more...)

Company Chameleon's BEAUTY OF THE BEAST to Premiere at The Lowry, 22 October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

COMPANY CHAMELEON, the award-winning, dance/physical theatre company run by Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner out of Manchester, will tour the intense, funny, painful and highly entertaining BEAUTY OF THE BEAST this autumn. Premiering at the Lowry on October 22nd, where the company are Resident Artists, UK dates will run till November 26th. See below for details. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 Announced at Sydney's Capitol Theatre
by Jade Kops - Aug 17, 2014

The Helpmann Awards, which has recognised the achievements in live performance in Australia since 2001, is the Australian industry's equivalent of the Tony Awards and the Olivier Awards. (more...)

Peninsula Players' BUTLER Begins 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Richard Strand's Civil War drama 'Butler' makes its Midwest Premiere August 20 at Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County's theatrical icon. 'Butler' is a winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Program and made its world premiere in June at the New Jersey Repertory Company. (more...)

British Actor Earl Carpenter Joins Broadway's LES MISERABLES Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

British actor Earl Carpenter's start date in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil's Les Miserables in the role of Javert is tonight, August 15. (more...)

Earl Carpenter's First Performance in Broadway's LES MISERABLES Delayed
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

British actor Earl Carpenter's start date in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil's LES MISERABLES in the role of Javert has been pushed to Friday, August 15 due to visa issues, it was confirmed today. (more...)

Benedict Cumberbatch's HAMLET Becomes Most In-Demand Production of All Time
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role, doesn't begin performances until next summer at the Barbican Theatre, but according to the Telegraph, the show is already breaking records. Tickets for the play went on sale on August 11, and since then the show 'has become the most in-demand theatre production of all time.' Not only is Hamlet outselling the next most-popular production, the Young Vic's A Streetcar Named Desire, by four to one, but searches for tickets on Viagogo also surpass those for Beyonce and Jay Z's world tour. (more...)

Benedict Cumberbatch to Lead Lyndsey Turner's HAMLET at Barbican Theatre, August 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role, will begin performances at the Barbican Theatre on 5 August 2015, with opening night on 25 August at 7pm. The twelve week limited run will conclude on 31 October 2015. Set design is by Es Devlin. Further casting and details for this production will be announced at a later date. Hamlet will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. (more...)

Adam Monley Takes Over the Role of 'Javert' in LES MISERABLES Tonight; Earl Carpenter on Deck
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Adam Monley, who currently performs the roles of the Bishop of Digne and Combeferre in Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil's Les Miserables, will assume the role the role of Javert beginning today, July 22. (more...)

2014 HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS Announced
by Barry Lenny - Jul 15, 2014

The 2014 Helpmann Awards Nominees were announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia
by Jade Kops - Jul 14, 2014

The Helpmann Awards are Australia's version of Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Olivier Awards. The annual awards recognise achievement in live performance including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. (more...)

A DANCE OF DEATH to Play Finborough Theatre, Begin. 5 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Commissioned by the Finborough Theatre from Cerberus Theatre, the UK premiere and the English world premiere of controversial German playwright Rolf Hochhuth's Sommer 14 - A Dance of Death in a brand new translation opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 7 August at 7.30pm). (more...)

Earl Carpenter Set for Limited Run as 'Javert' in Broadway's LES MISERABLES as Will Swenson Takes Hiatus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Acclaimed British actor Earl Carpenter will join Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit new production of Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil's Les Miserables in the role of Javert beginning Tuesday, August 12 on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). (more...)

Is it LES MISERABLES or LES MIS?
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2014

Les Miserables has a tricky name that many people like to avoid by simply calling it Les Mis. With its recent stage and screen comeback, the Daily Telegraph decided to ask Cameron Mackintosh what he preferred to call the show when he first brought it to the stage 27 years ago. (more...)

The Production Company's GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to Arts Centre Melbourne, July 19-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

One of Broadway's best musicals, the award winning Guys and Dolls opens on July 19 at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne for 10 shows only. Starring in this new production are Verity Hunt-Ballard, Martin Crewes, Chelsea Plumley, Adam Murphy, Bobby Fox and Christopher Horsey. (more...)

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