Brits Off-Broadway News

BULL And LIPPY To Play The Maria At The Young Vic In 2015
by Carrie Dunn - Sep 17, 2014

Two internationally acclaimed productions receive their London premieres at the Young Vic in 2015. Bull, Mike Bartlett's dark workplace comedy will run 8 January - 7 February 2015. Lippy, an exploration of a real-life Irish tragedy and a major hit at the Dublin and Edinburgh Festivals, will run 19 February - 21 March 2015. (more...)

Langford and Wilmot Join DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS From Sep 16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

The critically acclaimed and Best New Musical of 2014, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is proud to announce that West End musical theatre legends Bonnie Langford (Spamalot, Chicago, Cats, Dr Who, Just William, Bugsy Malone) and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Me and My Girl) will be waltzing their way into the show at The Savoy Theatre from 16 September 2014. (more...)

Official: KINGMAKER With Alan Cox Coming to London This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Following its Edinburgh Fringe sell out success, Kingmaker comes to St James' Theatre this September for a strictly limited run. (more...)

White Bear Theatre Presents MUSWELL HILL by Torben Betts , August 12-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2014

January 2010 - an earthquake in Haiti leaves a hundred thousand people dead and almost two million homeless. Meanwhile in a leafy north London suburb, six individuals sit down to avocado and prawns - 'so reassuringly 1970s' - followed by a monkfish stew. They admire their host's beautifully appointed kitchen, fret about their 'ambitious' mortgages, make holiday plans, compare mobile phone tariffs, connect with Facebook friends, and worry that they might after all just be ordinary - will history remember any of them, and if so, what for? A social event in which much is said but little communicated rapidly disintegrates as the wine flows and some hard truths are told. (more...)

Casts Set for SUMMER SHORTS 2014 With World Premieres from Neil LaBute and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Throughline Artists will present SUMMER SHORTS 2014, their eighth annual festival of new American short plays from established and emerging writers, at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Performances will begin Friday July 18th, and continue through Saturday August 30th only. (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...)

Simon Callow to Bring THE MAN JESUS on UK Tour from 10 Sept
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Ros Povey, Zoe Simpson and Seabright Productions present Simon Callow in the Lyric Theatre Belfast production of The Man Jesus by Matthew Hurt. Directed by Joseph Alford, the upcoming UK tour runs 10th September - 4th November 2014 with a stop at the Wset End's Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue on 6th October 2014. (more...)

White Bear Theatre Presents MUSWELL HILL by Torben Betts , 8/12-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

January 2010 - an earthquake in Haiti leaves a hundred thousand people dead and almost two million homeless. Meanwhile in a leafy north London suburb, six individuals sit down to avocado and prawns - 'so reassuringly 1970s' - followed by a monkfish stew. They admire their host's beautifully appointed kitchen, fret about their 'ambitious' mortgages, make holiday plans, compare mobile phone tariffs, connect with Facebook friends, and worry that they might after all just be ordinary - will history remember any of them, and if so, what for? A social event in which much is said but little communicated rapidly disintegrates as the wine flows and some hard truths are told. (more...)

World Premieres by Neil LaBute, Roger Hedden, Albert Innaurato & More Set for SUMMER SHORTS 2014, 7/18-8/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Throughline Artists will present SUMMER SHORTS 2014, their eighth annual festival of new American short plays from established and emerging writers, at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Performances will begin Friday July 18th, and continue through Saturday August 30th only. (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Celebrates Excellent Results in 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Sheffield Theatres has released its annual report for 2013 with highlights including the award of Regional Theatre of the Year, record-breaking audience numbers and a turnover in excess of 11 million. (more...)

Sheffield Theatres and Hill Dickinson Enter Third Year of New Writing Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

The Sheffield office of law firm Hill Dickinson has embarked on the third year of a partnership with Sheffield Theatres to fund its 'New Initiatives' writing programme. (more...)

BWW Previews: Summer With Sir - A Season of New Productions by Sir Alan Ayckbourn
by Michael T. Mooney - May 23, 2014

Last month, Britain's most prolific playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn celebrated his 75th birthday. With 78 major plays to his credit, the busy play maker seems more popular than ever - even on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, over the next few months, fans can see a wealth of Ayckbourn productions - all located in and around the New York area. Let's take a look at what the master playwright has in store for metro area theater-goers this summer! (more...)

CHALK FARM Makes US Premiere at 59E59 Theaters' Brits Off Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

The US premiere of CHALK FARM, written by Kieran Hurley & AJ Taudevin, will be directed by Neil Bettles as part of Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, beginning tonight, May 21 and running through June 8. Opening night is slated for Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (more...)

SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE Makes US Premiere Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

59E59 Theaters welcomes The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE, created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole, performed by Mr. Green, with musical arrangement and accompaniment by Mr. Shrubsole. SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE begins performances tonight, May 20 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 1. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Extends TRIBES Through May 18
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Tribes by seven performances before its first performance. Originally scheduled to run through May 11, audiences now have the opportunity to experience the critically acclaimed family drama by Nina Raine through Sunday, May 18. Directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and be heard. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and now closes on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Open-captioned performances for Tribes will take place Thursday, May 8 at 8 PM; Friday, May 9 at 8 PM; and Sunday, May 11 at 2 PM. Berkeley Rep is also proud to offer three American Sign Language-interpreted performances today, May 3 at 8 PM, Today, May 10 at 2 PM, and Tuesday, May 13 at 8 PM. For more information or to reserve seats, visit http://www.berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647-2949, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 PM. (more...)

Torben Betts' INVINCIBLE to Open 15 July at St. James Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

St. James Theatre Productions presents the Orange Tree Theatre's highly acclaimed Invincible by Torben Betts, directed by Ellie Jones. The production will run from Thursday 10 July to Saturday 09 August 2014, with press night on Tuesday 15 July at 7pm. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME (Original Cast Recording) is Charming
by David Clarke - May 12, 2014

According to Jessica Walker, she spent much of her career playing trouser roles in opera and musical theatre. From her curiosity, the kernel for THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME was planted. With Director and Co-Writer Neil Bartlett, Jessica Walker crafted a variety show that explores and celebrates this once loved but now almost entirely forgotten aspect of performance history. (more...)

PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY Set for Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, Begin. 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

59E59 Theaters will welcome the US premiere of PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY, written by Jessica Walker, with Joseph Atkins at the piano, and directed by Lee Blakeley, with musical arrangements by James Holmes. PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY begins performances on Tuesday, June 10 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 29. Press opening is Sunday, June 15 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. (more...)

Spontaneity Shop Presents KINGMAKER, 30 July - 25 August
by Jillian Gaier - May 12, 2014

This summer the writers of previous Edinburgh Fringe hits Coalition and Making News and multi-award winning director of Instinct For Kindness and Lockerbie - Unfinished Business are set to team up with one of the most respected actors of his generation to present a satirical tale of political intrigue, gamesmanship and ambition in the corridors of power. Alan Cox is to be directed by Hannah Eidinow in Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky's Kingmaker, the story of a fictional yet strangely familiar political figure whose bumbling bonhomie disguises a fierce determination and a heart of steel. (more...)

Third Man Theatre's MUGS ARROWS to Play the Old Red Lion Theatre, June 3-21
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

Critically acclaimed theatre company Third Man Theatre are working at the Old Red Lion for the first time, with the London transfer of their brand new full-length show, Mugs Arrows, which was developed and premiered at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter as part of their Residency programme in 2013 receiving rave reviews. The show will run at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington from 3rd - 21s June 2014. Press night is set for Thursday 5th June, 7.30pm. (more...)

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