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BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY, King's Cross Theatre, 22 November 2016BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY, King's Cross Theatre, 22 November 2016
by Marianka Swain - Nov 23, 2016

'Inmates, coming through.' That's our introduction to Phyllida Lloyd's landmark trilogy, as the homogenised prisoners are steered through the audience by prison officers. But this extraordinarily empathetic project, developed with Clean Break, gives those inmates individual voices and means of expression, while the all-female cast that inhabit them gives new voice to three familiar plays. (more...)

Rufus Norris Announces New Work for the National Theatre in 2017Rufus Norris Announces New Work for the National Theatre in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

New work by Inua Ellams, Ya?l Farber, DC Moore, Lindsey Ferrentino and Nina Raine is announced today by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Four world premieres and two European premieres are further announced as forthcoming productions for the National Theatre in 2017.   (more...)

Young Chekhov Trilogy, 'PLOUGH' Wrap Up This Autumn; THE RED BARN, AMADEUS Begin This MonthYoung Chekhov Trilogy, 'PLOUGH' Wrap Up This Autumn; THE RED BARN, AMADEUS Begin This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Final performances of the Young Chekhov trilogy begin this autumn in the Olivier Theatre, and The Plough and the Stars is wrapping up at the Lyttelton. In addition, previews begin in the Lyttelton for The Red Barn on 6 October (press night on 17 October), and Amadeus starts previewing in the Olivier from 19 October, (press night on 26 October). (more...)

Donmar Warehouse's All-Female THE TEMPEST Begins Tonight at King's CrossDonmar Warehouse's All-Female THE TEMPEST Begins Tonight at King's Cross
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading will compose original music for Phyllida Lloyd's forthcoming production of The Tempest. The songs will be set to Shakespeare's words in the Donmar's new all-female production which starts performance from tonight 23rd September. (more...)

Joan Armatrading to Pen Songs for Donmar's All-Female THE TEMPEST at King's CrossJoan Armatrading to Pen Songs for Donmar's All-Female THE TEMPEST at King's Cross
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading will compose original music for Phyllida Lloyd's forthcoming production of The Tempest. The songs will be set to Shakespeare's words in the Donmar's new all-female production which starts performance from 23rd September. (more...)

National Theatre's Free Virtual Reality Experience EASTER RISING: VOICE OF A REBEL Opens TodayNational Theatre's Free Virtual Reality Experience EASTER RISING: VOICE OF A REBEL Opens Today
by Marianka Swain - Sep 6, 2016

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, a BBC Learning virtual reality (VR) experience, is available for the public in a free installation at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Lounge from today. Available until Saturday 22 October, the experience - jointly created by BBC Learning, Crossover Labs and VRTOV, two pioneering companies in the field of VR - is watched using an Oculus Rift headset. (more...)

Mayor of London, Meryl Streep and More Laud Donmar's Young+Free Initiative for Shakespeare TrilogyMayor of London, Meryl Streep and More Laud Donmar's Young+Free Initiative for Shakespeare Trilogy
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

Today ambassadors, including The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and actors Meryl Streep and Ben Whishaw, help the Donmar Warehouse celebrate the release of the first batch of YOUNG+FREE tickets, available to those aged 25 and under, for the all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at King's Cross. (more...)

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lighting Designer Neil Austin On Collaboration, Storytelling and CURSED CHILDLET THERE BE LIGHT: Lighting Designer Neil Austin On Collaboration, Storytelling and CURSED CHILD
by Marianka Swain - Aug 28, 2016

The second instalment of LET THERE BE LIGHT, our new series showcasing some of Britain's best theatrical lighting designers, focuses on Neil Austin. His diverse body of work ranges from productions at National Theatre and collaborations with directors like Howard Davies and Michael Grandage to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (more...)

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lighting Designer James Farncombe Talks Opera, LED and ExperimentationLET THERE BE LIGHT: Lighting Designer James Farncombe Talks Opera, LED and Experimentation
by Marianka Swain - Aug 11, 2016

Our new series, LET THERE BE LIGHT, focuses on some of Britain's finest theatrical lightning designers. First up is James Farncombe, whose projects range from plays at venues like the Royal Court, Young Vic and Donmar to a variety of opera and ballet productions. He received an Olivier Award nomination earlier this year for his work on the National Theatre's smash hit People, Places and Things. (more...)

BWW Review: YERMA, Young Vic, 4 August 2016BWW Review: YERMA, Young Vic, 4 August 2016
by Marianka Swain - Aug 5, 2016

Australian theatre's 'enfant terrible' Simon Stone, whose 2014 version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck at the Barbican memorably starred a live duck, has returned to take on Lorca's 1934 'tragic poem'. If some of the elemental lyricism has been lost in this updating, which trades rural Spain for contemporary London, it's a small price to pay for a raw, searing work that builds to a shattering climax. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At Billie Piper In YERMA At Young VicPhoto Flash: First Look At Billie Piper In YERMA At Young Vic
by Marianka Swain - Aug 3, 2016

Production images have been released for Simon Stone's YERMA at the Young Vic, starring Billie Piper as the title character. The cast also features Brendan Cowell, Maureen Beattie, John MacMillan, Charlotte Randle and Thalissa Teixeira, with design by Lizzy Clachan, music and sound by Stefan Gregory, light by James Farncombe and costumes by Alice Babidge. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Billie Piper for YERMA at the Young VicPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Billie Piper for YERMA at the Young Vic
by Marianka Swain - Jul 8, 2016

Rehearsal images have been released for Simon Stone's YERMA at the Young Vic, starring Billie Piper as the title character. The cast also features Brendan Cowell, Maureen Beattie, John MacMillan, Charlotte Randle and Thalissa Teixeira, with design by Lizzy Clachan, music and sound by Stefan Gregory, light by James Farncombe and costumes by Alice Babidge. (more...)

Photo Flash: BUGSY MALONE Opens at Lyric HammersmithPhoto Flash: BUGSY MALONE Opens at Lyric Hammersmith
by Marianka Swain - Jun 30, 2016

BUGSY MALONE returns to the Lyric Hammersmith for a limited 12-week run following the critically acclaimed, Olivier-nominated 2015 production, which marked the reopening of the revamped building and the UK's first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone in over a decade.  Starring a diverse range of talented young performers aged nine and over, the lead roles are being performed by three different casts in rotation. Several members of 2015 production are returning, alongside talented youngsters making their professional debut.  (more...)

Photo Flash: BUGSY MALONE Celebrates Opening Night at the Lyric HammersmithPhoto Flash: BUGSY MALONE Celebrates Opening Night at the Lyric Hammersmith
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

BUGSY MALONE returns to the Lyric Hammersmith for a limited 12-week run following the critically acclaimed, Olivier-nominated 2015 production. Starring a diverse range of talented young performers aged nine and over, the lead roles are being performed by three different casts in rotation. Several members of 2015 production are returning, alongside talented youngsters making their professional debut. BUGSY MALONE opened on June 24, and BroadwayWorld has a peek at the opening festivities below! (more...)

Full Casting Announced for BUGSY MALONE at Lyric HammersmithFull Casting Announced for BUGSY MALONE at Lyric Hammersmith
by Marianka Swain - May 11, 2016

Full casting has been announced for musical BUGSY MALONE, which returns to the Lyric Hammersmith for a limited 12-week run following the critically acclaimed, Olivier-nominated 2015 production. Starring a diverse range of talented young performers aged nine and over, the lead roles will be performed by three different casts in rotation. Several members of 2015 production are returning, alongside talented youngsters making their professional debut. (more...)

Olivier Award Winners 2016 - Full List Of Nominees And Winners!Olivier Award Winners 2016 - Full List Of Nominees And Winners!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 3, 2016

Here's a full list of Olivier Award nominees and winners - we updated this story LIVE throughout the ceremony. Winners are indicated in bold type. Who were you cheering for? (more...)

Photo Flash: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Celebrates Opening Night at Wyndham's TheatrePhoto Flash: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Celebrates Opening Night at Wyndham's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Last night, Wednesday 23 March, saw the opening night of the much-anticipated production of Duncan Macmillan's intoxicating new play, PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS, at the Wyndham's Theatre. Having recently extended its run for two weeks due to popular demand, PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS is booking to 18 June 2016. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Opens In The West EndPhoto Flash: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Opens In The West End
by Marianka Swain - Mar 24, 2016

Transferring to the West End after a sell-out National Theatre run, Duncan Macmillan's PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS opened last night at Wyndham's Theatre. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the show is a collaboration between the National and Headlong. It's recently extended its run and is now booking to June 18. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS at Wyndham's TheatrePhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS at Wyndham's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Previews begin at the Wyndham's Theatre on Tuesday 15 March, with opening night on Wednesday 23 March, and having recently extended its run, PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS is booking until 18 June 2016. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS, a collaboration between the National Theatre and Headlong, played to sell-out houses at the NT's Dorfman Theatre last year. Below, BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal! (more...)

KINKY BOOTS, BECKHAM, Branagh, Cumberbatch Lead Olivier Awards Nominations!KINKY BOOTS, BECKHAM, Branagh, Cumberbatch Lead Olivier Awards Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar, were announced today (Monday 29 February) by past winners Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton at Rosewood London, the awards' official hotel partner. (more...)

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