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Britain's National Theatre Director Rufus Norris Commits To 50:50 Gender Balance By 2021Britain's National Theatre Director Rufus Norris Commits To 50:50 Gender Balance By 2021
by Michael Dale - Feb 4, 2016

The new artistic director seeks equality in the number of directors and living playwrights. (more...)


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National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

New work by Lee Hall, David Hare, Bryony Kimmings, Lucy Kirkwood, Nina Raine, Gillian Slovo and Alexander Zeldin, and contemporary revivals of two of the NT's most celebrated 20th century premieres - Amadeus and Angels in America - are among the forthcoming productions at the National Theatre announced today by Rufus Norris. (more...)

At National Theatre, London's Black Actors Rely On African-American PlaysAt National Theatre, London's Black Actors Rely On African-American Plays
by Michael Dale - Jan 20, 2016

Cast members of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM tell of the lack of opportunity to tell stories penned by their country's black playwrights. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN UK Tour to Launch at The StudioA RAISIN IN THE SUN UK Tour to Launch at The Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Ground-breaking American play A Raisin in the Sun begins its UK tour in the Studio Theatre from Thursday 28 January to Saturday 13 February.† (more...)

Lilli Cooper, Kyle Jarrow, Lauren Worsham and More to Lead Sky-Pony's 'THE WILDNESS' at Ars NovaLilli Cooper, Kyle Jarrow, Lauren Worsham and More to Lead Sky-Pony's 'THE WILDNESS' at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report the full cast for the world premiere of THE WILDNESS: SKY-PONY'S ROCK FAIRY TALE, with text by Obie Award winner Kyle Jarrow and Lauren Worsham and songs by Kyle Jarrow.† (more...)

Claire Skinner and Alison Steadman to Lead UK Premiere of RABBIT HOLE at HampsteadClaire Skinner and Alison Steadman to Lead UK Premiere of RABBIT HOLE at Hampstead
by Jessica Khan - Dec 17, 2015

As previously reported, Hampstead Theatre will present the UK premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama RABBIT HOLE, directed by Edward Hall. Now, The Daily Mail writes that a restrained Claire Skinner (as Becca) and Alison Steadman (as Nat, Becca's mother) will star in the production, which begins on January 29, 2016. (more...)

New BBC Documentary Series to Highlight Coventry's Belgrade Theatre This MonthNew BBC Documentary Series to Highlight Coventry's Belgrade Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

?A major new documentary following the lives of nine Coventry teenagers filmed on location at the Belgrade Theatre will be aired this November on primetime BBC One as part of a special season of programmes celebrating British Theatre across the UK, it was announced today. (more...)

Robert Portal to Lead AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at St. James TheatreRobert Portal to Lead AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at St. James Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

Casting is announced today for Around the World in 80 Days, which will run at the St. James Theatre from 26 November 2015 to 17 January 2016, with press night on 3 December 2015. Leading the cast in the role of Phileas Fogg will be Robert Portal, who, in challenges reminiscent of Fogg's own quest, has rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic in The Talisker Whisky Challenge and partaken in the Marathon des Sables, running over 150 miles of the Sahara Desert in six days, raising money for charity in both instances. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at West End Launch Event of MOTOWN THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: First Look at West End Launch Event of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

Yesterday (5 October), at the launch event in London for†Motown the Musical,†Cedric Neal†(Berry Gordy) and†Lucy St. Louis†(Diana Ross) were announced to lead the cast in†the West End production,†opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016.† With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder†Berry Gordy,†Motown the Musical†is directed by†Charles Randolph-Wright.††London previews will begin on 11 February 2016,†with press night on 8†March 2016, with the show booking to 22 October 2016. (more...)

The Play Company's 15th Anniversary Season to Feature Milisavljevic's ABYSS, SLEEP & MoreThe Play Company's 15th Anniversary Season to Feature Milisavljevic's ABYSS, SLEEP & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

The Play Company (PlayCo), led by Founding Producer Kate Loewald and Executive Producer Lauren Weigel celebrates its 15th Anniversary season with programming that exemplifies its unique commitment to premiering plays from around the world, including the U.S., to advance a dynamic, international experience of contemporary theater as part of the American repertoire. (more...)

Cast Announced for WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE at Finborough TheatreCast Announced for WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant --†A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2013, the world premiere of We Know Where You Live† by Steven Hevey, the award-winning Playwright-on-Attachment at the Finborough Theatre, runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing nine Sunday and Monday evenings from Sunday, 2nd August 2015 (Press Night: Monday, 3rd August 2015 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Northern Broadsides to Tour THE WINTER'S TALENorthern Broadsides to Tour THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2015

Following the critical success earlier in the year with their production of King Lear, the acclaimed Yorkshire theatre company Northern Broadsides will return to the works of Shakespeare this autumn with a daringly theatrical and heartbreakingly human new staging of his tale of reconciliation, love and forgiveness - The Winter's Tale. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Imelda Staunton, Angela Lansbury and More at Opening Night Party of Savoy Theatre's GYPSYPhoto Flash: First Look at Imelda Staunton, Angela Lansbury and More at Opening Night Party of Savoy Theatre's GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Gypsy opened in the West End last night, Tuesday 15 April 2015 at the Savoy Theatre, London. Directed by Jonathan Kent with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis. (more...)

Photo Coverage: OLIVIERS 2015 - Lenny Henry, Brian May, SUNNY AFTERNOON, BEAUTIFUL And More On The Red Carpet!Photo Coverage: OLIVIERS 2015 - Lenny Henry, Brian May, SUNNY AFTERNOON, BEAUTIFUL And More On The Red Carpet!
by Jamie Scott-Smith - Apr 13, 2015

Missed out on any of the Olivier Awards ceremony? Catch up with our gallery of shots from the red carpet. (more...)

Photo Coverage: OLIVIERS 2015 - After-Show Party! Scherzinger, Arterton, Agron, Knight and More!Photo Coverage: OLIVIERS 2015 - After-Show Party! Scherzinger, Arterton, Agron, Knight and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 12, 2015

The awards have all been given out - time to celebrate! (more...)

OLIVIERS 2015: SUNNY AFTERNOON And Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Big Winners!OLIVIERS 2015: SUNNY AFTERNOON And Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Big Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2015

Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian Lenny Henry, the ceremony featured a showstopping finale with Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight performing a one-off version of Bridge Over Troubled Water with the full Oliviers Orchestra and the 90-strong Arts Educational Choir under Musical Director Larry Blank. Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic are the big winners of the night, winning four awards each (more...)

OLIVIERS 2015: Liveblog!OLIVIERS 2015: Liveblog!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 12, 2015

Follow all the latest news from the 2015 Olivier Awards! (more...)

Ian McIntosh, Willemijn Verkaik and More Appear on THE CURTAIN UP SHOW Live from The Theatre Cafe TonightIan McIntosh, Willemijn Verkaik and More Appear on THE CURTAIN UP SHOW Live from The Theatre Cafe Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

To mark its third year on air at Resonance 104.4fm, and to celebrate the Olivier Awards 2015, The Curtain Up Show will broadcast live from The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue today 10th April from 4.00pm - 5.30pm. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL, HERE LIES LOVE & More to Perform at 2015 Olivier Awards; Follow BroadwayWorld's Live Coverage on Sunday!BEAUTIFUL, HERE LIES LOVE & More to Perform at 2015 Olivier Awards; Follow BroadwayWorld's Live Coverage on Sunday!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

The Olivier Awards with MasterCard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - are set take place on Sunday 12 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 22:15 that evening on ITV in a full highlights package. Don't forget to tune in to BroadwayWorld on Sunday afternoon for live coverage of the ceremony! (more...)

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