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BWW Reviews: Beautifully Articulate WAR HORSE a Theatrical JuggernautBWW Reviews: Beautifully Articulate WAR HORSE a Theatrical Juggernaut
by David Fick - Dec 10, 2014

WAR HORSE has finally made its way onto South African stages, currently in the second and final leg of its national tour. As many a headline has declared since the local tour was announced: Joey has come home. (more...)

National Youth Theatre to Present IF CHLOE CAN & YOU CANNational Youth Theatre to Present IF CHLOE CAN & YOU CAN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The National Youth Theatre has announced that they will present one-off, free productions of You Can and If Chloe Can for school groups. The productions will be performed on 10 November and 17 November respectively at the Ambassadors Theatre, where the West End REP season is currently showing. The production marks another strand of the National Youth Theatre's work to improve education and opportunity in the arts and their commitment to nurturing young and diverse talent. To further enrich the educational experience for schools attending the REP season the NYT have also released curriculum-linked education resource packs for teachers to accompany the shows. (more...)

Tony Winner Mark Rylance to Star in Spielberg's Adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFGTony Winner Mark Rylance to Star in Spielberg's Adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

DreamWorks Studios announced today that three-time Tony Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance has been cast as the title character in "The BFG." (more...)

Photo Flash: WAR HORSE's Joey and Author Michael Morpurgo at the Tower of LondonPhoto Flash: WAR HORSE's Joey and Author Michael Morpurgo at the Tower of London
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Yesterday (Sunday 19 October 2014), best-selling author Michael Morpurgo was joined by Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of the National Theatre's production of War Horse visiting the poppies installation at the Tower of London. Joey walked amongst the poppies and Michael Morpurgo planted a poppy and then returned to read the Roll of Honour. The puppeteers were Sam Clark (Joey Head), Robin Guiver (Joey Heart) and Derek Arnold (Joey Hind). Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Family Arts Festival Begins at Belgrade TheatreFamily Arts Festival Begins at Belgrade Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Ghoulish Games, spooky stories, feuding families, hellish holidays, embarrassing parents moody teenagers, and madcap aunties...these are just some of the highlights audiences can look forward to as part of this year's Family Arts Festival at the Belgrade. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SELFIE, Ambassadors Theatre, October 7 2014BWW Reviews: SELFIE, Ambassadors Theatre, October 7 2014
by Kate Finburg - Oct 9, 2014

The NYT REP theatre was launched in 2012 as an affordable response to the rise in tuition fees. It offers 15 of Britain's most talented young actors eight months of free training and mentoring, culminating in a 10 week residency at the Ambassadors Theatre. This year the young stars of tomorrow perform parts in three shows; Selfie by Brad Birch and the NYT Rep Company; Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and Shakespeare's Macbeth. (more...)

National Youth Theatre Extend West End SeasonNational Youth Theatre Extend West End Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Today, as the National Youth Theatre opens their second rep season in the West End, they mark the success of the last year's work with the announcement of their diversity statistics, the simultaneous professional stage debuts of three of last years 'graduates', and an extension to their 2014 West End run. (more...)

National Youth Theatre Announce Extension of Second West End Rep SeasonNational Youth Theatre Announce Extension of Second West End Rep Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Today, as the National Youth Theatre opens their second rep season in the West End, they mark the success of the last year's work with the announcement of their diversity statistics, the simultaneous professional stage debuts of three of last years 'graduates', and an extension to their 2014 West End run. (more...)

Principal Photography Begins on Spielberg's Cold War Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks, Mark RylancePrincipal Photography Begins on Spielberg's Cold War Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
by Movies News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

Three-time Academy Award« winner Steven Spielberg has begun principal photography on an untitled Cold War spy thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (more...)

BWW Reviews:  THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally LackingBWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally Lacking
by Michael Dale - Oct 6, 2014

Director Marianne Elliott and her designers do exceptional work replicating the world as experienced by a teenager with a behavioral condition. (more...)

STORYSTOCK Returns to the Bush Theatre This OctoberSTORYSTOCK Returns to the Bush Theatre This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

STORYSTOCK, the travelling story circus, returns to the Bush Theatre from 28th to 30th October 2014. Storystock is a storytelling festival for children (3-11) and their families, which launched at the Bush Theatre in autumn 2013. Last year's debut festival attracted nearly 2,000 visitors in 3 days. (more...)

STORYSTOCK Returns To Bush Theatre, October 2014STORYSTOCK Returns To Bush Theatre, October 2014
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

STORYSTOCK, the travelling story circus, returns to the Bush Theatre from 28th to 30th October 2014. Storystock is a storytelling festival for children (3-11) and their families, which launched at the Bush Theatre in autumn 2013. Last year's debut festival attracted nearly 2,000 visitors in 3 days. (more...)

Photo Flash: WAR HORSE's Joey Comes to BBC's Proms in the ParkPhoto Flash: WAR HORSE's Joey Comes to BBC's Proms in the Park
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Joey, the equine Star of the National Theatre's Production of War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo's book, was one of the main attractions at Hyde Park at Saturday's BBC's Proms in the Park, hosted by Sir Terry Wogan. He made several appearances in the crowd during the evening, amongst the 40,000 strong crowd and on stage during the finale which included rousing choruses of 'Jerusalem' and the National Anthem. (more...)

Michael Wright Named CEO, DreamWorks StudiosMichael Wright Named CEO, DreamWorks Studios
by Movies News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Michael Wright, President and Head of Programming, TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, has been named CEO of DreamWorks Studios effective January 3, 2015 (more...)

BWW Previews: The London Stage, August 2014BWW Previews: The London Stage, August 2014
by Alice Chappell - Aug 9, 2014

Some insight into what's happening in the West End throughout August -what we'll bid goodbye to and what we'll welcome in... (more...)

Photo Flash: Winners Announced for 2014 WICKED Young Writers' AwardsPhoto Flash: Winners Announced for 2014 WICKED Young Writers' Awards
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

The Wicked Young Writers' Award today announced its winners for 2014 at a prestigious ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical WICKED. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Underbelly, August 2 2014EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Underbelly, August 2 2014
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 2, 2014

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. Private Peaceful relives the life a young WW1 soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. (more...)

Exeter Northcott Theatre Announces Fall 2014 SeasonExeter Northcott Theatre Announces Fall 2014 Season
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 28, 2014

Exeter Northcott Theatre has put its hardworking staff centre stage as it launches its autumn 2014 Season. To celebrate receiving Arts Council funding, the new brochure pays tribute to the fantastic team at the theatre as they make a trip back to the 1940s through the costume store. (more...)

Fourth Annual WICKED Young Writers' Award Shortlist AnnouncedFourth Annual WICKED Young Writers' Award Shortlist Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced that 100 entries, selected from more than 5,200 submissions, have been shortlisted for the 2014 Wicked Young Writers' Award. (more...)

Michael Morpurgo Comes the Colchester Mercury Stage with FRIEND OR FOE, Aug 29-Sept 13Michael Morpurgo Comes the Colchester Mercury Stage with FRIEND OR FOE, Aug 29-Sept 13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Following on from last year's smash hit The Butterfly Lion, the Mercury Theatre Colchester will be producing another Michael Morpurgo classic this August with their Made in Colchester production of Friend or Foe. Opening at the Mercury on Friday, August 29 and running until Saturday, September 13, Friend or Foe is a thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship which will appeal to adults and children alike. (more...)

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