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Noel Coward Theatre (London, )
St Martin's Lane London WC2N 4AH


Monday 7:30PM
Tuesday 7:30PM
Wednesday 7:30PM
Thursday2:00PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM
Friday 7:30PM
Saturday 2:00PM, 7:30PM

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This vibrant and colourful production transposes Shakespeareís vivacious, and at times unsettling, comedy of love and deceit to an Indian setting.

Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Iqbal Khan whose credits include Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre, 2011) and The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre, 2011). Actress, comedienne, writer and singer, Meera Syal, will play Beatrice opposite Paul Bhattacharjee as Benedick.

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Salisbury Playhouse and Living Spit to Stage FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Salisbury Playhouse and Bristol-based Living Spit present a new comedy adaptation with songs of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. (more...)

Official: Tim Key, Paul Ritter & Rufus Sewell to Star in ART at the Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Full casting is today announced for Art at The Old Vic. Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell star in Yasmina Reza's dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance. One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Art premiered in London twenty years ago and went on to become a phenomenon. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the original creative team. (more...)

English Touring Theatre Announces its New Chair of the Board - Robert Delamere
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Today English Touring Theatre announced Robert Delamere as its new Chair of the Board.  He begins the role with immediate effect and takes over from Greg Parston who steps down after five years as Chair. (more...)

The Finborough Rediscovers Howard Brenton Classic, MAGNIFICENCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

"I loathe us, I loathe our stupid puerile view of the World … That WE have only to do it, that WE have only to go puff, and the monster buildings will go splat…" The first professional London production in over 40 years of Magnificence, the seminal 1973 play by revered British dramatist Howard Brenton, runs at the Finborough Theatre for a strictly limited four week season from Tuesday, 25 October 2016 (Press Nights: Thursday, 27 October and Friday, 28 October 2016 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Starry MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Will Return to Ogunquit Playhouse; Hunter Foster to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse will bring back the most popular show in its history, the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, on stage October 5 through November 6. (more...)

BWW Review: Sultry Tango and Sly Humor Make MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING a Fun Shakespearian Frolic
by Maggie Yates - Sep 29, 2016

'Much Ado About Nothing' is a Shakespearian comedy that plays, essentially, on the idea that gossip is a bitch. With sultry tango, occasional jovial singing, and slapstick stalking throughout the playing space, 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a natural, entertaining Shakespearian experience. (more...)

STAR-SPANGLED SITCOMS Set for City Lit Theater This November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Star-Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah & John Adams is written and produced by Cody Melcher and directed by Otherworld Theatre's director of development/actor Dylan Schaefer. See Every Monster, LLC's production comes to City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, this November. (more...)

Collaboraction's THE MARS ASSIGNMENT Tackles Depression This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Today, a young girl presents a school project about astronomy. An ad executive is preparing to pitch a new client. A stand-up comedian prepares for a tour. Everyone is feeling it. But no one wants to talk about it. The touchy subject is depression. (more...)

Ice and Fire Announces Full Cast for World Premiere of THE ISLAND NATION at the Arcola
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

ice&fire today announces the full company for the world premiere of The Island Nation, written by its Artistic Director Christine Bacon.  Ria Parry directs Claire Dargo, Ayesha Dharker, Bally Gill, Clive Hayward, Nikki Patel and Neran Persaud in the production which opens at the Arcola Theatre on 28 October, with previews from the 26 October, and runs until 19 November 2016.  (more...)

MEMORIAL to Open Boston Playwrights' Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) opens its 2016-17 season with Memorial by Livian Yeh. Running from October 13-23, this new drama is directed by Kelly Galvin. (more...)

Geva Announces the Line-Up for the Festival of New Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

???????Geva Theatre Center unveils its line-up for the Festival of New Theatre 2016 to be held in the Fielding Stage from October 12 - October 23. FONT 2016 is a vibrant and innovative mix of new works by some of the most exciting playwrights from across the country and around the corner and is part of Geva's ongoing commitment to developing and producing new work for the American theatre.  (more...)

Jennifer Lim to Star in DON'T YOU F**KING SAY A WORD Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Andy Bragen Theatre Projects and Rachel Sussman will present the World Premiere of Andy Bragen's DON'T YOU F**KING SAY A WORD, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (2015 Obie Award-winner for A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes; Christopher Chen's Caught with PlayCo) at 59E59 Theaters, November 4-December 4. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Midsommer Flight's Holiday Show TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Midsommer Flight continues its fifth season of free Shakespeare programming, presenting a remount of last year's hit, a free indoor production of the comedy Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, directed by Midsommer Flight's Producing Artistic Director Beth Wolf and music directed by Midsommer Flight's Resident Music Director Elizabeth Rentfro in partnership with the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Dedicated to presenting high quality, accessible productions of Shakespeare's plays, Midsommer Flight is a proud arts partner with the Chicago Park District. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) and Cohesion Theatre Company are producing a repeat performance of their original play, The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare, written by Alice Stanley, Founding Artistic Producer of Cohesion Theatre and directed by Tom Delise, Founding Artistic Director of BSF. (more...)

ArtWeek Boston 2016 Announces Talkbacks, Forums, Sneak Peeks and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many partnering with local theater companies. ArtWeek will run from September 30 - October 9 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. (more...)

Michael Morpurgo's RUNNING WILD Will Tour the UK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Children's Touring Partnership is delighted to announce, on Elephant Appreciation Day (22 September), the first UK Tour of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, beginning at Chichester Festival Theatre on 10 February 2017. Michael Morpurgo's novel, based on a true story, is brought to life in this award-winning production, which has been described by critics as 'inspiring', 'evocative, 'imaginative' and 'life-affirming'.  Originally produced by Regent's Park Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, this epic production, complete with spectacular life-size puppets, tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty and of living for the moment. (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents Shakespeare's Most Notorious King
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be available through the month of October when The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, in partnership with Drew University, presents a "double-bill" experience for students and adults. From October 6th - 30th, a single copy of the original First Folio, one of the world's most valuable, rare and influential books will be on public display at Drew University's Mead Hall. The renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. launched an historic tour of the book in early 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Square to Stage CORIOLANUS: FROM MAN TO DRAGON This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Shakespeare in the Square will present Coriolanus: From Man to Dragon - the debut production from the Combative Theatre Co. - for a limited engagement from November 4 to 20. (more...)

Casting Complete for PARTY PEOPLE at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York Premiere of PARTY PEOPLE by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz a.k.a Ninja. Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy with choreography by Millicent Johnnie, PARTY PEOPLE begins performances on Tuesday, November 1 and runs through Sunday, December 4, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 15. (more...)

Wandering Bark Theatre Company Presents HEDDA (GABLER)
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Ibsen's simmering, shimmering tale of a woman too large for her destiny gets a fresh adaptation, streamlined into a gilded juggernaut of secrecy and manipulation. Wandering Bark creates a collision of past and present to build a Hedda where the story's the same, but the devil's in the details. (more...)

Made in Colchester Announces their Casting for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Mercury Theatre Colchester has announced the casting line-up for their Made in Colchester production of Shakespeare's comic battle of the sexes, Much Ado About Nothing. This saucy new production of the romantic comedy will be set in a modern-day garrison town and plays from Friday 30 September until Saturday 15 October.   (more...)

PLENTY, Starring Rachel Weisz, Extends at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that PLENTY, written by David Hare, will extend two weeks through Sunday, November 20. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Paul Schoeffler in Walnut Street's South Pacific
by Pati Buehler - Sep 16, 2016

Walnut Street Theater opens its 208th season with the classic SOUTH PACIFIC with a stellar cast of Philly favorites and Broadway talent. (more...)

UK Tour and NY Dates Announced for MR POPPER'S PENGUINS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment today announced Mr Popper's Penguins will be visiting 6 venues in the UK from the 27 September to 11 December prior to a West End Christmas season. The Penguins will also be sailing across the Atlantic for their US premiere at New York's renowned New Victory Theatre this autumn.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Curtain Calls and Stage Door Fun at the Rockin' MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING At T.U. Studios
by Lily Lim - Sep 16, 2016

This production of Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy is enhanced by a rock-and-roll score. Much Ado About Nothing is set in Messina, Sicily. Beatrice, niece of the local governor Leonato, and Benedick, a gentleman and friend of the powerful Prince of Aragon Don Pedro, are seeming adversaries, engaging in much verbal jousting and argument. The antagonistic remarks fool neither the men nor the women in Don Pedro's court; Beatrice and Benedick are obviously meant for each other, even if their love isn't instantly apparent. Their friends conspire to trick them into confessing their love for each other. (more...)

Rose Theatre, Kingston Announces Full Cast for Arthur Miller's Masterpiece, ALL MY SONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston today announced the full company for its new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Award-winning Michael Rudman directs David Horovitch as Joe Keller and Penny Downie as Kate Keller with Alex Waldmann (Chris Keller), Grace Carter (Lydia Lubey), Edward Harrison (George Deever), William Meredith (Frank Lubey), Alison Pargeter (Sue Bayliss), David Partridge (Jim Bayliss) and Francesca Zoutewelle (Ann Deever). The production opens on 2 November, with previews from 28 October, and runs until 19 November. (more...)

Coal Mine Theatre presents BREATHING CORPSES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016


Celebrate Shakespeare at the National Theatre - Free App for iPad and iPhone!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016


VIDEO: Jaimie Alexander & Sullivan Stapleton Talk New Season of 'Blindspot' on TODAY
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Crime drama ¬ďBlindspot¬Ē kicks off its second season tonight, and stars Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton stopped by TODAY to talk about what's ahead. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Rounds Out Cast at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. (more...)

Sandi Toksvig's SILVER LINING and NELL GWYNN in English Touring Theatre Spring Season
by Marianka Swain - Sep 12, 2016

English Touring Theatre today announces its spring season which features the world premiere of Silver Lining, a new comedy written by Sandi Toksvig, and a tour of the critically acclaimed Olivier Award winning Shakespeare's Globe production of Nell Gwynn, starring Laura Pitt-Pulford in the title role.  It is the final season under the stewardship of Director Rachel Tackley who is leaving the company to become Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre.  Richard Tywman takes over, having been Associate Director (International) of the Royal Court Theatre since 2013. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Bar Announces New Leadership
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Shakespeare in the Bar is proud to announce a new leadership team of artists which will allow the group to continue producing work in the years ahead. Co-founders Katherine Bourne and Dylan Key are thrilled to announce that Kevin Butler, Jeffrey Colangelo, Janielle Kastner, Marcus Stimac, and Katy Tye will take over as producers of Shakespeare in the Bar. Bourne and Key are departing to pursue opportunities in Chicago and San Diego respectively, but will continue to be involved in an advisory capacity. (more...)

John Michie to Reunite with Blythe Duff for Traverse Theatre & Tron's GRAIN IN THE BLOOD Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Rehearsals began today, 12 September 2016, for Grain in the Blood, a brand new production from playwright Rob Drummond, commissioned by the Traverse and co-produced with the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. (more...)

MOBILE UNIT'S HAMLET, Starring Chukwudi Iwuji, Begins Next Week at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Public Theater will begin previews for the MOBILE UNIT'S Hamlet on Monday, September 19. (more...)

J. Robert Spencer and Erikka Walsh to Star in Staged Reading of BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

Sometimes the words we speak become a secret code for what we really feel. Shortly before an audition for her first professional Shakespeare play, gifted and entitled young actor Anna arrives in a college rehearsal hall expecting help from brilliant, bitter acting instructor Curt. When their work together leads to professional success but personal misery, they must decide whether or not to break their Shakespeare code and uncover how they really feel about each other. (more...)

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Presents THE SHOEMAKER'S HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is thrilled to present the Baltimore area premiere of Thomas Dekker's hilarious London city comedy, The Shoemaker's Holiday.  The story is based on the real-life Simon Eyre, a commoner who became the Lord Mayor of London. (more...)

Hart House Theatre presents William Shakespeare's Popular Comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Opening November 4, Hart House Theatre is pleased to present William Shakespeare's widely adored battle of the sexes, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by recent graduate of the National Theatre School, Carly Chamberlain, and starring a cast of trained, young performers, Much Ado About Nothing promises to deliver classic theatre with a youthful flair and the high calibre production style for which Hart House Theatre is known. (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents George Orwell's 1984
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

"War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength."  Greenway Arts Alliance Presents: George Orwell's 1984, directed by Kate Jopson as the first production of their novel to stage program Greenway Reads. 300 Fairfax High School students are reading the novel and will attend matinee's of the theatrical production. The adaptation by Alan Lyddiard creates an interactive and engaging experience for audience members. Jopson said, "We're trying to create an immersive experience. The elements of the play and its themes are all around us in the real world. We try to emphasize that and as soon as you arrive at the theater there's not anywhere you're not in the set of 1984, even in the lobby and bathrooms."   (more...)

GREAT EXPECTATIONS In Store for the Opening of Syracuse Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Syracuse Stage opens its 2016-2017 season with Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations. Adapted for the stage by Gale Childs Daly and directed by Michael Bloom, the production runs Oct. 19 - Nov. 6 at the Archbold Theatre in the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee Street. (more...)

Thought For Food to Stage All-Female MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Red Sandcastle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Thought For Food presents an all-female cast of William Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE, on stage November 23 - December 4 at Red Sandcastle Theatre. (more...)

EV Crowe's THE SEWING GROUP Announces Casting
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

A woman arrives in a rural village in pre-industrial England. Her desire is to sew and learn from their simple way of life. But the group soon begins to suspect she is not who they thought she was. 'There's no point in just making quilts. They have to serve the village. They have to DO something.' (more...)

VIDEO: Watch 'Lost' Footage of Dame Maggie Smith in Early Production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by TV News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

The BBC has shared recently restored footage of Dame Maggie Smith in the role of Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. (more...)

Bilingual, All-Female Cast Shakespeare Tackles Bullying in Schools
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is taking its all-female, bilingual tour of The Taming of the Shrew to Colorado schools. The Taming of the Shrew is the latest title in CSF's Shakespeare & Violence Prevention series, which combines live performance and classroom workshops - using the latest bullying and violence prevention research - to empower students to become 'upstanders' vs. 'bystanders' when they see bullying happen around them. (more...)

Stage Adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels Headlines New Rose Theatre, Kingston's Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

With John Malkovich's acclaimed production of Good Canary entering its final week, Rose Theatre Kingston today announces its new season for 2017.  Headlining the season is the world premiere of My Brilliant Friend, a two-part adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet of novels which have become a global literary sensation.  The true identity of the author is a mystery, with Elena Ferrante a pseudonym used by the writer, but speculation over the weekend suggested that the author had been unmasked.   (more...)

Writers Theatre's Michael Halberstam to Receive Special Honor at 2016 Jeff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee will pay tribute to Michael Halberstam at the 2016 Equity Jeff Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 17.  The Artistic Director of Writers Theatre since its inception in 1992 is being honored for outstanding theatrical accomplishments and contributions to Chicagoland theatre for the past 25 years. (more...)

ShawChicago to Stage James Barrie's Lost Epic SHAKESPEARE'S LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

ShawChicago presents Shakespeare's People, a collection of the Bard's most coveted words, and the American premiere of James Barrie's lost epic, Shakespeare's Legacy. It premiered 100 years ago, was lost, and later uncovered at the University of Chicago library. This one-night performance is part of the Shakespeare 400 celebration in Chicago. It will take place on October 24 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610. (more...)

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS to Make West End Debut at the Criterion Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment is delighted to announce the West End debut of new family musical - Mr Popper's Penguins, which will open at the Criterion Theatre for a magical Christmas season from the 15 December to 31 December. Mr & Mrs Popper and their remarkable family of performing penguin puppets come to London direct from a UK tour and US premiere at New York's renowned New Victory Theatre. (more...)

Mary Beth Fisher and James Vincent Meredith to Star in ROZ AND RAY at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42st season with the world premiere of Roz and Ray, written by Karen Hartman and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. Roz and Ray features Mary Beth Fisher (Roz) and James Vincent Meredith (Ray). This World Premiere runs November 11 - December 11, 2016, with the press performance on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Off-Broadway's MOLASSES IN JANUARY Offers Rush Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Molasses in January Off-Broadway at The Davenport Theatre is now offering a limited number of Rush Tickets for each performance. Rush Tickets are sold for $15 (cash only) at the box office 15 minutes before curtain. (more...)

Papatango Announces Cast of ORCA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Papatango today announces the cast of Orca - Matt Grinter's winning entry from a record 1053 submissions to the 8thannual Papatango New Writing Prize. Alice Hamilton directs Aden Gillett, Simon Gregor, Carla Langley, Rona Morisonand Ellie Turner in the production opening at Southwark Playhouse on 4 November, with previews from 2 November, running until 26 November. Design is by Frankie Bradshaw, with lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Richard Hammarton. (more...)

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