EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Strictly Come Trancing
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 30, 2016

BWW speaks to hypnotist Ben Dali ahead of his 2016 edfringe show Strictly Come Trancing. (more...)

UnSpun Theatre Company to Bring ALL THE THINGS I'VE LOST to Gardiner Museum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

As part of the Gardiner Museum's new Community Arts Space project, the award-winning Toronto-based theatre company, UnSpun Theatre, will hold two weeks of free performances showcasing their new work, All The Things I've Lost. (more...)

BWW Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, Palace Theatre, 27 July 2016
by Marianka Swain - Jul 27, 2016

During the recent Ghostbusters furore, enraged opponents claimed the movie would ruin their childhood. As someone who grew up with the Harry Potter book series - preparing for GCSEs while the characters stressed over O.W.L.s - I can happily declare that this affectionate, spellbinding work only enhances that treasured experience. It's both nostalgic and thrillingly new, a smartly crafted love letter to J.K. Rowling's invention and to theatre itself. (more...)

Zita Harrison Pens INK - BENEATH THE STAIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Zita Harrison's fictional novel, 'Ink - Beneath the Stain' is about the damaging effects of prejudice and discrimination, and the need, now more than ever, for acceptance and love. In the year 2016, the world remains firmly trapped in the clutches of bias, unable to accept differences, to live and let live. While the progress in technology, science, and society is mind boggling, the human brain has been unable to overcome the primitive instinct for survival at the cost of others. Today this instinct dictates that, in order to attain success in life, forms of our species that vary in appearance, ability, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, political beliefs, and social status be put down, and kept down. From bullying and ostracism in schools to discrimination in society to hostility between countries, it's all about the need to establish oneself as stronger and more powerful. The effects of these are long lasting, if not permanent. The resulting population of twisted, angry people who are so caught up with indignities, real or imagined, that they cannot get past them to try to find any good in life, is global. They want to blame, to hurt, and to kill. Just look at the increasing number and frequency of headlines. Terrorism towards those of different beliefs: 'Truck rams Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, killing at least 84' (Washington Post, Jul 15, 2016). Physical and psychological abuse of women in third world countries: 'Women murdered for 'Honour', torched, maimed' (The Express Tribune, Jul 12, 2016). Mass shootings of both adults and children: 'Baton Rouge Shooting Jolts a Nation on Edge' (nytimes.com, July 17, 2016); 'Sandy Hook Elementary shooting leaves 28 dead, law enforcement sources say' (washingtonpost.com, Dec 14, 2012). These headlines are frightening enough individually, let alone together. Is there any doubt that we are, now more than ever, in the grip of a madness caused by prejudice, discrimination, and the need to survive? 'Real progress, to really make a world better than the one in neanderthal days, has to be in the form of acceptance and love. Believing in it, being mindful of it, and practicing it.' - Zita Harrison About the Author: 'Ink - Beneath the Stain' is Zita Harrison's first novel, and a product of who she is. She has lived in many different countries, loves to travel and experience different cultures, and feels very fortunate to be living in California, home to so many different ethnicities. Zita holds an M.A. in English Literature. For more information about 'Ink - Beneath the Stain,' please visit www.zitaharrison.com or contact Zita Harrison at 510-794-8691. (more...)

BWW Feature: HELPMANN AWARDS 2016: ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING at Sydney Lyric Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Jul 25, 2016

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EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Milk
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 25, 2016

We speak to Ross Dunsmore, writer of Milk which is part of TravFest at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com for 7/17/2016 - 7/24/2016
by BWW - Jul 24, 2016

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BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Life in Double
by Guest Blogger: Naomi Melvin - Jul 20, 2016

Theatre in Toronto is moving and shaking. This city has a consistent flow of productions year-round, but the summer is a particularly exciting time to celebrate home-grown work. On June 27, the 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place at the Harbourfront Centre. The ceremony recognizes Toronto-based creators in theatre, dance and opera spanning 48 categories. I had the Honour of attending the awards on behalf of Randolph Academy and was reminded of how diverse, vibrant and hard-working our theatre community is. Many post-Dora commentators regarded Bruce Dow's outstanding job as host. His undeniable humour did not deter from socially charged commentary on the state of our community's compensation. Bruce also directed the audience's attention to the world stage, advising that artists must continue to unite globally in the wake of political events happening around the world. The breadth of work being created in this city is astounding. Repeatedly, I heard award recipients talk about persistence in this industry. Years and years of creative trial have led to works formally recognized. It is a profession worth its weight in blood, but worth every beautiful drop. I left the awards wanting to see more theatre, learn more about the veterans in the room and take a whole list of people out for coffee.  (more...)

Ben Heppner to Return as Host for Canadian Opera Company's 2016 Centre Stage Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

When this year's aspiring opera stars take to the stage of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to compete in the Ensemble Studio Competition at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Centre Stage gala, they'll do so with legendary Canadian tenor and CBC Radio personality Ben Heppner in attendance. (more...)

The Australian Ballet to Perform the Iconic NIJINSKY for the First Time
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The Australian Ballet is thrilled to unveil its premiere production of John Neumeier's acclaimed Nijinsky.Rarely seen outside Europe and performed by The Australian Ballet for the first time, Nijinsky takes audiences inside the mind of a ballet legend. The work runs in Melbourne from 7 - 17 September, before touring toAdelaide from 14 - 19 October, and to Sydney from 11 - 28 November. (more...)

Deborah Sawyerr Becomes New Executive Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East
by Marianka Swain - Aug 9, 2016

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East Kerry Michael today announces the appointment of Deborah Sawyerr as its new Executive Director, taking over from Mary Caws. Sawyerr joins Stratford East from the Bush Theatre, where she served as General Manager and will take up her new position in October. (more...)

Voting Opens for UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Voting is now open for the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre in Association with Smooth Radio. (more...)

John Mayall and Clint Black Join The Lyric's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

The Lyric Theatre has added John Mayall and Clint Black to its 2016-17 season. Details below! (more...)

RITE OF HONOUR is Released
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

No matter the location, women can endure horrific circumstances in life. But what happens when they form their own military forces against a deadly enemy and take the front line in the battle to protect the world from ISIS terrorism? (more...)

British Museum Hosts Major UK Exhibition on South African Art, SOUTH AFRICA: THE ART OF A NATION, Oct. 27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

This autumn the British Museum will host the first major UK exhibition on South African art that explores a 100,000 history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks, which look at the long and rich artistic heritage of the country. South Africa: the art of a nation is sponsored by Jack and Betsy Ryan and will use art to tell the story of the region's deep history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the 'rainbow nation' and South Africa today. Objects from the British Museum's own South African collections will be displayed alongside contemporary acquisitions. There will also be significant loans in the exhibition, including objects coming to the UK for the very first time, thanks to the exhibition's logistics partner IAG Cargo. (more...)

Guest Blog: Director Matthew Iliffe On THE BURNT PART BOYS at Park Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Matthew Iliffe - Aug 4, 2016

The Burnt Part Boys has been a special musical for me for some years, so it's a real privilege to be bringing the show to Park Theatre. It's a wonderful contemporary score, filled with truly melodic numbers and infused with the instantly catchy rhythms of country, folk and bluegrass music from the Southern states - where the piece is set. (more...)

BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Interview with Jeff Dimitriou
by Guest Blogger: Naomi Melvin - Aug 3, 2016

Full disclosure, cast members were possibly reviewing choreography from our dance call before walking into our very first Footloose rehearsal. Our fabulous co-choreographer, Jeff Dimitriou, set the bar high prior to day one and we wanted to be ready. More importantly, there was so much recall from that audition day because it was an exuberant experience! And, the moves were accessible because they were married to impulse. The choreography Jeff gifts to us is full, extended and comes from the heart. Dancing it out on stage is totally visceral, but only when we Honour the steps as intended. It is so interesting how the energy of a scene shifts drastically by simply 'being bigger'. There is no grand explanation, but the energy percolates when we give in to the story told through movement. Over lunch, Jeff and I took a corner of our rehearsal space and talked life, art and Footloose. If you did not know before, Jeff's artistry stems far beyond choreography - he is a painter as well. We began by talking about this side of his work.  (more...)

Sarah Harding and Andy Moss Set to Star in GHOST: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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Curve Announces Ian Squires as Chair of the Board
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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Programme Announced for Dublin Theatre Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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STC Appoints Kip Williams as Interim Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Kip Williams is to be Sydney Theatre Company's Interim Artistic Director, Ian Narev, Sydney Theatre Company Chairman, announced today. A Resident Director at STC since 2013, Williams begins his new role immediately and will continue until a new Artistic Director is appointed later this year. (more...)

Kari Matchett Shines in MAUDIE, Debuting at Toronto International Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Canadian actress Kari Matchett makes her debut at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with a starring role in Maudie. Based on the true story of Maud Lewis, a Nova Scotian woman who overcame physical challenges to become a beloved and successful folk artist, the heartwarming biopic film will celebrate its Canadian premiere at TIFF on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Elgin Theatre. (more...)

VOGUE - VOICE OF A CENTURY Launches 100 Years After First Publication
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

In 2016, Vogue celebrates 100 years as the undisputed fashion bible in Britain. Now, a landmark publication, VOICE OF A CENTURY, compiles over 400 Vogue photographs and illustrations, correspondence and covers, plus 32,000 words of new interviews with 100 Vogue contributors. VOICE OF A CENTURY is strictly limited to only 1,916 craftsman-bound copies, and each 504-page volume is individually signed by at least 7 major contributors. (more...)

FringeNYC Announces 2016 Overall Excellence Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Winners of the 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards were announced by festival Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy during a brief ceremony at drom in New York. (more...)

SWITZERLAND Comes to MTC This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Joanna Murray-Smith's acclaimed two-hander, Switzerland, comes to MTC with the stunning original cast of Sarah Peirse and Eamon Farren. Under the direction of newly appointed MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes, this Sydney Theatre Company production opens at Southbank Theatre, the Sumner on Wednesday 21 September. (more...)

2016 Artscape High School Drama Festival Announces Winners
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The 2016 Artscape High School Drama Festival competition was celebrated in grand style. This follows the winners' announcement at an Awards Ceremony held at the Artscape Theatre on the 20 August 2016. (more...)

Forced Entertainment to Live-Stream COMPLETE WORKS This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The boundary-breaking Sheffield based Theatre Company Forced Entertainment are to livestream their Complete Works: Take Top Shakespeare project over nine days following a sold-out run at the Barbican earlier this year. (more...)

Digicel Appoints Usain Bolt as Chief Speed Officer (CSO)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

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Oscar Nominee Ethan Hawke to Receive 2016 Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival
by Movies News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

On September 17th, Ethan Hawke will be honored with a Donostia Award at the 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. T (more...)

BWW Review: THEY DRINK IT IN THE CONGO, Almeida Theatre, 23 August 2016
by Marianka Swain - Aug 24, 2016

How long does it take to cover the complex problems in the Congo, AKA the most dangerous place in the world? Adam Brace's play has a semi-joking educational sequence that attempts it in four and a half minutes - putting to bed the ubiquitous Um Bongo jingle - but the morass of conflicting information presents a dramatic problem that this witty, engaging but messily sprawling piece can't quite overcome. (more...)

WICKED'S Emma Hatton Set to Perform Solo Cabaret Show SONGBIRD Live at Zedel This Fall
by Nora Dominick - Aug 24, 2016

Known and loved by thousands for her portrayal of the iconic character Elphaba in the West End hit Wicked, Emma Hatton brings her timeless vocals to Live at Zedel based at Crazy Coqs on 28 October, with a celebration of Eva Cassidy, whose stirring and emotional interpretation of iconic songs coupled with her untimely death at the young age of 33 touched the world. (more...)

Full Line-up Announced for Viola Beach Tribute Warrington Festival
by Marianka Swain - Aug 23, 2016

Warrington Festival is pleased to reveal the full line-up of local artists who will support Starsailor on Saturday 17 September as part of a tribute to Viola Beach and their manager, who tragically lost their lives earlier this year. (more...)

Fly a Project to the Moon for the First Time in 45 Years on Board the TeamIndus Spacecraft
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

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Girls Aloud Singer Sarah Harding to Star in UK Tour of GHOST THE MUSICAL
by Edward Baker - Aug 2, 2016

Singer and actress Sarah Harding will make her stage debut this autumn in Bill Kenwright's new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope: GHOST - THE MUSICAL. She will star as 'Molly' opposite Andy Moss, best known for starring as 'Rhys Ashworth' in Channel 4's Hollyoaks, as 'Sam'. (more...)

PBR Streetgang to Release 'Shade' This Fall via Crosstown Rebels
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Closely following strong releases on both Futureboogie and Craig Richards's Ship To Shore label this summer, PBR Streetgang make their debut on Crosstown Rebels with 'Shade', a collection of music that proves there is no stopping the UK duo right now. (more...)


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Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Gets A Theater in the Park for the Summer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

August in August' is a brand new annual live performance series teaming Joseph Grant Jr., ambassador of arts and culture for the councilman and theatrical producer Andrea J. Fulton of the Anderson & Bert Cade Fulton Foundation. Joint efforts result in the mounting of August Wilson's Tony nominated Two Trains Running directed by Sabura Rashid as its upcoming offering starting August 26th 2016. The production of 'Two Trains Running' will be featured at Fulton Park in Brooklyn on Aug. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Aug. 27 at Herbert Von King Park from 4 to 7p.m. Both performances are FREE. August in August actually began Aug. 13 with the first installation of the series 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom performed at Fulton Park in Brooklyn, produced by the Bed-Stuy Theatre Group. (more...)

Two Libraries in Indonesia Adopted by Brill
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The international scholarly publisher Brill has adopted two libraries in Indonesia as part of its Adopt a Library Program. Last year Indonesia was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, celebrating the theme 'Imagining 17.000 islands' which lead to choosing West Kalimantan and South Sulawesi in Indonesia as two islands to benefit from the adoption. (more...)

Simon Rattle to Conduct St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys in Concert, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

New York, NY - Sir Simon Rattle will conduct The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of St. Luke's in a special benefit concert to include Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00pm. The concert will be the last in a yearlong series of performances that have been offered at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in honor of Maestro John Scott who served as Organist and Director of Music for eleven years, and who died unexpectedly in August 2015.  Proceeds from the concert will be used to create a Saint Thomas Choir School scholarship to assist choristers in need which will be established in John Scott's memory. (more...)

Nicole Kidman-Led LION Set for London Film Festival Gala Presentation
by Movies News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is thrilled to announce that LION, starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman will be the American Express Gala at this year's Festival. (more...)

Houston Ballet Welcomes New Academy Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM announces the appointment of Madeleine Onne as Director of Houston Ballet Academy. (more...)

MTC Honours Benefactors with Lifetime Patrons Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Melbourne Theatre Company Honoured three of its benefactors with MTC Lifetime Patron Awards last night at a special preview event for MTC's 2017 Season. (more...)

DINNER AT THE TWITS Announces More Casting and Further Menu Details
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The award-winning team behind the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit Alice's Adventures Underground and The Game's Afoot, in association with gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr, are delighted to announce further menu details and casting for Dinner at the Twits, a gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience from 4 September - 30 October at The Vaults, London. (more...)

Toronto Premiere of SHE SAID/HE SAID Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Imani Enterprises presents the Toronto premiere of She Said/He Said, created and directed by award-winning artist Anne-Marie Woods (aka Amani). She Said/He Said is a play where spoken word, theatre, conflict and comedy join hands for a tragi-comic and complex look at relationships. The female/male rapport is laid bare in this battle of wits with the multi-talented Woods starring as SHE and Dora Mavor Moore Award winner Matthew G Brown as HE. She Said/He Said runs Wednesday, September 14 through Sunday, September 18 (with Media Night September 15) at Native Earth's AKI Studio (inside Daniels Spectrum) in Regent Park. (more...)

Frost the Trail 2016 Raises S$120,000 for Charity
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Over the weekend, the corporate community in Singapore gathered and ran for a good cause, raising S$120,000 for Peace Connect and Bright Hill Evergreen Home. This is the 11 th edition of the annual Frost & Sullivan Corporate Challenge in Singapore. (more...)

MTC and Sisters Grimm Present World Premiere of LILITH: THE JUNGLE GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

MTC joins forces with Sisters Grimm for a world premiere production that will visually defy expectations and transform the Lawler as you've never seen it before when Lilith: The Jungle Girl opens on Saturday 3 September at Southbank Theatre.  (more...)

The Marlowe Theatre in the Running for Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

The Marlowe Theatre is in the running for a major industry award. (more...)

TeraGo Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

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Opera Australia Presents New Production of AIDA on Gold Coast Beach, Sept. 21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Renowned the world over as the most spectacular outdoor opera, Aida will be unleashed under the starry night sky, with waves lapping nearby it's the perfect setting to experience fireworks of the vocal and the pyrotechnic kind, colourful costumes and even local surf life savers getting in on the action. (more...)

Jermyn Street To Stage Revival of A.A. Milne's THE DOVER ROAD
by Marianka Swain - Aug 10, 2016

In the 60th anniversary year of A.A Milne's death and the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh's publication, Close Quarter Productions, in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, today announces a new production of Milne's play THE DOVER ROAD. Nichola McAuliffe directs Stefan Berdnarczyk, Tom Durant-Pritchard, Katrina Gibson, Georgia Maguire, Gareth McLeod, Patrick Ryecart and James Sheldon in the production opening at Jermyn Street Theatre, on Tuesday 6 September running until Saturday 1 October. (more...)

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