Simon Burke Joins Cast of Black Swan's CLINTON: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Black Swan has announced that leading actor, singer and producer Simon Burke AO will make his debut performance with the company and join the cast of Clinton: The Musical, from Queensland brothers Paul Hodge and Michael Hodge. (more...)

Road to Opening Week 16: Matt Armet on Opening A CHORUS LINE in Stratford
by Guest Blogger: Matt Armet - Jun 8, 2016

PSYCH! Fooled ya! They asked me to write one more blog. I couldn't leave you all hanging off the cliff like that after last week's blog heading into Opening Night, so I'm back to tell you all about what happened last Tuesday when "finally, the big day came" - Val.   (more...)

Lutterworth Press Announces New Titles for Summer 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Animals Are Not Ours (No, Really, They're Not): An Evangelical Animal Liberation Theology By Sarah Withrow King [ISBN: 9780718894481] A robust challenge to traditional evangelical assumptions about humanity's 'dominion' over the animal world, arguing for a biblical ethic of animal liberation. (more...)

Akram Khan Launches 10th and Final BIG DANCE WEEK with Trafalgar Square Mass Performance
by Marianka Swain - Jun 30, 2016

Big Dance Week 2016, running from 2 to 10 July 2016, will be launched with a mass dance performance by hundreds of dancers in Trafalgar Square choreographed by Akram Khan on Saturday 2 July. This year's event is the final Big Dance, and celebrates a decade of festivals. (more...)

G2A.COM Limited Wins Outstanding Customer Service Team from Global Business Excellence Awards 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2016

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Photo Coverage: Kinnear and Syal at Ian Charleson Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2016

To commemorate and celebrate the life of Ian Charleson, The Sunday Times and the National Theatre collaborate annually to present these awards for outstanding performances anywhere in the UK by actors under the age of thirty in a classical role - defined as one in a play written before 1918. (more...)

Dates Announced for WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE & BALLARAT 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

David Atkins OAM announced as White Night Artistic Director and Executive Producer   Minister for Tourism and Major Events The Hon John Eren joined the City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson today at the Mining Exchange in Ballarat to announce the dates and locations for White Night 2017 and the newly appointed Artistic Director and Executive Producer David Atkins OAM. (more...)

Scotiabank Charity Challenge Raises Over $50 Million for Local Canadian Communities
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

TORONTO, ON - Since 2003, participants at six Scotiabank-sponsored road races from coast to coast have made every step of their run count, raising more than $50 million for local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This turnkey fundraising program surpassed the $50 million mark thanks to continued efforts from races in Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary so far this year, and in the lead-up to the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k this weekend. (more...)

Society of London Theatre Reveals 2016 Laurence Olivier Bursaries
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

19 students from drama schools across the UK were today awarded £67,500 worth of bursaries by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) in order to help them complete their training. The Clothworkers' Foundation bursary is worth a total of £37,500 over five years with £7,500 awarded to a student annually as part of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries scheme. (more...)

Theatre Renegade to Host IN RESPONSE TO...THE ORLANDO ATTACK Gala This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

In the wake of the deadliest incident of violence ever committed against LGBTQ people in America, the attack on the Pulse Nightclub and murder of 49 people, Theatre Renegade are to present a one-off gala,  Response To… The Orlando Attack. (more...)

2016 Dora Awards Held Monday; VIP Presenters Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Jacoba Knaapen, Toronto Alliance or the Performing Arts (TAPA) Executive Director and Dora Mavor Moore Awards Producer, announced the VIP presenters today for the 37th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, to be held on Monday, June 27 at Harbourfront Centre's open air Concert Stage (formerly WestJet Stage), a 1,300-seat venue covered by a transparent roof with open sides. (more...)

Lithuanian Dance Project CONTEMPORARY? Set for Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

A multi award winning dance show from Lithuania is headed for the Edinburgh Fringe (more...)

Nita Ambani Becomes First Indian Woman Nominated to International Olympics Committee (IOC)
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

LONDON, June 21,2016 /PRNewswire/ Nita Ambani, the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, is the first Indian woman nominated as a candidate to be a new member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) the supreme authority of the Olympic Games. Ms Ambani is one of eight candidates nominated; the final decision will be ratified by its Members Election Commission at the 129 th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016. (more...)

Sarah Polley to Write & Produce Six-Hour Miniseries ALIAS GRACE
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Halfire Entertainment, CBC and Netflix announced that production will begin on ALIAS GRACE, a six-hour miniseries inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks and based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. (more...)

2016 WOMEN AND WAR Festival to Open with SEVEN Documentary Play
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Just announced, the official launch night of the month-long WOMEN AND WAR festival will feature a one-off performance of SEVEN, a documentary play about seven ordinary women who became extraordinary activists, starring Rula Lenska, Miriam Margolyes and Josie Lawrence. (more...)

Belgrade Theatre Sets Full Autumn 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Coventry's Belgrade Theatre has today announced full details of the shows to feature in its Autumn 2016 Season which include a brand new production of original British rock 'n' roll musical, Roll Over Beethoven from the director of Three Minute Heroes, the UK premiere of Ostrich Boys in B2, based on the award-winning novel by Keith Gray and the return of Birmingham comedy-legend Jasper Carrott and award-winning impressionist Alistair McGowan to the Midlands from Tues 14 - Thurs 16 Mar 2017. (more...)

Asahi Shimbun Display to Present MADE IN JAPAN: KAKIEMON Exhibit, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

This Asahi Shimbun Display Made in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain celebrates fifteen generations of porcelain production in Arita by showcasing work by one of the most famous potting dynasties. This year is the 400th anniversary of the birth of porcelain in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture and the show will feature, among other examples, a new work decorated with acorn branches by Sakaida Kakiemon XV (b.1968) representing his coming of age as an artist that he created specifically for the British Museum. Featured in the display is an original film made by the British Museum at the Kakiemon kiln, which allows viewers to see and feel through the actions of the potters how Kakiemon porcelain is actually created. (more...)

Imogen Stubbs & Natalie Casey to Star in Frantic Assembly's THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Full casting has been announced for Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey, Richard Mylan, Kirsty Oswald, Ewan Stewart and Imogen Stubbs will star in the play's UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016 before embarking upon a UK tour. (more...)

Take Five! Spend Your Tea Break with Ralph Fiennes
by Marianka Swain - Jun 16, 2016

Ralph Fiennes plays the villainous title role in Rupert Goold's new production of Shakespeare's RICHARD III at the Almeida, opening tonight. Vanessa Redgrave is Queen Margaret, and the cast also features David Annen, Joseph Arkley, Osman Baig, Benedict Barker, Tom Canton, Daniel Cerqueira, Simon Coates, Josh Collins, Susan Engel, James Garnon, Mark Hadfield, Scott Handy, Lev Levermore, Finbar Lynch, Aislin McGuckin, Joseph Mydell, Lukas Parish, Joshua Riley, Lukas Rolfe , Joanna Vanderham, Baxter Westby and Oliver Whitehouse. (more...)

Peter James' NOT DEAD ENOUGH to Launch 2017 UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Following his 11th consecutive Sunday Times No.1 in the UK Book Charts and the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple on stage, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to theatres in January 2017 with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough.  (more...)

NOT DEAD ENOUGH Coming to Theatre Royal Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

?Following his 11th consecutive Sunday Times No.1 in the UK Book Charts and the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple on stage, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to Theatre Royal in April 2017 with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

PowerStream Recognized as 'Best Smart Grid Solution Provider'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

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HONOUR: CONFESSIONS OF A MUMBAI COURTESAN Set for FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta's new solo-show, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan comes to The 20th Annual New York Fringe Festival in August. Dipti, who was born and raised in Mumbai and currently resides in New Jersey, also stars in the show. She has numerous film and television credits including The Blacklist (NBC), and The Golden Boy (CBS). In addition acting and writing, she also holds a Ph. D in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works at Sloan Kettering in cancer research. The play is directed and dramaturged by Mark Cirnigliaro who has worked extensively in theatre for the past 16 years. Recent directing credits include the World Premiere of The Hounds of War by Bill Holland which Broadway World called, 'A must see,' and the critically acclaimed production of The Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria for INTAR Theatre. (more...)

Christopher Haydon to Step Down as Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Today, 14 June 2016, Christopher Haydon announced he will step down as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, leaving in January 2017 after five years of leading the company. His recently announced new season - Too Close To Home, will be his penultimate season at the Gate Theatre. Haydon will continue programming the Gate up until May 2017, with his last season being announced in late 2016. The post of Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre will be advertised shortly. (more...)

Repercussion Theatre to Stage All-Female JULIUS CAESAR, 7/7-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

This summer, for the first time in Repercussion Theatre's 28-year history, it is presenting William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed by Amanda Kellock, (Artistic Director), for its annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park (SITP) tour. From July 7 to August 3, Montreal and surrounding area residents can venture out to local parks with blankets, picnic baskets and kids to watch the centuries' old tale presented with the unique spin of an all-female cast. (more...)

London Singers Join Barry Manilow for Final Concert at the O2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

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G2A.COM Wins Outstanding New Product/Service for G2A Pay and G2A Shield at the Global Business Excellence Award 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

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Brian George Pens THE DREAM TEAM
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Ever wonder where you would be without your group of friends? Or maybe how the world would be if every country joined forces and worked together? (more...)

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Continues 18th Season on June 19th
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival's 18th season continues on June 19th at 7:30 pm with a performance of the Schubert Trout Quintet and chamber music by Gaubert, Mahler, and Schulhoff. The concert, which will be held in the ballroom of the Otesaga, features Linda Chesis, flute; Mikhail Kopelman, violin; Anat Almani, viola; Jerry Grossman, cello; Jeremy McCoy, bass; and Elizaveta Kopelman, piano. (more...)

Felix Barrett, Artistic Director of Punchdrunk, Awarded MBE for Work in Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Felix Barrett has today been awarded an MBE for his work in the theatre industry. Artistic pioneer Barrett founded Punchdrunk with colleague Pete Higgin in 2000. Since then the company has become renowned around the world for its ground-breaking approach to making theatre, winning numerous awards and thousands of loyal fans in the process and becoming a byword for all that is different from traditional theatre. The company's practice has influenced a generation of theatre makers with its style of productions and practice (more...)

Venue, Dates Set for 'HONOUR' at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta's new solo-show, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan comes to The 20th Annual New York Fringe Festival in August. Dipti, who was born and raised in Mumbai and currently resides in New Jersey, also stars in the show. She has numerous film and television credits including The Blacklist (NBC), and The Golden Boy (CBS). In addition to acting and writing, she also holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works at Sloan Kettering in cancer research.  (more...)

OzAsia Festival Partners with PAFC's China Power Club
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Adelaide Festival Centre is delighted to announce that Port Adelaide Football Club's China Power Club is OzAsia Festival's newest 2016 partner. (more...)

The Everyman & Playhouse to Present THE STAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

A new entertainment by Michael Wynne, The Star, will mark Liverpool Playhouse's 150th anniversary this Christmas in Honour of its origins as a Music Hall venue. Directed by Philip Wilson, the production will feature Michael Starke. At the Everyman Associate Director Nick Bagnall's effervescent take on The Two Gentlemen of Verona sets the action in a colourful and musical 1960s. Desmond Barrit will appear alongside Maggie Steed as Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's elegant comedy of manners The Rivals at the Playhouse. (more...)

BWW Review: BREATH OF KINGS: REBELLION & REDEMPTION at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 6, 2016

This season at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre, audiences have the opportunity to witness Shakespeare's Henriad in a unique and exciting new way. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Phil Jerrod
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 5, 2016

BWW speaks to comedian Phil Jerrod about his Edinburgh Fringe 2016 show 'Hypocrite'. (more...)

2016 Rob Guest Endowment Awards Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Organisers of The Rob Guest Endowment have today launched the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Awards. The Rob Guest Endowment is one of Australia's most exciting scholarship programs providing financial assistance and industry support to the next generation of musical theatre stars, creators and musicians. Applications for all awards are now open and the winners will be announced at the Rob Guest Endowment Concert to be held in Sydney in November 2016. The 2016 prize package is valued at over $50,000, including the $20,000 major prize, the Rob Guest Endowment Award. (more...)

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...)

Presenters, Performers Set for 16th Annual HELPMANN AWARDS Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The 16th Annual Helpmann Awards, presented by Live Performance Australia, will be held on Monday 25 July at 7.30pm at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. (more...)

National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Portrait of Publisher Baroness Gail Rebuck
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Baroness Gail Rebuck by the artist Jennifer McRae, it was announced today, Thursday 14 July 2016. It was commissioned by the Gallery with the support of J. P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions. (more...)

Royal Ontario Museum to Present ASAFO FLAGS Exhibit, 9/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

TORONTO, July 18, 2016–The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana, this fall as part of its Of Africa project. The exhibition features flags, uniforms and musical instruments relating to the visual and performance art of the Fante militias of the West African country of Ghana. Asafo Flags will be on display from September 3, 2016 to February 27, 2017, in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume. (more...)

BWW Blog: Nikolai Foster On Directing BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
by Guest Blogger: Nikolai Foster - Jul 19, 2016

Director Nikolai Foster recalls the development of Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Pixie Lott (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright Jon Brittain On The West End Run of ROTTERDAM
by Marianka Swain - Jul 19, 2016

Last year, Jon Brittain's Rotterdam had a successful and well-received premiere at Theatre503 - this month, it moves into the West End for a Trafalgar Studios run. Centring on Alice, who wants to come out as gay, and her girlfriend Fiona, who decides she wants to start living as a man, Adrian, it's only become more of a zeitgeist piece since its first stint. Jon discusses revisiting the play and trying not to mess it up… (more...)

Rhapsodes to Return to Edinburgh Fringe This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

From members of the Olivier Award-winning international smash hit Showstopper!: The Improvised Musical who have pioneered improvised theatre in the UK, Rhapsodes returns to the Edinburgh Fringe from 3rd - 14th August. (more...)

MATILDA, Sarah Blasko and More Set to Perform at 16th Annual Helpmann Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The 16th Annual Helpmann Awards, presented by Live Performance Australia, will be held on Monday 25 July at 7.30pm at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia's vibrant live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia's live performance sectors. Nominations for this year's 41 awards were announced on 20 June across the country. Excitement is building for the announcement of the 2016 winners on Monday 25 July. (more...)

Gary Lamont, Elaine MacKenzie Ellis Join Cast of King's Theatre Glasgow's CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

?The King's Theatre Glasgow and First Family Entertainment have announced that River City star Gary Lamont and Rab C. Nesbitt actress Elaine MacKenzie Ellis will appear in this year's spell-binding production of Cinderella, alongside Gregor Fisher, Des Clarke and Tony Roper.  (more...)

OPERATION CRUCIBLE Set for Sheffield Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Folie a deux Productions and From Ground Up Theatre Company in association with Sheffield Theatres today announce the full cast for Kieran Knowles' Operation Crucible. (more...)

Amanda Holden Set to Dazzle as Fairy Godmother in CINDERELLA at the London Palladium
by Edward Baker - Jul 1, 2016

Amanda Holden will play The Fairy Godmother in Qdos Entertainment's London Palladiumproduction of Cinderella. Cinderella will run at the London Palladium for five weeks only over the Festive season from Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017, with press night on Wednesday 14 December 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: 1984, Playhouse Theatre, 28 June 2016
by Liz Cearns - Jul 1, 2016

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's brilliant adaptation of George Orwell's formidable novel has returned the West End, following international tours and its very successful London run last summer. Perhaps not typical summer-viewing, this production combines the fantastic and too-true to create something really thought-provoking. (more...)

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