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Wichita Center for the Arts (Wichita, KS, )
9112 East Central
Wichita, KS,

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Based on the novel by Charlotte BrontŽ

Jane Eyre is a haunting retelling of the Charlotte Bronte classic about an orphan girl who grows up to become the governess of Thornfield Hall. There she meets and falls in love with the enigmatic Edward Rochester, an Earl with a dark secret. Having overcome the obstacles brought on by an abusive childhood, the death of a childhood friend and the prejudice inherent in a relationship between two people socially worlds apart, Jane marries Rochester. Her wedding day is marred when she discovers his secret: he already has a wife, a half-crazed lunatic hidden in the attic.



Starlight Theatre Announces 2017 Blue Star Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Yesterday, high school theatre students and instructors across metropolitan Kansas City and in neighboring communities received the good news that they had received nominations for the 15th Anniversary Blue Star Awards from Starlight Theatre. Starlight leaders, staff and board members personally delivered 132 nominations to 42 area high schools. On Thursday night, May 25, winners of the 2017 Blue Star Awards will receive their honors in a public ceremony on Starlight Theatre's Cohen Community Stage. (more...)

BWW Review: The Rep Romances Artful, Contemporary JANE EYRE
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 5, 2017

The legendary story of Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847, arrives as artful, contemporary adaption by Polly Teale in Milwaukee Repertory Theater's season ending production at the Quadracci Powerhouse. Director KJ Sanchez follows Teale's lead and delves deeper into the psychology between Jane and Mr. Rochester's uninhibited, possible mad wife Bertha. The two characters, through actors, Margaret Ivey (Jane) and Rin Allen (Bertha) shadow each other throughout the production. In this adaptation, Bertha appears to mirror Jane's repressed Victorian feelings that literally ignite their lives and  English homestead, Thornfield.  (more...)

GREY'S ANATOMY's Kelly McCreary to Star in INTIMATE APPAREL at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced the cast and creative team of INTIMATE APPAREL by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Bay Street Theater Artistic Director Scott Schwartz. Kelly McCreary, currently one of the stars of Grey's Anatomy on ABC, will star as Esther Mills. (more...)

Long Beach Opera presents SoCal Premiere of Opera FRIDA
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

On June 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present five outdoor performances of the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of Frida. The opera celebrates the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her vivacious spirit, sexuality, fragility, and her tumultuous life with muralist Diego Rivera. Robert Xavier Rodriguez' brilliant score captures Frida with music as rich and haunting as her art. (more...)

Cast Announced for THE VIEW FROM NOWHERE at Park Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

The new PARK90 season opens with the world premiere of a highly topical drama involving a scientific controversy, The View From Nowhere, presented by the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Warehouse of Dreams at Lion and Unicorn Theatre. (more...)

Mesmerising Stage Adaptation of Oscar-Winning Classic Comes to The Lyceum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning La Strada, one of the all-time masterpieces of world cinema, is brought to life in a stunning new stage adaptation at the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 22 - Saturday 27 May.  Directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson, whose productions of Jane Eyre and Hetty Feather have wowed Sheffield Theatres' audiences, the play boasts a beautiful score, performed on stage by an international cast of actor musicians. (more...)

Theatre by the Lake Announces Two-Company Ensemble for Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Artistic Director Conrad Lynch today announces the ensemble for the Theatre by the Lake's Summer Season - the first time the theatre has featured two-companies. They will perform over 5 productions in rep - After the Dance, As You Like It, Miss Julie, Handbagged and Remarkable Invisible - in both the theatre's spaces. (more...)

Regional Riches: Celebrating the Legacy of Regional Theatres on Broadway
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 27, 2017

Broadway shows are made, not born. Though the polished final product of a Broadway show seems to land before our very eyes as if put there by some divine circumstance, the life of the average show before it makes its way to New York is long. (more...)

National Theatre's JANE EYRE UK Tour to Stop at The Marlowe This June
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

The National Theatre's energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre comes to The Marlowe Theatre next month. (more...)

PETER PAN Flies in to Ridgefield Playhouse on the Big Screen This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

All children, except one, grow up……Captured live at the National Theatre, the acclaimed London stage production of JM Barrie's much-loved tale comes to the big screen in HD!  The Ridgefield Playhouse and Craig's Fine Jewelry Live in HD Series presents an encore screening of National Theatre of London's Peter Pan on Saturday, June 24 at 2pm and 6:30pm.  (more...)

Defiance Theatre Co Presents GROUP a World Premiere Play About PTSD
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

"GROUP", a play about PTSD will premiere at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in the NoHo Arts District during PTSD Awareness month. The story takes place in a group therapy session, during which a handful of characters explore their individual trauma. Guided by a caring therapist with his own issues, 5 victims of trauma must work through their struggles to discover that their perceptions of each other and themselves are not always what they seem. This play addresses issues relating to veterans, domestic abuse, racism, and gender identity.  (more...)

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!
by Matt Tamanini - May 2, 2017

The 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few! (more...)

Take a Closer Look At the Set and Costumes For London's New PETER PAN
by Stephanie Wild - May 15, 2017

The National Theatre Blog recently talked with London's Peter Pan costume designer, Katie Sykes, and set designer, Michael Vale to discuss their inspiration and process, as well as to share a few photos. (more...)

TheatreWorks Announces Retirement of Robert Kelley After 50th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Ending one of the longest tenures in American theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced today that Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley will retire at the conclusion of the company's 50th season, 2019/2020. (more...)

Jessica Grove, Jennifer Cody, Jason Graae, Zonya Love and More Complete 2017 Music Circus Season Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all five shows in the 67th Music Circus season. The cast is loaded with Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts-Tony Award nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

BWW Review: JANE EYRE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 6, 2017

The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Jane Eyre's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. (more...)

Lizzy Watts to Play Title Role in National Theatre's HEDDA GABLER in Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

The National Theatre has announced that Lizzy Watts will take the title role of Hedda Gabler which, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, arrives at Theatre Royal, Glasgow in January next year. (more...)

Christmas In July: Battle of the Christmas Musicals Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

On Saturday, July 1, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm, Brookfield Theatre presents Christmas in July: Battle of the Christmas Musicals. This festive event treats audiences to 45-minute previews of 3 brand new holiday-themed musicals. At the end of the evening, audiences vote for their favorite and the winning show will be performed as a full-length staged reading in December. Come meet the writers, enjoy the shows, and vote for your favorite musical! (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

Essex Books Presents Shelf Awareness: Yes, Reader, She Married Him. Ever Wonder Why?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

A former university librarian, author Sara Shoemaker makes her debut with the novel Mr. Rochester (just out from Grand Central Publishing), an intimate look at the life of one of literature's most moody men. Below Shoemaker describes the inciting event that led her down the dark and brooding path. (more...)

Photo Flash: HANDBAGGED Opens at Theatre by the Lake
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Two icons, one destined to rule, the other to lead. But when the gloves came off, who had the upper hand? Moira Buffini's sensational comedy looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Greensboro Arts Alliance Announces 2017 Mainstage Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency (GAAR), under the Artistic Direction of Sabra Jones, is proud to announce its 1st Annual Opera Festival as part of the 2017 Summer Season in Vermont. Heidi Lauren Duke choreographs & directs Mezzo-Soprano Martha Prewitt in Lee Hoiby's comedy Bon Appetit!, written about the legendary chef Julia Child, from June 30 - July 5, 2017, at the Town House (20 Church St.)  in Hardwick, Vermont.  The return of opera performance marks a full circle moment for Hardwick's historic Town Hall which was, in fact, built as an opera house in 1898. (more...)

National Theatre Announces June 2017-January 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

National Theatre has announced today the new season for June 2017 - January 2018. Take a look at the shows coming to the theatre! (more...)

BWW Review: JANE EYRE, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jun 13, 2017

Before the world had an understanding of the word feminism, Charlotte Bronte was delivering a masterpiece tutorial in female independence and emancipation. Jane Eyre demonstrates that being plain and poor is no barrier to a desire for knowledge and the quest for love and liberation. The story is of an unloved orphan girl, sent to boarding school by her callous aunt. Despite a cold and harsh life, Jane eventually becomes a teacher at the school and then moves to become a governess, working for the darkly brooding Mr Rochester. The couple fall in love, but must try to overcome sinister secrets and internal battles about ethics, morality and justice. (more...)

Guest Blog: Writer Mike Akers On Adapting LA STRADA
by Guest Blog: Mike Akers - Jun 13, 2017

La Strada is one of Federico Fellini's most memorable films. It won the inaugural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and a host of other awards at prestigious festivals all over the world in the Fifties. The story of Gelsomina, a poverty-stricken young woman sold by her mother to Zampano, a brutish itinerant street performer, certainly struck a chord with audiences at the time, and the role of Gelsomina made an international star of Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina. (more...)

Classic Love Story JANE EYRE to Play The Masque Theatre in Cape Town
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

The stage is set at the Masque Theatre for a new production of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Adapted for the stage by Alastair Duff, the play follows the original story of the novel very closely and really brings Bronte's extraordinary tale to life. (more...)

Nuffield Southampton Theatres Announces Autumn Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges, today announced NST Campus' Autumn season, featuring a varied programme of high quality touring work including West End hits People, Places & Things and Hetty Feather. The season is announced as NST moves closer to the opening of NST City, their newly acquired theatre in Southampton's city centre arts venue. (more...)

OSLO, JANE EYRE, and More Part of National Theatre's Newest Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

National Theatre has just announced its newest season line-up. Check out what's coming below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley presents Musical RAGS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with a musical saga of immigrant America, Rags. From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof and Wicked, this exhilarating musical follows the journey of Jewish immigrants Rebecca and her son David, who find themselves navigating the teeming, turn-of-the-century tenements of New York. A soaring, tuneful score (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) illuminates this sweeping saga (book by Joseph Stein) of dreams and disillusions, love lost and inspiration found, and the heart and soul of the American character. It was declared "A winner, warm and witty. You are tempted to rise cheering," by The Mercury News. Rags will be directed by TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, who notes "this production could not be timelier. As America debates immigration policies, what better time to present this deeper look at the newcomer's experience." Performances are April 5-30 (press opening: April 8) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. For tickets ($35-$86) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.orgor call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for New Hampshire (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Appleton, WI - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for Appleton, WI (more...)

Utah Opera Closes 2016-17 Season with Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

In May 2017, Utah Opera will present Mozart's ¬ďDon Giovanni,¬Ē a tale of love, seduction, and murder as seen through the stylized lens of a 1950s ¬ďfilm noir¬Ē cinematic approach. This production will be performed five times at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on May 13, 15, 17, 19 at 7:30 PM and May 21 at 2 PM. Tickets, priced from $21-$92, are available for purchase through www.utahopera.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at The Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Casting is today announced for Girl from the North Country which previews from Monday 10 July 2017 with a press night on Wednesday 26 July 2017. (more...)

JANE EYRE Comes to Theatre Royal in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic's co-production of Jane Eyre has just begun a major 21 city tour of the UK and will arrive at Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Monday 5 June. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 4/23/2017
by BWW - Apr 23, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/23/2017 for New Hampshire (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Appleton, WI - Week of 4/23/2017
by BWW - Apr 23, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/23/2017 for Appleton, WI (more...)

The New School's Mannes School of Music to Celebrate Centennial at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The New School's Mannes School of Music will celebrate its centennial with a concert at Carnegie Hall honoring the school's rich history on Tuesday, April 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Tina Ghandchilar
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 21, 2017

Today's subject Tina Ghandchilar is currently living her theatre life in the most stoked way possible. She is currently preparing to star as Florence in Chess at The Theatre Lab School for the Dramatic Arts, which, in my opinion, is the best arts in education institution in DC. The production runs from April 27th through May 6th. (more...)

BWW Review: 2017 REP LAB EMERGES for Company's Ongoing Success
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Apr 21, 2017

In the seventh presentation of the popular Rep Lab, the short-play festival features the company's Emerging Professional Residents (EPR) in acting, directing and technical theater to showcase their talent. This year, nine one act play along with a devised play written by the Emerging Professionals appeared in the Stiemke Studio for an intriguing evening of theater. Eight actors, seven directors, and four designers comprise the EPR team. In an interesting mix of plays, many examine the angst in relationships: communal, personal and professional within a wide time frame that also embodies considerable emotional range (more...)

Full Casting Announced for TERROR at the Lyric Hammersmith
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith today is pleased to announce the full casting for the UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach's thrilling courtroom drama Terror, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes and designed by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle. (more...)

Wirtz Center's SummerStage 2017 to Go from Peter Pan to Pinball Wizards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

From "Peter Pan" to 'Pinball Wizards,' the Wirtz Center's SummerStage 2017 season at Northwestern University offers something for everyone. (more...)

Cardboard Citizens Critically Acclaimed Hit CATHY Returns for Edinburgh Festival Fringe Run
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Following its hugely successful UK tour, acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time with its critically acclaimed production Cathy, featuring the original cast. (more...)

Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

On May 13, 20. & 21, 2017, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of As One, an inspiring story about identity, authenticity and compassion by composer Laura Kaminsky with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed.  (more...)

Alan Gilbert Winds Down His Final Weeks With the NY Phil in Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD Concert, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

In the third of Alan Gilbert's final four subscription weeks as New York Philharmonic Music Director, he will lead an enhanced concert production of Wagner's Das Rheingold. Soloists include bass-baritone Eric Owens as Wotan, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Fricka (in her New York Philharmonic debut), baritone Christopher Purves as Alberich (debut), tenor Russell Thomas as Loge, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor as Erda, bass Morris Robinson as Fasolt (debut), bass Stephen Milling as Fafner (debut), soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Freia (debut), tenor Brian Jagde as Froh (debut), bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as Donner (debut), tenor Peter Bronder as Mime (debut), soprano Jennifer Zetlan as Woglinde, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Wellgunde, and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Flosshilde. The enhanced concert production will be directed by Louisa Muller with costume design - featuring character-based treatment of modern concert attire - by David C. Woolard. The performances will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Starring Imelda Staunton to be Screened at Ridgefield Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

James Macdonald directs a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's landmark play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Starring Olivier and Bafta award-winning actress Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance); Olivier award-winner Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, Stones In His Pockets, The Producers); Olivier award-winner Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots, in her West End debut (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre and Me And Orson Wells). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at JANE EYRE at Milwaukee Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents a critically acclaimed adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic story Jane Eyre in the Quadracci Powerhouse, beginning April 25 through May 21. Directed by KJ Sanchez (Harvey, The Diary of Anne Frank), Jane Eyre is a passionate romance meets thrilling psychological drama performed by ten actors playing more than 20 roles. The production combines Victorian-era costumes with inventive staging to bring new creativity and vitality to the classic story, considered one of the most widely read novels in the English language. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

FROM THE BODONI COUNTY SONGBOOK ANTHOLOGY: A MUSICAL REVUE (OF SORTS) to Continue Journey with Stage Reading
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

SandRico Productions will present a musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of 'From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology:  A Musical Revue (of sorts)' with original text and lyrics by Frank Gagliano and music by the late Claibe Richardson.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Hampshire - Week of 4/16/2017
by BWW - Apr 16, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/16/2017 for New Hampshire (more...)

San Francisco Ballet Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has announced its 2017-18 Season program and schedule. This summer, SF Ballet will return to Festival Napa Valley for one performance only on Friday, July 21, 2017, accompanied by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra. In addition, this October, the Company will once again participate in World Ballet Day LIVE, a day-long streaming event (details to be announced). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Stage Adaptation of JANE EYRE on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Sally Cookson's energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece - Jane Eyre - has just begun a major, 21-city tour of the UK, culminating in a return to the NT's Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September to 21 October 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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