Woman Takes on Heavenly Role for the First Time in AN ACT OF GOD, Starring Paige Davis & Marsha Mason in AZ
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

God isn't happy and She (that's right....She) is coming to Arizona to set the record straight in no uncertain terms about Her thinking and Her works in Emmy-winner David Javerbaum's irreverent, sinfully funny new comedy, An Act of God. (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...)

The Lyric Hammersmith's ALADDIN Announces Its Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for its Christmas show, Aladdin. The Lyric's annual panto returns when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie. (more...)

The UK Theatre Awards Announce Vanessa Redgrave as Recipient of the Gielgud Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Vanessa Redgrave is to receive this year's Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts at the UK Theatre Awards 2016. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 9 October at London's historic Guildhall.   (more...)

Independent Shakespeare Co. Presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival announce performances of Shakespeare's reverie of love, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, directed by Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Managing Director David Melville. ?A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM will begin previews on Saturday, October 15, will open on Friday, October 21 at 7:30pm and performs through Sunday, November 20 at Independent Studio in the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #168 in Atwater Village. (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...)

Hull Unveils Theatre and Performance Programme for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Hull UK City of Culture 2017, details of which are announced today, is a 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world. Divided into four seasons, this national celebration draws on the distinctive spirit of the city and the artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers that have made such a significant contribution to the development of art and ideas. (more...)

Photo Flash: Notre Dame Presents RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

William Shakespeare's Richard III will be performed by the renowned five-member British touring group, Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) October 12, 13, and 14 at Notre Dame's Washington Hall. Founded by Homer "Murph" Swander, Sir Patrick Stewart, and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1975, AFTLS has been visiting university campuses for week-long residencies ever since. "There are two details that make this tour special," says Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, AFTLS's American home. "This is the first time that AFTLS has adapted a history and utilized gender-fluid casting." (more...)

GROUNDED, One-Woman Play About Drone Warfare, Comes to Longstreet Theatre October 8-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The University of SC Theatre Program will present Grounded by George Brant, a gripping drama about the psychological cost of modern warfare, October 8-12 at Longstreet Theatre.  (more...)

Royal Court Announces Casting for THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay have been cast in Lucy Kirkwood's new play The Children which runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 17 November 2016 - 14 January 2017 with Press Night on Thursday 24 November. Directed by James Macdonald. With design by Miriam Buether and lighting design by Peter Mumford. "At our time of life, we simply cannot deal with this shit."  (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of End of the Rainbow, November 4 - December 4,  featuring music from the songbook of Judy Garland, written by Peter Quilter, starring Angela Ingersoll as "Judy Garland," direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, music direction by Jon Steinhagen, who also appears as "Anthony," at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.  (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...)

BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work.
by Scott Rawson - Sep 20, 2016

Did you know that there was an African Theater Company in 1821? We learn during American Players Theater production of 'THE AFRICAN THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS Richard III, that 6 years before New York abolished slavery and 20 years before the beginning of the Civil War, this company existed. (more...)

Curve's WIPERS Named Finalist for Best Stage Production at Asian Media Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Curve has announced its production of Ishy Din's play Wipers has been selected as a finalist of the Best Stage Production at this year's Asian Media Awards. (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...)

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...)

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...)

Photo Flash: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Since the recent discovery of the remains of the real Richard III, both the real life monarch and Shakespeare's monstrous version of him have been much talked about - his arch-villain of all villains - the intense, discontented, crippled, larger than life "protagonist," Richard, Duke of Gloucester dominates this seething history from start to finish. Paul Mullins who played the title role ten years ago, directs. Running in conjunction with the First Folio exhibit in October. (more...)

Hampstead Theatre Announces Casting for WILD HONEY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Hampstead Theatre presents Michael Frayn's Wild Honey, directed by Hampstead's Associate Artist Howard Davies. Geoffrey Streatfeild will make his Hampstead Theatre debut in the role of Platonov. (more...)

BWW Review: King Charles III Rules at Playhouse
by Caroline Sposto - Oct 6, 2016

KING CHARLES III closed on Broadway earlier this year. And though it won an Olivier Award, I suspect this regional premiere will be a rare opportunity to see this show -- or at least a quality production of it. Done right, as it is by Playhouse on the Square, it's an absorbing and memorable evening of theatre. Anything less could spell disaster because bringing this plausible alternate world to life is quite a feat. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare to Celebrate the Holidays with EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) from November 30 - December 30, 2016 in the Margeson Theater. Originally developed at Orlando Shakes' PlayFest, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) remains one of the Theater's most hilarious and successful holiday shows to date. (more...)

Ivo van Hove's Epic Shakespeare Adaptation KINGS OF WAR Coming to BAM
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to BAM with Toneelgroep Amsterdam and his second epic Shakespeare adaptation. (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...)

Lyra Theater to Stage Election-Year Satire THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Lyra Theater presents the U.S. Premiere of Jennifer Wise's translation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 1941 by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. (more...)

Victory Gardens Extends HAND TO GOD Again Through October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the second extension of its critically-acclaimed production of Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to overwhelming ticket demand. Hand To God now runs through October 30, 2016, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

THE TWITS Adds Shows at the Curve, Readies for Phizz-Whizzing UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Due to gloriumptious audience demand, Curve has not only announced an additional five performances of Roald Dahl's The Twits, but the classic tale of the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever meet will also go on a national tour in 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI Massively Misinterpreted
by Frank Benge - Oct 3, 2016

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI is a 1941 play by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. Using satire, it tells of the rise of Arturo Ui, a ruthless fictional 1930's Chicago mobster and his takeover of 'the cauliflower racket' by disposing of all who oppose him. It is meant to be an allegory on the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany. The play was written in Helsinki, Finland while Brecht was awaiting entry into the United States after fleeing Germany and was not produced on the stage until 1958. It would be 1961 before it was produced in English. Brecht intended all along that the play was to be produced for the American stage. The play is often compared to the film The Great Dictator (1940), which also featured an absurd parody of Hitler. (more...)

New Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy Unveil Adelaide Festival 2017 Programme
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The debut Adelaide Festival from Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy will mark a return to artistic works on a grand scale, with epic opera, theatrical spectacle under the stars and the biggest and most ambitious Festival hub in the event's history all set to dazzle in the 2017 program. (more...)

Cast Complete for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, Starring Nia Vardalos, at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, based on the acclaimed book by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Academy Award-nominated writer Nia Vardalos, with direction by Thomas Kail. This richly funny, uplifting new show is co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos and will also feature Vardalos as the anonymous online advice columnist 'Sugar.' (more...)

Get into the Christmas Spirit with the West End on the Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

The West End is coming to Bridge House Theatre this Christmas with the UK premiere of the festive musical Another Night Before Christmas. (more...)

Edward James Hyland, Liv Rooth, Karen Ziemba and More to Lead OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY at Long Wharf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Long Wharf Theatre, under the director of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, present Other People's Money, by Jerry Sterner, directed by Marc Bruni from November 23 through December 18 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck Theatre. (more...)

Rodney Ackland's AFTER OCTOBER Rediscovered at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The first Central London production in eighty years of Rodney Ackland's After October opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited four and a half week season on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. (more...)

Bare Theatre Concludes "The War of the Roses" With Shakespeare's Notorious RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Following up on its critically-acclaimed summer production of the Henry VI plays, Bare Theatre concludes William Shakespeare's "War of the Roses" saga with Richard III at Sonorous Road, November 4 - 20, 2016. (more...)

OVER THERE at Alexander Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

"I found you. You're here. And I was over there. But now I'm over here. I'm here. You are my brother. I love you." When Franz's mother escaped to the West Berlin with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, 25 years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. As history takes an unexpected turn, the brothers must struggle to reconnect. Mark Ravenhill's visceral new play examines the hungers released when two countries, separated by a common language, meet again. (more...)

Scarlett Strallen, Alastair Brookshaw & More Will Lead Menier Chocolate Factory's SHE LOVES ME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that Scarlett Strallen (Amalia Balash) will be joined by Alastair Brookshaw (Ladislav Sipos), Les Dennis (Mr Maraczek), Callum Howells (Arpad Laszlo), Katherine Kingsley(Ilona Ritter), Dominic Tighe (Steven Kodaly) and Mark Umbers (Georg Nowack), with Rachel Bingham, Peter Dukes, Luke Fetherston, Olivia Fines, Aimee Hodnett, Sarah-Marie Maxwell and Vincent Pirillo for the company's major revival of She Loves Me this Christmas. The production reunites Strallen with director Matthew White, following their previous collaboration at the Menier on Candide. The production opens on 7 December, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 5 March 2017. Full casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Continues 2016-17 Season with The World Premiere of MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS IN PEMBERLEY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the World Premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Jessica Thebus, runs November 10 - December 18, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, November 18 at 8 pm. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for Print Room at The Coronet's THE TEMPEST Starring Kevin McMonagle and Charlotte Brimble
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The full cast for Print Room at the Coronet's The Tempest is today announced. Directed by Simon Usher, who garnered critical acclaim for his Hamlet at Belgrade Coventry and his Timon of Athens, Pericles and The Winter's Tale at Leicester Haymarket, this is the first staging of Shakespeare by the Notting Hill Gate venue. Design is by Lee Newby.  (more...)

Flute Theatre and English Touring Theatre's HAMLET to Transfer to Trafalgar Studios
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Following performances across Europe, including Gdansk Shakespeare Festival; Mercury Theatre Colchester; Craiova International Festival; Park Theatre, London; four theatres in Spain; Neuss Globe Shakespeare Festival; and Kronborg Castle, Elsinore Hamletscenen, Flute Theatre and English Touring Theatre today announces that their production of Hamlet, adapted by Kelly Hunter, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios for a limited run this December.  As well as adapting, Hunter directs Mark Arends (Hamlet), Finlay Cormack (Laertes), David Fielder (Polonius/ Gravedigger), Tom Mannion (Claudius), Katy Stevens (Gertrude) and Francesca Zoutewelle (Ophelia). The production opens on 8 December, with previews from 6 December, and runs until 31 December. (more...)

CURSED CHILD, THE FLICK, NO MAN'S LAND Lead Evening Standard Theatre Awards Longlist
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

The Evening Standard Theatre Awards, established in 1955, are presented annually for outstanding achievements in London Theatre, and this year's nominations longlist has just been announced. Sponsored by the Evening Standard newspaper, this year's shortlist will be revealed on October 24, and winners on November 13, 2016. (more...)

The Wild Project Announces Current and Upcoming Projects
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

October 20 - November 13 THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by Bertolt Brecht in a new translation by Stephen Sharkey, directed by Kevin Confoy With Desmond Confoy, Sergio Fuenzalida,  John Lenartz,  Zach Lusk,  Ellen Mandel,  Craig V. Smith, Jim  Sterling, Elise Stone, Antonio Suarez,  and Josh Tyson Lighting Design by Harold Mulinex; Sound Design by Ellen Mandel; Costume Design by Deborah Hobson; Multimedia design by Andrew Lazarow; Stage Management by Irene Lazaridis Produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Performance schedule: Oct. 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 @ 8PM; Oct. 22 @ 2PM; Oct. 23 @ 3PM Nov.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 11, 12 @ 8PM; Nov. 2 & 5 @ 2PM; Nov. 6 & 13 @ 3PM  Tickets: $25 (more...)

PLENTY, Starring Rachel Weisz, Extends Again at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The Public Theater has announced a final extension today for the first major New York revival of PLENTY, written by David Hare. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, the show began performances on Tuesday, November 4 and was originally extended through Sunday, November 20. It will now run through Thursday, December 1, with an official press opening Sunday, October 23. (more...)

Cast Announced for Connecticut Premiere of UNNECESSARY FARCE at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! Playhouse on Park's Mainstage series continues with Unnecessary Farce, written by West Hartford native Paul Slade Smith. Opening night is Friday, November 4, at 8:00pm, with a complimentary pre-performance wine and cheese reception from 7pm-8pm.   (more...)

Bridge Group's Bloody, Reimagined RICHARD III to Launch Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

William Shakespeare's bloody epic Richard III will get a bold re-envisioning in NYC in November as The Bridge Production Group presents their inaugural full-scale production, running November 9-November 27 at the Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street). (more...)

English Touring Theatre Announces Casting Update for SILVER LINING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

English Touring Theatre today announces a casting update for the world premiere of Sandi Toksvig's new comedy Silver Lining, a co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston. Sheila Reid plays Gloria, with Rachel Davies as Maureen, Keziah Joseph as Hope, Maggie McCarthy as May, Joanna Munro as June and Amanda Walker as St Michael in the production directed by Rebecca Gatward. It opens at Rose Theatre Kingston on 8 February, before touring to Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge, Ipswich, Keswick, York and Salford.   (more...)

VONNEGUT, USA Premieres Tonight at Atwater Village Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

The Next Arena (TNA) presents the World Premiere production of Vonnegut, USA, an adaptation of five Kurt Vonnegut short stories by TNA's artistic director, Scott Rognlien. (more...)

BWW Review: RICHARD III at STNJ is Powerful and Enthralling
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 14, 2016

An enthralling production of William Shakespeare's 'Richard III' is onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Directed by Paul Mullins and featuring a stellar cast, the show will be performed through Sunday, November 6th. (more...)

Tony & Oscar Winner Mark Rylance Signs On for WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
by Movies News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Mark Rylance and Ciro Guerra have signed on to the big screen adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's award winning book WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS (more...)

Traverse Theatre Announces Companies for Hothouse 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The Edinburgh-based theatre companies and performers who will present work at this year's Traverse Hothouse showcase are announced today.  They are Alice Cooper with Blue Cow, Black Dingo with Scribble, Brite Theatre with Can This Be Home and Fronteris Theatre Lab with Volante. (more...)

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Presents THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble announces that Bertolt Brecht's political farce, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, will lead off the company's 13th season on October 20 and will play for 21 performances through November 13, 2016 at The Wild Project in the East Village.  Previews will start October 20 with an official opening Saturday, October 22 @ 8PM. (more...)

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