The Gift Theatre Announces Cast of THE GRAPES OF WRATHThe Gift Theatre Announces Cast of THE GRAPES OF WRATH
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?The Gift Theatre, Chicago's most intimate Equity theater, presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.  The Grapes of Wrath opens Thursday, June 23 at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Press performance is on Monday, June 20 at 7:30pm. (more...)

THE TWITS, GREASE and More Set for 2016 'Made At Curve' SeriesTHE TWITS, GREASE and More Set for 2016 'Made At Curve' Series
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?With an acclaimed revival of Legally Blonde still running in the theatre, Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster announce a new season of Made At Curve productions for autumn and Christmas 2016. (more...)

Print Room at the Coronet to Stage UK Premiere of HAIM - IN THE LIGHT OF A VIOLINPrint Room at the Coronet to Stage UK Premiere of HAIM - IN THE LIGHT OF A VIOLIN
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

With Deathwatch currently running in the theatre and Beckett in London due to open on the 17 May, The Print Room at the Coronet today announces the UK premiere of Haim - In The Light Of A Violin, written and directed by Gerald Garutti, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton. This production marks the return of French writer and director Garutti to the Print Room, after his 2014 production of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, starring Harry Lloyd. (more...)

New Ohio Theatre to Present H.O.M.E in AugustNew Ohio Theatre to Present H.O.M.E in August
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

In a reimagined universe where teenagers develop super powers, we follow the story of six young people who navigate their comfortable lives in the Habitat of Meta-humans Enterprise (H.O.M.E), a facility created by the government to rehabilitate and incarcerate those people who have illegally used their super powers. However when Adam, an immortal arrives at the facility, they begin to rethink their place in society. As the group becomes acquainted with Adam, they begin to fully realize the potential of their abilities. (more...)

Jennifer Ellis, Ciaran Sheehan and Leigh Barrett to Lead Reagle's CAROUSEL This JuneJennifer Ellis, Ciaran Sheehan and Leigh Barrett to Lead Reagle's CAROUSEL This June
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will open its 48th consecutive summer season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece CAROUSEL from June 9-19, 2016.  (more...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company to Stage Lucas Hnath's HILLARY AND CLINTONPhiladelphia Theatre Company to Stage Lucas Hnath's HILLARY AND CLINTON
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Philadelphia Theatre Company closes its 2015-2016 season with the East Coast premiere of Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton May 27-June 26.  Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, the production features an ensemble cast with Todd Cerveris, Alice M. Gatling, John Procaccino, and Lindsay Smiling. (more...)

PCPA to Stage RICHARD III, 4/21-5/8PCPA to Stage RICHARD III, 4/21-5/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Richard III, William Shakespeare's stunning portrait of Machiavellian genius and the murderous quest for absolute power, comes alive on PCPA's stage April 21 through May 8. In this original game of thrones we are engaged by a cunning, charismatic, and heartless tyrant who will stop at nothing to secure England's crown. (more...)

THE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WARS OF ROSES Gets Blu-ray, DVD Release DateTHE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WARS OF ROSES Gets Blu-ray, DVD Release Date
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The highly anticipated sequel to the BAFTA winning historical series, The Hollow Crown: The Wars of The Roses comes to Blu-ray and DVD June 21, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Coinciding with the 400 th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the three part sequel series features star-studded adaptations of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays, which have captivated audiences with their gripping tales of power and politics. (more...)

Christine Lahti, Jason Ritter and Georgia King to Star in THE CITY OF CONVERSATION at The WallisChristine Lahti, Jason Ritter and Georgia King to Star in THE CITY OF CONVERSATION at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The divisive world of Washington D.C. politics moves to center stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts when Anthony Giardina's searing political comic drama THE CITY OF CONVERSATION opens for a limited run in May. (more...)

Freddie Fox, Maddy Hill & More to Appear in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Southwark PlayhouseFreddie Fox, Maddy Hill & More to Appear in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Simon Evans - director of the acclaimed Bug and The Dazzle at London's Found111 - brings his irreverent, mischievous and wildly creative interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to Southwark Playhouse for a limited five week run from Tuesday 31 May until Friday 1 July 2016. (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and More Set for Chicago Shakespeare's 30th Anniversary SeasonSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and More Set for Chicago Shakespeare's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

On the heels of announcing the Theater's expansion with an innovative performance venue known as The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare and in the midst of a full calendar of programs around the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson share the line-up for the Theater's 2016-17 Season. The twenty productions range from works inspired by Shakespeare and world premieres to standout performances by artists from around the globe. (more...)

The Drilling Company to Mark 400th Anniversary of the Bard's Death with Events in Bryant ParkThe Drilling Company to Mark 400th Anniversary of the Bard's Death with Events in Bryant Park
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

On April 22, 2016 The Drilling Company (producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot) and Bryant Park Corporation honor the 452nd Birthday of Shakespeare and the 400th anniversary of his death with a full day of events in Bryant Park, located at 6th Avenue and 42nd Streets, Manhattan. (more...)

Royal Lyceum Theatre Company to Premiere Karine Polwart's WIND RESISTANCERoyal Lyceum Theatre Company to Premiere Karine Polwart's WIND RESISTANCE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is delighted to announce that it is presenting the World Premiere of Scottish singer, songwriter and composer, Karine Polwart's new theatre gig, Wind Resistance, as part of the world renowned Edinburgh International Festival this August. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE THIRD - A New Take That Doesn't Completely WorkBWW Review: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE THIRD - A New Take That Doesn't Completely Work
by Lynn Beaver - Apr 6, 2016

William Shakespeare's THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE THIRD, currently presented at The Curtain Theatre produced by The Baron's Men, written around 1592 and has been debated in historical circles as often as it has been performed. There has been even more discussion about the iconic play and it's controversial plot since King Richard III's physical remains were discovered under a car park in Leicester, England in August 2012 and reinterred with royal honor in March of last year. When Shakespeare wrote his play, 100 years after Richard's death and the rise of the House of Tudor to power, it was incumbent upon the playwright to cast the ancestor of Elizabeth I (Henry VII) in the role of heroic savior and the old regime shown in as bad a light as possible. The Elizabethan audience would have equated evil with physical deformity, so the hunchbacked villain was born. After intense study of the recovered remains of the king, including a positive DNA identity test, we now know that Richard suffered from a severe spinal curvature but he did not have any other disability. We know that he was also a well seasoned battlefield general who, from an early age lead the forces of his older brother, Edward IV, to put down rebellion across the length and breadth of England during the waning years of the War of the Roses. The play features twelve murders attributed to Richard in the five acts, including ghosts of his victims who haunt his dreams. Historians have outright dismissed many of them as Elizabethan propaganda and have cast serious doubt on the remainder. Shakespeare endures where history fails and the fictional plots, plans and murders make for a gripping story, entertaining audiences for 400 years. I will admit to being a bit of a 'Ricardian', (a believer in the redemption of Richard III as a man) and have devoted years of study to the subject. (more...)

Jesse Eisenberg to Star in His Off-Broadway Show, THE SPOILS, in London, May 27Jesse Eisenberg to Star in His Off-Broadway Show, THE SPOILS, in London, May 27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The European premiere of The New Group's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production, The Spoils, a razor-sharp new comedy written by and starring internationally acclaimed actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice), will transfer for a strictly limited season at London's Trafalgar Studios, from 27 May to 13 August, with press night on 2 June.  (more...)

Edinburgh International Festival 2016 Announced! - Alan Cumming, Marin Alsop, Barry Humphries, John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE and More; Aug. 29Edinburgh International Festival 2016 Announced! - Alan Cumming, Marin Alsop, Barry Humphries, John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE and More; Aug. 29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Today Festival Director Fergus Linehan unveiled the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival programme. This year's International Festival runs from Friday 5 to Monday 29 August, welcoming 2,442 artists from 36 nations to perform in Scotland's capital city.  (more...)

Ian McKellen Backs Out of $1.4 Million Memoir AdvanceIan McKellen Backs Out of $1.4 Million Memoir Advance
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

According to reports, Oscar-nominated actor, Ian McKellen, has backed out of a book deal with UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, which was worth approximately $1.4 million.   (more...)

10 on Tuesday with Sarah Lemp10 on Tuesday with Sarah Lemp
by Misha Davenport - Apr 5, 2016

10 on Tuesday with Sarah Lemp (more...)

FST's Burdick Reading Series Begins 4/30FST's Burdick Reading Series Begins 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Florida Studio Theatre announces its annual Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series, which will present three new staged readings by contemporary American playwrights. (more...)

Jennifer Ellis & Ciaran Sheehan to Star in CAROUSEL at Reagle Music Theatre in JuneJennifer Ellis & Ciaran Sheehan to Star in CAROUSEL at Reagle Music Theatre in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

 Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will open its 48th consecutive summer season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece CAROUSEL from June 9-19, 2016.  (more...)

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 1965 Peter Sellers Mimics Laurence Olivier's Richard III Reciting The Beatles' A Hard Day's NightVIDEO FLASHBACK: 1965 Peter Sellers Mimics Laurence Olivier's Richard III Reciting The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night
by Michael Dale - Apr 5, 2016

Ten years after Laurence Olivier's Richard III was released on film, Peter Seller's highlighted a Lennon/McCartney tribute with this spoof. (more...)

The Gift Theatre to Stage THE GRAPES OF WRATH in JuneThe Gift Theatre to Stage THE GRAPES OF WRATH in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Gift Theatre, Chicago's most intimate Equity theater, presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.  (more...)

Olivier Awards 2016: Hits and MissesOlivier Awards 2016: Hits and Misses
by Marianka Swain - Apr 4, 2016

As expected, the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards showered trophies on the sensational Gypsy. Imelda Staunton and Lara Pulver's performances and Mark Henderson's lighting were recognised, and the production took Best Musical Revival. But there were surprises elsewhere, with starry shows like Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet going home empty-handed, Nicole Kidman losing out in the Best Actress race, and an underdog win for Pat Kinevane and Fishamble's Silent at Soho Theatre - all welcome given concerns that changes to the Oliviers voting process might favour long-running West End shows and/or A-listers Here are some of the night's major hits and misses. (more...)

BWW Review: ISC Presents a Smart, Strong OTHELLO in the StudioBWW Review: ISC Presents a Smart, Strong OTHELLO in the Studio
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 4, 2016

Something interesting happens when you remove race as the primary motivator in Shakespeare's OTHELLO. The play's message about the progression of evil becomes even more universal. What was a story about a man destroying another man because of the color of his skin is now part of a larger more enigmatic narrative exploring hate, jealousy, and obsession from a less obvious perspective. It also reveals how masterfully Shakespeare wrote the nuances of human frailty. (more...)

Full Cast Set for UK Premiere of Ayad Akhtar's THE INVISIBLE HAND at Tricycle TheatreFull Cast Set for UK Premiere of Ayad Akhtar's THE INVISIBLE HAND at Tricycle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

?Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the full cast for the UK premiere of The Invisible Hand - a political thriller from Ayad Akhtar who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Disgraced which ran at the Bush Theatre in 2013. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR This SpringChicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR This Spring
by Louisa Brady - Apr 30, 2016

On the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016, Chicago Shakespeare Theater  (CST) prepares to begin an epic theatrical endeavor-Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare histories into two action-packed dramas. Adapted and directed by Gaines as the Theater's centerpiece of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival, the Tug of War saga traces the injustice and intrigues of war from the perspectives of both kings and common soldiers through two, six-hour marathon productions-Foreign Fire (Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1) in the spring and Civil Strife (Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III) in the fall. Featuring some of Chicago's most celebrated actors, the dynamic ensemble cast of 19 performs over 100 characters throughout the electrifying drama. The musicality of Shakespeare's text is complemented with live music performances ranging from Bach and the blues, to contemporary pop and folk anthems. Songs from P!nk, Pete Townshend and Tim Buckley are accompanied onstage by a band of ensemble members on electric guitar, cello, keyboard, ukulele and percussion. Tug of War: Foreign Fire debuts on the Courtyard Theater stage for a limited run of only 18 performances, May 12-June 12, 2016. (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience's THE FATHER and A DOLL'S HOUSE Begin Previews This MayTheatre for a New Audience's THE FATHER and A DOLL'S HOUSE Begin Previews This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

Previews begin Sunday, May 1, at 7:30pm for Theatre for a New Audience's production of August Strindberg's The Father in a new version by Scottish author David Greig commissioned by Theatre for a New Audience and Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30pm for A Doll's House in an adaptation by Thornton Wilder not seen in New York since its Broadway premiere in 1937.  The plays, both directed by Arin Arbus, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience, feature Maggie Lacey as Nora in A Doll's House and as Laura in The Father and John Douglas Thompson as Thorwald in A Doll's House and the Captain in The Father. (more...)

Cast Announced for Wayward Productions' THE PLOUGH AND THE STARSCast Announced for Wayward Productions' THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Wayward Productions is pleased to announce complete casting for the May 20th opening of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. Wayward ensemble members Jill Oliver and Megan See (Burn the Black Dog) return, along with newest ensemble member Laura Reitsma (The Living Room at Stage 773) in Wayward's first production of 2016. Eric Loughlin, Tony Jaksha and Jasonn Rose (Burn the Black Dog), are joined by Christopher Marcum (Richard III) and Riso Straley (Bonfire, Space Fight) in returning to the Wayward stage. Wayward is joined for the first time by Allison Cain (Lifeline Theatre), Angie Martinez and Johnny Moran (Factory Theater). Rounding out Wayard's first-time cast members are Joel Reitsma, Stella Rothenberg, Beau Forbes and Nikki Greenlee. (more...)

BWW Interview: Laughs Most Generous: Reduced Shakespeare Company's Reed Martin & Austin TichenorBWW Interview: Laughs Most Generous: Reduced Shakespeare Company's Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
by Ellen Burns - Apr 28, 2016

It would be quite the coup to talk to the guys who found the long lost first play of a 17-year-old Will Shakespeare. Let me know if that ever happens to you. For my part, I'd actually prefer what I got, which was a great conversation with Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, the guys who are pretending they found the long lost first play of a 17-year-old Will Shakespeare. At their request and in their words, I will emphasize this point…”We're pretending…We did not find a play! It's a joke!” Point taken. (more...)

Damien Molony Joins Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in NO MAN'S LAND - Full Cast Announced!Damien Molony Joins Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in NO MAN'S LAND - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

It is announced today that Damien Molony, best known for his roles in BBC's Being Human and Ripper Street, will play the role of 'Foster' in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, completing casting for the play. Molony joins the previously announced Ian McKellen as 'Spooner', Patrick Stewart as 'Hirst' and Owen Teale as 'Briggs' in Sean Mathias' production, which will tour venues across the UK from 3 August prior to a limited engagement at London's Wyndham's Theatre from 8 September. (more...)

Director Sam Mendes to Head 73rd Venice International Film Festival JuryDirector Sam Mendes to Head 73rd Venice International Film Festival Jury
by Movies News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

British director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall, Spectre) will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (more...)

Kathryn Hunter Receives Samuel H. Scripps Award at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring GalaKathryn Hunter Receives Samuel H. Scripps Award at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Acclaimed classical actor Kathryn Hunter received the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Promoting the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre at Theatre for a New Audience's Spring Gala Celebrating Shakespeare's 452nd Birthday, last night at Capitale on the Lower East Side. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHEREd Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

BWW Review: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY: A Cauldron Full of Belly Laughs at the Folger from the Reduced Shakespeare CompanyBWW Review: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY: A Cauldron Full of Belly Laughs at the Folger from the Reduced Shakespeare Company
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

There is but poor substitute for a trio of fools on a romp to entertain; nay, but it is futility at its finest to resist the siren call of slapstick's song. Anyone else have the urge to, as I call it, "Shakespeak" after an evening of Shakespeare? No? Just me? Ok, well no matter. In any pentameter, the Reduced Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Teddy Spencer are very, very funny; fearless, quick witted, masters of quick change and, most importantly, having a blast on stage, which means the audience is likely to have fun too. The RSC has a long history of taking gargantuan themes (think American history, The Bible, Hollywood) and mining them for laughs, and, inspired by a 2010 visit to the Folger, creating a work that covered the Shakespearean universe in one "holy grail" of a play, seemed an obvious mission to them. (more...)

Folger Theatre to Close 2015-16 Season with Aaron Posner's DISTRICT MERCHANTSFolger Theatre to Close 2015-16 Season with Aaron Posner's DISTRICT MERCHANTS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Concluding its highly successful 2015/16 season, Folger Theatre stages the world premiere of District Merchants, a variation of Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice. Commissioned by Folger Theatre as part of the 2016 celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare and in tandem with the Folger exhibition America's Shakespeare, playwright Aaron Posner sets this new exploration of class and difference in our own political place of power, Washington, D.C., just after the Civil War. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 4/25/2016 - FULLY COMMITTED Opens and More!Broadway AM Report, 4/25/2016 - FULLY COMMITTED Opens and More!
by Jessica Khan - Apr 25, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The Actors Fund hosts its 2016 gala, and FULLY COMMITTED, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, opens on Broadway! (more...)

Hayes Theatre Company Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN This JulyHayes Theatre Company Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN This July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2016

Charles Schulz's beloved characters come to life in this wonderfully entertaining musical by Clark Gesner.  You're a Good Man Charlie Brown will play Hayes Theatre Co from Tuesday 5 July for 31 performances including special shows for the School Holidays.  (more...)

Jennifer Ehle, Jefferson Mays and More to Lead Lincoln Center Theater's OSLOJennifer Ehle, Jefferson Mays and More to Lead Lincoln Center Theater's OSLO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater will welcome Michael Aronov, Adam Dannheisser, Jennifer Ehle, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Jefferson Mays, Daniel Oreskes, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo, and T. Ryder Smith in the cast of its upcoming production of OSLO, a new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher. (more...)

Chichester's THIS HOUSE to Transfer to the Garrick Theatre This AutumnChichester's THIS HOUSE to Transfer to the Garrick Theatre This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

James Graham's critically acclaimed political drama THIS HOUSE will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, following its upcoming run at Chichester's Minerva Theatre. (more...)

'ARTURO UI', 'MR. BURNS', SPRING AWAKENING Set for Wilbury Group's 2016-17 Season'ARTURO UI', 'MR. BURNS', SPRING AWAKENING Set for Wilbury Group's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The Wilbury Theatre Group's Founding Artistic Director Josh Short has announced the Group's 2016/17 season. (more...)

David Byrne to Headline PS122's 2016 Spring GalaDavid Byrne to Headline PS122's 2016 Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

PS122's Spring Gala 2016 celebrates three contemporary luminaries whose influence ripples across borders and through generations by honoring Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the visionary team behind Big Dance Theater. In addition, Nicole Birmann Bloom, of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, will receive the Shining Star Award for her unwavering dedication to New York City arts and French-American cultural exchange. (more...)

Rupert Young Leads Cast of George Bernard Shaw's THE PHILANDERER at Orange Tree TheatreRupert Young Leads Cast of George Bernard Shaw's THE PHILANDERER at Orange Tree Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Apr 13, 2016

Casting has been announced for George Bernard Shaw's THE PHILANDERER at the Orange Tree Theatre. Rupert Young (High Society at the Old Vic, Sir Leon in BBC's Merlin) plays Leonard Charteris, the philanderer of the title. He's joined by Helen Bradbury, Joe Idris-Roberts, Michael Lumsden, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Christopher Staines, Mark Tandy and Paksie Vernon. (more...)

A Portable Theatre to Present A PICASSOA Portable Theatre to Present A PICASSO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

During World War Two, the Germans had a dual interest in art. One the one hand, they openly seized classic masterpieces from their rightful owners (some of which are just being recovered by the families today), and on the other hand they discouraged and may have destroyed works of modern art, which they labeled as 'degenerate.' (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater to Open 25th Season at the Bruns with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGCalifornia Shakespeare Theater to Open 25th Season at the Bruns with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

California Shakespeare Theater marks the beginning of its 25th season at the glorious Bruns Amphitheater with Shakespeare's sassiest battle royale, Much Ado About Nothing, in a newly-minted adaptation by Kenneth Lin and Jackson Gay, with additional text by Lin, and directed by Gay in her Cal Shakes debut. Much Ado About Nothing plays from May 25 through June 19; for tickets and information, contact the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or visit www.calshakes.org (more...)

Brian Mullin's WE WAIT IN JOYFUL HOPE to Play Theatre503 This SummerBrian Mullin's WE WAIT IN JOYFUL HOPE to Play Theatre503 This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Brian Mullin's debut drama is a frank and wry portrait of modern feminism, friendship and one extraordinary woman, determined to take on the world. WE WAIT IN JOYFUL HOPE is a funny and touching exploration of religion and capitalism in contemporary America. (more...)

Mark Rylance to Lead THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA Film; Tony Kushner Penning ScriptMark Rylance to Lead THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA Film; Tony Kushner Penning Script
by TV News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Tony winner Mark Rylance is taking on The Pope. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, FORST OF ARDEN & More Set for Folger Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonSENSE AND SENSIBILITY, FORST OF ARDEN & More Set for Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Having just completed successful and critically acclaimed runs of Pericles and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Artistic Producer Janet Alexander Griffin today announced the program for Folger Theatre's upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary season. (more...)

KING JOHN Cast Announced at Rose Theatre KingstonKING JOHN Cast Announced at Rose Theatre Kingston
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston today announces cast for King John. Trevor Nunn returns to the Rose to direct Jamie Ballard as King John, Howard Charles as Philip the Bastard, Lisa Dillon as Constance and Maggie Steed as Queen Eleanor. (more...)

Ralph Fiennes Stars in RICHARD III and Andrew Scott in HAMLET in New Almeida SeasonRalph Fiennes Stars in RICHARD III and Andrew Scott in HAMLET in New Almeida Season
by Marianka Swain - Apr 1, 2016

The Almeida has announced its 2016/17 season, which is bookended by Shakespeare. It kicks off with the Rupert Goold-directed Richard III, starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, and closes with Andrew Scott's Almeida debut in the title role of HAMLET. The season also includes a world premiere from Ella Hickson and the West End return of Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, followed by an international tour. (more...)

Cast, Directors Announced for Gate Theatre's World Premiere of THE IPHIGENIA QUARTETCast, Directors Announced for Gate Theatre's World Premiere of THE IPHIGENIA QUARTET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Artistic Director Christopher Haydon today announces full casting for the world premiere of The Iphigenia Quartet which includes Agamemnon, written by Caroline Bird and directed by Christopher Haydon; Chorus, written by Chris Thorpe and directed by Elayce Ismail; Iphigenia by Suhayla El-Bushra and directed by Rebecca Hill and Clytemnestra by Lulu Raczka and directed by Jennifer Tang. In Agamemnon, Andrew French plays Agamemnon, Nigel Barratt plays Menelaus, Sharon Duncan-Brewster plays Clytemnestra and Louise McMenemy plays Messenger. The cast of Agamemnon will all play Voice in Chorus. In Iphigenia and Clytemnestra, Shannon Tarbet plays Iphigenia and Maid, Susie Trayling plays Clytemnestra and Professor, Dwane Walcott plays Achilles and Soldier and Anthony Barclay plays Agamemnon and Director. The Iphigenia Quartet opens at the Gate Theatre, on 3 May, with previews from 23 April, until 21 May. Agamemnon and Clytemnestra will play in rep with Iphigenia and Chorus as part of Nuclear: A Season about the Family. (more...)

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