The Selfish Giant

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Collyer Hall Theatre (London, )
Southside, Wimbledon Common
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Based on the short story by Oscar Wilde

Two Chicago theater icons-Blair Thomas and singer-songwriter Michael Smith-collaborate on this staging of an Oscar Wilde classic. Original puppets and music tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring.


CAPTAIN JACK Set for London Film Festival; Full Line-Up Unveiled
by Movies News Desk - Sep 4, 2013

The 57th BFI London Film Festival has announced theie full line-up for this year's event which runs from October 9 - 20. The Festival will include 234 features, including 22 films making their world premieres. (more...)

Chi Children's Theatre To Present THE HOUDINI BOX
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

Master puppeteer Blair Thomas will direct and create puppetry for CCT's The Houdini Box, already a recipient of two prestigious development grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Book and lyrics are by Hannah Kohl, with original music by Mark Messing, music director of Chicago's #1 circus punk marching band Mucca Pazza. (more...)

IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER Kicks Off Theatre School at DePaul's 2012-2013 New Directors Series, 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2012

The Theatre School at DePaul University presents IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, by alumnus and award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, and directed by Marc David Pinate, as the first production of the 2012-2013 New Directors Series. IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER opens Friday, November 2, and runs through Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on October 31 and November 1 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

BAFTA'S Brits To Watch: Director Richard Laxton Presents BURTON AND TAYLOR
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), in partnership with British Council, has today announced the second edition of Brits To Watch: The Screenings on October 15 in New York and October 17 in Los Angeles. (more...)

IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER Kicks Off Theatre School at DePaul's 2012-2013 New Directors Series, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2012

The Theatre School at DePaul University presents IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, by alumnus and award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, and directed by Marc David Pinate, as the first production of the 2012-2013 New Directors Series. IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER opens Today, November 2, and runs through Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on October 31 and November 1 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

BLUE JASMINE Among British Independent Film Award Nominees; Full List Announced
by Movies News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

The nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards were announced today by Ewan McGregor,. Leading the pack is David Mackenzie's Starred Up with eight nods including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Jonathan Asser, and Best Actor for Jack O'Connell. (more...)

Firebone Theatre to Present LONG, LONG AGO at IAM Space 38l39, Begin. 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2013

Firebone Theatre presents three new plays drawn from the forgotten fairy tales by Oscar Wilde, The Grimm Brothers, and Charles Perrault. This event promises music, laughter, and homespun goodies including milk, cookies, wine, and beer. (more...)

IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER Kicks Off Theatre School at DePaul's 2012-2013 New Directors Series, 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2012

The Theatre School at DePaul University presents IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, by alumnus and award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, and directed by Marc David Pinate, as the first production of the 2012-2013 New Directors Series. IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER opens Friday, November 2, and runs through Today, November 11, 2012, at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Todays at 2 PM. Previews are on October 31 and November 1 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

THE SELFISH GIANT, COMPLICATED and More Set for Three Oaks Theater Festival in Harbor Country, Beg. 7/6
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2013

Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey announce the inaugural season of Three Oaks Theater Festival, a new summer theater festival that will bring three limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional Chicago-based productions and a World Premiere to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan. Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented in association with Harbor Arts with special thanks to The Pokagon Fund. (more...)

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE To Run At Rose Theatre For Christmas 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Today the Rose Theatre Kingston announces its Christmas production for 2014 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Rose's Director of Learning and Participation, Ciaran McConville, directs Theresa Heskins' adaptation of CS Lewis' masterpiece. (more...)

2014 Northside Festival Adds Over 150 Bands to Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Northside Festival, Brooklyn's largest discovery festival, announces the addition of 150+ bands to our lineup along with new film premieres, Trade Show Exhibitors and top-notch Innovation presenters. (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents AUTUMN FIRE, March 4-19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2012

Cassie Hodges for Bloomsday in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre presents The first London production in 80 years of Autumn Fire. (more...)

Finborough Theatre's AUTUMN FIRE Closes
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2012

Cassie Hodges for Bloomsday in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre presents The first London production in 80 years of Autumn Fire. (more...)

Chi Children's Theatre To Present THE HOUDINI BOX
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2012

Master puppeteer Blair Thomas will direct and create puppetry for CCT's The Houdini Box, already a recipient of two prestigious development grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Book and lyrics are by Hannah Kohl, with original music by Mark Messing, music director of Chicago's #1 circus punk marching band Mucca Pazza. (more...)

BAFTA to Bring British Film Talent Showcase to New York & L.A.
by Movies News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that it will profile BAFTA-winning director Amma Asante (A Way of Life, Belle) in April (more...)

Rivette, Reese to Star in THE GIANT'S GARDEN Reading, 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2012

The hit of last year's Toronto Fringe Festival, THE GIANT'S GARDEN is going to try to take a bite out The Big Apple when it gets its first New York reading as part of The Puzzle: Marble's Festival of New Work on Saturday June 30th. (more...)

THE GLASS MENAGERIE, FAITH HEALER & More Set for Three Oaks Theater Festival's Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2013

Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey proudly announce the inaugural season of Three Oaks Theater Festival, a new summer theater festival that will bring three limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional Chicago-based productions and a World Premiere to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan. Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented in association with Harbor Arts with special thanks to The Pokagon Fund. (more...)

Rivette, Reese to Star in THE GIANT'S GARDEN Reading, 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

The hit of last year's Toronto Fringe Festival, THE GIANT'S GARDEN is going to try to take a bite out The Big Apple when it gets its first New York reading as part of The Puzzle: Marble's Festival of New Work on Saturday June 30th. (more...)

VOCA PEOPLE Comes To The Westside Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2011

Stop…Look…Listen… The VOCA PEOPLE are coming from a galaxy far, far away. (more...)

BAFTA to Showcase Up-and-Coming British Film Talent to the US Industry in New York and Los Angeles
by Movies News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced 'Brits to Watch: The Screenings', a series of showcase events, in partnership with British Council, that will introduce outstanding British film talent to the US film industry. The series builds on the legacy of BAFTA's 2011 'Brits to Watch' initiative supported by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at which BAFTA introduced 42 promising British newcomers to leading figures in the US film, television and games industries at a black-tie gala event in Los Angeles. (more...)

VOCA PEOPLE Comes To The Westside Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2011

Stop…Look…Listen… The VOCA PEOPLE are coming from a galaxy far, far away. (more...)

VOCA PEOPLE Comes To The Westside Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2011

Stop…Look…Listen… The VOCA PEOPLE are coming from a galaxy far, far away. (more...)

Toronto Fringe Box Office Opens Wednesday
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2011

With a cast of 13 led by some of the biggest names in the Toronto musical theatre scene, The Giant's Garden is one of the best bargains of the summer theatre festival with advance tickets only $11 and tickets at the door at $10. (more...)

Music Institute of Chicago Presents Blair Thomas & Company in A Kite's Tale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2011

The Music Institute of Chicago, which aims to engage arts enthusiasts of all ages, presents the puppet theatre company Blair Thomas & Company in A Kite's Tale, combining theatre and puppetry, set to "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky. (more...)

THE SELFISH GIANT, COMPLICATED and More Set for Three Oaks Theater Festival in Harbor Country, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2013

Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey announce the inaugural season of Three Oaks Theater Festival, a new summer theater festival that will bring three limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional Chicago-based productions and a World Premiere to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan. Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented in association with Harbor Arts with special thanks to The Pokagon Fund. (more...)

Toronto Fringe Festival Features GIANT's GARDEN, 7/6-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2011

With a cast of 13 led by some of the biggest names in the Toronto musical theatre scene, The Giant's Garden is sure to have a big impact on this year's Toronto Fringe Festival. The show features music by Dora and Canadian Comedy Award nominee Scott White (Top Gun! The Musical, Sleepless) who also scored the Broadway World Toronto Award winning show Bosco & Jones, and a stellar cast led by Dora Award winning performer Paula Wolfson (Mrs. Potts in Beauty & The Beast, Les Mis, Shaking The Foundations), stage veteran Mark Terene (Pumbaa in the Canadian cast of The Lion King and Cogsworth in Beauty & The Beast) and Michael MacLennan as the Giant (Nine, Oklahoma, Man Of La Mancha). (more...)

Poi Dog's COMPLICATED Adds 8/3 Show at Three Oaks Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2013

Due to overwhelming demand, Three Oaks Theater Festival co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey have added a second performance of Complicated, a new musical from Poi Dog Pondering. Complicated will play on August 3 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm EST (7:00pm and 9:30pm CST). (more...)

Michael Sgouros Scores New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for HOLLOW THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2013

Michael Sgouros, composer and percussionist, has been nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award - Outstanding Original Music for Hollow the musical which premiered at the historic Players Theatre in September 2012. The production ran for 9 months and is currently on hiatus until September 21 of this year when it will take the stage again at the Players Theatre. (more...)

Chicago Theatre Week to Expand in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Due to overwhelming success, Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place February 12 - 22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as part of the 2015 lineup. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. (more...)

The Giant's Garden Extended At Toronto Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2011

Advance tickets for the family musical The Giant's Garden at the Toronto Fringe Festivalsold out yesterday after buzz from the opening week began to spread. And now the show will be getting an extra performance on Sunday night as Patron's Pick which honours the most popular shows in the Fringe. (more...)

The Giant's Garden Extended At Toronto Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2011

Advance tickets for the family musical The Giant's Garden at the Toronto Fringe Festivalsold out yesterday after buzz from the opening week began to spread. And now the show will be getting an extra performance on Sunday night as Patron's Pick which honours the most popular shows in the Fringe. (more...)

Toronto Fringe Festival Features GIANT's GARDEN, 7/6-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2011

With a cast of 13 led by some of the biggest names in the Toronto musical theatre scene, The Giant's Garden is sure to have a big impact on this year's Toronto Fringe Festival. The show features music by Dora and Canadian Comedy Award nominee Scott White (Top Gun! The Musical, Sleepless) who also scored the Broadway World Toronto Award winning show Bosco & Jones, and a stellar cast led by Dora Award winning performer Paula Wolfson (Mrs. Potts in Beauty & The Beast, Les Mis, Shaking The Foundations), stage veteran Mark Terene (Pumbaa in the Canadian cast of The Lion King and Cogsworth in Beauty & The Beast) and Michael MacLennan as the Giant (Nine, Oklahoma, Man Of La Mancha). (more...)

VOCA PEOPLE Comes To The Westside Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2011

Stop…Look…Listen… The VOCA PEOPLE are coming from a galaxy far, far away. (more...)

Music Institute of Chicago Presents Blair Thomas & Company in A Kite's Tale
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2011

The Music Institute of Chicago, which aims to engage arts enthusiasts of all ages, presents the puppet theatre company Blair Thomas & Company in A Kite's Tale, combining theatre and puppetry, set to "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky. (more...)

BBC America To Air 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards, 2/16
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

Catch The EE British Academy Film Awards on BBC AMERICA the same day they air in the UK. Hosted by Stephen Fry and sponsored by EE, the awards will be broadcast exclusively in the U.S. on BBC AMERICA (more...)

GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE Lead 2014 BAFTA Nominations; Full List Announced
by Movies News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominations for the 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) and Gravity leads with 11 nominations, while 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle each received 10 nominations. (more...)

Steve Coogan, Naomie Harris Tribute Philip Seymour Hoffman at 2014 London Critics' Circle Film Awards; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Takes Top Honor
by Movies News Desk - Feb 2, 2014

According to the Daily Mail, actor Steve Coogan took a moment at this evening's London Critics' Circle Film Awards to pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away Sunday afternoon from a suspected drug overdose in his apartment in Manhattan's West Village. (more...)

12 YEARS A SLAVE Tops BAFTA Awards; GRAVITY Takes Six Honors - All the Winners!
by Movies News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

The BAFTA Awards -- the EE British Academy Film Awards took place on 16 February at The Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden. Stephen Fry returned to host this year's ceremony, which was broadcast on BBC One in the UK and in all major territories around the world. Scroll down for the full list of winners! (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents AUTUMN FIRE, March 4-19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2012

Cassie Hodges for Bloomsday in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre presents The first London production in 80 years of Autumn Fire. (more...)

Julie Walters Among Honorees at MOET British Independent Film Awards
by Movies News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

British talent turned out this evening for the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by BIFA Winning actor James Nesbitt. (more...)

12 YEARS A SLAVE Leads 2014 London Critics' Circle Award Nominations; Full List Announced
by Movies News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

The nominations for the 34th London Critics' Circle Film Awards were announced today, with British director Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave topping members' ballots with 9 nominations. (more...)

Winter FINEST IN THE CINEMA Series at WHBPAC Returns in Jan 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center continues its "Rose & Don Ciampa Finest in World Cinema" Series this winter on most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays! Featuring its new state-of-the-art digital cinema projection system, the WHBPAC will screen only the best current release art house, foreign, independent and documentary films that run concurrently at the most prominent film houses in New York City. Tickets are $15 for adults, $9 for students/seniors, and $5 for WHBPAC Film Society members. (more...)

A MATT CONNER CHRISTMAS Begins Tonight at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

Signature Theatre presents two limited-run shows that bring the spirit of the holidays to the stage for family, friends, and music lovers of all ages. The fun begins this week with composer and Signature favorite Matt Conner (Crossing, The Hollow, Nevermore), who will warm up the intimate ARK Theatre with his new show A Matt Conner Christmas. (more...)

Poi Dog's COMPLICATED Plays Tonight at Three Oaks Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2013

Due to overwhelming demand, Three Oaks Theater Festival co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey have added a second performance of Complicated, a new musical from Poi Dog Pondering. Complicated will play tonight, August 3 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm EST (7:00pm and 9:30pm CST). (more...)

LEO LIONNI'S FREDERICK Set for Chicago Children's Theatre, 10/15-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

A raucous, playful new production of Leo Lionni's Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse, is the big kick off to Chicago Children's Theatre's 10th birthday season. (more...)

2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Lineup Announced; Runs Jan 14-25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Organizers of the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival announced today the line-up of top contemporary puppets acts and artists from around the world, the U.S. and Chicago to be presented at venues large and small throughout the city January 14-25, 2015. (more...)

A PLACE IN HEAVEN Among TIFF's World Cinema Line-Up
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its Contemporary World Cinema lineup today, featuring films produced by countries from around the world. (more...)

Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen Lead West End's GOOD PEOPLE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for West End transfer of critically acclaimed Good People which will play a limited season of just ten weeks at the No?l Coward Theatre from 10th April, as previously announced. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 30th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 30, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'The Sound Of Music' and 'The Wizard Of Oz' live, a local 'Ragtime' and 'Avenue Q,' premieres of 'Juno' and 'The Next Thing,' 'Hit The Wall' and 'Waa-Mu' return, CCT announces two world premieres, and Illinois has its high school musical theater champs--plus even more! (more...)

FREDERICK, THE SELFISH GIANT & More Set for Chicago Children's Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Two world premiere children's musicals helmed by A-list Chicago theater artists - Leo Lionni's Frederick, directed by Stuart Carden, and Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, co-created by Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell, were announced today as the opening and closing productions of Chicago Children's Theatre's 2014-15 season. Chicago Children's Theatre (CCT) will also celebrate its 10th birthday season by bringing back its 2008 smash hit The Selfish Giant by Blair Thomas and Michael Smith. (more...)

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