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World Premiere West End Production, 2021
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West End Production, 2019

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National Theatre West End Production, 2012

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Simon Russell Beale to Appear at Shakespeare's Globe's MOVING STORIES, in Support of the UN Refugee Agency

On Sunday 25 June, Shakespeare’s Globe will host ‘Moving Stories’ in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The event will include sketches, short plays and songs examining the experiences of refugees, and responses to the crisis.

Winners Announced for UK Theatre Awards 2022

The 2022 UK Theatre Awards winners have been revealed in a lunchtime ceremony at London's Guildhall. The biggest winner of the day was Leeds Playhouse, who won three awards including UK's Most Welcoming Theatre, Best Design for Laura Hopkins & Simon Wainwright for Dracula: The Untold Story and Best Performance in a Musical for Divina de Campo for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

BWW Review: THE GLOW, Royal Court

Beautifully executed production is let down by a dud script

Photos: First Look at THE GLOW at Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

All new production photos have been released for The Glow by Alistair McDowall directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.

Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals For THE GLOW at The Royal Court Theatre

The Glow, written by Alistair McDowell, will be playing at The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, London from January 24th until March 5th, 2022. Press night will be on January 27th at 7 pm. Directed by Vicky Featherstone, the show features Fisayo Akinade, Rakie Ayola, Tadhg Murphy, and Ria Zmitrowicz. 

MOULIN ROUGE! Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows

Though hardly an ideal start to the new theatrical year, we want to applaud all of the incredible casts, creatives, backstage and front-of-house staff who are working so hard to keep shows on. If you can support productions, please do – whether revisiting an amazing long-running show or checking out something new. And speaking of which: here are some of the most intriguing London additions for this month. Keep checking back for our reviews, interviews and features!

Casting Announced For THE GLOW By Ali McDowall at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Fisayo Akinade, Rakie Ayola, Tadhg Murphy and Ria Zmitrowicz have been cast in The Glow written by Alistair McDowall and directed by the Royal Court Theatre's Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. 

VIDEO: Watch THE PACT Trailer from Sundance Now & AMC+

When Jack (Aneurin Bernard, Dunkirk) is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws his employees Anna (Laura Fraser, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Nancy (Julie Hesmondhalgh, Broadchurch), Louie (Keeping Faith) and Cat (Heledd Gwynn; Ordinary Lies) into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever.

Winners Announced For the Black British Theatre Awards 2020

The Black British Theatre Awards 2020 championed the artistic excellence and achievements of the black creatives and performers across all aspects of theatre. The program's first television broadcast on Sky Arts highlighted a cross section of some of the 2020 award-winners. 

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Announces Line Up For Ceremonies Taking Place Around Luke Jerram's In Memoriam

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival today announces the line-ups for two special ceremonies planned in tribute to the NHS, which take place on the opening weekend of the 25th annual festival, at the site of Luke Jerram's In Memoriam on Woolwich Common.

Eclipse Theatre Announces Return Of The Eclipse Award

Eclipse Theatre, the UK's leading Black theatre company, has announced that its pioneering Eclipse Award will return for a second year.

BWW Review: ON BEAR RIDGE, Royal Court Theatre

Two of the most prevalent themes in Ed Thomas' new play, On Bear Ridge, are memories and language. Set atop a mountain in a rural location, presumably somewhere in Wales, butcher John Daniel (Rhys Ifans), his wife Noni (Rakie Ayola) and slaughterman Ifan William (Sion Daniel Young) are bunkering down in their run-down shop while the snow builds higher outside the front door.

& JULIET Leads November's Top 10 New London Shows

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From highly anticipated musicals to mountaineering and Welsh apocalypse, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!

Photo Flash: National Theatre Wales And Royal Court Theatre Present ON BEAR RIDGE

New production images have been released for the National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre co-production of On Bear Ridge, at the Sherman Theatre.  

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ON BEAR RIDGE

With just over a week to go until the production begins previews at the Sherman Theatre, get a peek inside rehearsal for the National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre co-production of On Bear Ridge.

Photo Flash: First Look at ON BEAR RIDGE; Plus VR Film Announced

The first images from National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre's production of On Bear Ridge have been released today. Check them out below!

Casting Announced For ON BEAR RIDGE At Sherman Theatre and Royal Court Theatre

Casting is today announced for the National Theatre Wales and Royal Court Theatre co-production of On Bear Ridge by award-winning writer Ed Thomas (House of America and Gas Station Angel, Royal Court; HinterlandY Gwyll BBCS4CNetflix). Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone (The Cane and Cyprus Avenue, Royal Court) and Ed Thomas will co-direct this semi-autobiographical story about the places we leave behind, the indelible marks they make on us, and the unreliable memories we hold onto.

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

Following sold-out runs at the National Theatre and in New York at the Park Avenue Armory, the NT and Neal Street Productions' critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy arrives in the West End, opening for a limited 16-week run.


Demi is the bastard son of a Nigerian woman and the Greek god Zeus. Half mortal, he has strong elemental power, but also possesses an insane talent in playing basketball. Spanning through Greek and Yoruba mythology, Inua Ellam's magical poem takes you back to the roots of performance.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL

We risk war. This is the consequence. Battle. Shield. Spear and sword. Conflict amongst the Gods. This must be avoided.'


Rakie Ayola has not appeared on Broadway.

Rakie Ayola has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

Rakie Ayola's first West End show was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which opened in 2014

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