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Theatre503 Announces The New 503Five Writers In Residence Photo Theatre503 Announces The New 503Five Writers In Residence
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2021

Dare Aiyegbayo, Tabby Lamb, Sorcha McCaffrey, Martha Reed and Kaamil Shah were today announced as the 503Five, Theatre503's pioneering programme for early career playwrights. Chosen from 548 applicants, they receive a £2,000 seed commission to write their full-length professional debut, as well as creative support from Theatre503 over 18 months. The 503Five is made possible through the support of the Carne Trust and The Orseis Trust.

Miriam Battye Awarded The 2020 Pinter Commission Photo Miriam Battye Awarded The 2020 Pinter Commission
by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2021

Playwright Miriam Battye received the 2020 Pinter Commission yesterday (Monday 25 October 2021) ‚Äď an award given annually by Lady Antonia Fraser, Harold Pinter's widow, to support a new commission at the Royal Court Theatre. Initially scheduled in March last year, the awarding of the 2020 Pinter Commission had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Poleroid Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Charity Event Photo Poleroid Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Charity Event
by Stephi Wild - Oct 18, 2021

The evening will reignite the experimental, eclectic, supportive spirit of Poleroid's first new writing nights; some of the UK's most celebrated young theatre makers and Poleroid alumni will join up with a selection of new graduate talent for a joyful night of short work premieres and a look back at Poleroid's last 10 years.

FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS THE MUSICAL at the Hall for Cornwall is On Sale Today Photo FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS THE MUSICAL at the Hall for Cornwall is On Sale Today
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2021

Tickets for the world premiere of FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL at the Hall for Cornwall go on sale to the public today, Tuesday 11 May, with priority sales to Hall for Cornwall members having already broken box office records when it opened sales last week.

FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL Premieres at Hall for Cornwall in Truro Photo FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL Premieres at Hall for Cornwall in Truro
by Stephi Wild - Jan 29, 2021

FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL, a new musical based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations and the hit 2019 film, will premiere at Hall for Cornwall in Truro this Autumn for a strictly limited season. The world premiere will reopen Hall for Cornwall after a period of closure for a multi-million-pound transformation.

Musical Adaptation of FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS Aiming for 2022 West End Run Photo Musical Adaptation of FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS Aiming for 2022 West End Run
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 28, 2021

musical adaptation of the hit 2019 film, Fisherman's Friends, is set to re-open the Hall for Cornwell this fall, following its £20m redevelopment project. 

Casting Announced for Sam Steiner's YOU STUPID DARKNESS! at Southwark Playhouse Photo Casting Announced for Sam Steiner's YOU STUPID DARKNESS! at Southwark Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 19, 2019

Paines Plough have today announced casting for the transfer of Sam Steiner's YOU STUPID DARKNESS! to Southwark Playhouse, a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth. An urgent play about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world, the production is directed by former Paines Plough co-Artistic Director James Grieve and the cast includes: Andrew Finnigan; Jenni Maitland; Lydia Larson; Andy Rush. The show opened at Theatre Royal Plymouth earlier this year and will run at Southwark Playhouse from 16 January - 22 February with a Press Night on Monday 20 January.

Theatre503 Announces 503Five Writers and Forthcoming 2019 Highlights Photo Theatre503 Announces 503Five Writers and Forthcoming 2019 Highlights
by Stephi Wild - Jun 25, 2019

Theatre503's Artistic Director Lisa Spirling announces the 503Five - recipients of the company's pioneering writers' residency, supported by the Carne Trust and Orseis Trust, alongside forthcoming highlights at the venue including:

Erin Doherty and Sophie Melville Cast In Theatre503's WOLFIE Photo Erin Doherty and Sophie Melville Cast In Theatre503's WOLFIE
by Stephi Wild - Feb 5, 2019

Theatre503 has announced ERIN DOHERTY and SOPHIE MELVILLE as the cast for 503Five playwright Ross Willis' debut play Wolfie. Erin was recently featured by the Evening Standard as a 'rising star' and plays Princess Anne in the forthcoming series of Netflix hit The Crown. Sophie's credits include Iphigenia in Splott, for which she received The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and Wales Theatre Award for Best Female Performance, and nominations for Evening Standard Award for Best Actress and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Casting Announced For Synergy Theatre Project's THERE IS A FIELD At Theatre503 Photo Casting Announced For Synergy Theatre Project's THERE IS A FIELD At Theatre503
by Stephi Wild - Jan 21, 2019

Esther Baker will direct Martin Askew's provocative and compelling new play There is a Field, a London story of faith, death and family strife reshaped by local crises and global events.

The Other Room Opens Applications For Its Fifth Young Artists Festival Photo The Other Room Opens Applications For Its Fifth Young Artists Festival
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2019

Cardiff's pub theatre The Other Room, is once again throwing open its doors to the theatre makers of tomorrow with its fifth Young Artists Festival, which will run 08 - 13 April.

Full Casting Announced For YOU STUPID DARKNESS! Photo Full Casting Announced For YOU STUPID DARKNESS!
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2019

Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth have today announced the full cast for YOU STUPID DARKNESS!, a World Premiere from Sam Steiner (Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons; Kanye the First), directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve. The new play, set in a call centre for Brightline helpline, looks at the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world. The cast includes David Carlyle, Andrew Finnigan, Becci Gemmell and Lydia Larson. The production marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth and follows the success of Love, Love, Love and The Angry Brigade.

Sherman Theatre Brings 12 Emerging Talents To Theatre503 Photo Sherman Theatre Brings 12 Emerging Talents To Theatre503
by Stephi Wild - Dec 4, 2018

Cardiff's Sherman Theatre will present Wales's best emerging talent to a London audience in its New Welsh Voices showcase at Theatre503 on 13 and 14 December. The programme, which brings together the members of both its writer and director development schemes established by the Sherman's Artistic Director Rachel O'Riordan, will also provide a platform for Welsh and Wales-based performers. Sherman Theatre hopes to share the work of the best up and coming creatives it has nurtured over the past three years with a wider audience and promote the country's exciting new work.

Danusia Samal Wins The Theatre503 International Playwriting Award Photo Danusia Samal Wins The Theatre503 International Playwriting Award
by Marianka Swain - Nov 22, 2018

Danusia Samal is announced as the winner of the third biennial Theatre503 International Playwriting Award at an event at The Bridge Theatre hosted by 503 Chair Erica Whymanand Artistic Director Lisa Spirling on Thursday 22 November.

EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A- Tremor Photo EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A- Tremor
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 23, 2018

BWW catches up with David Mercatali to chat about taking Tremor to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

TREMOR Comes to Edinburgh Fringe Photo TREMOR Comes to Edinburgh Fringe
by Julie Musbach - Jul 13, 2018

A timely exploration of how society reacts to tragedy, Welsh playwright Brad Birch asks pertinent questions about how major events shape our lives, and the choices we make when trying to move on. Tremor is a play about how the present is shaped by the past, and about how we choose to see things and live our lives in a world riven with tension, anxiety and division. Directed by David Mercatali, Tremor received its world premiere at the Sherman Theatre before heading to New York where it played 59E59 Theaters as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival.

Full Dates and Casting Announced for World Premiere of Anna Jordan's POP MUSIC Photo Full Dates and Casting Announced for World Premiere of Anna Jordan's POP MUSIC
by Marianka Swain - Jul 4, 2018

Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have today announced the full cast and UK tour dates for POP MUSIC, a World Premiere from Bruntwood Award-winner Anna Jordan (Yen). The new play, which promises to be a night at the theatre like no other, charts two wedding guests' rollercoaster journey through thirty epic years of pop.

National Theatre To Premiere New Plays Staged By Young People At 2018 Connections Fes Photo National Theatre To Premiere New Plays Staged By Young People At 2018 Connections Festival
by Stephi Wild - May 23, 2018

Ten UK school and youth theatre companies will stage ten new plays at the 2018 National Theatre Connections Festival, which takes place in the Dorfman Theatre from 26-30 June.

Paines Plough Announces Full Programme For Roundabout At Summerhall 2018 Photo Paines Plough Announces Full Programme For Roundabout At Summerhall 2018
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2018

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today revealed the full programme for ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL, kicking off at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before a UK tour in Autumn 2018.

BWW Review: A Brand New Look for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at the Guthrie Theater Photo BWW Review: A Brand New Look for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at the Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - May 11, 2018

The plot of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE seems ripped from today's headlines: think Flint, think Detroit. Of course, Norwegian Henrik Ibsen (an iconoclast in his day, generally regarded as "The Father of Social Realism" in western theater history) penned this prescient piece back in 1882. What the Guthrie is producing is a new adaptation by Brad Birch, first staged in 2016 in Wales. It's undergone further revision for this production. Birch's adaptation is most welcome. The familiar story is lifted up to a whole new level by the striking visuals and swift, intriguing transitions devised by director Lyndsey Turner and her design team.

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