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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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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.

National Theatre Announces its May-September 2018 Season Photo National Theatre Announces its May-September 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

The National Theatre has announced its May-September 2018 season.

TREMOR Shakes Up Brits Off Broadway At 59E59 Theaters Photo TREMOR Shakes Up Brits Off Broadway At 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

Brits Off Broadway continues at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) with the US premiere of TREMOR, written by Brad Birch and directed by David Mercatali. Produced by Sherman Theatre (Wales), TREMOR begins performances on Tuesday, May 15 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 10.

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for TREMOR by Brad Birch at Sherman Theatre, Wales Photo Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for TREMOR by Brad Birch at Sherman Theatre, Wales
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

A timely exploration of how society reacts to tragedy, this world premiere from Welsh playwright Brad Birch asks pertinent questions about how major events shape our lives, and the choices we make when trying to move on. Sherman Theatre's newly appointed Associate Director David Mercatali will direct Tremor as his first production at the venue, and the two-hander will star Lisa Diveney (The Green Green Grass- BBC) and Paul Rattray (Jamestown, Game of Thrones).

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for PLASTIC at Old Red Lion Theatre Photo Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for PLASTIC at Old Red Lion Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

Following a highly successful run at Latitude Festival, the multi-award winning Poleroid Theatre bring BAFTA nominated playwright Kenneth Emson's Plastic to life at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Directed by JMK 2017 award winner Josh Roche (My Name Is Rachel Corrie), this powerful new play explores how the insecurities of childhood can follow us into later life in this unflinchingly honest drama about time, memory and escape.

The 2018 Brits Off-Broadway Season At 59E59 Theaters Announced! Photo The 2018 Brits Off-Broadway Season At 59E59 Theaters Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2018

The critically acclaimed Brits Off Broadway, host to the UK's most innovative and provocative theater in New York City, presented by 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) returns from Wednesday, April 11 - Sunday, July 1. The single ticket prices range from $25 - $70 ($20 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets to Brits Off Broadway go on sale on Tuesday, March 6 at Noon, with a special pre-sale for 59E59 Members beginning Tuesday, February 27 at Noon. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org.

National Theatre Announces New Casting for Upcoming Season Photo National Theatre Announces New Casting for Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

New casting announced for the new National Theatre season. Full cast has been announced for Brian Friel's Translations including Colin Morgan and Ciaran Hinds, part of the Travelex season with thousands of tickets available at £15. Eric Kofi Abrefa and Thalissa Teixeira join Vanessa Kirby in the cast of Julie, part of the Travelex season with thousands of tickets available at £15. Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy, a co-production with Neal Street Productions, cast includes Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale. Full casting is announced for the award winning An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, transferring to the National Theatre in a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre. The NT will tour to 30 venues in 27 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, for a total of 83 playing weeks over the next year. Rufus Norris' Macbeth to tour to 18 venues across the UK and Ireland from autumn 2018. War Horse returns to the National Theatre marking the centenary of Armistice Day.

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