2018 Year in Review: Aliya Al-Hassan's Best of Theatre2018 Year in Review: Aliya Al-Hassan's Best of Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Dec 15, 2018

What a bizarre year 2018 has been. In the months that saw too much Trump, devastating Californian wildfires, an escalation in the refugee crisis, not to mention the dreaded 'B' word, it makes me more grateful than ever for the pure escapism that live theatre so often provides. (more...)

BWW Review: THE HABIT OF ART, Richmond TheatreBWW Review: THE HABIT OF ART, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Oct 16, 2018

The Habit of Art is a wonderfully funny and deeply moving revival of Alan Bennett's fantastic 2009 follow up to The History Boys. The play focuses on a fictional meeting between WH Auden and Benjamin Britten in 1972, when Britten seeks out his old friend to combat his loneliness and ask advice about his new composition of Death in Venice. This meeting is framed as a play within a play where rehearsals are taking place; aged thesps Fitz and Henry play Auden and Britten respectively, musing on life, ageing, sex and art. (more...)

AboutFACE Ireland Announce Selected Plays For NEWvember New Plays FestivalAboutFACE Ireland Announce Selected Plays For NEWvember New Plays Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

AboutFACE Ireland have announced the final selections for the 2018 NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin – a showcase of original plays to be held at The New Theatre in Dublin's city centre, November 8-10 2018. The announcement was made by AboutFACE Co-Artistic Directors Anna Nugent and Paul Nugent. NEWvember Dublin will feature these works over a three-day weekend, presented via rehearsed readings. After 5 years of NEWvember Festivals in New York, this is the 2nd year the event will be held in Dublin. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and welcoming place where writers can hear their plays read by seasoned actors, and discuss their work and creative process. It was also announced that many of this year's playwrights will be in attendance, and will take part in post show Q&As, including writers travelling from the US. (more...)

Matthew Kelly and David Yelland star in THE HABIT OF ART at the Belgrade TheatreMatthew Kelly and David Yelland star in THE HABIT OF ART at the Belgrade Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Following a slew of four and five star reviews for performances in York, Brighton, Salisbury and Oxford, Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art comes to the Belgrade Theatre this November in a new production from Original Theatre Company. (more...)

BWW Review: THE HABIT OF ART, York Theatre RoyalBWW Review: THE HABIT OF ART, York Theatre Royal
by Sarah Ryan - Sep 6, 2018

After opening to critical acclaim in 2009, the Original Theatre Company in collaboration with York Theatre Royal are bringing back Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art in its first revival since the original sell-out run. Centred around a fictional meeting between two of the 20th century's most influential gay artists, poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, the production boasts a stellar ensemble cast including Matthew Kelly and David Yelland. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal For Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ARTPhoto Flash: Inside Rehearsal For Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ART
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018

Get a first look at rehearsal images from the first revival of Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ART, which opens at York Theatre Royal on 30 August 2018. The National Tour will then continue through to 1 December 2018. (more...)

Janie Dee, Danielle Hope, Ria Jones and Claire Sweeney to Star in DON'T TELL ME NOT TO FLY at Underbelly at The Edinburgh FringeJanie Dee, Danielle Hope, Ria Jones and Claire Sweeney to Star in DON'T TELL ME NOT TO FLY at Underbelly at The Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

Janie Dee, Danielle Hope, Ria Jones and Claire Sweeney are announced to star in Don't Tell Me Not To Fly, which will play at newly refurbished McEwan Hall, Bristo Square at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

Full Cast Announced For Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ARTFull Cast Announced For Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ART
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018

The Original Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal, and Ghost Light Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for the first ever revival of Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ART directed by Philip Franks and starring Matthew Kelly as Fitz (W. H. Auden) and David Yelland as Henry (Benjamin Britten).  (more...)

From Alan Bennett to Afrobeats, Belgrade Theatre Announces New Shows for 2018-19From Alan Bennett to Afrobeats, Belgrade Theatre Announces New Shows for 2018-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Another exciting line-up of shows goes on general sale at the Belgrade Theatre this week, with tickets now available for productions running from September 2018 - March 2019. As ever, the Belgrade's diverse programme will aim to cater to all tastes, from Alan Bennett to Afrobeats to The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. (more...)

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Reveal Autumn Winter 2018 Season Ahead Of Public SaleLiverpool Everyman & Playhouse Reveal Autumn Winter 2018 Season Ahead Of Public Sale
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

Following the announcement of The Lovely Bones, A Christmas Carol and Everyman rock 'n' roll panto The Snow Queen earlier this year, the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse has revealed its full programme for Autumn Winter 2018. Book adaptations, comedians, music, familiar faces and new collaborations to join their in-house productions for the season. (more...)

Wiltshire Creative Announces Its First Season Of Programming For 2018/19Wiltshire Creative Announces Its First Season Of Programming For 2018/19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

Wiltshire Creative - the new organisation that brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse - today announces its first season of programming for 2018/19, marking a landmark moment for the arts in Salisbury and the South of England. (more...)

Matthew Kelly and David Yelland To Star In First Revival Of Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ARTMatthew Kelly and David Yelland To Star In First Revival Of Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ART
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2018

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal will present the first ever revival of Alan Bennett's THE HABIT OF ART directed by Philip Franks and starring Matthew Kelly as W. H. Auden/Fitz and David Yelland as Benjamin Britten/Henry. The tour begins on 30 August 2018 at York Theatre Royal. (more...)

Casting Announced For THE SECRET GARDEN, Barn Theatre, CirencesterCasting Announced For THE SECRET GARDEN, Barn Theatre, Cirencester
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018

Casting has been announced for the Barn Theatre Cirencester's inaugural professional production of  The Secret Garden, which will run from March 16 to April 15. The cast will include: David Haydn (Archibald Craven), Jaimie Pruden (Lily Craven), Minal Patel (Neville Craven), Celeste De Veazey (Colin Craven), Daniella Piper (Mary), Jenny O'Leary (Martha), Alex James Ellison (Dickon), Sue Appleby (Musical Director, Ensemble), Steffan Rizzi (Ensemble), Jamie Ross (Ensemble), Celia Cruwys Finnigan (Ensemble), Ben Boskovic (Ensemble). (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS, Wilton's Music HallBWW Review: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS, Wilton's Music Hall
by Debbie Gilpin - Dec 7, 2017

Victorian music hall Wilton's takes a trip back to the 1930s this Christmas, as it brings a new version of John Masefield's fantasy story The Box of Delights to the stage. Justin Audibert directs Piers Torday's adaptation that stars Matthew Kelly, offering up alternative festive entertainment. (more...)

Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle to Star in Stage Adaptation of THE BOX OF DELIGHTS at Wilton's Music HallMatthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle to Star in Stage Adaptation of THE BOX OF DELIGHTS at Wilton's Music Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017

National treasure Matthew Kelly and West End superstar Josefina Gabrielle are to star in the brand-new stage adaptation of The Box of Delights, it has been announced today. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch a New Trailer for DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at SheffieldVIDEO: Watch a New Trailer for DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at Sheffield
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, presents Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms in his inaugural season. Sam Yates directs Olivier Award-winner Matthew Kelly in the role of Ephraim, alongside Claudia Cadette (Woman), Colin Haigh (Old Farmer/Sheriff) and Tim Dewberry (Man). Watch a new trailer for the show below! (more...)

VIDEO: Matthew Kelly Talks DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at the CrucibleVIDEO: Matthew Kelly Talks DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at the Crucible
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, presents Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms in his inaugural season. Sam Yates directs Olivier Award-winner Matthew Kelly in the role of Ephraim, alongside Claudia Cadette (Woman), Colin Haigh (Old Farmer/Sheriff) and Tim Dewberry (Man). Click below to hear Kelly talk about the show! (more...)

BWW Review: DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, Crucible Theatre, SheffieldBWW Review: DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
by Ruth Deller - Sep 27, 2017

Eugene O'Neill's classic play is beautifully staged in this evocative production at the Crucible Theatre. (more...)

Science Channel Premieres SUPER HURRICANES: INSIDE MONSTER STORMS, TodayScience Channel Premieres SUPER HURRICANES: INSIDE MONSTER STORMS, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Featuring interviews with leading meteorologists, scientists, and engineers, who examine the basic science of hurricanes, SUPER HURRICANES: INSIDE MONSTER STORMS premieres Today, September 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Matthew Kelly and More Lead DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, Beginning Tonight at at SheffieldMatthew Kelly and More Lead DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, Beginning Tonight at at Sheffield
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie presents Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms in his inaugural season. Sam Yates directs Olivier Award-winner Matthew Kelly in the role of Ephraim, alongside Claudia Cadette (Woman), Colin Haigh (Old Farmer/Sheriff) and Tim Dewberry (Man). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

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