Monday, March 8

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An Evening with Kevin and Joanne Clifton for a Socially Distanced Audience
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An Evening with Kevin and Joanne Clifton for a Socially Distanced Audience

Strictly Champion siblings Kevin and Joanne Clifton are heading out on tour this autumn with an intimate show produced for a socially distanced audience - An Evening with Kevin and Joanne Clifton. The talented brother and sister were originally due to tour together for the first time earlier this year in the world’s leading Ballroom show, BURN THE FLOOR, but unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the tour was unable to go ahead. While the tour has been successfully rescheduled to 2021, Kevin will now be headlining it without his sister, as Joanne’s prior commitments mean she is no longer available. Hailing from a successful dancing family - parents Judy and Keith are former World Champions - the Clifton siblings have numerous competitive Ballroom and Latin dance accolades b...
Punk Theatre Movement: Day Festival Launch Event
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Punk Theatre Movement: Day Festival Launch Event

The last six months has been hard on everyone, but as restrictions are gradually eased, we face the question – how do we move forward?  Punk Theatre Movement was formed to bring together artists who wish to collaborate, to reconnect with other artists to devise a way to come together in a fairer, more accessible way.  Many of the festivals are becoming inaccessible for artists due to high fees, limited resources and a lack of spaces.  Frisky Arts felt that even though lockdown was hard on artists, it actually presented them with an opportunity to re-imagine how theatre and performance is presented using a new approach and philosophy.  Frisky Arts have joined forces with other artists including Milk and Blood Theatre, Chalk Line Theatre and Grace Church and many more...
Derby Theatre is back with Derby Rises
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Derby Theatre is back with Derby Rises

Derby Theatre and partners in Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network) are back with a programme of newly commissioned artistic work, community-based workshops culminating in evening of celebration at the theatre on Sunday 27 September. Derby Rises is a citywide version of The Bakery of Slow Ideas, which is a community art practice created by Leo Kay from London-based Unfinished Business. The roots of The Bakery of Slow Ideas is a desire to nurture healing communication, allow communities space to have a meaningful dialogue and allow ideas to arise from this interaction.  Image: Antonia Ancora Leo and Project Collaborator Anna Smith make interactive and intimate performance, working with both artists and non-artists in the UK and throughout Europe. Since early July, Le...
Bolton Octagon are back with a live online production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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Bolton Octagon are back with a live online production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bolton Octagon are back with a live online production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bolton Octagon are back with their first bash at a live streamed production offering an online version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the theatre’s £12million redevelopment is completed before reopening in December. They are working with Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) to present streamed performances from Thursday 24th to Saturday 27th September 2020. This is a new version of GSC’s acclaimed open air production, which was directed by the Octagon’s Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham, who also directs this latest online version. The 75-minute production, which will be live streamed on Zoom, features a cast of six actors. Making their Octagon Theatre debuts will be Jack Whit...
An afternoon of comedy and variety from Britain’s Got Talent’s brightest stars
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An afternoon of comedy and variety from Britain’s Got Talent’s brightest stars

Gag Reflex are proud to announce a unique, family-friendly evening of live Comedy and Variety from Britain’s Got Talent stars Lost Voice Guy, Ben Hart, Daliso Chaponda, Steve Royle and Nabil Abdul Rashid from Manchester’s DriveINSIDE giant tent theatre. This year Steve Royle wowed the judges with his comedy juggling skills and Nabil Abdul Rashid was Alesha’s Golden Buzzer act and will be appearing in this year’s live semi-finals. Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) was the first comedian to win Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, the year before magician Ben Hart made it to the final with his outstanding close-up magic skills. 2017 Golden Buzzer act Daliso Chaponda will compere the evening. Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid. He made his ...
New Liverpool Theatre Festival To Take Place Outdoors In September
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New Liverpool Theatre Festival To Take Place Outdoors In September

Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms has created a nine-day outdoor live performance festival to support the city’s devastated theatre scene in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Liverpool Theatre Festival will take place between Friday 11th September and Saturday 19th September 2020 and is being staged in association with the team behind St Luke’s Bombed Out Church. The event will take place within the church walls, in the grounds of St Luke’s in the heart of Liverpool city centre and will follow stringent social distancing and Government guidelines. Tickets for Liverpool Theatre Festival go on sale at 12pm on Thursday 27th August. Tickets start from £10. Live performances came to a complete standstill nationally in mid-March due to Covid-19 lockdown. This has had a devast...
English Touring Theatre launches brand-new podcast F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for adults)
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English Touring Theatre launches brand-new podcast F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for adults)

English Touring Theatre launches their brand-new podcast F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for adults) – a series of short stories for adults performed by Paapa Essiedu and Amber James.  Directed by Jennifer Bakst with sound, music and editing by Max Pappenheim, F**ked Up Bedtime Stories explores the weird and wonderful world of dreamscapes and nightmares and the impact that lockdown has had on our sleep cycles. Featuring seven short stories written by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi, Dipo Baruwa-Etti, Tim Crouch, Vivienne Franzmann, Matilda Ibini, Amy Jephta and Anthony Neilson, the project is available through acast, Spotify, apple or wherever you get your podcasts.  English Touring Theatre today said, “Bedtime...
Octagon Bolton announces reopening date
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Octagon Bolton announces reopening date

After two years the multi-million pounds rebuild at Bolton's Octagon is over and they reopen their doors on Friday 4th December. But theatre goers will have to wait a bit longer to sit in the new auditorium as they are only opening their spanking new Kitchen & Bar, a friendly space for casual eating, drinking and socialising. They will also be hosting some creative workshops, along with a series of festival events. The delay to the building caused by the pandemic, and the lack of a  date from the government of when it will be safe for audiences to return without social distancing, means the Octagon have taken the difficult decision to postpone their previously announced productions. Their intriguing new musical version of Charles Dickens’ festive classic A Christmas Caro...
The Drifters Girl – rescheduled dates in 2021
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The Drifters Girl – rescheduled dates in 2021

Michael Harrison and David Ian announce rescheduled dates for The Drifters Girl, a brand new musical starring Beverley Knight, which tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups The Drifters and the woman who made them. The Drifters Girl, to be directed by Jonathan Church (Singin’ In The Rain), will now make its World Premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal next year on Saturday 9th October 2021, before transferring to the Garrick Theatre in London for a strictly limited season of 20 weeks, with performances beginning on Thursday 4th November 2021. Ticket holders do not need to do anything; the point of purchase will be in touch with all existing ticket holders soon. Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongsi...
‘Blue Peter’ legend Peter Duncan launches Panto Online
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‘Blue Peter’ legend Peter Duncan launches Panto Online

Giant Blunderbore is in a terrible rage. He shouts from above threatening to eat any villager who won’t pay their rent. Poor Dame Trott has to sell her precious cow ‘Buttercup’ and sends her son Jack to the cow market. All he comes back with is a worthless bag of beans. Jill, the grumpy Squire’s daughter is kidnapped by the Giants dogsbody Fleshcreepy and taken to the castle in the clouds. Will Jack be the hero, climb the beanstalk, rescue his girlfriend and save the world from the human chomping ogre. Only the magical Garden Fairy knows the answer to that…. Join in and enjoy this new online planet-saving pantomime packed with songs, laughter and great spectacle. ‘Blue Peter’ legend Peter Duncan - a critically acclaimed Panto Dame, Writer and Director, is planning his biggest and be...