Friday, June 18

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Over 50% of charity-run small theatres could fail in the next 3 months without government support
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Over 50% of charity-run small theatres could fail in the next 3 months without government support

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and temporary closures of theatres, 57% of small theatres in the UK could fail without government support. Theatres Trust warns that as many as 136 small local theatre operators could go into administration in the next three months. In response, Theatres Trust has announced a package of additional support for small theatres to help them survive the impact of Covid-19. At this critical moment, the national public advisory body for theatres is increasing its support for these smaller theatres including: • Taking on an additional adviser to help small theatres with business planning, budgeting and cashflow, fundraising and essential building maintenance. • Creating a new Theatres Trust Skills Bank to match theatres with experts willing to offer pro bono ad...
M6 Theatre Company to Stream Love in the Time of Corona Monologue Series
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M6 Theatre Company to Stream Love in the Time of Corona Monologue Series

M6 Theatre Company will be streaming ten brand new monologues from Friday 26th June, written for young audiences in response to the coronavirus pandemic. From almost 500 entries, these new works have been produced following an online competition, open to writers of any experience. The challenge was to create a short piece of drama, up to 10 minutes long, telling stories of love and life in lockdown.  Gilly Baskeyfield, Artistic Director of M6 Theatre Company said: “Since many of our building-based projects have temporarily been put on hold, we’ve been hard at work creating new ways to serve our communities and audiences. We embarked on the Love in the Time of Corona project in order to unlock powerful stories during this time of isolation. Choosing our winners wasn’t an easy ta...
Beats & Elements & Camden People’s Theatre release their hip hop theatre production No Milk for the Foxes
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Beats & Elements & Camden People’s Theatre release their hip hop theatre production No Milk for the Foxes

Beats & Elements and Camden People's Theatre’s 2015 production of No Milk for the Foxes is released online from Tuesday, 16th June. The original production explored David Cameron's England from a working-class perspective through spoken word, beatboxing and live looping. It revolves around Marx, a white working-class male from Croydon, and Anglo-Indian Spaxx from Mitcham. They are two security guards on a one-night shift surviving on zero hours contracts. The piece poses the question - is it important to aspire to a higher station or better just to accept your lot? As the television monitors buzz in front of them, two friends pass the night shift debating status, class, and milk. Marx is keeping his head down, working hard and praying his contract will be extended. He ...
English Touring Opera prepare for the return of live performances this Autumn
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English Touring Opera prepare for the return of live performances this Autumn

English Touring Opera are working to produce a live season of lyric theatre this Autumn, touring in October and November. This programme is being designed to observe social distancing guidelines, in the interest of the safety of our artists and audience. For this reason, English Touring Opera have had to put aside for the moment the ambitious season of three twentieth century British operas (The Turn of the Screw, The Knot Garden and Greek) which the company was scheduled to produce this Autumn. Instead it hopes to create a series of lyric monodramas, made of 20th century operas and song cycles composed for solo singer and accompanist by composers such as Dominick Argento, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Michael Tippett. The company hopes to be able to bring...
The new production of Martin McDonagh’s THE PILLOWMAN is delayed
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The new production of Martin McDonagh’s THE PILLOWMAN is delayed

The Pillowman, written by the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screen-writer Martin McDonagh, which was due to make it West End premiere this Summer, is to be delayed. The Pillowman was due to begin performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Friday 24th July, for a 12-week season. Due to the current global situation, the production is now postponed, and new season details and all further information will be announced at a later date. Ticket holders do not need to do anything, the point of purchase will be in touch with ticket holders soon. McDonagh and director Matthew Dunster said: “Whilst we are naturally disappointed that The Pillowman can’t go ahead this Summer, we are fully committed to realising this new production in the near future. We ...
Marisha Wallace releases glorious gospel rendition of ‘Tomorrow’ in aid of Broadway Cares and MAD Trust
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Marisha Wallace releases glorious gospel rendition of ‘Tomorrow’ in aid of Broadway Cares and MAD Trust

Marisha Wallace releases glorious gospel rendition of ‘Tomorrow’ in aid of Broadway Cares and MAD Trust Stage stars Lea Salonga, Katharine McPhee, Beverley Knight and Kerry Ellis – and many others – join Marisha in uplifting video performance of the song West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls, Waitress, Aladdin) has released a glorious and soulful cover of the timeless ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie in aid of the vital work of Broadway Cares and MAD Trust. 450100% of the funds raised from the purchase and streaming of the new single will be donated to both organisations to help theatre professionals in the US and UK who have been left out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time Broadway Cares and MAD (Make A Difference) Trust has ev...
Hope Mill Theatre announces rescheduled dates for revival of RENT
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Hope Mill Theatre announces rescheduled dates for revival of RENT

Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has announced rescheduled dates for its production of RENT, plus full creative team. Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, the venue has been closed since 17th March and has had to cancel or postpone all scheduled productions until further notice. RENT, directed by Luke Sheppard, was due to open in July, with rehearsals beginning in June, however the musical will now open on Friday 30th October and run until Sunday 13th December 2020. https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/ The venue has taken the decision to reschedule the run of RENT should they be able to open later this year, which they hope to be able to do. All audience members who have already booked for the run of RENT have been contacted about exchanging tickets and refunds. Hope Mill ...
Hello, Dolly! – New production of the iconic musical is postponed
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Hello, Dolly! – New production of the iconic musical is postponed

Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced that their new production of Hello, Dolly! is postponed. Hello, Dolly! was due to begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11th August 2020 for a 30-week season. New season details and all further information will be announced at a later date. Ticket holders do not need to do anything. The point of purchase will be in touch with ticket holders soon about refunds. Michael Harrison and David Ian said: “Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we aren’t able to stage the show this summer, we are completely committed to Hello, Dolly! Dominic Cooke’s new production is set to have a cast of 34 and an orchestra of 18 musicians. This, coupled with Rae Smith’s stunning new designs, means we do not want to compromise the...
HUNCHtheatre turns 2!
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HUNCHtheatre turns 2!

HUNCHtheatre was formed by Oliver Bennett a British actor and writer of award-winning play ‘Europe After the Rain’ and Vladimir Shcherban (former director of most of the Belarus Free Theatre shows), who is based in London and works remotely with the artists in Minsk, and directs both the British and Russian plays. Their mutual belief in creating theatre without barriers is behind their name, they base their creativity on a ‘hunch’. In the space of two years, HUNCHtheatre have produced ‘A Hero of Our Time’ which was written by Mikhail Lermontov, was adapted by Bennett and Shcherban and after starting its life performing in front of 10 people in a living room in London, it received rave reviews. This show was due to tour Belarus, Czech Republic and London and has unfortunately had to be ...