Tuesday, September 26

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Leeds Playhouse becomes foodbank collection point for I, Daniel Blake
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Leeds Playhouse becomes foodbank collection point for I, Daniel Blake

As the world premiere stage adaptation of I, Daniel Blake comes to Leeds Playhouse they are turning themselves into a foodbank collection point. The film focusing on the struggles of people on the margins in our country has been adapted by actor and comedian Dave Johns, who won the Best Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards and Best Newcomer at the EMPIRE Awards for his role in the film. The proliferation of foodbanks across the UK is a central theme in the play, so the Playhouse is becoming a collection point for South & East Leeds Food Bank, which is part of the Trussell Trust Network with distribution points in Harehills, Beeston, Gipton, Seacroft, Morley, Hunslet, Halton, Rothwell and Belle Isle. The South & East Leeds Food Bank supported more than 14,000...
The Incident Room returns to Royal Court Studio
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The Incident Room returns to Royal Court Studio

Following a sell-out run at The Black-E, Old Fruit Jar Productions return to the Studio at Liverpool Royal Court, after their sell-out run of Twelfth Night, to present a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of a pivotal moment in British history. Exploring the wider issues of misogyny and institutional negligence that surrounded the case, Olivia Hirst and David Byrne’s beautifully crafted The Incident Room is an intense and thought-provoking look into the police investigation into the crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper. Set in Leeds 1975, the focus of the play is centred in and around the Millgarth Incident Room as the biggest manhunt in British police history unfolds. Whilst based on this gripping true story, the focus of the play is on the police officers at the forefront of wha...
Red Brick Theatre bring Pornography to 53two
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Red Brick Theatre bring Pornography to 53two

Red Brick Theatre announces their latest production PORNOGRAPHY by Simon Stephens. The stark and shattering play returns for its first professional UK production since 2009 at Manchester’s 53two from September 26th - 30th 2023 including a captioned performance. Written in response to London crashing from the euphoria of winning the race to host the 2012 Olympics, into the chaos and reality of the 7/7 bombings. Six stories pulsate through the heart of the city, serving as a countdown to the catastrophic attack. Red Brick Theatre present a striking new production of Simon Stephens’ (National Theatre, Royal Exchange, Royal Court) fractured portrait of Britain. Directed by Oliver Hurst (BRICKS, The BBC’s First Homosexual, Co-founder of Red Brick Theatre) with video direction by Beck Coo...
Basics Junior Theatre School Continues to Deliver Spectacular Shows That Wow Audiences
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Basics Junior Theatre School Continues to Deliver Spectacular Shows That Wow Audiences

Basics Junior Theatre School is a unique, award-winning musical theatre and performing arts school. Established over 35 years ago and located around the corner from Burnley Football Club, the theatre school prides itself on providing a professional yet family-like environment where its young student performers are educated and inspired to deliver musical theatre performances to the standard the professionals would be proud of. Indeed, many past students are now performing professionally in the West End, in touring companies and on cruise ships around the world. Many past students have gone on to enjoy successful careers on the West End and perform in professional shows worldwide. © Andy Ford The school draws students from all over Lancashire and Greater Manchester and provides ag...
10/400 – Celebrating The 400th Birthday of Shakespeare’s First Folio – The Library of Birmingham
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10/400 – Celebrating The 400th Birthday of Shakespeare’s First Folio – The Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham was the setting, and the team behind the ‘Everything To Everybody’ project collaborated with bardic improvisers, The School of Night, and Shake It Up, to host a free for all event.  Celebrating its 10th birthday, the Library of Birmingham played centre stage to bring together likeminded individuals to play homage to Shakespeare’s work, in the form of the First Folio. The ‘Everything to Everybody’ project is a partnership between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and History West Midlands; to engage the community of Birmingham with their own heritage, and to revive the world’s greatest Shakespeare Library which is housed in the Shakespeare Memorial Room within the Library of Birmingh...
Critically acclaimed musical parody Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is set to return to The Lowry, Salford
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Critically acclaimed musical parody Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is set to return to The Lowry, Salford

Critically acclaimed musical parody Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is set to return to The Lowry, Salford in early 2024, direct from London. Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. Returning to The Lowry by popular demand, following a sell-out run in 2022. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, the production splashes back to Salford from Thursday 22nd February to Saturday 2rd March 2024. The Lowry dates will kick off the show’s 2024 tour, which follows a 10-week winter run at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant Friday 8th December 2023 - Saturday 17th February 2024 Tickets are on sale now. With a new script and production, the latest version of this hit show is bigger, bolder and sexier than ever before. When Disney release...
First look at the stars of the English language premiere of ‘Rebecca’ at Charing Cross Theatre
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First look at the stars of the English language premiere of ‘Rebecca’ at Charing Cross Theatre

Richard Carson, Lauren Jones and Kara Lane head the cast for the eagerly anticipated English language premiere of the critically acclaimed musical ‘Rebecca’. Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s 1938 novel, by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, two of the most successful German-language musical theatre creators, ‘Rebecca’ has already captivated more than two million people worldwide in hugely successful productions in 12 countries and eight languages. ‘Rebecca’ had its world premiere at VBW’s Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria, in September 2006, where it went on to play to sold-out houses in three seasons, and where it is currently enjoying a hugely successful revival. The rest of the cast are: Alex James-Ward, Piers Bate, Sarah Harlington, David Breeds, Amanda Minihan, Neil Moors, Nich...
Treason The Musical explodes onto stage this autumn
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Treason The Musical explodes onto stage this autumn

The much-anticipated pivotal role of Martha Percy in Treason the Musical will be played by Nicole Raquel Dennis. They recently starred as Effie White in the smash hit UK tour of the Olivier Award Winning Dreamgirls, as Alana Beck in the original West End cast of Dear Evan Hansen, where they won “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical” at the Black British Theatre Awards, and as a semi-finalist on ITV’s The Voice, during which she performed a memorable duet with Jennifer Hudson. The role of Martha Percy has previously been played in development by West End stars, Rosalie Craig, Lucie Jones and most recently Carrie Hope Fletcher and this autumn audiences will witness “The Inevitable” and be blown away by Nicole as they step into the thick of the Gunpower Plot. Starting his reign as omnipot...
Shrek The Musical begins UK Tour
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Shrek The Musical begins UK Tour

Footage and images are released today for the brand-new production of Shrek The Musical which opened at Theatre Royal Plymouth on Friday 21st July. The official Dreamworks production is touring through to April 2024 with a Shrek-tacular principal cast line up including Antony Lawrence (Shrek), Joanne Clifton (Princess Fiona), James Gillan (Lord Farquaad), Brandon Lee Sears (Donkey) and rising star Cherece Richards (Once on This Island, Regent’s Park Theatre) who is making her debut in a principal role as the Dragon. The smash hit musical will tour through to April 2024 to a total of 31 venues.  Shrek the Musical opened at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 21st July 2023 and then tours to Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Carlisle, Aberdeen, Oxford, Wimbledon, Dartford, Northampton, B...
Multi-platinum Australian recording artist Emily Williams joins The Bodyguard
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Multi-platinum Australian recording artist Emily Williams joins The Bodyguard

Producers, Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that multi-platinum Australian recording artist Emily Williams will star as Rachel Marron in the award-winning international smash hit musical THE BODYGUARD, from Tuesday 12th September 2023 at the Liverpool Empire. Emily Williams returns to the role of Rachel Marron, having previously starred in the 2017 Australian production, which marked her theatrical debut. Emily rose to fame on Australian Idol, becoming the runner-up of the competition. Following this, she found commercial success as a member of the Australian girl group Young Divas before going solo gaining numerous ‘Favourite Australian Female Artist' nominations. Emily will join Emmerdale and Hollyoaks star Ayden Callaghan as Frank Farmer, with Emily-Mae as...