Tuesday, July 14, 2020

LTD exclusive interview with Godspell actress Natalie Green

Excitement is brewing as the highly anticipated Godspell 50th Anniversary Concert, which reunites Ruthie Henshall with Darren Day from the 1993 studio recording, is set to stream online ne…

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Monday, July 13, 2020

This year Edinburgh Festival Fringe goes virtual!

Event organisers have announced that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will now be going online this year. The digital festival will hold 30 digital events in total.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical to present an online socially distanced performance this month!

Hilarious improv troupe The Showstoppers have announced a new, one-off, online live-stream of their West End, Olivier Award-winning show, which will be fully COVID-compliant and availabl…

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"The Show Must Go On!" merch reaches new milestone with £250,000 raised for charity

The Theatre Support Fund has reached a new fundraising milestone. Their "The Show Must Go On!" merchandise, which includes t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, badges, notebooks, and a newly un…

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Friday, July 10, 2020

The UK Government Issue Safety Guidelines for Staging Performances

The government have issued guidance on how to stage safe performances, after announcing yesterday that outdoor performances can begin from this week, as long as they comply with social dista…

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Stream exclusive "Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes On You" conversation on Disney+

One week after premiering the filmed Broadway performance of Hamilton, The Walt Disney Company have now digitally released a new special conversation about the musical, hosted by ABC News' G…

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Wicked extends run in London's West End to November 2021

The wonderful London production of Wicked has announced that the show will be dancing through life until late 2021, thank goodness! The popular West End musical is still on sale and currentl…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

UK Government says Outdoor Performances can begin this week!

After the Culture Secretary released his roadmap to getting theatre back open, we were still left hugely unsure of how and when. Today Oliver Dowden has announced that performances will be a…

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Marisha Wallace and her co-stars of the Cadogan Hall production of The Color Purple sing title song to raise money for the British Theatre Academy

Hairspray actress Marisha Wallace has banded together with her former co-stars of the Cadogan Hall concert-style production of The Color Purple to sing the show's title song for charity. The…

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(VIDEO) Watch fans of The Prince of Egypt musical perform "When You Believe"

Last month, the production team for The Prince of Egypt UK musical did a call out to fans of the show, asking them to send videos of themselves performing the show's most famous musical numb…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Opening date for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella moved to 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber has officially delayed the premiere of his upcoming musical reimagining of Cinderella, it has been announced. The production, which was already postponed once due to cor…

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Miriam Margolyes and Amit Shah to star in short online play Watching Rosie

Original Theatre Company announce a new online production following the success of their critically acclaimed online production of Birdsong. Specially commissioned by Original Theatre Compan…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Arts Council England hands out an additional £33 million to 196 National Portfolio organisations

The Art Council England has announced a new £33 million relief package to help UK organisations that fall under the National Portfolio. The move comes after their initial £160 million rel…

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New "The Show Must Go On!" face mask available for sale

Support the arts in style while practising good social distancing. After enjoying overwhelming success with their t-shirt, The Theatre Support Fund have designed a new face mask, which is no…

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UK Theatres light up red in solidarity for the arts community

No, they weren't just painting the town red, as that would imply everything is doing just fine. Last night (6 July 2020), theatres across the UK lit up red in solidarity for the struggling…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Socially distanced protests meant to criticise the UK Government's approach towards the art sector postponed

Originally scheduled to take place on 11 July, the planned demonstration will now be put on hold in light of the UK Government's recently announced £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts…

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(Transcript) Oliver Dowden goes on BBC Radio Four's Today programme to talk about Government's arts support package and the panto season

It has been reported earlier today that Oliver Dowden has cast doubt on whether the 2020 Christmas pantomime season can go ahead. The UK Culture Secretary stated that without social distanci…

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The Mousetrap FAQ: Your essential guide to the longest running show of all time

The case re-opens 23 October 2020 and you won't want to miss it! Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is officially returning to the stage for its 68th year in the West End. Staged in one of Lon…

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50th anniversary of Godspell to be marked by online charity concert starring Darren Day, Ruthie Henshall and more

It has been announced that Ruthie Henshall (Chicago) and Darren Day (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Celebrity Big Brother 17) will be reprising their roles from the 1993 st…

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SIX Queen’s Cherelle Jay and Hana Stewart star in Lockdown Theatre [Direct] Week 13 lineup

We’re very lucky that Six the Musical Queen’s have shared their time and talents with us throughout lockdown. Whilst lockdown eases, theatres remain closed for the time being, so we’r…

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Hamilton Disney Plus review: To stream or not to stream?

Since the pandemic hit, the life of theatre has ground to a halt. I feel like I have undergone a break-up, without warning, that came out of nowhere and has left me and my emotions all askew…

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Netflix donates £500k to SOLT and UK Theatre's "Artists Fund" led by Sam Mendes

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have jointly announced a new scheme to support "those who have been ineligible for Government aid and have not been able to work since the…

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UK Government announces £1.57 billion emergency support package for the arts, the largest investment in UK culture in history

After several months since the West End and UK theatres were forced to shut due to the pandemic, the UK Government has now revealed plans to support the arts sector. A one-off £1.57 billio…

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Friday, July 3, 2020

The Mousetrap to reopen in October with socially distanced performances

The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running show of all time, may just be the first major production to return to the West End theatre stage. The show's producers have announced plans to reop…

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Filmed Broadway production of Hamilton now available to stream on Disney+

"Look around at how lucky we are" to have Disney Plus! The Walt Disney Company recently announced that they'd be fast-tracking the highly anticipated digital premiere of Hamilton and n…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Oliver Dowden meets with Andrew Lloyd Webber to test safe shows at the London Palladium, says "panto season is key"

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden visited Andrew Lloyd Webber at the London Palladium to discuss ways to reopen theatres safely, the MP has revealed on Twitter.

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Qdos sets deadline on when to decide whether 34 pantomime shows will go ahead

The UK's biggest pantomime producer, Qdos Pantomimes, has set a deadline on when it will decide whether 34 of its Christmas pantomime productions this year will go ahead or be cancelled. If…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

MPs pressure Boris Johnson to support the arts during today's PMQs

Boris Johnson is under more intense pressure after MPs took advantage of today's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) to slam him for failing to take up government responsibility to support t…

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Ian McKellen launches fundraiser to help theatre workers in dire need of support

Hollywood movie star and highly prolific stage actor Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings) has started a new fundraising initiative to help theatre workers in need. In special collab…

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Oliver Dowden defends his lack of action in helping UK theatres with more inaction

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has fired back on Twitter in response to criticism on how he has been handling the coronavirus crisis. The only problem with the MP's defence? The whole t…

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West End musical SIX suspends all performances until end of September

London's Arts Theatre has announced that all performances of SIX The Musical up to and including Sunday, 27 September 2020 have been suspended. Officially, the West End has cancelled perform…

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