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Magician Etienne Pradier in Cancer Research UK auction of promises with estate agent Nigel Colebrook of Bright & Bright From a signed crime book to a guided tour of the Tower of London, an auction of promises raised thousands for a cancer charity in just four hours.
In Basildon, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch - Review In Basildon, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch - Review. "I am authentic Basildon, I am", is the phrase with which we are welcomed to the regional premiere of In Basildon, the hit show by David Eldridge, that opened to critical acclaim at the Royal Court in 2012.
The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton, Jack Studio Theatre - Review The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton, Jack Studio Theatre - Review. The charming Jack Studio Theatre in South East London excels at historic drama productions, and the The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton is another fine string in their bow.
Merched Caerdydd / Nos Sadwrn o Hyd review at Theatr Clwyd, Mold Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru presents a varied Welsh-language double bill of plays set in Cardiff by writers Catrin Dafydd and Roger Williams.
FIRST LOOK: We spy the cast of The Rubenstein Kiss ready for opening night It's opening night tonight for the first London revival of James Phillips' multi-award-winning espionage dramaThe Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse. Check out our full gallery of production shots - and then get booking!
'The attraction of it, is that it is a popular piece of theatre': In the dock is Jasper Britton from Witness For The Prosecution Witness For The Prosecution, Agatha Christie's murder thriller is playing very successfully at London's ingeniously converted County Hall venue.
'We are the often silenced and the greatest taboo': Kat Woods on the frustration that led to writing Killymuck In a searingly honest interview, playwright Kat Woods tells us about the annoyance and irritation that led to writing Killymuck, why it's important to recognise the difference between the working class and benefits class, and why the team at The Bunker are a breath of fresh air.
Text of the Day: Cyprus Avenue Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
It's the comedy economy, stupid! Elf Lyons on the true cost of standup After a Franglais Swan Lake, the comic explains economics with sex dolls in ChiffChaff. She talks about loving horror, how guinea pigs helped her through illness and standing up for comedians.
Undetectable review at King's Head Theatre, London - 'intimate and engaging gay drama' Tom Wright's engaging and intimate gay drama at the King's Head Theatre gets bogged down in its own issues.
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'The cast is pretty brilliant': MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL - Touring Madagascar the Musical was a perfect family night out, full of fun for the young audience as they tapped, cheered and danced their way through the story, against the backdrop of a damp and drizzly night outside the New Victoria Theatre.
'No ordinary night at the theatre': FROM SHORE TO SHORE - Manchester Walking up the steps of Yang Sing, a restaurant on the edge of Chinatown, it is easy to see that From Shore to Shore will be no ordinary night at the theatre. The show takes interviews with Chinese people living in Britain to tell three differing life stories which are blended together to create a snapshot of contemporary Chinese identity.
Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist receives professional UK premiere at Jack Studio Theatre Queen of the Mist, Michael John LaChiusa’s award-winning musical based on the incredible true story of Anna Edson Taylor, will receive its professional UK premiere at the Jack Theatre, when Pint of Wine Theatre Company stage the show from 9 to 27 April 2019.
'I'm livid that neither Trump or the cheating Leave campaign have been held accountable': Playwright Liane Grant on Half Me, Half You Can art help to combat hate crime? Outrage over Donald Trump, Leave Means Leave and much more, including the real-life experiences of close friends, inspired Liane Grant to write Half Me, Half You, which now comes to London's Tristan Bates Theatre after a successful New York run.
NEWS: Did you hear? My Theatre Mates dominates Vuelio's Top 10 UK Theatre Blogs Leading media experts Vuelio has named My Theatre Mates has one of the Top 10 UK Theatre Blogs and therefore one of the leading influencers within the theatre industry blogger network.
In Basildon review at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch - 'strong performances' Douglas Rintoul directs a strongly performed revival of David Eldridge’s Essex family drama at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.
'Thoughtful & poignant piece of theatre': BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR - Southwark Playhouse Funny and heartfelt, this true life story of an extraordinary pilot highlights a different perspective of World War I. So much of what we think about relating to World War I is what was happening to those on the ground and in the trenches - but a forgotten element is those who played their part in the skies, which was just as dangerous.
Largest cast bronze sculpture in UK travels to Plymouth by barge Read Largest cast bronze sculpture in UK travels to Plymouth by barge latest on ITV News. All the news.
'Colourful, vibrant sassy night out': 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL - West End 9 To 5 the Musical is based on 20th Century Fox's picture and was originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt in April 2009. It's written by Patricia Resnik, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The show tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.
Danny Mac joins the UK tour of Amélie The Musical as full casting is announced Romance is in the air as West End performer, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and TV actor Danny Mac joins the UK touring company of Amélie The Musical, based on the much-loved film, opposite French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain.
FEATURED SHOW: Check out the reviews for Headlong's 'heart-stopping' Richard III at Alexandra Palace FEATURED SHOW: Check out the reviews for Headlong’s ‘heart-stopping’ Richard III at Alexandra Palace - My Theatre Mates.
How the Mates Rate: Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre It's fair to say that the immediate future is looking pretty sweet for the Broadway transfer of Sara Bareilles' Tony-nominated musical Waitress with more tickets released and the show extending its booking period to 19 October 2019 at the Adelphi Theatre.
Anna X review at the Vaults, London – 'assured and ambitious' Joseph Charlton's assured, ambitious two-hander about identity and deception, part of this year's Vault Festival, London.
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