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'The arts knows how to survive in the face of adversity': Interview with theatre PR Chloé Nelkin We chatted to theatre PR supremo Chloé Nelkin about keeping the arts world alive during this difficult time as well as celebrating the 10th anniversary of Chloé Nelkin Consulting last month. Hi Chloé, I hope you're safe and well. This is such a difficult time for every industry.
Home fooling: Kiri Pritchard-McLean's virtual comedy club The standup’s Saturday gigs have quickly become a fixture on the online circuit – and raised £20,000 for the Trussell Trust.
We Will Rock You UK tour POSTPONED to 2021: Here are new and EXTRA dates for Queen musical QUEEN musical We Will Rock You UK tour has been postponed to 2021 with new and extra dates.
'It transported me away from the grim news & into another world': ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - National Theatre Just as Hollywood produced slickly sweet, happiness-filled films during the Great Depression, this was the National's attempt at lifting the nation's spirits during the darkest times most of us have ever known - and it was a great success.
Danny Mac & Jodie Prenger headline All the Web's a Stage fundraiser. Who's joining them? What are your plans for Thursday 23 April 2020? For #StageFaves fans in quarantine, the stellar online fundraiser All the Web's a Stage will be an absolute must-watch.
Dance Umbrella's new Executive Director Dance Umbrella, the London-based festival of international dance, has appointed Tania Wilmer as its Executive Director. Wilmer was most recently CEO of Stratford Circus Arts Centre where she has programmed work by artists and companies such as Punchdrunk, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep and Akram Khan's first works for young audiences.
Ballet de Monte Carlo's Beauty online On Wednesday 8 April at 5PM and Saturday 11 April at 5PM, Jean-Christophe Maillot's La Belle will be on offer on Monaco Info TV or on France 3 Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur.
Sadler's Wells adds Rain to Digital Stage New additions to Sadler's Wells' Digital Stage programme include Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's company Rosas with Rain and new dance workshops to try at home. Rain will be streamed on Friday 10 April at 7:30PM via Sadler's Wells' Facebook Premieres and then be available to watch on demand for seven days.
NEWS: Chichester launches Keep Connected with free stream of Flowers for Mrs Harris For the first time, Chichester Festival Theatre will stream a selection of its archive productions online, beginning with its award-winning 2018 musical Flowers for Mrs Harris from this Thursday 9 April 2020 ahead of the Easter weekend.
Courtyard to stream live recording of Cinderella Herefordshire arts centre The Courtyard is to release a live recording of its 2019 Christmas panto Cinderella. The production received four nominations in the Great British Pantomime Awards. Lyndsay Maples was nominated for best script, Herbie Kinsey for best newcomer, Melanie Stevens for best villain and the cast for best ensemble.
We Will Rock You UK and Ireland tour rescheduled with new dates added The We Will Rock You UK and Ireland tour has been rescheduled while theatres are closed due to coronavirus. The tour will now re-commence in early 2021, with many venues being visited on new dates with other locations being added.
'Wow, I'd love to be someone like that!' Sally Cookson on our passion for Jane Eyre I just thought: wow, I'd love to be someone like that. It's such an epic story and has been so often turned into film, TV, theatre and ballet versions. I was intrigued as to why we keep going back to it. Was it a daunting project, knowing that the book is so loved?Adapting a novel like that is challenging - it's taken on legendary status.
NEWS: Stephen Fry stars in radio play of The Understudy to raise funds for charity A brand-new radio play of David Nicholls' hit 2005 comic novel The Understudy will be performed by a stellar cast including Stephen Fry and released next month to raise funds for the theatre industry which is facing a devastating impact from the Covid-19 health crisis.
The Corona Diaries: Danielle Fiamanya And finally, looking to the future, what are you most looking forward to when all of this is over? I am most looking forward to sharing the theatre with audiences and cast members again. There is no feeling like being in that room and making people smile, laugh, cry and dance with you.
Sincerely Louis CK review - #MeToo casualty returns with not-quite apology The comedian’s first standup special since he was disgraced in 2017 is heavy on self-pity and won’t appease those outraged by his behaviour.
'A success which I intend to repeat': LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN - Marquee TV That said, it was mostly a strong account of a play that will always be overshadowed by Earnest and a very pleasant way to spend a locked down afternoon. For these days it is not only Wilde's characters who find themselves hidebound by strict conventions and modes of behaviour.
Britain to remain on ‘lockdown’ for a YEAR to beat coronavirus say Boris’ science advisers BRITAIN could remain on lockdown for an entire year, according to scientists who told Boris Johnson to impose social distancing rules.
'Fleabag' Goes Streaming While U.K. Theaters Extend Shutdown Phoebe Waller-Bridge's stage play Fleabag is to be streamed online as U.K. theaters extend their COVID-19 shutdown to at least May 31. London's West End, the world's most lucrative drama center rivalled only by Broadway, was shuttered in March because of coronavirus, with producers saying that no reopening was possible until April 26.
'This proves that staying in really does have its compensation': ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - National Theatre These shows, originally filmed as part of the flagship's NT Live project, are now available on its YouTube channel. The first is Richard Bean's gloriously silly farce, One Man, Two, Guvnors, starring the irrepressible and Tony-award winning James Corden.
Coronavirus LIVE: UK death toll rises by 439 to 5,373 Boris Johnson spent last night in hospital after he being admitted for tests as his coronavirus symptoms persist. The Prime Minister will stay for "as long as needed" in the London NHS hospital where he was taken as a "precautionary step" on the advice of his doctor - rather than as an emergency.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag stage show made available to stream online In partnership with National Theatre Live in London and Amazon Prime Video, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre have joined together to make the show available for rent from today via Soho Theatre's On Demand streaming site for £4.00.
'I crack up every time': comedians' all-time favourite standup routines Top comics pick the routines that make them howl with laughter, from Eddie Murphy on Rocky to Eddie Izzard on penknives and Michelle Wolf on women’s worst enemies.
Coronavirus live UK updates as death toll rises, Dominic Raab steps up and Boris Johnson latest "There must come a time when a deputy is effectively prime minister, I don't think we've probably quite got to that now but the present urgency of the situation and the potential decisions that may need to be taken quickly does mean that Dominic Raab will have to use his discretion and know when to act.
Quantum Magic Lab's free magic lessons Penn and Teller-trained magician Kevin Quantum is offering free magic lessons for kids over the age of five. He met the famous pair when he was challenged to learn the skills as a participant on Channel 4's Faking It, since when he has become an Edinburgh Fringe regular and co-founder of Magic School at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.
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