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Benjamin Zephaniah announces Swindon date on UK tour They say that you mellow with age," said Benjamin Zephaniah, "but if anything, I'm getting angrier and angrier.
'Just doesn't ever take off': VIENNA 1934-MUNICH 1938 - Bath What may have worked as a leisurely memoir, consumed over a period of a few weeks fails to ignite. Her Uncle Nicholas was a midshipman in the Royal Navy and wrote movingly in his diary of Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Abyssinia.
Do Stereophonics have any more UK tour dates in 2019? As Kelly Jones and co prepare to play Latitude festival, and we play out their homecoming gig at Swansea's Singleton Park, find out when you can see them again live.
Jamie is coming to Newcastle The West End hit musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which opened in Sheffield in 2017, is coming to Newcastle next year as part of a national tour. Initial casting includes West End star Layton Williams as Jamie New and EastEnders' Shane Richie as Hugo / Loco Chanelle.
Eoin Morgan: Current England squad can inspire next generation - JOE.co.uk Speaking at the Euro T20 Slam draft, England captain Eoin Morgan said Sunday's World Cup win made the past four years of graft worthwhile.
REVIEW: Games for Lovers at The Vaults We are introduced to smitten kittens Logan and Jenny, alongside hopeless singletons Martha and Darren ; each longing to find the one via their own uniquely designed algorithm. Martha, one of the worst flirters in history is desperate to pluck up the courage to ask out 'Doctor Boner' at her work.
WATCH: Check out the new trailer for tale of grief River in the Sky, PLUS peek at production images WATCH: Check out the new trailer for tale of grief River in the Sky, PLUS peek at production images - My Theatre Mates.
Education Secretary calls for children to spend summer outdoors Children and families will be encouraged to explore the outdoors during the summer holidays, as a series of fun tips and events for kids happening across the country will be signposted each week.
The autumn and winter season at Dance City Newcastle's Dance City's season from September to December begins, as always, with a special season launch at 6:00 on 17 September at which Artistic Director Anthony Baker will introduce the programme and some special guests. Tickets are £2.50 and include nibbles and drinks served in the social space from 5:30.
Starved review at Hope Theatre, London – 'richly written' Michael Black's richly written play about a pair of runaway teens has great potential but sometimes falls flat.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Take a look into the rehearsal room for Two's Company's revival of domestic drama Go Bang Your Tambourine Tuneful trumpets and candlesticks wielded in anger - take a look at our gallery of rehearsal images to get a hint of what you might expect from Philip King's 1970 drama Go Bang Your Tambourine when it opens at Finborough Theatre next month. Book your tickets now!
"Disruptive" programme at Fierce Festival in Birmingham The "UK's leading biennial festival of live art", Fierce has announced the full programme for its 2019 festival, the second under artistic director Aaron Wright. Performances and more will be presented by a line-up of artists featuring "bold new voices and highly acclaimed international practitioners".
ENB at the Bolshoi English National Ballet performed Akram Khan's Giselle on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow as part of the Chekhov International Festival 11-14 July 2019. Artistic Director Tamara Rojo said, "we are so excited to be bringing Akram Khan's Giselle to the Bolshoi Theatre.
Rare portrait of the dancer Nijinsky may leave UK permanently A portrait of the greatest male ballet dancer of the early twentieth century, Vaslav Nijinsky, is at risk of export.
WATCH: Director Patrick Bayele and the cast of How To Save The World tell us how the new play is something we've "not seen anywhere else". Watch the behind the scenes interview with Bayele and his cast, then book your tickets. Devised by the show's company, the modern reinvention of Chekhov's The Seagull play runs at Studio 9294 from 29-31 July 2019.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg - Trafalgar Studios - Casting - What's On Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will reunite for the first time in 18 years this autumn, to star together in the West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Directed by Simon Evans, this production of Peter Nichols' ground breaking bitter sweet comedy opens at Trafalgar Studios in September.
'Expertly draws out the growing anticipation': EQUUS - Trafalgar Studios Equus is an intriguing play, part psychological thriller, part mirror to the human condition and this is an almost thoroughbred production. I'm giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half and it's two hours and 35 including an interval. You can see it at the Trafalgar Studios until 7 September.
We Will Rock You UK and Ireland tour cast announced Casting has been announced for the upcoming tour of We Will Rock You, which opens in September in Bromley. Ian McIntosh will play Galileo alongside Elena Skye as Scaramouche. Jennifer O'Leary will play Killer Queen with Michael McKell as Buddy. Adam Strong will play Khashoggi and David-Michael Johnson will return to the show in the role of Brit.
It's all relative: 4 shows giving new meaning to family-friendly at Camden Fringe Want to bond with your kids? Make theatre with them! That's a lesson these families performing at Camden Fringe have taken to heart. Now in its 14th year, London's alternative to Edinburgh Fringe runs from 29 July and 25 August 2019 with over 300 shows across 30 different venues, including these four.
Coming soon: a Newcastle improv festival There are workshops for beginners, enthusiasts and pros, take-part activities and jams. The festival culminates in the 4 Hour Film Challenge which will see 12 teams of filmmakers and 24 actors charging around the city to make their mini-masterpieces. Shows begin at 12:00 noon and run until late evening.
NEWS: Shan Ako & Lily Kerhoas make their West End theatre debuts in Les Misérables - The Staged Concert They dreamed a dream of performing in the West End and it has come true for Brit School graduate Shan Ako and the Royal Academy of Music’s Lily Kerhoas as they take on the roles of Éponine and Cosette alongside a star-studded cast in Les Misérables – The Staged Concert, running at London’s Gielgud Theatre from 10 August to 30 November...
CAMDEN FRINGE NEWS: Morality and social media get a grilling in Letting Go at The Hen & Chickens Think you're alone on your morning commute? Think again. As Andrew Bruce-Lockhart's new satire Letting Go shows, anyone one could be watching and plotting. Book your tickets now! The bleak, dark comedy runs at The Hen and Chickens Theatre as part of Camden Fringe from 15 to 17 August 2019.
Tickets and UK theatre tour dates for Disney's The Lion King on stage The new live action Lion King movie is released in cinemas across the UK today - but early impressions of the film have been mixed. Since it's release in the States, movie-goers opinions have been split with an early IMDB rating of 6.7/10 neatly summing up the disparate views people have on it thus far.
NEWS: Toby Stephens & Claire Skinner will star in a West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will make their long-awaited returns to the West End stage this autumn in Peter Nichols' play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
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