News in brief


Below are some shorter news items we've covered recently.


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Nimax announces closures

Tuesday 15 December 2020


Nimax Theatres has announced closure of all its venues from 16 December 2020 to 8 January 2021 owing to London being put into tier 3 restrictions to combat the coronavirus outbreak.


Nimax operates 6 theatres in the West End:


Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Vaudeville Theatre, Strand


If you hold tickets for any of the shows which were due during the dates above, the ticketing team will be in touch with you about your booking.


Dick Whittington streaming free

Thursday 10 December 2020


It's been a difficult year for panto, with many theatres in London and across the UK having to cancel their planned festive productions.

Dick Whittington streaming from the National Theatre

Image courtesy National Theatre


However, panto is heading to the National Theatre's newly transformed Olivier Theatre from 11 December to 23 January.


Originally commissioned by the Lyric Theatre Hammermsith, Ned Bennett directs this new version of the classic tale which has been specially updated for 2020 by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd.


Though some performances are already sold out, there are still tickets to be snapped up - with Friday Rush tickets at £10 and standard prices starting at £20, but all tickets must be booked online.


There's also some welcome news for those who can't make it in person as the National be streaming the show for FREE from 3pm on 23 December to midnight on 27 December on the National's YouTube channel.


So, while the UK covid restrictions ease over Christmas, you'll be able to get some of the special magic that is panto.


Dick Whittington at the National

Friday 23 October 2020


Pantos are rather thin on the ground this year, but the National Theatre is bringing the genre to its trasnformed Olivier stage in the guise of Dick Whittington (a version originally commissioned by the Lyric Hammersmith).


Updated for 2020 by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd, Ned Bennett directs the production which will run from 11 December to 23 January.


Public booking opens on Wednesday 4 November, at noon.


The National's Dick Whittington page is here.

Dick Whittington at the National Theatre

Image courtesy National Theatre


Everybody's Talking About Jamie to reopen

Friday 23 October 2020


Everybody's Talking About Jamie is scheduled to be the first of the West End's major musicals to restart performances.


The show will reopen at the Apollo Theatre from 28 November and is currently booking until 28 February 2021.


Inspired by a true story, the show follows Jamie New, a sixteen year-old who lives on a council estate and doesn't quite fit in.


Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.


Noah Thomas, Melissa Jacques, Sejal Keshwala, Hiba Elchikhe, Gillian Ford and Phil Nichol as Hugo/Loco Chanelle, lead the show's return back to the West End, with a twenty-five strong company and a nine-piece band.


The Apollo Theatre will operate strictly under the government's Tier 2 rules - more information is available here.


Click for Everybody's Talking About Jamie 2020 Trailer

Image courtesy Nimax Theatres


The Dumb Waiter - Hampstead Theatre

Wednesday 7 October 2020


Hampstead Theatre will soon be back in action as the venue announces its production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter which will run from 18 November to 19 December 2020.

The Dumb Waiter at Hampstead Theatre

Image courtesy Hampstead Theatre


The show premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre's first ever season way back in 1960 and now makes a highly anticipated and welcome return home for its 60th Anniversary Production.


Priority Booking is already open for Patrons, Friends and Downstairs Club members with public booking opening on Wednesday 14 October at 10am.


As you'd expect, the venue is complying with social distancing and other safety requirements - more details and booking link here.


Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard

Monday 28 September 2020


Sunday October 25 will see the announcement of the winners of the Olivier Awards 2020 with Mastercard.


A special programme will transmit the event (taking place at the London Palladium) to be broadcast on Magic radio and ITV.


Most of the show is scheduled to be recorded owing to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus epidemic.


Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre and Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards, Julian Bird, said ...


"We are excited to be able to honour this year's nominees and winners during a very difficult time for our industry, and demonstrate the outstanding talent we have in our theatre sector in the UK.


Coming together to celebrate their achievements feels more poignant now than ever before as we all fight collectively to save our theatre industry.


I hope that everyone working in, or simply missing the theatre, will join us on the 25 October to celebrate last year's achievements and remain hopeful for our future".


With few new productions appearing during 2020, the next outing for the Olivier Awards is expected to be in April 2022.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane postponed

Friday 4 September 2020


The National Theatre's production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which was due to transfer to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre from 31 October 2020, has now been postponed until next year.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane at National Theatre

Image courtesy National Theatre - illustration by Nicolas Delort


Preview performances will now commence from 23 October 2021 with press night on 4 November 2021 and booking until 12 February 2022.


Tickets for the 2021 performance dates will go on public sale at 12pm on Friday 2 October 2020.


As with all other cancellations and postponements we've encountered over the past few months, ticket holders for the original dates will be contacted with details of credit vouchers, or refunds.


A Christmas Carol cancelled

Wednesday 2 September 2020


Another Christmas show gets the cancellation treatment as theatres face difficulties in delivering large-scale productions ...

A Christmas Carol at the London Coliseum

Image courtesy London Coliseum


Due at the London Coliseum from 1 to 6 December 2020, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra's production of A Christmas Carol has been cancelled due to the continuing situation with the COVID-19 epidemic and the subsequent restrictions on indoor performances.


LMTO say they are working to bring the show to the stage as soon as possible, and those who have already booked tickets for the show will be contacted by the box office regarding refunds.


Squad Goals at Dagenham and Redbridge FC ...

Wednesday 2 September 2020


Here's a little more about Squad Goals - a brand-new immersive show from Caspa Productions, which gets its world premiere at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Ground (click the image below for the promo video).


Cast photo linking to promovideo for Squad Goals

Photo courtesy Caspa Productions


Read more about the show and find listing information in our full news item.


Singing Proud at the Stanley Halls

Wednesday 26 August 2020


Singing Proud at the Stanley Hall

Directed and presented by Sharon Ballard and Tanya Edwards, Singing Proud will be an evening of music showcasing black performers from London's West End!


The show will be performed for one night only on 10 September and aims to raise money for the actors benevolent fund and The Stanley Halls, a Grade II listed, charity run Edwardian arts venue in South London who are known to showcase and support minority artists.


There are limited tickets available for a socially distanced audience and the event will also stream live.


Book here.

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