News in brief


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


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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.


Pippin adds more dates

Monday 24 August 2020


The new production of Pippin at The Garden Theatre sold out its run in just 72 hours and has now added another 8 performances from Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 September.


More details in our previous news story and listing details here.


Beckett Double Bill online

Saturday 8 August 2020


Trevor Nunn's acclaimed productions of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape (starring James Hayes) and The Old Tune (starring Niall Buggy and David Threlfall) opened at Jermyn Street Theatre in January this year.


Plans for a transfer were curtailed when theatres across the UK were closed in March.


But the theatre has now made available an archive recording of this sell-out production.


The double bill is available on Digital Theatre until December 31, by special arrangement with the Beckett Foundation.

Promotional image for the Beckett Double Bill from Jermyn Street Theatre

Image courtesy Jermyn Street Theatre


Amadeus on National Theatre at Home

Friday 10 July 2020


Next week from National Theatre at Home ... Peter Shaffer's iconic play Amadeus.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.


Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it.


Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.


Peter Shaffer's play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.


In this production, directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations, The World of Extreme Happiness), Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 'Master Harold'… and the boys) plays Salieri - with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.


Amadeus will be streaming from 7pm on Thursday 16 July until 7pm on Thursday 23 July 2020 - watch it on the National Theatre's YouTube channel.


Here's the trailer ...


Click for Amadeus trailer

Image courtesy National Theatre


This week on National Theatre at Home

Monday 6 July 2020


Terrence Rattigan's play about longing, loneliness and passion, The Deep Blue Sea, premieres on YouTube from 7pm on Thursday 9 July until 7pm on Thursday 16 July.


When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge.


Here's a taster ...


Click for The Deep Blue Sea trailer

Image courtesy National Theatre


SIX cancelled at Arts Theatre until late September

Wednesday 1 July 2020


Performances of SIX at the West End's Arts Theatre have been cancelled up to and including 27 September 2020.


Your ticket provider will be in touch if you hold bookings for any of the affected performances.


However, SIX is destined to be the first West End musical to perform again after lockdown as part of the Utilita Live From The Drive-In summer shows - read our news item about that here.


Les Blancs from National Theatre at Home

Saturday 27 June 2020


This coming week from National Theatre at Home ...


Yaël Farber directs Les Blancs, the final play by Lorraine Hansberry: a brave, illuminating and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.


Captured by the National Theatre in 2016, the show will be free to stream from 7pm on Thursday 2 July until 9 July 2020 - find it on the National's YouTube channel.


An African country teeters on the edge of civil war.


A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future.


Tshembe, returned home from England for his father's funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.


Here's the trailer ...


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