News in brief


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


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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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Birdsong Online

Friday 26 June 2020


Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong will be released online next week in a new, specially made production using video technology, live performance, sound design and music all woven together to create a unique portrayal of one of the greatest love stories in modern literature.


The show features a star cast including Max Bowden, Stephen Boxer, Tom Kay, Madeleine Knight and Tim Treloar and narration by Sebastian Faulks himself, and marks a one of a kind, special event to mark the 104th anniversary of The Battle of The Somme.


Here's the trailer ...



Birdsong Online will be raising money for The Royal British Legion and is produced by the Original Theatre Company in association with Birdsong Productions Ltd


The show will be released online at 7pm on 1 July and available for 72 hours.


Tickets from £10 - available at the show's website.


Hairspray rescheduled for 2021

Friday 26 June 2020


Hairspray the Musical has been rescheduled to next year with performances now due from 22 April to 28 August 2021 at the London Coliseum.

Hairspray has been rescheduled for 2021 at the London Coliseum

The show will star Michael Ball and Paul Merton and is directed by Jack O'Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell.


If you already hold tickets for cancelled performances, your point of purchase will be in touch about exchanging your tickets for a new date.


And tickets for the new dates will be on general sale from 27 July.


Jermyn Street Theatre closed for rest of 2020

Wednesday 24 June 2020


Sadly, Jermyn Street Theatre has today announced that it will remain closed for the rest of this year.


The venue, which locked its doors on March 13 alongside hundreds of other venues across the country because of the Covid-19 pandemic, has issued a statement expressing that the decision has been made "in the absence of any news from government".


You can watch a statement from artistic director, Tom Littler, here.


£9 million to save 100 theatres

Wednesday 24 June 2020


OffWestEnd has produced two reports exploring concerns of audiences and to present the case for additional government support for independent, alternative and fringe theatres in London.


The venues report suggests the cost of saving 100 theatres might be only £9 million.


Download the reports here.


Coming this week to National Theatre at Home

Sunday 21 June 2020


The Bridge Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be streamed from 7pm on Thursday 25 June until 7pm on 2 July 2020 - find it on the National's YouTube channel.


Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom, in Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedy.


A feuding fairy King and Queen cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives in the forest, to hilarious, but dark, consequences.


Here's the trailer ...



Chickenshed to premiere 'Blowin' in the Wind'

Friday 19 June 2020


From tonight on YouTube, Chickenshed premiere their Spring Show for 2017 - Blowin' in the Wind - the second of six special shows that they have chosen to share online.


Each show depicts young people's responses to the most urgent issues to them.

Image for Blowin' in the Wind from Chickenshed

Image courtesy Chickenshed


Blowin' in the Wind explores the concept of civil rights in a way that acknowledges the specific struggle of particular communities throughout history and in the present day - communities who have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of prejudice and ignorance.


Watch on Chickenshed's YouTube channel.

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