Yellow Earth presents TYPHOON 2017 an international Playreading Festival

Yellow Earth Theatre seeks out, develops and produces quality new plays by East Asian writers who live in the UK and abroad.  This November the company’s TYPHOON festival will give audiences in London the perfect opportunity to experience some of this outstanding work when 8 new plays are given semi-staged readings at the West End’s Soho Theatre and the East End’s Rich Mix.  Typhoon WEST at Soho Theatre features the work of British East Asian writers while Typhoon EAST at Rich Mix presents work by East Asian writers from around the world.

Kumiko Mendl

Yellow Earth’s Artistic Director, Kumiko Mendl says: “We chose the name ‘Typhoon’ because it denotes the power and force of these exciting new plays with their origins in the East.  This November’s programme of new plays all have something fresh to say about contemporary life as East Asians and our place in a fast, evolving and often challenging global world.  They are all well articulated, powerful and often very funny.  Thought provoking and entertaining these plays should get everyone talking.  There will be post-show Q&As with some of the writers present as well as the directors and actors.”

  • There will be a panel discussion at Rich Mix on Saturday November 25th (between the two performances) with amongst others Caroline Jester, programme leader of our Professional Writers’ group who has co-authored and edited the very recent Bloomsbury Press publication ‘Fifty Playwrights on their Craft’ available to purchase at the festival.

Typhoon WEST @ Soho Theatre
November 22nd                 3pm                      Fulfillment                          Jeremy Tiang
November 23rd                  3pm                      Zen                                       Joyce Lee
November 24th                  3pm                      Forgotten遗忘                  Daniel York Loh
Tickets:                               020 7478 0100 www.sohotheatre.com

Venue:                                Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Typhoon EAST @ Rich Mix
November 24th                  7.30pm                A Fable For Now               Wei Yu-Chia
November 25th                  3pm                      Today Is My Birthday       Susan Soon He Stanton
November 25th                  7.30pm                King of the Yees                Lauren Yee
November 26th                  3pm                      American Hwangap          Lloyd Suh

November 26th                  7.30pm                White Pearl                        Anchuli Felicia King
Tickets:                               020 7613 7498 www.richmix.org.uk
Venue:                                Rich Mix, Venue 1 (Upstairs theatre), Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

THE PLAYS and PLAYWRIGHTS:

Typhoon WEST @ SOHO THEATRE

November 22nd – Fulfillment by Jeremy Tiang

Bennett works at an Amazon Fulfilment Center somewhere in America, but she’s writing books instead of selling them.  Her Masters Degree has left her with nothing but student debt and brokendreams. Most of her colleagues in this dead-end job dream of escaping – except Mengru, a Chinese immigrant, who has come to America to learn about capitalism and find a better life here. Can these two women survive in a system that’s rigged against them and what will they have to sacrifice?

Jeremy Tiang’s plays include The Last Days of Limehouse (Yellow Earth) and A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Rep, NYC). He also translates novels and plays from Chinese, most recently Xu Nuo’s A Son Soon (Manchester Royal Exchange). Jeremy’s novel State of Emergency is published by Epigram Books in November 2017.

November 23rd – Zen by Joyce Lee

Caroline slogs away at a boring job in a high street bank while dreaming of a better future; her parents want her to return to Hong Kong and she feels increasingly trapped.  After a violent event interrupts her world, her mind begins to unravel; internal voices propel her into an epic and fantastical journey across the UK where she discovers her past, encounters some pandas and finds some peace.

Joyce Lee started working on Zen at Yellow Earth’s writers’ surgery with dramaturg Drayton Hiers. Having had experience of psychosis, she felt a strong impulse to write a play that would convey to an audience what it’s like to experience hearing voices and seeing hallucinations. Through exploring this mental health issue, she hopes the play might challenge stigma and trigger discussion around this topic.

November 24th – Forgotten 遗忘by Daniel York Loh


  1. Republican China. Times are tough in Horse Shoe Village. Old Six and Second Moon struggle to earn enough to feed their young child. Big Dog struggles to overcome opium addiction and for Eunuch Lin, the fall of the Imperial Dynasty couldn’t have come at a worse time. Could a fierce war far away in Europe present an opportunity?

Forgotten (忘) is inspired by the little known story of the 140,000 strong Chinese Labour Corps who left everything to work behind the front lines during WW1

Daniel York is an actor and writer. He has performed at the RSC, National Theatre and Donmar Warehouse. His play The Fu Manchu Complex ran at Ovalhouse. Along with composer Craig Adams, he won the 2016 Perfect Pitch award to create an original stage musical, Sinking Water.  He also features in the UK best-selling essay collection, The Good Immigrant.

Typhoon [email protected]
November 24th – A Fable For Now by Wei Yu-Chia

A Fable for Now is a collection of imaginary short stories set in the not so distant future; stories that are a deliberate jumble of moral lessons that could be seen as relevant and meaningful or irrelevant and meaningless. They feature a menagerie of human beings, a polar bear and other talking animals to explore the earth’s political climate.

Wei Yu-Chia has a Masters in Playwriting from Taiwan University’s Drama Department. A Secular Fable won the 2014 Taiwanese Literature Award for Playwriting and was produced in 2016 under the title . Her other plays include Mama/Popstar (2015 Taipei Literature Award for Playwriting – Merit) and A Child From Nankoku (2017 New Taipei Award for Playwriting – Merit).


November 25th – Today Is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton

Emily is a would-be writer whose bubble life in New York City has popped. Finding her homelife chaotic and unfulfilling, she becomes strangely activated after creating a sassy alter-ego for radio. Told through a playful mix of live radio, voicemail and phone calls, this is a quirky comedy about a life with a thousand friends on Facebook but no one to have dinner with on Saturday night.

Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include We, the Invisibles, Takarazuka!!! and SEEK.  Most recently, she worked in London as a staff writer for the TV series Succession on HBO. She is a two-time Sundance Institute Theater Lab Resident Playwright. She has developed work at the Public Theater, Kennedy Center, NYTW and Disney Creative Entertainment. Today is My Birthday will have its world premiere at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC this  November.


November 25th – King of the Yees by Lauren Yee

 For nearly 20 years Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolete Chinese American men’s club formed 150 years ago.  But when her father goes missing, Lauren plunges into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown to confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of theYees is an epic joyride across cultural, national and familial borders.

Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and will soon be seen in San Francisco and Ottawa, Canada.  Her work has been produced in many theatres across the US; she recently won the National Arts Club 2017 Kesselring Prize for her play In A Word which was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick and joins past winner Tony Kushner.  Lauren’s work includes Ching Chong Chinaman (2010) and a number of Off-Broadway plays including The Hatmaker’s Wife.  Her latest, The Great Leap, made the US 2017 Kilroys List which honours plays by women.

November 26th – American Hwangap by Lloyd Suh

Steeped in the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation, American Hwangap tells the story of Min Suk Chun, who some 15 years earlier left his family in a West Texas suburb to return to his native Korea. On the occasion of his 60th birthday (hwangap), a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac and a type of rebirth, he returns to his ex-wife and now adult children as they struggle to reconcile their broken past with the mercurial, verbose and often exasperating patriarch now back at the head of the table.

Lloyd Suh is a member of New York’s Ma-Yi Theatre; American Hwangap has been produced by Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Ma-Yi/Play Co. (NYC), Halcyon/A-Squared (Chicago), Tanghalang Pilipino (Manila) and PCPA (Seoul). Other plays include Charles Francis Chan, Jr, Jesus in India, The Wong Kids.

 November 26th – White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King

The management team at Clearday™ scramble to deal with a PR disaster after a leaked Chinese advertisement goes viral. Casual blackmail, allegations of corruption and a clash of philosophies fuel this darkly comedic boardroom drama about toxic ideas and the complexity of Pan-Asian relations.

Anchuli Felicia King is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent whose areas of interest include emerging technologies, VFX and projection design, and writing for performance. As a playwright, she explores linguistic hybrids, digital cultures and issues of global urgency.  www.anchulifeliciaking.com

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FIRST LOOK: Production images for The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse

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First Look: Production Photos: Venus In Fur Starring Natalie Dormer And David Oakes

Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone programs day of events in response to the Weinstein revelations

Vicky Featherstone
Vicky Featherstone

Vicky Featherstone

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director Royal Court Theatre;

 “Following last week’s revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein it is time to confront the abuses of power that have been occurring in our own industry for years.

I tweeted last week to ask what we should be doing and I was overwhelmed by the open and candid response from the many people who got in touch with me, sharing their stories and suggesting courses of action. What shocked me most was how many of those who approached me were fearful they’d be named and also of the significant negative implications speaking out could have for them. Despite those fears they wanted to have their voices heard to prevent such abuses happening to those coming after them. 

 Having set up and led major arts organisations over the last 20 years I have always had very clear policies on how to manage such abuses of power and how to empower my staff to have the confidence in dealing with and reporting such issues.

 Last year at the Royal Court we had a company-wide meeting – a Town Hall, on sexual harassment in the theatre. The outcome of this session was a mutually agreed verbal code of conduct that all Royal Court staff are very clear on. One which eliminates the so-called grey areas that so often allow people to get away with abuses of power. That session gave those who are subject to such abuses clear avenues to confidently take further action. 

 Sexual harassment, predominately carried out by those in power to people in positions junior to them, is systemic. It is across every part of our society.  If it is not dealt with in an open way we have no hope of change, and change must happen.

 On Saturday 28 October, 2017 we will be holding two events – an industry-wide Town Hall session, to pass on what we have learnt and the policies we agreed on from it, and to learn best practise from our peers. And a sharing – where those of you who wish to have your stories heard can have a space for them to be told. This event will be curated by Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison drawing on the input of many of you who have so brilliantly offered up your support.

 The Royal Court exists to tell the stories that are otherwise unheard. We have therefore created an online forum where you can safely, and (if you choose), anonymously tell us your stories. Whether you consider it a big or small thing, if someone in a position of power over you has made you feel sexually compromised, or at all uncomfortable, then be brave, tell us what happened. We will take care of your story.

 As Erica Whyman said today in her article in The Stage ‘I have a responsibility to make our theatre a place where none of us needs to think twice before calling out and addressing behaviour that we all already know is unacceptable’

So come on let’s end this bullshit“

#speakout #greyareanomore

For more details on the events mentioned and to tell your story see https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/no-grey-area-your-stories-heard/

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FIRST LOOK: Production images: Young Marx

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UK Theatre Awards 2017: A blow by blow account

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Guildhall, City of London: The Crypts

12.30pm I arrive at the Guildhall, London and head for the drinks reception in the Crypts. It’s quite posh. I have a glass of champagne and bump into theatre critic Mark Shenton. “Hello! I’m surprised you managed to fit this in between all your meetings,” he says, laughing. We have a quick gossip.

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Mark Shenton

12.45pm I mingle and bump into critics Lyn Gardner and Fiona Mountford, which is nice. “What on earth are you doing here!?,” Lyn says. I wouldn’t miss it for the world – congratulations, Mrs. I say. Bless.

12.55pm A man from Scottish Ballet asks me to take his photo around forty times – because the lighting is not flattering. I oblige. Great days.

1.00pm Everyone is having lunch. Here is the menu.

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(I was afforded a cheese roll, a banana and a Kit Kat. Beggars can’t be choosers.

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Guildhall, City of London: The Great Hall.

1.30pm The guy from Scottish Ballet appears. “I need somewhere to throw up my gum,” he says to me and the chap from UK Theatre. Words fail me. I suggest a bin around the corner.

2.00pm It’s starting. I think.

2.05pm Oh here comes Gemma Bodinetz who has won the Best Director award for artistic directorship of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse’s new repertory season. “I’m looking forward to the whole thing now: I can get drunk,” she says. Amazing.

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Gemma Bodinetz

2.08pm “Yayyy Gemma!” Shrinking violet Sam Hodges is gate crashing my interview, which is a bit annoying. Oh well, he’s charismatic.

2.14pm Anyway, why is today so important to Gemma? “I’m absolutely thrilled…  It’s taken me 14 years to win this award. It’s a very important thing for us as an organisation,” she states.

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Samuel Hodges chatting away

2.16pm Let’s have a quick chat with Nuffield Southampton Theatres Sam Hodges then. He has just picked up the Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Why is today so important for him and this production, I ask. “It’s a massive deal; it was a glorious show. We’d never done anything on this scale and arguably we shouldn’t have – luckily our board backed this decision fully and this is the icing on the cake,” he says, smiling.

2.18pm I lose the thread of what’s going on and before I know it along comes actor Joseph Millson who has won Best Performance in a Play. What is it about regional theatre that is sexy? “I am hugely devoted to the supporting of local and regional theatres; it saved my life when I grew up in the middle of nowhere,” he says. “Even if it hadn’t doesn’t make you an actor – it gives young people such an independence.” He continues. “There’s something so individual and so much expression. If everyone just bought one ticket a year at their local theatre then everybody could reap the benefits.”

2.25pm I have a glass of white wine. 7/10.

2.30pm Sharon Duncan-Brewster has deservedly won Best Supporting Performance for A Streetcar Named Desire at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. “A lot of people do not venture out to do any work outside of London, so when I was asked to be in Streetcar I thought the only role I could play is the negro woman,” she says, candidly. What does this win mean to her? “Every city or town that I go perform in, there are people who look like me in the theatre and its time they saw themselves represented on stage,” she says. “I would love to see more of the amazing diverse work happening out in regional theatre coming into London,” she pauses and has a little cry. We have a hug.

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Sharon Duncan-Brewster

2.41pm I run to the toilet and bump into West End Producer Nica Burns(!) She looks fierce in a white gown- I am too scared to talk to her, which is a shame.

2.45pm Best Touring Production went to The Who’s Tommy, which was co-produced by New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Ramps on the Moon. The two organisations also received the award for Promotion of Diversity for their groundbreaking work in the inclusion and integration of deaf and disabled individuals. Here comes the Former Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael. What more needs to be done on the diversity front, going forward? “We need continue making inclusive show because they are so exciting – we’ve got to keep winning awards which aren’t just about inclusion but are about high-quality art,” he says. Indeed.

3.00pm There is a break. Everyone has a chat, dessert and more wine.

3.25pm Sheffield Theatres’ production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which will open at London’s Apollo Theatre in November, wins Best Musical Production. John McCrea, who plays the eponymous role of Jamie, won the award for Best Performance in a Musical. Here come the boys.

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie lads

3.30pm I have a quick photo with John McCrea who is wearing a rather fetching scarf indoors. ‘Trendy’.

3.34pm Personality vortex Freddie Fox appears with Playwright Sir David Hare. Hare is the recipient of the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts from The Shakespeare Guild. We have a photo (I’m really very shy) and I collar Freddie for a chat. “Stories need to be told everywhere all over the country and the world. Not just London. It’s a chance to be heard and seen and celebrated – it clearly means an awful lot to many people,” he says.

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Freddie Fox and Sir David Hare

3.40pm I decide to have another glass of wine. ‘Lol’.

4.00pm Lyn Gardner is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award and so actual Emma Rice is here to introduce her. That’s pretty amazing. The whole thing feels quite exciting now.

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4.03pm “A critic being honoured by the theatre industry? John Osborne once suggested most of you are supposed to feel towards people like me: “a lamp-post feels about dogs.”” Gardner says, which gets a big laugh. She continues. “If you want to see theatre’s future, then get on a train,” she says. The whole place erupts into applause. Inspirational.

4.10pm Lyn Gardner walks up to me clutching her award. I ask her how would she describe her state of mind? “Discombobulated,” she says. Why is this annual event so significant for the sector, I enquire. “Quite simply, too often regional theatre is not as celebrated as it should be. Regional theatre is a thing in itself – it is not simply a training ground or somewhere where people begin their careers until they move to London. It’s where the vast majority of the population live,” she says, emphatically. She’s got a point. Also, Surely she should get an OBE soon – Billington has one.

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Emma Rice and Lyn Gardner

4.12pm Emma Rice looks uncomfortable and our eyes meet. As someone who is moving forward with a regional company (Wise Children), why do you think regional theatre should be celebrated, I ask quickly. She smiles, enigmaticly. “At Kneehigh – we lived by the Joan Miró quote “To be universal, you also have to be local” – you find communities with stories to tell and friends that they want to tell them with. That’s integrity and that’s the real deal,” she says.

4.15pm What a day. The ceremony concludes and I go and find somewhere to eat a burger.

The end.

Find out more about UK Theatre at UKTheatre.org

UK THEATRE AWARDS 2017 WINNERS

The Renee Stepham Award For Best Presentation Of Touring Theatre

Nuffield Southampton Theatres for the world premiere touring musical production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Best Show for Children and Young People

The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre

Best Director

Gemma Bodinetz, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse new repertory season

Best Touring Production

The Who’s Tommy, New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon

Best Supporting Performance

Sharon Duncan-Brewster, A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange Theatre

Best Performance in a Play

Joseph Millson, The Rover, Royal Shakespeare Company

Best New Play

Narvik by Lizzie Nunnery

Theatre Employee Of The Year

Jane Claire, English Touring Theatre and Liz Leck, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust

Clothworkers’ Theatre Award

Derby Theatre

Best Design

Jon Bausor, The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic

Achievement in Dance

Scottish Ballet for the European premiere of Crystal Pite’s striking one-act ballet Emergence

Promotion of Diversity

New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon for their groundbreaking work in the inclusion and integration of deaf and disabled individuals

Achievement in Opera

Scottish Opera, Pelléas And Mélisande

Gielgud Award

David Hare

Best Performance in a Musical

John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

Best Musical Production

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 with Smooth Radio

The Mill at Sonning

Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development

Scottish Ballet for its Digital Season in April 2017

Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre 2017

Lyn Gardner

Uk Theatre Awards 2017 Winners Announced

John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

  • Sheffield Theatres’ production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie wins Best Musical Production and Best Performance In A Musical
  • Narvik, by Lizzie Nunnery, wins Best New Play
  • Gemma Bodinetz named Best Director
  • The Mill at Sonning crowned winner of UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award with Smooth Radio for second year running
  • Lyn Gardner receives Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre
  • David Hare collects Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts
  • AK Bennett-Hunter Award for Backstage Journalism announced

UK Theatre has announced the winners of the UK Theatre Awards 2017 – the only awards to honour outstanding achievement in performing, producing and management in theatres throughout the United Kingdom. The awards were hosted by Sharon D Clarke.

Sheffield Theatres’ production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which will open at London’s Apollo Theatre in November, was named Best Musical Production. John McCrea, who plays the eponymous role of Jamie, won the award for Best Performance in a Musical. Jon Bausor received the prize for Best Design for his work on Bristol Old Vic’s musical The Grinning Man.

In the play categories, Lizzie Nunnery’s Narvik was named Best New Play, while Gemma Bodinetz collected the prize for Best Director for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse repertory season. Joseph Millson won Best Performance in a Play for his portrayal of Willmore in The Rover, while Sharon Duncan-Brewster received Best Supporting Performance for A Streetcar Named Desire at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Best Touring Production went to The Who’s Tommy, which was co-produced by New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Ramps on the Moon. The two organisations also received the award for Promotion of Diversity for their groundbreaking work in the inclusion and integration of deaf and disabled individuals. New Vic Theatre’s production The Snow Queen was named Best Show for Children and Young People.

In the opera and dance categories, Scottish Ballet won Achievement in Dance for the European premiere of Crystal Pite’s Emergence. The Achievement in Opera Award went to Scottish Opera for their production of Pelléas And Mélisande.

In the awards for off-stage excellence, Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development went to Scottish Ballet for its Digital Season in April 2017. The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre went to Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the award for Theatre Employee Of The Year was shared by Liz Leck from Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust and Jane Claire from English Touring Theatre.

Arts journalist Lyn Gardner collected the Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre Award; Lyn was the first critic to receive the prestigious prize. Playwright David Hare received the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts from The Shakespeare Guild.

The Mill at Sonning was announced as the overall winner of the public vote for UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 with Smooth Radio for the second year running.  Most Welcoming Theatre, which is the only award voted for by the public, is an unparalleled opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre. This year more than 40,000 votes were cast, a new record.

The £150,000 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award was given to Derby Theatre, as part of the Foundation’s five-year £1.25 million programme to support the dramatic arts. The award can be used for anything from capital works to sponsoring a touring production, but it must be used for a specific purpose and may not be added to the theatre’s general funds. A different region in England is selected each year.

Speaking at the Awards, UK Theatre President Fiona Allan announced the inaugural AK Bennett-Hunter Award for Backstage Journalism. Established in memory of former TMA / UK Theatre President, Ken Bennett-Hunter, the AK Bennett-Hunter Award for Backstage Journalism will help meet the need for more journalists who can tell the story of backstage and technical theatre. The Award is a partnership between The Stage, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Stage Management Association, Skillscene, the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre. The Award consists of £2,000 of financial support, a year of mentoring from established journalists and expert backstage practitioners, behind-the-scenes access, introductions and networking opportunities, and publication in The Stage, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre websites, ABTT’s Sightline and the SMA’s Cueline magazine and website.

Find out more about UK Theatre at UKTheatre.org

UK THEATRE AWARDS 2017 WINNERS

The Renee Stepham Award For Best Presentation Of Touring Theatre

Nuffield Southampton Theatres for the world premiere touring musical production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Best Show for Children and Young People

The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre

Best Director

Gemma Bodinetz, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse new repertory season

Best Touring Production

The Who’s Tommy, New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon

Best Supporting Performance

Sharon Duncan-Brewster, A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange Theatre

Best Performance in a Play

Joseph Millson, The Rover, Royal Shakespeare Company

Best New Play

Narvik by Lizzie Nunnery

Theatre Employee Of The Year

Jane Claire, English Touring Theatre and Liz Leck, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust

Clothworkers’ Theatre Award

Derby Theatre

Best Design

Jon Bausor, The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic

Achievement in Dance

Scottish Ballet for the European premiere of Crystal Pite’s striking one-act ballet Emergence

Promotion of Diversity

New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon for their groundbreaking work in the inclusion and integration of deaf and disabled individuals

Achievement in Opera

Scottish Opera, Pelléas And Mélisande

Gielgud Award

David Hare

Best Performance in a Musical

John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

Best Musical Production

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 with Smooth Radio

The Mill at Sonning

Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development

Scottish Ballet for its Digital Season in April 2017

Outstanding Contribution To British Theatre 2017

Lyn Gardner

 

Nicholas Hytner & Nick Starr welcomed the first ever audience to the newly built Bridge Theatre

Tonight (Saturday 14 October 2017Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr welcomed the first ever audience to the newly built Bridge Theatre situated on the river by Tower Bridge and City Hall.  In advance of official previews beginning next week (18 October 2017), tonight an audience of Bridge and Young Bridge members were invited to try out the building for the first time.

As well as seeing Young Marx, the opening production at the Bridge – a new play by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, directed by Nicholas Hytner – the audience of over nine hundred people experienced the theatre’s in-house bar, café and up to date facilities.

The flagship theatre of the London Theatre Company, the Bridge is London’s first theatre of scale to be added to London’s commercial theatre stock in eighty years.

London Theatre Company commissioned the new theatre from architect Steve Tompkins and his colleague Roger Watts from Haworth Tompkins.  The Bridge auditorium is a collaboration between Haworth TompkinsLTC and Tait Stage Technologies.

 Celebrity Readers and Much Loved Stories announced for Winter’s Tales at Print Room at the Coronet

  • Festive celebration of classic and contemporary stories for 6-12 year olds and their families
  • Readers to Include Mel Giedroyc, Emeli Sandé, Penelope Wilton, Ben Okri, Toby Stephens, Jamie Glover, Tom Hollander And Shappi Khorsandi

Details of Print Room at the Coronet’s Winter’s Tales have today been revealed. A stellar line up of well-known names will read their favourite festive stories. During the first week of December, classic and contemporary tales will be brought to life for children and families in the beautiful and intimate setting of the Coronet.

On Wednesday 6 December Mel Giedroyc, best known as one half of duo Mel & Sue original co-hosts of The Great British Bake Off, will read Agatha Christie’s The Adventure of the Christmas Puddingfollowed by BRIT Award-winning singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé (7 December) treating audiences to one of her favourite childhood tales. Penelope Wilton (8 December), the Olivier Award-winning actress widely known as Isabel Crawley in Downton Abbey, takes to the stage with select stories from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Poet and novelist, Ben Okri will be performing a new story, written especially forWinter’s Tales (9 December). British actor, Toby Stephens, will end the first week, reading the Roald Dahl classic and family favourite, The Twits (10 December)Completing the lineup will be BAFTA Award-winning actor Tom Hollander, comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi and Jamie Glover.  Further details will be announced shortly.

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Tickets for all events can be found here,

Winter’s Tales is supporting Give a Book, a local charity gifting books to a wide range of people who might otherwise not have access to them in schools, prisons and other organisations. 20 free tickets per performance will also be offered to local schools, via Give a Book, particularly those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Winter’s Tales will also help to raise funds and awareness for the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation Grenfell Tower fund. The K&C Foundation is an independent local charity and 100% of the money it receives for the fund will support the residents who lived in Grenfell Tower and others affected from the local community.

Mel Giedroyc shot to fame in the 1990s as one half of comedy duo Mel and Sue. She presented The Great British Bake Off for seven years and has recently graced our screens on Pitch Battle for BBC, Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief and Let it Shine also for the BBC.  She can be heard through the radio waves on Magic FM.

Jamie Glover is currently starring in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), further theatre includes: What’s In A Name? (Birmingham Rep); The Rehearsal, An Ideal Husband, If Only (Chichester Festival Theatre); Donkey’s Years (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello). Film includes: Woody Allen London Project, These Foolish Things, Sacred Life and Closing Numbers.

Tom Hollander has worked extensively for across stage and screen. His theatre credits include Travesties (Apollo Theatre), A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); Landscape with Weapon (National Theatre), The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar); King Lear, Tartuffe and The Government Inspector (Almeida). On screen he’s known for The Night ManagerRevThe Thick of It and Pride and Prejudice. Tom makes regular appearances on American Dad and Family Guy.

Shappi Khorsandi is an internationally acclaimed comedian. She has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and many more TV and Radio Shows.  She has written two books A Beginners Guide To Acting English and the highly acclaimed novel Nina is Not OK both with Ebury Press.

Ben Okri OBE is a poet, novelist and playwright and has published many books, including The Famished Road, which won the Booker prize in 1991. His work has been translated into 26 languages and has won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinazane Cavour Prize.

The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding in 1995.

Emeli Sandé, MBE, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Her critically acclaimed number one record, Our Version Of Events, was the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1.. The Aberdonian scored three UK number 1 singles and the track; ‘Next to Me’ was certified platinum in the U.S with over 1.5 million singles sold. Sandé has won numerous accolades including 4 Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album and British Female Solo Artist in both 2013 and 2017) as well as awards from Q Magazine, Elle, Harpers and GQ.  The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Giggs, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Toby Stephens is an English actor who has recently completed filming Lost in Space for Netflix – playing the leading role of John Robinson. The series is due for launch in 2018.  Previous stage work includes Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre and Gielgud Theatre), Danton’s Death (NT), The Real Thing (Old Vic), A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse), Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse), Japes (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Country Wife(Theatre Royal Haymarket), Wallenstein (RSC), Unfinished Business (RSC), Tamburlaine (RSC), The Pilate Workshop (RSC), Hamlet – title role (RSC), Measure for Measure (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Coriolanus – title role (RSC). Recent film work includes 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziThe Journey and Hunter Killer (due for release.)

Dame Penelope Wilton was born in Scarborough and has worked extensively for over 50 years in the classical theatre, film and television. Her film career includes roles in The BFGThe French Lieutenant’s WomanCalendar Girls and Shaun of the Dead. Her television acting career included several major TV roles starring opposite Richard Briers in Ever Decreasing Circles, playing Homily in The Borrowers and, more recently, for her role as Isobel Crawley in the ITV drama Downton Abbey. In 2015 Penelope won an Olivier Award for her performance in Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

LISTINGS

6 – 10 December 2017
Winters Tales 
Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB
www.the-print-room.org
020 3642 6606

6 December 2017, 6pm
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
Read by Mel Giedroyc
(10-12 years)

7 December 2017, 2pm
Title to be announced.
Read by Emeli Sandé

8 December 2017, 2pm
Stories from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne 
Read by Penelope Wilton
(5-7 years)

9 December, 6pm
A brand new story – Title to be announced.
Read by Ben Okri
(5-7 years)

10 December 2017, 6pm
The Twits by Roald Dahl
Read by Toby Stephens
(7 – 12 years)

PRICING

Adults                                                                                           £15.50

Child/Concessions                                                                 £12.50

Family ticket

(4 tickets including 2 children, 2 full price adults)               £49

School Groups booking

(For every 10 tickets 1 teacher/adult goes free)                     £8.50

(NB School must provide an accompanying adult per 10 to 15 children)