Nottingham Playhouse announces casting for world premiere Lava on stage next month

Ted Reilly
Ted Reilly

Ted Reilly

  • Full casting for new play from award-winning writer James Fritz announced
  • Lava is Nottingham Playhouse’s first Neville Studio production under Adam Penford’s tenure as artistic director
  • EastEnders star Ted Reilly to take lead role as Vin

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse and Fifth Word has announced the full cast for its first Neville Studio production under the artistic direction of Adam Penford.

Lava, directed by Angharad Jones and written by award-winning playwright James Fritz(Ross & Rachel, Parliament Square), takes a timely look relationships, young people and a world that makes little sense – in a story set during a natural disaster.

Safiyya Ingar

Safiyya Ingar

A small asteroid has hit the capital city. Thousands have been displaced. And in a town far away, a young man called Vin (Ted Reilly) is finding it hard to talk.

The only person who seems to notice is Rachel (Safiyya Ingar), who resolves to find out what’s troubling him and help him find his voice again. But when Rach’s family take in the articulate and charismatic survivor of the asteroid incident, Vin’s silence is no longer her first priority.

Emma Pallant

Emma Pallant

Joining Reilly and Ingar on stage will be Nottingham-born Emma Pallant as Vin’s mum Vicky and Fred Fergus as Rachel’s friend Jamie.

Fifth Word is an associate company at Nottingham Playhouse run by joint artistic directors Laura Ford and Angharad Jones that produces and tours ambitious new plays from the most exciting voices around the UK. Its work focusses on shining a light on unheard stories that entertain, emotionally engage and spark debate in younger audiences.

Fred Fergus

Fred Fergus

Fiona Buffini, associate director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Lava is our fourth collaboration with Fifth Word, reflecting our commitment both to staging excellent new writing and to helping local companies develop.”

Angharad Jones, joint artistic director at Fifth Word and director of Lava, said: “Lava is a really exciting new play from James Fritz that I think will really connect with people. It’s funny, moving and bold and I think particularly right for 2018 when sometimes we struggle to make sense of the world and how we communicate about the difficult things that happen.”

Lava runs from Friday 15 to Saturday 30 June 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse, Neville Studio, with matinees at 2pm and evening performances at 7.45pm.

Nottingham Playhouse

Tickets are priced £15.50 (£14 concessions)

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Full cast biographies:

Ted Reilly – Theatre: Heretic Voices: Dean McBride (Arcola Theatre); Plaques and Tangles; Vera Vera Vera (Royal Court); Things That Make No Sense; The Test; A Bigger Banner (Red Ladder);

TV: EastEnders; Call the Midwife; Casualty (BBC); Hetty Feather (CBBC); Grantchester (ITV);

Safiyya Ingar – Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall);

Emma Pallant – A Christmas Carol (Royal Shakespeare Company); William Wordsworth (English Touring Theatre/Theatre by the Lake); The Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston);

Fred Fergus – Julius Caesar (The Bridge Theatre); Rebel Angel (Old Operating Theatre Museum, London); One Night Stand (Siberian Lights)


New Commercial Production Company ADAM BLANSHAY PRODUCTIONS Launched

Adam Blanshay and Edward Johnson. Photo by Michèle Dernis.
Adam Blanshay and Edward Johnson. Photo by Michèle Dernis.

Adam Blanshay and Edward Johnson. Photo by Michèle Dernis.

  • The official launch of a new commercial production company on 22nd May 2018
  • Work to take place in the UK, London, Broadway and Australia, with current productions including Angels in America (Broadway), Notre Dame De Paris (London Coliseum) and Consent (Harold Pinter Theatre)

Producer Adam Blanshay announced the launch of his new production company Adam Blanshay Productions with producer Edward Johnson. The company will produce world-class theatre and entertainment across all major commercial markets – including the UK, London, the US, Broadway and Australia. Prior to this Adam produced and co-produced over 50 productions worldwide, including: Kinky BootsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway/US Tour; Sunny Afternoon in the West End; the Broadway revival of The Color Purple; as well as the Australian production of Matilda The Musical.

Current and recent projects include: co-producing credits for Angels in America on Broadway, The Colour Purple US tour, The Winslow BoyUK tour, Consent at the Harold Pinter Theatre, as well as Quartet UK tour and A Long Way From Home playing across London venues.

ABP most recently announced the return of Notre Dame De Paris at London Coliseum 23rd27th January 2019, in co-production with Nicolas Talar for Enzo Products Ltd. Based on the novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, this stage spectacular features an internationally acclaimed cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and a live orchestra, as well as unforgettable music composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon. The original French production will be performed in London with English surtitles.

Adam Blanshay hails from Montreal, Canada, and is the recipient of five Tony Awards, six Olivier Awards, and one Helpmann Award. He was awarded the ADL’s Future of Broadway Award, sits on the board of The Segal Center for the Performing Arts in Montreal and has a degree from McGill University.

Associate producer Edward Johnson studied at the University of Exeter and, since graduating in 2013, has produced, co-produced and directed an extensive number of musicals and plays which have toured UK and International theatres. Edward is also an alumnus of the Stage One New Producers Scheme.

Jonathan Brindley joined the ABP team this year as a producing assistant. Jonathan originally trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School, and has spent the last two years working in theatre management for Ambassador Theatre Group. Before joining ABP in January he co-founded the theatre company Lost the Plot Theatrical Limited.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical will move to earlier weekday start time from September 2018

Royal Shakespeare Companys Matilda The Musical.

  • Evening weekday performances will start at 7pm following audience survey
  • Matilda The Musical is now booking until 20 October 2019 at the Cambridge Theatre as the show celebrates its eight-millionth customer

Following a review of new audience research carried out on behalf of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical it is announced today that from 12 September all evening weekday performances of the award-winning musical will begin at 7pm (Tuesday-Friday).

The survey found that the majority of London theatre-bookers surveyed gave several reasons for a preferred earlier start time for a night at the theatre, including:

  • There would be more time to socialise after the show rather than rush home, allowing theatregoers to make the most of London’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene.
  • For those who commute to London, it can be stressful to see a West End show if they are worried about missing their last train home.
  • Parents said it would be easier to arrange a night out without their children if they could get home earlier and not worry about keeping a babysitter waiting up too late.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by 8 million people worldwide, having toured to 64 cities and played more than 5800 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Matilda The Musical will have its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea from September 2018.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical UK and Ireland Tour is running alongside the ongoing West End production which is now playing its seventh year in London. The tour began performances in March at Leicester Curve and is currently playing at Sunderland Empire Theatre until 2 June. The show will also play Milton Keynes Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Manchester, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Edinburgh Playhouse, The Bristol Hippodrome, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Norwich Theatre Royal.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.

Matilda The Musical swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and won four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway. The North America production toured 52 cities. The Australian and New Zealand production won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, and played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland. The show broke further records in July 2016 by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision byChristopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.


Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU

Booking until 20 October 2019

New performance times will take effect from 12 September
Tuesday – Friday 7pm
Wednesday 2pm
Saturday 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sundays 3pm

Current performance times until 12 September
Tuesdays 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30pm
Sundays 3pm

Box Office: Cambridge Theatre 020 7087 7745 / RSC Ticket Hotline 01789 403493
No booking fee.
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Pete McKee announces artists invited to join him in new exhibition celebrating working class

This Class Works
This Class Works

This Class Works

Sheffield artist Pete McKee today announced the nine artists he has invited to share their work alongside his own in the upcoming exhibition This Class Works.

Fellow artists, musicians, actors, designers, photographers and poets each contribute their own unique interpretation of the exhibition’s themes, which aim to explore and celebrate the lives of the working class.

The featured artists include: Anthony Bennett, JB Barrington, Jo Peel, Jon McClure, Martyn Ware, Maxine Peake, Natasha Bright, Sarah Jane Palmer and Tish Murtha, whose work will be shown alongside Pete’s.

In addition to these artists Pete has invited several designers and illustrators to complete a special brief for the exhibition. Those included in this special project are: Cafeteria, Dust, Field, Nick Bax, Jon Cannon, Kid Acne, Patrick Murphy, Nick Deakin and Peter & Paul.

Although most of the work will be kept secret until the exhibition opens, we can reveal that the following will be included:

  • live sculpting by Anthony Bennett
  • poetry inspired by Pete’s paintings (& vice versa) by JB Barrington
  • a visual history of Sheffield’s industry pubs by Jo Peel
  • soundscapes that reflect the atmosphere of industrial sites and other places of work by Martyn Ware
  • written accounts of what it means to be working class from Maxine Peak
  • photography exploring both social clubs which still exist to this day by Natasha Bright
  • unemployed youth – an insight into a day in the life on a typical council estate by Tish Murtha
  • Sarah Jane Palmer’s secret hidden messages in everyday items
  • and a special selection of long-lost government propaganda.

Pete McKee said, “I’ve always enjoyed working with other artists to achieve the realisation of some of my ideas and for this exhibition I’ve taken that one step further by asking some incredible artists to produce their own work for this show.

I originally came up with the concept for the show as I was recuperating from my transplant last year. I wanted other artists to be a part of the show and make sure there was plenty of incredible work to see”.

All of this work in addition to Pete’s new series of paintings will be on display at This Class Works92 Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8BX, from the 14th to the 29th of July.

Tickets are available now and are priced at £5 per person; the ticket also includes a copy of the exhibition programme. Children under 12 can attend for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.



This Class Works

92 Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8BX

14 – 29 July

Tickets available at

Lenny Henry returns to the stage in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, today announces Lenny Henry to take on the role of Elmore in August Wilson’s King Hedley II as part of her inaugural season. This marks the first time Wilson’s work will be staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In April, Theatre Royal Stratford East presents a Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre co-production of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts and Crosses. Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Esther Richardson, the production opens at Stratford East on 24 April and running until 5 May.

The season concludes with a Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO co-production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Noye’s FluddeLyndsey Turner directs a new production which combines the talents of professional singers, actors and musicians with those of school children and the local community. The production opens on 3 July, with previews from 1 July and runs until 13 July.

Also going on sale today is the already announced co-production with English Touring Theatre of Peter Shaffer’s classic play Equus. Directed by Ned Bennett, the play opens on 21 February.

In addition, at every performance of every show over half of the tickets are priced under £25, with £10 tickets available for those aged under 26.

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, said today, “There’s just so much to get excited about as our 2019 shows go on sale today. I’m thrilled that Lenny Henry will be appearing at Theatre Royal Stratford East in August Wilson’s ferocious and timely play King Hedley II. Taking on the role of Elmore, this will be the first time that Lenny Henry has appeared on our stage and also the first time that the great August Wilson’s work has been performed here. Our co-production with English Touring Theatre of Peter Shaffer’s Equus also goes on sale today, re-imagined by the theatre maverick Ned Bennett, it’s sure to be the play as you’ve never seen it before. Young people have always been at the heart of Theatre Royal Stratford East and we hope that they and their families will enjoy Pilot Theatre’s production of Noughts and Crosses, from the celebrated novel by Malorie Blackman in a new adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz. Our co-production with English National Opera of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, will see the brilliant Lyndsey Turner direct this joyous production, which combines the talents of professional artists alongside an army of local school children and community groups. It’s a brilliantly busy year ahead, designed to offer something for everyone.”

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present 


by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Ned Bennett

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: 21 February, 7pm

Award-winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Equus is a co-production between UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Sir Peter Shaffer’s (1926 – 2016) plays include The Salt Land, The Prodigal Father, Balance of Terror, Five Finger Exercise (Evening Standard Drama Award), The Private Ear, The Public EyeThe Royal Hunt of the SunBlack ComedyWhite Lies, The Battle of Shrivings, Yonadab, The Gift of the Gorgon, Lettice and Lovage and Amadeus (Evening Standard Drama Award and Tony Award for Best Play)His plays adapted for film include Five Finger ExerciseThe Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equus and Amadeus (Academy Award for Best Picture), for television The Salt Land and Balance of Terror, and for radio The Prodigal Father andWhom Do I Have the Honour of Addressing?. In 1994, Shaffer was Visiting Professor of Contemporary Drama at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He was awarded the CBE in 1987 and was knighted in 2001.

Ned Bennett directs Equus. He is an award-winning theatre director, who trained at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and LAMDA. His work includes the Evening Standard Award-winning An Octoroon, which opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in Spring 2017 and will transfer to the Dorfman in Summer 2018, andBuggy Baby which opened at the Yard Theatre in March of this year. He directed the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen at the Manchester Royal Exchange which transferred to the Royal Court in 2016, and Pomona which was commissioned by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and transferred to the Orange Tree, and then to the National Theatre. Pomona and Yen won Bennett the UKT Best Director award 2015. Pomona won four Off-West End awards: Best Director, Best Production, Best New Play and Best Lighting Design.

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring companies, winning the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015 and 2016. ETT works with exciting artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and engaged in the contemporary world. At the heart of everything ETT does is the passionately held belief that everyone, wherever they are in the country, deserves to have access to world class theatre. In 2017 ETT toured to 40 venues throughout the UK, with productions including Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, Richard Twyman’s critically acclaimed production of Othello and the 20th anniversary tour of The Weir, which finished its nationwide tour this year, winning the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Visiting Production. 2018 sees the company celebrate its 25th anniversary.​ 


Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre present

Co-produced by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal


By Malorie Blackman

Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz

Directed by Esther Richardson

24 April – 5 May

Press night: 24 April, 7:30pm

“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”

Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.

It is forbidden.

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.

As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Schools workshops and free online learning resources are available alongside this production. Please see

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her play With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough) was broadcast on BBC1xtra and performed across the UK. Other theatre works include Chef (winner of a 2014 Fringe First Award), Dry Ice (nominated for Stage Award for Best Solo Performance) and Clean (Traverse Theatre and New York). Mahfouz has a published poetry collection, How You Might Know Me, was a contributor to The Good Immigrant and has edited The Things I Would Tell You. Her first play for children, Zeraffa Giraffa won Best Production for Young People at the Off West End Awards 2018 and she is currently writing a biopic of Wiley, the ‘godfather of grime’.

Malorie Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts and Crosses series, Thief and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars. Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6-part adaptation of Pig-Heart Boy winning a BAFTA and Noughts and Crosses is currently in production for the BBC. In 2005, Blackman was honoured the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books.  In 2008, she was awarded OBE and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate.

Esther Richardson is the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre. She has directed over 25 theatre productions in the UK, including her most recent production of Brighton Rock, adapted by Bryony Lavery. Esther was the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Writing Partnership – a new writing development company based in Nottingham UK (funded by the Lottery and ACE from 2001 to 2012). The company was nominated for the prestigious Stage/TMA’s Special Achievement in Regional Theatre Award when Esther was running the company in 2006. Her film work includes two successful shorts, which led her to be selected for Creative England’s ifeatures scheme in 2012/13.

Theatre Royal Stratford East present


By August Wilson

Directed by Nadia Fall

17 May – 16 June

Press night: 23 May, 7pm

1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family.  He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream?

Featuring Lenny Henry as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, August Wilson’s touching and angry, King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor.  In recent years he has starred in The Comedy of Errors at The National Theatre, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, and in 2017 he made his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resitable Rise of Arturo Ui. He has also been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016. His television credits include BroadchurchThe Syndicate and the biographic Danny and The Human Zoo. Henry’s Production Company, Douglas Road, has achieved success in partnership with Burning Bright on the recently acclaimed The Commonwealth Kid documentary. As a co-founder of Comic Relief he was delighted to announce this year that the British Public has donated over £1billion to Comic Relief over the last 30 years. He is a strong advocate for diversity, taking his work on the subject to Cannes in order to deliver the Keynote speech launching the idea of offering tax breaks for diversity, as well as talks given in Rome to the global TV and film insider audience. Henry was chosen by Baroness Doreen Lawrence to interview three beneficiaries of the Stephen Lawrence trust at his memorial in 2018.

August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences and earned a second Pulitzer Prize forThe Piano Lesson. His other notable works include Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.


Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio’s Directors programme. Her directing credits include The SuicideOur Country’s GoodDaraChewing Gum DreamsHomeHymnThe Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), HirDisgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), CollaboratorsThe Habit of Art (National Theatre); and as Staff Director, Rocket to the MoonReally Old, Like Forty FivePhèdre and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera present


By Benjamin Britten

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

1 July – 13 July

Press night: 3 July, 7pm

God is angry, and a flood is coming. But Noah is building a boat: wide enough and deep enough not just for his family, but for a cargo of birds and beasts, both great and small. For forty days and forty nights, this chorus of unlikely shipmates endure a mighty storm, in the hope that a new world will be waiting for them on the other side.

Lyndsey Turner directs a joyous new production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece combining the talents of professional singers, actors and musicians with those of school children and the local community. Marking the first collaboration between Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera, Noye’s Fludde speaks of courage, redemption and the promise of a new beginning.

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) was a British composer, pianist and conductor. The most significant British composer of the post-war period, Britten was the first British composer to devote the major part of his output to the operatic stage. Beginning with the international success of Peter Grimes in June 1945, his sixteen operas, which include chamber operas and works for children, are now considered repertory pieces. Other notable works include Paul BunyanBilly Budd and GlorianaThe Rape of LucretiaCurlew River and Death in Venice. Among Britten’s notable achievements outside the opera house were orchestral pieces such as the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Sinfonia da RequiemThe Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Spring Symphony and Symphony for Cello and Orchestra.

Lyndsey Turner’s previous work includes Philadelphia, Here I Come!Fathers and Sons, and Faith Healer (Donmar Warehouse), Girls and Boys (Royal Court), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (Barbican), Chimerica (Almeida & West End), Saint George and the DragonLight Shining in BuckinghamshireEdgar and AnnabelThere is a War (National Theatre).


English National Opera believes that opera of the highest quality should be accessible to everyone.

A national company of international standard, ENO forges ground-breaking collaborations across art forms, and our world-class productions inspire, surprise, and captivate. We sing in English and believe that singing in our own language connects the performers and the audience to the drama onstage and enhances the experience for all. ENO performs a wide repertoire of opera from classic favourites and seminal works, to contemporary titles and brand new commissions. In 2017 we staged the World Premieres of operas Marnie and The Winter’s Tale. With 2,359 seats, our home, the iconic London Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane, is the largest theatre in London. It was designed for Sir Oswald Stoll by Frank Matcham, the leading theatre architect of his day. Between April 2016 and July 2017, 346,400 people came to enjoy an ENO performance either at the London Coliseum or at another venue in London. In addition, more than 188,000 people saw an ENO co-production outside of the UK. It is central to ENO’s mission to ensure that price is never a barrier for people wanting to enjoy great opera. 42,500 tickets at £20* or less are available for performances across ENO’s 2018/19 season (around 23% of tickets to every show) and we provide great seats at significantly reduced prices to Under 30s and full-time students through our Access All Arias scheme.

We nurture talent across the entire company, whether on-stage, backstage, or in the pit; and we provide a platform for young singers to develop global careers. 80% of ENO singers and conductors are British born/trained/resident.

 For more information on ENO and our upcoming productions, please visit


Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

Since 1884, Theatre Royal Stratford, the historic producing house in the heart of London’s East End has spearheaded diverse work and championed often marginalised stories on its stage. Many leading actors, writers and directors have been part of the Theatre Royal Stratford East family including Meera Syal, Barbara Windsor, Don Warrington, Indhu Rubasingham, Tanika Gupta, Roy Williams and Cynthia Erivo to name but a few. Now with Artistic Director Nadia Fall at the helm, Theatre Royal Stratford East will deliver a bold programme of reimagined classics, timely revivals and ground-breaking new work.

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Tickets: From £10

Newham Discount Night: All preview performances will have a limited number of £5 tickets on sale.  These are available for first-time visitors who live or work in Newham (proof of address required) and there’s a maximum of two per person. Only available to book in person or over the phone.


Theatre Royal Stratford East presents


7 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 13 September 2018

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 4 October 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 5 October 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 6 October 2.30pm

10 – 13 October 2018
Press night: 10 October

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents


24 October – 17 November 2018

Press night: 30 October 2018

Access performance:

BSL – Thursday 15 November 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 16 November 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 17 November 2.30pm


Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Press night: 8 December 2018

Access performance:

Audio described: Saturday 22 Dec 2pm

Captioned: Friday 4 Jan 7pm

BSL: Saturday 5 Jan 2pm

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth present

Press night: 17 January 7pm

16 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

Access performance TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present


15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: 21 February, 7pm

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 21 March 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 22 March 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 23 March 2.30pm

Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre present

Co-produced by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal


23 April – 5 May

Press night: 24 April, 7pm

Access Performances TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East present


17 May – 16 June

Press night: 23 May, 7pm

Access Performances TBC


Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO present


1 – 13 July

Press night: 3 July, 7pm

Access Performances TBC

Elf – A Christmas Spectacular releases 10,000 extra tickets due to huge public demand

Elf - A Christmas Spectacular
Elf - A Christmas Spectacular

Elf – A Christmas Spectacular

Following huge public demand, 10,000 extra tickets have been released for Elf – A Christmas Spectacular starring music legend David Essex and Love Actually star Martine McCutcheon. These tickets are on sale now.

 Elf has become the fastest selling Christmas show this year and it is still only May! Over 30,000 tickets have been snapped up in the first three weeks of being on sale, prompting show producers to add an extra show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on 16th December at 5pm and extra tickets to all performances at Birmingham’s Genting Arena and the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. Elf is one of the few shows offering discounted tickets for children (up to age 16) with £10 off most price bands.

 The gigantic arena show features incredible special effects including a giant sleigh flying across the arena, an indoor snow blizzard, an iceberg journey and an amazing cast of 100 performers including up to 70 children from local Pauline Quirke Academies for each show. The show will be performed across a 70-foot wide stage and a 60-foot long thrust stage, with some scenes taking place around and above the audience. The staging will be enhanced with giant screens, showing both computer graphic backdrops and live action close-ups.

Hitting the road as Buddy the Elf’s father, David Essex said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people getting excited and tickets flying out for this huge tour when we’ve still got over six months to go! I really can’t wait to take to the stage with this brilliant Christmas story.”

 Portraying Buddy’s girlfriend Jovie, Martine McCutcheon said: “It’s so exciting seeing extra tickets and shows being added to the Elf tour, Christmas really can’t come soon enough for me!”  

The original stage version of the show played to record breaking audiences in 2015/2016 at London’s Dominion Theatre and firmly established this heart-warming tale of Buddy the Elf leaving Santa at the North Pole to seek his real father in New York as a Christmas classic.  This new Christmas Spectacular production will feature a book written by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers and Hairspray) and an original score of great new songs. 

 Elf will be produced by WBP Ltd, the team behind last year’s Christmas spectacular Peter Pan, which played at Arena Birmingham and The SSE Arena, Wembley.


 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena

 14 Dec at 7pm15 Dec at 2.30pm & 7pm16 Dec at 1pm & 5pm

 Birmingham, Genting Arena

 20 Dec at 11am & 7pm, 21 Dec at 7pm, 22 Dec at 3pm & 7pm,

23 Dec at 1pm & 5pm, 24 Dec at 1pm

 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

 28 Dec at 7pm29 Dec at 3pm & 7pm, 30 Dec at 1pm




The story of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours comes to Edinburgh with a touch of magic

Creating Rumours:
 Creating Rumours:

Creating Rumours:

Creating Rumours by Emma Summerton charts the members of Fleetwood Mac at their most turbulent and most brilliant. As the band compose ‘the perfect album’, the imperfections of their own relationships start seeping through, and music history is made.

‘Engaging, intimate and thoughtful’. 8/10  – Impact Nottingham

Strangers: Pairs by multi-award winning magician Joe Strickland combines theatre and magic like you’ve never seen before. Three stories – a pair of lone survivors on a desert island, a brother and sister sifting through memories, two magicians preparing an act – appear to have no connection, but, of course, everything is not as it seems… This anthology piece is a play with an undercurrent of magic and mystery. Strickland Productions is dedicated to the reinvention of magic shows, incorporating tricks into dramatic narratives.

‘Fresh, imaginative, and thought provoking’ – The Scotsman

‘First and foremost, Strangers stands out as a well-delivered piece of conventional theatre… but it’s still triumphant proof of the creative potential of magic and theatre combined’ **** – FringeGuru

Strangers: Mindreader by Joe Strickland presents a magic show disguised as a monologue. Let us introduce you to a man who can do the impossible. Are his bizarre abilities genuine? Or is the truth stranger than fiction? After two successful previous years, Strangers returns to the Edinburgh Festival with a character who can read minds and tell the future; uniquely blending magic and theatre.

‘This theatrical magic show is ‘super [and] subversive’ – The Scotsman

‘Executed to perfection… Strickland is an excellent actor’ **** – FringeGuru

Listings Information

Ticketing website:

Box office: 0131 557 2124


Creating Rumours:

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)

3rd, 6th-11th August


Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)


Strangers: Pairs

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)

4th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th August


Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)


Strangers: Mindreader

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)

5th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th August


Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)


Info and Images for One Minute Barn Theatre

Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre
Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre

Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre

Following the huge success of The Secret Garden musical, The Barn Theatre has announced its second production: One Minute by the Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens. The play, which follows the stories of five characters who become united after the disappearance of a child, marks 29 year old Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis’s directorial debut.

Running from 19th May – 16th June 2018 the cast includes star of Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits, Jack Bence; Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly; Gary Summers and Sophie May Wake. One Minute is directed by Iwan Lewis and produced by The Barn Theatre; movement direction is by Sean Hollands with an original soundtrack by Harry Smith.

One Minute is a disquieting portrait of lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a child to disappear. The play follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults’s disappearance: the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who believes she glimpsed Daisy after she had been separated from her mother. Robert is new to the police force, and his enthusiasm for the case is keener than that of his cynical colleague Gary. Mary Louise begins a strange friendship with a woman who knows Gary from the café where she works. Anne’s life has stopped: she wants to know when ‘missing’ becomes ‘presumed dead’.

Artistic Director of Barn Theatre and Director of One Minute, Iwan Lewis said: “I’m delighted to direct One Minute. We follow these stories in the media, we get totally wrapped up in the story, they become part of our lives and then suddenly you hear nothing more. Some people have to live the rest of their lives with these tragedies. I’m interested to explore how the world has changed since the play was written in 2002, with the huge influence that digital media now has on our lives, and how that might translate in terms of the characters’ experience. Simon is one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights and it’s incredible to be bringing this quality of work to the Barn Theatre.”


“Chemo Barbie” Edinburgh Fringe 2018!

Chemo Barbie
Chemo Barbie

Chemo Barbie

Heather Keller shares the remarkable, heartbreaking and even comical story of her journey through breast cancer in an award-winning solo show with new material! 
LOS ANGELES  In 2016, Heather Kellers world was rocked by a breast cancer diagnosis. Overnight, she went from being a healthy, vegan runner to a cancer patient and since then her life has been and continues to be an inspiring journey of growth filled with love, friendships, disappointments, betrayals and yes, even some humor. 
Keller shares this experience in her solo show Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits Journey Through Breast Cancer, which made its world premiere last June as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. 
Chemo Barbie is an inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity that takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment. Keller shows what a patient goes through from doctor meetings, testing, treatments and peoples reactions around them. It shows the strength and support that develops with some friends and family while others shy away or leave altogether. Crafted from Heathers hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, Chemo Barbie is a show spoken and performed from the heart that tells the gritty, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting journey of a young woman conquering cancer while living life as normal as possible. 
When I was diagnosed, I had insane decisions to make, difficult things to choose, Keller said. I survived and I’m trying to do something positive from a negative. 
Since its debut, which earned a Fringe Encore Award, Keller has added some new material, including a section on her most recent scare with possible metastatic breast cancer and serving as foster parents with her husband. Offering perspective and inspiring others is ultimately Kellers goal with the show. The idea for a solo show came from the journals she kept during her treatment and a private online journal she shared with family and friends. Keller also recorded video of certain key moments in the process and posted it on the YouTube channel Keep Abreast with Heather.”  
A sketch writer for Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings as well as an accomplished actress, Keller later performed a couple monologues from her experience at WeSpark Cancer Support Centre, as well as other places. Soon, others were asking to hear more of her experience. Working with her director Jessica Lynn Johnson, Keller started to experience a catharsis in putting a show together based on her experience and a joy in the knowledge that it could help others. 
I’m so proud and excited to have been invited to Edinburgh and into the largest arts festival in the World. Keller said. It’s because of so much love and support from family and friends that Chemo Barbie has been so wonderfully successful! I love being around positive, supportive, productive, talented folks. 
Chemo Barbie 
Written and performed by Heather Keller 
Directed by: Jessica Lynn Johnson 
Chemo Barbie is an inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity that takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment. Artist Heather Keller shows what a patient goes through from doctor meetings, testing, treatments and peoples reactions around them. It shows the strength and support that develops with some friends and family while others shy away or leave altogether. Crafted from Heathers hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, Chemo Barbie is a show spoken and performed from the heart that tells the gritty, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting journey of a young woman conquering cancer while living life as normal as possible. 
Teviot Square
1-27 ( not 19) August 2018 at 1.30pm
Twitter  @ChemoBarbieShow

First Look: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child new West End cast character portraits 

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray
The Potters, l-r Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (Albus Potter) and Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Photo by Charlie Gray

The Potters, l-r Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (Albus Potter) and Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Photo by Charlie Gray

Ahead of the new cast’s first performance at London’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday (23 May 2018), the Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child release a first-look set of portraits by Charlie Gray.

Seen in character for the first time are Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, Nicola Alexis as Hermione Granger, Joe Idris-Roberts as Albus Potter and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy.  They are joined by Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Helen Aluko as Rose Granger-Weasley and James Howard as Draco Malfoy.

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe and casting by Julia Horan CDG.\

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

The Malfoys, l-r James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), photo by Charlie Gray

The Malfoys, l-r James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), photo by Charlie Gray

Since its premiere, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won twenty-four major British theatre awards including the Evening Standard Best Play Award as well as a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards – including Best New Play and Best Director – the most awarded production in the history of the Oliviers. The Broadway production officially opened to equal critical acclaim at the Lyric Theatre last month and has subsequently received numerous Broadway accolades, including ten Tony Award nominations, eight Drama Desk Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations and is the winner of six Outer Critics Circle awards.  In early 2019 the Australian production will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.


 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman ProductionsColin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.