Entries by Carl Woodward


Look Ahead: Theatre streaming in January

You might say “Carl why haven’t you put a list together of all the shows that are available for virtual viewing, are you having another meltdown” and, yes, fair point but what can you do in The General Circumstances Of A Global Pandemic. Anyway, below is a list of the best pre-recorded or live shows […]


My 2020 Theatre Heroes & Villains

AH, dear old 2020. In mid-March Covid-19 prompted all British theatres and arts centres to close their doors. From that moment onwards, the carnage, pandemonium, weirdness and misery barely let up; our world-beating £7 billion cultural sector, so savaged by lockdowns that it remains at risk of permanent decimation. For the first time in its 70 […]


National Theatre launches NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME,  a new streaming service

The National Theatre, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, has launched National Theatre at Home, a brand-new streaming platform making their much-loved productions available online to watch anytime, anywhere worldwide. Launching today with productions including the first ever National Theatre Live, Phèdre with Helen Mirren, Othello with Adrian Lester and the Young Vic’s Yerma with Billie Piper, new titles from the NT’s unrivalled […]

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Time to Act photographer Simon Annand: “This country’s main strength is culture.”

Theatre photographer Simon Annand has been capturing actors backstage for almost forty years. His latest book, Time to Act, is a collection of 234 portrait photographs, taken over the last 10 years, of some of the world’s greatest performers. All the emotions from the theatre are captured within these pages and remind us what we […]

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Theatre will bounce back – hope can take us a long way

I am in shock as to what has happened to my industry and wondering what the future holds. This week, Entertainment venues in England were forced to close again, as the UK moved back into tougher national measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. Dozens of theatres have abandoned plans to reopen and venues are now […]

Lockdown Eve Quiz – 4 Nov @ 7.30pm

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement at the weekend that the country will enter lockdown from November 5, theatres will again go dark.  So, let’s have some fun during this troubling time.  Wednesday 4 November  7.30pm  To enter, tell me which musical is your guilty pleasure.

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Olivier Award winners 2020

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The winners of this year’s Olivier Awards have been announced. The 2020 Oliviers featured performances from nominees Sam Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen) and Miriam-Teak Lee (& Juliet). It was an honouring of the best west end performances and productions of 2019. Which feels […]


Black British Theatre Awards: Winners

The 2020 Black British Theatre Awards were presented at a ceremony at London’s Young Vic and shown on Sky Arts. Best director for a play or musical Nadia Latif for Fairview, Young Vic Best producer Adrian Grant for Thriller Live, Lyric Theatre Best choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy for Redd, Barbican Theatre Best dance performance in […]

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Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Exchange in Manchester, the Lady Boys of Bangkok are among the latest recipients of emergency government arts funding.

The Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, The Mayflower in Southampton and Fabric nightclub in London are among the cultural institutions to receive at least £1m in the latest round of grants from the government’s £1.57bn cultural recovery fund. In total, £75m will be given to 35 organisations, including theatres, museums, music venues and dance companies, […]