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National Youth Theatre and Contact, Manchester: Putting young people centre stage

In this age of extremes, I often find myself at the sharp end of funding squeezes, local authority cuts, and am continually alarmed by the devastating demise of arts in our state schools.

As you can imagine, it truly depresses me. 

So, I was delighted to be invited to a soft-launch of the National Youth Theatre’s award-worthy £4m refurbished premises on Holloway Road.

The National Youth Theatre’s HQ, Holloway Road, London

The organisation nurtured Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Zawe Ashton and many more of our theatre legends.

Speaking at the supporters event, dynamic NYT CEO and Artistic Director Paul Roseby said: “Cuts to the arts in our state schools have led to a significant pressure on organisations like ours that work with young people to bridge the gap. What’s going on across these revitalised spaces here are all about giving young people the chance to start again. Failure is what we are about, and we embrace that as much as success.”

He continued: “If you are a youth organisation you have to stick your neck out; it’s now more important than ever before.” 

With National Youth Theatre Chair Dawn Airey and Artistic Director Paul Roseby

Certainly, school reforms have caused pupils to move away from arts subjects such as dance, music and art, and towards more traditional academic subjects such as geography and English. What’s more, recent analysis of government data shows that the number of GCSE music and drama students has fallen by a fifth over the last decade.

Outside the M25, Manchester’s Contact Theatre on Oxford Road, closed in 2017 but has also just reopened following a £6m ‘youth led’ revamp. 

First established as a theatre in 1972, in 1999 Contact reinvented itself as a multi-disciplinary creative space specialising in producing work with, and providing opportunities for, young people aged 13 to 30. 

Contact Young Company, Everything All of the Time

What’s so brilliant about Contact is under Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Matt Fenton, this significant refurbishment was led by a dedicated team of young people at Contact – who had their say on everything from light fittings to consultations with the architects.  

Speaking at the Press Night of Contact Young Company’s excellent show Everything All of the Time, Fenton said: “Young people should have access to free, high-quality and world-class creative resources to express themselves, to find their politics, find themselves and to then go out into the world and do amazing things. Contact has always done that, but this building now allows us to do that at such a higher level.” 

The iconic Contact, Oxford Road in Manchester

There has been a radical growth in the knowledge economy and creative industries over the past decade. It goes without saying that an education that includes creative subjects facilitates critical thinking and increases emotional resilience.

Quite simply, it is a proven fact how small investments return massively more than was spent and the cultural impact it has on our children is huge. What might a viable, authentic, enduring kind of ‘levelling up’ look like?

Nobody I speak to understands what it means – despite the government’s levelling-up fund of £4.8bn, and places now bidding for help with “town and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural heritage assets”. 

Anyway, according to a recent report UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre cultural organisations across the UK save the NHS £102 million a year thanks to the physical and mental health benefits to attendees.

Remarkably, the report found that the NHS saves a yearly total of £11.91 for every person partaking in such an activity, from a reduction in GP visits and use of psychotherapy services.

But as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, the National Youth Theatre and Contact investing in these spaces for the next generation of dramatic talent offers us all hope. I left both occasions feeling a sense of optimism that I had not felt for some years.

There is an overwhelming sense, too, that we are at a turning point and that the arts can and must play a leading role in developing talent, protecting communities, as well as in fighting cuts in higher education and cultural education in schools.

It demonstrates, quite pertinently, that in order avoid widening inequality of access to the arts, that theatres across the country must enact their civic duty – not only to plug the gaps, but to truly level up every part of the UK.

New UK Tour of Beautiful-The Carole King Musical-to open at Curve

Beautiful -The Carole King Musical

Curve, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton have today announced plans to launch a new UK tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, opening at Curve in February 2022.

Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (Sunset Boulevard, West Side Story), Beautiful will open at Curve on Monday 28 February until Saturday 12 March before moving to Theatre Royal Bath from 17 – 26 March 2022 and Mayflower Theatre Southampton from 12 – 16 April 2022, with additional tour dates and casting to be announced soon.

The hit show, which ran in the West End for two and a half years before two successful UK tours, will feature a talented cast of actor-musicians performing countless classics including You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling and exploring the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

Carole King’s remarkable music will be brought to life by Grammy Award-winning Orchestrator Steve Sidwell and adapted by Tony Award-winning Curve Associate and Musical Supervisor Sarah Travis. Choreography is by rising star choreographer Leah Hill. The creative team is completed by Set Designer Frankie Bradshaw, Costume Designer Edd Lindley, Lighting Designer and Curve Associate Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer Tom Marshall and Casting Director and Curve Associate Kay Magson CDG.

Written by Douglas McGrath, with songs by Carole King, Gerry GoffinBarry Mann and Cynthia WeilBeautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the story of the singer/songwriter before she became a chart-topping music legend.

Speaking about this new Made at Curve production, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

“Carole King’s body of work represents some of the greatest pop songs ever written. We are thrilled to be working on this new production of Beautiful, bringing this remarkable story and music to life with the finest actor – musicians working in the UK today. We are honoured to be collaborating with orchestrators, Grammy Award-winner Steve Sidwell and Tony Award-winner Sarah Travis, to bring King’s incredible tapestry of songs to life. We are also proud to be working alongside our partners at Theatre Royal Bath and Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre.”

Full cast, creative team and tour dates will be announced soon.

Tickets for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Curve will go on sale to Curve Friends from Monday 25 October, Supporters from Tuesday 26 October, Members, Groups and Access Register Customers from Thursday 28 October and on general sale from Thursday 4 November, all at 12 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at www.curveonline.co.uk or by calling Curve’s Box Office on 0116 242 3595.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical was originally produced on Broadway and in London by Paul Blake, SONY/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosne

Ain’t Too Proud reopens on Broadway tomorrow and Rush policy announced

Ain't Too Proud

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, the smash Tony Award®-winning musical sensation, returns to Broadway tomorrow, October 16 with a star-studded gala performance at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street).

In addition, Ain’t Too Proud announced its new General Rush and Digital Lottery policies. Ain’t Too Proud’s $42 rush ticket policy will be sold in person at the Imperial Theatre box office on the day of the performance beginning when the box office opens (Monday – Saturday at 10:00 AM; Sunday at 12:00 PM). There will be a limit of two tickets per customer. Seat locations will be at the discretion of the box office and are based on availability.

The digital lottery offers $42 tickets and is powered by Shubert Ticketing through the Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatergoers wide access to affordable tickets through multiple social media networks. The lottery will open the day before the performance at 12:00 AM and close at 3:00 PM at lottery link: www.ainttooproudlottery.com.

Winners can purchase their tickets at www.ainttooproudlottery.com and tickets can be picked up at the Imperial Theatre box office. Lottery winners must present their credit card to claim the tickets.

Tickets are also available via www.ainttooproudmusical.comwww.telecharge.com, by calling 800 447 7400, or visiting the Imperial Theatre box office.

Leading the cast of Ain’t Too Proud as The Temptations are Nik Walker as ‘Otis Williams,’ James Harkness as ‘Paul Williams,’ Jawan M. Jackson as ‘Melvin Franklin,’ Matt Manuel as ‘David Ruffin,’ and Jelani Remy as ‘Eddie Kendricks.’ The Broadway cast also features Esther AntoineSaint AubynE. Clayton CorneliousJ. DaughtryTiffany FrancésTaylor Symone JacksonJahi KearseDarius Jordan LeeJarvis B. Manning Jr.Morgan McGheeJoshua MorganAaron PattersonChristian Thompson, Sir Brock WarrenCorrey WestDrew Wildman FosterCurtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.

The musical, which opened on Broadway on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, brings the incredible true story of the greatest R&B group of all time to the Broadway stage. With a Tony Award nominated book by Dominique MorisseauAin’t Too Proud features an iconic score made up of The Temptations’ legendary songs. Two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff directs, with Tony Award-winning choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history – how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.

The creative team includes Tony Award nominee Robert Brill (scenic design), Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell (costume design), Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (lighting design), Tony Award winner Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini (projection design), Drama Desk Award winner Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig design), Steve Rankin (fight direction), Edgar Godineaux (associate choreographer), John Miller (music coordinator), and Liz Caplan (vocal supervision). Orchestrations are by Tony Award recipient Harold Wheeler with Music Direction and Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Production Stage Manager is Molly Meg Legal and casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, Merri Sugarman, C.S.A.

The first national touring production of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will launch this December and visit more than 50 cities coast-to-coast, including a homecoming to The Temptations’ roots in Detroit.

The Grammy Award®-nominated Ain’t Too Proud Original Broadway Cast Recording is available from Universal Records on CD, vinyl, and streaming. For more information, click HERE.

Broadway Safety Protocols

Broadway is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers, and staff.

All Broadway theaters will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theater, except while eating or drinking in designated locations.

Guests for all performances now through the end of 2021 will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theater with their valid ticket.

Exceptions are being made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.

For more information, please visit: www.telecharge.com/siteinfo.aspx?siteinfotype=helpfaq

Headlong and Theatre Centre partner with TikTok to present TikTok Shocks

TikTok Shocks

New partnership between Headlong, Theatre Centre and TikTok will give 13 young freelance artists a voice and platform to experiment in making theatrical, horror-themed performance this Halloween. 

Headlong and Theatre Centre have joined forces with TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video content, to help inspire and connect the next generation of theatre makers. Combining digital theatre making with an exploration of form and dissection of the horror genre, TikTok Shocks will look to equip young artists with the necessary tools, experience and practical skills to support them in beginning a career in the performing arts.

Thirteen artists aged 18-26 from across the UK, have been selected to take part in the programme. The artists are: Alice Flynn (She/they – Wokingham), Bodhrán Mullan (He/they – Aberdeen), Caitlin Magnall-Kearns (She/they – Belfast), Dan Morrison (He/him – Largs), Daniel Raja (He/him – Llanfairpwllgwyngyll), Eleanor McKenzie (She/her – London), Elizabeth Logan (She/her – Manchester), Hannah Balogun (She/her – London), Leo Shak (He/him – Labert), Leonisha Barley (She/her – Liverpool), Milla Sutton (He/they – London), Stephanie Soh (She/her – London), Tiah-Paige Burrell (They/them – Great Yarmouth).

Over the past two months the artists have worked with leading industry professionals receiving weekly Skillshare workshops and bespoke mentoring sessions. These Skillshare sessions have covered everything from the dramaturgy of horror and building tension through sound design, through to how to utilise platforms such as TikTok in their creative practice and the practical skills to help them navigate a career as a freelance artist.  

In the eight weeks leading up to Halloween, the artists have been given a series of 24-hour creative challenges to respond to using TikTok. Each challenge will see the artists create 30sec – 2min videos demonstrating the skills they have learnt over the course of the programme. The creative challenges and the artists’ responses will be published on the discovery homepage on TikTok which will launch on 16 October. Community users will be encouraged to join in, share and upload their own creative video responses to each challenge.

The programme will culminate in an event on 31 October at 180 The Strand that will bring together and showcase the work produced by the thirteen artists over the past two months. 

Holly Race Roughan, Artistic Director of Headlong said:

The last 18 months have been  a ‘horror show’ of sorts, and it has been more difficult than ever for young people looking to begin a career in the arts. Together with Theatre Centre and TikTok we are looking to empower young artists from across the UK, helping them forge connections and  learn new skills whilst they create fun, theatrical content in the very medium they are native in. Using the horror genre the young artists are exploring new ground on the intersection  between live theatre and the digital auditorium as they scare and thrill our audiences in time for Halloween…”

Rob Watt, Artistic Director of Theatre Centre said:

It’s been truly inspiring to have worked with 13 young and diverse artists from across the country. They have embraced experimenting with form, liberated their ideas and essentially, scared the wits out of us all!

James Stafford, Head of Partnerships & Community TikTok UK said:

“Halloween is always a huge moment on TikTok with creators coming to the platform to share everything from ghoulish beauty looks to spooky bakes, so we are thrilled to be able to support the next generation of young artists as they take this one step further, exploring the horror genre in app.”

“On TikTok, we have seen a community of theatre makers, institutions and audiences stay truly connected, sharing their creativity and passion for performance through a digital lens. We are excited to collaborate with the Headlong and Theatre Centre to support emerging theatre makers along their journey into the arts; we cannot wait to see what TikTok shocks has in store for us all this Halloween!”

Cast announcement for West End premiere of Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Rehearsals began this week for the highly anticipated West End premiere of Life of Pi, Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning book. It will begin performances at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London on Monday 15 November 2021, with a Press Night on Thursday 2 December at 7:00pm. For the first time ever, the historic Wyndham’s Theatre will be transformed to fully accommodate the magnificent elements of the production that left audiences mesmerised.

Simon Friend, the producer of the acclaimed Life of Pi, is thrilled to announce the full cast of the celebrated and multi-award winning Sheffield Theatres production.

Hiran Abeysekera makes a welcome return to the show in the central role of Pi, alongside Mina Anwar as Ma, Nicholas Khan as Father, Payal Mistry as Rani, Tom Espiner as Father Martin and Commmander Grant-Jones, Raj Ghatak as Mamaji and Pandit-Ji, Syreeta Kumar as Mrs Biology Kumar and Zaida Khan, David K.S. Tse as Mr Okamoto, Kirsten Foster as Lulu Chen, Habib Nasib Nader as Cook and Voice of Tiger.

They are joined by: Fred Davis (Tiger Head), Daisy Franks (Tiger Heart), Romina Hytten (Tiger Heart), Tom Larkin (Tiger Head), Scarlet Wilderink (Tiger Heart), and Tom Stacy (Tiger Hind).

Nuwan Hugh Perera is Pi alternate, and understudies are Alex Chang and Deeivya Meir.

Simon Friend commented: “I am delighted to announce the cast for this show – most of whom were in the original production in Sheffield, alongside some brilliant new cast members who have joined us on our journey. After an incredibly difficult year for so many people I hope this truly captivating production about how we deal with life’s toughest challenges will particularly resonate with audiences.”

The production is directed by Max Webster, Set and Costume designer is Tim Hatley, the Puppet and Movement Director is Finn Caldwell, the Puppet Designers are Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, the Video Designer is Andrzej Goulding, the Lighting Designer is Tim Lutkin, the Sound Designer is Carolyn Downing, the Composer is Andrew T Mackay, Dramaturgy is by Jack Bradley, the Casting Director is Polly Jerrold, the Associate Director is Hannah Banister, the Associate Set Designer is Ross Edwards, the Costume Supervisor is Sabrina Cuniberto and the Props Supervisor is Ryan O’Connor.

For all information, please see www.lifeofpionstage.com

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Award winning writer Yann Martel’s works include The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993), Self (1996), We Ate the Children Last (2004), Beatrice and Virgil (2010) – a New York Times Bestseller and a Financial Times Best Book, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister (2012) – a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada; and The High Mountains of Portugal (2016).

Lolita Chakrabarti OBE is an award-winning playwright and actress. Her writing credits include: Red Velvet which opened at the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2012, returning in 2014 before transferring to New York and the West End; Red Velvet was nominated for nine major awards including two Olivier Awards. Lolita won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, The Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and the AWA Award for Arts and Culture; She adapted Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities for MIF in 2019 a collaboration with 59Productions and Rambert; her play Hymn was live streamed in February 2021 from the Almeida, before opening to audiences later in July; she was dramaturg on Message in a Bottle for ZooNation and Sadler’s Wells; she curated The Greatest Wealth for Old Vic, a series of monologues marking the 70th birthday of the NHS. Acting credits include: Vigil, The Casual Vacancy (BBC), Riviera, Delicious (Sky), Born to Kill, My Mad Fat Diary (Ch4), Criminal (Netflix), Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic), Hamlet (RADA). She can soon be seen in Showtrial for the BBC and Wheel of Time for Amazon Prime.

Max Webster was the inaugural Baylis Director at the Old Vic and is now an Associate Director at the theatre where his work includes Fanny and Alexander, Cover My Tracks and Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Selected other stage work includes the forthcoming The Merry Widow (ENO), The Jungle Book (Northampton/Fiery Angel UK tour), The Winter’s Tale (Lyceum, Edinburgh), and King Lear (Royal and Derngate, Northampton/UK tour).

The extraordinary animals are brought to life by Puppet & Movement Director Finn Caldwell, who began his career in the original company of the National Theatre’s international phenomenon War Horse. He is the Artistic Director of his own company Gyre & Gimble, for whom work includes: co-director/puppet designer of The Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Hartlepool Monkey (UK tour) and The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End). His other work includes: director of puppetry/movement for Angels in America (National Theatre & Broadway), The Light Princess (National Theatre), War Horse (West End & Internationally) and Groundhog Day (Old Vic & Broadway).

Life of Pi is produced by Simon Friend in association with Playing Field and Tulchin/Bartner.

Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth present a new play about friendship, class and leaving home

Sorry You're Not a Winner

Today Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth have announced a new play SORRY, YOU’RE NOT A WINNER by Samuel Bailey.A coming of age tale navigating class, friendship and new surroundings, SORRY, YOU’RE NOT A WINNER will debut at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 24 February for a limited 2 week run before touring around the UK, including Bristol and Newcastle with further dates to be announced. Tickets for the Plymouth run are now available to members and will go on general sale from 29 October. Full information here: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/

Writer Samuel Bailey said: “For me, SORRY, YOU’RE NOT A WINNER is a play about home and the conflict we might have about leaving. Especially if where you’re going looks nothing like where you’re from. It comes from a pretty personal place but I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling.”

Joint Paines Plough Artistic Directors Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner said: “We have been working with Sam on this play throughout the pandemic and we are so delighted to finally be able to bring it to audiences in Plymouth and on tour across the UK. Sam’s play is a sharp and powerful story about the complexity of friendship, loss and aspiration. Through Liam and Fletch’s eyes we discover what home means to us, how it influences us and who we leave behind when we seek to find ‘something better’ It is a brilliant piece of work about social mobility that will speak to so many of us and we are proud to be collaborating once again with Theatre Royal Plymouth.”

Liam and Fletch grew up together. Born on the same street. Best mates since primary. Inseparable. The only difference was while Fletch was getting suspended from school, Liam was studying. And now he’s going to Oxford. But with Liam gone, who’s going to keep Fletch out of trouble?

SORRY, YOU’RE NOT A WINNER is a play about aspiration, social mobility and getting caught between classes. It asks; if ‘making it’ means leaving everything you know and everyone you love behind – what’s the point?

Samuel Bailey is a writer born in London and raised in the West Midlands. His play SHOOK won the Papatango Prize in 2019. After a sold-out run at the Southwark Playhouse, Papatango created a digital version of the play in collaboration with James Bobin. The film was a NY Times Critic’s Pick and won Samuel the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Show Sky Arts Awards. Previously, Samuel has been part of Old Vic 12, the Orange Tree Writer’s Collective and a recipient of an MGCFutures bursary.

The Almeida Theatre announces a run of live stream performances for The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Five performances of Yaël Farber’s production will be streamed between Wednesday 27– Saturday 30 October, with the actors performing live from the theatre each night. The film will be produced by North South Culture following their work on the acclaimed live stream run of Hymn in February.

Also announced today is an extension for in-person performances, with the run now finishing on Saturday 27 November.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said, “We’re delighted that so many people have booked to see The Tragedy of Macbeth in-person at the Almeida. However, there are still large numbers of audience members for whom getting to the theatre is impossible, either because they are shielding or because they can’t travel to London. Through streaming, we can take the show to them. Macbeth will be streamed live from the theatre into people’s homes all around the world for five performances from 27 – 30 October. For those who want to see the production in-person, we are also offering another week’s worth of performances from 22 – 27 November. We’re hugely grateful to the whole Macbeth company for making all of this possible.”

Tickets for the live stream go on sale today from midday for Friends and from 3pm to the general public. Tickets for the extension week of in-person performances go on sale to Gold, Silver and Bronze Friends on Monday 18 October, Almeida Friends on Wednesday 20 October and to the general public from Thursday 21 October.


by William Shakespeare

Directed by Yaël Farber; Set: Soutra Gilmour; Costume: Joanna Scotcher; Light: Tim Lutkin

Sound: Peter Rice; Composer: Tom Lane; Movement: Emily Terndrup

Friday 1 October – Saturday 27 November 2021

Press night: Thursday 14 October 7pm

Live stream: Wednesday 27 October – Saturday 30 October

“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”

A little later than nowin the ruins of a theatre, three witches make a prophecy.

A warrior and his wife enter the darkness. A war begins.

Yaël Farber directs an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.  

Cast: Michael AbubakarRoss AndersonAoife BurkeEmun ElliottDiane FletcherWilliam GauntAkiya HenryMaureen HibbertReuben JosephGareth KennerleyValerie LilleyJames McArdleAdam McNamaraRichard Rankin and Saoirse Ronan, with the children played by Myles GrantJamie-Lee MartinHenry MeredithDereke OladeleEmet Yah Khai and K-ets Yah Khai.

Yaël Farber is an internationally acclaimed director and playwright, whose recent work includes Hamlet (St Ann’s Warehouse, New York);Blood Wedding (Young Vic), Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre). 


Friday 1 October – Saturday 27 November 2021

The Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

Directed by Yaël Farber

Press night: Thursday 14 October 7pm

Live stream: Wednesday 27 October – Saturday 30 October

Performance times:  For Live Stream: 7pm evening and 1:30pm matinee.

Tickets:                      From £10

                                    Live stream: £15 / £25

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

                                    Phone 020 7359 4404

Website                      almeida.co.uk
Twitter                        @AlmeidaTheatre
Facebook                   facebook.com/almeidatheatre
Instagram                   @almeida_theatre

Access                       There will be captioned and Audio Described streams.

Captioned performance:

                                    Thursday 11 November 7pm

                                    Audio described performance:

                                    Saturday 6 November 2pm

Lucy Kirkwood’s Maryland extension and script offer


The Royal Court Theatre’s script-in-hand performances of Lucy Kirkwood’s new play Maryland was due to end this Saturday but will now run until Saturday 23 October 2021 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

Alongside this extension, the Maryland performance script will be offered for free for any theatre company or drama training organisation in the UK who is interested to stage their own script-in-hand reading over the next six weeks.

The script is also now available online for any audiences unable to book to see Maryland.

Speaking previously on the play playwright Lucy Kirkwood said;

This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too. It was written very quickly, and I am grateful to the Royal Court for snatching up a gauntlet thrown down last Friday night with such energy, care and seriousness.

Maryland is co-directed by Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Royal Court Associate Directors Milli Bhatia and Lucy Morrison.

Approx running time 30 minutes, performances start at 7.45pm. Ticket prices are £5 for these readings and audiences are encouraged to make a donation to Rape Crisis England & Wales alongside buying tickets. https://www.justgiving.com/rapecrisisengland-wales

Anything Goes coming to UK cinemas -for two nights only, 28 November and 1 December 2021

Anything Goes

The smash hit musical ANYTHING GOES, ‘the show of the year’ (★★★★★ Daily Telegraph)
and a ‘fizzing tonic for our times’ (★★★★★ The Guardian) will sail into over 450 cinema
screens nationwide for two nights only on Sunday 28 November and Wednesday 1
December in a live recording filmed at London’s renowned Barbican Theatre.

Tickets will go on-sale from Friday 15 October at anythinggoesmusicalcinema.com
Presented by the Barbican and filmed live in London – during the show’s 15 week residency
at the theatre, which continues until 6 November – his major new five star production of
the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway
royalty Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney,
alongside three-time Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family) as
Moonface Martin, Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life)
as Evangeline Harcourt and beloved West End Legend Gary Wilmot (Chicago) as Elisha
Whitney. A heart-warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s
most memorable songs, ANYTHING GOES is ‘a joyously shipshape revival’ (★★★★★ The
Since ANYTHING GOES opened this summer at the Barbican, audiences have been on their
feet night after night giving this multi-Tony Award winning show multiple standing ovations
at every performance. Featuring a 50 strong cast and ensemble of the finest there is to
offer on the London stage, including tap dancing sailors and a full-sized live orchestra, this
critically acclaimed production ‘immediately joins the pantheon of great classic musical
revivals’ (Daily Telegraph). ANYTHING GOES continues to play to sell out houses, as
audiences flood through the Barbican Theatre doors to witness this truly spectacular
musical comedy. Plans for an international cinema release will be announced soon.
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes
as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny
needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-
fashioned blackmail. This hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic, directed by the multi-
award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, features Cole
Porter’s joyful score, including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and the show
stopping Anything Goes. The ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after
another’ (★★★★★ The Times), ANYTHING GOES will take you back to the Golden Age of
high society on the seas from the comfort of your cinema seat.
ANYTHING GOES has music and lyrics by Cole Porter, an original book by P.G.
Wodehouse & Guy Bolton with Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a new book by
Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.  The musical also stars Samuel Edwards (Les
Misérables / Wicked) as Billy Crocker, Nicole-Lily Baisden (The Book of Mormon / Let’s
Face The Music) as Hope Harcourt, Haydn Oakley (A Christmas Carol / An American in
Paris) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Carly Mercedes Dyer (West Side Story/Chicago) as
Producer Howard Panter says: “The multi-Tony Award winning glorious production of
Anything Goes, directed by Kathleen Marshall, is not to be missed. London audiences
already cannot get enough of this energetic and uplifting classic musical which has been
sold out night after night. From four outstanding leading actors – Sutton, Robert, Felicity,
Gary – to the spectacular supporting company, the glorious set design, the breathtaking
choreography and of course the wonderful score. It really is ‘the show of the year’ that

everyone should experience and I am delighted that via this two day cinema release the
show will get an even wider audience across the UK.”
Trafalgar Releasing’s CEO Marc Allenby says: “We’re delighted to be working with our
partners within the Trafalgar Entertainment Group to bring this entertaining and uplifting
five star musical to cinemas across the UK. Musical theatre has a proven track record of
box office success on the big screen, and with its all-star cast, spectacular dance routines
and instantly recognizable songs, Anything Goes is the perfect production to bring laughter
and joy to cinema audiences.”


‘Makes you gasp in wonder and laugh till it hurts. Pure class.’

Daily Telegraph

‘The show of the year. I would give it six stars if I could’

Daily Telegraph

’The musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another’

The Times

‘When a musical packs this much energy and spectacle, nothing else goes!’

Daily Mail

’Bubbly wit and stylish fun. It shimmers and sparkles.’

The Times

‘Anything Goes offers the delirious delight of a musical in full sail’

Financial Times

Almeida Theatre: Full cast for Spring Awakening

Almeida Theatre

Joining the previously announced Laurie Kynaston and Amara Okereke are Nathan Armarkwei-LaryeaAsha BanksTaylor BradshawCatherine CusackCarly-Sophia DaviesKit EsuruosoMark LockyerBella MacleanEmily OoiJoe PittsMaia TamrakarStuart Thompson and Zheng Xi Yong.

Tickets for the production go on sale to Gold, Silver and Bronze Friends from Monday 18 October, Almeida Friends from Wednesday 20 October and on general sale from Monday 25 October.


Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik

Based on the original play by Frank Wedekind 

Directed by Rupert Goold; Choreography: Lynne Page; Design: Miriam Buether

Costume: Nicky Gillibrand; Light: Jack Knowles; Sound Tony Gayle

Orchestration: Duncan Sheik and Simon Hale; Musical Director: Jo Cichonska

Tuesday 7 December 2021 – Saturday 22 January 2022

O, I’m gonna be wounded.O, I’m gonna be your wound. O, I’m gonna bruise you.O, you’re gonna be my bruise. 

A time to learn. 

A time to rebel. 

A time to love. 

A time to burn. 

Winner of the Tony and Olivier awards for best musical, Spring Awakening tells a story of adolescent anarchy, set to one of the most loved scores of the 21st century. A group of teenagers – silenced and controlled by a censorious society – discover a new world of feeling and freedom outside the classroom, with beautiful and devastating consequences. 

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (InkAlbion) directs Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s (American Psycho: A New Musical, Almeida Theatre and Broadway) acclaimed musical, based on the ground-breaking and once-banned 19th century play by Frank Wedekind, in its first London revival since the 2009 UK premiere.

This production of Spring Awakening is supported by The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.