Barbican Cinema in September: In the Cinema, On Demand, In Leytonstone

Barbican Cinema 1, image by Max Coulson
  • Barbican Cinema One reopens on 4 September
  • Cinema On Demand features Inner States: A series of first-person films including a free-to-stream programme of shorts made by international filmmakers during lockdown.
  • Leytonstone Loves Film 2020 returns with reimagined programme, small-scale film screenings, online Watch Parties, talks and workshops.

This September, Barbican Cinema will present a wealth of cinematic excellence in Cinema One, on Cinema on Demand, and at Leytonstone Loves Film, which is produced by the Barbican in partnership with local residents and organisations and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

On Friday 4 September, the Barbican’s Cinema 1 is reopening its doors to the public with a 35mm presentation of Christopher Nolan’s widely anticipated Tenet. Audiences will be welcomed back to one of London’s most popular cinemas in the knowledge that safety and enjoyment are at the heart of the experience. Reduced seating will allow audiences to socially distance at two metres and fewer screenings overall will enable a regular deep-clean of the auditorium. All audiences must wear a face covering in all areas of the Barbican. Cinema tickets will be available to purchase through the Barbican website and must be shown to staff at Barbican Silk Street entrance. Cinemas 2&3 are currently undergoing refurbishment work and will reopen later in the year.

Gali Gold, Head of Barbican Cinema said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming audiences back to Cinema 1 in September to rediscover the thrill of experiencing film on the big screen in the company of others,. The safety of our audiences and staff remains our top priority and we know from the feed-back left by visitors to the Barbican Gallery and Conservatory that audiences are happy and secure with the measures we’ve put in place. Alongside our Cinema 1 programme, we’re continuing to bring our rich film programme to audiences through our newly launched digital platform and through our continuing collaboration with Beyond Barbican for Leytonstone Loves Film,working closely with local residents and organisations.”

Additional safety measures in place at the Barbican include one-way routes through the building and sanitisation points. Access to all venues will be via the main entrance on Silk Street with lifts available for those who need them.

Detailed visitor information will be available on the Barbican’s website.

To support the Barbican in reopening and offering the widest possible audience access to culture and creativity, donations can be made at https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/support-us.

Audiences will continue to be able to access Barbican-curated films from home or on the go through the recently launched Cinema On Demand programme. From 11-24 September the streaming service will include Inner States: A series of first-person films, featuring five pivotal documentaries each expressing an interiority rarely achieved on film, plus Lockdown States an extraordinary set of short videos made by international filmmakers since the beginning of the pandemic.

All the films in this series, co-curated by Gali Gold, Head of Cinema, Barbican and Alisa Lebow, Professor of Screen Media, University of Sussex, offer a journey to the inner sanctum of the self: be it the experience of isolation, displacement, confinement, mental illness, creativity amidst political censorship, or just the simplicity of keen observation from a unique vantage point.

In David Achkar’s exquisite and rarely seen Allah Tantou (God’s Will) the filmmaker imagines his father’s experience in 1968, when he was disappeared and imprisoned in Guinea’s notorious Camp Boiro prison; in Là BasChantal Akerman limits herself to the tiny interior of a rented apartment in Tel Aviv, restricting her view almost entirely to what she can see through the matchstick window blinds; Raed Andoni’s probing Fix Me is an extended meditation on what it means to be an individual—let alone an artist with a distinctive vision—in the midst of a collective struggle. Jonathan Caouette’s psychedelic, one-of-a-kind Tarnation could rival any experimental fiction film and yet, its destabilising power resides in its firm grounding in lived experience of a dysfunctional upbringing; and, in This Is Not A film, filmmaker Jafar Panahi channelled his creative drive inwards when he was placed under house arrest and banned from filmmaking, to create a personal and cinematic declaration of dissent.

The free to stream programme of shorts, Lockdown States features work from Beirut based filmmaker Carol Mansour who reveals both sides of lockdown, with its liberating and its devastating effects, and Kashmiri filmmakers, Shahzaib Naik & S M Seraj Ali, who consider the restrictions of lockdown alongside the military crackdown they’ve experienced since August 2019. For acclaimed documentarist, Brett Story, the most unexpected aspect of this unusual time is the way it has prompted people to internalise official and medical restrictions to the point of being moved to police others’ behaviours. New York student and call-centre worker, Taylor-Alexis Gillard emphasises the absurdly humorous aspects of the mind-numbing isolation produced by lockdown, and from Canada, a broad range of filmmakers have been invited by veteran film programmer Stacey Donen to participate in a capsule collection of short films, Greetings From Isolation.

From Wednesday 16 September to Sunday 4 October 2020, Leytonstone Loves Film will celebrate film culture and Leytonstone’s exciting cinema community through a reimagined programme of small-scale film screenings, online Watch Parties, talks and workshops.

The free community-powered programme will bring people together through movies and storytelling in a safe and enjoyable way and provide a platform to showcase the work of filmmakers, industry creatives and cinema enthusiasts in the local area.

Some highlights of the programme include smartphone filmmaking workshops with E17 Films, a local filmmaking project with Stow Film Lounge; a collection of 20 short films programmed by Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF), Cheap Cuts Doc Fest and Forest Film Club; a series of family-friendly digital workshops produced by Barbican Family Film Club; as well as a series of online Watch Parties hosted by We Are Parable, Sign For All CommunityLast Frame Film Club and many other partners. Since not everyone will be able to attend in person, Leytonstone Loves Film plans to work with local film exhibitors to bring a series of small film screenings to care homes, residential homes, community centres and neighbourhood locations to share a cinematic moment in some unexpected places.

HeadCount Partners with 14 Broadway Shows to Promote Voter Registration

Fourteen major Broadway productions are partnering with HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that promotes civic participation through music, culture, and live performance, to encourage Broadway fans across the United States to register and vote. Although Broadway performances in New York City remain suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19, fans of all ages can join their favorite shows in making their voices heard at the polls this fall.

Participating shows whose campaigns launch today include Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The TemptationsChicagoCome From Away; Company; David Byrne’s American Utopia (which previously hosted a HeadCount voter registration booth in the Hudson Theatre lobby at each performance); Dear Evan HansenGirl From The North Country; HadestownHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildJagged Little PillMean Girls; Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Plaza Suite; and TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. Additional participating shows will be announced soon.

Through HeadCount’s national organization efforts, fans across the country can register, check, or update their voter registration status online and find localized information about polling dates, sites, and candidates. By doing so, they will be entered to win Broadway show tickets (applicable when performances resume) and more.

More information on each show’s initiatives, all of which run through October 1 to encompass National Voter Registration Day on September 22, can be found at the links below:

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations – HeadCount.org/ATP or text VOTER ATP to 40649

Chicago – HeadCount.org/Chicago or text VOTER CHICAGO BWAY to 40649

Come From Away – HeadCount.org/ComeFromAway or text VOTER AWAY to 40649

Company – HeadCount.org/Company or text VOTER COMPANY to 40649

David Byrne’s American UtopiaHeadCount.org/DBAU or text VOTER DBAU to 40649

Dear Evan Hansen – HeadCount.org/DearEvanHansen or text VOTER EVAN to 40649

Girl from the North Country – HeadCount.org/GFTNC or text VOTER GFTNC to 40649

Hadestown – HeadCount.org/Hadestown or text VOTER HADESTOWN to 40649

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – HeadCount.org/HarryPotterandtheCursedChild or text VOTER CURSED CHILD to 40649

Jagged Little Pill – HeadCount.org/JLP or text VOTER JLP to 40649

Mean Girls – HeadCount.org/MeanGirls or text VOTER FETCH to 40649

Moulin Rouge! The Musical – HeadCount.org/MoulinRouge or text VOTER MR! to 40649

Plaza Suite – HeadCount.org/PlazaSuite or text VOTER PLAZA to 40649

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical – HeadCount.org/Tina or text VOTER TINA to 40649

Stay tuned to HeadCount and each show’s social media pages for more ways to get involved.

HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. By reaching young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – HeadCount makes civic participation easy and fun. The organization stages nonpartisan voter registration drives at more than 1,000 live events each year and collaborates with cultural leaders to promote civic engagement on a national scale. Since 2004, they’ve signed up over 650,000 voters through their work with touring musicians like Ariana Grande, Dead & Company, and Beyoncé and events like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Pride Festivals and RuPaul’s DragCon.

Kunstfest Weimar (Weimar International Festival) boldly adapts its 2020 Festival to continue in August

Kunstfest Weimar 2020
  • 60 shows including 22 world premieres to go ahead in bold, diverse and contemporary programme
  • The Festival runs from 26 August to 13 September in the beautiful historic city of Weimar in Thuringia, central Germany.
  • New outdoor venue created with can be turned into a drive-in if restrictions return
  • Series of outdoor interventions involve local participants and embed the festival across the city
  • Theatre, dance, opera, film, talks and visual arts address the pandemic, climate change/the environment, 100 years of Thuringia, Buchenwald concentration camp, cruise ships and stockings.
  • Artists include: Falk Richter, Chris Kondek, Dimitrij Schaad, Dumbworld, Shang-Chi SunChaong-Wen TingMatthias Goerne, Anselm KieferLa Fura dels Baus, Sibylle Berg, Benny ClaessensJudith Rosmair, Theresia Walser, Ontroerend GoedThomas Köck and Philipp Ruch.

Weimar International Festival will go ahead! The number of audience members must be smaller, and the programme has had to be adapted and adjusted to work in the current restrictions but it remains as diverse, contemporary and rich with politically relevant work as ever. The Festival will run from 26 August to 13 September.

Festival Director Rolf C Hemke said“When festival cancellations were coming in thick and fast in March, we were able, as a festival taking place in late summer, to bide our time. We’ve had a lot of questions to ask ourselves – how do we react to the circumstances? What do we do about the large dance and opera productions? What about the international artists and companies we present from elsewhere in Europe and from further afield? This festival will be different that is for certain, but also still bold, diverse, contemporary and relevant.”

The Festival this year will present 60 different shows and further interventions in the city and across the region. 22 world premieres feature among the line-up, which ranges from theatre, dance and opera productions to silent movies, film, talks, street interventions and visual arts exhibitions which take the Festival further across Thunringia.

Mr Hemke added“The theme has changed and instead of a focus on 100 years of Thuringia our overall motto is now “Weimar Opens Up!”. In order to guarantee a festival start even in the case of a second wave of infections, we have co-initiated establishing a drive-in cinema with a wrap-around stage which means we have an open air venue we hope without needing cars, but also a drive-in stage for hosting a pandemic-proof core programme, and a rehearsal venue in which to work on new productions. One of the opportunities of this year, in amongst a great many challenges, has been that many wonderful, very renowned freelance artists became suddenly available to work on new commissions with us. We hope that this year’s festival will entice and surprise, let’s together celebrate that Weimar can once again open up!”

With the current crisis overshadowing other topics to a certain extent the pandemic remains as infectious as ever. There are three strands to this year’s programme – artistic responses to the challenges surrounding Covid-19, an exploration of issues around climate change and environmental destruction, and the originally planned focus around Thuringia’s 100th anniversary, its people and its history.

Weimar has brought on board a range of very diverse and illustrious theatre artists to develop new commissions with them that deal with the coronavirus and its impact on individuals or society as a whole. Additional criteria around the new works include that it can be produced by a maximum of three performers appearing on stage, and adapt to the specific environment of a drive-in cinema if that becomes necessary. Six specifically created Weimar Festival productions will be staged at a new venue, the Alte Feuerwache drive-in cinema, co-established by the festival and it is hoped, used more as an urban open-air stage with the audience not in cars.

Falk Richter, Chris Kondek and Dimitrij Schaad create Five Deleted Messages (world premiere), Dumbworld brings the world premiere of its full cycle of 7 x 10 minute street operas Things We Throw Away, Taiwan and Berlin based choreographer Shang-Chi Sun and visual artist Chaong-Wen Ting bring the premiere of their multidiscipline installation which explores ‘home’ Phit-Nan-So (Shelter)Matthias Goerne continues his ground-breaking concert format World Premiere of a Painting which this year sees Anselm Kiefer create a new work especially for the occasion entitled Secolo d’Oro (The Golden Century) and internationally acclaimed Catalan directors’ collective La Fura dels Baus brings its Bach/Electro/Flamenco work Free Bach 212 for its German premiere.

The multi-award-winning writer Sibylle Berg makes her Kunstfest Weimar debut with PAUL, written for the outstanding character actor Benny ClaessensJudith Rosmair plays Juno in a contemporary tale aboard a cruise ship by award winning playwright Theresia WalserSwimming to…  a theatrical exploration by Steve Karier reflects on 100 years of Thuringia and will be performed in 17 cities and villages across the state. DNT regulars, playwrights Lothar Kittstein and Stefan Hornbach are directed by Swaantje Lena Kleff in performances that trace the absurd and tragic everyday aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pioneering Flemish theatre company Ontroerend Goed, author Thomas Köck, musicians Andreas Spechtl, Axel Thielmann, Ulf Bästlein and Christoph Ritter and the provocative and controversial founder of The Centre for Political Beauty, Philipp Ruch are among many others lined up for this year’s Weimar International Festival.
Among many installations and participatory events the Walk to Buchenwald stands out. The Kunstfest Weimar, Achava Festspiele Thüringen and Deutschlandfunk Kultur join forces to mark the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by developing a social sculpture. The participants, in joint commemoration, walk the historic nine kilometre route up to Buchenwald used by the SS until 1939 to take prisoners to the camp. It’s also the route about 1000 Weimar residents were forced to take by US troops to witness the horrors of Buchenwald with their own eyes on 16th April 1945. Outside the gates of today’s memorial site, visitors will be welcomed by Buchenwald survivors from around the world via video stream and invited to participate in an exchange of thoughts and in communal remembrance.


Full cast announced for the European Première of Paula Vogel’s Indecent


With the critically acclaimed production of The Boy Friend currently running at the theatre, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announced the full company for the European première of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-winning play IndecentRebecca Taichman directs Corey English – The Middle (Male); Beverley Klein – The Elder (Female); Finbar Lynch – The Stage Manager; Molly Osborne – The Ingenue (Female); Peter Polycarpou – The Elder (Male); Alexandra Silber – The Middle (Female); Joseph Timms – The Ingenue (Male); Merlin Shepherd – The Clarinettist; Anna Lowenstein – The Violinist, and Josh Middleton – The Accordionist.

Public booking for the production is now open.

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents

The European première of


By Paula Vogel

Director: Rebecca Taichman

13 March – 9 May

Press night: 23 March at 8pm

A seminal work of Jewish culture or an act of traitorous libel? Indecent explores the origins of the highly controversial play The God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch. We follow the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it in this deeply moving play accompanied by a small live klezmer band.

Indecent reunites Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman who co-created and directed the original production. Indecent had its world première production at Yale Repertory Theatre in October 2015. The play had its New York première Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2016, and transferred to Broadway in April 2017. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best New Play received the Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play for Taichman and Best Lighting Design of a Play for Christopher Akerlind (who will also light the Menier production).

Corey English returns to the Menier to play The Middle (Male) – he previously appeared in She Loves Me. His recent theatre work includes Curtains (Wyndham’s Theatre), Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Driving Miss Daisy (York Theatre Royal), Kiss Me Kate (Kilworth House), The Tempest (Bedouin Shakespeare Company), The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Urinetown (St James Theatre and West End), Dream of Perfect Sleep (Finborough Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), and on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hello Dolly!, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, Home Play and Gypsy. For television, his work includes Mysti and Oz; and for film The Conjuring 2, Empire II and Mountainaire.

Beverley Klein plays The Elder (Female). Her stage work includes The Beggar’s Opera (Bouffes du Nord), In Basildon (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse and UK tour), After October (Finborough Theatre), Young Chekhov Trilogy (National Theatre), Cornelius (Finborough Theatre and Brits Off Broadway), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre), Restoration (Headlong), The Holy Terror (Duke of York’s Theatre), Camille (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet, The Villain’s Opera and Summerfolk (National Theatre). For television, her work includes Liar, Mr Selfridge, Call the Midwife, Ripper Street, Down to Earth, Gimme Gimme Gimme and The Hello Girls; and for film, Swinging with the Finkels.

Finbar Lynch plays The Stage Manager. His extensive theatre work includes Girl From the North Country (Noel Coward Theatre, Gielgud Theatre and Toronto), The Lady From the Sea, Hecuba, To the Green Fields Beyond, Fool for Love, Translations (Donmar Warehouse), Richard III (Almeida Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Antony and Cleopatra, Not About the Nightingales (National Theatre), Antigone (Barbican and world tour), Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne, Paris, New York), The Duchess of Malfi (The Old Vic), Faith Healer (Bristol Old Vic), The Big Fellah (Out of Joint), The Raggered Trousered Philanthropist (Chichester Festival Theatre), as well as for the RSC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Amphibians, and A Woman Killed with Kindness. For television, his work includes Treasdstone, The Mallorca Files, The Feed, Foyle’s War, DCI Banks, Breathless, Game of Thrones, Silk and Proof; and for film, Adventures of a Mathematician, The World We Knew, Property of the State, Departure, Suffragette, To Kill a King and The Scold’s Bride.

Molly Osborne returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory to play The Ingenue (Female). She previously appeared in Fiddler on the Roof (also Playhouse Theatre).

Peter Polycarpou plays The Elder (Male). His theatre work includes A Very Expensive Poison (The Old Vic), Oslo (Harold Pinter Theatre), Ross, Guys and Dolls, The Pajama Game, Love Story (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), Working (Southwark Playhouse), Mrs Henderson Presents (Toronto), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), Les Miserables (25th Anniversary at the O2, Dubai), Oliver! (Curve, Leicester), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Imagine This (New London Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) and Oklahoma! (National Theatre). For television, his work includes Riviera, Unforgotten, Tyrant, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, The Family Tree, Hustle, Empathy, and as series regular Chris in Birds of a Feather; and for film, Blue Iguana, Our Cyprus, Clean Skin, O Jerusalem, De-Lovely and Evita.

Alexandra Silber plays The Middle (Female). Her work for the stage in the UK includes Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms), Carousel (Savoy Theatre – TMA for Best Performance in a Musical), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and Savoy Theatre) and The Woman in White (Palace Theatre); and in the US, 50th anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Camelot (Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC), My Fair Lady (MUNY), Arlington (Vineyard Theater), Dum Dee Tweedle (Detroit), West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony. Grammy nomination for the critically acclaimed recording), She Loves Me (Caramoor Center for the Music and the Arts), Song of Norway (Carnegie Hall), Love Story the Musical (The Walnut Street Theatre), Hello Again (Transport Group) and Master Class (Kennedy Center, Manhattan Theatre Club). For television, her work includes Elementary, The Mysteries of Laura and Law and Order; and for film, 1408.

Joseph Timms plays The Ingenue (Male). His theatre work includes A Christmas Carol (RSC), The White Devil, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Parts 1 &2, Bedlam (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate), The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Liverpool Everyman), Twelfth Night and Richard III (Belasco Theatre, Broadway), Bracken More (Tricycle Theatre), Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre), Richard II (Donmar Warehouse) and Twelfth Night (National Theatre). For television, his work includes Atlantis and Amerikan Kanibal.

Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose other plays include How I Learned to Drive (Broadway production set for spring 2020; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’n’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession and A Civil War Christmas. Her plays have been produced across the US and worldwide.

Rebecca Taichman directs. Her credits include Sing Street (New York Theatre Workshop and forthcoming Broadway run at Lyceum Theatre), Time and the Conways (Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre),  School Girls; Or, The Mean African Girls Play (MCC), This Flat Earth, Familiar, Stage Kiss, Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons), How To Transcend a Happy Marriage (Lincoln Center), Rappaccini’s Daughter, Dark Sisters (Gotham Chamber Opera), Luck of the Irish (LCT3), Orlando (Classic Stage Company), Orpheus (New York City Opera), The Scene (Second Stage), Menopausal Gentleman (The Ohio Theatre).

Indecent is being presented in association with Daryl Roth, Elizabeth I McCann and Cody Lassen.

LISTINGS INFORMATION                                                                                MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY

53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU


13 March – 9 May

Press night: 23 March at 8pm


15 May – 4 July

Press night: 21 May at 8pm

Box Office:  020 7378 1713 (£2.50 transaction fee per booking)

Website: www.menierchocolatefactory.com (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

Tickets: Prices vary, as below from discounted preview tickets to premier seats. With the emphasis on ‘the sooner you book, the better the price’:

A meal deal ticket includes a 2-course meal from the pre-theatre menu in the Menier Restaurant as well as the theatre ticket.



Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

Box Office: 0844 871 7622 / www.atgtickets.com

Tickets from £15


Tickets via www.mirvish.com.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Princess of Wales Theatre during regular box office hours.  Group orders of 15 or more receive reduced rates.

31 March – 3 May


Twitter: @MenChocFactory

Instagram: @menierchocolatefactory


Nominations announced for 20th Annual Whatsonstage Awards

Whats on Stage Awards
  • & Juliet Leads The Musical Categories With 13 Nominations
  • Evita follows with 8 nominations, and Mame with 7 nominations
  • Present Laughter Leads The Straight Play Awards With 8 Nominations

Tyrone Huntley today announced the nominations for the 20th annual WhatsOnStage Awards via WhatsOnStage’s social channels, the only major theatre prize-giving decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (until 27 January), with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert held on 1 March 2020 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “As we enter our 20th year, we’re thrilled to announce the nominations for the WhatsOnStage Awards. 2019 has proved a strong year for musicals with & Juliet dominating the field with 13 nominations – more than either Hamilton or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in previous years. There’s also been a strong showing for work outside the capital with venues including Hope Mill Theatre, Curve Leicester and Sheffield Theatres receiving multiple nominations. This is the particular joy of the WhatsOnStage Awards, that work from across the breadth of the UK is represented and championed.”
Leading this year is the new musical & Juliet – currently running at the Shaftesbury Theatre, with 13 nominations across acting and creative categories including nominations for leading actors Miriam-Teak Lee and Oliver Tompsett who play Juliet and Shakespeare respectively, supporting actor nominations for Jordan Luke GageCassidy Janson and Melanie La Barrie, Best New Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Graphic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Video Design. In the musical categories, Evita follows with 8 nominations and Mame with 7 nominations, ahead of Waitress with 6 nominations, and Come from Away and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with 5 nominations each.

For Best Actress in a Musical Miriam-Teak Lee faces competition from Tracie Bennett for MameKatharine McPhee and Lucie Jones – both for Waitress, and Zizi Strallen for Mary Poppins; and in the Best Actor in a Musical category Oliver Tompsett is nominated alongside David Hunter for WaitressCharlie Stemp for Mary PoppinsSam Tutty for Dear Evan Hansen, and Jac Yarrow for Joseph.

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical sees the stars of Waitress face off again with nominations for both Laura Baldwin and Marisha Wallace; who in turn are up against Cassidy Janson and Melanie La Barrie, both for & Juliet, and Rachel Tucker from Come From Away; and Best Supporting Actor nominees are & Juliet’s Romeo Jordan Luke GageJoe Sugg from WaitressJack Loxton from Dear Evan HansenOscar Conlon-Morrey for Only Fools and Horses The Musical, and Joseph’s Jason Donovan.

Best New Musical will see a closely fought battle between & JulietWaitressDear Evan HansenCome From Away and Only Fools and Horses; Best Musical Revival nominees are Mary PoppinsEvitaJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatMame, and 9 to 5 The Musical.

In the straight play categories, Best New Play is a contest between The DoctorThe SonMy Beautiful LaundretteLife of Pi and Appropriate; and Best Play Revival nominees are BetrayalDeath of a SalesmanA Midsummer Night’s DreamLungs and Present Laughter. The latter of these leads the play categories with 8 nominations; including Best Actor in a Play for Andrew Scott, Best Supporting Actress in a Play nominations for Sophie Thompson and Indira Varma and Best Direction for Matthew Warchus.

In a heavily nominated year for The Old Vic, Warchus receives a double nomination in the Best Direction category – for Lungs, as well as Present Laughter. His rivals are Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell for Death of a SalesmanRobert Icke for The Doctor and Jamie Lloyd for Evita.

Andrew Scott faces Tom Hiddleston for BetrayalMatt Smith for LungsWendell Pierce for Death of a Salesman, and Laurie Kynaston for The Son for the Best Actor in a Play Award – both Scott and Kynaston were recently honoured for their respective roles at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. For Best Actress in a Play, the nominations are Claire Foy for LungsZawe Ashton for BetrayalHayley Atwell for RosmersholmSharon D. Clarke for Death of a Salesman, and Juliet Stevenson for The Doctor.

For Best Supporting Actor in a Play, nominated are Alexander Vlahos for Peter PanCharlie Cox for BetrayalHareet Deol for My Beautiful LaundretteHammed Animashaun for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Giles Terera for Rosmersholm; and for Best Supporting Actress in a Play, Thompson and Varma are up against Ria Zmitrowicz for The DoctorMonica Dolan for All About Eve, and Isabella Pappas for Appropriate.

Best Off-West End production nominees are The View UpStairs (Soho Theatre), Falsettos (The Other Palace), High Fidelity (The Turbine Theatre), Preludes and Fiver – both at Southwark Playhouse; and the Best Regional Production are Mame (Hope Mill Theatre), Life of Pi (Sheffield Theatres), West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), My Beautiful Laundrette (Curve, Leicester, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse co-production), and The Color Purple (Curve, Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production). 

Tickets are available for the awards ceremony on 1 March via www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk from £25.00.


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Tom Hiddleston – Betrayal

Andrew Scott – Present Laughter

Matt Smith – Lungs

Wendell Pierce – Death of a Salesman

Laurie Kynaston – The Son


Claire Foy – Lungs

Zawe Ashton – Betrayal

Hayley Atwell – Rosmersholm

Sharon D. Clarke – Death of a Salesman

Juliet Stevenson – The Doctor


Alexander Vlahos – Peter Pan

Charlie Cox – Betrayal

Hareet Deol – My Beautiful Laundrette

Hammed Animashaun – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Giles Terera – Rosmersholm


Ria Zmitrowicz – The Doctor

Isabella Pappas – Appropriate

Monica Dolan – All About Eve

Sophie Thompson – Present Laughter

Indira Varma – Present Laughter


David Hunter – Waitress

Sam Tutty – Dear Evan Hansen

Jac Yarrow – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Oliver Tompsett – & Juliet

Charlie Stemp – Mary Poppins


Lucie Jones – Waitress

Katharine McPhee – Waitress

Miriam-Teak Lee – & Juliet

Tracie Bennett – Mame

Zizi Strallen – Mary Poppins


Joe Sugg – Waitress

Jack Loxton – Dear Evan Hansen

Jordan Luke Gage – & Juliet

Oscar Conlon-Morrey – Only Fools and Horses

Jason Donovan – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Laura Baldwin – Waitress

Marisha Wallace – Waitress

Cassidy Janson – & Juliet

Melanie La Barrie – & Juliet

Rachel Tucker – Come From Away


The Doctor

The Son

My Beautiful Laundrette

Life of Pi




Death of a Salesman

Present Laughter

A Midsummer Night’s Dream [Bridge Theatre]




& Juliet

Dear Evan Hansen

Come From Away

Only Fools and Horses


Mary Poppins


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


9 to 5 The Musical



The View UpStairs

High Fidelity





The Color Purple

Life of Pi

My Beautiful Laundrette

West Side Story [Royal Exchange Manchester]


Fabian Aloise – Evita

Matthew Bourne – Romeo & Juliet

Kelly Devine – Come From Away

Jennifer Weber – & Juliet

Nick Winston – Mame


Lez Brotherston – Romeo & Juliet

Katrina Lindsay – Small Island

Rob Howell – Present Laughter

Philip Witcomb – Mame

Paloma Young – & Juliet


Marianne Elliott & Miranda Cromwell – Death of a Salesman

Robert Icke – The Doctor

Jamie Lloyd – Evita

Matthew Warchus – Lungs

Matthew Warchus – Present Laughter


& Juliet – Dewynters

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Muse Creative Communications

Equus – Feast Creative

Evita – Feast Creative

Rosmersholm – Bob King Creative


Jon Clark – Evita

Ben Cracknell – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Howard Hudson – & Juliet

Jessica Hung Han Yun – Equus

Tim Lutkin & Hugh Vanstone – Present Laughter


Ian Eisendrath, Alan Berry & Team – Come From Away

Kimberly Grigsby – The Light in the Piazza

Alex Parker – Mame

John Rigby – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Alan Williams – Evita


Soutra Gilmour – & Juliet

Soutra Gilmour – Evita

Rob Howell – Present Laughter

Robert Jones – The Light in the Piazza

Rae Smith – The Night of the Iguana


Ben Harrison – Mame

Nick Lidster – Evita

Gareth Owen – & Juliet

Gareth Owen – Come From Away

Mick Potter – The Light in the Piazza


Jon Driscoll – Small Island

Will Duke – Grief is the Thing With Feathers

Andrzej Goulding – & Juliet

P J McEvoy – Falsettos

Ewan Jones Morris – A Very Expensive Poison


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JERMYN STREET THEATRE in association with The Watermill Theatre presents One Million Tiny Plays About Britain


A couple peer into an estate agent’s window; two sports fans have a heart-to-heart in the loo; a daughter has questions about her mother’s love life; and as a father helps his son tie his football boots, he realises they are growing apart. If you keep your eyes and ears open, there are a million tiny plays happening every day.

This December Jermyn Street Theatre will stage One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor.  This heartwarming collage of scenes about twenty-first century life will star Emma Barclay (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth – Watermill Theatre Ensemble, Babe the Sheep-Pig – Polka Theatre, Honk! – UK Tour) and Alec Nichols (Alcatraz – Vault Festival, Catalyst – North Wall Theatre, Broadchurch – ITV).  The production is directed by Laura Keefe and was originally staged at The Watermill Theatre where it will be returning for a three week run at the end of January 2020.

Originally published as a series of short sketches in The Guardian, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain captures everyday life in our nation with humour, pathos and perfect timing. Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these tiny plays provide a glimpse into other people’s lives, revealing the triumphs, disasters, prejudices, horrors and joys familiar to us all.

Jermyn Street Theatre Artistic Director, Tom Littler says:  
After the success of Tom Wentworth’s Burke and Hare last year, we are delighted to partner with the Watermill Theatre again this Christmas. I loved Craig Taylor’s weekly ‘Tiny Play About Britain’ in the Guardian for several years, and I can’t wait to see these funny, poignant, true stories on our stage.”

Craig Taylor is the author of three books, including the bestselling Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now – As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It.  His book Return to Akenfield was adapted for the stage by Eastern Angles. One Million Tiny Plays About Britain has been performed around the world. Taylor’s next book, New Yorkers, will be published in autumn, 2020.

Laura Keefe’s recent credits include: Robin Hood (The Watermill Theatre), My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre/Roundhouse/Southbank Centre), and Turning a Little FurtherThe Lost (Young Vic). She is a former staff director at the National Theatre.

Jermyn Street Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the heart of London’s West End. In 2017, it became a producing house and has since forged partnerships with theatres in New York, Munich, Frankfurt, Newbury, Guildford, Oxford, Cumbria and York, producing over fifteen world premieres alongside several rediscoveries. Jermyn Street Theatre is a signatory to the Equity Fringe Agreement and committed to equal gender representation. One Million Tiny Plays About Britain is the final play in The Memories Season, which also includes the forthcoming co-production with Guildford Shakespeare Company of All’s Well That Ends Well (6th November to 30th November).  The theatre recently announced a full year of programming for 2020. This features the talents of Peter Gill, Trevor Nunn, Lisa Dwan, Michael Pennington, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Sarah Ruhl and David Threlfall. It launches in January with the Samuel Beckett triple bill of Krapp’s Last TapeEh Joe and The Old Tune (15 January to 8 February), directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Niall Buggy, Lisa Dwan and David Threlfall.


Eileen Atkins & Timothée Chalamet in 4000 Miles at the Old Vic, directed by Matthew Warchus

Timothée Chalamet. Photo credit Gabriel Goldberg
Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins

This spring The Old Vic will present Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominated play 4000 Miles, directed by Matthew Warchus with Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet in the lead roles, opening on 16 April 2020 with previews from 06 April. 

It was to finish something I started. Micah and I started something. I finished it. That’s it. People want to make it really complicated but it’s not’ 

At the beginning of the summer 21-year-old Leo set out from the West Coast cycling across America with his best friend. After weeks of radio silence, no one is more surprised than his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, when Leo turns up on her Manhattan doorstep in the middle of the night. 

His life just starting, hers nearly ended, in a faded Greenwich Village apartment their griefs collide. 

A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama’ The New York Times 

Timothée Chalamet. Photo credit Gabriel Goldberg

Timothée Chalamet. Photo credit Gabriel Goldberg

Artistic Director and Director, Matthew Warchus, said ‘Amy Herzog is one of my favourite living writers – she writes with a deceptively powerful simplicity, full of extraordinary grace, precision and radiance. I’m very much looking forward to working with this exceptional cast on her gorgeous play which abounds with intimate beauty and truth’ 

4000 Miles is part of Matthew Warchus’ Season 5 joining the forthcoming productions of A Christmas Carol, Endgame (in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II) and Local Hero

Matthew Warchus Theatre includes: Lungs, Present Laughter, ‘Art’, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional, Speed-the- Plow (The Old Vic); A Christmas Carol, Groundhog Day, The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic/Broadway); Matilda the Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway/International tour); Ghost The Musical, La Bête, God of Carnage (West End/Broadway); Deathtrap, Endgame, Our House, Much Ado About Nothing (West End); Boeing-Boeing (West End/Broadway/UK tour); The Lord of the Rings (also co-writer, Toronto/West End); Buried Child, Volpone (National Theatre); Follies (Broadway); Life x 3 (National Theatre/The Old Vic/Broadway); True West (Donmar/Broadway); The Unexpected Man (RSC/West End/Broadway); ‘Art’ (Broadway/West End/Los Angeles); Hamlet, Henry V (RSC); Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, The Plough and the Stars, Fiddler on the Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Leeds Playhouse). Opera includes: Falstaff, Così Fan Tutte (ENO); The Rake’s Progress (ROH/WNO). Film includes: Pride — BIFA Best British Independent Film and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Simpatico. Matthew was an Associate Director at the Leeds Playhouse and Artistic Associate at The Old Vic before being appointed Artistic Director of the theatre in 2015. 

Eileen Atkins Theatre includes: Sargeant Musgrave’s Dance, The Lady’s Not For Burning (The Old Vic); The Killing of Sister George – Evening Standard Award for Best Actress (The Old Vic/West End/Broadway); The Height of the Storm (West End/UK tour/Broadway); Female of the Species, The Birthday Party (West End); Honour – Olivier Award for Best Actress, The Winter’s Tale – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre); Ellen Terry (Shakespeare’s Globe); Doubt, Retreat From Moscow (Broadway); The Unexpected Man – Olivier Award for Best 

Actress (RSC/Barbican/Broadway). Television includes: The Crown, Doc Martin, Upstairs Downstairs, Cranford – BAFTA Award for Best Actress, Emmy Award for Supporting Actress, Miss Marple. Film includes: Carnage, Paddington, Last Chance Harvey, The Hours, Gosford Park

Timothée Chalamet Theatre includes: Prodigal Son (Manhattan Theater Club). Film includes: Little Women, The King, Beautiful Boy, Lady Bird, Hostiles, Call Me By Your Name – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, Miss Stevens, Interstellar. Upcoming films include: Dune, The French Dispatch

Amy Herzog Theatre includes: Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop/Donmar); 4000 Miles – Obie Award for Best New American Play (Lincoln Center, New York/South Coast Repertory/Theatre Royal, Bath); Mary Jane – Horton Foote Playwriting Award 2019, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Obie Award for Playwriting (Yale Repertory Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop); The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons, New York); After the Revolution – New York Times Award for Outstanding Playwright (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Playwrights Horizons, New York). 


Bianca Del Rio and Preeya Kalidas joins cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Preeya Kalidis
Roy Haylock (Hugo) in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Photo - Matt Crockett

Roy Haylock (Hugo) in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Photo – Matt Crockett

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, welcomes BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas from 17 November 2019 and is thrilled to welcome back Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, to reprises his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December 2019.
Preeya Kalidas said:
I fell in love with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from the first time I saw it. The music is contagious, the diversity of talent being represented on a West End stage is incredible.

 So to be joining the cast as Miss Hedge, I am extremely excited to be part of a show that makes the audience feel so elated, and reminds us all that being unafraid to do and be whoever you want to be can be extremely powerful.

 Roy Haylock said:

I’m so thrilled and excited to be re-joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End! I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year. I’m honored and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again!

 Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said:

As Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starts its third fabulous year in the West End, we are delighted to welcome back the equally fabulous Roy Haylock/Bianca Del Rio as Hugo /Loco Chanelle and the much-loved musical theatre and TV star Preeya Kalidas as Miss Hedge. Roy was a huge hit with audiences when he performed the role earlier this year and Preeya always brings a star performance to every show she is in.

Preeya Kalidis

Preeya Kalidis

Preeya Kalidas is a stage and screen actress best known for playing Amira Masood in BBC’s EastEnders. Preeya also starred in the British smash hit film Bend it Like Beckham, and then later originated the role of Pinky in the original West End musical cast, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards.

Other film credits include: Empire award winning Four Lions, East is East, Sari and Trainers, Jump Boy and Bollywood Queen.

TV credits includeC4’s Britz alongside Riz Ahmed, BBC’s Bodies , BBC’s England Expects with Steven MackintoshCarrie in BBC’s MistressesBBC’s BedtimeBBC’s Casualty, BBC’s Doctors, BBC’s Goggle eyes, BBC’s Banglatown Banquet, Carmen in BBC Three Bollywood Carmen (BAFTA Nominated) .

Theatre credits include: Aisha in Chiaroscuro at Bush Theatre, Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams at London’s Victoria Apollo Theatre, Loraina in Oxford Street at The Royal Court, Narrator in revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre , Reema in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s Khandan at Royal Court/ Birmingham Rep, Patty Di Marco in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock.

Preeya currently hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday afternoon from 1pm.

Roy Haylock, as Bianca Del Rio, was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed “clown in a gown,” he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine’s list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World”, and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as “So funny! So sharp!

Since winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, Roy has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything.

As Bianca, he made guest appearances on MTV’s Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starred in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Angel in Rentthe Emcee in CabaretMiss Industrial Northeast in Pageantand Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy.  

Roy is wrapping up his fourth solo stand-up show, It’s Jester Joke, which reached six continents and over 25 countries in 2019. The tour included performances at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wembley Arena, where he was the first time a drag queen to headline both of these venues with a solo act.

Preeya and Roy will join cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Daniel Davids (Levi), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Melissa Jacques (Margaret), Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah).

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.

Jamie is terrified about the future.

Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. With catchy songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s sell-out production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA transfers to the Barbican Theatre

  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s sell-out production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA transfers to the Barbican Theatre.
  • Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production runs for just 8 weeks from 27 June 2020.

 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the Barbican Theatre have today announced that, following its overwhelming sell-out success in 2019 at the Open Air Theatre, Evita transfers to the Barbican Theatre for just 8 weeks in summer 2020 (27 June – 22 August). Reinvented by director Jamie Lloyd, his transformative production was seen by over 75,000 people at the Open Air Theatre, becoming the theatre’s highest grossing production ever.

The musical premiered in the West End in 1978 and features a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For    Me ArgentinaOh! What A CircusAnother Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Academy Award-winning You Must Love Me, originally performed by Madonna in the motion picture.

Jamie Lloyd is joined by the full Creative Team from the Regent’s Park production. Casting information will be announced in due course.

Evita is produced by William Village and Timothy Sheader for Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd by special arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.

Public booking opens at 10am on Friday 1 November 2019.



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Tickets for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2020 season are now on sale. The season opens with their first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May – 21 June), based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge. The season continues with Romeo and Juliet (27 June – 25 July) and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (31 July – 19 September). Also during the season, Nicoll Entertainment presents Dragons and Mythical Beasts (11 August – 6 September), a new 50-minute interactive daytime show for ages 3+.