Looking back at theatre in October

This month celebrated the anniversary of the #metoo movement, in a year which has seen theatres across the UK update their harassment and bullying policies, and a new no-nonsense approach has swept the country.

Looking back at theatre in October

Along with these changes came updated procedures from the National, who became the first organisation to turn down actors who are unsuccessful in auditions, instead of not contacting them at all.  As well as this, theatre company Hijinx has announced its target to have an actor with learning disabilities win an Oscar by 2030

Are we witnessing a change for the better in the theatre community? With a push for more diversity and acceptance in the industry, the changes under the #metoo movement, as well as developments in childcare for working mothers, it appears as though theatres are taking on the same sorts of responsibilities towards their workers as commercial businesses.

King George invites you to the Olivier Awards 2019

Hamilton’s King George announced the date and location of the 2019 Olivier Awards with Mastercard earlier this month in a short video. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Source:Official London Theatre 

Big wins for Manchester at UK Theatre Awards 2018

3587efc460132735c6768ad7f504c96c7c686643.jpgThe UK Theatre Awards took place on Sunday 14 October at London’s Guildhall. The ceremony was hosted by Olivier Award Winner Tyrone Huntley, and saw The Royal Exchange, Manchester, walk away as the big winners, with four awards including Best Play. Clwyd Theatre’s production of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins won Best Musical Production, whilst Maxine Peake was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Theatre, and Richard Eyre received the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, presented by Ian McKellen.

The award for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre saw an extraordinary 56,000 people vote this year. The Mill at Sonning once again took the title of the most welcoming theatre in the UK, attracting more people to their theatre than ever before.

Source: UK Theatre | Image: Whatsonstage

Voice Coach Cicely Berry dies, aged 92


Cicely Berry died on 15 October, aged 92.

She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1969 and became the Head of Voice there just a year later, making the RSC the first company to have a full time, permanent voice department.

Berry was a well-renowned and respected voice coach across the industry, and was loved by everyone who worked with her.

Source: The Stage

West End childcare scheme launches 


Actor Sarah Middleton has set up a ‘kids club’ for working professionals in the theatre industry who struggle to find childcare for their children on Saturdays, particularly for matinee shows. The service started on 6 October, running on Saturday’s every week. It is available to anyone working in the theatre industry, and is for children aged 4 and upwards. The cost for a day is £45 and the Actors Children’s Trust has agreed to help with the fee for those who cannot afford it.

There is the possibility for this to be expanded to other days of the week, if the demand is there, and the club is run by experienced staff, focusing on delivering creative activities to children.

Source: The Stage

Lovely Jubbly! Only Fools and Horses Musical

A musical version of the hit TV show will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket next year. It has been written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, the son of the show’s original creator, John Sullivan, who had started the script for the musical version before he passed away.

The show will be directed by Caroline Jay Ranger and opens on 9 February 2019.

Source: BBC

Rocky Horror hits the road with a new UK tour

The Rocky Horror show is returning in December for a year long UK Tour. It opens on 13 December at the Theatre Royal Brighton and is touring until 2 November 2019, visiting venues including the Sunderland Empire, Sheffield Lyceum, New Wimbledon Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Bristol Hippodrome and King’s Theatre in Glasgow. It will be directed by Christopher Luscombe and the cast includes Duncan James and Joanne Clifton.

Source: Broadway World

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Hope Mill Theatre’s production of Hair will embark on its UK tour next year, since initially running at the Hope Mill Theatre in 2016 and transferring to the Vaults in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the musical.

The tour will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 22 March 2019 and is due to run until 20 July. It is set to visit Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Sheffield and Brighton, with other dates still to be announced. The production will be directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, designed by Maeve Black and choreographed by William Whelton. The cast is yet to be announced.

Source: WhatsOnStage | Image: The Stage

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A reimagining for Romeo and Juliet is set for a UK tour. New Adventures, Matthew Bourne’s company, has announced that the production will be opening at the Leicester Curve on 13 May 2019. The tour will run until 12 October 2019, including a four week run at Sadler’s Wells in London from 7 August to 31st.

As well as professional dancers, the company will also include emerging young dancers aged 16 to 19, six of whom will perform at each venue. There will also be young associate artists working within the company in creative roles. Set and costume design is by Lez Brotherston, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis, and orchestrations by Terry Davies.

Source: New Adventures  | Image: The Stage

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The Stage Awards 2019 will be held at the Bridge Theatre in London. The Bridge won Theatre Building of the Year in 2018, and due to Theatre Royal Drury Lane being under refurbishment, the current title holder seems the perfect alternative.

Nominations for the 2019 awards are open until 11 November 2018. Categories include: Regional Theatre of the Year, Fringe Theatre of the Year, Innovation Award and Sustainability Award. The shortlist of nominations will be announced on 13 December 2018 and the ceremony will take place on 25 January 2019.

Source: The Stage

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One Dance UK have launched new industry awards, and are the first of their kind to celebrate people working across the sector. Award categories include: Healthcare in Dance, Innovation, Teaching, Dance on Screen and Dance Programming. There are 23 categories in total, which aim to celebrate all the hard work going on in the industry today.

The awards will be presented in Leeds on 24 November.

Source: One Dance UK 

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A major stage adaptation of popular novel Life of Pi has been announced to run at Sheffield Theatres from 28 June to 20 July 2019. The story is being adapted for the stage by actress and writer Lolita Chakrabarti.

The adaptation will be directed by Max Webster and will run as part of the theatre’s future programming, which also includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an Out of Joint co-production.

Source: WhatsOnStage

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Jo Nead

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I am a Hertfordshire based RADA graduate working in Stage Management. I like to knit, cook and travel and I can always be found in or talking about a theatre!

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