Educating Rita to tour the UK

David Pugh has been determined to stage productions. Within weeks he announced and produced a remounted production of Educating Rita at the Minack Theatre. Today it's been confirmed that the remounted production, starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson will once again tour the UK in a covid secure, socially distanced environment. The tour will kick... Continue Reading →

The Derby Theatre to produce The Little Mermaid this Christmas with tickets for £12

While Aladdin was due to grace the stage of the Derby Theatre this year, due to a change of circumstances that production has been moved to next. However, the Derby Theatre is instead presenting a production of the Little Mermaid this festive season. The production runs from 2nd December 2020 until 2nd January 2021 with... Continue Reading →

Theatres allowed to re-open with social distancing from this weekend

After being halted at the 11th hour a couple of weeks ago, Indoor Theatres have been given the green light to re open. While a socially distanced audience is simply not a viable financial model, there are some productions planned for the rest of the year that will welcome this news. This is by no... Continue Reading →

Stafford Gatehouse Delays 2020 Pantomime

It has just been announced that Stafford Gatehouse's Christmas pantomime of Snow White has been moved until 2021 The 2020 production would have been the second time Prime Pantomimes produced the panto for the Stafford theatre, following the successful production of Peter Pan last year. A full review of that production can be read here... Continue Reading →

The UK Government Finally Announces A £1.57bn Package. Will It Be Enough To Prevent A Cultural Crisis In The UK?

15 weeks after the UK lockdown thrown the creative arts industry in near total collapse, the UK Government have finally announces some extra support for the creative sectors. It's been widely reported that without some sort of financial support package, 70% of arts organisations would fall by the end of the year. Very well regarded... Continue Reading →

The New Vic Pushes Ahead With A Refurbishment

The New Vic in Newcastle under Lyme was built by the community, for the community and despite the doors being shut, it pushes on with plans to refurbish its autororium. This week the builders move in to replace all the seats and also add handrails to the aisle to aid visitors. The full list of... Continue Reading →

Five Ways to Support Your Local Theatre

Theatres up and down the country have closed their doors until early August, at the earliest. The longer this carries on for, the more critical it is that we support our local theatres in any way we can. Here are just five ways you can continue to support your own local Theatre during this difficult... Continue Reading →

The Government Must Support UK Theatre

The arts industry continues to ramp up pressure on the government to save the theatre industry from being decimated by the COVID-19 crisis. The government broke its silence on the matter as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wrote in the Guardian this weekend that he knows  'this pandemic has dealt the arts a knockout blow' Dowden... Continue Reading →

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Review: Anno Domino at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (Audio Play)

Writer, Director & Performer: Alan Ayckbourn Performer: Heather Stoney Final Mix: Paul Steer 'Life still goes on doesn't it?' is the concluding line in Alan Ayckbourn's new play which has been written specially to be broadcast as an audio play. Ayckbourn has taken lockdown as an opportunity to write, direct and perform in this brand... Continue Reading →

Review: Henry V at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Live Stream)

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Hal Chambers A nation lost and in need of a leader. It doesn't feel too long ago when Britain was in a similar world to when Henry V was on the throne. Director Hal Chambers explores those similarities and the role of leaders in those troubling times in this valiant take... Continue Reading →

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