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NEWS: Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016 announce first acts

The first shows of the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Festival have been announced today [5 November]. Acts today include the UK Premiere of White Nights from the contemporary circus company Race Horse, a world premiere from composer Kemal Yusuf and a revival of National Theatre Scotland &National Theatre production of Rona Munro’s critically acclaimed The James Plays at Norwich's Theatre ...

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NEWS: Stephen Jackson wins 2015 Verity Bargate Award

Having attracted over 900 entries and from a shortlist of six, Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion today [5th November] announced first-time playwright Stephen Jackson as the winner of the 2015 Verity Bargate Award. Jackson’s play, Roller Diner, is a love story with songs, set in a 195’s style Roller Diner in Birmingham. In runner-up place was Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s modern ...

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NEWS: Mercury Theatre opens refurbished studio and announces ambitious plans

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre today [30October] officially re-opened its studio theatre after a major £580,00 renovation. The first major building work since the Essex venue opened in 1972, the studio venue had suffered from a lack of air-conditioning and lack of sound proofing from the neighbouring main stage. Combined, the two issues had limited the use of the venue, or necessitated ...

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NEWS: Sheridan Smith transfers to the West End with Funny Girl

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production ofFunny Girlis to transfer to the West End, following a sold-out run at the Chocolate Factory, which begins later this month, it’s been announced today [30 October].Michael Mayer’s production, starring award-winning actressSheridan Smithas Fanny Brice, is to open at the Savoy Theatre on 9 April for a limited 12-week run until 12 July. David Babani, ...

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NEWS: Park Theatre announces 2016 Season

  London’s Park Theatre has announced its new season of work for 2016, marking the venue’s third year. The season includes seven new writing world premieres, revivals and a brand new British musical. For Park Theatre’s Artistic Director Jez Bond, the new season offers something for everyone. “Our last season delivered phenomenal successes with sell-out runs for new plays The ...

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NEWS: A magical day for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

In just one day, ticket sales for J K Rowling’s eighth story for her money-spinning wizard creation, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, have reached 175,000, an unprecedented feat for a theatrical production. Tickets went on sale today [28 October 2015] at 11amfor those who had registered for priority booking forHarry Potter and the Cursed Child.The same, afternoonthe producers released ...

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NEWS: Applications open for PULSE 2016

Applications have openedfor the 16th annual PULSE Festival in Ipswich. Hosted by the New Wolsey Theatre and co-curated by festival directors China Plate, the part curated, part open application festival for new and innovative work will take place in IpswichfromThursday, 26 May to Saturday, 4 June 2016 PULSE Festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work ...

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NEWS: The Last Five Years to lead New Wolsey 15th birthday season

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre have today [23 October] announced their Spring 2016 15th Birthday Season. Headlining the season is a new production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Recently turned into a film, the musical tells the story of a passionate love affair but with one side of the story played in chronological order, the other played backwards. ...

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