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NEWS: BE Festival 2013: Birmingham welcomes back the best of European theatre

Twenty-three performances from twelve different countries will run alongside exhibitions, discussions, workshops and home-cooked food this summer, as Birmingham’s annual festival of European work, BE Festival, returns to the city for a fourth year. With an emphasis on collaboration, participation and exchange, the performance programme is built around participatory events and a communal meal, and each of the pieces presented ...

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NEWS: Iconic Arts Centre Threatened With Closure

Although a local arts centre, The Public in West Bromwich is known across the nation as a hugely expensive white elephant, writes our Central Region Editor, Selwyn Knight. It has been widely criticised for its design – it is large and pink with, to be honest, rather uninviting solid doors and windows that look as if they’ve been left too ...

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NEWS: Royal Shakespeare Company Joins Forces With Google To Present Midsummer Night’s Dreaming

In a project directed by Google’s Tom Uglow and the RSC’s Geraldine Collinge, people all over the world will be able to join the Royal Shakespeare Company live in Stratford-upon-Avon and online, as they present a one-off digital theatre project, Midsummer Night’s Dreaming. This creative experiment will take place over Midsummer weekend, 21 –24 June 2013 and will explore different ...

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NEWS: Amanda Barrie Heads East For Christmas

Following the visit of Coronation Street bad boy Nigel Pivaro last year, Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre have today announced that former Corrie star Amanda Barrie will be leading this year’s panto, Cinderella. Known to millions asoneof Coronation Street’s best loved characters, Alma, Barrie spent 20 eventful years in the soap, with her final episode being seen by over 15 million viewers. ...

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NEWS: Featherstone hands over keys of Royal Court for the Summer

In her first summer at the helm of the Royal Court Theatre, new Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone is handing over the building to the playwrights in Open Court - a six week festival of plays, ideas and events chosen and suggested by a group of over 140 writers. Featherstone’s first full season of plays, which will start in September 2013 ...

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NEWS: Leanne Jones gets all Saucy in the West End

Olivier Award winning actress Leanne Jones will lead the cast of the latest London revival of cult sci-fi musical Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, which will run for a 7 week limited season at the Leicester Square Theatre from 1st August – 15th September. Jones made her professional debut as Tracey Turnblad in the multi-award winning original UK production ...

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NEWS: London debut for Glee star Telly Leung

Speckulation Entertainment have announced today that Glee and Broadway star Telly Leung will make his London debut at London’s mostglamorouscabaret venue – The Matcham Room at The Hippodrome. Leung who is best known for his rôle as Warbler Wes in the award winning TV series Glee will perform for just to concerts 8pm on Saturday 20th July and a 4pm ...

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