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NEWS: Mercury Theatre launches ‘The Bard in The Bog’


Colchester’s Mercury Theatre have come up with a unique way of helping prepare audiences for their forthcoming production of Macbeth. For those who struggle with Shakespeare’s language the venue have launched The Bard in The Bog. Every toilet stall in the theatre has been taken over with displays suggesting Shakespearian ways of saying everyday phrases. Robin Fenwick, Director of Communications ...

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NEWS: Bob Carlton to leave Queen’s Hornchurch

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The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch have announced that their Artistic Director Bob Carlton will step down from his post this year. Carlton has been at the venue for 17 years and will leave in November after directing his final production –his self-penned Olivier Award-winning musical Return to the Forbidden Planet. Carlton will be returning to his freelance directing and writing career, starting with a ...

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NEWS: Colchesters Man To Man gets London run

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Colchester Mercury’s critically acclaimed production of Man To Man is to transfer to London’s Park Theatre this November. The rarely performed piece was staged at the Essex venue in October 2013, with the London transfer reuniting director Tilly Branson with Tricia Kelly, who recreates the role of Ella. Kelly’s performance in the one-woman play was universally praised with our review ...

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NEWS: Family Arts Festival comes to Manchester

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Families will get the chance to experience the magic of theatre this autumn, as the Family Arts Festival stages a variety of comedy, dance and theatre productions. Taking place from Friday 17 October to Sunday 2 November, the Family Arts Festival is part of a national celebration of families and includes performance from just £5. Shows will include the tale ...

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NEWS: 100 Years on, but never forgotten

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100 years ago, Britain had entered into the First World War. It was a war which would claim the lives of over 16 million people and injuring a further 20 million, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in recorded history. This season, theatres in Leeds are remembering the lives and stories of those who served throughout the First World ...

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New Playwright-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.


Executive Producer: Jimmy Fay The Lyric Theatre has just announced that its new playwright-in-residence will be renowned Belfast playwright Owen McCafferty. The reception celebrating McCafferty’s new residency was in many ways a celebration of his work thus far, with actors from the Lyric’s forthcoming production of Stewart Parker’s Pentecost giving short readings from a selection of McCafferty’s plays. Patrick O’Kane, ...

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NEWS: History Boys announces 2015 tour


Recently it was voted the nation’s favourite play and now Alan Bennett’s The History Boys will tour the UK in a major new production opening at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Monday 26 January 2015.  The tour will then visit locations including Coventry, Brighton, Hull, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Cheltenham, Blackpool, Portstmouth, Bromley and Crewe The History Boys is the winner of ...

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NEWS: Tate joins Assassins cast at Chocolate Factory


Continuing their long association with presenting Sondheim musicals, the Menier Chocolate Factory has today announced casting for their production of Assassins, playing at the venues from 21 November to 7 March. Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate will appear in the Jamie Lloyd directed show. Assassins follows the take of the thirteen people ...

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