Category Theatre and Music

The (Christmas) Show Must Go On

In August, the decision was made by many producers and large venues to postpone their annual pantomimes to winter 2021. Every day throughout the month, more cancellations were announced, with most of the traditional big city pantos being scrapped. But is it really going to be a wasteland out there come December? Fiona Horan tracked

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Tentative return of British theatre

Autumn has arrived. The leaves are falling. The nights are drawing in. An evening at the theatre beckons, and it looks as though, at long last, this might actually be achievable in many parts of the country. Fiona Horan takes a look at what’s planned for the next few months. The West End and London

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Drive-in cinema, theatre and music

As reported previously (see Spend summer at the drive-in), 2020 looks set to be the summer of the drive-in movie. Fiona Horan follows up with a look at some more cinema drive-ins around the country, as well as a few drive-in live performances to enjoy. Celluloid sensations Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events, the team

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Theatre news

A round-up of some of the latest developments in the world of British theatre in response to Covid-19. The impact of the coronavirus, lockdown and social distancing has clearly been an utter disaster for live theatre and music venues around the world. It is difficult to see how they can adapt to social distancing whilst

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Save Hackney Empire campaign launched

Olivier award-winning actor and West End musical star Clive Rowe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help London’s Hackney Empire survive the impact Covid-19 lockdown has had on its finances. Famed dame Clive Rowe has starred in over 14 of Hackney Empire’s pantomimes and is supported in the campaign by Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, award-winning actor Richard

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Theatre in peril

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse in London have told a Government enquiry that they are in jeopardy of closing for good due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, beyond London, Theatre Royal Plymouth has warned it faces closure without long-term government support and the management of Southport Theatre has gone into liquidation. Early responses to

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Friday night is music night

To bring a bit of culture into our homes during this period of lockdown, Hastings International Piano has been presenting a series of short concerts online every Friday evening. Hastings International Piano is the charity responsible for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition – an internationally-renowned competition for young concert pianists from around the world,

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Enjoy the National Theatre at home

The National Theatre in London will be streaming several plays weekly from April. If you missed the hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors – now’s your chance to catch this acclaimed comedy if you get in quick. It is available for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel until 9th April. James Corden won a

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Edinburgh Festivals cancelled for 2020

Edinburgh’s famous International Festival and Festival Fringe, as well as the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh  Art Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which normally take place in August, have now been cancelled for the first time in over 70 years due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, the five festivals hold over 5,000 events across Scotland’s capital

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