Category Theatre and Music

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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Stuff and nonsense at Jacksons Lane

Managing Editor Abbe Bates and her son Herbie enjoyed a performance of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears in London recently at the lovely Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate. The children’s story is brought to life by kids theatre company Stuff and Nonsense with amazing costume, puppetry and acrobatics, and some witty dialogue too. It was Herbie’s

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