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West End transfer

La Bohème opens at Trafalgar Studios, SW1, 6 December 2017 – 6 January 2018

This new version by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott presents a radically different take on Puccini's timeless classic.



Applications for Theatre 48 opens

The future of the fringe is here!

Applications for Festival 48, the King's Head Theatre's festival of brand new work, are now open. For three weeks in July 2018, they’ll be opening our doors to the UK’s most exciting, bold and ambitious emerging companies.  The deadline for applications is 6.00pm on Friday 23rd February 2018.







Announces their full cast for Charles Dickens GREAT EXPECTATIONS

After holding open auditions for Dickens’ main character in this Christmas classic, now set in contemporary London, newcomer Joshua Asaré secured the role of Pip. Asaré has just completed The National Theatre’s Playing Up course, and his recent credits include The Comedy Troll at the Northwall Arts Centre and THREE at the Arcola Theatre. He joins two award winning actresses: Maryam Grace in the  duel role of Estella and Biddy, and Sarah Thom as Jo and Miss Havisham. The double role of both Drummle and Orlick will be portrayed by Peter Wicks, Christopher Goh will be taking up the mantles of Herbet and Compeyson, and Offie nominated actor Liam Bewley will be taking on the roles of Magwycz and Jaggers.

Great Expectations will be playing at The Old Red Lion from 12 December 2017 to 6 January 2018. Read our overview in our top picks/Christmas shows here


HEN & CHICKENS (Unrestricted View)

Announce their UV Horror Film Festival Award Winners 2017

Best Web Series: You Only Die Once (Dir: Amanda B. Goodman)

Best Horror Moment: The Scottish Play (Dir: Henry Steedman)

Best Make Up/SFX: The Sandman Wakes Award – Alex Humphrey & Tom Atkinson Judging: Fractured

Best Screenplay: The Offer (Gary Smart & Neil Morris) - Read our interview with Gary Smart here

Best Foreign Short: The Servant (Dir: Farnoosh Abedi)

Best Foreign Feature: The Child Remains

Best Short: Eddie (Dir: John Lynch)

LHS Award – Chris Nials Judging: James Bushe (Director of Cannibals & Carpetfitters)

Best Director (Short): David E. Munz-Maire (Chateau Sauvignon: Terrior)

Best Actor (Short): Andrew Shire (Toll Booth)

Best Actress (Short): Alexandra Marcy (Claire & Bruno: A Story of Love & Fresh Meat)

Best Actor (Feature): Jeff Medley (Loon)

Best Actress (Feature): Jasmyn Banks (The Spiritualist)

Festival Director’s Choice: Fractured

Best Director (Feature): Jamie Pattison (Fractured)  

Best Feature: Cannibals & Carpet Fitters



Host Brexit beating VOILA! EUROPE THEATRE FESTIVAL 9 - 18 November

One of only three theatres hosting the event, it plans to bust the barriers of language,  and showcases plays from around Europe & the UK to the multi-national audiences of London.  Along with Etcetera Theatre shows will also be hosted by The Cockpit, and Applecart Arts.

Etcetera Theatre manager Pierre says they have a broad remit "from new writing by emerging artists to classics revisited by well-loved companies, Voila! Europe celebrates diversity in performing arts, multiple languages, and fearless creatives. No passports required."

The full line up is on our What's On page Visit here

Read Maud Madlyn on getting inspired by other cultures here






NewsRevue transfers to the West End

For one night only NewsRevue will appear for the first time in the heart of the West End with its critically acclaimed, total sell-out Edinburgh run direct from The Pleasance.  See them at the Arts Theatre 16th October, booking here



Katzpace, a new 50-seater theatre in the heart of London Bridge opens 22 October

Found in the basement of Katzenjammers SE1, a Bavarian Bierkeller, it gives the space a quirkier take on a pub theatre. As a young actress herself, artistic director Bebe Barry, 21, is passionate about providing a platform for those who may not have the experience, funds or team to develop and showcase their work elsewhere. In doing so, it is the aim that this work may be seen by members of the industry, where it wouldn’t normally be possible. Katzpace believe in showcasing original and exciting work, whether it be new writing or a new adaptation of an existing piece of theatre. The theatre officially opens on the 22nd October with “Pebbles”.



Seek BAME actors to attend open auditions for Christmas show

Crowley & Co. and the Heritage Arts Company are holding a day of auditions for the lead role of Pip in their upcoming production of Great Expectations at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, 12th Dec 2017 – 6th January 2018.  They are specifically looking for BAME, male 18 – 26 years old actors. Great Expectations is set in a diverse, modern London and it’s crucial that this story of social mobility has a cast reflective of its message.

Great Expectations is a funny, fast-paced and moving adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens, catapulting Pip into the 21st century. The script, adapted by Tom Crowley (Shock Treatment, The Quentin Dentin Show) fully reimagines the classic story for the modern day, while capturing Dickens’s humour, his humanity and his sense of adventure. Great Expectations remains a story about the ageless themes of unrequited love, the divide between the rich and the poor, and what it means to be a ‘good person’.

Pip is a council estate boy with no money, and no hope for the future. His mother, widow Jo Gargery, is a police officer struggling to provide for herself and her son. Before long, Pip’s life is changed forever after he meets mysterious fugitive Magwycz, the beautiful but troubled Estella and the fearsome, wounded Miss Havisham. Pip’s whirlwind adventure takes him to the heights of big city success – and into more danger than he could have ever imagined.

Audition Date: 12th October, 2017.

Location: The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NJ.

To Apply: Please email with your/your client’s headshot and acting CV. Please keep the day of 12th October free, and state whether you’d prefer a morning or afternoon audition.



Theatre N16 are looking for a new home

The developers are moving into Bedford Pub and forcing them out.  Theatre N16 have had over 178 productions and over 28,000 audience members through the door since moving to the Bedford in 2015.

Theatre N16 was set up in 2015 to be a stomping ground for new companies and a place to try out new work, offering affordable deals on rehearsal and performance space. It has offered a ground-breaking, risk-free deal to all companies, which 95% of their guests have taken, guaranteeing that creatives do not leave the space owing the venue money. This is all under the auspices of an Equity Fringe Agreement, with Theatre N16 one of the few London venues to have signed up to the deal to guarantee pay to all creatives working for the venue.

Executive director Jamie Eastlake says: “I was sick to death of watching theatre companies get ripped off under business models that relied on funding the theatre first. Instead, we kept finding new innovative ideas to keep a space open. The fringe is the lifeblood of theatre. Having good solid fringe theatre models is what creates new work and new artists and feeds the West End.“




Winner & Runner-ups of The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2016/2017

The Bread & Roses Theatre announces The Black Eye Club by Phil Charles as the winner of their first Playwriting Award. The winning play will receive its premiere production at the South London based theatre this November, directed by Artistic Director Tessa Hart.

Runner-ups of the award are Little Did I Know by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield which will receive a showcase production in February 2018, and The Buzz by Lydia Rynne which will be further workshopped this December.

Grown out of their Playwriting Competition first run in 2015, the award was open for submissions last summer/autumn and called for full length plays with at least 50% material that are female, non-binary or gender neutral roles, from UK based playwrights. Over 450 submissions were judged anonymously throughout three readings rounds.

Bread and Roses win prestigious 2017 50/50 Awards  

Bread and Roses along with Royal Court Theatre receive international gender equity award '50/50 Applause'.  This is the third time Bread and Roses have won the award for staging 50 per cent or more plays by women playwrights in a year long period.

The Purple Seven study "Gender in Theatre", shows that only 28 per cent of playwrights produced from 2012 to 2015 in the UK were female.   This is an improvement on an earlier study which showed only 17% female playwrights (quoted at Sphinx theatre’s ‘Vamps, Vixens and feminists’ conference in 2009).  



Update on move to purpose built theatre

Interview with Adam Spreadbury-Maher on move to purpose built 250 seat venue Read here





Changes to management structure

The current Artistic Director, Clive Judd, will be leaving the ORL in late-October, after a terrific tenure, which includes bringing the current five star reviewed TALK RADIO, the sell out production of MRS ORWELL which transferred to Southwark Playhouse.



2017 Eddies Award winners announced

Drayton Arms searched this year's Fringe Festival for the most exciting new companies and offered them the chance to remount their Edinburgh success with an immediate London transfer. For the winners all normal hire fees / rental costs are waived and Drayton supply a technician for the Get In, as well as flyers, poster printing and distribution costs. Companies are required to remunerate their own company members and provide a SM/Operator for the full run.  

The Kensington Prize winner is Streetlights, People! Productions' Ordinary Days.  Critically acclaimed musical Ordinary Days will run for three weeks beginning November 21st.  

The Gloucester Prize winner is Half a String’s production of A Heart at Sea, an epic folktale told on miniature scale.Puppets roam a beautifully carved chest to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, and beards. A Heart at Sea will run for one week beginning November 14th.  

The Brompton Prize winner is Hot Gay Productions’ Hot Gay Time Machine, covering all the important moments of a gay man’s life. Hot Gay Time Machine will run for two nights beginning December 3rd.





King’s Head Theatre is on the move.

It’s branching out from the Islington pub to a new home in £400m development right next door.    you won’t have to go far from the original sight to see how visionary Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury Mahor, shakes up London fringe theatre.

The new theatre will have a 250-seat auditorium with a small studio and a bar. The existing theatre will provide a dining room for the pub. The venue has been the home of Opera Up Close and helped launched many careers including Alan Rickman, Sir Ben Kingsley, French and Saunders and Richard E Grant. Read more on King’s Head Theatre website here




Drayton Arms are inviting new companies at this year's Fringe Festival to apply for the chance to remount their Edinburgh success with an immediate London transfer. Succesful companies will have all normal hire fees / rental costs waived, will be supplied with a technician for their Get In, as well as flyer, poster printing and distribution costs.

Programmer Director, Audrey Thayer, says:

"I could not be more excited to be bringing the Eddies back for another year here at Drayton Arms Theatre.  To help new and emerging companies grow and have a chance here in London is a huge part of the aim. I am thrilled to be going to Edinburgh and look forward to finding some gems to bring back home."

100% of the ticket sales goes to the company.  Potential return is likely to be in excess of £3,500 for a three week run.

Being mindful of fair pay, Drayton are insisting companies who apply must be paying a fair wage to their company members and SM/Operator, for the full run.

Apply online here no later than 15 August 2017  - NOW CLOSED