From The Stage's Special Report of Harassment in Theatre

Within the last two weeks 2018 has come into full swing. There’s been so many news bulletins from the opera, theatre and the classical music world that I’ve decided to break down the theatre news into one blog post and bring you opera and classical music news tomorrow in another post. Enjoy!

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My piece on the Culture of bullying at the theatre workplace (is here). I’ve derived the findings from The Stage’s report. More details below.

My experience of the fantastic Mischief Theatre improv show, Mischief Movie Night. Click here.

Theatre bloggers, including me, were invited to see The Other Palace Theatre’s new production of the British musical Eugenius! It was a fantastic night when I went last week. Here’s my review. 

EUGENIUS! The Company. Photo Pamela Raith

EUGENIUS! The Company. Photo by Pamela Raith.

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Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner are teaming up for “West Side Story,” so says a casting call. You might have to fly over to America though. For anyone interested, click here.

Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner (Variety)

An article by Guardian writer Hannah Ellis-Petersen. Have a look at the female directors who are transforming British Theatre through the Royal Court Theatre and its artistic director Vicky Featherstone. Read here.

Following on from the #Metoo and #TimesUp campaign, The Stage conducted a report on Harassment in the Theatre. Their findings included ‘the data of those who work, have previously worked, or are training to work in theatre… more than 40% of theatre professionals and students say they have been bullied, while one in three has experienced sexual harassment. I wrote a summary of their finding and key statistics here, on my blog TrendFem. 

I got my tickets for Bridge Theatre’s Julius Caesar,which includes performers Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, Adjoa Andoh and Michelle Fairley. I was convinced after reading Libby Purves’s review on her experience at the press night. She says it’s worth getting a £25 promenade ticket. Read her review here.

David Morrissey and Ben Whitshaw Photo by Manuel Harlan

David Morrissey and Ben Whitshaw at The Bridge Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Last week, Monday began with many Shakespeare fans desperately trying to book new season tickets from the Shakespeare Globe‘s website. It seemed that the site couldn’t cope with the demand. Eventually fans got their tickets having to refresh the booking page for the entire day.

The popular and hugely in demand musical Hamilton, transferred from Broadway, has been reported to be selling its best seats for £250. That’s a disgrace!

It’s hard to believe that the Apollo Theatre would make it so difficult for theatregoers to see the musical. It has received many awards, though. Read more here from The Stage.

CENTRE JAMAEL WESTMAN (ALEXANDER HAMILTON) WITH WEST END CAST OF HAMILTON - PHOTO CREDIT MATTHEW MURPHY

Jamael Westman (Hamilton) with West End cast of Hamilton – Photo by Matthew Murphy

It was a bit late, but I managed to write about my experience of Mischief Theatre‘s improv show Mischief Movie Night. It was a fantastic evening of vampires, romance and craziness. To find out what the hell I am talking about, go here.

If some of you Chicago fans haven’t yet, then don’t forget to grab tickets to see Cuba Gooding Jr at the West End in the critically acclaimed musical. Get them here.

Some people were happy and relieved, while others were sad for the journalist, but Giles Coren quitted BBC2’s Front Row TV show after admitting his theatre reviewing clashed with his bursting diary. He hardly went to the theatre, which made avid theatregoers and theatre journalists a little tense. Read more here.

Giles Coren - Photography duo Fox and Favour

Giles Coren – Photography duo Fox and Favour

Musical fans saw their Twitter feed blow up with many positive reviews of Eugenius! If you love a song and dance about the 80’s, comic books and superheros, this one is for you. (Read here.)

Eugenius! (2018)

And that’s just for Theatre folks! See you tomorrow with opera and classical news which came up in the last 2 weeks.

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