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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re expecting high volumes of traffic and for our ticketing system to be working at full capacity, so please check back throughout the day.
— Shakespeare’s Globe (@The_Globe) January 29, 2018
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!
New Hamilton ticket prices are a tragic sign of the times. Greatest piece of theatre only viewable by the super rich. A corrosive system of greed that will destroy our industry. So sad knowing the young people who it could inspire if tickets were anything less than extortionate
— Alex Packer (@_alexpacker) January 28, 2018
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.
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.
Academy Award Winner @cubagoodingjr is Billy Flynn in the West End production of Chicago! Watch him bring the Razzle Dazzle back to London starting March 26th. Book now at https://t.co/qfNRnFucZ7 pic.twitter.com/XLJmxi7rCR
— Chicago The Musical (@ChicagoMusical) February 1, 2018
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.
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.)
And that’s just for Theatre folks! See you tomorrow with opera and classical news which came up in the last 2 weeks.