New Year, new look for Official London Theatre as it launches online initiatives to bring together theatre lovers and support the industry

New Year, new look for Official London Theatre as it launches online initiatives to bring together theatre lovers and support the industry

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Official London Theatre has unveiled a fresh new look for 2021. Run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the not-for-profit organisation representing the London theatre industry since 1908, Official London Theatre is the leading and trusted online hub for all things theatre, working directly with theatre owners and producers to support the industry.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Official London Theatre and SOLT have continued to champion the creativity and innovation of our world-leading theatres. This week saw SOLT Chief Executive Julian Bird and former SOLT President Kenny Wax recognised in The Stage 100 list for their tireless lobbying and advocacy, liaising with Government and bringing industry leaders together to find a way through the devastation wreaked on our sector.

As theatres and theatre professionals everywhere struggle to survive, Official London Theatre highlights ways that theatre fans can support the artform they love. Examples include donating to a charity like the Theatre Artists Fund which gives emergency financial aid to freelance arts professionals, or buying tickets and Theatre Tokens through Official London Theatre, which helps support our outreach and access programmes –  so you get the joy of something to look forward to and the satisfaction of giving something back.

Theatre as a shared experience is hugely important for mental wellbeing, and Official London Theatre aims to help theatre lovers stay connected during the current lockdown. From 12 January, a brand new weekly series of live Theatre Chats will take place on the Official London Theatre Instagram, every Tuesday at 6.00pm. The series will bring together theatre fans and industry professionals to share their love of theatre. 

The Official London Theatre YouTube channel, one of the biggest theatre-focused YouTube channels in the world with over 166,000 subscribers, hosts a wide range of behind-the-scenes content, exclusive performances, interviews and show trailers. In 2020, we partnered with Sky VIP on a series of ‘Behind The Curtain With…’ videos in collaboration with top West End shows, and look forward to continuing this partnership in 2021. 

Official London Theatre also continues to promote online shows and events, with comprehensive theatre streaming listings on our Virtual Theatre Fix page, created last year in response to the pandemic. A new Family Theatre Fun page will be providing free theatre-based quizzes, games, storytimes and educational resources to help keep children entertained while schools are closed. 

Emma De Souza, Head of Marketing and Communications for SOLT, said:

‘We recognise what a difficult time this is for everyone and are dedicated to supporting our producers, theatre owners and audiences in whatever way we can – collaboration is the key to getting through this period of uncertainty. As the official online home of London theatre, we are uniquely positioned to be able to share the joy and creativity of theatre in all its forms, and will continue to do this as we work towards reopening.’

Sasha Regan’s All-Male ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ returns to screens over Easter from 29th March – 5th April 2021

Due to popular demand

Sasha Regan’s award-winning all-male take on W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s 

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE 

Returns to screens on Stream.Theatre this Easter

Recorded Live at the Palace Theatre just before Lockdown 2, the critically acclaimed sell-out run makes a welcome return to living rooms around the globe.

Streams online from Monday 29th March – Monday 5th April 2021

★★★★
“GAIETY, FRIVOLITY, VIM AND ARTISTIC RIGOUR”
DOMINIC CAVENDISH, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

    ★★★★★   
“JOYFUL AND UNFORGETTABLE’
CLAIRE RODERICK, FAIRY POWERED 

  ★★★★★  
“SASHA REGAN’S ALL-MALE PIRATES IS THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR MUSICAL”
DAVID SAXON JONES, LONDON LIVING LARGE

★★★★
“AN ENERGETIC AND JOYOUS REVIVAL – A TONIC IN TOUGH TIMES”
GEORGE HALL, THE STAGE

Due to popular demand, Sasha Regan’s award-winning all-male take on W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE returns to screens from Monday 29th March – Monday 5th April 2021 on www.stream.theatre . Recorded live at the Palace Theatre London in December, just before Lockdown 2, the recent streaming makes a very welcome comeback over Easter.  Whether we are still in lockdown or not, expect a much-needed dose of musical comedy in the comfort and safety of home.  Features an abundance of gorgeous pirates and their winsome Victorian love interests! The perfect tonic to raise spirits and a show the whole family will enjoy. 

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE sees one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-known, much loved classic operettas recorded in a theatre founded by Richard D’Oyly Carte in the 1800s as the Royal English Opera House.  D’Oyly Carte who was already producing comic operas at his Savoy Theatre, decided to commission the Opera House as a home for grand operas. The Royal English Opera House opened 10 years after the Savoy Theatre which championed Gilbert & Sullivan’s well-known “Savoy operas”. Although their operettas never ran at the Royal English Opera House, it opened in January 1891 with Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Ivanhoe. Sadly, D’Oyly Carte’s cherished opera house came under financial pressure leaving him with no alternative but to lease it and eventually sell it within one year of opening.

Throughout his life, D’Oyly Carte managed Gilbert & Sullivan and nurtured their careers including setting up the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Together these talented men introduced a new way of presenting light opera to families, touring these works to bring them out to the wider community.


Sasha Regan’s production was first staged at her original 50-seater Union Theatre in Southwark over a decade ago. From day one it became a critically acclaimed overnight hit, winning Best Off-West End production in the 2009 WhatsOnStage Awards. Following several sell-out runs in the UK, the merry band of pirates toured Australia including a three-week run at the Sydney Theatre thanks to Cate Blanchett then the co-artistic director. It enjoyed another sell-out run at Wilton’s Music Hall last year.

Expect plenty of hilarity from the swashbuckling crew!

How to watch:
The performance will be streamed on: https://www.stream.theatre/season/26

Performance dates and times:
Monday 29th March – Monday 5th April 2021 (for Easter)
Monday 29th March – 19:30 
Tuesday 30th March – 19:30 
Wednesday 31st March – 14:30 & 19:30 
Thursday 1st April – 19:30 
Friday 2nd April – 19:30  (Good Friday)
Saturday 3rd April: 14:30 & 19:30 
Sunday 4th April: 17:00  (Easter Sunday)
Monday 5th April: 17:00  (Easter Monday)

Tickets:  All tickets £15.00 + booking fee

Please Note: this is a ticketed event and only available at the scheduled dates and times.  The timing of each stream is based on UK time, so please bear in mind when booking from overseas.  There are a number of different times to choose from to suit time zones.  We hope you can join us.

CAST: Tom Senior (Frederic); Oliver Savile (Pirate King); Alan Richardson (Mabel); Leon Craig (Ruth); David McKechnie (Major-General Stanley); Marc Akinfolarin (Sergeant of Police); Michael Burgen (Samuel); Lee Greenaway (Connie); Dominic Harbison (Kate); Richard Russell Edwards (Isabel); Sam Kipling (Edith); Benjamin Vivian-Jones (Ensemble); Daniel Miles (Ensemble); Jamie Chidzey (Ensemble); Joel Elferink (Ensemble); Tom Duern (Ensemble); Matthew Facchino (Ensemble); Richard Baker (piano) – Musical Director.

CREATIVES
Director and Co-Producer – Sasha Regan
Choreographer – Lizzi Gee
Designer – Robyn Wilson-Owen
Musical Director – Richard Baker
Associate Choreographer – Lee Greenaway
Lighting Design – Ben Bull
Casting – Adam Braham Casting
Marketing and Public Relations – Fiona Lockley
Co-produced by Ben De Wynter

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter @allmalepirates
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allmalepirates

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR 2021 FROM BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR 2021 FROM BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Birmingham Hippodrome have today (Friday 8 January) released a special new poem by Birmingham’s Poet Laureate Casey Bailey to mark a message of hope for the New Year.

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The special commission, titled Slice of Sunshine has been created to run alongside public images of the Global Rainbow light installation that the Birmingham Hippodrome Festivals team ran over the New Year period.

Global Rainbow – an art installation by international artist Yvette Mattern – was beamed northwest from the city’s iconic Rotunda building on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, marking a message of hope and peace for 2021.

Graham Callister, Director of Festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome said: “We were thrilled to work with Casey on such a special message of hope for the New Year. We would also like to thank everybody who shared photos of Global Rainbow too, we have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the installation and hope we can bring more moments of positivity to the region throughout 2021.”

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Casey Bailey said: “When I first heard that the Global Rainbow was coming to Birmingham, I was so excited to see it light up the sky above the city. When I was asked to write about what this meant to me, I thought about the way that rainbows come from a combination of ‘good and bad’ weather and how I hope 2021 could redress the balance of a predominantly bad 2020”

‘Global Rainbow’ is an ongoing public artwork by Artist Yvette Mattern was presented by Birmingham Hippodrome as part of Global Streets, a national project funded through Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.

The Slice of Sunshine video can be viewed on YouTube or on Birmingham Hippodrome’s social media channels.

Find out more about Birmingham Hippodrome’s Festivals work by visiting https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/hippodrome-projects/festivals/

Transformative piece Papyllon to be streamed by Pavilion Dance South West from 18 January

A new year transformation – Papyllon to be
streamed by PDSW this January
Monday 18th – Sunday 24th January 2021

One of the nations’ leading dance venues outside London, Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) will make Papyllon by Ella Mesma available for livestream on its website from Monday 18th January 2021. This transformative new piece provides an opportunity to see a work in development from one of the UK’s rising dance talents. Responding to the need for high quality artistic entertainment during lockdown, PDSW have ensured the powerful work returns to the digital sphere to be enjoyed by audiences up and down the country.

Inspired by the lifecycle of the butterfly and each stage of metamorphosis, Papyllon interrogates identity, privilege and imposter syndrome as Ella confesses to the audience how and why she doesn’t fit with society. The live music from Marv Radio (Sound Connections’ New Voices; Mantra) is entirely improvised in response to Ella’s work as the piece seamlessly blends dance, text, song and aerial silks. Papyllon skillfully plays with form to explore ideas of race, heritage, nature and nurture even as it uses shamanism and alchemy to inform the piece

Exploring new ways to diversify its programme, PDSW were among the first to offer free to view dance premieres in the March 2020 Lockdown, giving audiences an opportunity to engage, some for the first time, with contemporary dance at home. PDSW’s Company in Residence, Ella Mesma Company’s intimate performance kicks off PDSW’s 25th anniversary with a story of transformation. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the creation of the piece with a post-show discussion with PDSW’s CEO and Artistic Director Zannah Chisholm

Artistic Director and CEO of Pavilion Dance South West, Zannah Chisholm comments, We are delighted to be hosting Papyllon online. It has been wonderful to see this work develop and transform in our Ocean Theatre. As an organisation who is passionate about inclusion, this streaming will be accompanied by an audio description that has been created in collaboration with the artist, Ella Mesma and audio describer, Caroline Burns, so everyone will have access to enjoy this stunning new work.

Ella Mesma is also one of the PDSW’s family highlighted in their digital postcard series. With a personal dance story as part of every postcard, each one highlights the wide variety of work PDSW do across the BCP area as well as paying homage to the people who have supported them for 25 years as a charity and for ten years in their building. Designed by CuCo Creative, the postcards perfectly partners with an interactive map from Google to help the audiences dance their way to PDSW from wherever they are in the world.

LAMBERT JACKSON ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THEIR LEAVE A LIGHT ON CONCERT SERIES – WITH FULL LINE UP

LAMBERT JACKSON ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THEIR LEAVE A LIGHT ON CONCERT SERIES – WITH FULL LINE UP

Lambert Jackson today announces that, following their hugely successful series Leave a Light On during the first lockdown, they will bring back the online concert series for a more intimate run from 12 to 26 January showcasing a range of talent across the industry.

Each concert is recorded by performers in their own homes and streamed out at 7:30pm, with the line-up comprising Lauren ByrneLauren DrewChelsea HalfpennyDavid HunterRachel JohnLucie JonesRob MadgeTim MahendranNicholas McLean and Billy Nevers; as well as for the very first time, a show in connection with The Grad Fest – with a line-up of recent graduates, where they not only get a split of the ticket sales, but free links will also be supplied to agents, casting directors and industry figures who are keen to engage with new talent.

Eliza Jackson and Jamie Lambert of Lambert Jackson said today, “This series is designed to provide entertainment for people who are currently going through their third UK wide lockdown and are missing the magic of West End performances. We are super excited to be bringing Leave a Light On back, although we didn’t expect we would ever need to, and we would like to thank all of the performers involved for jumping on board so quickly.”

The series not only provides entertainment for audiences once more confirmed to their homes, but also work opportunities for performers at a time when theatres are forced to remain closed, and also provides a vital income stream for freelance talent across the industry.

Tickets can be purchased via: https://lambertjackson.eventbrite.co.uk/  

Leave a Light On Listings

All performances at 7.30pm, and last approx. 45 minutes

Tuesday 12 January                       Lauren Byrne

Wednesday 13 January                Billy Nevers

Thursday 14 January                      Grad Fest 

Friday 15 January                           Tim Mahendran 

Monday 18 January                       Rob Madge 

Tuesday 19 January                       Chelsea Halfpenny

Wednesday 20 January                 Rachel John

Thursday 21 January                      David Hunter

Friday 22 January                           Lucie Jones

Monday 25 January                       Nicholas McLean

Tuesday 26 January                       Lauren Drew

Tickets via: https://lambertjackson.eventbrite.co.uk/   

‘Illusions of Liberty’ – A Play

A One- Woman Black Comedy, where invisible illness and a ‘hostile environment’ collide.

Air is invisible.

A vibe is invisible.

Time is invisible.

A giggle is invisible.

And so are many illnesses

‘Illusions of Liberty’ is a Black Comedy about, a woman who has a fake identity, but not one of her choosing. She is in a constant battle to maintain what people believe she is. It’s a matter of survival. Over the course of four days, after some traumatic news, she battles with hard truths, and convincing lies.

‘Liberty Jones, is a Principal Cellist. For five years she has been plagued with an increasing number of bewildering symptoms. Five days ago, Liberty Jones received a diagnosis of an invisible illness. Against the backdrop of a ‘hostile environment, this Black comedy follows her for four days, when we see her struggle with her diagnosis, the mother daughter relationship, and what it means to have an illness no one can actually see.

As she struggles to maintain her equilibrium in her new status and relationships.

How does she feel when the dust settles? How does she deal with her new normal? How many new ‘normals’ will she have to adjust to, in four days?

Backed by Live Music, this funny, poignant semi-autobiographical play challenges us to look below the surface and ‘see’ the invisible

Lorna Wells, Writer of the play said.

“You can look really well, act perfectly ‘normally’ and be suffering from the most crippling symptoms and conditions. This can cause prejudice, misunderstanding, unfair judgement, and a lot of Drama. People often say that, they’re not pretending to be sick, they’re pretending to be well. I wanted to write something which could tell the stories of people with Invisible illnesses, but also highlight issues around the hostile environment, examine the-mother daughter relationship and racism”

‘Illusions of Liberty’ had its premiere at the King’s Head Theatre, London as part of their Playmill festival in 2019. It got an incredibly good reception from the audiences at the time. This is a further development of the play which will be live-streamed and is funded by the Arts Council England

The production will work with three charities in a joint fundraising venture. A percentage of the ticket sales will be divided between three charities whose members live with Invisible illness.

The play will be live streamed over three consecutive nights. The tickets will be available at the Box office www.applecarts.com You can book tickets via the website, or for more details, visit www.illusionsofliberty.co.uk

Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iofl_2019/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/liberty_2019

Full show schedule: DATE & TIME: 7:30pm, February 15th,16th and 17th 2021.

Running Time: 85 minutes.

Tickets: Payless £8/ Standard £10/ Pay More £12 plus £1 Booking Fee.

Venue: Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, London. London E13 0SE. “We at Applecart believe that stories are potent and have the power to challenge, change and strengthen communities… We aim to reach across cultural divides and tell stories which engage, inspire and entertain our audiences”. Applecart Arts have invested in live-streaming theatre shows. They have a strong reputation for quality and excellence in this area. Theatre and the arts are changing, and Applecart has changed with it.

Theatre Support Fund+ wins the Innovation Award at this years The Stage awards

Theatre Support Fund+ has been in included in this year’s Stage 100 list which has been dedicated to the extraordinary individuals response the ongoing crisis. Recognised for their outstanding financial and fundraising achievements were Damien Stanton and Chris Marcus the team behind the iconic The Show Must Go On! Campaign.

Theatre Support Fund + The eye-catching design of The Show Must Go On! campaign – the cornerstone of the Theatre Support Fund+ – has become one of theatre’s most memorable symbols in 2020.

In addition to this, Theatre Support Fund+ also won the Innovation award at this years The Stage Awards

It adorns T-shirts, tote bags and face coverings, is ever-present on social media, and is the simple message that has raised more than half a million pounds for the theatre community. This year, in the face of unimaginable hardship and a dearth of government assistance for so many in theatre, widespread fundraising efforts have proved both necessary and inspiring.

But while many well-known faces and affluent companies have, rightly, stepped up to the plate to galvanise funding, the Theatre Support Fund+’s innovative and effective response came from backstage professionals at the heart of the industry. Set up in May by theatre workers Chris Marcus, who jointly runs West End props company Marcus Hall Props, and Damien Stanton, an assistant stage manager and graphic designer, the campaign began as a way to put their lack of work and excess of time to good use by raising money for theatre charities. Using the Marcus Hall Props’ premises as a warehouse, they began work on a new project that would lead to them becoming website builders, logistics managers and order packers, aided by in-kind marketing and social support and alongside a small team.

With permission from the producers of 16 iconic West End shows, from Hamilton, Mamma Mia! and Come from Away to Six and Wicked, snippets of their logos were redesigned on a range of merchandise, as a mark of the West End standing together with the theatre community across the UK. From a standing start, after seven months the enterprise has amassed over 55,000 orders from over 70 countries, raising more than £600,000, which has been split between theatre charities Acting for Others and the Fleabag Support Fund, as well as the NHS Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

Its impressive list of supporters includes Judi Dench, Patti LuPone, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Keira Knightley, Beverley Knight and Derek Jacobi. Upon its launch in May, few predicted that British theatres would still be largely dark by Christmas, but as the pandemic continued, unrelenting, so did the Theatre Support Fund+, growing as it went and continuing to innovate.

The original selection of T-shirts, hoodies, mugs and notepads were joined by collaborations with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (on a face mask to celebrate its reopening in August), and ice-cream brand Northern Bloc (whose The Show Must Go On! flavour is sold in Waitrose), as well as a Christmas range.

Next – and Covid-restrictions allowing – The Show Must Go On! Live at the Palace Theatre will run in March, starring casts from the shows featured on the T-shirts. Meanwhile, more than 30 West End stars – including Tracie Bennett, Alice Fearn, Janie Dee, Clive Rowe and Tyrone Huntley – have sung on a Christmas charity single. ‘The show must go on’ is a well-worn phrase, emblematic of the determination and commitment needed to work successfully in theatre, yet the idea has not always been one of tolerance, or of support. In this most challenging of years, the expression has been granted new meaning as a beacon of solidarity and hope, at least in part thanks to the imagination and extraordinary achievements of the Theatre Support Fund+.

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S ‘WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION’ WILL RETURN TO LONDON COUNTY HALL FROM 18 MAY 2021

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Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions present
Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie

  • ALL RISE! TRIAL RESUMES AFTER LENGTHY ADJOURNMENT
  • ‘WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION’ WILL RETURN FROM 18 MAY 2021
  • TICKETS ARE BACK ON SALE TODAY
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE’S GRIPPING COURTROOM DRAMA WILL THRILL AUDIENCES ONCE AGAIN IN 2021
  • STAGED IN THE SPECTACULAR CHAMBER OF LONDON COUNTY HALL ON THE SOUTHBANK

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions are today delighted to announce that performances of Witness for the Prosecution will resume from 18 May 2021 at London County Hall on the Southbank. Tickets are back on sale today and can be booked here www.witnesscountyhall.com.  Cast to be announced soon.

Eleanor Lloyd and Rebecca Stafford said ‘We cannot wait to bring ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ back to the magnificent setting of London County Hall and share Agatha Christie’s courtroom spectacle with audiences once again. When the theatres were closed last March we had just celebrated our 1000th performance having played to over 325,000 people over two and a half years. Last year was tough for everyone in the theatre industry. In order to be able to re-open as soon as we can, we are making this announcement now on the assumption that by our first performance government audience restrictions will be lifted and that contingency insurance will be available, either from the insurance market, or from a stop-gap government backed scheme.’

Since opening to critical acclaim in 2017 Witness for the Prosecution has captured the imagination of thousands who have been gripped by the case of Leonard Vole, accused of murder in cold blood. Director Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, Ghosts, Love From A Stranger) thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action, as Agatha Christie’s enthralling tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high.  Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

The twists and turns of the case are played out in a spectacular courtroom setting inside the iconic London County Hall as prosecution battles defence and witnesses take the stand to give their shocking testimonies. The production received Best Revival nominations at the 2018 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards.

Witness for the Prosecution is now booking for performances from 18 May 2021 until 31 October 2021The production is designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Chris Davey, sound design by Mic Pool and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.

Artwaves Festival Moves Online for 2021

Artwaves Festival Moves Online for 2021

Artwaves Festival Moves Online for 2021: ARTWAVES 2

The popular ArtWaves Festival has moved to an online event for the 2021 festival. This follows the latest government lockdown announcement. The festival will now digitally host creative online activities from the 1st March and across the main festival weekend 6-7th March 2021.

Much of the original content is still in place with online bookable workshops being held throughout the festival week, commencing 1st March, from festival favourites like pastel sessions with Robert Dutton to new additions such as at home ceramics with artist Anna Whitehouse.

The primary ArtWaves elements will be streamed via Facebook, Youtube and Instagram to ensure as many people can access it as possible.

ArtWaves Open Exhibition will be held solely online alongside free artist demonstrations, interactive artist sessions and several workshops embracing street art, dance and music by Hull Beats Bus.

It’s not all virtual though. Artwaves highly anticipated Visual Art Trail, will return with 25 artist designed ceramic birds nesting across Bridlington in shop windows as a trail to explore. Similarly, artist Sian Ellis will be bringing an environmental monster trail to the south promenade as part of the ArtWaves commitment to raising awareness on environmental issues.

Available to purchase will be a specially curated creative pack with printed booklets, art resources and activities for people to get involved with from home but retaining a sense of physical involvement rather than everything being virtual.

Lauren Frost, ArtWaves Festival Director said, ‘We have been working tirelessly with our artists and friends at Bridlington Spa to ensure a safe and secure in-person event for this year. However, this is no longer viable. The online variation is not the way we wanted to deliver the event but we’re hopeful that our artists can still inspire people to get creative from home. Like many events across the country, we hope that you will support us, our artists and the arts generally during these difficult times.’

ArtWaves Festival will also have a spin-off event later this year on the 21st August 2021. Featuring, installation artists spread amongst the various Bridlington based art galleries and larger than life puppets from Hull Carnival Arts roaming the streets for a one-off day of culture and vibrancy.

Maureen Lipman’s award-winning drama, Rose, broadcasts on Sky Arts for Holocaust Memorial Day | Wednesday 27th January 2021

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day,
Sky Arts and BroadwayHD will air Maureen
Lipman’s acclaimed digital drama, Rose
Available from Wednesday 27th January 2021

Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media, Hope Mill Theatre & Guy Chapman

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the critically acclaimed revival of Martin Sherman’s Rose, starring Olivier Award winner Dame Maureen Lipman, will be free to watch on Sky Arts on Wednesday 27th January at 10pm. The thought-provoking production from Ginger Quiff Media is a moving reminder of the harrowing events that shaped the century.

Following hugely successful digital runs throughout lockdown, the award-winning revival will also return online and be available to stream on BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theatre. Featuring a star-turn from Lipman (Coronation Street, ITV; Celebrity Gogglebox, Channel 4; The Pianist), giving the “best performance” (Daily Mail) of her career, it’s an unmissable revival. Ginger Quiff Media are thrilled to bring Rose to Sky Arts and BroadwayHD’s portfolio of outstanding productions, continuing to make theatrical entertainment accessible for people at home or abroad.

Directed by Scott Le Crass (Country Music, Omnibus Theatre; Elmer, UK and International tour), in close collaboration with Sherman, this powerful one-woman production remains sadly relevant today due to continued racial tensions and allegations of antisemitism. This sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman traces Rose’s story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream. Blending the personal with the political, Rose reflects on what it means to survive.

Thomas Hopkins of Ginger Quiff Media comments, We’re thrilled to bring Rose back, fittingly on Holocaust Memorial Day, which serves as a timely reminder of the plight of a generation. Maureen Lipman embodies the story, and we can’t wait for a wider audience to experience this ‘tour de force’ performance on both Sky Arts and BroadwayHD.

As the UK’s only dedicated Arts channel, Sky Arts exists to bring more art to more people across the UK. By throwing open the doors to make the channel free to air, we want to increase access to and participation in the arts. Offering something for everyone, whatever their passion, Sky Arts showcases the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance and the visual arts, as well as original drama and comedy.

BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theatre from all across the globe with both classic and modern productions. Fans can expect to see the full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musical including Kinky Boots, Cats, 42nd Street, She Loves Me, The Phantom of The Opera, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Sound of Music, and An American in Paris. All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience. To learn more about BroadwayHD, visit www.broadwayhd.com