A Statement from Going Ape

A Statement from Going Ape

Dance Attic Studios was set to transfer its in-house produced show Going Ape!, written by Andrew Corbet Bucher, which challenges both religion and science by bringing together various “first” humans, to the Union Theatre in April 2020.

Going Ape has taken precautionary measures in line with current government advice. Given that the main risk is to those over 70 years old, and that not only are Adam and Eve both 300 and the leading lady is 3.5 million years old, the producers felt it was necessary for them to stay in the game until the show returns in September 2020 at the Union Theatre.

Darlington Hippodorme – Online Dance Sessions


Darlington Hippodrome to offer free online dance classes for children and young people

Darlington Hippodrome, in association with the D Project, will run three free interactive online dance classes each week for the next three weeks, prior to the beginning of the summer term when the venue’s regular programme of Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes will move online.

The first sessions will take place on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 April. The session at 10am on Thursday will be a Contemporary class – a mix of contemporary centre exercises (including floor work). You will learn phrases with restricted space in mind and also get creative with choreographic tasks.

On Friday 3 April there will be two sessions, At 10am, young people of all ages can join a Dance Fitness class – exercise to music with fun movement , that will keep spirits up and maintain stamina, strength and flexibility. At 2pm Debbie will teach the Mass Dance routine due to be performed at this year’s Darlington Dance Festival.

As well as being aimed at existing members of the Hippodrome’s Youth Dance, April’s free online classes are also open to new participants! If your child would like to give it a go, simply email [email protected] up to an hour before the start of each class and you’ll be sent a link to join the session on Zoom.

Chinese Arts Now and Yellow Earth Theatre launch Digital Theatre Commissioning Programme

Chinese Arts Now and Yellow Earth Theatre launch Digital Theatre Commissioning Programme

In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese Arts Now (CAN) and Yellow Earth Theatre today announce that they are accepting applications from artists who identify as having Chinese cultural heritage and/or who make work that incorporates contemporary Chinese perspectives for support to develop a new digital commission as part of the third CAN Festival.

The £4000 commission is offered during the time of the COVID-19 outbreak as an opportunity for artists to make work within the confines of our current lived context. It encourages work that can be shared digitally via online platforms, and allows audiences and participants to watch, listen or participate with their device remotely. The chosen commission also has the opportunity to be shared during CAN Festival’s Digital Programme in February 2021, with support from both companies during its development.

An-Ting Chang, CEO & Artistic Director of CAN, today said:

“’It is a very difficult time for all the performing arts sectors. CAN would like to use the commissions to support British East Asian artists, as well as to create opportunities for them to experiment with different digital artforms. It is great to partner with Yellow Earth Theatre and to create solidarity with the communities we both work with. We look forward to presenting a different CAN Festival in February 2021.”

Yellow Earth Artistic Director Kumiko Mendl added:

“I’m delighted that Yellow Earth Theatre is partnering with Chinese Arts Now to offer a new digital theatre commission for the next CAN festival. Being able to offer this creative opportunity and support to a BEA artist(s) during these difficult times feels so crucial right now as we steel ourselves for the coming weeks and months ahead.”

CAN will also release other digital commission opportunities in addition to the joint programme with Yellow Earth Theatre. More information can be found on the CAN Website (www.chineseartsnow.org.uk). The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 30 April, with the successful awardee notified Tuesday 5th May. CAN will also release other digital commission opportunities in addition to the joint programme with Yellow Earth Theatre. 





Theatre Together, a new collective of over 60 artists and professionals, today announce the charitable organisations being supported by All the Web’s a Stagean online event featuring a variety of live performances. The funds raised will go towards Acting for Others and Help Musicians to support those in the arts facing hardship now as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as to The Golsoncott Foundation, supporting individuals or organisations who have been impacted by the crisis to return with a piece of work once the industry begins to recover. Performances will be streamed live on Shakespeare Day, 23 April, a date marked to celebrate the Bard and the performing arts.

In addition, Theatre Together today announce Gemma BarnettTom BraceJoanne CliftonOscar Conlon-MorreyEvangeline DicksonRebecca GillilandDavid HunterCaroline KayEvie Rose LaneLuke McCallJames McDermottTamaryn PayneRobert RhodesOliver SavileCleve SeptemberNoah ThomasDylan TurnerMarisha WallaceDaisy Wood-DavisLuke WrightAl and Roddy and Vocal Xtr3me, joining the previously announced Danny MacTom MilnerJodie Prenger and La Voix. Further line-up and full programme to be announced.

Audiences will be able to watch for free on www.theatretogether.co.uk

To donate please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theatre-together

Sofi Berenger, co-producer of All the Web’s a Stage, said today, While we’ve welcomed the government’s support for the self-employed and the arts in this emergency, it’s clear that many of our industry colleagues will not be eligible for this support. And as many have highlighted, the performing arts are going to take sometime to recover from this extended period of closure. The response to All the Web’s a Stage has been completely overwhelming and we couldn’t be more thankful to those in our industry coming together to raise funds to support each other in this time of need.”

Joel Marvin, Fundraising Coordinator at Acting for Others, said, “We are very much looking forward to All the Web’s a Stage on 23 April. Thank you to all the amazing performers that are streaming live online in aid of Acting for Others. We are excited to see some familiar faces along with all the talented emerging artists!”

Emma Jones, Community and Appeals Manager at Help Musicians, also said, “Help Musicians is very pleased to be the recipient of the funds that Theatre Together will be raising for our Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund. The impact of the Coronavirus on musicians’ lives and careers is unprecedented, and the newly launched £5m Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund has been set up to help alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may be facing. Since the fund launched on Wednesday 25 March, we have received thousands of applications and there is a vital need to offer even more musicians emergency financial support.

“There has never been a more important time to support our work, and on behalf of the team at Help Musicians, we are very grateful in advance for all donations raised on the day of the live stream fundraiser.” 


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Cast Recording of The Prince of Egypt Available from Friday 3 April







THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the new musical based on the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, is pleased to announce that Ghostlight Records will release its original cast recording on digital and streaming formats on Friday 3 April 2020.A physical CD will be available later this year. Featuring the “miraculous music” (Time Out London) of Stephen Schwartz, the album is produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.

With a cast and orchestra of almost 60 artists, “this truly phenomenal production” (BBC London) has music and lyrics by GRAMMY® and Academy Award®-winner Stephen Schwartz (WickedPippinGodspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik (MulanPocahontas) and features 10 brand new songs written by Stephen Schwartz, together with 5 of his acclaimed songs from the DreamWorks Animation film (Deliver UsAll I Ever WantedThrough Heaven’s Eyes, The Plagues and the Academy Award®-winning When You Believe, which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as well as a UK and Ireland chart-topping winner’s single for The X-Factor). “Brought to life in truly epic fashion” (Mirror Online),THE PRINCE OF EGYPT premiered at London’s Dominion Theatre on 25 February 2020.

An utterly stand-out cast” (WhatsOnStage) of 43 features Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari), Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron), Simbi AkandeCasey Al-ShaqsyJoe AtkinsonDanny Becker, Felipe BejaranoPàje CampbellAdam FilipeSoophia ForoughiNatalie GreenJack Harrison-CooperRachael IresonKalene JeansChristian Alexander KnightJessica LeeOliver LidertJay MarshScott MauriceCarly MilesSam OladeindeAlice ReadieChristopher ShortMolly SmithRicardo WalkerDanny WilliamsNiko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward together with young performers Leo BabetJonah CollierTaylor JenkinsMia LakhaIman Pabani and Hannah Selk.

Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

This lavish stage production” (The Guardian) is directed by Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman; set designs by Kevin Depinet; costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Mike Billings; sound design by Gareth Owen; projection designs by Jon Driscoll; illusions by Chris Fisher; wigs, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose, casting by Jim Arnold CDG and children’s casting by Verity Naughton CDG.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (a division of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw together with John Gore, Tom Smedes and Peter Stern, Ramin SabiThe Araca Group, James L. Nederlander and Michael Park.

A milestone in cinematic achievement and first released in 1998, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt captivated audiences across the world and has been hailed as “one of the greatest animated films of all time” (Evening Standard) and “a stunning film” (The Guardian).


1. Deliver Us

2. Faster

3. One Weak Link

4. Footprints on the Sand

5. Seti’s Return

6. Dance to the Day

7. All I Ever Wanted

8. Make it Right

9. Moses in the Desert

10. Through Heaven’s Eyes

11. Faster (Reprise)

12. Never in a Million Years

13. Act I Finale

14. Return to Egypt

15. Always on Your Side

16. Simcha

17. Deliver Us (Reprise)

18. The Plagues

19. For the Rest of My Life

20. Heartless

21. When You Believe

22. Never in a Million Years (Reprise)

23. Act II Finale

A Statement from Love, Genius and a Walk

A Statement from Love, Genius and a Walk

LGW Productions are sorry to announce that their upcoming production of Love, Genius and a Walk, the fascinating story of composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, written by the New York Writer Gay Walley and directed by Leah Townley, has been postponed until Autumn 2020.

The story explores the theories of Sigmund Freud, who Mahler met, together with Mahler’s approach to composing and how this might have physically manifested itself. This includes a focus on his relationship with his wife Alma, an amazing woman and composer in her own right. The play also contrasts the role of women in the 19th century with the character of a female writer in contemporary scenes.

The production will return in Autumn 2020 at Theatro Technis, with further announcements to follow

Getting Better Slowly

Adam Pownall’s Getting Better Slowly about recovery after paralysis to be streamed for charity

  • Getting Better Slowly is the inspiring true story of one man’s two-and-half-year journey to recovery after Guillain-Barré syndrome paralysed him
  • The show is free to view and welcoming donations for GAIN Charity, the official charity of the illness in the UK
  • Streaming on YouTube at 7pm BST Friday 3rd April, (sign up via www.facebook.com/GBSproject/)

@GBSproject | #gettingbetterslowly | www.facebook.com/GBSproject/

At the age of 26, in the space of three weeks, Adam Pownall went from being a fit and healthy dancer and performer to a paralysed man unable to blink unaided. Getting Better Slowly is his story of being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome and his two-and-half-year journey to recovery from being isolated in his own body. From learning to walk and talk again to the painful months stuck at home to the first time he managed to play football again, the show asked audiences how they might deal with an unexpected illness or accident, and now sheds light on a journey to the other side of isolation. Getting Better Slowly toured extensively through Autumn 2016 and 2017, and was recorded at Lincoln Drill Hall. The show, which has already reached many recovered GBS suffers, was previously streamed in Spring 2017 to reach those who were currently undergoing treatment for the illness.

Through speech, movement, sound and verbatim text taken from interviews with Adam and his family, the show follows him from diagnosis to rehabilitation, capturing his highs and lows to create an inspirational piece about illness and recovery.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare autoimmune condition affecting the peripheral nervous system, usually leading to temporary or long-term paralysis. Around 80% of those with GBS will make a good recovery, but between 5-10% of people will not survive and the other 10-15% may be left with severe mobility or dexterity issues. Chronic variants such as CIDP are similar but longer-lasting, requiring ongoing treatment.

Following his rehabilitation, Adam returned to work in the arts. In 2014 he won the Olwen Wymark Award for supporting New Writing within Theatre for the Writer’s Guild for his work in opening and running Create Theatre in Mansfield, before becoming Programme Co-ordinator at Derby Theatre, Artistic Director of Lincoln Drill Hall, and Programming Director at Hull Truck Theatre, where he is currently.

Adam said, “We are proud to be able to share this production again, we think it’s important to share theatre during these times, especially with such positivity at its heart. Our goal has always been to help raise awareness of such a rare condition and make people aware of GAIN charity and the important work that they do. When we toured the production we found that this story, whilst being engaging theatre, is also an important learning tool for medical practitioners, and for anyone who has suffered or whose loved ones have suffered a debilitating illness.

“We are unable to tour the production again and having the streaming footage means we are able to still reach more audiences and raise further awareness, all at no cost which removes any price barriers. The footage will also be captioned making it accessible to more audiences as well.”

GAIN helps people understand and manage acute and chronic variants of the syndrome, raises awareness, and promotes clinical and non-clinical research into these conditions. For further information visit www.gaincharity.org.uk

Running Time: 60 mins | Suitable for ages 11+

Company Information

Cast Kitty Randle and Adam Pownall

Creative Producer Adam Pownall                     Writer Nick Wood        

Director Tilly Branson                                       Movement Director Marc Brew            

Associate Choreographer Kimberley Harvey    Designer Kate Unwin

Sound Designer Adam P. McCready                 Lighting Designer Howell Thomas       

Associate Dramaturg Luca Rutherford              Production Manager Laura Stone

Streaming recorded by Pilot Theatre

King’s Head Theatre Online: Mar 30th – Apr 3rd

King’s Head Theatre Online

Mar 31st – Apr 3rd

For free, every weekday at 1pm for 30 minutes, the King’s Head Theatre will be streaming a different window into the theatre accessible to everybody: our entire community, from artists to audiences to just Facebook followers, we can stay connected and we can develop together.

Monday a Companies Take Over: we will bring you some of our favourite artists online: this week, associate company and Carol Tambor award-winning Atticist.

Tuesday a Q&A with our staff members: this week, our fundraiser Molly Waiting will lead you through a fundraising Q&A.

Wednesday will be aimed at small companies where you can ‘Ask Us Anything’ – this week, featuring actor Lee Knight.

Thursday will be a Skills Session with a leading industry professional: this week, opera director Paul Higgins.

Friday a Book Club looking at a play text together that you can read online: this week, Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs.

You can find these on our Facebook and Instagram.

Romeo & Juliet – Royal Albert Hall – rescheduled date



After the enforced postponement of the original premiere date, 14 April 2020, due to Covid-19, Sergei Polunin’s company, Polunin Ink, is delighted to announce that this one-night-only performance has now been rescheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Starring Sergei Polunin and Alina Cojocaru and choreographed by Johan Kobborg, this brand-new staging of the ballet classic garnered great critical acclaim after its world premiere in Italy and will mark Sergei’s return to the London stage as well as his debut here in the role of Romeo.

Johan Kobborg’s version of the world’s greatest love story marries classical dance with a contemporary twist to create a dynamic, vibrant and modern re-telling of this ageless drama of all-consuming love, passion, ecstasy and heartbreak. Set to Prokofiev’s powerful, exquisite score, and with a striking stage set design by Canadian-based sculptor David Umemoto, the story follows the narrative of Shakespeare’s play with the classical ballet vocabulary as its core language.

Original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date.



 ​Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian will re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s WildBeth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.

Available to watch on theguardian.com and hampsteadtheatre.com, the three productions will be made available, on demand, over three consecutive weeks as part of the theatre’s #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series.

Week 1, from Monday 30 March 10am to Sunday 5 April 10pm (GMT), will feature Mike Bartlett’s Wild (2016).Directed by James Macdonald,this darkly comic play explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level, inspired by the case of Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who copied and leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency in 2013.

Week 2, from Monday 6 April, 10am – Sunday 12 April, 10pm (GMT) will feature Beth Steel’s Wonderland (2014).  Directed by the theatre’s previous Artistic Director, Edward Hall, this epic and witty drama takes a look at the clashing ideologies during the UK’s Miners’ Strike of 1984–85 and presents the full sweep of the turbulent events that transformed the country.

Week 3, from Monday 13 April, 10am – Sunday 19 April, 10pm (GMT) will feature Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line (2013).  Directed by the late Howard Davies, the play features a large ensemble, and tells the story of the chaotic partitioning of India in 1947 whilst celebrating the strength of humanity.

All three productions were originally live streamed from Hampstead Theatre and were available to watch on theguardian.com followed by an on-demand service for 72 hours.

Hampstead Theatre closed its building following UK Government advice on Monday 16 March 2020.  The #HampsteadTheatreAtHome is a series of digital initiatives designed to support audiences in isolation by sharing world class entertainment with them in their home for free.  Its first initiative, I and YouLauren Gunderson’switty and uplifting portrayal of friendship, youth and living life to the full, was available on Instagram’s mobile video platform IGTV from Monday 23 10am until Sunday 29 March, 10pm (GMT).  Starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Zach Wyatt, it was a box office and critical success at the theatre in 2018 and previously broadcast on Instagram from 30 November to 3 December 2018.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre said:

“I am delighted and grateful to be in a position to offer this new #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series from Hampstead’s digital archive.I hope these productions offer audiences entertainment, connection and nourishment in a time of uncertainty and isolation. These three plays all shine a light on turbulent points in our international history which, along with acknowledging the worst of human behaviour, celebrates the ingenuity, humour, compassion and resilience of the best.

Thank you to the many artists involved for allowing us to create this series so quickly and to The Guardian for being our wonderful streaming partner again, helping us reach as many people as possible.”