Darlington Civic Theatre – The Full Monty

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Author Simon Beaufoy and cast members talk about their current UK tour of The Full Monty which comes to Darlington Civic Theatre from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 November.

Former Hollyoaks and Eastenders star Gary Lucy is no stranger to taking his clothes off but he’s doing it for the first time on stage as he leads the cast of The Full Monty which is coming to Darlington Civic Theatre from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 November.

“Every job I’ve had has seemed to involve some sort of nudity!” Gary joked.

Surprisingly, in an almost 20 year career, Gary has never appeared on stage until The Full Monty.

The Full Monty cast pic“I had never consciously decided not to do theatre but I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career to have played so many memorable characters in some great TV series. When the producers of The Full Monty approached me about starring in the tour, I just thought that it was a great opportunity for my first stage experience. It’s a really strong script. All the characters have stories to tell, and the audience really follows that through. It’s a really great cast too, we all get on well. It’s all guys together and we’re just having a laugh.”

At the beginning, it was in at the deep end for Gary.

“It was a real challenge when I first started working on the show. Theatre is a completely different discipline to TV. I’m on stage for pretty much the entire show. The rest of the cast were brilliant and really helped me through. I’m not one to do things by half and I’ve never shied away from hard work or a challenge.”

Gary’s well into the swing of life on the road and is enjoying the nightly standing ovations but he does admit that “it’s tough being away from home as I have two young kids but I am really well supported and I am getting home as much as possible.”

Oscar winter writer of the film, Simon Beaufoy, was also a stage novice. Even with a mantelpiece groaning with awards he admits that it was terrifying to begin with, but he was determined not just to do a carbon copy of the film on stage.

“I felt really strongly that audiences would want to come and see a really good play so that’s how I approached it” Simon recalls. “It was a steep learning curve for me and enormously invigorating to learn a whole new craft after 16 years writing for the cinema. I had to discover what works and what doesn’t. Ironically, it’s turned out that the story feels perfect on stage. It’s an ensemble piece about a group of men who are stuck and wondering what to do next.”

Having won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire and written screenplays for 127 Hours, Salmon Fishing in Yemen and Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Simon says that The Full Monty is “the film that I’m most proud off. I love it because of the characters, because of the city and because it’s about the people I met in the late eighties, who were some of the warmest and kindest people I’ve ever come across.”

Rupert Hill, best known as Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street, agrees with Simon. As well as being lots of fun, the show also tackles lots of important issues.

“The great thing about Simon’s script is that it looks at all the issues people faced in cities like Sheffield in the eighties but it’s also a great night out for the audience. There’s the pay off at the end, but you can really feel the audience rooting for you because they care about what the characters have been through to get to that point.

On getting naked on stage, Rupert says:

“Once you agree to the job, you’ve kind of got to get over the whole naked thing. There’s no skirting around it, you know you are going to be naked in front of hundreds – no, make that thousands – of people. If we were supposed to be the Chippendales then it would be horrendous, but the whole point is these are six ordinary blokes who are doing this to earn a few bob. That’s what’s nice about it being all different ages and sizes, they’re all normal chaps out there and that’s what we are.”

And of course, the big question is whether the cast actually do go all the way. Simon Beaufoy was amazed by the audience reaction to the finale of the show.

“You’d think we’d all be a little blasé about seeing a few chaps in the buff. But apparently not! To answer the question – yes they really do go The Full Monty! The audience reaction is amazing – they whoop and roar but it’s not because they’re being titillated by some naked flesh. It’s because they’re just so happy that the guys are actually going for it. It’s a really lovely response – it’s sheer joy that these characters they’ve come to know and love actually have the guts to do it.”

The Full Monty is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 November.

Tickets* are £12.50 to £29.50 To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

*All ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS

abd3e0d6328cd91b_orgFor the first time ever, the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, will be holding open auditions.   Next month, performers are invited to attend a day of auditions for the iconic roles of the Oompa-Loompas for the 2016-17 West End Company. 

Auditions will be held on Monday 26th October 2015 at The Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road.  Auditions for female performers start at 10am and for male performers at 2pm.

Jonathan Slinger in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Images by Matt Crockett 2.jpgThe creative team behind the production is looking for technically strong dancers, highly skilled in a range of styles including ballet, street, hip-hop, disco and tap. Alongside dance technique, the team will be looking out for performers with bags of personality and excellent facial and character skills.  Whilst this will be a dance only call, strong singing voices will be required for any recalls. Attendees must be aged 18 years or older, eligible to work in the UK and having a playing age of 18 – early 30s.  Female performers to be 5’1’’-5’8’’ and male performers 5’6’’ – 6’0’’.  Performers of all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to attend.

Auditionees should bring tight fitting dance clothes, ballet shoes, trainers and kneepads as well as a C.V. and headshot stapled together.

The Cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Photography by Matt Crockett..jpgResident Choreographer, Chris Piper said Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remains one of the most popular and successful musicals in the West End. This is a brilliant opportunity for performers to appear onstage as an Oompa-Loompa, one of Dahl’s most recognisable characters.  We’re searching for dancers with exceptional technical and performance skills who can embody their cheeky personality and entertain our audiences night after night’.  

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals. It won two Olivier awards in April 2014, and has broken records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over 1,500,000 people since it opened in June 2013. It is currently taking bookings until 4 June 2016.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

The Official Cast Recording album is available on Sony Records, on CD and download.

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com
Box Office: 0844 858 8877
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF
Booking until 4 June 2016

Audition venue

  • The Dominion Theatre
    268-269 Tottenham Court Road
    London
    W1T 7AQ

 

  • Roald Dahl’s
    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
    Directed by Sam Mendes
    Book by David Greig
    Music by Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
    Set and costume design by Mark Thompson
    Choreography by Peter Darling

 

Casting announced for Tomcat at Southwark Playhouse

Full casting has been announced for Tomcat, which opens at Southwark Playhouse next month.

James Rushbrooke’s Tomcat was the winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize which sees his play performed for a four week run at Southwark.

Directed by Kate Hewitt, the cast will be led by 14-year-old Eleanor Worthington-Cox who won an Olivier Award for Matilda along with the other actresses who played Matilda. The role of Jessie in Tomcat will be her first stage role not shared with other children.

She will be joined by Brian Doherty (From Here to Eternity), Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall), Diana Kent (The Heresy of Love) and Susan Stanley (F*ck The Polar Bears).

As debate over genetic screening rages, Tomcat questions the lengths to which people will go to keep humanity healthy.

The production features set design by So Here We Are designer Lily Arnold, with lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Richard Hammarton.

Tomcat runs at Southwark Playhouse from 30 October to 21 November 2015.

40 years of the Olivier Awards to be celebrated with BBC gala

BBC Radio 3 announced today that Maria Friedman, Daniel Evans, Adrian Lester and David Thaxton will be amongst the past Olivier Award-winners joining the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform in The Oliviers in Concert.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will be teaming up with the Society of London Theatre to celebrate 40 years of the Olivier Awards, with a special gala concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 January 2016.

The stars will perform a selection of songs from award-winning musicals with the orchestra, conducted by principal conductor Keith Lockhart.

Further names are still to be announced.

To book tickets or for further information on the concert, click here.

Music Of The Knights – An Evening Hosted by Phillip Schofield

music-of-the-knights‘Music of the Knights’ which will be hosted by Phillip Schofield is a celebration of the legendary Knights of the entertainment industry who have transformed the face of music, film and theatre throughout the ages – Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Bob Geldof, Bono, and many more including the newly knighted Sir Van Morrison.

Phillip Schofield is no stranger to the stage having started his theatre career in ‘Joseph and the amazing technicolored dreamcoat’ at the London Palladium followed by a successful UK tour of ‘Dr Dolittle’, ‘Music of the Knights’ is your chance to see him hosting this unique evening with a limited number of LIVE dates scheduled for April 2016.

I’m so thrilled to be hosting ‘Music of the Knights’. It promises to be a great night of music and surprises. It’s been quite a while since I’ve appeared on stage so I’m really looking forward to a great evening” Phillip Schofield.

Featuring the best of British talent accompanied by a dazzling live band direct f om London’s West End ‘Music of the Knights’ will feature memorable and sensational songs such as I’m still standing, Rocket Man (Elton John) Twist and Shout, Hey Jude (The Beatles) I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables) Do you want to dance (Cliff Richard) It’s not unusual (Tom Jones) Close Every Door (Joseph) Satisfaction (Mick Jagger) just to name a few.

All of this incredible music is brought to you by a host of acclaimed West End singers and musicians who will bring you ‘the best of British’ for your Knights entertainment.

‘Music of the Knights’ celebrates ground breaking work from our Knighted treasures and celebrates true British talent throughout the ages. Never before has there been a show so diverse. From Lloyd- Webber to McCartney, from Bassey to Jagger ending with a patriotic visit to a night at the proms, this is truly the theatrical event not to be missed….

Casting to be announced soon.

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Thursday 21st April 2016
Cardiff
St Davids Hall
029 2087 8444
http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/English/Music-of-the-Knights-21/04/16/index.asp

Friday 22nd April 2016
Ipswich
Regent Theatre
01473 433100
https://apps.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO/show_events_list.asp

Saturday 23rd April 2016
Northampton
Derngate
01604 624811
http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whatson/2015-2016/Derngate/MusicOfTheKnights/

Sunday 24th April 2016
Southampton
Mayflower
02380 711811
https://www.mayflower.org.uk/Whats_on/MusicOfTheKnights2016

 

Full casting announced for Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of BEN HUR

ben-hurTricycle Theatre In Association with Fiery Angel, Fiery Dragons and The Watermill Theatre Present BEN HUR – Written by Patrick Barlow – Based on the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace.

Director: Tim Carroll; Designer: Michael Taylor; Sound Designers: Ben & Max Ringham; Lighting Designer: Mark Doubleday; Movement Director: Siân Williams.

Full casting is announced today for Ben Hur – Tim Carroll directs Alix Dunmore, Richard Durden, John Hopkins and Ben Jones. The production opens on 24th November, 2015 with previews from 19th November, and runs until 9th January 2016.

They said it was unachievable!
They said it couldn’t be done!

But now the team behind the Olivier and Tony Award-winning comedy The 39 Steps are back with a sensational, awe-inspiring and unforgettable staging of General ‘Lew’ Wallace’s timeless classic Ben Hur.

The greatest book ever penned is brought to the stage by a towering team of just four actors, turning the Tricycle stage into one of the most authentic versions of ancient Rome ever seen. Complete with stunning combat (featuring the latest 3D technology), a 103% bona fide chariot race (with REAL CHARIOTS), an authentic sea battle (with REAL WATER) and a decadent and UNEXPURGATED Roman orgy (suitable for all ages), Ben Hur is the perfect winter tonic guaranteed to stir your very soul.

Patrick Barlow returns to the Tricycle where his adaptation of The 39 Steps opened in 2006 and in the same year transferred to the Criterion Theatre where it played for nine years. In 2007, it transferred to Broadway and has since played in over thirty-nine countries world-wide. He won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, while in the United States, he co-won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

Alix Dunmore’s theatre credits include: The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), What The Women Did (Southwark Playhouse), Gaslight (New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme), London Wall (St James Theatre), Top Girls (Out of Joint), Nature Adores a Vacuum (Soho Theatre), Separate Tables (Mill at Sonning) The Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol Old Vic). For television, her work includes Call the Midwife; and for film, London Wall. Dunmore is a founder member of the Fitzrovia Radio Hour.

Richard Durden returns to the Tricycle where he previously appeared in Ugly Rumours. His other theatre work includes Titus Andronicus, A Mad World My Masters (RSC), Hindle Wakes (Finborough Theatre), The Emperor And Gallilean (National Theatre), Once Bitten, The Madras House (Orange Tree Theatre), Shadowlands (tour and West End), Richard III and High Society (Sheffield Crucible), Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse), Birdy (Comedy Theatre), Casablanca (Whitehall Theatre), Hamlet (Old Vic) and All My Sons (Wyndham’s Theatre). For television, his work includes Dickensian, Wolf Hall, Episodes, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Silk, World Without End, The Borgias, The Last Days of the Lehman Brothers, Spooks, Confessions of a Diary Secretary; Nuremburg, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Fingersmith, Trial and Retribution (Series 1-7) and Not Only But Also; and for film, The Awakening, Anonymous, Agora, From Paris with Love, National Treasure 2, Oliver Twist, The Jacket, Le Vicaire, Morality Play, The Innocent and Batman.

John Hopkins’ theatre credits include Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Private Lives (Edinburgh Lyceum), A Mad World My Masters, Titus Andronicus, Candide, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Venus and Adonis, King John, Julius Caesar, Love In A Wood (all RSC), Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Sheffield Crucible), The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre). For television, his work includes Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Catastrophe, Dancing On The Edge, Hacks, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Merlin, Identity, Wire In The Blood, Robin Hood, The Path to 9/11, Nicholas Nickleby, Love In A Cold Climate, and two series as Detective Sergeant Scott in Midsomer Murders; and for film, The Face Of An Angel, Alice In Wonderland, The Experiment and The Pool.

Ben Jones’ theatre work includes The Bone Room (Young Vic), The Three Musketeers (UK tour), Time Of My Life (Royal and Derngate Theatre), The Pretender Agenda (Charing Cross Theatre), First Person Shooter (Birmingham Rep), Communicating Doors (UK tour) and And Then The Dark (New Wolsey Theatre). For television, his work includes The Borgias, Spooks, My Family, Echo Beach, Moving Wallpaper and Doctors (as series regular Dr Greg Robinson).

Tim Carroll began his career with the English Shakespeare Company before becoming Associate Director at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. Since 1995 he has directed plays for theatres all over Britain, including Engaged (Orange Tree, Richmond), Gasping (Gateway Theatre, Chester) and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Salisbury Playhouse). As Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, his work includes Peter Oswald’s Augustine’s Oak, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Macbeth, Richard II (winner of the Jujamcyn Award), Dido, Queen of Carthage, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and The Storm. In 2002 he directed The Golden Ass and Twelfth Night – the latter won Evening Standard, Time Out, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards, and in 2003 was revived for a record-breaking run at the Globe, followed by a tour of the United States. In 2012, he returned to Shakespeare’s Globe to direct Richard III and Twelfth Night. The two shows then transferred to the West End for a record-breaking run at the Apollo, and went on in 2013/14 to play at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway, where they also broke box-office records, as well as winning Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards. His other work spans the world, The Tempest (Teatro Sao Luiz), Peer Gynt (Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall, Middle Temple Hall, and also broadcast on BBC TV and radio), The Merchant of Venice (RSC), The Mystae (Hampstead Theatre), King John (Stratford Festival, Ontario), as well as work for his own company The Factory.

TRICYCLE THEATRE LISTINGS
269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
19 November 2015 – 9 January 2016
Press night: 24 November at 7pm
http://www.tricycle.co.uk/

Box office: 020 7328 1000
www.tricycle.co.uk

BRAND NEW IMAGES RELEASED FOR TOM STOPPARD’S ABRIDGED MERCHANT OF VENICE PERFORMED BY THE NYT REP COMPANY

NYT web (1)Brand new production images have been released for Tom Stoppard’s abridged version of The Merchant of Venice, performed by the National Youth Theatre 2015 REP company as part of the 2015 season at the Ambassadors Theatre opening next week (with previews already begun).

The cast of the National Youth Theatre 2015 REP Season in The Merchant of Venice Credit Helen Maybanks 4.jpgNYT Associate Anna Niland will direct Tom Stoppard’s abridged version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Stoppard’s version, originally abridged especially for the NYT to perform at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing and the subject of a BBC documentary, is a 90 minute whirlwind exploring the laws of society and how far your heritage dictates your destiny.The cast of the National Youth Theatre 2015 REP Season in The Merchant of Venice Credit Helen Maybanks 23.jpg

The cast of the National Youth Theatre 2015 REP Season in The Merchant of Venice Credit Helen Maybanks 21.jpgFollowing the huge success of the rep seasons in 2013 and 2014, the NYT returns to the Ambassadors Theatre with three new productions: a brand new play exploring issues and experiences around sexting, young people and sexual consent written by Evan Placey and directed by Pia Furtado which was documented in development as part of a new collaboration with Sky Arts; Wuthering Heights, in a new adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel by Stephanie Street directed by Emily Lim and The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s play abridged especially for schools by Tom Stoppard, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland.The cast of the National Youth Theatre 2015 REP Season in The Merchant of Venice Credit Helen Maybanks 6.jpg

Also in London’s West End, the NYT are thrilled to be hosting a one-off event with award-winning actor David Suchet. ‘An Audience with David Suchet’ will see the magnificent Hercule Poirot in conversation with Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre at the Vaudeville Theatre on 15 October.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Review

Apollo Theatre 24th September  – booking until 29th November.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick

What a show!

Using the conceit that we are helping to pitch a new musical to Cameron, the press night audience of course chose the offices of the Daily Mail as the setting for “The Lyin’ King”. A variety of musicals are selected as song style inspirations and the cast are let loose.

Apparently there are a few conspiracy theories about how a new musical can be created in each performance, but the truth is quite simple – this group of performers know more about musicals than is entirely healthy.

Consisting of experienced comedy improvisers, the cast work together seamlessly. Dylan Emery ran the show with panache. He interacts brilliantly with the audience and stops the onstage action with a gleam in his eye to suggest styles – then sits back and laughs with the rest of us. The cast’s faces when he announced that they would sing the company song… in unison, were a picture – but they pulled it off with aplomb. Deciding that each character should use the  style of a different playwright created a wonderful scene that went nowhere – what else do you expect if you mix Pinter, Brecht and Beckett?

The cast is overflowing with seriously intelligent talent. Feeding off each other’s ideas with lighting fast reactions (and sometimes throwing in a curveball to test their corpsing thresholds) they are a proper team, full of energy and a love of the genre that infects the entire audience.

Whoops and cheers abound when discarded audience suggestions are used as oneliners, and each musical number has practically an extra percussion section of claps and admiring cheers.

The two shows I saw- “The Lyin’ King” and “Making Sparks” (set in M&S in 1884) were completely different. Even though both audiences had chosen a couple of identical musical inspirations, different tempo numbers were used to suit each performance’s narrative.

The things the shows had in common were the fabulous standard of the performers, and the gloriously bonkers feeling of the night. Where else in the West End could you see 2 men having a West Side Story dance duel in the Cereal Killer café? Snap, crackle and pop has never sounded better. Shakespearean rap shares the stage with Mama Mia, Sondheim, Gilbert and Sullivan, Rent and AC/DC. Anything goes! The musicians play as if they have a score in front of them. They switch styles effortlessly and sometimes even manage to keep a straight face.

The audience is invited to tweet their ideas for the second act during the interval – which led memorably to the invention of Percy Pig in the M&S musical. This produced comedy gold when Gladstone discovered them on his pillow – prime ministers and pigs!

I have never seen an audience so invested in a show. We were collectively wondering where the plot was going, marvelling at the quickness of the cast’s minds and willing them to take the lunacy to the next level. Because this was OUR musical and OUR night to revel in an unique and uplifting atmosphere. We deserved the standing ovation.

Showstopper! is the theatrical equivalent of Pharrel’s “Happy” – perfectly designed to get you grinning and clapping like an overexcited sea lion – and you’ll want to go back for more.

Jane Horrocks to star in new season at Young Vic

87317The Young Vic has announced four new productions for 2016, including If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me starring Jane Horrocks and featuring the music of ‘new wave’ artists, choreographed and directed by Aletta Collins, which runs from 10 March – 16 April 2016.

Matthew Xia will direct a new production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning Blue/Orange – which premiered at the National Theatre in 2000, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor – from 12 May – 18 June 2016.

Simon Stone – whose The Wild Duck played the Barbican last year – writes and directs a new version of Lorca’s Yerma from 29 July – 10 September, his first original work in the UK.

The season also sees the premiere of Cuttin’ It, a double award-winning play by Charlene James focusing on female genital mutilation, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan from 20 May – 11 June.

Artistic director David Lan said:

“The great Jane Horrocks is one of our closest friends and colleagues. In If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me Jane and Aletta Collins create a new kind of show. Part dance piece, part gig – a live band, brilliant dancers and Jane’s unique take on many of your favourite new wave anthems…”

These productions join two previously announced shows; Peter Brook revisiting The Mahabharata and a stage adaptation of Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

Tickets for the 2016 season go on sale to Friends of the Young Vic at 10.00am today. Public booking opens Wednesday 7 October at 10.00am.

Theatres Trust announces TheatreStage line-up for PLASA 2015

TTT_MARQUE_120x120 (1)Fifteen special theatre industry events take place on The Theatres Trust’s TheatreStage at PLASA Show 2015 from Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 October at ExCel London.

Our TheatreStage plays host to key organisations and associations in the theatre sector announcing their latest activities, making presentations and giving awards, including the Association of Lighting Designer’s Michael Northen Award on Monday 5 October at 1.30pm.

The programme includes 15 presentations over three days from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Backstage Heritage Collection, Behind the Scenes UK, Production Managers’ Forum, Society of Theatre Consultants, The Theatrical Guild, and ourselves, The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres.

We’re delighted that many academic institutions are also part of the line-up on the TheatreStage this year – addressing the needs of the next generation for the industry. These include the Backstage Academy, Entertainment Workshop, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and the University of Derby.

On the opening day, Sunday 4 October, we’re running a welcome event at 10.30am on the TheatreStage which this year is on stand E70, directly adjacent to The Theatres Trust stand F60.

Another highlight on day one at 2.30pm is a special book launch  – ‘Stage Lighting – The Technicians’ Guide’ a user friendly manual from industry expert Skip Mort, who says ‘Techies don’t read books, they look for what they need to know!’.

The TheatreStage is presented with the full support of the high profile theatre brands and this year’s generous sponsors include ETC (Programme Sponsor), Stage Electrics (Technology & Stand Sponsor), Triple E, ABTT, Chauvet Professional, Foster Wilson Architects, Ornate Interiors, PLASA, Charcoalblue, EM Acoustics, GDS, Harlequin Floors, Hawthorn, Hayles & Howe, ShowTex, Theatreplan and Unusual.

Take advantage of The Theatres Trust special visitor registration where Theatres Trust supporters can register for FREE for the show. Onsite ticket cost is £25 so make sure to register now..

Don’t miss the programme on the TheatreStage and learn more about the work of The Theatres Trust.