The Play’s the Thing

Outdoor concert at Glastonbury Abbey

MUSICAL stars from the West Country are taking part in an outdoor concert at Glastonbury Abbey on 30th August. Overseen by choreographer and director Andrew Wright – well-known in previous years from shows at Strode Theatre at Street – with input from Cameron Mackintosh and Glastonbury Festival’s founder Michael Eavis, the event will feature a…

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Theatre Royal Bath on Red Alert

BATH Theatre Royal will join theatres and entertainment venues around the UK on Tuesday 11th August to take part in the Red Alert campaign, drawing attention to the difficulties which the industry continues to face, with the ongoing restrictions on indoor performances and social gatherings. Red Alert is the second national event in the Light…

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Nick gets on his bike

RESIDENTS of East and West Coker are the first in Somerset to enjoy the return of live theatre, as Nick White, founder-director of Wassail Theatre, gets on his bike to bring a new short play into people’s gardens. Wassail and Reveal Productions are piloting performances of Heartbeat, a ten minute one-person play, adhering to social…

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Grants for the Egg

BATH Theatre Royal’s Egg, a flexible space for children’s and young people’s theatre and experiment, has received two grants, from Innovate UK and from Arts Council England, to encourage online engagement and outreach work through the coming months. The grant, from Innovate UK, will enable the Egg to develop online platforms for young theatre makers…

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Malvoliant Greig cross-gartered

IF you are in need of a Tamsin Greig fix after the end of the Julian Fellowes saga, the actress goes from Belgravia to Malvolia  in the National Theatre production of Twelfth Night. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Simon Godwin’s joyous production,…

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Shakespeare’s birthday box set

THE Royal Shakespeare Company has released a “box set” of six plays to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 456th birthday on 23rd April. Each will be available on the site for several weeks, so that viewers can see them all. The scheme marks a new collaboration between BBC Arts and the RSC, as part of a “Culture…

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All open air theatre cancelled*

WITH theatres, concert halls and arts centres – as well as village halls – closed for the immediately foreseeable future, many are wondering what will happen to the vibrant, traditional, open air touring play season, so important to theatre-lovers in rural areas. Here is a run-down of the latest plans today, 18th April 2020. Ten…

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Mender Alert – Coward in Bath

WHO better to shine light at the end of the tunnel than Noel Coward, and that’s what Nigel Havers has in store for Bath audiences in October. In the fervent hope that theatres will be open for business by the time 1st October comes, Wiltshire resident Havers intends to launch his new company with a…

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