Round-up of news and treats and other interesting things

Somewhat appropriately in the week following International Men’s Day with its theme this year of male suicide, two shows tackling the subject open in London. Ella Hickson’s Boys gets a short revival at the LOST Theatre (read my review of the 2012 Soho Theatre production) and new musical Catch Me, written by Arnoud Breitbarth and Christian Czornyj, slots into the Above the Arts Theatre – I’ll be ‘catching’ it later in the week so watch this space for a review.

Some interesting casting news coming out of the National Theatre’s Winter Season. Joining Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Simon Godwin’s take on Twelfth Night is the delicious Oliver Chris (Orsino) and the equally lovely Phoebe Fox (Olivia), along with Daniel Ezra (Sebastian) , Tamara Lawrance (Viola), Doon Mackichan (Feste) and Daniel Rigby (Sir Andrew Aguecheek).Also, Kate Fleetwood will be leading the cast of Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone.

I’m resisting the urge to feel festive but if you want to indulge a little early, take a listen to the lovely ‘Poles Apart’ from Another Night Before Christmas, the festive offering at the Bridge House Theatre SE20. Starring George Maguire and Rachael Wooding and written by Sean Grennan (book and lyrics) and Leah Okimoto (music), it’s shaping up to be a promising musical.

Hot off the heels of yet another hit 2016 Edinburgh Fringe performance and sell out shows across the UK, Morgan and West take great pleasure in announcing A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show at Festival Square Theatre, Edinburgh running from December 1st to January 7th 2017 as part of Underbelly’s Christmas programme.

Following the spectacular success of its debut performance of Roger and Hammerstein’s State Fair, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce its much anticipated Christmas concert; the hit Broadway musical A Christmas Carol with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. The concert will take place on 19th December at the Lyceum Theatre and casting news is expected very soon.

NextUp, a brand new stand up comedy-focused online videoon-demand platform launched earlier this week, hosting a wealth of recorded live stand-up content for those who love comedy and want more to see than a trip to their local comedy club can offer. NextUp has an online mix of new and established comedy names with stand up performances past and present giving audiences access to recorded shows that are no longer on tour as well as new shows recorded from the likes of Tony Law // Lou Sanders // Richard Herring // Alfie Brown // Luisa Omielan // Simon Munnery // Fern Brady // Lloyd Langford // Brendon Burns // Tim Renkow // Pat Cahill // Ben Target // John Hastings // Miles Jupp // Ian D Montfort // Sean Hughes // Marcel Lucont

I’m loving the Theatre Lives series of interviews by Digital Theatre and The Stage and the latest instalment with Julie Walters is a classic.


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