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Rachel Gay and Jeremy Bradfield, Keith Pattison

The Worst Princess

New Writing North in association with Sage Gateshead, supported by bait at Newcastle City Library

Catherine Cusack as Helene, Joel Chester Fildes


New Vic Theatre Company, Newcastle-under-Lyme at New Vic Theatre

Peter Davison as Oliver and Thusitha Jayasundera as Nadia, Anton Belmonte

The Vertical Hour

Oliver Taheri Productions in association with Mini Productions and Park Theatre at Park Theatre (Park 200)

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Núñez as Manon, Alice Pennefather


Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House



The New London Opera Players Secret Opera at Rosemary Branch Theatre

Joe Caffrey and Jackie Lye,

Wet House

Live Theatre at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Front: Milo Twomey as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and David Fielder as Sir Toby Belch. Back: Brian Protheroe as Feste and Rose Reynolds as Viola, Mark Douet

Twelfth Night

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre at Crucible Theatre

While You Wait

BTG has partnered with Fuel Theatre on a series of podcasts called While You Wait.

  1. Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer
  2. Waiting... to be born by Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake
  3. Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth
  4. Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild
  5. Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue
  6. Waiting... are we? By The Company in collaboration with Jonathan Reades and Raphael Woolf
  7. Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh
  8. Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese

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