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Suli Holum, Helen Murray


Stein-Holum Productions at Gate, Notting Hill

Conor Lovett,

First Love

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland at Arcola Theatre

Peter (Jay Worley) and Wendy (Bronte Tadman), Philip Tull

Peter Pan

Watermill Theatre Company at Watermill Theatre Newbury

Abigail Cruttenden (Rona Trenting), Alexander Hanson (Will  Trenting), Sam Clemmett (Ian Trenting), Mark Douet


Nicola Seed Productions at St James Theatre

The Snowman, Alastair Muir

The Snowman

Birmingham Repertory Theatre at Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

Rebecca Johnson in Twelfth Night, Mark Douet

Twelfth Night

English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres at Richmond Theatre

Cygnets, Annabel Moeller

Swan Lake

English National Ballet at Liverpool Empire

Martha Leebolt in the title role with Tobias Batley as the Prince, Bill Cooper


Northern Ballet at Palace Theatre, Manchester

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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