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Gwydion Rhys, Stacey Daly, Company of Sirens


silence, darkness / Company of Sirens at Chapter, Cardiff

Frances O'Connor as Alice and Alexander Hanson as Michel, Marc Brenner

The Truth

Theatre Royal Bath Productions & Menier Chocolate Factory at Wyndham's Theatre

Macbeth, Marc Brenner


Globe Theatre at Globe 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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Cast for European première of Allegro

London has had to wait since 1947 to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro. Adapted and directed by Thom Southerland the show runs at Southwark Playhouse for six weeks this summer.

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London Writers’ Week 2016

London Writers’ Week focuses on new ideas for theatre writing in the UK; this year sees the third In Battalions Festival, a review of Old Vic New Voices and the first University Women in the Arts event in the line-up.

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday June 26.

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 27 June.

Making Contact across the world

For one week in July, Manchester Contact’s Contacting the World festival will celebrate collaboration between six young companies from five countries.

Come inside the Liverpool TENT!

Participants of Hope Street Ltd’s Emerging Artists Programme 2016 have set up camp in a Liverpool city centre office block.

New Journeys for Buckle Up Theatre

Winners of Best Comedy Show at The Greater Manchester Fringe 2015, Buckle Up Theatre introduces Journeys at this year's Manchester Fringe.

Park life for Shakespeare and Stig

A new adaptation of the children’s classic Stig of the Dump and Shakespeare’s As You Like It and The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be staged in Chester.

In a Forest, Dark & Deep in Manchester

In the first UK production of In a Forest, Dark and Deep outside of London, newly-formed theatre company Stuffed Horse brings the drama to the Manchester Fringe programme.

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The House at the Edge of the Universe is a punk-rock, postman space adventure for ages 6+ and families at the Waterside centre in Sale.

All aboard on Merseyside

St George’s Hall in Liverpool is preparing to set sail on an adventure that will keep little ones ship-shape.