Northampton to stage new version of Ibsen’s Ghosts
Pennie Downie and Pierro Niel-Mee will feature in the world première of Mike Poulton’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts which will be staged at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate in April 2019.
Cast revealed for Katori Hall revival in Northampton
Gabrielle Brooks, Michelle Asante and Ery Nzaramba will lead the cast of Northampton Royal and Derngate’s UK première of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho.
Nottingham youngsters to appear in RSC tour of Romeo and Juliet
Eight young people from Bluecoat Beechdale Academy in Bilborough will join the professional cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
Lawrence “proud” to become patron of dance organisation
Birmingham Royal Ballet senior soloist Brandon Lawrence has become the latest patron of the organisation that trained him, bbodance.
New chair Howells shares Birmingham Hippodrome vision
Glenn Howells, a trustee since 2012, is the new chair of Birmingham Hippodrome and aims to build on its “huge successes”.
Applied theatre conference to be held in Derby
Derby Theatre and the University of Derby are to host a conference on applied theatre which will be a day of “vibrant conversation” and “dynamic workshops”.
Springboard for new and emerging artists in Coventry
Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is on the hunt for newly established performance companies and individual artists to join the second intake of its Springboard talent development programme.
Artists chosen for Naseem Khan commissions
Three theatres have announced they have selected artists for the Naseem Khan commissions—an initiative to support artists of colour.
Extended 2019 Buxton Fringe opens for entries
Entries are now open for the 2019 Buxton Fringe which will be extended to celebrate its 40th festival.
Rogers joins Silbert in leaving Birmingham REP
Executive director Stuart Rogers is to leave Birmingham REP in 2019 along with artistic director Roxana Silbert.
Celebrating Shakespeare's women
The all-female acrobatic theatre group Mimbre will highlight the role of women in Shakespeare’s plays in short performances in the grounds of New Place, the playwright’s adult home in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Youngsters join Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet in Midlands
Young cast members will perform at Midlands’ venues alongside dancers from the New Adventures Company in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet in 2019.
White Christmas guaranteed at Curve
Leicester’s Curve aims to “banish the blues and nourish the soul” with its production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
Restoration romp and political thriller at the RSC
Alexandra Gilbreath will return to the Royal Shakespeare Company in a “Restoration romp that shocked 17th century society” while Jodie McNee will appear in a “savage political thriller and a love story of breath-taking intensity” at Stratford in 2019.
Christmas Carol and Timon of Athens open at RSC
Two shows are to open at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford: a revival of David Edgar’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s poignant satire on wealth, greed and betrayal.
No need to be Blue with Derby’s Jack and the Beanstalk
Singer, West End performer and actor Duncan James is to play Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby Arena.
Darren Day hooks up with Peter Pan in Northampton
Darren Day, Flawless, The Grumbleweeds and Rachael Wooding will apper in Northampton Royal and Derngate’s panto Peter Pan.
Pasquale and Challis fly in for Nottingham’s Peter Pan
Joe Pasquale plays Smee and John Challis becomes Captain Hook in Nottingham Theatre Royal’s panto Peter Pan.
Hippodrome aims to raise cash for relaxed performances
Birmingham Hippodrome is urging people to dig deep for its annual festive fundraising campaign as it aims to raise £20,000 for relaxed performances.
Worst Witch gets world première in Northampton
The world première of The Worst Witch, Emma Reeves’s original story based on Jill Murphy’s series of novels, is to open at Royal and Derngate as part of the theatre’s Made in Northampton season.
Cinderella goes to the ball in the pub in Derby
A site-specific show that “takes all the best of traditional British panto and tops it off with a pint” is to be performed in three community spaces in Derby.
Derby’s Hansel and Gretel is no grim tale
Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel is the unusual choice for the Christmas 2018 production at Derby Theatre.
Maison Foo invites people to Meet Your Neighbour
A chance comment from a refugee two years ago has led a Derby theatre company to organise an event at which people can meet refugees and asylum seekers.
More plays added to Birmingham REP season
Two productions have been added to the spring and summer 2019 season at Birmingham REP.
Belgrade goes over the top with alternative panto
For the sixth year in a row, Coventry playwright Nick Walker has come up with an alternative show for the city’s Belgrade Theatre.
Robin Hood steals back into Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham’s favourite outlaw will return to the city’s Playhouse in its 2018 panto, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
Belgian sleuth tries to solve Crimes on the Nile
A cast of four bring to life “lascivious lawyers, crocked captains, fastidious physicians, ardently amorous authors, feuding femme fatales, plodding paramours, colossal kids, friendly first mates and attractive Americans” in New Old Friends’ comedy thriller Crimes on the Nile which tours nationally in 2019.
Coventry actors cast in Noughts and Crosses adaptation
Two Coventry actors have been cast in Sabrina Mahfouz’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses which opens at the city’s Belgrade Theatre in March 2019.
Nancy to direct regional première of Two Trains Running
Winner of the 2018 Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award, Nancy Medina will direct August Wilson’s Two Trains Running in the Royal Theatre, Northampton in autumn 2019.
Roxana to leave Birmingham REP for Hampstead
Roxana Silbert, artistic director of Birmingham REP for the past six years, is to leave in June 2019 to take up a similar position at London’s Hampstead Theatre.
Search for Wizard of Oz concentrated on Birmingham
The yellow brick road leads to Birmingham REP at Christmas 2018 as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion go in search of The Wizard of Oz.
Jo confirmed as Northampton venues’ chief executive
Jo Gordon has been appointed chief executive of the trust which runs Northampton’s Royal and Derngate and The Core at Corby Cube.
Lineker scores with part in Leicester’s Treasure Island
Former Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker is to appear at Leicester Haymarket during its panto Treasure Island—but not in person.
New Vic in call for associate artist
Artists, collectives and companies are being invited to apply to become associate artist for 2019 at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre.