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SJD Shorts: Shobana Jeyasingh's works online
Shobana Jeyasingh has worked with filmmakers Terry Braun and Gary Tanner on new short films for small screens based on raw footage of her original stage works,
Da Vinci Code to make stage première in 2021
The Da Vinci Code
, Dan Brown's blockbuster novel, will make its stage debut on a UK tour in 2021, opening at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 3 April.
Chester Storyhouse plans early opening
Storyhouse, an arts centre in Chester that incorporates a theatre, cinema, library and restaurant, has announced that it will reopen as soon as the government allows, possibly as early as 4 July.
Leading actors join calls to support Octagon appeal
Ian McKellen, Sue Johnston, Sharon D Clarke, Matthew Kelly and more have sent messages of support for the theatre, which has so far raised more than £40,000 for its crowdfunder appeal.
HOME announces plans for reopening
HOME Manchester has announced plans to reopen its cinemas, bars and restaurant on 4 September, with theatre and gallery programmes to restart later in autumn.
Lowry pledges support for all contracted staff
Lowry CEO Julia Fawcett has pledged support for the arts centre's contracted workforce until the building can reopen, vowing that “coronavirus WON’T defeat us—but Government must act!”
Hope Mill evening with Jonathan Harvey & £5k playwriting prize
Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre is to present an online evening celebrating the work of writer Jonathan Harvey and is launching a playwriting prize with a prize of £5,000, a production at the theatre and mentorship from Harvey.
Fancy joining an opera chorus?
Opera North is inviting everyone to join its new chorus to sing choruses from Bizet’s
The Bartered Bride
Warwick students take up challenge to save theatres
Students from the University of Warwick in Coventry have organised a national fundraising campaign to help support the arts industry.
RSC playmaking festival for schools goes online
More than 100 young people from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s associate schools programme are to share a series of original digital responses to Shakespeare’s plays.
Redundancy consultations at Newcastle Theatre Royal
The Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust has begun consulting staff about redundancies.
ENB School summer performance and graduation goes virtual
English National Ballet School's summer performance and graduation ceremony will be streamed online for the first time on the school’s web site.
Deptford and Stockton commission children’s shows for 2021 and 2022
The Albany, Deptford, and ARC Stockton have co-commissioned two children’s shows for Christmas 2021 and 2022.
Darcey Bussell confirmed for U.Dance festival
Dame Darcey Bussell,
Strictly Come Dancing
’s Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Boy Blue’s Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae and West End star Layton Williams are confirmed in the line-up for U.Dance Digital 2020.
Birmingham Opera goes online this summer
Birmingham Opera Company has announced productions to be shown online in the coming months, including Tippett’s
The Ice Break
Mittwoch Aus Licht / Wednesday from Light
Buxton International Festival goes online
Organisers of the 2020 Buxton International Festival have released details of a replacement digital season which has been curated by artistic director Adrian Kelly and Vicky Dawson, the book festival director.
Youngsters to take part in digital festival
Independent production studio China Plate and Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre are to stage a digital festival which has been programmed by, with and for 16- to 21-year-olds.
Revival: two theatres unite for online discussions
Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East are to co-produce
a series of online discussions reuniting the people behind some of the most popular productions at each theatre in recent years.
Vamos wins BBC Culture in Quarantine commission
Vamos Theatre, “the UK’s leading full mask theatre company”, has beaten off competition from more than 1,600 applicants to win a BBC Culture in Quarantine commission.
Jeyasingh's TooMortal to be screened
Shobana Jeyasingh’s 2012 work
is being screened as part of the company’s SJD Shorts series.