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Nick Darke Award for writing offers £6000 prize
The annual Nick Darke Award for writing for stage, screen and radio has been launched for this year with with a top prize of £6000, double the award of previous years.
Monkee Business producers pay tribute to Davy Jones
The producers of
, the musical based on the songs of 60s pop band The Monkees, have paid tribute to original band member Davy Jones who died last week.
Stephen Sondheim Winner of the Fifth Annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography
Presentation to short-listed authors for the Sheridan Morley Prize and announcement of the winner
Callow's Being Shakespeare released on DVD
The production of
by Jonathan Bate starring Simon Callow as the Bard is to be released on DVD this week.
Dot Wood steps down from M6 after 30 years
Dot Wood MBE is to step down as artistic producer of pioneering theatre-in-education and children's theatre company M6 of Rochdale after being with the company for thirty years.
News from the Midlands
RSC takes triple Stratford look at shipwrecks; Curve uncovers musical theatre jewel; Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank visit Wolverhampton; what's on this week in the region.
News from the North East
cast announced; NE playwrights in the news;
at the Customs House; what's on in the region.
Rooke takes the Queen
Lynda Rooke, a familiar face on stage and television, will star in the world premiere of
The Queen of the North
, about the life of famed actress Pat Phoenix, at Bolton Octagon in May.
Lighting a Fire for playwright
Manchester-born playwright Miriam Battye has her Bruntwood Prize shortlisted play—
I Started A Fire
—given its first public reading in The Studio at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre on Friday March 9.
Fringe Festival sets fourth
Preston Tringe, the city's annual festival of fringe theatre, is seeking acts for the fourth such festival, which has attracted a growing number of acts, and audiences, to venues across the city.
What's on in the region in the coming week.
The Dukes makes promises
The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster are meeting the challenge of arts funding by offering patrons a
tour by one of its stars; luxury minibreaks; a private cinema screening; or a day as a racehorse owner.
Camden's Sprint Festival 2012 opens
The new co-directors of Camden People's Theatre, Jenny Paton and Brian Logan, launch the theatre's fifteenth annual festival of experimental theatre Sprint Festival 2012.
Writing for devising workshop with Dan Rebellato
Playwright and academic Dan Rebellato will lead a "Writing for Devising" workshop at Salisbury Arts Centre for writers and actors.
Big Room playwright development scheme from Paines Plough and Channel 4
New writing theatre company Paines Plough has again partnered with Channel 4 on a new scheme for playwright development, based on the Future Perfect scheme inaugurated in 2005.
Murder case appeal granted ahead of King's Head play
Sam Hallam, who was convicted of murder seven years ago following a street fight, has been granted a new appeal just before a verbatim play about his case,
Someone to Blame
, opens at the King's Head Theatre in Islington.
Campaign against Scotland entertainment licensing changes grows
The campaign against the proposed to entertainment licensing in Scotland is growing ahead of the date the changes come into force on 1 April, with a public meeting in support of the campaign in Edinburgh on 1 March.
Heart of the West End conference
Leading figures in current and past West End theatre will mix with theatre academics at a two-day conference on commercial theatre in the West End organised by Royal Holloway College University of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Hair tour cancelled as "certain criteria could not be met"
The national tour of the musical
has been cancelled because, according to a statement from the producers, "certain criteria could not be met".
Shakespeare's Globe £1.5M anonymous donation
Shakespeare's Globe has received £1.5M from an anonymous private donor towards a matched-giving scheme to raise funds for the new indoor theatre.