March 2, 2009
Live from Leicester Square
From 13 March
Leiester Square Theatre
The queen of Leicester Square returns to London’s lounge, showcasing the very best international entertainers, together with the weird, the wonderful and the wildest guest artists, many of whom proved unforgettable at the West End’s critically acclaimed freakshow, SideShow.
“Burlesque has returned with a vengeance”
Fridays from 13 March at 10pm
Win one of five pairs of tickets to Live From Leicester Square at the Leicester Square Theatre on 13 March at 10pm.
To enter, email your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, marking the subject line ‘Live’.
This competition closes on 12 March.
February 24, 2009
The Duchess of Malfi
The Blue Elephant Theatre
17 March – 4 April
Lazarus presents John Webster’s gripping and powerful Jacobean Tragedy, The Duchess Of Malfi, re-imagined in 1940s England, this dark and passionate play follows the Duchess’s tragic spiral of Love, Reputation and ultimately Death.
London 1939 on the eve of war the Duchess, a young widow, finds Love in the arms of her servant Antonio, their dangerous love affair is played out against the darkness of a world that forbids them to be together.
This new production will use movement and visual art; it features an original score and will be played by a cast of thirteen with a running time of approximately two hours with one interval.
There will also be two post show after dark sessions with cast and creative team on the 24th and 31stMarch, this will give audience members the chance to gain a behind the scenes insight into this remarkable production.
Win one of three pairs of tickets to see The Duchess of Malfi at Above the Blue Elephant Theatre for performances between 17-21 March.
To enter, email your name and email address to email@example.com, marking the subject line ‘Duchess’.
This competition closes on 11 March.
February 17, 2009
Low Life (7-14 March)
Hysteria (16-21 March)
BAC are offering audiences one last chance to catch two classic BAC shows. Both Hysteria and Low Life began life at BAC as part of the Scratch programme, came to fruition through the Ladder of Development and went on to achieve huge success internationally, achieving critical acclaim and winning awards and nominations.
Puppetry innovators Blind Summit return with an entirely reworked production of Low Life and a brand new cast. Inspired by the short stories and poems of Charles Bukowski, whose writing chronicled the lives of the poor in 20th Century America, the action takes place in the Low Life Cabaret, where puppets live alongside people. Blind Summit are also currently performing in Complicite’s Shun Kin and preparing for His Dark Materials at the Birmingham Rep.
Inspector Sands’ Hysteria has been a hit with audiences and critics in the UK and around the world, selling out performances at the London International Mime Festival, Edinburgh Festival, on two British tours and at venues in Russia, Germany, Romania and Armenia. It was the winner of the Total Theatre Award and was short-listed for the Carol Tambor Award at Edinburgh Festival in 2006, and won an Argus Angel Award at Brighton Festival, 2007. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem of the same name, Hysteria recounts the story of a first date from hell, in a play about panic, the apocalypse and table manners. Bursting with irreverent humour, visceral sound and lighting and a vivid physical style, Hysteria draws the audience into an arresting world where the main course is a fight for survival and a banana can reduce you to tears.
Win one of five pairs of tickets to see either Low Life or Hysteria at the Battersea Arts Centre. Winner is able to choose which performance they will see.
To enter, email your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, marking the subject line ‘Last Chance’.
February 4, 2009
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer
& The Vagina Monologues
in aid of charities working to end violence against women
New Players Theatre, 17 to 21 February
New work from Eve Ensler is to premiere at the New Players Theatre this February in a series of benefit performances as part of the London celebration of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer is a collection of writings, edited by Eve Ensler, from a varied range of talents from the worlds of theatre, film and literature. The performances at the New Players will comprise a selection of ten witty, gritty, moving and hard-hitting tales by writers including Susan Miller, Edward Albee, Lyn Nottage, Michael Cunningham and actress Kathy Najimy.
The six show gala event will also include three performances of Eve Ensler’s original theatre sensation, The Vagina Monologues, which has toured the world and gained a reputation as the ultimate girl’s night out. The Vagina Monologues will feature Ninia Benjamin of BBC3’s 3 Non-Blondes and Nadira Murray (The British Ambassador’s Belly-Dancer).
Both shows will be directed by award-winning film director Emma Jane Richards, who will be making her stage debut.
V-Day, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the UK this year, is a global movement established by Eve Ensler. It aims to promote creative events that increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of anti-violence charities working with women. The movement encourages people to organise events on or around 14th February to benefit charities working to end violence against women.
To win a pair of tickets to either A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer (17, 18 & 21 February) or The Vagina Monologues (19, 20, 21 February), email email@example.com, marking the subject line ‘V-Day’ and specifying which performance you’d like to attend. Competition closes 13 February, winners will be informed by 16 February at the latest.
February 3, 2009
Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Gene David Kirk, opens his inaugural season in March 2009 with the UK premiere of Trumbo by Christopher Trumbo. Running for just ten performances only from 17 March through to 28 March, and starring Olivier award-winning actor Corin Redgrave and Nick Waring, this production makes its long awaited transfer to the UK following an Off-Broadway run and a number of other highly successful productions in the US.
When legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo stood up to the House Un-American Activities committee in 1947, he was thrown in prison and blacklisted as one of the ‘Hollywood Ten.’ Based on his brilliant and razor-sharp letters to friends, former friends, and family, Trumbo – written by his son, Christopher – reveals how the author of Spartacus, Roman Holiday and Exodus took on Congress, Hollywood, and the Red Scare – and won. Read more