Chichester Festival Theatre’s Buddy Scheme

Chichester Festival Theatre launched its Buddies scheme earlier this year, to open its programme to a wider audience who feel unable to attend the venue alone. CFT Buddies assist patrons in booking and collecting tickets. They also meet them on arrival at the theatre, guide them to their seats and sit with them through the performance; help buy any refreshments and locate washroom facilities, and stay with them until the patron is safely on their way home. Continue reading Chichester Festival Theatre’s Buddy Scheme

Titanic on tour

Following its critically acclaimed runs at both Southwark Playhouse and Charing Cross Theatre, Maury Yeston’s Titanic is set to embark on a UK tour from April 2018, delighting fans of the iconic story across the country. Based on the real stories of passengers aboard the ill-fated ship, Yeston’s musical opened on Broadway in 1997 and won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. This critically acclaimed production will now travel the UK, bringing the tale to audiences far and wide. Continue reading Titanic on tour

Sadler’s Wells Spring season highlights

Sadler’s Wells’ Spring 2018 season includes many highlights, primarily reflecting the venue’s long-term relationships with artists such as Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and its most recent Associate Artist, Crystal Pite. Supporting artists at every stage of their career is at the heart of what Sadler’s Wells does, and this begins with its commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent. The world premiere of National Youth Dance Company is a clear highlight each spring season, with the latest cohort of young dancers working with Sharon Eyal. Continue reading Sadler’s Wells Spring season highlights

Dance Consortium’s Ballet British Columbia

Dance Consortium, a group of 19 large-scale venues with a shared passion for bringing the best international contemporary dance to the UK, has announced the details of its next tour for spring 2018. Ballet British Columbia, Canada’s leading contemporary dance company, kicks off its UK engagement at Sadler’s Wells in London on Tuesday 6 March. The tour will then head to Brighton, Newcastle, Birmingham and Salford Quays and conclude in Bradford on Saturday 24 March. Continue reading Dance Consortium’s Ballet British Columbia

The UK’s first hip hop theatre in Plymouth

The local council in Plymouth is supporting a feasibility study for transforming the local Street Factory studio into a hip hop education centre for hard-to-reach young people. Local businesses and architects are also involved in the project, which will see a theatre, community cafe, recording studio, dance studio, and teaching space created in the ex-industrial building, the first of its kind in the UK. Continue reading The UK’s first hip hop theatre in Plymouth

New dance product tackling older inactivity

Inactivity among older people in deprived areas of the country is set to be tackled through a new £495k dance scheme that will help disguise physical activity as fun, tackling the issue with long term goals. The project therefore marks a change in strategy for its funder Sport England, which highlights how willing it is to consider how dance could tackle inactivity. Those within the sector appear to agree unanimously about the benefits of dance – particularly for older people – so part of this project is also extending that understanding to those external. Continue reading New dance product tackling older inactivity

Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to London for Christmas

For the first time, Birmingham Royal Ballet will brings its production of the Nutcracker to the Royal Albert Hall. The staging has been created especially for the Royal Albert Hall, with video and projection designed by 59 Productions (An American in Paris, War Horse), period costumes, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 70 world-class dancers and a full symphony orchestra. Nutcracker will be performed from 28 to 31 December. Continue reading Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to London for Christmas

University of Suffolk launches Dance degree with DanceEast

The first two-year practice-based dance degree in the UK has been launched by University of Suffolk and DanceEast. The degree will be hosted at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse which boasts some of the best dance facilities in the country, including purpose-built dance studios and a fully equipped 200-seat theatre, supported by a team of highly trained staff. Continue reading University of Suffolk launches Dance degree with DanceEast