Raymond Briggs’ festive favourite, The Snowman, has whisked generations of children off to a wintery wonderland for a festive adventure year on year. Now the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s magical stage show journeys back to London’s The Peacock to charm both young and old for its 22nd consecutive year, from 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Based on the much-loved film and book, the enchanting stage adaptation features exquisite dancing, magic and live music, including the unforgettable classic Walking in the Air. Continue reading The Snowman
This winter at the London Coliseum, English National Ballet presents Nutcracker (11 December – 5 January) and Le Corsaire (8 –14 January) alongside three special gala performances celebrating English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary (17 – 18 January). Continue reading English National Ballet’s Christmas at the Coliseum
When some theatrical productions are short-lived, there is much anticipation as to what will fill its shoes in the theatre. There are many new arrivals on the horizon in the West End, including lots of musicals to get excited about. Continue reading The most anticipated theatre shows
Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company Acosta Danza returns to the UK this month for a national tour of its latest programme Evolution, co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions. Following the UK premiere at Norwich Theatre Royal, Evolution tours to the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadler’s Wells, from 18 – 23 November. Continue reading Acosta Danza back in London
A new musical, named Identical, is on the lookout for two identical twin leads to star in the show, to open in the summer of 2020. Based on the popular tale The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner, which inspired the Disney films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998, the new musical will be directed by Trevor Nunn (Fiddler on the Roof) and has music and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe, and book by Stuart Paterson (The Jungle Book). Continue reading New musical Identical
British dancer and choreographer, Anna, trained at the Rambert School. Anna was a company dancer for Tavaziva Dance for 10 years, as well as working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Motionhouse, Neville Campbell and others.
Anna formed Watkins Dance Company in 2011, receiving Arts Council England funding, touring across the UK and Internationally. In 2017 – 2018 she was awarded Associate Artist at Swindon Dance and selected as one of the four choreographers for the Cohan Collective 2018. Continue reading What’s next for Anna Watkins?
The mind can be a powerful instrument for dancers, regarding the importance of goals and dreams, listening to yourself and aiming for the top. To gain confidence and success this way is often aided by the tool of visualisation, to strengthen both mind and body in order to succeed. Continue reading Mind, body, power
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts has officially opened its new £8 million boarding block, consisting of three floors and a lower ground floor, which contains a state-of-the art boarding house for 70 pupils, six academic and vocational teaching spaces, a theatre workshop, two staff apartments and other pupil facilities. Continue reading Tring Park School for the Performing Arts’ new state-of-the-art building
For many dancers, physiotherapy is not unfamiliar. For aches, pains and for injury recovery, a physiotherapist tailors different exercises for each individual client in order to bring them back to full dancing health. Ahead of seeing a physio, take care of your body and respond to what it is trying to tell you. Whilst dancers know their bodies well, often the mantras ‘the show must go on’, and ‘no pain, no gain’ take over, and dancers push through pain which may be detrimental in the long-term. Continue reading Physiotherapy for dancers
Whilst dance is widely renowned as beneficial to all ages and walks of life, a study recently found the benefits of dance for older people have not been fully appreciated. The study, by Aesop and People Dancing, found that dance can be an effective alternative to health programmes, acting not just as exercise for physical benefits, but also as a social, cognitive and emotionally positive activity. Continue reading Benefits of dance for older people