Musicals live on television

NBC has been leading the way for live television musicals, a trend which was revived in 2013 with the television channel’s adapted revival of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood. Since then, many musicals have been presented: Peter Pan Live! by NBC, The Wiz Live! by NBC, Grease: Live by Fox, The Passion by Fox, Rocky Horror Picture Show by Fox, Hairspray Live! by NBC and Dirty Dancing by ABC. Continue reading Musicals live on television

The Birmingham Weekender

The full programme for Birmingham’s biggest arts festival has been announced, taking place from 22 – 24 September. Across the city over three days, there will be 120 performances, 300 artists and 26 new commissions. It will be a cultural adventure for audiences, with some special treats for dance lovers too. The award-winning Birmingham Weekender promises a packed weekend of free outdoor theatre, music, art installations and performance. With opportunities to take part and watch as the weekend unfolds, the city’s streets, shops and squares will come alive with something to entertain and delight all the family. Continue reading The Birmingham Weekender

Stan Hodgson’s The Letter Room

Stanley Hodgson trained at LAMDA. Recent credits include: James and the Giant Peach (Northern Stage); Manifesto for a New City (Northern Stage/Live Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (RSC); Breakfast Hearts/Choirplay (The Six Twenty/Live Theatre); Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (Channel 4). It was his experience at Northern Stage which led to the forming of The Letter Room, and the consequent creation of No Miracles Here. Continue reading Stan Hodgson’s The Letter Room

World Ballet Day 2017

Taking place on 5 October, World Ballet Day 2017 will work with the Australian, Bolshoi, Royal, Canadian and San Francisco Ballet companies to being international audiences the best possible online experience of the art form. Five of the world’s leading ballet companies will come together for World Ballet Day to consequently broadcast 20 hours of live, behind-the-scenes footage via Facebook Live.

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Aladdin’s Autism-friendly performance

Disney’s Aladdin will present an Autism-friendly performance next week, its first dedicated Autism-friendly performance of this kind. The unique performance for the musical theatre show will take place on Tuesday 29 August, providing families with the opportunities to do something with their children they might not normally be compelled to do. Continue reading Aladdin’s Autism-friendly performance

Nicholas Le Riche to join Royal Swedish Ballet

It was recently announced that Nicolas Le Riche will direct Royal Swedish Ballet from the beginning of autumn 2017, having signed a five year contract with the Royal Swedish Opera to join as the new ballet director. This new collaboration will see Le Riche work with the company on both classical ballet and contemporary dance, having done with same with Paris Opera Ballet. Le Riche will success Johannes Öhman, who will go on to direct Staatsballett Berlin.

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