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Getting Your Theatre Fix
Following official government advice issued on Monday 16 March, which stipulates that people should avoid public buildings including theatres, SOLT and UK Theatre have advised member venues to close, to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Many SOLT and UK Theatre members are Theatre Tokens participating venues and many other entertainment venues around the UK may also be closed. We recommend customers double-check the website or social media of the specific venue they were due to attend to clarify that the venue is closed.
This will have a great impact on our industry and SOLT and UK Theatre are working hard to seek further clarification from the government. All ticket sellers will be in touch with their customers as soon as they possibly can to discuss options around exchanges, refunds and credit notes. In the meantime we ask that you do not contact your ticket seller directly whilst they work through affected bookings in a chronological order, and contact customers for near dates as a priority.
Please be patient and kind as box offices, ticket agents and other ticket sellers are committed to helping you during this extremely difficult period for us all.
As theatre fans ourselves, we know that everyone wants to know as much as they can during this unprecedented time. To try and help we’ve put together this webpage, which we will update regularly with everything that we currently know about our Theatre Tokens participating venues. For London SOLT member venues please visit OfficialLondonTheatre.com.
Beneath the information about individual venues, we have also put together a list of ways in which you can still get your theatre fix while staying home and staying safe. Check this section regularly as different shows will be available over the coming weeks.
Aberdeen Performing Arts - His Majesty's Theatre, Music Hall, The Lemon Tree
In March we put the lights out in our three iconic venues and in April we said goodbye to our 264 furloughed staff. It’s been an emotional time and our thoughts are with our work family along with our customers, artists and friends in the cultural sector as we all navigate uncharted territory. We’ve been hard hit. We’re an arts charity, most of our income is self-generated from sales and that’s been wiped out overnight.
How can you support us through this difficult time?
If you would like to discuss a donation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Thank you again for your ongoing support, understanding and kind messages – we really do appreciate it. We are in this together and we look forward to welcoming you all back as soon as possible.
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
We are pleased to announce that we now have a small number of Box Office staff who are able to take incoming calls from our customers. The Box Office phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm on 01274 432000 or for Group Bookers on 01274 437788. Our Box Office team will also continue to make outgoing calls to customers regarding refunds for cancelled shows. There is a limited postal service operating so some tickets are being posted out to customers on an ad hoc basis.
We are sending emails where possible to customers about cancelled and rescheduled shows. Email remains the most effective way for us to communicate with our customers. You can log on to your online account at any time to check your email and mailing preferences. Please do this and update if needed to ensure you receive the latest email communications. Keep checking the list of cancelled and rescheduled shows here for the most up to date information.
We realise that during these unprecedented times it is not business as usual, but we can assure you that we will be back as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding during such difficult times.
Bristol Old Vic
Bristol Old Vic's Engagement Department goes online with: FAMILY ARTS HUB - Available to download now Created by the people behind Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company, the Made in Bristol trainee scheme, and engagement programmes, the Family Arts Hub is full of rich educational resources for those who need them.
Bristol Old Vic's Talent Development goes online with: OPEN STAGE ONLINE - Submissions open on Wed 22 April Today sees the theatre's first callout for participants and collaborators to generate the most wide-ranging and imaginative content it can. Open Stage Online is inspired by Bristol Old Vic’s annual birthday invitation where anyone can perform on the historic stage – no auditions, no experience needed.
Bristol Old Vic's artistic programme goes online with: BRISTOL ARTS CHANNEL - Launching in May Bristol Old Vic is working with The Space and sister venues Colston Hall, Watershed and others to explore an online channel for Bristol - to amplify and share the rich variety of art, culture and stories found across the city. Taking place over a month and dedicating different nights of the week to art forms including music, dance, film and theatre, we will look to reach out across the city and share content in a collaborative and considered way. More details to be announced soon.
If you would like to get involved with Bristol Old Vic At Home, check out the website for further details: bristololdvic.org.uk/at-home
The Brunton, Musselburgh, East Lothian
At The Brunton, we are continuing to work alongside all our promoters to reschedule many events until later in the year. To make it easier for you to check new dates for shows, we have listed them, along with FAQs on our The Brunton’s website https://thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/shows/covid-19-coronavirus%20information/events. This list will be updated regularly so please check back.
The Box Office counter and telephone service are closed until further notice. For enquiries, please email the Box Office at email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thebrunton.co.uk
Updates will be provided through www.thebrunton.co.uk and social media channels:
Can I make a one off donation to The Brunton?
As a Scottish arts charity (SCO22422) operating in the local community, The Brunton is reliant on the support of customers, particularly during these unprecedented times. With our venues closed and uncertain times ahead, we ask for your support. Please consider making a donation via our website https://www.thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/shows/make%20a%20donation/events. Donations of any size will help.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre announce that due to the unpredictable ongoing nature of Covid-19, it has made the very difficult decision to cancel all scheduled Festival 2020 productions. The Theatre had been due to reopen in July with South Pacific and The Unfriend, both of which we intend to reschedule to 2021.
We are currently considering a revised shorter programme of work from Autumn 2020, including Pinocchio over the Christmas period, and are working on a new schedule for 2021 which we hope will include some of the planned Festival 2020 shows, in addition to South Pacific and The Unfriend. All ticket holders will be contacted by our Box Office with the option of exchanges, credits, refunds or donations in good time.
Parent & Teacher Resource Learning Packs - Teachers and parents can now download and share for free online Heritage Learning Resource Packs from the Take Part section of the Darlington Hippodrome website www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk. The packs include whiteboard slides, activity sheets, teacher notes and a wealth of resources within four subject areas: Pepi and his Palaces of Variety, Darlington Hippodrome, Pantomime Magic and Around the Hippodrome – A Local Study.
Online Arts & Entertainment Quiz Events - Darlington Hippodrome has instigated weekly quiz sessions to engage audiences and encourage online social interaction during this period of social distancing. Every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm the theatre hosts a Family Friendly Quiz with a more challenging pub-style quiz held at 7.30pm every Friday evening. Each quiz is held via Facebook Live on the Darlington Hippodrome Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/darlingtonhippodrome) and continue to attract large audiences who simply love playing for the fun on it.
Wash. Sing. Win. - Using musical theatre as a theme, Darlington Hippodrome has actively encouraged family audiences to share videos of themselves washing their hands for 20 seconds whilst singing their favourite song... - https://www.facebook.com/darlingtonhippodrome/videos/2283290148631523/
To keep as many people as possible connected with Derby Theatre, performance and the arts in general at this time, a wealth of content will be available on the newly created DT@Home section of the Theatre’s website, under the headings of Memory Box, Treasure Island, The Ship Will Sail Again; Family Activities, Streams and Webcasts, Digital Workshops and the soon-to-follow Community and Outreach and Lockdown. https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/dt-at-home
Support Derby Theatre - Campaign was launched at the time of the Theatre closing to ask audiences if they would consider donating part/all of their ticket price (on existing bookings) to go towards supporting the Theatre at this time. - considering he financial implications of the virus and the potentially damaging impact on Derby Theatre as a business and a charity at this time. More information and the chance to donate here: https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/node/11015
Finborough Theatre, London
Audiences can contribute to support the future of the theatre by donating or becoming a Friend of the Finborough Theatre.
Find more information on our Support Us page: https://finboroughtheatre.co.uk/support-us/
Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
The Floral Pavilion would like to thank all customers for their patience and understanding at this time of great difficulty and uncertainty. We’re working really hard to reschedule as many of our shows as possible so that when the theatre opens again, we’ll welcome you back with a full programme of events. For now, we hope all our customers and community are keeping well and staying safe.
RESCHEDULED SHOWS INCLUDE:
Wed 1st July 2020 - Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac
Fri 17th July 2020 - The ELO Tribute Show
Sun 30th Aug 2020 - Sing-a-long-a - Sound Of Music
Tue 22nd Sep 2020 - Hello Again - The Story Of Neil Diamond
Wed 23rd Sep 2020 - The Jerseys - Oh What a Nite!
Fri 16th Oct 2020 - That'll Be The Day
Sat 7th Nov 2020 - Northern Live
Wed 11th Nov 2020 - Steve Harley
Sat 23rd Jan 2021 - Eclipse - The Pink Floyd Experience
Sun 7th Feb 2021 - Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham
Thu 18th Feb 2021 - Lionel - A Tribute To Lionel Richie
Sat 20th Feb 2021 - The Zombies
Thu 25th Feb 2012 - Wilko Johnson Band
Fri 12th Mar 2021 - Michael Starring Ben
Thu 18th Mar 2021 - Herman's Hermits
Thu 29th Apr 2021 - American Country Show
Fri 7th May 2021 - Whitney - Queen of the Night
The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
The Grand Pavilion would like to thank all customers for their patience and understanding at this uncertain time. We have a small team working to reschedule some of our shows and contacting customers regarding their ticket options. If you have had a date change or an event cancelled and not had an email from us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All tickets already purchased will be valid for the new dates. Rescheduled to:
Welsh Wrestling – Friday 14 August
Toploader – Friday 4 September
Rose Royce Featuring Gwen Dickey – Thursday 10 September
Mal Pope – Sunday 13 September
Jazz Club: Sarah Bolter Quartet – Wednesday 16 September
The Foundations – Saturday 19 September
Seinwedd – Sunday 11 October
Los Pacaminos feat. Paul Young – Friday 13 November
NCI Choral – Wednesday 18 November
The Burlesque Show – Saturday 21 November
Milkshake! Live – Sunday 7 March 2021
Queen of the Ocean Dining Experience – Friday 12 March & Saturday 13 March 2021
Lindisfarne – Friday 26 March 2021
Exciting Science – Sunday 4 April 2021
Crimes, Camera, Action – Sunday 18 April (new start time 6pm) 2021
Owen Money’s Jukebox Heroes III – Saturday 24 April 2021
Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie – Saturday 15 May 2021
Showaddywaddy – Friday 28 May 2021
And Finally… Phil Collins – Saturday 19 June 2021
Ultimate Floyd – Saturday 26 June 2021
Abba Mania – Saturday 28 August 2021
Cancelled: Lost in the Rhythm, Lee Mead, Petty Criminals: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute Band, W.H.I.P., Top Brass Trio, Art Classes, Magi Ann Easter Workshop, LT Dylan Was Here, CHICAGO by PAODS.
Dates TBC: Slab Pottery Workshop
Thank you for your continued support and kind messages we really do appreciate them, and we can’t wait to welcome you back – the curtain will rise again!
Gwyn Hall, Neath
Closed until: Further notice. Rescheduled dates below.
Everyone who has purchased tickets and provided Gwyn Hall with an email address should be receiving an email with details regarding the change of date - please check your spam folder. If you have any enquiries please contact the Box Office on 0300 3656677 or email email@example.com.
Social media channels are still being updated on Facebook and Twitter.
Mike Doyle Rocking With Laughter - moved from March 27th to January 29th 2021 Ball & Boe Back Together - moved from March 28th & 29th to September 12th & 13th The Ultimate Classic Rock Show - moved from April 3rd to 10th October The Carpenters Experience - moved from April 17th to October 24th An Evening of Stories and Songs From Mal Pope - moved from April 24th to November 14th Francis Rossi I Talk Too Much - moved from May 14th to May 8th 2021.
Hull Truck Theatre (accessibility friendly version of rescheduled shows page available)
Closed until: November 2020
We have been following Government and industry guidance and await further recommendations from these, as well as national health bodies, before reopening. We look forward to welcoming you back and will give audiences full details about all measures in place before we open our doors.
We will be contacting everyone who has booked tickets for shows during the closure period and are working hard with our partners and visiting companies to reschedule the programme into 2021 so that audiences don’t miss out on the great entertainment that had been planned.
Customers who have booked for a performance affected by the closure will be offered the option of transferring tickets to a new date, receiving a venue credit/full refund or making a donation to the Hull Truck Theatre Future Fund.
Details of individual shows and information about rescheduled dates can be found on the theatre’s website.
(For an accessibility friendly version of this page please click HERE)
During the closure period Hull Truck Theatre are releasing programme of great drama and creative activities to keep audiences and communities entertained and inspired whilst we’re all at home. You can find more information about Hull Truck at Home here.
The Box Office opening hours are: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
We are a registered charity and our sales make up half our income. We’re hugely grateful to those Hull Truck heroes who have been able to donate the cost of their tickets to ensure our survival. Of course we appreciate that not everyone will be in a position to do this, and if so we’ll make sure you get the refund or credit due to you promptly. But if you could consider making a contribution at the right level for you, you’ll be investing in our future: We hope to welcome you back soon.
Kiln Theatre today launches Kiln Insight with free masterclasses with Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham and Associate Director Susie McKenna. Rubasingham will hold a directing masterclass on 23 April; and McKenna, a musical theatre masterclass on 30 April – both from 4pm to 6pm. These will take place via Zoom, and a recording will be made available after the event.
For further information, and to participate in these events, please go to: https://kilntheatre.com/kiln-insight/
Kiln Theatre is providing this for free, in line with their mission to share unheard stories and make theatre accessible to all. However, like many others, they are facing a period of uncertainty with large outgoings and no corresponding income from ticket sales. If you are able to support them in this unprecedented situation then please do. Any gift, of any size, will be a huge help in ensuring Kiln can be here to welcome audiences on the other side. To learn more and to support visit kilntheatre.com/solidarity-support
Kings Theatre, Portsmouth
Closed until: Further Notice
The Kings are rescheduled their shows and customers have been emailed letting them know that they are transferred automatically to the rescheduled performances, but they can also ask for a refund or credit note if they prefer. In common with many other theatres, as the Kings is unsubsidised and also a charity, customers are being asked if they would like to donate the cost of their tickets rather than requesting a refund. The full list of rescheduled performances can be found here: https://www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk/kings-news/show-updates/
The Kings recently announced that Peter Pan would be postponed until 2021, but that instead Dick Whittington would be being staged in 2020, with cast of local talent including their ever popular Dame, Jack Edwards. All tickets are £20, full details here: https://www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk/whatson-event/dick-whittington-the-pompey-panto-2020/
Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey
Closed until: Further notice
As a charity in receipt of no public funding, the necessary reaction to this crisis has the potential to have fairly devastating consequences for us. Many patrons whose shows and films have been cancelled or postponed have been extremely generous, donating their ticket money to us in return for a voucher for a future event. If you can afford to do so, this is one way to help us, or any other venue, survive this crisis. There are others:-
Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
Closed until: Further notice
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been at the heart of the theatre industry and our community for 125 years. Although they are incredibly grateful for public funding, it covers less than 20% of income required for work – both on and off stage. As a charity, the loss of all income from ticket sales, classes, bar, restaurant, hires and other activities represents a significant financial shock.
If you can afford to, donations to the Lyric Recovery Fund can be made at https://lyric.co.uk/support-us/lyric-recovery-fund/
Mercury Theatre Colchester
Over the next 9 months, Mercury Playwrights in association with Josef Weinberger Plays will support a group of new writers, to guide and mentor them through the process of creating their own full-length play or piece of theatre. Participants, who will be selected through an application process, will meet once a month from June 2020 for a series of online workshop sessions led by award-winning writer Kenny Emson. Emson, who has presented multiple sold out ‘writing for the stage’ workshops for the Essex based theatre both in person and online, will take mentees through a two-draft process, complimented by one-to-one dramaturgy support. Special guest writers confirmed so far include Anya Reiss, Rachel De-Lahay, Vickie Donoghue, Guleraana Mir and David Eldridge, all of whom will offer additional guidance and expertise.
To apply to take part in this exciting, free development programme, writers must send 5 pages of their best work – scripts, monologues, creative writing pieces – to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5 June.
Entrants must be aged 18 or over and either be from or reside in the East of England to be considered for this incredible offering. Successful applicants will be announced on Friday 12 June, with the programme starting shortly after. Full Ts&Cs can be found at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/playwrights
Menier Chocolate Factory
The Menier Chocolate Factory, as an unsubsidised venue, will be greatly affected by the current situation. If you are in a position to support us – and we understand not everyone can, through one of the options below, that would be hugely appreciated:
If you need to get in touch, please email us on email@example.com.
All performances at the Playhouse, the Burton Taylor Studio and the Shakespeare's Globe on Tour performances at Blenheim Palace are now suspended until Monday 3 August. In addition, the performances of Russell Howard (28 – 30 August) have been rescheduled.
People with tickets for any productions within this closure period will receive an email detailing whether the performance has been cancelled or rescheduled, and their subsequent ticket options. Customers without an email address will be contacted by the Playhouse Ticket Office team by phone as soon as possible.
For all ticketing enquiries, bookers should please contact the Ticket Office via firstname.lastname@example.org
Palace Theatre, Paignton
They are immediately rescheduling performances in March and April and will keep you updated on their plans for the coming weeks.
We are a small not-for-profit community interest company, we have no major corporation behind us, no public subsidy or grant and therefore, your support at this terrible time is appreciated. We took on this lovely theatre less than two years ago. We’ve worked so hard to build a fabulous programme for the local people and visitors and are planning to deliver great entertainment for many years to come. Please support us at this time if you are able to: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/spotlight-on-stage-left-at-the-palace-theatre
Meanwhile, the Palace Theatre are releasing daily short plays on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/palacetheatrepaignton/
The Roses, Gloucestershire
The Roses are working closely with their partners to get more clarity on show dates and are continuously updating the website as shows are moved. Please stay tuned to the website for more information.
All customers will be contacted over the coming weeks regarding ticket options, including the opportunity to donate the value of your ticket to support our survival through this crisis. The Roses is a charity with over two thirds of income coming from audiences, so the impact of this closure is devastating.
Your support is now more important than ever and they are asking everyone to do what they can to help. You can do this by:
Please be patient and do not phone Box Office as they are making contact with hundreds of customers as fast as they can.
Sheffield Theatres today announces four artists who are the first to take up residencies The Bank, a creative space for local arts and theatre-makers: Daniel Bernard, Avital Raz, Madeleine Shann and Bethany Wells. It has also launched a new online programme to support local artists over the coming months, including a small commissions fund to enable artists to develop workshops and skills sharing sessions during lockdown.
The Creative Exchange offers small commissions to enable artists to run a workshop or skills sharing session for the wider artistic community. Applications for these commissions are now open through the website. Artists who are looking to make new connections and collaborations online are invited to register for Creative Collaborators, an initiative that gives the creative community of South Yorkshire the chance to meet at ‘Maker Mixers’ to develop new ideas and projects for the future. The online programme will also feature a series of masterclasses from industry professionals, including members of the Sheffield Theatres team, who will offer everything from hands-on webinars to online workshops and informal cups of tea around your kitchen table.
The Sheffield Theatres’ website will also be home to the Bank Vault – where artists can share the work they are creating at this time, in all forms, including short plays, videos, poetry and song
St George's Concert Hall, Bradford
Bradford Theatres’ Box Office will be open daily (except Sundays) from 9am to 8pm for telephone enquiries only. In line with Government guidance it will not be opening the public Box Office counters. Ticket holders for performances during this closure period will be contacted directly by the Box Office team either by phone, email or letter with details on that specific event. Customers will be offered a full refund on their tickets where appropriate.
Theatre Royal Bath
Can you support the Theatre Royal Bath? One of Bath's favourite actors DAVID SUCHET, and pantomime legend JON MONIE, have lent their support to our campaign to raise funds during our temporary closure.
DAVID SUCHET - https://youtu.be/rBPZ2nKMDN0 JON MONIE - https://youtu.be/uNEd3QVnNt0
As the government begins to negotiate the easing of the lockdown, it is clear that entertainment venues, and theatres in particular, will be at the end of the queue. During this time, we have no income from ticket sales, bar takings and merchandise. Any donations received over the next few weeks will help us to ensure that we are able to open with the strongest possible programme, and welcome you back to the Theatre Royal Bath, Ustinov Studio and Egg Theatre as soon and as safely as possible.
We understand that these are difficult times for many people, but if you are able to donate, please visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk/donate
Thank you, from all at the Theatre Royal Bath!
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is closed to the public but we are working ‘behind the scenes’ to keep the theatre robust and ready for re-opening when the time is right.
If you would like to join us and support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, there are a number of ways in which you can do this:Become a Theatre Royal Patron an amazingly generous group of individuals that support and care for the theatre year on year.Become a Friend and receive an array of benefits including priority booking and ticket price reductions.Make a One-Off Donation.Support Us As A Business we are incredibly lucky to be supported by local and national businesses and we in turn can offer a host of unique benefits and access to our incredible audiences. The theatre has been strongly supported by its community and patrons for 200 years… and counting! We will be back!!
Theatre Royal Wakefield
Theatre Royal Wakefield is temporarily closed, but with your help the lights will go back on. Help them get through the Coronavirus Pandemic by showing your support through this difficult time.
Not everyone knows it, but Theatre Royal Wakefield is a charity and dosen’t receive any regular public funding, relying on the generous support of people like you. Donating to them at this time will help the Theatre turn on the lights once again.
With your support, they will be back to continue their valuable, life changing work in the Wakefield District, including the Chime Project working with learning disabled young people, Conversation Café, supporting the local refugee and asylum seeker community, Performance Academy for young people and much more. This is as well as staging amazing live theatre for us all to enjoy.
You can donate £5 by texting TRW20 to 70970
Or you can make a donation online at bit.ly/2xRp1YY
Many cancelled shows have already been rescheduled and existing tickets will still be valid for these events. All affected customers will be contacted in due course regarding rescheduled shows.
The Theatre, Chipping Norton
The Theatre have cancelled all public events, performances and workshops including all Chipping Norton Literary Festival events.
Customers who have tickets for cancelled events will be entitled to a full refund but they are invited to make their ticket purchase a donation to The Theatre or hold it as credit to be used at a later date.
The Theatre are launching the Head Above Water campaign to help the theatre and its staff survive a difficult few months ahead. Any amount you are able to donate will help them survive this difficult time and ensure that their doors can reopen when it is safe to do so. For more information: https://www.chippingnortontheatre.com/head-above-water
Whilst The Theatre is closed to the public, staff are still coming in to work where it is safe to do so. Whilst usual shows cannot run, The Theatre is keen to provide help, entertainment and joy to the community where they can. If you have any ideas of how they can do this let them know by contacting email@example.com with any suggestions.
Y Theatre, Leicester
You can support The Y by:Donating to support our work with homeless young people:https://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/youth-community/support-us/donate/Booking tickets for future comedy, music, theatre, spoken word and children’s events:http://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/theatre/whats-on
York Theatre Royal
The closure of theatres in the UK puts York Theatre Royal, along with hundreds of other theatres, into a critical situation. But times of crisis also bring out the best in communities and audiences. York Theatre Royal have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those choosing to donate their tickets for cancelled performances. If you can afford to do so, this is one way to help them. You can also:
At the heart of York Theatre Royal is a mission of serving the community. They will continue with this mission, in whatever way they can, over the coming weeks. By pulling together they are determined to survive.?
We wouldn't run Theatre Tokens if we didn't love theatre ourselves. Although nothing can quite replace the magic of live, in person performance, during this difficult time many of our theatres are trying to find ways to still entertain us and you. At a time when we all need our spirits lifted and to feel the strength of our community we will be curating a list below of ways in which you can still get a regular theatre fix online.
Beats & Elements & Camden People’s Theatre
Two security guards. One-night shift. Zero hours contracts.
Beats & Elements and Camden People's Theatre’s 2015 production of No Milk for the Foxes, which explored David Cameron's England from the perspective of the working class through spoken word, beatboxing and live looping, is set to be released online from Tuesday, 16 June.
Meet Marx, white working-class male from Croydon, and Spaxx, Anglo-Indian from Mitcham. Two security guards, one-night shift, zero hours contracts.
Is it important to aspire to a higher station or better just to accept your lot? As the television monitors buzz in front of them, two friends pass the night shift debating status, class, and milk. Marx is keeping his head down, working hard and praying his contract will be extended. He is saving up to take his girlfriend Gemma on her dream holiday to Tenerife. Sparx just cannot wait to clock off and roll a spliff. Minimum wage with no pension? He has had enough. Today he is leaving. Quitting. Definitely. Although, he said that yesterday...
Boulevard Theatre, London
One of Tokens' newest members is the the revived Boulevard Theatre in Soho. It opened in October last year with the suitably spooky Ghost Quartet. Although that version was not recorded, the show's writer Dave Malloy released a 2015 recording on YouTube that can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJSaEJm8pCE
Chichester Festival Theatre (captions available / audio introductions)
David Walliams’s The Midnight Gang (adapted by Byrony Lavery, with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe) and the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast (adapted by Anna Ledwich, music and lyrics by Richard Taylor) will be the next productions to be streamed online from Chichester Festival Theatre. Especially suitable for family audiences from ages 7 up, both will be available on CFT’s website for 30 days, starting with The Midnight Gang from 30 April and then Beauty and the Beast from 21 May, and will be free to watch.
To connect with as many people as possible in our community, both productions will be captioned for Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and Polish-language captions will also be available. Audio introductions will help set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences.
Chickenshed (captions available / some BSL integrated into the performances)
Our TalesTV channel will be performing its first programme on Thursday 16 April at 11am, and we will be showing the Premiere of our Spring Show, Waiting for the Ship to Sail on Friday 17 April at 7.30pm.
You can see Tales TV on their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2clw9ZYHa2zL7mo_7WOWQ or on our Tales Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Tales-TV-104822371190962.
Waiting for the Ship to Sail can be seen on our YouTube Channel on Friday at: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChickenshedTheatreOnline?sub_confirmation=1
Daniel Sparrow Productions
ONLY THE BRAVE
Co-produced with the Wales Millennium Centre in 2016, an powerful and moving original work of musical theatre set during WWII and based on a true story that sheds light on the immense strength and power of the human spirit at times of great adversity. Cast includes West End stars David Thaxton, Caroline Sheen and Neil McDermott, with music by Welsh composer Matthew Brind and a book by Rachel Wagstaff.
Film is from the 2016 Cardiff production at the Wales Millennium Centre.
View full show via the link in this recent Whatsonstage article:
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
Cameron Mackintosh announces the planned debut of the hugely successful Les Misérables -The Staged Concert on digital download in the UK and Australia, which will also raise much needed funds for performers, musicians and the NHS. For every digital download, available from Monday 20 April 2020 RRP £9.99, The Mackintosh Foundation will separately donate £5.00 to be shared amongst the charity Acting for Others, the Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and Captain Tom Moore’s Walk for the NHS fund. In addition, Mackintosh has launched the fundraising today by donating £100,000 from his Foundation. Anyone who purchases the download will also have the opportunity to donate.
As part of the Finborough Theatre’s #FinboroughForFree initiative, the theatre will be releasing a new play every month for as long as we can during our closure to watch online for free. The online release for June will be from the critically acclaimed 2019 run and first London production for over 75 years of St John Ervine’s JANE CLEGG. This will be the first Finborough Theatre rediscovery to be made available for free viewing online through the Society of London Theatre’s Official London Theatre YouTube channel until 5 August 2020.
BLUEPRINT MEDEA - written and Directed by Julia Pascal.
Performance from world premiere production of the award-winning play at the Finborough Theatre in May 2019.
Based on interviews with Kurdish fighters living in the UK, and written and directed by the first woman ever to direct at the National Theatre, Blueprint Medea is an award-winning new drama loosely inspired by Euripides’ Medea, which connects the classical to the contemporary to explore eternal questions of passion, war, cultural identity, women’s freedom, sex, family and love.
Available from SOLT's YouTube channel until 2 September 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu6QiD0g5Qk&list=PLGxBE7qhxgFrBPNsvirF_bLunVatuFTgY&index=3&t=0s
More about the original Finborough Theatre production here: https://finboroughtheatre.co.uk/production/blueprint-medea/
Graeae Theatre Company (film is fully captioned / audio described version also available online)
Now available to watch online for free until 3 August, Graeae's raucous hit musical Reasons to be Cheerful, performed by an inclusive cast and celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Featuring stone-cold classic songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick; Plaistow Patricia; Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll; Sweet Gene Vincent; What A Waste and the titular Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3).
Watch now at https://graeae.org/reasons-to-be-cheerful-available-to-watch-online/
If you enjoy watching, please consider making a donation at www.justgiving.com/graeae to help support the theatre industry and work with Deaf and disabled artists during these difficult times.
Greenwich Theatre, London
In reaction to the current crisis, this theatre has announced the Greenwich Connects programme of interactive opportunities every week. On Monologue Mondays, performers are invited to record and send a monologue of that week's theme which Greenwich Theatre will stream the following day on their social media channels. Wednesday Wisdom will see a theatre expert take over their Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/greenwichtheatre) for a Q&A.
Finally, Flashback Fridays will see a weekly stream at 7:30pm on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichTheatreLondon/) to watch previous performances of shows such as A School for Scandal, The Duchess of Malfi and others - they're taking suggestions. More details here: https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/greenwich-connects
Hampstead Theatre (auto-generated captions available)
Hampstead Theatre Productions Online
Hull Truck Theatre
Hull Truck Theatre at Home – Creativity Can’t Be Closed.
Over the coming weeks Hull Truck Theatre will be releasing a programme of great drama and creative activities to keep audiences and communities entertained and inspired whilst we are all at home, all of which can be found on their new page: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/hull-truck-at-home/
Hull-born, award-winning playwright Richard Bean (The Hypocrite, One Man, Two Guvnors), has specially adapted his play, Kiss Me, editing it to three ten-minute acts which have been recorded for audio by actors Laura Elsworthy and Jordan Metcalfe. Kiss Me is a post war comedy drama about fertility, sex and survival. Set ten years after the First World War, characters Stephanie and Peter are trying to survive in a world turned upside down. Recommended Age: 18+ (This audio version contains strong language and adult themes throughout.) Available until midnight on 19 June 2020. https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on/drama/audio-recording-of-kiss-me-by-richard-bean/ 3 Minute Theatre - We’ve been asking some of our talented associate artists to record a short monologue from a play of their choice. These can be viewed on our You Tube channel or website: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/hull-truck-at-home/3-minute-theatre/.
As a result of the enforced closure of theatres the Kings production of Peter Pan is going to be postponed until Christmas 2021. However, realising that Pompey without a Panto is like the 12 days of Christmas without toilet rolls, they've also revealed that in its place the Kings will premiere Dick Whittington starring Pompey’s favourite Dame, Jack Edwards alongside a host of local favourites. Dick Whittington will run at the Kings from Saturday 28 November until Thursday 31 December 2020.
Join our hero Dick Whittington on his thrilling quest to find adventure, fame and fortune in the glittering streets of London. Will he be able to defeat villainous rodent Queen Rat, save the city and win the hand of his love, Alice?
To book using your Theatre Tokens email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lowry, Salford
The Lowry have launched a daily service on their blog of creative activities and art experiences for people to enjoy in their homes under the banner #LoveLowry. Read more here: https://thelowryblog.wordpress.com/
While we’ve lowered the curtain at our theatres for a while, the digital stage is set to bring the show online. If you’re looking for boredom busters, we have some of the best bits of West End that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Find out more here: https://lwtheatres.co.uk/celebrate-theatre-at-home/
The Mercury Theatre Colchester are proud to be able to share their production, Pieces of String, with online audiences, for free, via video platform Vimeo. This new British musical, which premiered at the Mercury in 2018, explores three generations of one family, alternating between the 1940s and the present day, and telling the story of a World War II soldier who returned with a secret that he would carry until the day he died.
The Friday afternoon performances to Colchester care homes will see local performers, Adam and Jenna Saiz-Abo Henriksen, sing war time songs with residents and staff from the safety of their courtyards or gardens.
The Pieces of String streaming and VE Day poetry sharing are presented as part of the Mercury Theatre’s #MercuryOnline programme, offering free digital activity to both audiences and arts industry professionals during the COVID19 lockdown. To find out more about Pieces of String and #MercuryOnline visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.
While all #MercuryOnline activity is free to its users, the Mercury hope that those who feel able to do so will consider supporting the theatre with a donation, either online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/support or by texting MERCURY to 70085 to give £5*.
The Mercury’s Customer Experience team are also available to discuss all Mercury Online activities (or just for a friendly chat!) over the phone Monday to Friday, 11am – 4pm on 01206 573948.
*Texts cost £5 plus your standard network charge.
Northern Broadsides Theatre Company, Halifax (captions available)
Touring theatre company Northern Broadsides are curating digital videos from professional artists, theatremakers and playwrights in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Videos from their project, Digital Squad, are updated weekly on Thursdays here: https://www.northern-broadsides.co.uk/digital-squad/ or you can be the first to see them by following them on social media.
The first film, Slow, is a short hopeful film about taking inspiration from the nature around us, and using this time to reset the speed in which we live our lives.
Only Connect shows a series of amusing and touching snapshots as a grandmother tries to connect with her daughter. This short piece touches on a very human subject matter in a time when connection is more necessary than ever.
The Other Palace, London
Add these Other Palace musicals to your list of theatre to be watched from home during our current times:
These are available for streaming at all times.
Palace Theatre, Paignton
The Palace Theatre is bringing you behind the scenes with short videos from their staff so you can stay in touch with the venue even while it's dark. You can watch these videos on the Palace's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/palacetheatrepaignton/
The Show Must Go Online
Every Wednesday at 7pm BST, The Show Must Go Online presents live performed readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare by a global cast, in the order they were believed to have been written. Together, they make Shakespeare accessible and joyful at a time when theatre faces an existential crisis. Their work has attracted over 130,000 views, multiple 4 star reviews, over 200 talented actors and creatives, and an incredible global audience of digital groundlings from more than 50 countries. It's been called “Simply magical” by ScreenRant and “Bloody brilliant… genuinely incredible” by Playhouse Pickings.
Royal Shakespeare Company, Warwickshire
Welcome a new audience to the Bard with this specially produced 'First Encounter' of King Lear, aimed at introducing younger audiences to Shakespeare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP_g-ODJ2SM&feature=emb_title
Tim Crouch based two one-man plays from the perspective of minor Shakespeare characters. Watch I, Cinna (The Poet) from Julius Caesar starring Jude Owusu here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xQAr5le0UU and I, Malvolio from Twelfth Night starring Crouch here: https://vimeo.com/386837018
Marquee TV is offering a free 30 day trial, allowing you to view 18 RSC productions for free over the next month: https://www.marquee.tv/
Whilst our doors are closed, we are still very much open, online, providing Shakespeare for all. The below plays will all be shown for free via our YouTube channel, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, as part of ‘YouTube Premieres’.
Subscribe now to set yourself a reminder for these Premieres. Check back on this page for updated links and release dates. Films will be available from their Premiere date for 14 days. In return for these free videos, we appreciate any voluntary donations at this time. Your support is critical for our future. Thank you.
Monday 1 June – Sunday 14 June: The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019)
Monday 15 June 0 Sunday 28 June: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013)
Release dates coming soon: Globe to Globe (2012), The Complete Walk (2016)
THEATRE-RITES SHARES BIG UP AT HOME ONLINE: BEATBOXING, PUPPETRY, AND THEATRE ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE AGED 4+
Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High’s hit hip-hop puppetry show Big Up! was due to be touring from April onwards. Now in lock-down, they share Big Up At Home, with inspiration for fun family and afterschool activities based on the show.
Clips from the original stage show are shared alongside activities with highlights including: step-by-step beatbox lessons with champion beatboxer Grace Savage; creating incredible foley sound effects guided by celebrated noise-maker Hobbit; opportunities to make your own drum kit and create your own stage design; and a rap responding to a tantruming toddler that many lockdown parents can relate to, performed by the sublime Dorcas Sebuyange.
Big Up At Home is for little people who want to be BIG and Big people who just might have forgotten how to play. It is available on Theatre-Rites’ YOUTUBE channel, with new videos to be released throughout the period during which the show was meant to tour.
#bigupathome @theatrerites @20storieshigh
BBC's Culture in Quarantine Season
Emma Rice’s Wise Children and Mike Bartlett’s Albion are the first two pre-recorrded plays to be broadcast as part of the BBC's new programme of Culture in Quarantine. Alongside other new productions, the BBC will also be uploading archive performances across their digital platforms, ensuring that new theatre and dance performances will join with modern classics to create a repertory theatre of broadcast. Programmes will be available on BBC 2, BBC 4, Radio 3 and Radio 4 as well as iPlayer and the BBC Sounds app.
We're delighted to be working in collaboration with Aspace, Wild Edric Media and others to bring a series of bedtime stories to you. We’ve got some wonderful stories lined up, starting with Higgle Piggle Tree Tuesday at 6.30pm. You can watch it live through our website www.danyahmillerstoryteller.co.uk. The stories will be available to watch for one week in case you miss them!
Then each Thursday Danyah and her daughter, Sofie, will share a Spontaneous Improvised Story from home where they’ve set up a recording studio! Send us one of the following via our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook pages @wizardpresents:
A Name, A Place and An Object.
We’ll use as many of these words as possible to create and influence the story. When you give us your one word you can also let us know your first name and in which county you live. Then tune in to hear your suggestions LIVE
We look forward to being with you on Thursdays from 2nd April at 6.30pm.
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