The Edinburgh festival remains the largest and most celebrated arts festival in the world. In 2014, the event spanned 25 days and featured over 3,193 shows from 51 countries across 299 venues. While the festival is famous for its comedy and theatre however, Edinburgh also opens its streets to dancing, physical theatre, circuses, spoken word […]Read more "Edinburgh Festival: In Numbers"
Southwark Playhouse and Finborough Theatre have hosted the most Offie-winning productions, making them go-to destinations outside of the blockbuster West End. For the past four years, OffWestEnd have presented their theatre awards The Offies. More than 80 theatre venues take part and hundreds of plays are considered by a panel of theatre critics who have […]Read more "A look back at the Offies"
I know it’s not strictly theatre, but it would be rude to ignore Pitch Perfect 2’s triumph in cinema box offices in the past week! If you like musical theatre, it stands to reason you might be interested in choir or acapella singing, so here is a little aca-podcast about local acapella groups in London […]Read more "Aca-podcast!"
This is the kind of job that people would do for free. Happily. Veronica Isaac is an assistant curator in the Victoria and Albert museum‘s theatre and performance department and she loves her job. She guides me through the labyrith of storage rooms and corridors at the department’s store at Blythe House, Olympia with the enthusiasm […]Read more "Curating Stories in the V & A’s Archive"
A fringe theatre in East London is opening its doors for the first time tomorrow. The White Hart in Stoke Newington is already renowned for its fine food, generous selection of ales, and its sizable beer garden – but now the East London pub is taking its first foray into London’s fringe theatre scene. The pub, owned by […]Read more "New Theatre to Open its Doors in East London"
Ironically, the Addams family themselves would probably hate the idea that they would one day delight audiences by prancing around the stage in a macabre comedy musical. But the writers of Jersey Boys know better and created this little gem of a show. The Wimbledon Light Opera Society is opening at the London Oratory Theatre May 27th […]Read more "The Addams Family hit the stage in Wimbledon"
We managed to sit down with one of the people that review off-fringe theatre in London and submits recommendations to the “Offie” panel. Here, she tells us how it all works. I help review for Offwestend.com. It’s an alliance of volunteer reviewers aimed to help boost the coverage of London’s more fringe theatre. The West End […]Read more "Secret Off West End Reviewer"
20,000 pieces of costume 3,000,000 photographs 10,000 stage plans And that’s just the start of it. This is the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s Theatre and Performance Archive. Situated at Blythe House, Olympia, an almost unfathomable volume of theatre related items are collected in the long, long rooms of archived material. A tiny fraction of the […]Read more "A Tour of V and A Theatre and Performance Archive"
You might recall we published a guide to open mic comedy clubs in London – well now we have a map too! Here you’ll be able to find the location of all the clubs and contact details for getting in touch. If you run a comedy night or want to add something to the map, […]Read more "London Open Mic Map"
In our humble opinion, theatres can only be improved by having a pub downstairs. And with this philosophy in mind, we embarked on our tour of Islington’s theatre pubs. See our interactive route below: http://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/4cc91f114ca4492149f84149d4ede9cf/islington-theatre-pub-tour/index.html And we're off! Here at the Old Red Lion Theatre Pub in Angel. Our tour begins with @capital_beer ! pic.twitter.com/kKJwhjvjAF […]Read more "Islington Theatre Pub Tour Roundup"