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Apr 5th

Applications Now Open for a Third From Page To Stage Season of New Musical Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin



Following the success of last year’s From Page To Stage season of new Musical Theatre at the Landor Theatre, Aria Entertainment is inviting applications for a third 2015 season dedicated to showcasing new British musical work in development.

From Page To Stage is dedicated to showcasing new musical work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved.  

The 2015 season at The Tristan Bates Theatre will include: 

A new British musical - to headline the season and run for two weeks in a fully staged production 

Showcases - parts of new musicals in development, presented with minimal staging 

Rehearsed readings - 3 full musicals in development, read from scripts 

Gala Night - a night showcasing some of the best individual songs of musicals from around the world. 

Showcases are specifically aimed at writers with pieces in early development whereas the rehearsed readings are for pieces more fully developed with a completed score and book. 

Applications for all spaces within the festival are open from now until Monday 1 June. 

Last year the season included readings of new musicals, Merman’s Apprentice, Claus and The Return Of The Soldier, which went on to have a critically acclaimed run at Jermyn Street Theatre. There were also fully produced productions of Before The Night Is Through and The Mistress Cycle. It was supported by Grant For The Arts. 

Producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment said: “I am absolutely thrilled to confirm that the From Page To Stage season of new Musical Theatre will be back for a third year - and this time in the heart of the West End! Attendance at last year’s event was up from 2013 and we received over 150 new pieces of Musical Theatre to choose from. We are delighted to once again be supporting writers of new Musical Theatre at different stages of their works’ journey, whilst also cultivating new audiences, by allowing them to be part of these new works from the beginning.’ 

To apply for the 2015 season you must have:  

- a script which can be emailed

- a fully notated piano/vocal score for either your full show, or the parts you wish to submit sample MP3’s (which do not need to be of high quality) 


- Scripts must not have had a full scale production to date

- Scripts must be written and submitted in English

- Must not be juke box musicals


To apply please email: with the subject: FROM PAGE TO STAGE 2015


Please let them know and send them which bracket of their season you feel your show falls under:

- A new British musical, a rehearsed reading, a showcase

- where you reside

- a synopsis of your musical

- a character list and breakdown

- 3 MP3’s from your show

- 3 sample scenes from your show


Please note: they cannot accommodate casts bigger than 8 due to funding restrictions.

Visit: for more information @frompage2stage @AriaEnts

Mar 31st

Bugsy Malone Open Auditions, Glasgow

By Cameron Lowe

Bugsy Malone Open Auditions









For the first time Glasgow Theatres’ Creative Learning team is producing Stage Experience, an opportunity for aspiring performers aged 9-18 years to act, dance and sing on the prestigious Theatre Royal stage and gain an insight into the process of staging top class musical Bugsy Malone. Based on the hit 1976 film with pint-sized, pinstriped gangsters, Bugsy Malone is the ideal title to showcase young local talent.


Set in 1929 in New York’s criminal underworld, Mob boss Fat Sam is under threat from Dapper Dan’s new gang and their latest weapon – the dreaded splurge gun!  His only hope is Bugsy Malone, a washed up but well meaning boxer who is thrust into the gangster limelight.  With twists, turns, gangsters, showgirls and splurge fights galore the plot unfolds leading to a spectacular showdown at Fat Sam's Grand Slam! 


Aged 9-18 years? Want to be part of the Bugsy Malone company or work behind the scenes?  Open auditions take place on Saturday 25 April in the new purpose built education rooms at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. For more information and to register to take part please call 0141 240 1309/10 or email Registration closes Monday 20 April. No experience is needed, just a love of musical theatre and lots of enthusiasm. Please wear clothes suitable for dancing and trainers or dance shoes.

Following the auditions, places will be offered on the Stage Experience two week course (fees apply), from Monday 20 July until Saturday 1 August. Led by industry professionals, these rehearsals will culminate in three live performances of Bugsy Malone on the Theatre Royal stage.

Funny, riotous and irresistibly charming, Alan Parker’s joyous musical, with words and music by Paul Williams, is fun-packed and bursting with songs you’ll love including Bad Guys, My Name Is Tallulah and You Give a Little Love. Bugsy Malone is an amateur production by arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music Limited administered by Boosey & Hawkes.

Mar 31st

Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser

By Carolin Kopplin

Battersea Arts Centre on fire on 13th March 2015


Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser

Hosted by Arthur Smith, directed by Emma Rice, featuring

Bridget Christie, Stewart Lee, Mackenzie Crook,

Forced Entertainment, Toby Jones, Will Adamsdale

and BAC Beatbox Academy


Saturday 18 April - Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre


Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Fundraiser: an unforgettable evening of live entertainment generously housed by Southbank Centre and hosted by one of the nation’s favourite grumpy old men, Arthur Smith, featuring some of the UK’s leading comedians, musicians and performers.


The stellar line-up announced today will include Bridget Christie and Stewart Lee, Mackenzie Crook, Forced Entertainment, Toby Jones (Harry Potter & The Hunger Games), Will Adamsdale (Jackson’s Way) and BAC Beatbox Academy, London’s most exciting collective of young beatboxers, poets, vocalists and MCs aged 13-21. This almighty bash will be directed by Kneehigh’s Emma Rice.


Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Fundraiser is a night to celebrate the wealth of talent nurtured within the walls of BAC’s unique old town hall building, bringing together artists with deep ties to BAC, a clutch of whom made their first tentative steps towards the bright lights here at the very start of their careers, others have returned to Battersea year-on-year as the London stop on globetrotting tours. The fundraiser was the brainchild of Stewart Lee, suggested only a few hours after the fire that tore through a third of Battersea Arts Centre’s building on 13 March.


Further to generous donations from individuals and organisations, and support from government, all proceeds from the event will help BAC tackle the challenge of losing its largest space, The Grand Hall, for up to three years. The Phoenix Fundraiser will help to secure its future as a place where creativity continues to thrive.


More information on the fundraising campaign can found at  



Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser

Date: Saturday 18 April | 7:30pm

Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Tickets: £10, £25, £50, £100

Book online at:

Ticket enquiries: 0844 875 0073

Mar 29th

I Wish To Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

Who, after all, today remembers the annihilation of the Armenians? (Adolf Hitler)

Commemorating the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, the world premiere of a documentary drama I Wish To Die Singing – Voices From The Armenian Genocide opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 21 April 2015.

"On the night of Saturday, April 24th 1915, the Armenians of Constantinople were snoring in a calm sleep – exhausted from their Easter celebrations – while in the Central Police Station a secret project was in motion..."

I Wish To Die Singing – Voices From The Armenian Genocide is a controversial documentary drama uncovering the forgotten secrets and atrocities of a denied genocide. Following several characters through these traumatic events, the play includes eye-witness reportage, images, music, poetry from Armenia's greatest poets, and verbatim survivors testimonies from one of the greatest historical injustices of all time.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915-16 was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. Up to one and a half million people died.

The word 'genocide' itself was invented by Raphael Lemkin in 1944 to describe the events of 1915. Adolf Hitler used the Armenian Genocide as a direct inspiration for the Holocaust during the Second World War.

To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that genocide ever took place.

The play is part of THEGREATWAR100 series, a new occasional series of works about – or written during – the Great War to be presented by the Finborough Theatre from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Further information:

Finborough Theatre


Mar 19th

Casting Announced for "Clarion" at the Arcola Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

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Clare Higgins and Greg Hicks join cast in biting newspaper satire! 


The Daily Clarion is Britain’s worst newspaper.

Power-crazed editor Morris Honeyspoon (Greg Hicks) spends his weekends dressed as Julius Caesar, and life at his beloved paper is a masterclass in incompetence and deceit.

But as political storm clouds gather over an uneasy country, it seems the paper’s worst crimes are about to be exposed. While Honeyspoon searches for an office traitor, washed-up foreign correspondent Verity Stokes (Clare Higgins) masterminds a murderous day of reckoning...

Clarion is a blistering new comedy about free speech, nationalism and the state of the British media. Written by former journalist Mark Jagasia, who has worked for some of the UK's leading newspapers, it shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our democracy.

This world premiere production from Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen stars two of the most acclaimed British actors of their generation: Clare Higgins, six-time nominee and three-time winner of the Olivier Award for Best Actress, and Critics’ Circle award-winner Greg Hicks, who returns to Arcola for the first time since 2008.

From 15th Apri 2015 at the Arcola Theatre

Further information:

Clarion is one of 2 urgent world premieres directed by Mehmet Ergen in our current season. It follows Shrapnel by Anders Lustgarten – a gripping exploration of military power, government surveillance and the state of the Middle East. Book for both shows at once and tickets are just £15 each (£12.50 concessions), using the offer code DOUBLEBILL. 

Mar 4th

Princess Ida by Gilbert & Sullivan to open at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

The Finborough Theatre’s Celebrating British Music Theatre series continues with the first professional London production in over twenty years of Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida opening at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 24 March 2015.

Containing some of Sullivan's catchiest melodies and Gilbert's wittiest salvoes in the battle of the sexes, this sunny, funny musical comedy concerns the marriage of two royal babies. 

It's twenty years later and Prince Hilarion is keen to be reunited with his now adult wife, the Princess Ida. Unfortunately her quarrelsome father has hidden her away in a women's only university where even the morning cock crow is managed by a talented hen. So Hilarion is forced to don a dress and even wield a sword to win his wife.

Former Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Phil Willmott returns to direct this rare professional revival which should delight G&S aficionados and musical theatre fans alike.

The production stars Simon Butteriss as Lord Gama, leading a cast of exciting new talent.

Tuesday, 24 March – Saturday, 18 April 2015 

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Box Office 0844 847 1652   Book online at

Music by Arthur Sullivan. Libretto by W.S. Gilbert. Libretto revised by Phil Willmott.

Directed by Phil Willmott. Designed by Maira Vazeou. Costume Design by Clara Lopez Merino. Musical Direction by Richard Baker and Nick Barstow. Choreography by Thomas Michael Voss. Presented by The Steam Industy and Szpiezak Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Cast: Simon Butteriss. Wendy Carr. Bridget Costello. Laura Coutts. Caitlin Downie. Nathan Elcox. Rachel Lea-Grey. Jeremy Lloyd. Georgi Mottram. Simeon Oakes. Jordan Veloso. Raymond Walsh. Zac Wancke.

Jan 27th

The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2014

By Carolin Kopplin



The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014 were hosted today, Tuesday 27th January 2015, by its Chairman, Mark Shenton, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. 

The Awards were presented in association with Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists; and supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. 

As ever, the ceremony was an informal gathering of award recipients, the drama critics, theatre practitioners and the media, convivially coming together to celebrate the critics’ personal choice of the best theatre from throughout the UK during the last calendar year. Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings with his own inimitable style, as has become a well-loved tradition. 


Best New Play : King Charles III by Mike Bartlett
Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London 

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical [new or revival] : Gypsy
Festival Theatre, Chichester, followed by 2015 transfer to Savoy Theatre, London 

Best Actor : Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge
Young Vic Theatre, London, followed by 2015 transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London 

Best Actress : Helen McCrory in Medea
Olivier Theatre at the National, London 

The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance : Antony Sher in
Henry IV Parts I & II
Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, regional tour & Barbican Theatre, London

Best Director : Ivo van Hove for A View from the Bridge
Young Vic Theatre, London, followed by 2015 transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Best Designer (awarded jointly) : Paul Barritt for Golem
1927 at Young Vic Theatre, London

Best Designer (awarded jointly) : Es Devlin for The Nether
Headlong Theatre at Royal Court Theatre, London, followed by 2015 transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Most Promising Playwright : Barney Norris for Visitors
Up in Arms regional tour & Arcola Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Bush Theatre, London

The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer [other than a playwright] : Patsy Ferran
in Blithe Spirit and Treasure Island
Gielgud Theatre, London & Olivier Theatre at the National, London

Since the Awards’ inception in 1989 the theatre critics, consisting entirely of respected and influential working journalists, have prided themselves on offering something unique on the packed theatre awards circuit: each member of the Drama Section independently casts their vote based on personal choice, free of any discussion or industry influence, ensuring a highly democratic voting process.

Jan 15th

Spring Season at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

The Spring Season at the Finborough Theatre continues its acclaimed artistic policy with new writing including four world premieres, controversial political theatre, classic rediscoveries which this season celebrate their local Victorian heritage, music theatre, productions linked to one current event (the general election) and two anniversaries (the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the Armenian Genocide), and the return of three of the theatre's occasional series – Celebrating British Music Theatre, TheGreatWar100 and FINBOROUGHFORUM which this season will be podcast for the first time.

The season opens with two world premieres. Set within the ‘cosplay’ subculture of 21st Century Japan, Francios Turnly’s Harajuku Girls plays for four weeks from 24 February to 21 March 2015. Running alongside it, Chicken Dust, the professional debut of new playwright Ben Weatherill, plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 to 17 March.

In March and April, the Finborough celebrates the work of residents local to the Finborough Theatre, presenting the first London production in twenty years of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida from 24 March to 18 April. Tom Taylor’s Our American Cousin is the play Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated, and plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 29 March and 14 April in honour of the 150th anniversary of his death.

The season culminates in April-May with two world premieres of hard-hitting political drama – I Wish to Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide, devised by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, runs for four weeks from 21 April to 16 May. It is accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 26 April to 12 May by A New Play for the General Election, written in response to events as they happen by Chris Dunkley and Chris New. The FINBOROUGHFORUM, the theatre's occasional series of debates and discussions, returns for the general election with events after every performance on Sunday and Monday evenings between 26 April and 11 May.

For full information, please visit

Dec 18th

Spring Cook Up at the Battersea Arts Centre

By Carolin Kopplin


This spring Battersea Arts Centre delves into the human psyche with a season of work exploring our understanding of who we are, memory and its fallibility and the power of our dreams. Blurring and blending artistic disciplines, this journey into our consciousness will be thoroughly thought-provoking fare from some of our most invigorating theatre-makers.

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland | Ridiculusmus | 3 – 14 Feb |
Back due to popular demand, long-established humorists Ridiculusmus return to Battersea Arts Centre to continue their investigations into the human mind. The Eradication… is a black comedy 
inspired by Open Dialogue, a treatment for psychosis based on talking rather than medicating, a method that has almost eradicated schizophrenia in Finland, and is currently being trialled by NHS trusts around the UK. Conceived as a piece of virtuistic stagecraft cut through with auditory hallucinations, the audience are split in two by a dividing wall with scenes from a mother’s kitchen and therapist’s office performed simultaneously on either side to captivating and disorientating effect.

If I Cover My Nose You Can’t See Me | Polarbear | 16 – 21 Feb | 
Polarbear, aka Steven Camden, is one of the UK’s leading spoken word artists and the author of Tape, the critically-acclaimed novel for young adults. His performances are unique and unflinchingly honest, as words and rhyme drawn from his Hip-Hop roots combine with the day-to-day expression of a man trying to figure things out. In recent years he has focused on making shows for and with children at Battersea Arts Centre (Mouth Open, Story Jump Out) but this spring he revives his first full-length monologue written in 2008 and performed only a handful of times, the story of a 28 year-old man stuck in a job he never wanted and a 10-year-old boy looking for answers.

Songs of Lear | Song of the Goat | 19 – 22 Feb 
The Polish company Song of the Goat, widely regarded as one of Europe’s most innovative training-based theatre companies, return to Battersea Arts Centre with the London premiere of Songs of Lear after having entranced audiences with Return to the Voice earlier this year. Songs of Lear was widely acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 where it scooped both a Fringe First and Herald Archangel Award. This is the quintessence of Lear, distilled to its core essentials. Twelve dramatic compositions paint the landscape of Lear with sounds, as voice and song combine to tell Shakespeare’s finest tragedy with raw emotion and devastating beauty.

Fuel presents Fiction | David Rosenberg & Glen Neath | 3 – 21 Mar |
David Rosenberg (Shunt, Electric Hotel) and writer Glen Neath (Hannah Ringham’s Free Show) return to Battersea Arts Centre with Fiction, a new work created with Dr Tristan Bekinschtein, a leading expert on lucid dreaming at Cambridge University. Following on from Ring, which sold-out multiple runs at Battersea Arts Centre and on tour across the UK, Fiction is a multi-sensory experience inspired by Dr Bekinschtein’s non-classic approach to the study of cognition of consciousness. Using images, light and subliminal messages to manipulate the senses and transport the mind into other dimensions, Fiction will then plunge its audience into complete darkness and into a 3-D sound world created by Olivier Award-winning composers Max and Ben Ringham using binaural technology.

Missing | Gecko | 4 – 21 Mar |
This spring, Gecko take over the largest space, The Grand Hall, thirteen years on from the debut of their international hit Taylor’s Dummies, created through the pioneering Scratch process at Battersea Arts CentreGecko have since toured their brand of visual, visceral and ambitious theatre (The RaceThe Arab and The Jew, The Overcoat) to far-flung corners of the globe leaving time for only brief appearances in the capital, making this three-week run one to anticipate. Set in a whirring modern metropolis, Lily is on a collision course with her past. Her future depends on how much she is willing to remember. Combining exquisite movement with extraordinary visual storytelling, Missing is an unforgettable journey into the depths of memory.

Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN 
ox Office:
 020 7223 2223   
Dec 10th

Southwark Playhouse’s 2015 Spring Season in The Large Announced

By Carolin Kopplin


Two world premieres and one touring production will play between February and April

Previously announced Bat Boy: The Musical will open the season in January

Danielle Tarento in association with Jason Haigh-Ellery presents the world première of GODS AND MONSTERS, based on the novel Fathers of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram. Written and Directed by Russell Labey. Set and costume design by Jason Denvir. Lighting design by Mike Robertson. Sound design by John Chambers. 
Run: Thursday 5 February – Saturday 7 March 2015 

Frankenstein director James Whale, long forgotten by the studios and in reclusive Hollywood retirement has fallen victim to a series of strokes. The only demons he fights now are in his head. Handsome new gardner, Clayton Boone, becomes an unlikely friend and unwitting player in Whale’s grand finale.

Not so much a Hollywood history as a glorious imagining, exploring the sometimes divine, sometimes monstrous landscape of obsession and desire. Based on the novel 
Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram - the same source material as for the 1998 Oscar-winning movie, Gods And Monsters.

Two’s Company present the world première of  THE CUTTING OF THE CLOTH by Michael Hastings. Directed by Tricia Thorns.
Run: Wednesday 11 March – Saturday 4 April 2015

The work-room of a Savile Row tailors, 1953. Two master craftsmen at daggers drawn: Polish-born Spijak insists that nothing can beat the excellence of a hand-sewn suit, while Eric uses his machine to work at twice the speed and earn twice the money. Sparks fly as each fights his own corner with biting wit and vicious humour. Into this battleground steps Maurice, a teenager at the very start of his apprenticeship. Will he survive the gruelling training to become a master tailor? Or will he, as Spijak’s daughter urges him to, escape? 

Michael Hastings (1937-2011) was one of the Royal Court’s ‘Angry Young Men’ whose wide-ranging career in theatre, TV and film included such successes as Tom and VivGloo Joo, For The West andCalicoThe Cutting of the Cloth, drawn so much from his youthful experience as an apprentice tailor, has lain in a drawer. Now Two’s Company brings it rampaging on to the stage, following the acclaimedWhat The Women Did earlier this year.

Théâtre Sans Frontières present LORCA: AMOR EN EL JARDÍN (LORCA: LOVE IN THE GARDEN)
An original adaptation by Théâtre Sans Frontières of 'El Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín' by Federico García Lorca. Directed by John Cobb. Set and costume design by Neil Murray. Lighting design by Mark Pritchard.
Run: Tuesday 14 April – Saturday 25 April 2015

An original adaptation of El Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín by Federico Garcia Lorca. 

Indulge in a luscious evening of performance, poetry and music inspired by Spain's greatest writer of the 20th century Federico García Lorca. 

In Lorca’s ‘garden of love’, the fantastical story of Don Perlimplín unfolds. A wealthy and studious man, he just wants to spend his days quietly reading books. Reluctantly he is persuaded to marry the gorgeous and much younger Belisa - but what has he let himself in for? 

Théâtre Sans Frontières brings its unparalleled visual and physical style to this passionate and original adaptation. With evocative live music, larger-than-life characters and Lorca's poetry, you'll be seduced by this surreal tale of deceit, disguise and obsession!

As previously announced, opening The Large 2015 spring season is:

Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd presents BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming. Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe.

The Off Broadway smash flies in to Southwark Playhouse this January, plunging its fangs into all that has gone before it. From the producer of In The Heights and the creative team behind Carousel at the Arcola, Bat Boy: The Musical promises to be a love child like no other.

Bat Boy: The Musical is inspired by a story run by The Weekly World News, an American tabloid who published fabricated stories which were purported to be factual, describing the discovery of a creature who is ‘half human and half bat’. Bat Boy ran as a cover story on 23 June 1992 and was the second-best selling issue in the paper’s history, instantly becoming a pop-culture icon. It won New York’s Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 2001. It received its UK premiere in 2004 at West Yorkshire Playhouse prior to a West End run at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Box office: 020 7407 0234