Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

The excellent Little Angel Theatre are offering another show for free online until 30th September

What a Wonderful World brings to life the much loved song in a story which encourages little ones to see the beauty of the world and to love other people. Huffington Post said of the book, ‘Hopgood does the impossible and makes a song as ubiquitous as What a Wonderful World feel fresh again’.

Hopgood’s illustrations are brought to life with design by Alison Alexander, and new recordings of the songs by Barb Jungr and Jenny Carr. The team worked together to create the shows remotely, following social distancing guidelines.

The show lasts about four minutes and is suitable for younger children.

Although this show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does vital work in helping younger children to access and experience the joy of theatre.

Watch WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD here

This is an adaptation of one book in Tim Hopgood’s classic songbook series. You can also watch a show featuring another song/book in this series, MOON RIVER, by clicking here


Credits:

A Little Angel Theatre Production

Designed by Alison Alexander
Performed and filmed by Alison Alexander and Chris Mason
Music performed by Barb Jungr and Jenny Carr
Recordings mixed by Jonathan Lee

What a Wonderful World
Composed by George Weiss and Robert Thiele
By permission of Concord and Round Hill Carlin

Artwork © Tim Hopgood, published by Oxford University Press.

Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s WHEN…

The excellent Little Angel Theatre are offering another show for free online until 30th September

“When I grow up I want to be clever and funny, wild and free”.

In WHEN… one little bear shares his hopes and dreams. Determined to explore the world yet stay true to himself, he heads off on an inspirational adventure.

This adaptation of Emma Dodd‘s picture book has been created by Pinwheel Theatre in association with Little Angel Theatre.

The show lasts about seven minutes and is suitable for younger children.

Although this show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does vital work in helping younger children to access and experience the joy of theatre.

Show Credits:

A Pinwheel Theatre production, in association with Little Angel Theatre.

Directed and performed by Lori Hopkins
Assistant Puppeteer Chris Nayak
Music and Sound Design by Bethany Kay Hopkins
Designed and Made by Naomi Oppenheim

Special thanks to Emma Dodd and Templar Books.


Streatham Hill Theatre announces consultants and viability study in first stage of comeback

Streatham Hill Theatre auditorium. Photo courtesy Tim Hatcher

The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre, supported by the Mayor of London, Lambeth Council and The Theatres Trust, and backed by a successful crowdfunding initiative, have started work with the successful bidders of a hard fought competitive tender to produce a Viability Study and Economic Impact Assessment on the historic building. This will deliver a report on the theatre’s potential to become a multi-purpose arts and culture centre for the local community.

David Harvey, Chair of the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre said:

“I am delighted to announce we have appointed a crack team led by renowned arts business consultants FEI to deliver this milestone work on reawakening Streatham Hill Theatre. We are confident that the team will deliver a compelling case for its use as an arts and cultural venue fit for a post-Covid renewal. Doing so will help bring new opportunities and benefits to the local economy and to the community that has given us such strong backing.”

Nick Dodds, Managing Director of FEI said:

“We are really excited to be working with the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre to help bring this important building back to life. We have put together a very experienced team of architects, cost consultants, economists and business planners to find realistic and sustainable options for the building over the next few months. We know from experience that these projects take a huge amount of commitment and enthusiasm from the lead organisation to realise their potential – something the Friends have plenty of!”

Councillor Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Lambeth Council said:

“The appointment of FEI and their consultant team follows a successful crowdfunding initiative and marks a really important phase in the history of Streatham Hill Theatre. Their appointment is a critical step towards understanding what a viable future for the theatre looks like and how that can be achieved. The Council is keen to see the building play a key role in supporting local jobs, boosting the town centre economy and raising Streatham’s profile. We look forward to continuing to work with the Friends and their appointed team over the coming months!”

Claire Appleby, Architecture Adviser at Theatres Trust said:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Viability Study and Economic Impact Assessment for the Streatham Hill Theatre through our Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme. The announcement of the appointment of FEI and their consultant team to carry out these works is an exciting and important first step in the journey to breathe new life into this magnificent theatre which has been on our Theatres at Risk register since 2017.”

The viability study has been funded following an overwhelming community response to a crowdfunding campaign by the Friends group of local volunteers. The Crowdfund London campaign gained 440 pledges, and won the backing of the Mayor of London, Lambeth Council and the Theatres Trust. It also gained high-profile endorsements from the creative community, including Baroness Benjamin DBE, DL, Simon Callow CBE, Lolita Chakrabarti, Catherine Russell, and Sir Mark Rylance.

To deliver this project FEI have teamed up with theatre architects Aedas Arts Team, cost and programme consultants Pulse Consult, and creative industry economists Nordicity. They will look at different options for the future of the Grade II listed building as an arts and cultural centre, and then set out a robust and compelling case to decision-makers and interested parties to come on-board.

The report will be completed in December 2020, and will move the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre a step closer to realising their plans to bring back to life the ‘sleeping beauty’, setting the scene for detailed engagement with potential partners in 2021.

Streatham Hill Theatre foyer. Photo courtesy Tim Hatcher

Watch Now: New York Lincoln Center’s THE NANCE – and a Bonus!

Douglas Carter Beane’s acclaimed Tony Award-nominated play The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater, stars stage and screen actor Nathan Lane. The play tells of a headline “nance” in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era living and working in the secretive and dangerous world of 1930s New York.

Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, who faces a changing world and his own self-loathing in 1930s New York. The play tells the story of a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Douglas Carter Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life.

With a touching love story at its core, the Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque. The play received five Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Lane. In addition, the cast boasts Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, and Jonny Orsini.

This recording of the 2014 production is available now, in fair quality from a third party source (as the Lincoln Center version is promoted but seems to be unavailable, despiet being announced back in June).

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Lincoln Center to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.

You can watch THE NANCE here

EXTRA BONUS – You can watch an After-show Discussion with Nathan Lane here

Thanks to the YouTube poster who made this possible.


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Enjoy a virtual visit from your sofa during Heritage Open Days 2020

Across the UK from 11-20 September, many historic and intriguing buildings are throwing their doors open to the public for unusual levels of access to explore what’s inside.

This year a large number of events have gone online, choosing to provide tours and access virtually, with the benefit that large numbers can participate and enjoy the sessions. As usual a number of theatres are participating, all online except where indicated, including

The Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, Devon

The Roman Theatre, Colchester, Essex

Cheltenham Playhouse, Gloucestershire

The Garrick Theatre in Stockport, Manchester

The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton (not online)

The Theatre Royal Winchester, Hampshire

The Playhouse, Preston, Lancashire

The Y Theatre, Leicester, Leicestershire (not online)

The Little Theatre, Southport, Merseyside

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Palace Theatre, Newark, Nottinghamshire

The Blakehay Theatre, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Theatre Royal Wakefield, West Yorkshire

You can find out more details about how to take a tour from the comfort of your own sofa by visiting the Heritage Open Days wesbite here