Heritage Open Days return this September!

England’s biggest festival of history and culture returns this September. Right now, you can take an early peek at the programme as it develops, with more than 800 free events already planned this year, and more to be added throughout July and August.

Current highlights from a search on theatres brings up these in-person events

The Old Savoy, Northampton

Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland

Bristol Old Vic

The Stables, Wavendon

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Hull Truck Theatre

Hull New Theatre

Chesil Theatre, Winchester

Gorleston Pavilion, East Anglia

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Newark Place Theatre, Nottinghamshire

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

See the full programme here. Book early to secure your place, as these events do sell quickly!

MGCfutures announces new round of Bursary winners

These 20 talented people are the recipients of this year’s MGCfutures Bursaries.

The MGC Bursary team said of the award’s sixth round “This year we’re pleased to be working with London Performance Studios to support their new role of Cultural Entrepreneur as well as working with Dance Base in Edinburgh to support a Hip-Hop Dance Artist Traineeship.

We’ve also had the pleasure of working with South House to provide a Creative Development Residency at their studio in Faversham

And two recipients have been awarded the Stephanie Arditti bursary in memory of costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti, generously supported by designer Christopher Oram

We are grateful to the Theatre Community Fund for their generous support.”

Congratulations to each and every one of them!

Read more about the happy and talented Bursary recipients here

Booking now open for KIDSWEEK

This August, KIDSWEEK is back, and tickets are now on sale!

A great way to save money on over 40 of London’s most exciting shows, KIDSWEEK lasts all through August. This year, there are 250,000 tickets included in the promotion, but please be aware the most popular shows get snapped up quickly, so take a look as soon as you can!

When an adult books a full price ticket, they can take a child (aged 17 or under) with them for free! Further children’s tickets can be booked at half price, so it’s a great way to treat the family that costs less than you thought!

Shows featured this year include My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, 101 Dalmatians, My Fair Lady,Back To The Future The Musical, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Dear Evan Hansen, Disney’s Frozen, Disney’s The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Matilda The Musical,The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe,The Play That Goes Wrong,The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Wicked…..and lots more!

Please be aware that not every performance will have the option of discounted tickets, so it’s best to start looking with a few dates in mind.

You can find more details about the shows featured this year, and book tickets here

See Luke Rollason’s ode to The Great Indoors pre-Edinburgh show

Friday 8th July at 7.15pm is your last London chance to see Luke Rollason’s new show BOWERBIRD, at comedy’s favourite home, the Soho Theatre, presented here as part of the London Clown Festival.

Its pretty impressive Luke’s had time to write it, as he’s been so busy on Channel 4’s viral series The B@IT. He’s also the star of the upcoming Disney+ series EXTRAORDINARY.

BOWERBIRD is Luke’s absurd ode to the great indoors and the relationships we form with the objects we fill it with – the armchair singing the lost loves that left behind their bum imprints, abandoned utensils with uncertain parenthood, and the sordid spooning going on in your cutlery drawer.

Like visiting IKEA on acid, this is a psychedelic domestic breakdown that will make you totally rethink your domestic life.

The show will run approximately 60 minutes.

Find more information and book your tickets here

UPDATE: You can claim a discount on your tickets by quoting the code BigRedNose22

It’s International Archives Week!

June 6 to 10 is International Archives Week, where the archival community celebrates its incredible breadth and depth of data, knowledge and insight contained in their files.

The theme this year is “Archives Are You”, highlighting that archives contain small traces of each of us in their holdings – whether as statistics, opinions or actions, archives record and preserve valuable insights, bringing the past within touching distance for researchers, family members or statisticians.

For those with an interest in theatre, one of the best archives you can consult is the Theatre Trust archive. You can find out more about their archive and extensive library here

Of the many interesting items, one which caught my eye was the online presentation Theatres Lost and Saved, which tells the story of the changing fortunes of Britain’s theatres over the last 100 years, and the leading role Theatres Trust has played in protecting theatres for the people. It’s well worth a visit- you can enjoy it here.

However you mark International Archives Week, I hope that you enjoy it!