Nicola Walker in discussion from the National Theatre- for free* (*donations welcome – if you can afford to)

Nicola Walker, photo courtesy National Theatre website

On Monday 23rd May at 4.00pm you can hear actors Nicola Walker and Iwan Davies reflect on the rewards and challenges of performing in Emlyn Williams’ THE CORN IS GREEN, currently at the National Theatre, in a 60-minute discussion chaired by Fiona Mountford. 

If you wish to attend in person you can book here . Tickets are £10/£5 concessions.

However, there is also the option to join the discussion online for free.

You can book your free online ticket here

And if you miss the live talk, or can’t make it at that time, you can catch up using the same link you will receive when you register online for the talk.

The National says “We have made the live-stream of this NT talk free so it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. If you can, please make a donation to keep our events open and accessible to all. Together we can shape a bright, creative future.
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THE CORN IS GREEN by Emlyn Williams runs at the National Theatre until 11 June 2022. For more information visit

Beyond the Music launches new Introduction to Event Production course

Attitude is Everything’s Beyond the Music programme has announced the launch of their new Introduction to Event Production course.

Designed for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent professionals, this 9 week course aims to help participants level up and kick start a career in the music and live events industries. It will run between the 6th of October until the 1st of December, taking place on Wednesdays between 4pm-6:15pm.

The course will cover areas including:

Event roles
Event business
Site and venue visits
Event logistics
Technical production
Event design
Stage management and artist liaison
Event planning

Introduction to Event Production will be led by Phoebe Roberts, the organisation’s Skills Development Manager. Phoebe has 20 years of experience in the music and live events industries, working as a Live Events producer with clients including Sky Arts, Sony, Boardmasters, Boiler Room and We are the Fair. She was also Managing Director of The Wonder Staff, staffing events and festivals with trained and experienced staff. Alongside her role at Attitude is Everything, she is currently a Lead Tutor in Event Production at Big Creative Academy where she teaches and mentors the next generation of live event professionals.

For more details, and to apply, visit their website here

Exhibitions and events with a theatre theme to enjoy across the UK – now and soon!

COUNTRY-WIDE From 13 to 22 September, there are over 100 theatre-related events going on across the country during Heritage Open Days. Most likely a theatre near you will be opening its doors to offer tours of the buildings. Intrigued? Then take a look at their website here where you can search what’s happening near you.

LONDONV&A – Discover the creative process behind designing for performance, from costume to set design at Staging Places, which celebrates the diversity of British performance design across spaces and genres. This display, in collaboration with the Society of British Theatre Designers, presents costumes, set designs, models, photos, drawings and puppets that reveal the creative process behind designing for performance. And best of all, its free! Running now until 29 March 2020. More information here

Stockton Globe

STOCKTON ON TEES – Preston Park Museum – A fascinating exhibition about the life -and rebirth- of Stockton’s magnificent Globe is now on. The building has had a splendid history. Opened as a 2400-seater cinema in December 1935, the building closed in 1996 and has lain empty for over 20 years, falling into terrible disrepair. Thankfully Stockton Council have saved the building and it is undergoing extensive modernisation works, with a planned reopening in Spring 2020. Explore the story of the Globe and its restoration in this fascinating exhibition.  Find out about the famous acts – including Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elton John – who played at the venue. Plus, discover the exciting future for the newly restored Globe. The exhibition is on now until October 6th at the Preston Park Museum. Admission into the museum is paid but the Globe exhibition is presented at no extra cost. More information here. And to find out more about the reborn Globe, see their new website here.

Collins’s Music Hall on Islington Green – sadly long gone!

LONDON – ISLINGTON MUSEUM – “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay!” is an exhibition about Islington’s many popular Music Halls. For over 100 years, throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the borough’s many music halls and variety theatres entertained generations of Islingtonians. Each venue promised a unique evening’s entertainment and local residents and visitors would drop in to see their favourite ‘turns’. Explore a time when variety was definitely the spice of life. The exhibition is free and a range of attached talks, shows and walks have been curated to further visitors’ enjoyment. On until 22 October. More details here

Free London Musical extravaganza – at WEST END LIVE 2019

West End Live last year. Image by Pamela Raith Photography

Next weekend, 22/23 June, West End LIVE is back at London’s Trafalgar Square, where the place will be thronged with musical lovers enjoying a fun afternoon in the (please!) sun and listening to some of the great performers currently gracing the West End in extracts from London’s greatest musicals – and its all free!

The event is free to the public. No tickets are required, with entry operated on a first come, first served basis. On Saturday the event runs from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday it’s 12noon- 5pm, with doors opening up to 45 minutes before the above start times. Remember you may have to queue to get in, as the event is incredibly popular.

The schedule includes over 50 performances scheduled to take place over the course of the weekend.

Make your weekend memorable with West End LIVE!

For more information, schedules of acts and more, click here

West End LIVE is presented by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre with support from the Mayor of London.