Archive for January, 2012


Greenwich Playhouse set to close

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012

Ends with a bloody tragedy

Closing in April - The Greenwich Playhouse

The Greenwich Playhouse will close its doors on the 10th April 2012 after twenty years of service to theatre and following a final production by Galleon Theatre Company of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. The theatre’s landlords have decided not to renew the venue’s lease, in order to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the Olympics.

The Playhouse is located in a building which has housed a studio theatre since 1989. Galleon Theatre Company took residency at the venue in 1995 and has since staged an impressive body of work. The theatre stages in the region of 12-14 theatre productions each year and these generate work and entertainment for some 15,000 people.

Discussions are taking place with Greenwich Council, who have been active supporters of the organisation, to find a new home in the borough.


Lion and Unicorn announces plans for Jan to March

Monday, 16 January, 2012

World Premieres plus Irish and French Shows

The Lion and Unicorn theatre has announced its plans for early 2012.

Dance Class - on now at the Lion and Unicorn

They include World Premieres of ‘Dance Class’ by Andre Radmall and John Thompson’s ‘A Russian Play’ directed by David Salter, run throughout January and February respectively.

The season concludes in March over the week of St Patrick’s day with ‘Recovery Position’ by Irish playwrights Maria Kennedy & Caroline Byrne.

Exchange Theatre will be returning in February and July with some fresh French Theatre. after their sell out Bastille Week in 2011.

The Lion and Unicorn has been nominated for 11 awards. If you would like to vote for them (or anyone else!), go to and register there.

More info on the Lion and Unicorn at






Body Heat: Second Skin’s ‘La Chunga’

Wednesday, 11 January, 2012

‘When a woman falls in love, she becomes weak’

Second Skin Theatre has announced the return of La Chunga, by Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature. This dark and disturbing drama set in 1950s Peru runs from January 24th to February 19th 2012 at the Phoenix Artist Club in the West End.

Victoria Grove

Under Artistic Director Andy McQuade’s powerful direction, this masterful tale of fantasy and delusion finds self-styled ‘superstuds’ whiling away the hours over endless drinking and games of dice at the infamous ‘Chunga’s Bar’. The arrival of the beautiful Meche exposes their innermost desires and dreams until even the impervious bar owner, Chunga herself, falls under the spell of this enigmatic beauty.

In Llosa’s own words, La Chunga was written ”to project into dramatic fiction the human totality of actions and dreams, acts and fantasies.”

The Phoenix Artist Club provides a subterranean setting for this exploration of morality and sexuality that reveals what occurs deep in the Peruvian psyche.


Emerging Writers Showcase at Chickenshed Studio

Tuesday, 10 January, 2012

Chickenshed’s Studio Theatre will be showcasing a festival of exciting and eclectic new work from Company writers and creators currently being nurtured through the Chickenshed Writers’ Group. It happens 15 – 18 February at the Chickenshed Studio Theatre, Southgate (London N14 4PE).

Each evening plays host to a diverse array of pieces ranging from off-beat comedy to social drama, and from physical theatre to poignant stories. These evenings of theatre promise to be lively and full of surprises.

Tickets are £6.00, the minimum age recommendation is 12 years. More information at



Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2012 has opened for submissions

Friday, 6 January, 2012

Film makers invited to submit for the 14th Showcase event

Recognised internationally as a leading showcase of short films and renowned for its championing of emerging and established creative talent, Rushes Soho Shorts has built a phenomenal following and maintains a significant bridge between the independent and commercial filmmaking communities.

The annual not-for-profit festival celebrates the previous year’s best director in each of eight competitive categories.


Short Film Award – live action work under 15mins, from long standing filmmakers Newcomer Award – live action work under 15mins, from new filmmakers


International  Award – live action work under 15mins, from new and long standing filmmakers


Animation Award – animated work under 15mins from new and long standing filmmakers Documentary Award – factual work under 15mins from new and long standing filmmakers Music Video Award – promo work under 15mins from new and long standing filmmakers Long Form Award – live action work under 30mins from new and long standing filmmakers Pushing Boundaries Award – brilliantly creative, experimental work or branded content under 5mins from new and long standing filmmakers

Work can be submitted at   The competition entry fee is £15. Students £10.  Films can be submitted up until 5th April, with the shortlisted films being announced early in June.





Lyndie Wright Gets MBE for Services to Puppetry

Thursday, 5 January, 2012

A wonderful 50th Anniversary Year for Little Angel Theatre in Islington was crowned when Lyndie Wright received the MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to the craft of puppetry.

Most recently, Lyndie has designed and made puppets for Little Angel’s collaboration with Kneehigh Theatre – A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings – which runs at Little Angel until the end of January 2012.

More at:


16 Jan is last date for Fringe Report Award nominations

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012

You know someone who deserves recognition!

You can send your nominations for a Fringe Report Award right up to 16th Jan. We’d love to recognise as many people as we can for their extraordinary contributions to the Fringe, the vibrant heart of theatre in the UK and the world.

You can nominate a performer, producer, director, lighting or sound professional or anyone else you think has gone the extra mile to deliver or contribute to, a performance of outstanding quality and effect.

More details at: