A HARLEM DREAM opens at the Young Vic on 20th October
A new show by BirdGang’s Ivan Blackstock with dramaturgy and additional text by Rob Hayes, A HARLEM DREAM is a timeless story of forbidden love and betrayal featuring hip hop dance and a score composed by Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch.Commissioned by Dance Umbrella and co-produced by the Young Vic, the production runs from 20th October until 1st November.
Congratulations to Guy Myhill
Congratulations to Guy Myhill and all involved with THE GOOB, which won the top prize ‘Golden Hitchcock’ award at Dinard’s British Film festival this weekend. THE GOOB was made through the iFeatures scheme and produced by Mike Elliott and Lee Groombridge.
INSPECTOR LEWIS begins on ITV, 9pm Friday 10th October
INSPECTOR LEWIS begins on ITV, 9pm Friday 10th October Nick Renton directs the first two episodes of the new INSPECTOR LEWIS, produced by Chris Burt. Lewis is enjoying retirement until a newly promoted Hathaway asks him to team up with him again. Season 8 begins Friday 9th October, 9pm on ITV.
EAST IS EAST Opening at Trafalgar Studios 10th October
Written by Ayub Khan Din, this much-loved modern comedy classic about growing up in multiracial England, opens this month at Trafalgar Studios. Starring Jane Horrocks as Ella and the playwright himself Ayub Khan Din as George.
OPENING AT THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2014...
We kick off a fantastic run at the festival this year with Peter Strickland’s European premiere of BJORK BIOPHILIA LIVE, the vibrant feature of Bjork’s concert. Peter Strickland has also written and directed his third feature film THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, which is in Official Competition. Debbie Tucker Green’s SECOND COMING, a fresh new London-set drama, will feature along with A LITTLE CHAOS, an originally scripted drama from first-time screenwriter Alison Deegan. Guy Muyhill directs and writes his debut feature THE GOOB, which was made through the iFeatures scheme and is in the First Feature Competition. ROBOT OVERLORDS, a thriller co-written by Mark Stay, about a robot invasion on earth, will also premiere.
Peter Strickland at the BFI London Film Festival 2014
Peter Strickland’s third feature THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY receives its European premiere at London Film Festival on the 9th of October – the same night that his co-directed BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE features as the festival’s Sonic Gala. A one minute short in ‘The Film the Buys the Cinema’ completes Peter’s trio of films at the LFF 2014.
TOAST OF LONDON wins Rose d'Or at Berlin!!
Toast of London, co-written by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry and produced by Objective Productions, has picked up the prestigious Rose d'Or Best Sitcom Award. The BAFTA and RTS-nominated comedy returns this autumn for a brand-new series on Channel 4.
OUR GIRL begins on BBC One, 21st September at 9pm
OUR GIRL returns to BBC One with a 5-part series starring Lacey Turner as Molly Dawes, an East London girl with few prospects whose life is turned around when she joins the Royal Army Medical Corps. Also starring Ben Aldridge and Iwan Rheon, written by Tony Grounds and directed by Anthony Philipson and Richard Senior.
THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER - Reviews
The new musical at the Jermyn Street Theatre, directed by Charlotte Westenra, has received unanimously brilliant reviews. Mark Shenton wrote 'anyone who cares about British musicals must go...Charlotte Westenra stages it beautifully'. It plays until the 20th September. 4* The Stage5* West End Wilma4* Theatre Full Stop4* Everything Theatre4* Public Reviews
Full casting announced for CITY OF ANGELS at The Donmar
Full casting for Josie Rourke's production was announced today including Samantha Barks and Katherine Kelly, Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser. City of Angels opens at The Domar on the 5th December. The run is currently sold out but additional tickets are due to be released soon!
PRIDE release date announced - 12th September 2014
BBC Films and Calamity FIlms/Pathe have announced that Matthew Warchus' film PRIDE will be released in the UK on 12th September. It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
CHASING SHADOWS: ITV - starts September 4th at 9pm
Created and written by Rob Williams, this thrilling, new four-part drama focuses on the work of a missing persons field unit charged with tracking down serial killers who prey on impressionable and vulnerable people. Starring Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston and Noel Clarke.
MARVELLOUS, written by Pete Bowker, airs this September on BBC Two
Written & executive-produced by the award-winning writer Peter Bowker, this is the true story of a life lived to the full, a man once labelled with 'learning difficulties' whose life defies limitations. This 90-minute film tells the story of Neil Baldwin and is directed by Julian Farino. Starring Toby Jones, Gemma Jones, Tony Curran, Nicholas Gleaves. The film also previews at the BFI on September 8th at 6.15pm.
SPEED THE PLOW begins previews this month at The Playhouse Theatre, West End
Lindsay Lohan makes her stage debut in David Mamet’s 1988 play directed by Lindsay Posner. A satirical portrayal of Hollywood, this high-octane modern classic is filled with Mamet’s trademark wit and mesmerising dialogue. The Associate Director is Adam Lenson.
TOP HAT, directed by Matthew White, continues its UK tour
Winner of 3 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Directed and co-adapted by Matthew White. Calling at Milton Keynes Theatre (until September 6th); Newcastle Theatre Royal (9th – 20th) & Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (23rd – 4th Oct).
ROBOT OVERLORDS at the BFI London Film Festival
You can catch Robot Overlords (written by Mark Stay) at the BFI London Film Festival on the 18th & 19th of October – tickets on sale 18th September! It has been three years since the robot invasion of earth. Sean Flynn has never given up hope that his missing father might still be alive. All humans have been fitted with transmitters to ensure they obey the cardinal rule of the robot empire. An accident at home leads to one of the transmitters short-circuiting, allowing Sean and his friends the opportunity to infiltrate their alien adversaries.
JOCK: SCOTLAND ON TRIAL at the Finborough Theatre
Acclaimed playwright, author and 'Yes' campaign spokesman in the Scottish independence referendum debate Alan Bissett has written a new play for the Finborough. It has four performances between Wednesday 10th Sept and Saturday 13th Sept. It also features an extract from his Fringe show THE PURE, THE DEAD AND THE BRILLIANT, which Time Magazine called 'a stunning piece of theatre'.
ALBION: The Bush – September 12th to October 25th
A new play by Chris Thompson, examining the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern day Britain. Direct by Ria Parry.
CHAPATTI by Christian O'Reilly nominated for 'Best New Play' at the Jeff Awards
Congratulations to Christian O'Reilly, whose play CHAPATTI has been nominated for 'Best New Play' in the Jeff Awards in Chicago. CHAPATTI made its European debut in Galway this July following a critically acclaimed world-premiere run in Chicago in the spring. Produced by Northlight Theatre and Galway International Arts Festival, starring John Mahoney and Penny Slusher, and directed by BJ Jones.
CHEF wins a Scotsman Fringe First
The first 6 winners of the Scotsman Fringe Firsts have been announced - and among them are Kirsty Patrick Ward's production of Sabrina Mafhouz's new show CHEF. 'Kirsty Patrick Ward's direction is as sharp and crisp as a fresh salad' said the Scotsman in their review, and the Independent praised it as 'mesmerising...[it] fizzes with energy'. Jade Anouka plays the title role. It runs at the Underbelly until August 17th.
BOOMERS - BBC1, begins 9pm on August 15th
Richard Pinto’s new comedy BOOMERS has been given its broadcast date – the first episode is at 9pm on Friday 15th August, with a narrative repeat on Mondays at 11.05pm. 'Life is a long journey. If we're lucky, we'll make some friends along the way. If we're unlucky, they'll stay in touch.' It’s got a wonderful cast: Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman, Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, June Whitfield, Nigel Planer. Look out for the teaser trailers on BBC1.
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY: new feature by award winning writer/director Peter Strickland to receive World
This dark melodrama, financed by Film4 and the BFI, follows the intense and fluctuating relationship between lovers played by Chiara D’Anna and Sidse Babett Knudsen. The project, written and directed by Peter Strickland, is produced by Andy Starke of Rook Films and marks Knudsen’s English language feature film debut.
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN by Helen Edmundson opens at Theatre Royal Bath
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN, adapted by Helen Edmundson and based on the novel by Emile Zola opens this 30th July- 16th August. Set in the backstreets of Paris, the story relays the destruction of an illicit affair, plagued by madness and guilt.
Alia Bano selected for Origin Pictures/Paines Plough screenwriting scheme
Alia Bano has been chosen for a new writing scheme being launched by Origin Pictures and Paines Plough in collaboration with BBC Films. The scheme will support four playwrights in their writing across film and theatre over six months through workshops, mentoring and editorial support.
Guy Myhill’s THE GOOB to premiere at Venice Days 2014
Venice Days 2014 is to host the World Premiere of writer/director Guy Myhill's debut feature, THE GOOB. This visceral coming of age film, shot entirely in Norfolk, was developed through iFeatures and produced by Lee Groombridge and Mike Elliott.
Congratulations to Roberto Oliveri
Congratulations to Roberto Oliveri, one of Screen’s 2014 ‘Stars of Tomorrow’. Roberto has just made his first short, COMPASSION, which earned him this unprecedented and well-deserved nomination.
HONOUR released in US cinemas
Today sees the release of Shan Khan's debut feature HONOUR in 10 cities across the US. The New York Observer's review, out today, says that 'it has an air of authenticity so compelling you can almost smell the spicy odors of Pakistani cooking that permeate the kitchens...Aiysha Hart delivers a mesmerizing performance.'
COMMON: BBC 1, 6th July, 9pm
Nico Mirallegro, Daniel Mays and Jodhi May star in Jimmy McGovern’s new film for BBC One. Set in the north west of England and based on the UK’s controversial Joint Enterprise Law, the ninety-minute film tells the story of a teenager dragged into a murder investigation that threatens to upturn his entire life.
MIND THAT CHILD available on the BBC iplayer now
From writer Vivienne Harvey, this is the first of BBC Radio Scotland’s five newly commissioned radio dramas availavble on BBC iPlayer now. Starring Iain Robertson and last year’s BAFTA Scotland winner 14-year-old Daniel Kerr. When you find out your ex is moving your only son from Inverness to Canada, naturally the next step is to abscond in an ice-cream van and make a desperate dash to try to stop them. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0480qhz
Lindsay Posner directs Lindsay Lohan in David Mamet's SPEED THE PLOW
Opening in September at The Playhouse Theatre - When a hugely bankable star agrees to appear in a sure-fire commercial hit, film producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox are convinced this is the break of a lifetime. That is until Karen (played by Lindsay Lohan), a temporary secretary, derails the dream. When she persuades Bobby to dump the blockbuster in favour of a story which can only be described as box-office poison, Charlie is forced to resort to desperate measures…. This brilliantly satirical portrayal of Hollywood is by David Mamet, the foremost playwright of his generation and the author ofGlengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna and American Buffalo. A high-octane modern classic, Speed-The-Plow is filled with Mamet’s trademark wit and mesmerising dialogue. Director Lindsay Posner has directed more plays by David Mamet in the West End than any other director, including: Oleannawith Julia Stiles and Aaron Eckhart, Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver and Kelly Reilly and A Life in the Theatre with Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson.
DAMNED by Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand - tonight at 9pm
Tune in at 9pm on Sky Arts to see Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand's new comedy DAMNED. It stars Alan Davies and Kevin Eldon alongside Brand in a beautifully observed portrait of an unloved but heroic profession - the child services department of a social services office. Part of the Playhouse Presents initiative.
Kate Hewitt named JMK Young Director's Award Winner
Congratulations to Kate for picking up the JMK Award for 2014. She'll be directing Carol Churchill's FAR AWAY at the Young Vic in November. Tickets go on sale on 18th June.
Kevin Elyot: a tribute
The Agency is greatly saddened by the loss of Kevin Elyot, who died this weekend. This year marks the twentieth since his landmark play ‘My Night With Reg’ opened at the Royal Court. It went on to win the 1994 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy and introduced audiences both at the Court and at its subsequent West End run to the wit, delicacy and unblinking honesty that became his trademark. It is a silver lining to know that these qualities will be revealed to a new audience when the Donmar revives the play this summer. Later stage work included ‘The Day I Stood Still’ at the National in 1998 and Mouth to Mouth at the Royal Court and Albery Theatres. His talents soon spread from the theatre into TV, where he again addressed sensitive subjects with a rare combination of nuance and boldness. His subtle character portraits and bold voice both inspired and entertained, especially when speaking out against homophobia, a subject he returned to repeatedly over his career with work like ‘Christopher and His Kind’ for the BBC and ‘Clapham Junction’ for Channel 4. Throughout, he sought to challenge the passive acceptance of homophobia in British culture. The concerns of his recognizable, three-dimensional gay characters shattered stereotypes and galvanized gay and straight communities alike. He will be remembered here as a first-class writer who was as admired as he was respected.
DAMNED by Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand
On Thursday 12th June at 9pm Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand's new comedy DAMNED will screen on Sky Arts. It stars Alan Davies and Kevin Eldon alongside Brand as as stressed-out social workers. Part of the Playhouse Presents initiative.
QUIRKE: BBC1: Sundays at 9pm
Adapted by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson from the novels by Benjamin Black, the pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville, this three part noir crime series set in 1950s Dublin, stars Gabriel Byrne as chief pathologist of the city morgue. Catch up with episode 1 on BBC iPlayer.
Roger Hyams' GRAND UNION to screen at Edinburgh International Film Festival
Roger Hyams' short film GRAND UNION, narrated by Bill Nighy, will premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival on 25th & 28th June.
FROM THERE TO HERE: BBC1, Thursdays at 9pm
Created, Written and Executive Produced by award-winning writer Pete Bowker, this three parter set in the aftermath of the 1996 Arndale bombing, follows Daniel Cotton, a Manchester family man who is torn between the life he wants and the life he could have. Starring Philip Glenister, Saskia Reeves and Liz White, directed by James Strong and executive produced by Derek Wax for Kudos Film & Television.
Matthew Warchus named as successor to Kevin Spacey at London's Old Vic Theatre
Matthew Warchus, the director of hit plays and shows including Art and Matilda, is to take over from Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, it has been announced. Matthew is already an artistic associate of the Old Vic and directed Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in Speed-the-Plow. Spacey said 'Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director, and he has been rightly applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio. I know he loves our theatre, and I am delighted for our staff, our audiences and for our acting and production communities that he will be its next guardian'.
A POET IN NEW YORK
Airs Sunday 18th May 9pm on BBC1. The story of Dylan Thomas' last days written by Andrew Davies and starring Tom Hollander.
Olivier Awards 2014
Congratulations to our Olivier winners - Martin Lowe for Outstanding Achievement in Music for his work on ONCE, Will Tuckett for Best Entertainment & Family show THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and to Alice Power, Ben and Max Ringham and the producing team, winners of Best New Comedy for the P.G. Wodehouse show PERFECT NONSENSE.
Annie Baker wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Annie Baker has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play THE FLICK.The play premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York last year, directed by Sam Gold.
HAPPY VALLEY – BBC1 – Continues Tuesdays at 9pm
Created and written by award winning writer Sally Wainwright, this gripping new six-part crime thriller stars Sarah Lancashire as police sergeant Catherine Cawood who heads a team of dedicated officers to tackle a series of brutal and vicious crimes in a rural Yorkshire valley. Produced by Red Productions, Sally directed Episode 4 and is an Executive Producer on the series with Nicola Shindler
VERA series 4, begins 27th April, 8pm, on ITV 1
The new series of VERA, starring Brenda Blethyn, will begin on Sunday 27th of April. The third episode of the series is directed by Will Sinclair, and will air on the 11th of May.
Congratulations to Kieran Evans – a BAFTA ‘Brit to Watch’
BAFTA’s BRITS TO WATCH will be showcasing the work of Kieran Evans in New York and Los Angeles. Kieran won the BAFTA ‘Outstanding Debut’ by a writer-director for KELLY + VICTOR this year and has been nominated to attend meetings and screenings of his work in the US in May.
I CAN'T SING opens to great reviews
Press night of the X Factor musical I CAN'T SING opened with a bang at the Palladium last night. Showbiz luminaries from Simon Cowell to Andrew Lloyd-Webber witnessed Harry Hill and Steve Brown's new show, directed by Sean Foley, dazzle on its official debut. It received a standing ovation, and a host of good reviews, including 5 stars from The Express. They described it as 'by far the best of the big West End musical openings of the last few months'.The Telegraph's Charles Spencer described it as 'wildly eccentric and often wonderfully funny' with 'real heart and great theatrical panache', predicting 'a big popular hit...The whole delightfully bonkers show has a wit and warmth about it in Sean Foley's constantly engaging production.'The Independent awarded it 4 stars, applauding the 'bonkers, surreal charm to the loopy lampooning.'Libby Purves gave it 4 stars, as did Dominic Maxwell in The Times: it 'gets a yes from me'.The Radio Times were even more impressed, giving it 4.5 stars out of 5. Sound design is provided by Ben & Max Ringham.
BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE to premiere at Tribeca
Björk: Biophilia Live, directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, is to receive a World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th. From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles a multidimensional concert of avant-garde Icelandic artist, Björk. Directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance, and punctuate her music with evocative animation combined with science and nature archive and found footage. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavours of a generation.
Charlotte Westenra's VENICE PRESERV'D opens April 24th. Tickets available now.
Boat rides on the Thames, masks, a carnival, live theatre...after months of conception and planning, VENICE PRESERV'D is only 30 days from opening at the historic Paynes and Borthwick wharf in Greenwich. Directed and co-produced by Charlotte Westenra, the classic play has been adapted for this immersive site by Owen McCafferty. Tickets are on sale now.
Brian McGilloway awarded Tony Doyle New Writers' Award 2014
Brian McGilloway has been awarded BBC Northern Ireland Drama's Tony Doyle New Writers' Award, receiving a £2,000 cash prize and the position of Writer in Residence at BBC Northern Ireland for six months.
CALL THE MIDWIFE 3 continues – BBC -Sunday 1st and 9th March at 8pm
The heartwarming series draws to a dramatic close over the last two episodes, directed by Minkie Spiro. Created, Written and Executive Produced by award-winning writer Heidi Thomas, the show stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Vanessa Redgrave.
THE SMOKE - begins Thursday 20th February, 9pm on Sky 1
This original 8–part series follows the ‘ordinary heroes’ of the White Watch fire crew. The series is written by Lucy Kirkwood, with episodes 3 and 4 directed by Sam Donovan.