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.
MONKEY WARS wins Coventry Book Awards
Congratulations to Richard Kurti who has won the Coventry Book Awards 'Simply The Book' Category for his debut novel Monkey Wars.
Congratulations to Kieran Evans
Congratulations to Kieran Evans, who has won the BAFTA Outstanding Debut award for KELLY + VICTOR! Kieran wrote and directed the film, which is based on the book by Niall Griffiths.
HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2 released on Netflix
HOUSE OF CARDS returns for a second season today, created and executive produced by showrunner Beau Willimon, and based on the BBC series by Andrew Davies.Both seasons are now available in their entirety on Netflix.
GONE TOO FAR! wins the 2014 LOCO Discovery Feature Award
Destiny Ekaragha's debut feature film GONE TOO FAR! has won the 2014 LOCO Discovery Feature Award. The prize will be presented at the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival at the BFI Southbank on Saturday 25th January, where the film will also be screened before a Q&A with Destiny, writer Bola Agbaje and producer Christopher Granier-Deferre.
THE MUSKETEERS – BBC1 – Sunday 19th January at 9pm
Adrian Hodges brings Alexandre Dumas classic characters to life in an epic new ten-part series starring Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, a young swordsman who joins forces with the musketeers Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera), and Porthos (Howard Charles), to foil the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Peter Capaldi). Created and written by Adrian Hodges, with Episode 3 and 8 written by Susie Conklin, and Episode 7 written by James Payne.
SELFRIDGES SERIES 2 – ITV1 – Sunday 19th January at 9pm
Mr Selfridges returns for a second season, starring Jeremy Piven. Created by Andrew Davies. Executive prodcers Kate Brooke and Kate O'Riordan.
PHILOMENA and THE VOORMAN PROBLEM receive Oscar nominations
We’re excited to announce that Mark Gill’s short film THE VOORMAN PROBLEM has been nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar. PHILOMENA, based on the book by Martin Sixsmith, continues to go from success to success by picking up four nominations - Best Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay and Music.
CALL THE MIDWIFE 3 – BBC1 – Sunday 19th January at 8pm
The heart-warming, gritty drama about a group of midwives opens in 1959 on the eve of the swinging sixties. Created, Written and Executive Produced by award-winning writer Heidi Thomas, the show stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Vanessa Redgrave.
Jeeves & Wooster: Perfect Nonsense dates extended
Due to popular demand and following huge critical acclaim, Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen will be starring as Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet Jeeves for an extra four weeks of Sean Foley's riotous production of 'Perfect Nonsense'. Adapted by The Goodale Brothers, this is the definitive stage version of P.G. Wodehouse's celebrated comic creation.
AONACH HOURN: BBC Radio 4 - Begins Monday 13th January, 10.45am
The first in a dark five part mystery, written by James Payne begins on Monday. Cormick lost his daughter eight years ago in an avalanche that struck the remote Highlands village of Rosscoille. But now he makes an impossible discovery - one of the missing has returned.
BAFTA nominations 2014 – Congratulations to Agency clients
Very many congratulations to William Nicholson for the nomination of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM for Outstanding British Film, and to Kieran Evans for his nomination for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer-Director for KELLY + VICTOR. Also to Martin Sixsmith, whose book ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’ inspired the Adapted Screenplay nominated PHILOMENA.
SILENT WITNESS, BBC 1 – BEGINS THURSDAY 2nd JANUARY, 9pm
The eagerly anticipated new series of SILENT WITNESS will air every Thursday and Friday in January, and features episodes directed by Daniel O’Hara and Nick Renton. Image ©BBC/Steve Neaves
LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX 2 Finale: BBC1 – Tuesday 24th December at 9pm
The final episode of series 2, written and created by Bafta award winning writer Sally Wainwright, and starring Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, goes out on Christmas Eve at 9pm on BBC1.
CALL THE MIDWIFE: BBC1 - Wednesday 25th December at 6.15pm
The Christmas Special of this heart-warming, gritty drama about a group of midwives in the East End. Created and written by award-winning writer Heidi Thomas, the show stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Vanessa Redgrave. Series 3 starts in January.
STILL OPEN ALL HOURS - Roy Clarke
BBC1 – Boxing Day, 7:45pm Roy Clarke’s classic comedy returns. In this new one-off special, Granville (Sir David Jason) is now at the helm of the grocer’s shop, having inherited it from his late Uncle Arkwright, originally played by Ronnie Barker.
MONKEY NUT wins Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2014
Simon Rickerty's Monkey Nut has been awarded the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in the under 6yrs category. This bright, funny and original picture book will have you laughing from start to finish.
TWO DOORS DOWN: BBC1, New Year’s Eve at 9pm
For all those not painting the town red on New Year's Eve, catch this new, one-off comedy with an amazing ensemble cast, directed by Catherine Morshead. It stars Alex Norton and Arabella Weir as the hosts of a chaotic New Year’s party as they count down to the bells in traditional Scottish style with their two sons Ian and Angus, Beth’s unpredictable sister Caroline and their Latimer Crescent neighbours. BBC1 at 9pm.
TOAST OF LONDON recommissioned for new series
TOAST OF LONDON will be back for its second series, co-written by Arthur Mathews. Channel 4 made the announcement today that the off-beat comedy will return next year.
CITIZEN KHAN will return for series 3 next year
After another successful series on BBC1, CITIZEN KHAN, co-written by Richard Pinto, has been recommissioned for a 3rd series.
The Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting 2013
Out of 2000 entries to the Bruntwood Award (the UK's largest stagewriting competition), The Agency is proud to represent 3 of the final 10 writers. Luke Norris, Kate Lock and In-Sook Chappell were all shortlisted, and Luke walked away with an award. His play, SO HERE WE ARE, will now be developed at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
LEGACY - written by Paula Milne - Thursday 28th Nov, 9pm, BBC2
A gripping espionage thriller starring Charlie Cox, Romola Garai, Andrew Scott and Simon Russell Beale. Based on the novel by Alan Judd, produced by Slim Film + Television LEGACY sees writer Paula Milne reunited with BAFTA award-winning director Pete Travis.
Many congratulations to Rosalie Craig for her Evening Standard Award
Rosalie Craig's breath-defying performance in Samuel Adamson and Tori Amos' musical THE LIGHT PRINCESS has deservedly earned her 'Best Musical Performance' at the Evening Standard Awards. The show itself was pipped by MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG for 'Best Musical'.
LIZZIE SIDDAL: The Arcola – November 20th until December 21st
The dramatic story of the woman who was ‘Ophelia’ in Millais' famous painting opens at The Arcola on November 20th. A Peter Huntley Production, directed by Lotte Wakeham. Written by Jeremy Green.
World Premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's OUR AJAX at The Southwark Playhouse
6 NOVEMBER - 30 NOVEMBER 2013An epic drama of heroism, love and homeland, Sophocles’s Ajax is brought urgently to life in this thrilling new play by Olivier Award-winner Timberlake Wertenbaker. Torn between army politics and the love of his soldiers on the front line of war, the legendary leader begins to spiral out of control. Developed from interviews with current and former servicemen and women, this incisive and powerful new work comes to Southwark Playhouse directly following the smash hit West End revival of Wertenbaker’s multi-award-winning modern classic Our Country’s Good.
RADAR Festival Platforms: The Bush Theatre – November 6th – 21st
20 inspiring talks by leading thinkers and practitioners about innovation and change in the arts, culture and society. Featured speakers include Louise Stern (6th) and Kieran Hurley (14th).
TOPAZ - BBC Radio 4, Sat 26th Oct, 2:30pm
Original radio drama from Lucy Gannon about the unfortunate 19th-century poet William Topaz McGonagall who, tiring of the widespread ridicule levelled at his work, comes up with an audacious plan to rescue his reputation. Stars Brian Cox and Niamh Cusack.
ADULT SUPERVISION: Park Theatre – October 8th – November 3rd
Sarah Rutherford’s debut play premieres at Park 200 in a production directed by Artistic Director Jez Bond. Lifting the lid on a stew of racial tensions and social embarrassments, this is a hilarious, provocative and brilliantly insightful look at the new 'Beige Britain'.
BEATS: Soho Theatre – October 14th – 26th
Kieran Hurley’s award-winning show transfers from Edinburgh to the Soho Theatre prior to a UK tour. A coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth. With techno. Lots of techno. ****The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times
HOME: The Arcola - October 23rd to November 23rd
The first major London revival in nearly 20 years of David Storey's stageplay opens this month at the Arcola, directed by Amelia Sears with sound design by Tom Gibbons.
THE PARADISE returns Sunday 20th October
On Sunday 20th October THE PARADISE returns to BBC1 for its second series. It's written and directed by Bill Gallagher. Ben Daniels joins Emun Elliott and Elaine Cassidy in the cast. The first episode finds The Paradise a year on. Denise and the Paradise are struggling without its charismatic owner Moray (Elliott).
Arthur Mathew's and Matt Berry's TOAST OF LONDON
TOAST OF LONDON, the new sitcom from Father Ted co-creator Arthur Mathews and The IT Crowd star Matt Berry, premieres at 10.30pm on Sunday 20th October at 10.30pm.
GOODBYE by Morwenna Banks premieres on BBC Radio 4 at 2.30pm on Saturday October 19th.
GOODBYE is an extraordinary story of friendship from Morwenna Banks, starring Olivia Colman, Natascha McElhone, John Simm, Darren Boyd, Olivia Poulet and Alison Steadman. You can catch it on Saturday 19th October, at 2.30pm, on Radio 4.
CITIZEN KHAN returns! BBC1 on Friday at 9.30pm
Orson Wells never got a sequel, it's 1-0 to Mr Khan community leader. Tune in to BBC1 at 9.30pm on Fridays to see the new series of Richard Pinto and Adil Ray's hugely popular sitcom.
ATLANTIS – begins 28th September, BBC One, 8.25pm
Justin Molotnikov directs the first three episodes of this new Saturday night fantasy drama. ATLANTIS follows lead character Jason and his friends Hercules and Pythagoras through their adventures in this legendary city.
UK Literary Association 2014 Longlists announced.
Congratulations to William Sutcliffe, Richard Kurti, Andrew Norriss, Helen Stephens, Sarah Warburton and Simon Rickerty for securing positions on the UKLA Book Award longlist for 2014. The UKLA longlist is the only national book award selected by teachers from both the primary and secondary sectors.
SOME GIRLS: BBC3 – Starts Monday 30th September 10pm
The critically acclaimed comedy series created and written by Bernadette Davis returns to BBC3. Viva, Amber, Saz and Holli are back, bringing even more chaos, attitude and trouble with them than last time. Picture by Des Willie, copyright of Hat Trick Productions.
BY ANY MEANS - Sunday 9pm, BBC 1
Tipped as one of the BBC’s most hotly-anticipated new dramas, BY ANY MEANS stars Warren Brown as the leader of a team of maverick crime fighters who use unorthodox methods to bring down the criminal elite. Co-created and written by James Payne, with the final two episodes directed by Mark Everest.
HOW I LIVE NOW opens in cinemas on October 24th
Meg Rosoff's novel, winner of the British Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the American Printz Award for young-adult literature, has been adapted for the screen. It's directed directed by Kevin Macdonald and featuring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan playing the role of Daisy, with George MacKay as Edmond, Tom Holland as Isaac and Harley Bird as Piper.
GONE TOO FAR! will premiere at London Film Festival 2013
GONE TOO FAR!, Destiny Ekaragha's feature film directing debut, has been selected to premiere at the London Film Festival 2013. The film, adapted from the critically acclaimed Royal Court stage play of the same name by Bola Agbaje, has been produced by Poisson Rouge Pictures/BFI.
CANDIDE Announced at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Menier Chocolate Factory’s latest festive offering will come in the form of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, opening on 2nd December following previews from 22 November.Directed by Top Hat’s Matthew White, the production tells the story of optimist Candide as he journeys through anguish, happiness, loss and love from Westphalia to the far reaches of the New World.Adapted by Hugh Wheeler from the novel by Voltaire, Candide features choreography by Singin’ In The Rain star Adam Cooper.
Destiny Ekaragha nominated for Best British Newcomer at 57th BFI London Film Festival
Destiny Ekaragha has been nominated as Best British Newcomer at the 57th BFI London Film Festival. Her debut directorial feature GONE TOO FAR! will premiere at the Festival in October.
TRACKS - In competition Venice Film Festival
Based on Robyn Davidson’s book, TRACKS tells the true life story of Robyn’s remarkable 1,700 mile journey across Australia with just her four camels and faithful dog. Directed by John Curran and starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning for See-Saw Films.
KELLY + VICTOR: feature written and directed by Kieran Evans
This official selection for SXSW and London Film Festivals is due to be released by The Works on 20th September 2013. The candid, modern love story was adapted by Kieran Evans from the novel by Niall Griffiths.
Sophie Petzal announced as 2013 Broadcast Hotshot
Sophie Petzal has been announced as one of this year's Broadcast Hotshots.