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.
THE THREE LIONS by William Gaminara
★★★★ The Times, ★★★★ The Independent, ★★★★ The Telegraph, ★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter Brilliant reviews are also in for William Gaminara's new comedy, THE THREE LIONS, which reveals what really went on between David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham in Zurich the night before England's bid for the 2018 World Cup. The show runs until Monday 26th August at the Pleasance Courtyard.
Fantastic reviews are in for STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS
★★★★ The Guardian, ★★★★ Sunday Times, ★★★★ Financial Times, ★★★★ Evening Standard, ★★★★ Fest, ★★★★ Broadway Baby. Directed by Mark Rosenblatt, this adaptation from Alexander Masters' novel has taken the Fringe by storm. It then tours to Sheffield Crucible and Watford Palace Theatre.
QUIETLY wins a Fringe First
Owen McCafferty’s show QUIETLY, currently playing at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh until the 25th August, has won a prestigious Fringe first award
THE MILL begins Sunday 28th July at 8pm on Channel 4
A new four-part period drama begins on Channel 4 this Sunday at 8pm, exploring the real lives of young apprentices working in a Cheshire mill during the Industrial Revolution. Produced by Caroline Levy for Darlow Smithson Productions, David Maxwell Young is Script Executive.
TEN LITTLE PIRATES; published 4th July
Simon Rickerty and Mike Brownlow's TEN LITTLE PIRATES is a traditional counting rhyme with a boat-load of pirate fun!
TWINKLE, TWINKLE SQUIGLET PIG; published July 4th
TWINKLE, TWINKLE SQUIGLET PIG by Joyce Dunbar is a tale about Piglet Squid who embarks on a quest to show his friends that there are wondrous things to smile about...if you look hard enough....
THE ROYAL BABY; published July 4th
This July sees the publication of THE ROYAL BABY by Tony Bradman and Tony Ross. The whole Kingsom is very excited- there's going to be a new royal baby!
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS to transfer from Royal Opera House to West End
Will Tuckett's THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is to become the first ever Royal Opera House production to transfer to the West End.
RED VELVET to return to the Tricycle...then transfer to New York
The multi-award-winning Red Velvet written by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Indhu Rubasingham, returns to the Tricycle theatre in January ahead of its transfer to St Anne's Warehouse in New York. Adrian Lester reprises his award-winning role as Ira Aldridge.
WORDS AND MUSIC - BBC Radio 4, Sundays at 7.45pm
WORDS AND MUSIC, a new three-part series of stories written by Chris Paling, begins on Sunday 30th June at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 4.
Arinze Kene announced as 2013 UK Star of Tomorrow
Arinze Kene has been announced as one of Screen International’s 2013 UK Stars of Tomorrow.
THE LIGHT PRINCESS poster has been released!
Samuel Adamson and Tori Amos' new musical is previewing at the National Theatre from 25th Sept, opening 9th Oct. Public booking opens 1st July.
Don't miss BLAIR'S CHILDREN at the Cockpit Theatre
Until June 22nd The Cockpit Theatre will be hosting BLAIR'S CHILDREN, a funny, moving review of the New Labour years through the eyes of five very different people who lived through it. Charlie Westenra directs and it features writing from Georgia Fitch and Paula Stanic.
Rob Hayes wins the Tom Erhardt Award 2013
Congratulations to Rob Hayes, who has won the Tom Erhardt Award for up-and-coming writers.
Elinor Cook wins the George Devine Award 2013
Congratulations to Elinor Cook, who has won this year’s George Devine Award for most promising playwright.
Malorie Blackman is the Children's Laureate 2013-2015
Malorie Blackman, the bestselling author of the highly acclaimed and award-winning Noughts & Crosses teen series, has today (Tuesday 4 June) been crowned the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2013 – 2015.
PG Wodehouse adaptation PERFECT NONSENSE announced
Sean Foley (THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE, THE LADYKILLERS, A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS) will direct this Jeeves & Wooster story for the stage. PERFECT NONSENSE opens at The Duke of York's Theatre on 30th October after runs at Richmond Theatre and Brighton theatre Royal. Sean will go on to direct I CAN'T SING, the X Factor-inspired musical, in early 2014.
A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS opens this week at the Swan Theatre, Stratford
On Thursday 6th June the newly transformed Swan Theatre opens its doors for the first audiences of A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS. Thomas Middleton's comedy has been revised and reimagined by Sean Foley and Phil Porter, with Sean Foley also directing. It runs until 25 October 2013.
THE FALL - written and created by Allan Cubitt, Monday 9pm, BBC 2
A gripping new five-part crime drama from Allan Cubitt starring Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, a senior police officer who is drafted in from London’s Metropolitan police to investigate a series of murders in Belfast.
2 BAFTA Wins for Sally Wainwright
Congratulations to Sally Wainwright who has won this year's Best Writer for TV Drama at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, and Best Drama for LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX.
FRANKIE - written and created by Lucy Gannon, Tuesday 9pm, BBC 1
A new 6-part series written and created by Lucy Gannon, following the personal and professional life of dedicated district nurse, Frankie. Starring Eve Myles, Dean Lennox Kelly and Derek Riddell.
PLAYING WITH GROWN-UPS opens on Tuesday May 14th at Theatre 503
Hannah Eidinow's first show after the hit tour of MAURICE'S JUBILEE is Hannah Patterson’s follow-up to the acclaimed MUCH. PLaying until June 8th.
3 wins for TOP HAT at the 2013 Olivier Awards
Congratulations to the team at TOP HAT as the show recieved three awards including Best New Musical. The show also won nods for Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Costume Design. Congratulations to director & Co-Adaptor Matthew White!