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MUST END 27th AUGUST 2016


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Culture Map of Shoreditch

An interactive map which shows historical and current cultural hotspots, from the
branches of film, television, art and theatre which can be found in Shoreditch, East London.

Over the course of history, London’s East End has changed and transitioned as a result of
demographic, financial and political influences. Each factor has shaped the area, producing a
fascinating cultural diversity which is reflected along the area’s sometimes changed, and
sometimes very-much-unchanged streets.

Visitors are also invited to submit their own cultural hotspots to be considered for inclusion on
the map.

The inspiration for the creation of this cultural map comes from the archaeological discovery of
the remains of the Curtain Theatre. These remains date back to 1577 and have been uncovered
some three metres below the surface of Galliard Homes’ newest development, The Stage. The
archaeological remains are believed to have been the venue
for the premiere of William Shakespeare’s plays "Romeo and Juliet" and "Henry V." Today, the
Curtain Theatre is not only being painstakingly preserved, but transformed into a focal
centrepiece, with its own amphitheatre and heritage pavilion - a testimony to the unrivalled
history of London, its regeneration, and to the rebirth of this site as a place to create, relate and
live.

thestageshoreditch.com/culture-map-shoreditch
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IAN MCKELLEN’S

FREE THEATRELAND AUDIO TOUR

Society of London Theatre has partnered with VoiceMap, the immersive audio walking tour company, to produce the Official London Theatre Audio Tour with Ian McKellen – a free audio guide to the West End. London becomes the stage with the internationally renowned actor, a six-time Olivier Award winner, assuming the role of director and guiding visitors through iconic and lesser-known sites around Theatreland.

Throughout the tour, listeners will hear anecdotes and personal stories about McKellen’s time on stage and the history that has shaped London’s world-famous theatre district. This is an opportunity to experience the West End like never before.

The tour begins and ends at TKTS in Leicester Square where free WiFi is available to download the app.

Ian McKellen said: “I know myself when I’m in a strange city that wandering around with your nose in a guidebook isn’t the best way to appreciate what’s going on. The important thing when you’re walking around a city like London is to look up and down the alleyways and round the corner. With a guide in your ear all this is much easier.”

VoiceMap is an audio tour app that uses GPS to play stories about your surroundings at exactly the right time. As you walk it uses your location and offline maps to play audio automatically. Once downloaded, the tour is not reliant on data or WiFi.

How to download Official London Theatre Audio Tour with Ian McKellen:
1) Install VoiceMap for iPhone or Android.
2) Sign up with email or Facebook, then look for “Theatreland Tour with Ian McKellen” in the London menu.
3) Download all the files with WiFi, then put on a headset and start walking.
4) VoiceMap works offline and doesn’t require any data.

(photo credit: Matt Humphrey)

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Tales from the Shed on Tour

26th May until 25th June 2016
Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children. They are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space. Children are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story happen.

We guarantee that every show will be fun, really silly and that there will be plenty of colourful puppets and live songs.

Suitable for ages 0 to 6 years old.

Tour Dates:
The Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 8NB
Dates: Thursday 26th May
Times: 10am and 11.30am
Price: £6 | Free to babies under 6months
Telephone: The Old Vic Box Office 0844 871 7628
Website: www.oldvictheatre.com

The Tabernacle, 34 -- 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London W11 2AY
Dates: Saturday 11th June
Times: 10am and 11.30am
Price: £6 | Free to babies under 6mths
Telephone: Chickenshed’s box office 020 8292 9222
E-mail: bookings (put the @ symbol here)chickenshed.org.uk

Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS
Dates: Friday 17th June at 11.30am
Saturday 18th June at 10am and 11.30am
Friday 24th June at 11.30am
Saturday 25th June at 10am and 11.30am
Price: £6 | Free to babies under 6mths
Tel: 0208 807 6680
E-mail: boxoffice (put the @ symbol here)enfield.gov.uk
Website: www.enfield.gov.uk/millfield
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JERRY AND JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL
‘TWO CITIES’
TO DEBUT ON CD

Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the Original London Cast Recording of ‘Two Cities’, will be released on June 24th, 2016. The CD release continues Stage Door’s commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British theatre scores of the past 50 years.

Charles Dickens’ classic novel ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ was developed as a musical in the mid sixties by theatre producer Jerry Wayne who commissioned his son Jeff to compose the score for the project. With a book by Constance Cox, music by Jeff Wayne and lyrics by Jerry Wayne; ‘Two Cities’ opened at London’s Palace Theatre on February 27th 1969. The musical starred Edward Woodward (as Sydney Carton), Kevin Colson (as Charles Darnay), Elizabeth Power (as Lucie Manette), Nicolette Roeg (as Madame Defarge) and Leone Greene (as Monsieur Defarge). Although reviews were mixed, ‘Two Cities’ was nominated for ‘Best Musical’ at the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Theatre Awards with Edward Woodward winning both awards for ‘Best Male Performance in a Musical’.

Reflecting on ‘Two Cities’ composer Jeff Wayne commented:
ʻTwo Citiesʼ opened at the Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus in February 1969, but very little has survived about it. What has survived reveals it being received by the critics in the way we feel about Marmite!
Or perhaps as Mr. Dickensʼ opening line exclaims – ʻIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times...ʼ
I have distinct memories of standing ovations on opening night (ʻthe best of times...ʼ) followed by the Marmite reviews and largely empty houses for the first few weeks (ʻthe worst of times...ʼ).
But then 'word-of-mouth' spread that in fact 'Two Cities' was pretty good, including an award-winning performance by its leading man, Edward Woodward. While the remaining run played to virtually sold-out audiences, 'Notice' from the theatre owners had already condemned 'Two Cities' to the guillotine.

NOTE: 'Back in the day', cast albums were recorded on the first Sunday after opening night with the cast and musicians from the show. A few run-throughs and takes onto stereo tape were allocated, and that was your lot!
The CD features previously unreleased original 1966 demo recordings for the show, including several songs that would be later cut from the production.

For more information visit: www.stagedoorrecords.com
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WIRETAPPER

Central London Locations (zone 1), from 24th May 2016

From two of shunt’s founders comes a clandestine audio experience that leads you through hidden London.

In an absurd narrative that raises questions about our comfort and discomfort with surveillance and the privatisation of public space, audiences will be led through the streets of London in secret performances hidden from the public around them. An audio app allows the audience to tap into instructions and conversations directing their movements and their viewing, asking them to see and consider things they might otherwise ignore in a unique peek beneath the surface of the city. But who are the performers, who are the audience, and who is an ordinary member of the public?

Tickets are booked through the app, and the app will inform ticket holders of the location on the day of the performance: there are several different locations which are always in Central London and less than 2 minutes from a tube station. The production questions our individual liberty as a citizen in a progressively paranoid society and what we are prepared to sacrifice for our safety. It is also about cowboys and films and a celebration of London’s iconic landmarks.

Wiretapper has been developed by director David Rosenberg, composers Ben and Max Ringham and shunt founder Andrew Rutland. They are known for their inventive audio performances such as Fiction and Ring, both which used binaural sound in pitch darkness, and multiple shunt shows. Last year they premiered Monument, an early version of Wiretapper using the same app.

@wiretappersound / www.wiretapper.co.uk

Running Time: 1 hour.
Suitable for ages 14+

Times: 7pm and 8.30pm (times vary, please see app for exact dates and times).
Tickets: £20

Box office: www.wiretapper.co.uk
All you need is a smart phone, headphones and a coat.
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IN THE HEIGHTS

Until Sunday 30th October 2016
KING’S CROSS THEATRE
Good’s Way, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4UR


This Olivier and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical continues to play in London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014.

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Initially booked for a limited 4 week run, 3 Olivier Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time, until Sunday 30th October 2016.

In The Heights is an uplifting and exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping story and unforgettable Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a ground-breaking contemporary musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.


King’s Cross Theatre is a brand new purpose built theatre at King’s Cross Station.

A late night bar is open to coincide with performances of In The Heights.
Opening an hour before every performance until late, with live music and DJs after certain performances.

Twitter: @InTheHeightsLDN

www.intheheightslondon.com

Performances: Monday Thursday Friday 8pm, Tuesday 3pm and 8pm, Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 6.00pm.

Tickets: From £22.50 (with a guaranteed selection of £15 tickets per performance for Under 25s)

Box Office: 0844 815 7131 / www.intheheightslondon.com

(Photo credit: top: Robert Workman, below: Sam Mackay as Usnavi and cast, by Johan Persson)
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The Singers’ Cabaret Workshops
 The Loft at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, 140 Newington Butts, London, SE11 4RN

Clowning/Vocal Coaching Day & Song Surgery Special Day
28th and 29th May 2016
10am - 6pm

The only course of its kind in the UK; The Singers’ Cabaret Workshop is a unique opportunity to be mentored by the UK’s top cabaret practitioners, to craft your own totally individual cabaret set and persona.

This course is ideal for anyone with previous singing experience; from professionals experienced in other musical styles to singers already on the cabaret scene who would like to develop their skillset.

These two days (Clowning/Vocal Coaching, 28th May; Song Surgery Special, 29th May) will give you just a taste of what to expect on the full course, whilst still providing a great base from which to start honing your cabaret craft.

Fee: £95 per day (Book both and receive a £40 discount).
Enrol at http://singerscabaretworkshop.co.uk/apply.htm
 

THE GREAT KAT

"8 ICONIC WOMEN IN METAL" – STACK MAGAZINE’S TOP 8 LIST FEATURES THE GREAT KAT!
stack.net.au/music/features

"Beethoven Mosh” (Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in C Minor):
On YouTube: https://youtu.be or on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/

Shredding isn't just showing off. In 'Fast and Furioso,' conductor Rainer Hersch meets virtuoso musicians from all walks of musical life to ask whether there's a corollary between the ability to play extremely complicated pieces at high speed - Beethoven's 5th by The Great Kat condensed into 74 seconds.
See the article at: www.bbc.co.uk/music
Full BBC Radio interview at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes

WARNER MUSIC GROUP RELEASES THE GREAT KAT’S
ICONIC “WORSHIP ME OR DIE!” & “BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” ALBUMS on ITUNES & MORE!
“Worship Me Or Die!”: itunes.apple.com/worship-me-or-die
“Beethoven On Speed”: itunes.apple.com//beethoven-on-speed

The Great Kat Ringtones - including the latest "Wailing Guitar," are available on your iPhone at: www.greatkat.com/ringtones.

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