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Fringe & Off West End Audience Report
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,
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
sometimes very-much-unchanged streets.
Visitors are also invited to submit their own cultural hotspots
to be considered for inclusion on
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
some three metres below the surface of Galliard Homes’ newest development, 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
centrepiece, with its own amphitheatre and heritage pavilion - a testimony to
history of London, its regeneration, and to the rebirth of this site as a place
to create, relate and
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
JERRY AND JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL
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:
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
7pm and 8.30pm (times vary, please see app for exact dates and times).
All you need is a smart phone, headphones and a coat.
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
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.
(Photo credit: top: Robert Workman, below: Sam Mackay as Usnavi
and cast, by Johan Persson)
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.
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.
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Full BBC Radio interview at