Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Russell Tovey, Alfred Enoch and Emma Mcdonald join Fionn Whitehead in The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Joining previously announced Fionn Whitehead, in the title role, are Alfred Enoch as Harry Wooton, Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane, and Russell Tovey as Basil Hallward with Stephen Fry as the Interviewer.
From the creative team behind the critically acclaimed What a Carve Up!, the beloved Faustian tale by Oscar Wilde is brought kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps. Set in a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world, the contemporary take follows influencer Dorian Gray as he makes a deal for his social star never to fade.
The Picture of Dorian Gray will utilise elements found in radio plays, films, documentaries as well as traditional theatrical techniques. Running from 16 – 31 March, tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here. Captioning is available on all dates and audio description will be available from 23 – 21 March.
Graduates At Cadogan Hall announces cast and goes on sale
To support performing arts graduates who have had their careers halted before they’ve even begun, 40 young professionals are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents in three nights of online musical theatre concerts, with all profits going to Acting for Others. The evenings will be hosted by Courtney Bowman, Grace Mouat and Luke Bayer.
The full concert cast of graduates is: Abel Law, Alice Croft, Amelia Atherton, Aoife O’Dea, Ayesha Patel, Ben Joyce, Beth Mabin, Bibi Jay, Cassie McCluskey, Charlotte Hannah Jones, Curtis Patrick, Darcy Finden, David Mairs-McKenzie, Dean Makowski-Clayton, Fallon Mondlane, Faye Wheeler, Gabe Hampton-Saint, George Maddison, Georgia Lennon, Harriet Waters, Henry Shine, India Chadwick, Jay Worley, Jennifer Adab, Jo Stephenson, Joely Colleen Emms, Karen Wilkinson, Kingsley Morton, Kyle Birch, Lewis Snell, Mark Lockhart, Markus Sodergren, Megan Cerys-Holland, Millie Cranston, Nardia Ruth. Nathan Shaw, Niels Bouwmeester, Olivia Lallo and Sam Rippon. With musical direction from Sam Young.
You can watch along with streams on 26, 27 and 28 March at 7.30pm and then watch the concert on demand until 4 April. Find out more and get your tickets here.
Kiln Theatre announce live-streamed reading of Girl On An Altar
Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces programming for Spring 2021, including a live stream of the staged rehearsed reading of Girl on an Altar – a newly commissioned work by Marina Carr, and Kiln Collaborations, a series of online panel discussions from leading industry figures.
Also announced today, Tom Piper joins Kiln Theatre as Associate Designer and recruitment is live for brand new scheme Kiln Resident Assistant Designer which sees the creation of two opportunities for early career designers.
Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham said today, “As we continue to work on reopening it is important we keep finding ways to connect with our communities. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to embed Tom into the organisation, advocating for freelancers and to add a Resident Assistant Designer into our team. These are firsts for Kiln and we couldn’t do it without the support of Backstage Trust. It is vital in these difficult times that we continually look at how to support and engage with the pathways into theatre careers.”
The cast of Girl on an Altar includes Adjoa Andoh (Clytemnestra), Ayesha Antoine (Cassandra), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Cilissa), Finbar Lynch (Aegisthus), Joseph Mydell (Tyndareus), Patrick O’Kane (Agamemnon). The reading will be live-streamed for free online on 5 March at 7pm.
Find out more and get tickets on the Kiln Theatre’s website here.
21st WhatsOnStage awards ceremony announced
The 21st annual WhatsOnStage awards will take place on Sunday 14 March 2021, broadcast from The Turbine Theatre with performances from shows that have been forced to close due to the pandemic and shows that have yet to open.
The awards are also asking the audience to nominate Angels – someone who has been a “source of love, support and kindness” during the pandemic, and 21 of these nominees will be honoured on the night and treated to a night at the theatre when they reopen.