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Aisha Jawando as Tina Turner. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Aisha Jawando as Tina Turner. Photo by Manuel Harlan

London Theatre News Today: Friday 5 February

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 5 February 2021, Last Updated 15 February 2021

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical announces reopening

The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll is back! Tina – The Tina Turner Musical announced today that the smash-hit will return home to the Aldwych Theatre from 3 June 2021.

Grab your tickets through the link below.

Hampstead Theatre announces two new initiatives

Hampstead Theatre is has announced a new playwriting programme, for which participants will be paid, led by the multi-award-winning TV and theatre writer, Mike Bartlett (BBC Doctor Foster, BBC Life, King Charles III), and IGNITE a new, free youth project for 13 to 17-year-olds living in Camden.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Hampstead Theatre said:

“Now more than ever we need to support our communities and our industry to sustain ourselves against the devastating impact of this pandemic. I am delighted to announce today two new initiatives at Hampstead that I hope will provide a collective space for some joy and creativity this spring as well as offering a framework for experience and further opportunity.”

Mike Bartlett, winner of the Best New Play Award for King Charles III, at the 2015 Olivier Awards with presenter David Harewood. Photo by Pamela Raith.Mike Bartlett, winner of the Best New Play Award for King Charles III, at the 2015 Olivier Awards with presenter David Harewood. Photo by Pamela Raith.

Mike Bartlett will lead an eight-week, online programme called Writing the Bigger Picture starting in March.

The programme is an open application initiative for up to ten writers, from across the UK, looking to develop further their skills for larger-scale productions. The application process is open until Thursday 18 February, you can find more information on the Hampstead Theatre website here.

The theatre is also launching IGNITE, a new, youth project for 13-17 years olds living in Camden.  IGNITE will start online in March and is free of charge.  It will be led by Director, Lizzie Manwaring (Hampstead Theatre Resident Assistant Director, 2019-2020), supported by Literary Manager Davina Moss.

Songs For A New World will stream online from 21 February

Lambert Jackson Productions today announces its online lockdown production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World which will stream on stream.theatre for one week from 21 February.

Filmed during the first UK lockdown, entirely in isolation and on the artists smart phones, Séimí Campbell directs Rachel John (Hamilton), Ramin Karimloo (Phantom of The Opera), Cedric Neal (Motown) and Rachel Tucker (Come From Away), and introducing Shem Omari James, with musical supervision by Adam Hoskins, musical direction from Josh Winstone and video editing by Danny Kaan.

Songs For A New World stream

“It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back.”

Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and sitting between musical and song cycle, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love, and the choices that we make as it transports audiences through time and space. This topical piece is an examination of a defining moment in history, a reflection of the state of the world in the Summer of 2020.




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