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Danielle Steers, Natalie Paris and Alexia McIntosh in SIX at the Lyric Theatre. (Credit: Pamela Raith)

London Theatre News Today: Monday 14 December

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai Published 14 December 2020

Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts announce line-up for all-day digital festival, Dancing Nation

Today, Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts announce details of a special new collaboration celebrating the UK’s outstanding dance talent as it returns to the stage, in an all-day digital, live and pre-recorded broadcast, Dancing Nation. 

A festival of world-class dance taking place at Sadler’s Wells, Dancing Nation is streamed on BBC iPlayer for audiences in the UK and on Sadler’s Wells’ website for viewers outside the UK, throughout the day on Thursday 14 January 2021. The event features a series of new works and audience favourites from a diverse and thrilling line up of the UK’ s best-loved dance artists. All performances are staged and filmed in strict compliance with current Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. 

The programme includes big-name dancers and choreographers alongside breakthrough talent across ballet, contemporary and hip-hop dance styles, including works from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet principal dancer Natalia Osipova, Boy Blue, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Akram Khan, Rambert and more.  

Supported by Arts Council England, Dancing Nation features fifteen live or pre-recorded performances, artists inhabiting spaces throughout Sadler’s Wells, across its stages, studios and foyer spaces in an all-day ‘take-over’ of the building. The event will be streamed at three points throughout the day in hour-long segments. Each episode will be hosted by BBC presenter Brenda Emmanus, introducing the performances and interviewing artists. After the initial broadcast, each programme will be available for 30 days on BBC iPlayer for audiences in the UK and on Sadler’s Wells website for those outside the UK, followed by a 90-minute highlights programme which is available for 12 months. 

Dancing Nation starts with the first segment streaming live from Sadler’s Wells at 10.30 am GMT on Thursday 14 January, with two more programmes following at 1.30 pm GMT and 4.30 pm GMT. Full programme details for each episode will be released in the new year.  Click here to find out more!


SIX have released a selection of brand new production images from their first show at the Lyric Theatre last week and my oh my, they’re unsurprisingly epic! 

SIX was the first musical to resume performances in the West End since theatres were closed down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be playing it’s new run at the Lyric Theatre until 18 April 2021. It will be then returning to the Arts Theatre from 20 April.

SIX producers Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles said: “We have been thrilled and overwhelmed by the response for tickets. Audiences are obviously desperate to get back to the theatre. We hope that after several false starts we will be able to proceed in London and Salford as planned.”

Writer and co-director, Lucy Moss, promises the Queendom that the new London production will be “the shiniest version of SIX yet!”

SIX will perform 9 shows a week at the Lyric Theatre in London where capacity has been reduced to 50% to comply with the latest COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing plus robust risk mitigation. In addition to hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

The epic musical has become a global phenomenon since its early days as a student production in a 100-seat room at Sweet Venue during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As the pandemic struck, SIX was playing to sold out houses in London’s West End, across the UK and Australia, and had its opening night in New York on Thursday March 12 cancelled when the New York Governor shut down Broadway three hours before the show was due to open.

Now’s your chance to grab your tickets to see the Queens in action. Click the button below and join the Queendom! And if you’ve already got your tickets, be sure to check out Six’s new Haus of Six web page so that you can enjoy some pre-show theatre fun while you’re waiting to take your seats.

Check out these brilliant newly released production pictures from A Christmas Carol – The Musical Staged Concert

Starring TV comedy legend and West End star Brian Conley (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver!, Hairspray) as Scrooge the all-star West End cast in A Christmas Carol – The Musical Staged Concert is a must-see for families visiting the theatre this year. 

Playing at the Dominion Theatre until 2 January 2021, the brand new musical brings Dicken’s classic festive fable to life on stage with a sparkling Broadway score, a symphonic 24 piece orchestra.

Running for a decade at Madison Square Gardens, it was seen by over 5 million people, and now it makes its way to the iconic Dominion Theatre for a limited socially distanced season. Click the button below to find out more!


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