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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Photo credit: Geraint Lewis)

London Theatre News Today: Monday 15 February

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 15 February 2021, Last Updated 16 February 2021

First look at the world premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost, directed by Charlotte Westenra (‘The Wicker Husband’, Watermill) explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

The magical musical has been a five-year journey for producer James Seabright and was filmed at the Southwark Playhouse last week.

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together. This gripping family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew.

Acclaimed musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost have created this gender-swapped twist on the timeless poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony that memorably featured in the Disney film ‘Fantasia’.

Available to stream from 26 February – 14 March, this is just the dose of musical magic that we need! In the meantime, check out this beautiful performance of Spellbound from the musical by Mary Moore and Yazdan Qafouri.

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Join us for a stagey Pancake Day episode of Theatre Chat Live tomorrow!

Missing theatre and want to chat all things stage? Tune into Theatre Chat Live tomorrow at 6pm on our Official London Theatre Instagram Live, where our social media coordinator Jess, will be waiting to welcome you.

Each week, we get together to have a chat with our stagey followers about a variety of fun things. In our previous series, we’ve spoken about what musicals, plays, books we’d like to see on stage, what our favourite musicals are and we’ve even had some special guests join us, including the wonderful Louise Dearman and Oliver Tompsett, both of whom have starred in Wicked as well as Aisha Jawando who plays the titular role in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and who recently performed on the BBC’s Musicals: The Greatest Show

Because tomorrow is Pancake Day, we will be talking about what pancakes you think your fave West End characters would enjoy! In the meantime, check out our previous episodes of Theatre Chat Live in the playlist below and we’ll look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

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Winners announced for Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021

The winners have been announced for the annual National Campaign for the Arts’ (NCA) Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds.

Nominations were received from across the UK for each of the three award categories. Despite the incredible hardships faced by Local Authorities in 2020, this year’s awards have seen the NCA receive a record-breaking number of nominations, as local communities turned to the arts for solace, strength and connectivity during the pandemic.

So many strong nominations were received in the Best Arts Category, that three winners have been chosen:

Best Arts Project: N17 (Haringey Council). A radio programme created in partnership by students of Harris Academy Tottenham, Kick it Out, Threads Radio, Haringey Council, RoughHouse Theatre and playwright, Dougie Blaxland.

Best Arts Project: Create & Learn PlayKits (London Borough of Wandsworth Arts Service). Wandsworth creative organisations worked together with Wandsworth Council to make and distribute over 3000 kits of creative materials and activities to children aged 6-10 years old in most need.

Best Arts Project: Arts E-Live (Mole Valley District Council). A community arts festival of over 50 events in the fields of music, theatre, poetry, creative writing, children’s events, street art, craft, filmmaking and dance.

Best Arts Champion: Local Authority or Cultural Trust Worker: Andy Dawson (Inspire Youth Arts). In his role as Service Manager, Andy has strategically planned and secured funds to deliver fantastic creative journeys for young people across Nottinghamshire.

Best Arts Champion: Councillor: Councillor Janet Emsley (Rochdale Borough Council) for her consistent and energetic support of the arts in Rochdale.

Samuel West, actor, director and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts, said: “In a world that badly needs good news, we can now cheer our 2021 Hearts for the Arts winners to the skies. Surrounded by loss, separation and loneliness, these people, these projects show the joy and comfort councils and trusts can bring when they put art and creativity at the centre of community life.

The LGA’s Hearts for the Arts Awards ceremony takes place virtually from 3-4pm on Wednesday 3 March. Spaces are limited, so book your place now.

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