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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Phot by Pamela Raith.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Phot by Pamela Raith.

London Theatre News Today: Thursday 14 January

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood Published 14 January 2021

The Very Hungry Caterpillar to stream until the end of February

The smash-hit stage production The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will now be available to stream until the end of February! Filmed in front of a live audience at Hertford Theatre in December, the show was originally made available to stream for a limited 3-week period over Christmas. With the country now in lockdown, this has been extended by 7 weeks until Sunday 28 February.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Phot by Pamela Raith.

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has become a global sensation. Four master puppeteers weave their way through Eric Carle’s stories, bringing to life a menagerie of 75 enchanting puppets in a magical show that faithfully recreates the wonderfully colourful world of Carle’s illustrations.

The show features four of Eric Carle’s classic stories; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, the addition of the seasonal tale Dream Snow and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can book digital tickets here, and find even more online theatrical bits and bobs for families on our Family Theatre Fun page.

West End Musical Christmas Live becomes a West End Muscial Celebration

West End Musical Christmas Live at the Palace Theatre will be rescheduled to the 6th to 9th May 2020 and will be rebranded to West End Musical Celebration.

The show will continue to be a celebration of your favourite musicals and the return of live theatre featuring the biggest stars of the West End.

West End Musical Celebration

The producers of ‘West End Musical Drive-In’ and ‘West End Musical Brunch’ in association with Nica Burns promise an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, featuring the most famous and celebrated songs of musical theatre.

Producers Shanay Holmes & Chris Steward said: “As with our highly successful drive-in shows we invite the audience to ‘step into the world of musicals’ and ‘become the cast’ in this immersive and interactive concert!”

New dates confirmed for Monday Night at the Apollo

Originally scheduled for January and February, tickets are on sale now for Monday 12 April, Monday 26 April and Monday 10 May.The one-off spectacular evenings will be open to live audiences at the Apollo Theatre as well as being live-streamed to audiences at home.

The series will feature intimate evenings of conversation and song hosted by Greg Barnett, with some of the West End’s best-known performers singing an eclectic mix of music from their favourite genres. Performers will share their most cherished memories and experiences from their careers, alongside performances of music which is personal to them, in a relaxed and informal theatrical celebration.

Monday Night At The Apollo Cast

Monday Night at the Apollo has been conceived of to support the theatre industry, and ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Acting for Others, an organisation made up of 14 individual theatrical charities.

Whilst individual concert line-ups have not yet been confirmed, performers announced include Aimie Atkinson, Declan Bennett, Rosalie Craig, Arthur Darvil, Kerry Ellis, Hadley Fraser, Cassidy Janson, Lucie Jones, Renée Lamb, Cedric Neal, Jamie Muscato, Julian Ovenden, and Layton Williams.

The Bush Theatre’s Overflow will be streamed online

Following ecstatic reviews in its opening week, the Bush Theatre’s run of Travis Alabanza’s monologue Overflow, performed by transgender actress Reece Lyons and directed by Debbie Hannan, was curtailed when London entered tier three.  Determined not to disappoint audiences unable to travel, the Bush Theatre has recorded the show on-stage for international broadcast online at  2pm and 8pm on 18 January – 23 January. There will be a captioned performance on 20 January at 8 pm and an audio described performance at 2pm on 20 January.

Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters, drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding from trouble.

Reece Lyons in Overflow at the Bush. Photo by Sharron Wallace.

Writer Travis Alabanza said, “I feel so excited to have my next show ‘Overflow’ at a theatre like the Bush, with a director as incredible as Debbie and alead as talented as Reece Lyons. The last five years have seen such a horrifying increase in how this country treats trans people, so it feels deeply important to create work and art that allows us to take up space on main stages, and tell our own stories.

“With so much of the media, political landscape, and online sphere dominated by people speaking for us, art and performance is a place for us to take back the mic and speak on our terms – with all the different shades and textures that comes with. I am so excited for ‘Overflow’ to be part of the ever-growing and vibrant trans theatrical canon.”

You can book tickets on the Bush Theatre’s website here.

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