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London Theatre News Today: Thursday 21 January

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood Published 21 January 2021

Regents Park Opean Air Theatre announces that 101 Dalmatians won’t go ahead this summer as planned

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed that, with great regret, they will be unable to go ahead with their plans to present 101 Dalmatians as part of their 2021 season. Indications appear to be such that restrictions will almost certainly still be in place when rehearsals were due to begin in March and that any easing of social distancing during our performance period is likely to be measured. In this context, it has become clear that, both practically and financially, it will be impossible for us to produce this ambitious brand new musical with complex puppetry and large ensemble cast.

Artistic Director Timothy Sheader said today:

“Although we will be contacting all ticketholders to provide them with a full refund, we are exploring  all options with our co-producers, writers, and creative team and very much hope to be able to announce new plans for the production in due course.”

The Open Air Theatre’s 2021 season will now open with Romeo and Juliet (26 June – 24 July), followed by Carousel (30 July – 18 September).

Wise Children announce The School For Wise Children’s Workrooms

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Following the success of their online Summer Spread of courses, Wise Children today announce The School for Wise Children’s Workrooms. Emma Rice and her trusted team of collaborators will once again create an online creative space to engage with emerging artists. Wise Children’s core team, Emma Rice, Poppy Keeling, Laura Keefe and Ian Ross, will be joined by guest tutors including Joel Horwood, Daniel Kok, Yolanda Mercy, Dina Mousawi, John Pfumojena and Ros Brooke-Taylor, with more to be announced.

The Workrooms include four courses each focused on a different area of theatre-making: directing, performing, writing and producing. Each of the four courses will also have a corresponding online talk open to the wider public. Running from 1 March – 27 April, 50% of places on the courses are available free.

Emma Rice, Artistic Director, said today, “It was with trepidatious hearts that we moved our teaching and theatre practice online last year. My experience had taught me that nothing could match the chemistry of a face to face encounter and I felt, at best, we would be surviving by making this switch. I am more thrilled than anyone to have discovered that we not only survived, we thrived! We discovered that the digital platform was intuitive, creatively intimate and personal. With renewed enthusiasm and confidence, we are delighted to be launching the Wise Children Workrooms and look forward to welcoming a new class to our digital school. Here’s to hope, surprise, bravery and smart dreaming!”

For more info and to apply visit Wise Children’s website here.


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