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London Theatre News Today: Tuesday 11 May

Published 11 May 2021

We recommit to the 7 Inclusive Principles

Last summer, following on from the founding of #WeShallNotBeRemoved, we at Society Of London Theatre and UK Theatre endorsed the Seven Principles for an Inclusive Recovery in Arts and Culture.

We are facing a key moment with the long-awaited reopening of our sector. However, there are still considerable risks to the full participation of deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people. Just recently the Government banned “clinically extremely vulnerable” people from the Events Research live events test programme.

Today, we recommit – and encourage Society Of London Theatre and UK Theatre members to recommit – to the Seven Inclusive Principles for an Inclusive Recovery to ensure deaf, disabled & neurodiverse people are not discriminated against as artists, employees or audiences as the cultural industry reopens.

Here is a video outlinining the Seven Principles and you can read them here, where they are available in a number of accessible formats.

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The Old Vic announces new ‘Back Together’ season

See our interview with The Old Vic’s Executive Director Kate Varah:

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West End premiere of Drew Gasparini’s ‘I Could Use A Drink’ at the Garrick Theatre

I Could Use A Drink title created in cut-out newspaper letters

After a successful UK streaming event, Drew Gasparini’s hit album, ‘I Could Use A Drink’ is now headed to the West End for one night only.

Originally released in 2013, Gasparini’s album is an eclectic mix of progressive contemporary Musical Theatre (both poignant and hilarious) with themes ranging from teen pregnancy and heartbreak to mass shootings due to bullying.

Now for its West End premiere, producers Liam Gartland and Alex Conder reimagine its cutting edge musical theatre songs with some of the West End’s stars of present and the future including AHMED HAMAD (‘Rent’), BILLY NEVERS (‘& Juliet’/’Jesus Christ Superstar’), CAROLINE KAY (‘Daisy’/‘The Space Between’), LUKE BAYER (‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’/’Soho Cinders’), MAIYA QUANSAH-BREED (‘SIX’, ‘Rent’), OLIVIA LALLO (GSA 2020 graduate) and TOM FRANCIS (‘Rent’), with more cast to be announced.

‘I Could Use A Drink’ will play the Garrick Theatre on Monday 2 August, 2021 at 7pm.

Sadler’s Wells announces new shows

Message in a bottle

Sadler’s Wells have announced new shows, including performances at the Peacock Theatre, which has been closed since March 2020.

To follow their reopening with socially distant performances at Sadler’s Wells from 17 May, the iconic theatre is looking forward to welcoming you back with their theatres at full capacity in the coming months – a hugely exciting next step on their journey towards recovery.

Choreographer and performance artist Christopher Matthews presents a Wild Card in late June. In September, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Hofesh Shechter and Akram Khan present world premiere performances, and their production of Message In A Bottle returns to the Peacock Theatre, where its run in 2020 was cut short by the pandemic. Also in September, the Peacock Theatre hosts Breakin’ Convention Presents: The Ruggeds and Motionhouse’s new production, Nobody.

The new shows announced for September will be on sale at full capacity.

More information at www.sadlerswells.com

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