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London Theatre News Today: Tuesday 9 March

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 9 March 2021, Last Updated 10 March 2021

Monday Night At The Apollo & Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt now on sale

If you’re missing theatre and wondering what shows have announced their reopening dates, you’re in luck! In addition to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella and Six announcing new dates,  Monday Night At The Apollo and Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt are now also on sale with performances from May and June respectively.

Monday Night at the Apollo is a brand-new concert series taking place in front of a socially distanced audience at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The concerts will take place once a month between May – July and will also be livestreamed to audiences at home. An intimate evening of conversation and song hosted by Greg Barnett, Monday Night at the Apollo will see some of the West End’s best-known performers sing 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. The first concert will feature Rosalie Craig, Arthur Darvill, Hadley Fraser, Lucie Jones and Cedric Neal, with further appearances TBA.

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

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music at the Palace Theatre.

The show has been seen by over 200,000 people, including absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs from 2016 to 2019, plus UK tours and multiple West End runs between 2017 and 2020.

The accompanying book, ‘This is Going to Hurt’ is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is being turned into a major BBC series. Signed copies will be available for purchase on the night.

It’s gruesome, it’s funny and it’s heartbreaking. For a night to remember and with limited dates currently available, grab your tickets now!


Shakespeare’s Globe prepares to reopen

The Globe is preparing to open again. Provided the conditions are met for Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap for cultural reopening the Globe’s guided tour of the theatre will return from 13 April and include welcoming schools back onsite with tours and workshops. The open-air theatre is preparing exciting plans for full reopening in preparation for Step 3 of the roadmap, sharing details of a summer season later this month.

Last summer, the site was open to the public for a new guided tour of the theatre, with over 3,600 visitors invited up onto the stage for the very first time. The tours are appropriate for all ages and run in a Covid-secure environment. Swan at the Globe, the Globe’s on-site bar and restaurant will be open for outdoor dining from 12 April. They will be offering mid-morning coffees and snacks, and a new springtime menu, with daily specials and a carefully curated drinks list.

Additionally, the Globe’s online offerings continue apace, including entertainment, a higher educational programme and educational and research activities such as: Shakespeare Boost – a new series of online workshops for GCSE and A-level students, ‘Globe 4 Globe’ – an online symposium exploring Shakespeare and the Climate Crisis, Continued Professional Development courses for teachers, Acting Short Courses for young people, Telling Tales workshops and storytellings for families, the return of Emilia to your screens and performances from Juliet Stevenson and Nitin Sawhney.

Neil Constable, Chief Executive: “Closing the Globe last year was a truly awful experience – none of us wanted the pandemic to be a reality, but in the face of public safety we of course did what was needed. Over the past year, we have expanded our digital offering and have loved seeing our work reach international audiences like never before. We have played our part supporting families and students at home with a huge array of events, workshops for all ages and stages. But, more than anything, we are excited to have audiences back in our wooden ‘O’, and we are well-prepared to safely welcome the public in once again. Our creative freelancers are integral to our reopening and future success, and we are committed to employing them at the earliest opportunity. We are ready to recover, delighted to open those wooden doors into our marvellous outdoor theatre and get back to providing world-class culture to the public.”

Visitors to Guided Tours will discover Shakespeare in the iconic theatre for which he wrote, the history of London and the story of the Globe itself. An award-winning experience for the young and the young at heart, the tour normally welcomes over 350,000 visitors a year. Tours will be running every day during the Easter holiday (with 7 tours a day), following that at weekends until the theatre is fully reopen for other activities. Tickets must be pre-booked online for timeslots to allow for social distancing. The tours happen outside, and precautions due to Covid-19 include hand-sanitising stations, deep cleaning of toilets, face shields for the Globe Guides, and systems to ensure social distancing. The open-air theatre is following all recommended safety measures amending normal operation of the tours to fit with all Covid-19 restrictions.

Click here to find out more!


Shrek the Musical to stream on Netflix from April

Shrek The Musical, West End

Shrek fans, assemble! The Broadway production of Shrek the Musical will be available to watch from 1 April on Netflix and we’re so excited!

The musical will feature the original Broadway company including Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek, Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Daniel Breaker as Donkey, and Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad.

Premiering on Broadway in 2008 and running at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 2011, the musical is based on William Steig’s children’s book and the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical.

Mark your diaries, this is one not to be missed! And to find other theatre that you can enjoy online, don’t forget to check out our calendar here.


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