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London Theatre News Today: Wednesday 10 February

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai Published 10 February 2021

The creators of The Show Must Go On Theatre Support Fund + launch children’s t-shirts

The creators of ‘The Show Must Go On!’ Campaign, the Theatre Support Fund+ (TSF+) are thrilled to launch products for children, the first of its kind in their range of merchandise.  The new items include Children’s T-Shirts, Draw String Sports Bags and Mobile Phone Cases.

While theatres remain closed, TSF+ are continuing to come up with new initiatives to raise further monies for charities Acting For Others, The Fleabag Support Fund and NHS COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

Theatre Support Fund+ was set up by theatre industry workers Chris Marcus and Damien Stanton to help those who have been affected by the pandemic. In just nine months the team have taken over 60,000 orders and have helped thousands of workers who have had no or limited work since theatres shut 11 months ago. ‘The Show Must Go On!’ design is an amalgamation of the 16 biggest West End Musicals and has been recognised internationally with orders been sent to over 70 different countries across the globe.

Chris and Damien said today, ‘We are continuing to think of new ways to help support the theatre industry and we wanted to make a product which was accessible to children so they too could show their support. We have some amazing shows as part of our design which are really loved by, younger audiences so we wanted to make products they would love (and could fit into) so they could also show their support for the theatre community!  After all this is not just for adults but for all lovers of theatre!’

Shows included on the design are & Juliet, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Hamilton, Les Misérables, MAMMA MIA!, Mary Poppins, Matilda The Musical, Six The Musical, Tina, The Tina Turner Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Prince of Egypt, Disney’s The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

The children’s t-shirts can be purchased in sizes, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 and 12-14 and are priced at £13. The children’s t-shirts and the full range of merchandise can be purchased from the website, www.theatresupportfund.co.uk


Barbican brings back Concerts On Demand and announces new films on Cinema On Demand alongside more digital content

With England currently in lockdown, the Barbican today announces a new programme of music and films On Demand, alongside fresh and existing digital content, inspired by the Barbican’s international arts programme. A curated mix of streams, podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles enables audiences to continue to enjoy the Centre’s rich and varied programme from home or on the go during its temporary closure and beyond.

Highlights of the Barbican’s current and upcoming digital content include:

  • Concerts as part of the acclaimed Live from the Barbican series in 2020 are available via Concerts On Demand from 9 Feb until 24 Mar 2021. Included are performances from celebrated artists who reflect the wide spectrum of the Barbican’s distinct music offer:
  • Nubya Garcia, The Divine Comedy, Emmy the Great, Richard Dawson, SEED Ensemble, Ian Bostridge and Dame Sarah Connolly, Shabaka Hutchings, Barbican’s Associate Orchestra and Ensembles BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia
  • Also available On Demand are two seminal performances by the Barbican’s Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra recorded at the Barbican in 2015 and 2017
  • An excerpt from the Olivier Award-nominated work, Blak Whyte Gray, performed by Barbican Artistic Associate Boy Blue and filmed at the Barbican Theatre, will feature in a three-part boxset Dancing Nation, available on BBC iPlayer and Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage until Fri 26 Feb 2021
  • Inspired – the Barbican’s Theatre and Dance in-conversation podcast series – returns, with the latest episode just released. This sees some of the amazing artists who work with us paired with Barbican young artists, sharing their personal stories about the influences that impact their work creatively
  • A full programme of exclusive films and ScreenTalks on Cinema On Demand including Martine Deyres’s 2019 documentary Our Lucky Hours in anticipation of the Barbican Art Gallery’s exhibition Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty
  • As part of the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s programme Subject to Change: New Horizons, interdisciplinary artist Mandisa Apena and Tice Cin have released: “cos now im missing our touchhh”, a new musical score and video exploring the loss of nightclubs and queer nightlife in the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The annual literary festival New Suns returns entirely online from Fri 5 – Sun 7 Mar 2021 for a weekend of talks, workshops and a film centred around feminist storytelling.

Click here to find out more and don’t forget to check out our online calendar here to find out what other theatre you can watch online and where to find it!


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