Riverside Studios announce Riverside Reads

A season of new plays and musicals are to get their world première as part of ‘Riverside Reads’, a series of read-through events at Riverside Studios on the first Tuesday of every month that will also be streamed live online to a global audience.

Riverside Studios Riverside Reads
Riverside Studios

‘Riverside Reads’ will première scripts by blazingly talented writers, performed by stars from the West End and well-known TV dramas, and give theatregoers the unique experience of the excitement of a very first read-through. All – live and online – will be able to discuss the play with the playwright, actors, and director after the reading.

The first play, ‘The Last Broadcast’ by Carey Crim, on Tuesday, September 1, features Sandra Dickinson as a prominent barrier-breaking US talk radio personality, whose family come to realise that she needs to go into social care, leading to a shocking family secret being discovered. The first season of ‘Riverside Reads’ will end with a play-through of ‘StarBoy’, a dazzling new musical by West End legend Ray Shell and Christopher Van Cleave.

The Last Broadcast Riverside Reads
The cast of ‘The Last Broadcast’: Sarah Alexander, Eleanor Crowe, Sandra Dickinson and Patrick Robinson

The first season of ‘Riverside Reads’ features three works by women and three by men, each focussing on family relationships. The season is curated and directed by Hugh Wooldridge, with legendary West End producer Sir Michael Codron as patron.

Each play or musical is rehearsed in advance and will be streamed live from one of the new spaces within the Riverside Studios complex. A  limited number of tickets will be available to watch the reading live and in person, adhering to social distancing rules. Tickets cost from £15 to watch the play and the post-show discussion online (the stream is available for 28 days after purchase) and from £25 to watch in person at Riverside Studios.

The ‘Riverside Reads’ read-throughs will give paid work to more than 100 unemployed, freelance actors and musicians.

The rest of the Riverside Reads programme includes:-

World Premiere #2 on Tuesday October 5, 2020 is ‘Scattered’ by Megan Van Dusen.

World Premiere #3 on Tuesday November 3, 2020 is ‘The In-Between’, a fantasy musical by Laura Tisdall.

World Premiere #4 on Tuesday February 2, 2021 be a first reading and play-through of ‘StarBoy’, a brilliant new musical by West End legend Ray Shell (original cast ‘Hair’, and creator of the roles of Rusty in ‘Starlight Express’ and Nomax in ‘Five Guys Named Moe’) and Christopher Van Cleave.


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