Regional UK Theatre looking forward 2018

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Mark Ludmon examines the year ahead for regional theatre in 2018. Bolton girl Maxine Peake has made her mark on TV and the London stage but she returns to her roots with her second play, Queens of the Coal Age. Based on the true story of four women in Lancashire during the miners’ strike in the 1980s, it will be at the Royal Exchange in Manchester from 28 June to 21 July. Also at the Royal Exchange, Maxine Peake will star in Sarah Frankcom’s new production of Beckett’s Happy Days from 25 May to 23 June. Other highlights coming up at the Royal Exchange include Julie Hesmondhalgh in Kendall Feaver’s new play The Almighty Sometimes and April De Angelis’s new adaptation of Frankenstein. A new production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard directed by Michael Boyd, the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will come to the Royal Exchange … Read more

Cast announced for Sid and Viv at Theatre503

Casting announced for Sid and Viv at Theatre503

Casting has been announced for Philip Correia’s debut play Sid and Viv which will debut at Theatre503 in London before transferring to Northern Stage in Newcastle  in October. Charlie Hardwick (Emmerdale ITV, Cabaret Live Theatre) will play Viv and Patrick Driver (A Tale Of Two Cities Regent’s Park, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time Apollo Theatre) will play Sid. They are joined by Aimee Kelly (Wolfblood and Wolfblood 2 – BBC), Joe Blakemore (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Vera – ITV), Ryan Nolan (Neil – Alphabetti Theatre; Sunshine on Leith – Sage Productions) and Sarah Balfour (Valhalla and Burning Bridges – Theatre 503). Everyone says Sid and Viv’s house in dangerous, weird and a bit freaky. So why does Dunney think it feels so much like home? Dunney is a young lad who doesn’t fit in and to make matters worse he lives in Blyth, Northumberland, voted … Read more

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