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Stratford-Upon-Avon - Shakespeare Birthplace where the will is to be displayed

Shakespeare’s will returns to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the first time in 400 years 16 July – 4 August 2016, Stratford-Upon-Avon One of the most important original documents relating to William Shakespeare is set to return to his hometown for the very first time since it was written 400 years ago: his will. Exhibiting at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s will is returning home for the very first time since it was written

Aladdin breaks in London - rehearsal photos

Rehearsals are going well for Aladdin’s arrival in London next month. Here is Genie (Trevor Dion Nicholas) and Aladdin (Dean John-Wilson) getting to know each other. Rehearsals for Disney’s Aladdin in London are going well. Photo: Johan Persson © Disney The photos of the cast working hard, but obviously having a lot of fun, have been released ahead of the first previews which start next week. Everyone is really excited

New Zealand Star for London's The Lion King

The Lion King in London: Cast News Ex Kiwi rugby player, Nicholas Afoa, has joined the London cast of Disney’s The Lion King. With dreams of becoming an All Black, it seemed most likely that Nicholas Afoa would come to London on the New Zealand team’s tour bus, but following a sporting injury, Nicholas turned to his love of musical theatre and successfully won the chance to play Simba in the

buckingham palace and gardens

The drama of a well turned garden has often caught our eye here at Theatre Breaks and, this year, we are again offering ticket and hotel breaks with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show packages in May and the Hampton Court Flower show in early July PLUS a Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights Tour which takes place on special dates in August and September. The RHS Shows With innovative

Circus Hub at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe

Based on the Meadows in Edinburgh, Circus Hub, created and programmed by Underbelly, will feature two of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s most distinctive venues in 2016: a Spiegletent (the UK’s largest) and a traditional circus tent.  Image Credit: Susie Gray Between the two venues, Circus Hub will bring ten world-class shows to Edinburgh: the programme includes two world premieres and one European premiere! Director of Underbelly, Ed Bartlam, said: ‘We’re

The Hunger Games comes to London

We’ve had Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Jerkyl and Hyde, Legally Blonde, Groundhog Day and now another film to stage adaptation comes in the form of The Hunger Games opening, it’s reported, in London in summer 2016.

All Eyes on Brighton

It’s spring and that can only mean one thing – it’s not long before all eyes will turn to Brighton for its now world famous festival – Brighton Fringe. 2016 will see the arrival of a new venue as Republic makes its festival debut on the beachside. A magnificent 500-seat Spiegeltent, it brings with it a scintillating (and titillating) programme of comedy, cabaret, food, drink and merriment. Acts will feature

best courses for performing arts fame

Performing Arts university rankings released So have you passed on your love of the theatre or music or dance to your children? Will they take it up as a career or just enjoy watching? If they want to make it an important part of their life, by actually going into the industry, they would be well served by taking a look at the sixth edition of the QS World University

The Go Between

Michael Crawford returns to the London stage in a musical adaptation of the classic story of passion and deceit in The Go Between

Nell Gwynn

Gemma Arterton (The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham, Quantum of Solace) will star as one of the first and most acclaimed women to appear on the London stage: Nell Gwynn. The play was on for a blink-and-you-miss-it run at Shakespeare’s Globe but will come to the Apollo Theatre for 12 weeks from 4 February 2016 with Arterton taking over the role from Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Arterton made her professional debut

West End Winter News

What’s going on? You’re away from your laptop for 5 days and then come back to a bonkers amount of activity happening in London’s West End theatreland! Mind you, I’m not complaining as the business of it all is what makes British theatre so exciting and always entertaining

Comedy

Comedy and Hotel Breaks Theatre Breaks love to have a good laugh and our Comedy and Hotel Breaks will have you rolling in the aisles with glee. As well as London bringing in top comedy acts, Theatre Breaks guests can find something to smile about in Blackpool and Torquay too! Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months… The Play That Goes Wrong Starting off as an Edinburgh Festival sketch, The Play

Lighting up London

Kick off the New Year in spectacular fashion when you visit London with Theatre Breaks as the Lumiere London festival comes to town from 14-17 January 2016.   For four days – and nights – London’s Theatreland buildings will be quite literally dazzling with the iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works, including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and London

Cilla show plans put on hold

Following the success of ITVs 3-part series Cilla which was first broadcast in September 2014, a new West End stage production was in the early stages of development with her eldest son Robert Willis spear-heading talks with a theatre producer. According to statement released by Cilla’s PR, she had given her blessing to the project was said to be “thrilled and excited” about the prospect her life being portrayed on stage. She was