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John Barton, Co-Founder Of Royal Shakespeare Company, Dead At 89

4 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"As a playwright, with two ten-play dramatic cycles inspired by classical Greek drama to his credit, he enlarged the ambition and dimensions of theatre... Through his work as a director, and above all as a teacher, [he] changed the way we play and hear Shakespeare. His editing and literary carpentering restored neglected Shakespeare plays […]

Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute To Royal Shakespeare Company Co-Founder John Barton

A slew of Hollywood stars including Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall and David Suchet have paid tribute to Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton, who has died aged 89. Brit Barton, who co-founded the theatre group with PeterShow More Summary

Raven Theatre announces 2018-19 season

Raven Theatre’s 2018-19 season, the first with recently named artistic director Cody Estle at the company’s helm, will feature all women playwrights, the company announced Tuesday. Opening in the fall is Lynn Nottage’s family drama “Crumbs From the Table of Joy” (Oct. 4-Nov. 18). Tyrone Phillips...

'Accidental Curator': Molly Regan's shoebox essays become a solo show

On March 10, 1985, Tribune columnists Michael Sneed and Cheryl Lavin announced that an actress named Molly Regan had joined the ensemble of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Regan’s calling card had been Austin Pendleton’s famous 1984 production of Lanford Wilson’s translation of Anton Chekhov’s...

The week ahead in L.A. dance, Jan. 7-14: Lula Washington Dance Theatre and more

DANCE Compiled by Matt Cooper Ezralow Dance Company The troupe presents an evening of visually-enhanced contemporary dance. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Wed., 8 p.m. $22-$45. (310) 506-4522. Lula Washington Dance Theatre The L.A.-based company celebrates...

The theatre company putting Victorian sci-fi centre stage

As an adaptation of HG Wells’s The Crystal Egg prepares to open in London, its creators explain how they turned a short story from 1897 into a play for our alien-obsessed times HG Wells hold a special place in the hearts of many sci-fi enthusiasts and scientists alike. Show More Summary

Director Of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Resigns In Wake Of Harassment/Assault Lawsuit

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

In a statement issued Thursday evening, Albert Schultz said, "While I will continue to vigorously defend myself against the allegations that are being made, I have made this decision in the interest of the future of the company into which I poured the last 20 years of my life, and in the interest of the […]

Lookingglass Theatre announces new executive director

Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company announced a new executive director on Thursday: Rachel L. Fink. Fink, most recently managing director of the Theatre Bay Area service organization, previously spent 16 years at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a frequent creative partner with Lookingglass....

Regional Theatre Goes Rogue In Philadelphia

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The Wilma now has a three-year-old resident acting company" - in itself a rarity nowadays - "and welcomes shows whose daring aesthetics depart from the factory-setting naturalism of most American stages, especially regional ones." And the theater's model, thoroughly changed from less than a decade ago, was instituted not by a new boss but by […]

Four Actors Sue Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Over Sexual Harassment And Assault; Company's Chiefs Step Aside

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The plaintiffs' suits against the company and its artistic director, Albert Schultz, seek a total of well over $6 million. At the board's direction, Schultz has taken what's being called a leave of absence, pending investigation; executive director Leslie Lester, Schultz's wife, has voluntarily done the same.

London is seriously jinxed by the Scottish play

If you think the Met had problems with Tosca, stand by for broken legs in Macbeth. Both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company have new productions of the Shakespeare play opening one week after the other in March. Before March is out, the Royal Opera will revive its Phyllida Lloyd production of Verdi’s […]

Happy Birthday, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion Bernard Cribbins!

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets :

Happy birthday, Bernard Cribbins—you beautiful believer, you. Born in northern England, the actor and comedian boasts a storied career spanning more than seven decades. Cribbins joined the local theatre company at age 14, […] The post Happy Birthday, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion Bernard Cribbins! appeared first on

Cocaine Cowboys to Be Adapted Into Stage Play by Miami New Drama

Miami New Drama, based out of the Colony Theatre, and film production company Rakontur are teaming up to bring Billy Corben’s seminal 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, to a live stage. This is what happens when you bring together two of Miami's inventive and innovative local artists to collaborate on a...

Gay Ballet Star Marcelo Gomes Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

The American Ballet Theatre dancer recently celebrated 20 years with the company.

In Toronto Plays Are Getting Much Shorter

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Plays running at 70 or 80 minutes are, according to Company Theatre’s co-artistic director Philip Riccio, “a newer phenomenon,” perhaps connected to the fact that “most of our playwrights come up through the Fringe festivals”; the majority of Fringe shows need to come in at under an hour.

Definition Theatre Company announces 'Moon Man Walk' cast

Definition Theatre Company announced the cast of the Chicago premiere of “Moon Man Walk” Friday. The production will star Debo Balogun, Isabeau Dornevil, Shadana Patterson and Michael Anthony Rawlins. Tyla Abercrumbie will direct. Written by James Ijames, “Moon Man Walk,” about a son’s journey...

How Fred Foster built a theatre lighting company from scratch

How Fred Foster built a theatre lighting company from scratch: December 2017 broadcast of "How Did You Do That" Fred started Electronic Theatre Controls with his brother and two friends in 1975. He was a UW-Madison student with an...

The End Of The Old "Hemp House" Theatres

While there is nostalgia around this important piece of theatre history, everyone—including the stagehands—has come to realize that more and more touring companies are not familiar with the hemp-and-sandbag system and have very little if any experience working in it.

Brea’s Curtis Theatre could get $79,568 upgrade to sound system

The City Council tonight, Dec. 19, will consider a contract with Trinity Sound Company to upgrade the sound system at the 199-seat Curtis Theatre. The improvements to the aging system would cost $79,568 and up to $25,000 would be set aside for necessary maintenance over the next five years.  

Why MoviePass Is An Extreme Threat To Movie Theatres

The company is going through a boom period: MoviePass saw 150,000 new signups in just two days when it dropped its price back in August. But if it does go under, those subscribers will have to return to paying between $10 to $15 for a single ticket. After three months with the service, I don’t think I […]

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