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Anthony Minghella’s exquisite @MetOpera production of Madama Butterfly featuring stunning puppet direction and design by Blind Summit Theatre @1blindsummit streams from 12.30am (UK) Sun for 23 hours;
Brilliant movement directors in conversation, a celebration of connection and community and a manifesto for change
I had a chat to @Cindy_Marcolina @BroadwayWorldUK and talked about the idea behind @TheDarkTheatres . We’ll be going into print with the book this month and you can pre-order online now at
This was such a pleasure to work on at this bizarre time. Cracking script from @KevinPGilday a great performance from @J_SRandhawa perfect music from @oskaronline and a brilliant job as always by all at @NTSonline
Navigating the streets of post-Covid Glasgow, a rookie fast food bike courier ponders his future. @J_SRandhawa stars in Courier Culture, written by @KevinPGilday and directed by @grahameatough. #ScenesforSurvival - @BBCScotland @BBCArts @CreativeScots @screenscots @HopscotchUK
Add your name to the list to show how many of us are affected by the shutdown of the Events Industry. (Freelancers now in yellow) #freelancersmaketheatrework
Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at @_scene_change_ and @Grace_Smart in action! View our photo gallery: #MissingLiveTheatre #ThisWoodenO 📸: Marc Brenner
It's back, yaara! #ApproachingEmpty, @IshyDin's gem of a play, directed by @poojghai, is streaming for two whole weeks. Don't miss it on our YouTube & Facebook channels 🚕🚕🚕 21 July - 4 August |
Huge thanks to fellow Theatre Freelancer @D_OConnellvideo for producing this amazing video! We're going to be plastering it EVERYWHERE. #freelancersmaketheatrework
Movement directors please go to this brilliant meet up and huge power to the elbows of these amazing movement task forcers.....and movespacers
London, Belfast, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Cardiff and Manchester. Curtain down on Day 1 of a demonstration of love for our industry, and a call to our government to save our theatre. The beginning of a national campaign that all can join. #MissingLiveTheatre #SaveTheArts #SceneChange
"Theatres. Concert venues. Community arts. Classical and popular music." Nicholas Hytner, former artistic director of the National Theatre, has told Newsnight the UK's entire cultural ecosystem is on the brink of collapse. WATCH: #Newsnight
Should be #RomeoandJuliet press night @OpenAirTheatre tonight. Missing the tights or no tights dilemma, aching hand from writing cards, aching love for every collaborator, stepping back, trying to spot Billington in the auditorium, wishing I’d eaten, the exhalation, the dancing!
Designers to wrap empty UK theatres with message of hope
Children’s theatre appears to have been forgotten during lockdown. Companies including @oilycart, @Unicorn_Theatre and @TallStoriesLive tell The Stage how they are coping, adapting and what their hopes are for the future
Illuminations, the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival hit, will now be shown in its complete form for 48 hours only from Saturday 27 June at 7.30pm. Conceived and directed by @StruanLeslie and designed by @GaryMcCann
.@lyngardner talks to director Kimberley Sykes, whose revival of Romeo and Juliet, set in a future London, should have opened @OpenAirTheatre this week – she also looks at a show that opened this week in a previous year: It Felt Like a Kiss @MIFestival
Don't miss the @BristolOldVic triumph #TheGrinningMan streaming for a week from 7pm tonight at Admire the marvellous lighting design by @howell_rich
Such a pleasure working on this beautiful piece by ⁦@Ranimoorthy⁩ with ⁦@TyroneHuggins⁩ ⁦@ShaheenKhan2902⁩ One of my lockdown highlights 😊
I spoke to Alex @WhatsOnStage yesterday about what it was like to walk into a theatre that has been closed for three months. Follow @TheDarkTheatres for updates with more stories and images to come before 4th July and if you can, donate #SaveTheArtsUK
"The overriding feeling was that the spaces were waiting. Quite patiently waiting. I didn't expect to see that. These are old buildings in the dark that need constant upkeep. Most of all they need people." Haunting, magical photographs of our empty theatres from @nina_pixelpixie
Video designer and photographer Nina Dunn goes inside closed West End theatres to see the effects of lockdown for new charity series
Very much looking forward to this...
Proud to be part of this, its time for change, let’s make change happen. X
A bickering couple find the creative process difficult under lockdown conditions... Wednesday is performed by @djhenshall and Morven Christie, written by Tena Štivičić and directed by @FinndH. Prod. in assoc. w/ @ShetlandArts #ScenesforSurvival
A collective voice to advocate for the UK freelance theatre workforce. I am joining the campaign. Please join too at #FreelancersMakeTheatreWork @FreelancersMake
Two of my all time favourite opera productions stream over the next two days. Akhnaten from 12.30am (UK) Sun for 23 hours; Satyagraha from the same time on Mon. Directed with genius by Phelim McDermott @openspacer with astonishing costumes by Kevin Pollard
#FreelancersMakeTheatreWork, because freelancers, do indeed, make theatre work @FreelancersMake
241! #FreelancersMakeTheatreWork ⁦@FreelancersMake
New campaign highlights human value of UK arts industry

Theatre: #PullUpOrShutUp

In light of recent events, AHA would like to to show our support, solidarity and most importantly, commitment, to ensuring that we and our industry learn from the issues being raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Our role is to champion our clients to the wider industry – to ensure that they are given every possible chance to succeed and make the connections they need to progress in an often challenging profession.


Cyprus Avenue

Royal Court and The Space have teamed up to bring Cyprus Avenue to their websites, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages for free from 27 March for a month! If you missed the award winning show last year at Royal Court, the film adaptation mixes live capture from the performance and local shooting in Belfast.


The Metamorphosis

“The design is perfect, from Mark Melville’s cold but searingly emotive electronic score…” Brilliant 5* review from The Stage for The Metamorphosis running at Tron Theatre. Sound by MARK MELVILLE. Read the full review here

The Royal Hunt of the Sun

COLIN RICHMOND set designs and DOUGLAS O’CONNELL video designs The Royal Hunt of the Sun, running at Parco Theatre in Tokyo until 20 April.

Love, Love, Love

JOANNA SCOTCHER designs Love, Love, Love running at the Lyric Hammersmith until 4 April. Find out more here.

Shoe Lady

NATASHA CHIVERS lights Shoe Lady at Royal Court, running until 21 March. Find out more here.


GRACE SMART designs Susanna running at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House until 14 March. Find out more here.

Run Sister Run

Lovely 4* review for Run Sister Run at Sheffield Crucible, movement by LAURA CUBITT. Running until 21 March, and then moving to Soho Theatre from 25 March – 2 May. Read the full review here.

Olivier Awards 2020 Nominations

Joanna Scotcher has been nominated for Best Costume Design for Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre.
&Juliet has been nominated for Best New Musical – Andrzej Goulding video designs.
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear at the National Theatre has been nominated for Best Family Show – set and costume designed by Georgia Lowe.


By The Waters of Liverpool

Ian Scott lights By The Waters of Liverpool opening at the Floral Pavilion before going on tour around the UK. Find out more here.


Georgia Lowe designs Macbeth at the Globe running until 21 March. Find out more here.

WhatsOnStage Awards 2020

Andrzej Goulding wins Best Video Design for & Juliet and Life of Pi wins Best New Play, also video designed by Andrzej! Find out winners and nominees here.

Women Beware Women

Joanna Scotcher designs and Aline David directs movement for Women Beware Women, running at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until 18 April. Find out more here.


The Great British Pantomime Awards

Congratulations to Nina Dunn for Best Set Design nomination for The Great British Pantomime Awards. Winners announced on 26 April.

In The Blood

Pleased to announce Moi Tran will be designing In The Blood at Donmar Warehouse, opening in April. Find out more here.


Lizzie Powell lights Smile at Dundee Rep running until 7 March. Find out more here.

Message in a Bottle

“Danced with an infectious energy and knock-out style across the board” 4* review from the Evening Standard for Message in a Bottle by Sadlers Well’s – video by Andrzej Goulding and lighting by Natasha Chivers. Running at the Peacock Theatre until 21 March. Find out more here.

A Number

Lizzie Clachan designs A Number running at the Bridge Theatre until 14 March. Find out more here.

Quality Street

Ben Wright choreographs Quality Street opening tonight at The Viaduct Theatre and then touring around the UK. Find out where and when here.

Alone in Berlin

Lovely 4* review from The Stage for Alone in Berlin at Royal & Derngate, video designed by Nina Dunn. Running until 29 Feb. Find out more here

A Monster Calls

Laura Cubitt is puppetry director and Katie Sykes designs costume for A Monster Calls at Chichester Festival Theatre. Running until tomorrow and then on tour to Nottingham, Salford, Coventry, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Cambridge, Canterbury, Edinburgh, Malvern, Norwich, Cardiff, Newcastle upon Tyne, Guildford, Plymouth, Leicester and Bristol

The Realistic Joneses

Richard Howell lights The Realistic Joneses for Theatre Royal Bath running until 7 March. Find out more here.


Emily-Jane Boyle directs movement for Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, running at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 13 June. Find out more here.

Far Away

4* reviews all-round from WhatsOnStage, LondonTheatre, Evening Standard and The Stage for Far Away at the Donmar Warehouse designed by Lizzie Clachan. Running until 28 March- find out more here.

The Whip

Kimberley Sykes directs The Whip running at the RSC until 21 March. Find out more here.


“Ibsen’s spirit is very much still alive here, but there is also another exciting voice in the room.” Lovely 4* review from the Londonist for Nora running at the Young Vic until March 21. Movement direction by Emily-Jane Boyle. Read the full review here.

International Opera Awards 2020

Lizzie Clachan has been nominated for Designer of the Year for International Opera Awards 2020.
‘Anthropocene’ at Scottish Opera has been nominated for Best World Premier and Paria at Poznań Opera House has been nominated for Best Rediscovered Work, both designed by Samal Blak.
Find out who else has been nominated here and stay tuned on May 4th to find out who wins!


Apollo 50: Go For The Moon

Congratulations to 59 Productions for being awarded the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award for Apollo 50: Go For The Moon, a collaboration with Smithsonian Institution. Read the article here.

The Haystack

“This pacy, brainy surveillance thriller should be widely watched” – Lovely 4* review from the Guardian for Hampstead Theatres The Haystack, movement by Wayne Parsons. Find out more here.


Alyson Cummins designs set and costume for the Gate Theatre Dublin’s Medea running until February 22nd. She then moves on to design Our New Girl opening in March.

The Marriage of Figaro

Excellent 4* review from The Stage for The Marriage of Figaro directed by Jo Davies at Opera North.

The Little Prince

Laura Cubitt is Puppetry Director for The Little Prince, a co production between Fuel Theatre and ETT. Touring to Stratford Circus Arts Centre, The Albany, Z-arts in Manchester and Warwick Arts Centre. Find out more here.

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