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18th September 2017

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Awards | Students

Central student wins Gold Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition 2017

Third year Central School of Ballet student and Ballet Central dancer Harris Beattie has won the Gold Medal at this year’s Genee International Ballet Competition in Lisbon. He also won the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award and the Choreographic Award. He is the first dancer in the competition’s history to have won all three medals! […]

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Third year Central School of Ballet student and Ballet Central dancer Harris Beattie has won the Gold Medal at this year’s Genee International Ballet Competition in Lisbon. He also won the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award and the Choreographic Award. He is the first dancer in the competition’s history to have won all three medals!

The 2017 Genee International Ballet Competition was this year held on 7-16 September in Lisbon, Portugal. The 54 candidates were coached in the studios of Companhia Nacional de Bailado from 8-12 September, followed by the competition which was held on Saturday 16 September with just 11 finalists.

All at Central are incredibly proud of the determination and hardwork exhibited by Harris and the team that work tirelessly to support him, especially Resmi Maiko, second year men’s ballet tutor at Central who worked with him at school, over the summer and in Lisbon.

Please head to the Genee International Ballet Competition website for further information on the competition.

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18th September 2017

BOVTS | LAMDA | RADA | Drama | Alumni | Awards

Drama school graduates winners at The Stage Debut Awards

Recent graduates Abraham Popoola, Grace Molony and Georgia Bates were among the winners at last night’s ceremony for The Stage Debut Awards 2017. The full list of winners and nominees can be found here. The Stage Debut Awards are the only awards to recognise breakthrough theatre talent. They celebrate emerging actors and creatives, from all backgrounds. […]

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Recent graduates Abraham Popoola, Grace Molony and Georgia Bates were among the winners at last night’s ceremony for The Stage Debut Awards 2017. The full list of winners and nominees can be found here.

The Stage Debut Awards are the only awards to recognise breakthrough theatre talent. They celebrate emerging actors and creatives, from all backgrounds.

Abraham Popoola (RADA) won the Best Actor in a Play category for his performance as Othello at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol.

Grace Molony (LAMDA) won the Best Actress in a Play category for her performance in The Country Girls at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

Georgia Frost (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) was presented with the Alan Bates Award for best graduating student, which was announced earlier this year.

Congratulations, all!

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18th September 2017

BOVTS | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Awards

BOVTS graduate Eleanor Bull finalist for 2017 Linbury Prize

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Eleanor Bull, who is a finalist for this year’s Linbury Prize for stage design! Eleanor is a graduate of the MA Theatre Design programme. A unique opportunity for graduating designers, the Linbury Prize offers twelve finalists the chance to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, […]

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Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Eleanor Bull, who is a finalist for this year’s Linbury Prize for stage design! Eleanor is a graduate of the MA Theatre Design programme.

A unique opportunity for graduating designers, the Linbury Prize offers twelve finalists the chance to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies.

The four winners of each competition receive a cash prize together with a professional commission to design a production for a major company. This year’s commissioning theatre companies are Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Unicorn Theatre.

All 12 finalists will feature in an exhibition at the National Theatre from 1 November 2017 to 2 January 2018.

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15th September 2017

LCDS | NSCD | RADA | Dance | Alumni

Akram Khan, Siobhan Davies & Kathryn Hunter feature in MyDanceDNA

Leading choreographers and alumni Akram Khan (Northern School of Contemporary Dance) and Siobhan Davies (London Contemporary Dance School) will discuss their work as part of MyDanceDNA, a new digital talk series on Facebook Live presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with The Space. My Dance DNA will see leading contemporary choreographers, including Kate Prince, Siobhan […]

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Leading choreographers and alumni Akram Khan (Northern School of Contemporary Dance) and Siobhan Davies (London Contemporary Dance School) will discuss their work as part of MyDanceDNA, a new digital talk series on Facebook Live presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with The Space.

My Dance DNA will see leading contemporary choreographers, including Kate Prince, Siobhan Davis, Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and Wayne McGregor discuss the iconic moments of dance and movement on film that have transfixed and transformed them, as well as the defining pieces in their own back catalogues.

Staged live at arts venues across England, each talk will be hosted by a high-profile guest who is familiar with the choreographer’s work. The Desert Island Discs style format will include a 45-minute interview with the choreographer interspersed with archive video footage of iconic dance performances, followed by a 15 minutes audience Q+A including questions via Twitter.

Akram Khan is interviewed by actress, director and RADA alumna Kathryn Hunter on Sunday 17 September from Leicester Curve.

Siobhan Davies is interviewed by Maria Balshaw on Friday 22 September from The Whitworth, University of Manchester.

All talks start at 6.30pm. You can follow #MyDanceDNA on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and to take part in the choreographer Q+As.


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12th September 2017

NSCD | Dance

Celebration gala for Nadine Senior MBE

Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern School of Contemporary Dance will pay tribute to Nadine Senior MBE, one of the most influential dance champions of her time, with a special celebration gala. As the founding principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Nadine Senior influenced generations of dancers, choreographers, teachers and dance leaders locally, nationally and internationally. […]

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Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern School of Contemporary Dance will pay tribute to Nadine Senior MBE, one of the most influential dance champions of her time, with a special celebration gala.

As the founding principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Nadine Senior influenced generations of dancers, choreographers, teachers and dance leaders locally, nationally and internationally. This celebration evening will be a vibrant showcase of dance that includes a special re-staging of Robert North’s Troy Game (1974) – one of Nadine’s favourites. Described by the New York Times as ‘a funny and sexy romp’,  this tongue in cheek tribute to male machismo has been performed by companies throughout the world. The evening will also feature dancers, past and present, of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and RJC Dance alongside many guest artists, national and international, that worked with Nadine over the past 40 years, in a fitting tribute to a true dance pioneer.

Proceeds from the event will go towards a bursary to support young dancers and their progression into professional dance training.

Tickets for the gala are available from the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.

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1st September 2017

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – September 2017

Alumni on stage Simple Cypher – Kieran Warner and Chris Thomas (National Centre for Circus Arts) – perform at Jacksons Lane as part of Transmission 2017 on 1 September. The Place presents Touch Wood 2017, a series of short works in the early stages of development, from 8 – 21 September including: Jamaal Burkmar (NSCD) […]

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Alumni on stage

Simple Cypher – Kieran Warner and Chris Thomas (National Centre for Circus Arts) – perform at Jacksons Lane as part of Transmission 2017 on 1 September.

The Place presents Touch Wood 2017, a series of short works in the early stages of development, from 8 – 21 September including:

Jamaal Burkmar (NSCD) on 8 September
Anders Duckworth (LCDS) and Eva Recacha (LCDS) on 13 September
James Wilton (LCDS) and Amy Bell (LCDS) on 15 September
Lola Maury (LCDS) on 19 September
Vera Tussing (LCDS) and Gracefool Collective (NSCD) on 21 September

Jordan Ajadi and Ruben Brown (LCDS) perform in Requardt and Rosenberg’s DeadClub at The Place from 7 – 30 September.

Northern Ballet bring The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas to West Yorkshire Playhouse from 5 – 9 September while brand new ballet theatre The Little Mermaid goes on tour from 21 September. Look out for company members Rachael Gillespie, Ashley Dixon, Victoria Sibson, Hannah Bateman, Harriet Marden, and Archie James (Central School of Ballet).

Choreographer and Artistic Director Rosie Kay (LCDS) brings the acclaimed 5 SOLDIERS to Sadlers Wells from 7 – 9 September, with dancers Shelley Eva Haden, Joao Maio (NSCD), Oliver Russell and Ryan Munroe (LCDS).

Phoenix Dance Theatre perform at home in Leeds from 27 – 30 September with company dancers Vanessa Vince-Pang (Rambert), Carmen Vazquez Marfil (CSB, NSCD) and Natalie Alleston (Rambert, NSCD).

Choreographer Joe Moran (LCDS) presents a new work On The Habit Of Being Oneself at Sadler’s Wells from 28 – 29 September.

Tom Hiddleston (RADA) stars in a limited three week run of Hamlet at RADA, directed by RADA President and alumnus Kenneth Branagh. The cast features fellow graduates Lolita Chakrabarti, Eleanor de Rohan, Caroline Martin, Irfan Shamji, and Kathryn Wilder, and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Nicholas Farrell.

Juliet Stevenson (RADA) stars in Wings at the Young Vic, playing 14 September – 28 October.

Tom Jackson Greaves (LCDS) is Movement Director for Boudica at the Globe Theatre, playing 8 September – 1 October. The cast features graduates Owen Findlay, Abraham Popoola, Tok Stephen (RADA), Brian Martin and Natalie Simpson (LAMDA).

Jonathan Livingstone (RADA) joins the cast of The Caretaker at Bristol Old Vic Theatre from 9 – 30 September.

After debuting at the Almeida, Ink starring Bertie Carvel (RADA) and Richard Hoyle (BOVTS) transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a West End run from 19 September – 6 January. The cast also features Pearl Chanda, Sophie Stanton (RADA) and Jack Holden (BOVTS).

John Leonard (BOVTS) is Sound Designer for Prism at Hampstead Theatre starring Claire Skinner (LAMDA) and Robert Lindsay (RADA). Running from 6 September – 14 October.

Chipo Chung (RADA) stars in the RSC’s Dido, Queen of Carthage at the Swan Theatre in Stratford, playing from 15 September – 28 October. The cast also features Will Bliss and Tom McCall (LAMDA).

James Corrigan, Sean Hart, Simon Yadoo (LAMDA), Rebecca Wingate and Geoffrey Lumb (BOVTS) feature in the RSC’s Coriolanus, playing 15 September – 14 October at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford before transferring to the Barbican 6 – 18 November.

At the National Theatre, Oslo features Toby Stephens, Paul Herzberg (LAMDA), Lydia Leonard (BOVTS), Geraldine Alexander, and Philip Arditti (RADA). Playing 5 – 23 September.

Trystan Gravelle and John Hollingworth (RADA) feature in Round and Round the Garden at Chichester Festival, playing from 25 September – 28 October.

Alumni on screen

Dominic Cooper (LAMDA) stars in action thriller Stratton, in cinemas from 1 September.

Charlie Cox (BOVTS) stars in vampire film Eat Locals, in cinemas from 1 September.

Daniel Mays, Henry Goodman, Morgan Watkins (RADA), and Sam Reid (LAMDA) feature in horror thriller The Limehouse Golem, in cinemas from 1 September.

Mark Strong (BOVTS) and Taron Egerton (RADA) feature in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in cinemas from 20 September.

Antonia Thomas (BOVTS) stars in ABC’s upcoming medical-drama The Good Doctor, scheduled to premiere on 25 September.

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9th August 2017

CDD | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre

CDD maintains strong performance in 2017 National Student Survey

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced today by HEFCE. The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama performs consistently well in the NSS and this year continues to score above the sector average in overall satisfaction, with 87% satisfied.  Once again, the quality of teaching is rated highly by its students at […]

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The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced today by HEFCE. The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama performs consistently well in the NSS and this year continues to score above the sector average in overall satisfaction, with 87% satisfied.  Once again, the quality of teaching is rated highly by its students at 90% satisfied – exceeding the sector average by 5%.

The Conservatoire* – comprising Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, LAMDA, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and RADA – was recently awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The NSS is a useful indicator of the Conservatoire’s performance and offers an annual opportunity to review the student experience in conjunction with other feedback. The Conservatoire remains committed to maintaining its world-leading vocational training in dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre.

*Note: The Conservatoire publishes its National Student Survey results at institutional level, and does not publish the results of the individual schools.

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1st August 2017

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – August 2017

Alumni on Stage Imelda Staunton (RADA) stars in Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre, opening on 22 August. Joining the cast are Fred Haig (LAMDA) and Adrian Grove (BOVTS). Ben Whishaw (RADA) stars in Against at the Almeida Theatre, playing 12 August – 30 September. Joining the cast are Fehinti Balogun and Amanda Hale (RADA). […]

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Alumni on Stage

Imelda Staunton (RADA) stars in Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre, opening on 22 August. Joining the cast are Fred Haig (LAMDA) and Adrian Grove (BOVTS).

Ben Whishaw (RADA) stars in Against at the Almeida Theatre, playing 12 August – 30 September. Joining the cast are Fehinti Balogun and Amanda Hale (RADA). Imogen Knight (NSCD & LCDS) is Movement Director.

Esh Alladi (LAMDA) stars in Lions and Tigers at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, playing from 23 August – 16 September.

Faye Marsay (BOVTS) and Mark Hadfield (RADA) appear in Road at the Royal Court, now playing until 9 September.

Joanna Ferguson (LAMDA) and Philippa Quinn (RADA) feature in Just To Get Married at the Finborough Theatre, now playing until 19 August.

John Leonard (BOVTS) is Sound Designer for The Stepmother at Chichester Festival Theatre, playing 11 August – 9 September. Macy Nyman (LAMDA) joins the cast.

Stephan Boyce (LAMDA) features in Dangling at the Southwark Playhouse, from 9 – 26 August.

Kevin McNally (RADA) stars as King Lear, opening at the Globe Theatre on 10 August. Joining the cast are Joshua James, Sirine Saba, Kenton Thomas (RADA) and Chris Nayak (BOVTS).

Sam Frenchum and Sinead Matthews (RADA) appear in Loot at the Park Theatre, playing from 17 August.

Matt Ryan (BOVTS) joins the cast of Knives in Hens at the Donmar Warehouse, from 17 August – 7 October. Christopher Schutt (BOVTS) provides Sound Design and Imogen Knight (NSCD & LCDS) is Movement Director.

Rambert presents Citizen of Nowhere, a miniature opera-ballet, from choreographer Dane Hurst (Rambert School & Central School of Ballet) at RADA Studios Theatre on 12 August.

Rambert presents a new site-specific piece by choreographer and dancer Julie Cunningham (Rambert School) on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall from 14 – 16 August.

Alumni at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

London Contemporary Dance School graduate Rosie Kay presents 5 Soldiers at Army @ The Fringe, 11 – 26 August. Dancers Shelley Eva Haden, Joao Maio (NSCD), Oliver Russell and Ryan Munroe (LCDS) perform.

NDCWales present Folk at ZOO Southside, performing from 20 – 25 August. The company features dancers Josef Perou (Central School of Ballet), Camille Giraudeau, Alexandra Pholien (LCDS), Franklyn Lee and Ed Myhill (Rambert School).

Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre for Circus Arts) present Kin at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows from 5 – 26 August, with graduates Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift, Charlie Wheeler, and Nikki and JD.

James Cousins Dance Company presents Rosalind, a reimagining of Shakespeare choreographed by LCDS graduate James Cousins and starring fellow graduate Chihiro Kawasaki, at Summerhall from 4 – 26 August.

James Wilton Dance Company presents Leviathan, choreographed by LCDS graduate James Wilton, at Dance Base from 4 – 13 August. The company features dancers Sarah Jane Taylor, Naomi Tadevossian, Michael Kelland, Harlan Rust (LCDS) and Roger Fernandez Cifuentes (NSCD).

Julie Cunningham (Rambert) presents To Be Me at Dance Base from 23 – 27 August.

Dance theatre company Gracefool Collective (NSCD – pictured) present This Really Is Too Much at Underbelly, Cowgate, 3 – 27 August.

Erin Doherty (BOVTS), Thusitha Jayasundera and Letty Thomas (RADA) feature in the world premiere of The Divide, a co-production between The Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, and Karl Sydow. Playing 8 – 20 August at King’s Theatre.

Adam Scott-Rowley (LAMDA) performs one-man show This Is Not Culturally Significant at the Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 4 – 26 August.

Lucy Pearman (LAMDA) presents her debut solo show Maid of Cabbage at Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, 3 – 27 August.

Sally O’Leary and Rhiannon Neads (LAMDA) present two shows: Adele Is Younger Than Us at the Pleasance Dome, 2 – 27 August, and By All Account Two Normal Girls at C Royal Studio 1, 13 – 28 August.

Prom Kween – The Musical, written by Rebecca Humphries (LAMDA) plays at Underbelly Cowgate from 3 – 27 August.

Naomi Sheldon (LAMDA) presents debut Good Girl at Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 3 – 27 August.

Asif Khan (RADA) stars in one-man play Love, Bombs and Apples at Summerhall, 3 – 27 August.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student company Take Thou That bring family show Jason and the Argonauts to theSpace on Niddry St (Venue 9) from 4 – 19 August.

Alumni on screen

Mark Strong (BOVTS) stars in hostage action drama 6 Days, in cinemas from Friday 4 August.

 

Sally Hawkins (RADA) stars in Maudie, a biographical romantic drama about the life of artist Maud Lewis. In cinemas from Friday 4 August.

 

Ryan McKen (BOVTS) joins the cast of new Channel 4 drama The State, which follows the experiences of young British Muslims going to Syria.

 

Charlie Cox (BOVTS) returns as Matt Murdoch aka Daredevil in Marvel’s latest series The Defenders, launching on Netflix on 18 August.

 

[image, top: Gracefool Collective]

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1st August 2017

Rambert School | Dance | Alumni

Rambert graduate announced as Dance Proms Young Choreographer 2017

Rambert School graduate Christopher Thomas has been named as Dance Proms Young Choreographer 2017. He will go on to receive a one-to-one mentoring workshop with Akram Khan, and will have his choreography performed at Dance Proms on Sunday 5 November 2017. Dance Proms is an international celebration of dance, dancers and dance teachers. In 2011 […]

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Chris ThomasRambert School graduate Christopher Thomas has been named as Dance Proms Young Choreographer 2017. He will go on to receive a one-to-one mentoring workshop with Akram Khan, and will have his choreography performed at Dance Proms on Sunday 5 November 2017.

Dance Proms is an international celebration of dance, dancers and dance teachers. In 2011 three of the world’s leading dance examination boards, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) joined forces with the Royal Albert Hall to launch Dance Proms. Following in the distinguished tradition of the Music for Youth Schools Proms, this unique and exciting collaborative project aimed to create a national festival of dance that celebrated dance in all its forms.

This year’s judging panel for the Young Choreographer Award included Michael Nunn, John Partridge, Nafisah Baba, and Darcey Bussell. They were asked to consider originality, creativity, use of space, floor patterning, movement, use of costume, and choice of music when making a decision on the winner.

The judges were unanimous in their praise of Christopher’s piece, ‘In Light of Those You Love’, with Michael Nunn describing it as, “A wonderfully accomplished piece that would sit well in a professional performance setting. Well danced and well-rehearsed. Bravo!”

To find out more and to book tickets, visit the Dance Proms website here.

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27th July 2017

RADA | Drama | Alumni

RADA alumna Michelle Terry appointed Artistic Director at The Globe

RADA alumna Michelle Terry has been appointed the new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, taking over the role from Emma Rice in April 2018. Having graduated from RADA in 2004, Terry’s stage career has included roles at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Court, where she won an Olivier Award in 2010 for her […]

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RADA alumna Michelle Terry has been appointed the new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, taking over the role from Emma Rice in April 2018.

Having graduated from RADA in 2004, Terry’s stage career has included roles at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Court, where she won an Olivier Award in 2010 for her performance in Tribes. She has performed on the Globe Theatre stage in Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, and last summer played the title role in Henry V at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Michelle Terry also wrote and starred in the Sky One series The Café with Ralf Little; co-created My Mark, the Donmar’s ten-year project to chart the political growth of the next voting generation, with Robert Hastie, a fellow 2004 RADA graduate and now artistic director at Sheffield Theatres; and most recently co-wrote and performed Becoming: Part One with Rosalie Craig at the Donmar Warehouse. She is also an associate artist at the RSC and last year directed three short films for the Globe’s The Complete Walk project, as part of the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Of her appointment, Terry said: “The work of Shakespeare is for me timeless, mythic, mysterious, vital, profoundly human and unapologetically theatrical. There are no other theatres more perfectly suited to house these plays than the pure and uniquely democratic spaces of the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

“I am so proud and excited that I will be in the privileged position where I can offer artists the opportunity to come together to reclaim and rediscover not only Shakespeare, but the work of his contemporaries, alongside new work from our current writers. For us to then share those stories with an audience that demands an unparalleled honesty, clarity and bravery, is all a dream come true.”

Visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website to find out more.

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