It’s that time of year again! The 2019 awards season has well and truly begun in London’s theatreland and there are several big-hitters leading the way. The WhatsOnStage (WOS) Awards were held on Sunday March 3, celebrating the best musicals and plays on and off London’s West End. Importantly, these awards often tend to signal the favorites to take home an Olivier Award on April 7. So, with the WOS winners and the Olivier Award nominees announced, let’s take a look at what’s hot in the UK!
March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the theatre and film industry, women’s achievements are being celebrated. While there have been strides towards gender equity and representation in theatre, there is still work to do. The Actor’s Equity Association has done a study that identifies the “skew” towards white and male for theatre jobs .
Fortunately, there are dynamic groups dedicated to creating opportunities for women artists. The Bridge Initiative, created by Brenda Jean Foley and Tracy Liz Miller, is an incredible non-profit organization that incubates and celebrates professional female theatre artists in the Phoenix area. Read more to learn about the origins and ambitions of The Bridge Initiative.
If you have been thinking about catching a show in London’s West End over the last few months you have have noticed that there is one famous name that is dominating the playbills. It’s not a well-known actor or director but, instead, a playwright. Harold Pinter to be exact. The Harold Pinter Theatre has been taken over by the Jamie Lloyd Company from September 2018 to March 2019 with the aim of performing all of Pinter’s one-act plays in repertoire, twenty in total.
It’s almost time for the 2018 Tony Awards! There are so many wonderful performances from the Tony Awards telecasts over the past 50+ years, but the year that blogger and StageAgent editor, Laura Ware, remembers best is 1987. Read her latest blog to see why that year stood out for her. What are your favorites from the past? And what will be the standout this year?
With the 2018 Olivier Awards due to take place on Sunday 8 April at the majestic Royal Albert Hall in London, let’s take a whistle stop tour of the hit shows to have played the theaters of the West End this year. Established in 1976, the Olivier Awards celebrate the best of London theater and this year is no exception!