UK THEATRE NEWS
Six suspends socially distanced performances until March
The West End production of Six has said it won't be returning before March, in a new statement.
Before the tier system forced the show to close, Six was playing with socially distanced audiences at the Lyric Theatre in London.
The show is currently running until mid April but, as per the show's statement, additional performances may be added to satisfy demand.
Six, a twist on the historical tale of the six wives of Henry VIII, is written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, with direction by Moss and Jamie Armitage, choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, set design by Emma Bailey, costume design by Gabriella Slade, lighting design by Tim Deiling, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, musical orchestration by Tom Curran, musical supervision by Joe Beighton, casting by Pearson Casting, associate direction by Franny Anne Rafferty and Grace Taylor, associate choreography by Freya Sands, musical direction by Katy Richardson and associate musical direction by Ellie Verkerk.
Major expansion of Yeovil Octagon Theatre given initial approval by Council
South Somerset's District Executive committee have approved 'on principle' to expand the Yeovil Octagon Theatre.
The £23 million pound project will see the venue completely transformed, taking capacity from just over 600 to close to 900. According to the proposals, the venue will be "fully accessible throughout, add two additional boutique spaces which could potentially be a cinema/studio plus and additional cinema".
The approval is not a done deal however, and while the project has been approved at this stage, it "requires sign-off from councillors...with the business plan, finance plans and planning permission needing to be approved". The process and construction are expected to take around three years. Given this initial thumbs-up however, a complete sign-off is much more likely – as the committee states, there exists "a sound business case for how it could be delivered and paid back".
Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health & Well-Being at South Somerset District Council, said: "I am delighted that these proposals were agreed in principle which would see major investment into our local economy and huge benefits to the health and well-being of our residents. We have more important steps to take in the coming months and the feedback and support from our residents has been very encouraging."
Adam Burgan, Arts and Entertainment Venues Manager, said: "This was a very important day in the history of The Octagon Theatre and a momentous decision along the way to transforming the theatre. All the staff, volunteers and I are incredibly excited about the potential to build on our success and improve the experience of visiting the theatre for all our visitors. Many of our team are currently redeployed to support the rollout of the vaccine so this has been very welcome news that when they return there is much to look forward to."
The venue says the expansion will allow it to house large-scale shows and produce major work that wasn't able to be presented in the area in the past. Over the last decade its annual audiences have swollen from around 80,000 to close to 130,000, and as such the move to grow the venue feels justified. Public consultation is expected to take place.
SOURCE: BBC Theatre
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Synopsis: Set in an American seaside town the Rock & Pop Musical is a show that will have your audiences singing and clapping along to every note.
The Bayside Diner as been standing since the 1960s but when developers want to demolish the diner and several other properties it is up to Billy and his customers to save their there favourite hangout form closing for forever.
Ideal show for a younger demographic to perform and a family audience to enjoy.
Genre: Family Musical
Song Suggestions: Rock & Pop type songs
The number of characters: Male 4 Female 9
**Ideal for schools, colleges or youth theatre groups to perform.
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