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C-o-n-t-a-c-t

DATE 31 August – 10 October 2020
PERFORMANCE TIMES 16:30/18:00/19:30
LOCATION LONDON CENTRAL, Monument, 3 Lower Thames St, Bridge, EC3R 6HD, LONDON SOUTH: Clapham Common, 22 The Pavement, SW4 0HY, LONDON GREENWICH: Cutty Sark, Greenwich Foot Tunnel South, SE10 9HT
PRICE £22.50
WEBSITE contactshow.co.uk

Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions are delighted to announce full casting for the UK premiere of C-o-n-t-a-c-t, an immersive outdoor performance with a 3D sound design which audiences will listen to on their own headphones, opening on Monday 31st August 2020.

The play will see performances from Charles Angiama (The Exonerated, Hope Mill TheatreMy Week with Marilyn),  Louis Bernard (Radieuse Vermine, Théâtre Montparnasse), Chloe Gentles (Beautiful – The Carol King Musical)Max Gold (Endeavour; Poldark), Richard Heap (Buried Child, National Theatre; The Summer Before Everything, Menagerie Theatre)Aoife Kennan (ITV’s Victoria; For Services Rendered, Jermyn Street Theatre), Katja Quist (Earthquakes In London, Bristol Old Vic) and Laura White (The Play That Goes Wrong, West End and UK Tour). The cast will alternate between three London locations; Tower Bridge, Greenwich and Clapham Common.

C-o-n-t-a-c-t brings together a creative team of international talent including Director Samuel Sené, Book by Eric Chantelauze, English adaptation by Quentin Bruno, Music and Sound Designer Cyril Barbessol and Associate Director Bronagh Lagan.

Originally created by Samuel Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain and premiering in France with French production company Musidrama over the summer in a world where social distancing became the ‘new normal’, this timely story of a moving and unexpected encounter explores the themes of mental health and anxiety through the eyes of Sarah as she is approached by someone she believes to be a stranger. She discovers that he can hear her thoughts but how? Who is this man? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before.

The show will run for 50 minutes without an interval and audiences will download the audio from the app which is a completely new piece of technology which synchronizes the spectators and actors, allowing the show to play with theatrical concepts and a new form of dramaturgy. Audiences of no more than 15 per show will purchase their tickets online and will then receive a link to download the app which will provide the exact location.


RENAISSANCE

DATE 17 – 20 September
LOCATION Stephens House and Gardens, Finchley N3 3QE

WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW COMEDY STARRING HAYDN GWYNNE AND JAMES CORRIGAN

Comedy based on historical fact that Da Vinci, Machiavelli and Borgia all lived under the same roof.

Sotto Voce is delighted to announce a brand new, Covid restriction adhering, outdoor world premiere of RENAISSANCE, a new comedy starring BAFTA and Olivier nominated Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot (West End and Broadway) Drop the Dead Donkey, Camilla in C4s The Windsors) and James Corrigan (Edmund in King Lear (West End), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (RSC).

This production reunites four actors who were working at the National Theatre when lockdown was announced: Haydn Gwynne, James Corrigan and Akshay Sharan and Bethan Cullinane. Haydn Gwynne and James Corrigan have also been members of the RSC ensemble with Hannah Morrish and Bethan Cullinane.

The play is initially scheduled to run from the 17th – 20th September, but has plans to extend beyond the end of the month, if weather and current Covid restrictions permit.


Doctor Who Time Fracture

TAKING BOOKINGS NOW

DATE February 2021 onwards
PERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday to Sunday at 6.30PM, 7.15PM & 8PM
Matinees: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12.30PM. 1.15PM and 2PM
LOCATION LDN, 19 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LE
PRICE £47- £57 plus booking fee.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOOK VIA https://www.immersivedoctorwho.com

#BeTheHero  #immersivedoctorwho

Doctor Who: Time Fracture, a new immersive theatrical event from the team behind The Great Gatsby, the UK’s longest running immersive show. Officially licensed by BBC Studios, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place at Immersive | LDN, a former military drill hall dating back to 1890, from 17 February 2021, with tickets available through to 11 April 2021.

1940 – it’s the height of the Blitz. A weapon of unknown origin destroys a small corner of Mayfair, and simultaneously opens up a rift in space and time. For decades, UNIT has fought to protect the people of Earth from the dangers it poses, but they’ve been beaten back as the fracture multiplies out of control.

Earth as we know it is at stake – now is the time for you to step up and be the hero. Travelling to impossible places, confronting menacing monsters and ancient aliens along the way, it’s a journey across space and time to save our race, and our beautiful planet.

Featuring an original story arc, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will invite audiences to become immersed in the world of Doctor Who. Placed at the heart of the story, audiences will meet Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords and many other strange and mysterious characters as they travel across space and time to discover amazingly realised worlds and undertake a mission to save the universe as we know it.

Doctor Who:  Time Fracture will allow guests to meet a character from Time Lord Victorious, BBC Studios’ brand new multi-platform Doctor Who story.

Working in close collaboration with BBC Studios, Director Tom Maller (Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale, 28 Days Later, Blade Runner), writer Daniel Dingsdale (Dark Tourism, Stardust, The Drop Off) BBC consultant James Goss (Dirk Gently, Torchwood), Production Designer Rebecca Brower and the creative team at Immersive Everywhere will bring to vivid life the worlds of Doctor Who giving audiences a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures like never before.

Director, Tom Maller said:

“We are incredibly excited to be at the creative helm of this project. It has been an enjoyable experience already, working with BBC Studios to make sure Doctor Who: Time Fracture not only meets the extremely high expectations of fans, but exceeds them.

Writer Daniel Dingsdale added:

“Drawing from the rich legacy of Doctor Who, which spans over half a century, we are creating an adventure that will entertain both fans that have immersed themselves in the show’s universe for years, and audience members who will walk in from the street having never seen an episode. It’s going to be an absolute blast.”

Louis Hartshorn, joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with BBC Studios to bring the incredible universe of Doctor Who to life in a way that only immersive theatre can. We can’t wait for audiences to step into the world of The Doctor, and find themselves closer to the action than ever before, in this expansive and ambitious new show.

Based on everything we know now, we are confident that Doctor Who: Time Fracture will be able to go ahead as planned in early 2021 and will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our audiences and full creative team.”

Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place whilst adhering to the social distancing guidelines announced by the UK Government this month. Immersive Everywhere will also be operating a no-questions-asked exchange policy where customers who are no longer able to attend can exchange their ticket for an equivalent ticket on an alternative date.


WEST END MUSICALS SILENT DISCO WALKING TOUR charity supporting

DATE Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 14:30
DURATION OF TOUR 2 hrs & 30 mins
BOOK VIA www.silenttours.net/tours/west-end-musical-silent-disco-walking-tour

MUCH LOVED WEST END EVENT REOPENS TO GIVE THEATRE LOVERS A TASTE OF THE WEST END WHILST THEATRES REMAIN CLOSED

£5 FROM EVERY TICKET SOLD WILL BE DONATED TO THE THEATRE ARTIST’S FUND

Silent Tours, producers of Silent Disco Walking Tours (Westend)  Trip Advisor’s number 1 ranked walking tour for London is delighted to announce the team will once again lead musical theatre lovers through the streets of London, as restrictions on outdoor entertainment are lifted.

As musical theatre enthusiasts are unable to go to an indoor venue to see shows, Silent Disco Walking Tours, which has been running for two years, offer the chance for audiences to get their musical theatre fix safely, as they are taken on an all singing, all dancing tour of the West End. 

Visiting 20 theatres across the West End, guests are given commentary, facts, anecdotes along the way all of which make up a fascinating and vibrant history of London’s theatre.

In between stops, audiences listen to musical tracks selected from shows that are playing or have played at each of the venues via a Silent Disco headset. Attendees are encouraged to sing, dance and have fun throughout as they experience a slice of musical theatre, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Producer and tour host Shaun Ames said “whilst the recent government grant to the arts has been celebrated and welcomed, theatres and indeed all arts venues wait anxiously for news on how the funds will be allocated. As we cautiously welcome a return to the possibility of indoor performances, we’re well aware that for theatres, most will find the need for social distancing prohibitive, which is likely to mean that doors remain shut for months to come.

We hope that by relaunching our tours, we can not only provide musical theatre lovers with a chance to experience a slice of the West End in a socially distanced and responsible way, but also give people a chance to learn the rich history of West End Theatre and to understand how vital a part of both the culture and the economy it really is. In addition, we plan to give back what we can by donating a portion of the ticket sale to the Theatre Artist’s fund”

Tickets cost £24 for a tour that lasts between two hours and two and a half hours, £5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Theatre Artist’s fund (https://theatreartists.fund) which has been set up by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK whilst theatres cannot operate.

As an outside event, Silent Disco Walking Tours are fully able to go ahead in compliance with government guidelines – by ensuring that all guests wear face masks – provided by the company and each tour has reduced its capacity to 16 people per tour.


STEM & GLORY

REOPENING 30 July
LOCATION St Bart’s Square, London
BOOK VIA www.stemandglory.uk

Award-winning vegan restaurant Stem & Glory is re-opening on 30th July 2020.

After being closed for a few months due to Covid-19. The restaurant, with branches in London and Cambridge, is now ready to re-open with a new menu, new seating (to allow for social distancing) and full range of measures in place to keep staff and customers safe.

Rather than hunker down when C-19 hit, founder Louise Palmer Masterton embraced the opportunity to pivot the business model to be leaner, more streamlined, and offer a great range of dishes to customers, as we enter the post Covid world.

The London restaurant, based in St Bart’s Square, will be open (17.00 – 20.30, Thursday to Saturday) for dining (to a limited number of covers), Click-and-Collect and delivery. The Cambridge site is offering Click-and Collect and delivery (between 17.00 and 20.30, Thursday to Saturday), and will be open for dining in the Autumn once it has moved to a new larger site. The new Cambridge site will be built Covid safe, and with ample space to service the burgeoning delivery, take away and ready meal side of the business.

The new menu has been designed to be delivery friendly, and customisable to give both eat in and take away customers a personalised experience. Expect classic Stem & Glory favourites alongside new dishes and desserts.

Stem & Glory’s menu is contemporary, and accessible, appealing to those who are seeking simple and delicious vegan food, alongside those wanting a more gastronomic vegan dining experience.

Bookings are now live on www.stemandglory.uk

Louise Palmer-Masterton, Founder of Stem & Glory said: “The whole team is keen to get the restaurants open and welcome our customers – whether for dining, take away or delivery.  Although the pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone, it has given us time to re-think our model and offering, and ensure we’re really delivering what our customers want. We’ve developed new projects and new products and we’re reopening stronger than ever with a really exciting menu of delicious contemporary plant-based dishes.

“Anecdotal evidence suggests many people took the lockdown period as an opportunity to re-think their lifestyle and try new, healthier dishes and ways of eating. Plant-based eating has been on the rise for the last few years, and I don’t see any sign of that slowing down. Wish such great food now available, and more and more vegan restaurants, I see vegan eating being more popular than ever in the post Covid era.”

Stem & Glory was born of a passion for plant-based food and a desire to make vegan food not only available but delicious. 

For more information see: www.stemandglory.uk

Stem & Glory are currently crowdfunding on Seedrs s part of the government’s Future Fund, raising for the new Cambridge site and product range, both designed by Afroditi Krassa.


THE PHOENIX ARTS CLUB

DATE Reopening 1 August 2020
CROWDFUNDING https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-phoenix-arts-club-10-year-survival-plan

Rising from the ashes like a … well you get the gist

Reopening on 1st August with a Crowdfunder to secure the future of the venue and to support the arts community for the next 10 years

The West End’s legendary entertainment venue, The Phoenix Arts Club, is delighted to confirm that it will be one of the first theatre venues to reopen for live indoor socially distanced performances, which will take place from Saturday 1st August 2020 and from there on, will host events on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Cabaret shows will run at a reduced capacity for parties of between two and six people seated at socially distanced cabaret tables in the newly refurbished space. Table service will be provided throughout via The Phoenix Arts Club’s drinks ordering app. Ticket holders will be granted access to the venue from 6pm to allow guests to catch up with friends before enjoying the show. Shows will run for 90mins and will include an interval.

The venue has also put a huge amount of work into being COVID-19 secure: and have just received the “Good to Go” sign-off from Visit England. Guests will be able to access a walkthrough explainer video, available online from next week.

Ken Wright [Managing Director] of The Phoenix Arts Club says; “We are incredibly fortunate that cabaret is one of the genres of live entertainment that is able to return to indoor venues sooner than shows that require a large cast, or ensemble singing; meaning that  we are able to open our doors to public performances whilst adhering to social distance from August. However much as we are grateful that we can embrace the next phase of emerging from lockdown, we are still feeling the pain of the severe financial knock we have experienced, and that our performers have experienced.

This is why, alongside the reopening, The Phoenix Arts Club is launching a crowdfunder campaign to enable us to become a CIC (community interest company); a special form of non-charitable limited company, which exists primarily to benefit a community and with a view to pursuing a social purpose, rather than to make a profit for shareholders. By doing this we will be able to build on our artistic programming (which already at pre-COVID stood at 600 shows a year), and to provide much-needed research and development to meet changing technology and performance space needs, so we can develop and continue vital community work. In order to achieve this we realistically need to raise £100,000.

And we’ve updated our logo; introducing a crest to reflect the fact that this campaign is designed to ensure that

The Phoenix Arts Club rises from the ashes – stronger than ever before”

For over four months, since the start of lockdown The Phoenix Arts Club has kept cabaret alive with its TV-quality virtual live streams, watchable for free through Facebook Live, Twitch, and on YouTube. The show has regularly seen audiences of over 25,000. Despite receiving no government funding or subsidy, it has continued to provide paid work to over one-hundred artists located across the globe throughout the COVID-19 pandemics. Behind the scenes, the Phoenix Arts Club Team have volunteered their time to assist performers in adapting to the digital shift, providing free video editing, home studio set-ups, and even covering the cost of broadband upgrades.

The Crowdfunder campaign is being launched specifically with a focus on the venue’s community work and the plan is to help cement the future of the venue so that it can support emerging and established artists for years to come.

With this funding, The Phoenix Arts Club can remain a vital springboard for up-and-coming musical theatre, comedy, cabaret, authors, and musicians alike. It will allow the venue to continue providing heavily discounted rental and marketing support for shows and rehearsals and expand its community outreach programme with the introduction of workshops, talks, showcases, and networking events. 

In return of donations, the Phoenix Arts Club will offer a number of rewards and experiences ranging from show jackets and jigsaw puzzles to a limited edition print by illustrator Mark Reeve, masterclasses and even an opportunity to record your own Musical Theatre Album with West End legend Greg Arrowsmith.

The Limited Edition print features famous faces who have frequented the venue over the years. The watermarked version is below.

Limited edition print L-R: Trevor Dion Nicholas, An Arctic Monkey, Danny DeVito, Laurence Olivier, Lady Gaga, David Dimbleby, Gurinder Chadha, Stan Lee, Star Wars DB8, Tim Minchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Ian McKellen, Beverley Knight, Kiefer Sunderland, James Cordon, Karen Gillan, Martina Cole, Ed Sheeran, Mo Gilligan, Wayne Sleep, Kit Harington.

THURSDAYS  Showreel live! 

FRIDAYS A Night in Soho hosted by international showgirl Ivy Paige and featuring the best of London’s cabaret.

SATURDAYS The Saturday Supershow hosted by Pride’s Michael Twaits with Musical Director Sarah Bodalbhai and very special guests


When: various dates throughout the year
Location: various locations

Love cookery books, love cooking, love socialising then you will love The Cookbook Circle club.

The Cookbook Circle club in for fans of eating, cooking and meeting new people. But mostly eating.

The Cookbook Circle was created by Victoria Durant and Hannah Quinn – two people slightly obsessed with recipes, new places to eat and ogling Instagram posts of delicious things. 

Victoria and Hannah’s mission is to bring people together and get everyone cooking using the cookbooks that they have currently, rather than always buying new ones. Each month they bring a new theme and members get together, cooking a dish from a recipe found in a cookery book (or online!) and socialise. It can be sweet, savoury, veggie, vegan or meaty. As The Cookbook Circle is all about cooking, eating, exploring, discovering and socialising.

So grab your cookbook, dust it off and show it some love and share your dish with others. As every month at The Cookbook Circle it is all about eating and discovering new dishes which we have made from one of those books that we may of neglected.

With a different theme every month the question is what will you cook and what new recipes will you discover whilst eating, sipping and socialising at The Cookbook Circle?

February’s theme is comfort food – because it’s still winter and we need cheering up.

​Bring along a comforting dish on February 24 at 7pm, as well as the cookbook it’s from (if you feel like it). Recipe cards are provided so you can take down any dish that caught your eye and tickled your taste buds on the night.   

Members who attend will get lots to eat (and leftovers to take home) and a lovely community to share your love of food.

Discover more via https://www.thecookbookcircle.com

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