Shrek the Musical will head to Newcastle's Theatre Royal as part of the show's first national UK tour. Shrek and Donkey will take to the stage 11 - 29 March 2015. It has already been seen by almost a million people in London.
A teenager says she's excited after gaining a place at a prestigious theatre college in London that's produced stars like Julie Andrews and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Natasha Agnew is just 16, and is looking forward to taking her place at Arts Ed with the next generation of theatre greats.
She's not the only performer from Houghton-Le-Spring trying to put the town on the showbiz map.
Maria May Thompson will soon graduate from the world famous Italia Conti school.
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The oldest working theatre in the country is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the two hundred and twenty five year old venue from closure.
Richmond's famous Georgian Theatre Royal celebrates three major milestones this year but is finding it tough in the current economic climate. Bosses are now hoping donors will help secure its future:
The oldest working theatre in the UK is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the venue from closure.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, dates back to 1788.
Like many arts organisations, it is facing a challenging time as funds are cut.
This year the theatre celebrates a trio of anniversaries and has decided to set a target to raise £122,500 from donations to help it stay as a performance venue.
The theatre first opened 225 years ago. It is 50 years since its re-opening after the doors closed for more than a century, and this year also marks the tenth anniversary since the theatre was fully restored in a one million pound makeover.
Its supporters say its survival is vital to the local community.
Malcolm Bryant, Chairman for the Theatre said: "Everyone is aware that this is currently a challenging time for the Arts organisations. ..
This is particularly so for the Georgian Theatre Royal, which, in addition to its artistic programme makes a major contribution to tourism, young people and the wider community. The Triple Anniversary Appeal will support all our activities and allow us to educate and entertain."
The chairman of Britain's oldest working theatre is appealing to the public to help safeguard its future.
Launching the Georgian Theatre Royal Triple Anniversary Appeal to raise more than £100,000 Malcolm Bryant said,
– Malcolm Bryant, Chairman of the Georgian Theatre Royal
"Everyone is aware that this is currently a challenging time for Arts organisations. This is particularly so for the unique Georgian Theatre Royal which in addition to its artistic programme makes a major contribution to tourism, young people and the wider community. The Triple Anniversary Appeal will support all our activities and allow us to continue to educate and entertain. To reach the target, the Georgian Theatre Royal needs local and national patrons to support the appeal and donate to enable this extraordinary Theatre to survive and flourish."
The theatre in Richmond, North Yorkshire, originally opened in 1788.
Britain's oldest working theatre is launching an appeal to secure financial support for the future.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond needs more than 100 thousand pounds in donations to help it develop more learning facilities.
It is 225 years since the theatre was first built in 1788, 50 years since it re-opened in 1963 and 10 years since the theatre was fully restored in 2003.
Six young writers who have penned their own plays will have them performed by Live Theatre today.
The 13 and 14-year-olds, from Benfield High School in Walkergate, have been working with Live Theatre in a year long writing programme which gives teenagers a voice through theatre.
The playwrights are then supported by professional 'dramaturgs' to produce short plays which will be performed for the first time today.
– Phil Hoffman, Drama Worker at Live Theatre
"From thriller to comedy, love story to action adventure, these plays by the six young writers are varied and insightful.
"We are delighted to be working with Benfield High School on this year long project which demonstrates Live Theatre's commitment to developing and nurturing new writing in the region."
The plays to be performed today include:
- 'Cold Tea' by Emma Cockburn
- 'You're My Inspiration' by Ellen Davidson
- 'Ready for Service' by Callum Dyer
- 'High Level Decisions' by Meg Henry Cross
- 'Wire Murder' by Robyn Merrilees
- 'Hunter' by Molly Toward
– Mandy Tudor, Head of English at Benfield School
"This has been a fantastic collaboration. The pupils involved found the whole experience inspiring, thought-provoking and enjoyable.
"It has been an unforgettable project which has also improved the quality of their creative writing skills in the classroom."
– Robyn Merrilees
"I loved working with the dramaturg because she was a writer of mystery stories too.
"It was great to see my writing develop from the initial first ideas into a complete script."
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