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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Hope monologues; Talking Heads; Little Angel; The Theatre Cafe

25 September, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Imelda Staunton in Talking Heads at The Bridge Theatre

The Hope Theatre has recently secured funding for an exciting new digital project. Hope at Home is a five-part online series of 15-minute monologues, each exploring an intriguing slice of life set at home. The commissioning process opens this month and will see 25-30 artists brought on board to create the films. Casting and artistic team callouts will be advertised on The Hope’s social media platforms. The monologues will be launched via the theatre’s digital channels on November 25, with each film premiering for free for one week with “pay what you want” donations encouraged to help secure the future of the critically acclaimed pub theatre. The project will end with a Christmas special in December. Visit:

The Bridge Theatre’s next double bill of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, runs from Monday until October 31. In Playing Sandwiches, starring Lucian Msamati and directed by Jeremy Herrin, Wilfred is a park attendant with a fondness for liquorice allsorts. After he befriends a seven-year-old girl and her mother on the bandstand, it starts to become clear why his employers can’t trace his records. In Lady of Letters, starring Imelda Staunton and directed by Jonathan Kent, Irene Ruddock spends her life dashing off letters of complaint. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping an eye on the couple opposite and a little girl with bruises. But when the police come by, it’s Irene whose life is turned upside down. Tickets from £15. Visit:

Little Angel Theatre’s next digital production is Mr Gobble’s Garden, on Sunday September 27 at 11am. Mr Gobble’s pride and joy is his garden. He tends to his herbs, fruit and sunflowers, and is growing an enormous orchid to enter into a competition. But one day, a mischievous mole comes digging, and Mr Gobble has to learn an important lesson about kindness, sharing and friendship. The show is being released to celebrate Recycling Week, and children will be encouraged to make their own characters and stories from materials they can find around the home. Visit:

Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, exploring love, betrayal and the pursuit of truth is on at Theatro Technis until Sunday followed by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra from Monday to October 4. Visit:

On October 2, Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café launch The Theatre Channel, a brand-new web series showcasing well-known musical theatre classics. Performed by a host of British and international musical theatre talent, each episode is staged and filmed on location at The Theatre Café in the heart of the West End, and features a mix of five-six standalone performances. Several will be supported by the Café Four, a background ensemble of other West End talents. A unique hybrid of stage and screen, the first 30-minute episode will be available to purchase for £12 and can be viewed via the theatre café’s channel. Four new episodes are planned for release in 2020, with the second episode to be released at Halloween. For details visit:


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