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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Albion; The Duchess of Malfi; Shedding A Skin; Theatre Channel

06 November, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Aimie Atkinson is at the Theatre Café. Photo: ©Edward Johnson

AS a result of the latest lockdown restrictions, theatre productions set to run in November have had to close or are postponed.

• The Almeida’s productions of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, directed by Rupert Goold, and Rebecca Frecknall’s production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi are being released digitally exclusively for schools. It is hoped this will help to fill the void of school theatre trips. Available on request. Contact:

The Almeida is launching its second Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme – a group of seven brilliant, inventive and imaginative playwrights who will, over the next year, develop their commissions for the Almeida. The theatre also hopes to open for Christmas with Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter, devised by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and a company of six actors and musicians. Visit:

Soho Theatre is thrilled to announce the winner of the Verity Bargate Award 2020 as Amanda Wilkin with her captivating play Shedding A Skin. Wilkin is the recipient of the £7,500 prize, from a record number of almost 1,500 submissions by emerging writers, and will see her play produced spring/summer 2021. The production will be recorded and livestreamed, as well as released on Soho Theatre on Demand. For 50 years Soho Theatre has championed new writing, from lunchtime plays in the 1970s to today’s commissions, writers’ labs and awards. Since 1982, the Verity Bargate Award, has uncovered the best new play by an emerging UK and Irish writer and launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established writers. Co-judge Phoebe Waller-Bridge said: “I was not prepared to be kidnapped by a play and a voice so completely… I’m excited to see this profound, funny, modern, stark and hopeful play performed at Soho Theatre.” Visit:

• The Theatre Channel showcases musical theatre classics using a unique hybrid of stage and screen. Performed by the cream of British and international musical 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 5-6 standalone performances. Many of the performances are supported by the Café Four, a regular cast made up of other West End talents. Available to purchase now is a Halloween-themed episode with songs from The Rocky Horror Show, Beetlejuice, Into the Woods, Dracula, Carrie, Young Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde. The Rock Episode will be released on November 27 and will feature: Shan Ako singing I’ll Cover You (Reprise) from Rent; Alex Gaumond singing Le Monde est Stone from Starmania; Rob Houchen singing Gethsemene from Jesus Christ Superstar; Francesca Jackson singing Forgiven from Jagged Little Pill; Aisha Jawando singing Acid Queen from The Who’s Tommy; and John Owen-Jones singing Pity the Child from Chess. Visit:


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