Bloglikes - Theatre https://www.bloglikes.com/c/theatre en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:56:59 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter With Theatres Closed, Regular Folks Have Taken To Doing Play Readings On Zoom http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/1UprKBmyi-o/with-theatres-closed-regular-folks-have-taken-to-doing-play-readings-on-zoom.html

“Over the past year, as many theaters worldwide have remained closed, online play reading groups have arisen to fill that dramatic gap, with more or less prowess — on Zoom, on Skype, on the audio-only app Clubhouse. Some participants merely read their lines, scripts in hand, others act them out. Many clubs stick to Shakespeare and affiliated classics, but plenty range more widely, integrating contemporary plays, Star Trek episodes and film scripts.” Some stage professionals have started readings as well, and groups are even moving offline and gathering in parks. – The New York Times

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:01:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs AUDIENCE THEATRE 04.14.21
On Zoom, Using Ancient Greek Theater To Process Modern Traumas http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/Bl2GdGTyI9c/on-zoom-using-ancient-greek-theater-to-process-modern-traumas.html

“Ancient stories, and texts that have stood the test of time, can be portals to honest and dignified grappling with present wounds and longings and callings that we aren’t able to muster in our official places now. It’s an embodiment of the good Greek word catharsis — releasing both insight and emotions that have had no place to go, and creating an energizing relief.” Krista Tippett interviews Bryan Doerries, founder and director of the project Theater of War. (audio) – On Being

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:04:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs THEATRE 04.08.21
Where Second City’s New Chief Means To Lead The Improv Institution http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/bnEol9Uyl2A/where-second-citys-new-chief-means-to-lead-the-improv-institution.html

Says Jon Carr, who came to the company’s Chicago headquarters from Dad’s Garage in Atlanta four months ago, “It’s a little strange, because there’s nothing routine happening at any of [our theatres] right now, so it’s a lot of rebuilding of things from scratch.” – American Theatre

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Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:33:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Atlanta Chicago Jon Carr 04.09.21
Steven Leigh Morris On What Did In LA Stage Alliance http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/aA9zP7ZMMn8/steven-leigh-morris-on-what-did-in-la-stage-alliance.html

“When members of the community say about LASA that they didn’t feel included or respected, my heart goes out to them. I ran the organization, and I often felt the same way.” – Stage Raw

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:32:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre LA Stage Alliance Lasa 04.09.21 Steven Leigh Morris
Performers In South Africa Protest For More Government Help During The Pandemic http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/aC3aeUa1BAE/performers-in-south-africa-protest-for-more-government-help-during-the-pandemic.html

For the performing arts community, the closure of Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre was something of a last straw. “In just a decade of existence the theatre, named after world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard, had become a much-loved venue that put on work by local writers as well as internationally known plays and musicals.” Artists are asking their government to do much, much more for them – and their strapped venues. – BBC

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:15:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre South Africa Cape Town Athol Fugard 04.09.21
Where The World Of Comedy Throws Obstacles, These Women Have Forged Their Own Paths http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/Ox-6spnNk0g/where-the-world-of-comedy-throws-obstacles-these-women-have-forged-their-own-paths.html

It’s not easy for a woman in comedy, and that’s doubly true for a Black woman. Ask Ziwe (who now has a series on Netflix). “You really have to create for yourself and create in that vacuum because you’re not going to get the instant gratification and validation.” – Variety

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Sun, 11 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Netflix 04.10.21
Back In The Theatre: “Necessity Is The Mother Of Devotion” http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/BGAwl_NfQIg/back-in-the-theatre-necessity-is-the-mother-of-devotion.html

I can report that once the rest of us were inside — 25 or so socially distanced in a black box theater that normally seats up to 99 — the evening unfolded exuberantly. It was the first of three live theatrical events I attended over the weekend, the first time in a year my schedule resembled something like the days before covid-19. I wore my mask throughout the shows, a feat that a year ago I had convinced myself would be too uncomfortable to tolerate. – Washington Post

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:29:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre 04.07.21
How American Theatre Marginalizes Asians http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/WhYzjrRczIE/how-american-theatre-marginalizes-asians.html

“Just as Asian shows are seen as exotic oddities rather than universal, Asian American theatres aren’t considered national theatres by funders, even though it is companies like Ma-Yi, Theater Mu, and East West Players that have historically nurtured Asian American artists when white theatres would not work with them, and told Asian American stories before there was a financial imperative.” – American Theatre

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:01:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre 04.06.21 Ma Yi Theater Mu
What Killed L.A. Stage Alliance? It Wasn’t That One Dumb Mistake http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/J9BEJ2CqIME/what-killed-l-a-stage-alliance-it-wasnt-that-one-dumb-mistake.html

Los Angeles sound designer and playwright Howard Ho — the boyfriend of actress Jully Lee, who was the subject of the dumb mistake at LASA’s Ovation Awards — writes that the last thing he and Lee expected was for the organization to shut itself down (they initially laughed off the mistake, which wasn’t even the only error that night, and were surprised that it got so much attention) and goes on to look at how the controversy unfolded inside Southern California’s Asian-American theater community. – American Theatre

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:32:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Los Angeles Southern California Lee Lasa Howard Ho Jully Lee 04.07.21
Live Theatre Returns To Live Theatre In NY — And It’s… Different http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/jdPL-V1cilQ/live-theatre-returns-to-live-theatre-in-ny-and-its-different.html

The line of people he came to greet waiting to see the first performance of Blindness at the Daryl Roth Theatre off Union Square was collectively, properly masked, but still a line, still packed closely together, reminding this critic that whatever measures being taken inside theaters, the line outside a theater right now remains just as it always was—an expectant, kettled huddle. – The Daily Beast

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:29:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Ny Union Square 04.07.21
‘What If Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare, But Someone Else Wrote Him First?’ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/uIgzoZu14Rw/what-if-shakespeare-wrote-shakespeare-but-someone-else-wrote-him-first.html

That’s how one scholar summarizes the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were written, yes, by the glover’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon — but adapted from scripts and prose works by the courtier and Latin translator Sir Thomas North. Here’s a look at the evidence. – Smithsonian Magazine

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:04:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre William Shakespeare Shakespeare Stratford Thomas North 04.06.21
Want A Subscription With Top Seats To Broadway Shows At Philly’s Kimmel Center? Give Them $1,000 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/VJiWULM8-CU/want-a-subscription-with-top-seats-to-broadway-shows-at-phillys-kimmel-center-give-them-1000.html

“The Kimmel Center is instituting a mandatory $1,000 donation for access to the best seats in its Broadway series. That’s $1,000 up front, before the cost of the tickets themselves. The new policy goes into effect now for new subscribers and in the 2022-23 season for existing ones.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:35:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Broadway Philly Kimmel Center 04.02.21
Paul Ritter: Friday Night Dinner star dies of brain tumour at 54 https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/apr/06/friday-night-dinner-star-paul-ritter-dies-of-brain-tumour-at-54 Ritter, who also appeared in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, died at home alongside his wife and two sons

The actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at the age of 54, his agent has told the Guardian. Ritter who starred as the family patriarch Martin in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal died on Monday.

In a statement, his agent said that the actor, who also appeared in numerous films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Quantum of Solace, died at home with his family by his side.

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Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies of brain tumour at 54 https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/apr/06/friday-night-dinner-star-paul-ritter-dies-of-brain-tumour-at-54 Ritter, who also appeared in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, died at home alongside his wife and two sons

The actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at the age of 54, his agent has told the Guardian. Ritter who starred as the family patriarch Martin in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal died on Monday.

In a statement, his agent said that the actor, who also appeared in numerous films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Quantum of Solace, died at home with his family by his side.

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How The Values Of Theatre Move Forward http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/b_OaBONbO6I/how-the-values-of-theatre-move-forward.html

“The American theatre is a very slow-moving ship, especially when I think about how quickly culture moves, and particularly now that we are in what’s called the digital age. It’s not just in the way we consume work, but also what the work is. And I think that’s a major, major issue. It’s part of the reason why we have systems and canons that are built on ideals that are hundreds of thousands of years old, whether we’re talking about ballet or opera. We’re ultimately upholding that ideal but haven’t taken the moment to question how relevant that aesthetic is now to the culture that is being created by the world around us.” – Howlround

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:14:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre 03.30.21
46-Year-Old LA Stage Alliance Disbands After Awards Mistake http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/yDjDUuFzmCo/46-year-old-la-stage-alliance-disbands-after-awards-mistake.html

Last week, more than 25 Los Angeles area theater companies, including the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Deaf West Theatre, revoked their memberships in the Alliance after the nonprofit organization misidentified and mispronounced the name of Asian actress Jully Lee at an awards show earlier this week. – Deadline

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:28:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Los Angeles Alliance Geffen Playhouse the Pasadena Playhouse Jully Lee 04.05.21
Game Of Thrones: The Musical? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/Y2430Dk78Xw/game-of-thrones-the-musical.html

OK, we’ll be honest, not a musical. A play. Or two? Seven? Hm. However, why Game of Thrones? “It was an epic, at times beautiful, show and all these attempts to reanimate its corpse can feel like a cheapening of the original experience. But there’s something else: Why not host a stage production from literally any other author or TV creator out there? There are so many!” – Wired

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 08:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre 04.02.21
'Howling anger': How Angels in America and The Normal Heart confronted the Aids crisis https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/apr/05/aids-plays-normal-heart-angels-in-america-enduring-power-anger The pandemic inspired many works of art but two furious, turbulent plays written at its onset still tower over the rest. As both return, we explore their enduring power

On 3 July 1981, a single-column item appeared on page 20 of the New York Times under the headline: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” In the four decades since, the cultural response to Aids has spanned every art form. It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 series, is only the most recent entry on a very long list. But even now, after all those works, the conversation about Aids is still dominated by two American plays that arrived in the early days of that pandemic.

In The Normal Heart, which opened off-Broadway in April 1985, playwright and activist Larry Kramer dramatised his own struggle to force politicians, doctors and the gay community to confront a disease many were treating with scepticism or indifference. In front of a set on which the rising fatalities and the names of the dead were scrawled and updated with each performance, Kramer’s crusading onstage alter-ego Ned Weeks ranted, raged and fell desperately in love. He was played by Brad Davis, the star of Midnight Express and Querelle, who died of Aids six years later.

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The Subway Can Be Hilarious http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/JeAP47GSe90/the-subway-can-be-hilarious.html

Just ask these stand-up comedians, who have been doing sets on trains for months. There are tickets, but then there are also random subway riders. And is it official? Hm. “The show had the chaotic air of something that could get shut down at any moment by a strict police officer who was not in the mood for a joke. A few people sipped beers, but everyone wore face coverings, making reactions to jokes harder to decipher. Still, the comics said they could tell from crinkled eyes and body language.” – The New York Times

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 16:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre 04.02.21
Broadway Reopens For 36 Minutes http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/aftvTspgAU0/broadway-reopens-for-36-minutes.html

The pop-up event, where Nathan Lane and Savion Glover performed (one at a time) “before a masked audience of 150 scattered across an auditorium with 1,700 seats, was the first such experiment since the coronavirus pandemic caused all 41 Broadway houses to close on March 12, 2020, and industry leaders are hoping it will be a promising step on what is sure to be a slow and bumpy road to eventual reopening.” – The New York Times

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 14:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Broadway Savion Glover Nathan Lane 04.03.21
Ovation Awards Snafu In Los Angeles Sparks Exodus Of Theatres From LA Stage Alliance http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/3TpIAxWDRWw/ovation-awards-snafu-in-los-angeles-sparks-exodus-of-theatres-from-la-stage-alliance.html

The list of things that went wrong at the Ovation Awards is too long to list – though the venerable East West Players did on social media – but the result of mispronouncing an Asian American actor’s name, posting the picture of a different Asian American actor to identify the first actor, and much, much more, is clear. “The next day, East West revoked its membership in the Ovation Awards presenter, LA Stage Alliance, and urged other local companies to do the same. More than two dozen did, including the Center Theatre Group, the Geffen Playhouse, Deaf West Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse.” – LAist

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 09:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre East West East West Players LA Stage Alliance 04.02.21 Ovation Awards
Just When We’re Tired Of The Whole Panini, Theatre On Camera Is Improving http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/iSMbjRPM5rU/just-when-were-tired-of-the-whole-panini-theatre-on-camera-is-improving.html

Sort of. “Still, how these works fare on practical levels — such as WiFi reliability and technical mastery of a visual medium — reveals the Internet as bumpy terrain for a field that breathes more naturally in shared public air.” – Washington Post

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 07:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre 04.02.21
Theatres Leave LA Theatre Alliance After Awards Show Mis-identifies Asian Award-Winner http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/g4qE_CUf6Ck/theatres-leave-la-theatre-alliance-after-awards-show-mis-identifies-asian-award-winner.html

“More than 25 Los Angeles area theater companies, including the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Deaf West Theatre, have revoked their memberships in the L.A. Stage Alliance after the nonprofit organization misidentified and mispronounced the name of Asian actress Jully Lee at an awards show earlier this week.” – Deadline

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Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:29:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Los Angeles 04.01.21 Theatres Leave LA Theatre Alliance Geffen Playhouse the Pasadena Playhouse Stage Alliance Jully Lee
‘Follies’ At 50: Why Sondheim’s Musical May Be The Most Important Flop Ever To Run On Broadway http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/h1dh1maQzw0/follies-at-50-why-sondheims-musical-may-be-the-most-important-flop-ever-to-run-on-broadway.html

“It was supposed to be a murder mystery: two couples, four motives, one gun. What it became was a different kind of mystery entirely: a musical that got prominent pans, alienated much of its audience and lost most of its investment — yet survived. Not only is Follies, which opened on Broadway on April 4, 1971, still here 50 years later, trailing a string of revivals, revisals and gala concerts, but it is also now recognized as the high-water mark of the serious ‘concept’ musical.” Jesse Green offers seven reasons (and one caveat) why Follies still matters. – The New York Times

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Fri, 02 Apr 2021 11:01:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Broadway Sondheim Jesse Green Follies 03.31.21
Ian McKellen On Playing Hamlet At Age 81 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/8JKcgqhlKgI/ian-mckellen-on-playing-hamlet-at-age-81.html

“I can’t pretend I’m 20. No one’s going to believe it. But I can feel that I’m 20. … One advantage is, when I was starting out as a young actor, I often played old men. Well, I didn’t know what it was like to be old, but being old, I do remember what it’s like to be young.” – BBC

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Fri, 02 Apr 2021 10:33:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Ian Mckellen 04.01.21
Glastonbury among those to share £400m from Covid recovery fund https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/02/glastonbury-share-pounds-400m-from-covid-arts-recovery-fund-culture-arts-heritage Culture secretary announces details of second tranche of grants and loans for arts and heritage sector

More than 2,700 arts and heritage organisations, from Glastonbury festival to Bamburgh Castle to the Young Vic, are to share £400m in grants and loans from the UK government’s culture recovery fund.

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced details of the second big tranche of money from a £1.57bn fund, which was unveiled last July after warnings that the UK faced an irreversible “cultural catastrophe” without significant intervention.

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UK Theatre Returns To Stages, Having Learned Some Things During Lockdown http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/em9nTZAwnP0/uk-theatre-returns-to-stages-having-learned-some-things-during-lockdown.html

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced a mid-May reopening, albeit with a capacity of up to only 500 in a popular auditorium that can hold as many as 1,700. The coveted standing places that allow the so-called Globe groundlings to jostle one another, and on occasion the actors, will be replaced by seats; a lack of intermissions will further limit unwanted contact. The idea is to return to normal practice, assuming restrictions ease as the summer season continues. – The New York Times

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Thu, 01 Apr 2021 18:01:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art UK Theatre Shakespeare 's Globe 03.31.21
Live-Streamed Stand-Up Comedy Might Just Outlast The Pandemic http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/7K-ZfJF3wvs/live-streamed-stand-up-comedy-might-just-outlast-the-pandemic.html

“Many are skeptical, including fans who badly miss being surrounded by echoing laughter and stand-ups who are exhausted by performing for screens and who widely prefer telling jokes in the same room as crowds. While conceding that nothing replaces the traditional comedy format, [the CEO of the largest digital comedy club] said the doubts will look as shortsighted as early mockery of Twitter, podcasting and so many other now common internet forms. She has good reason for such swagger.” – The New York Times

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Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:02:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Audience 03.31.21
The Pandemic Is Showing Us Plays Can Work Without Intermissions http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/LocUW0Zqu0k/the-pandemic-is-showing-us-plays-can-work-without-intermissions.html

Lyn Gardner: “Often an interval is only there to give audiences the opportunity to go to the lavatory and spend more money. It destroys the world of the play. Dispensing with the interval would remove another of those theatre conventions that are so much part of the experience that we’ve stopped questioning why they are there. The interval didn’t exist until theatre moved into playhouses and new candles were required to be lit to stop darkness descending.” – The Stage

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:02:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Theatre Audience Lyn Gardner 03.29.21
A Lavish ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Is Coming To Broadway And The West End http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/Oaw0Geiat10/a-lavish-game-of-thrones-prequel-is-coming-to-broadway-and-the-west-end.html

George R.R. Martin, who wrote the Song of Ice and Fire novels on which the megahit HBO series was based, is working with playwright Duncan MacMillan and director Dominic Cooke on a big, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child-type play that producers plan to open in New York, London, and Sydney and/or Melbourne. The draw is that the play will depict a major event in Westeros history that took place 16 years before the novels and Game of Thrones start. – The Hollywood Reporter

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