birds of a feather stage show– The Royal Shakespeare Company are turning away from the bright lights of the stage for 3 days this coming June. The company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a global internet audience in a partnership with Google. The project, titled Midsummer Night’s Dreaming, will play out in real time using a range of widely accessible online formats including live-streaming and blogging. It will be documented via social media (starting 21st June).

РThe stage show, based on the much loved 1990s sitcom Birds of a Feather, is visiting Newcastle Theatre Royal for a short time only. Starring the three original leads (Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph), the show is back by popular demand and will run from May 28th until June 1st. Tickets are set to sell out quickly so grab yours now at www.theatreroyal.co.uk.

– Best selling writer Ian Rankin is taking a break from novels to try his hand at play writing. The author is penning Dark Road, a play based on the first female Chief Constable of Lothian and Border Police and a serial killer case. The play will debut at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh later on this year.

– Dancers United UK have set up a campaign to inform commercial dancers about their rights in a bid to improve working conditions for professional artistes. The group want to put a stop to unpaid work and exploitation of dancers, in addition to targeting issues such as guaranteed lunch breaks and overtime payment.

– Finally, Margate Theatre Royal are welcoming visitors behind the scenes as part of a community day on the 18th May 2013. The ‘Party Day’, at the second oldest theatre in the country, will give the public back stage access with tours running from 11am. For more information visit www.theatreroyalmargate.com

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