The medium of stage has never been so popular and, to celebrate their 21st birthday, the English Touring Theatre have launched a search for the nation’s favourite play. Coming in the form of an online poll, the company want to get people thinking about their favourite stage plays – whether it’s Waiting for Godot, Hamlet, Julius Caeser or the recently relocated The Weir – there are so many to choose from. It’s not limited to London plays either, with winners from each region being selected. Company director Rachel Tackley told the BBC “Of course people are going to argue, and there will be lots of people – possibly including myself – who don’t like the result, but that’s the risk we’re taking.” You can cast your vote here.
– In other online poll news, My Theatre Matters! are looking for the UK’s most welcoming theatre. In association with Classic FM, the public are being asked to show their support for local theatres by voting, with the awards ceremony being held at London’s Guildhall on Sunday 20th October 2013. Special guests will be announced closer to the ceremony date.
– A theatre group from Clacton have made it into the latest Guinness book of records, which has just hit UK shelves. The ‘Youth Theatre Performerz’ received the fasted time for putting on a theatrical production. From the moment they gained the first script, the group managed to put on a show after just 22 hours – which is no mean feat. Hopefully this will inspire more young theatre companies to have a go as similar challenges and push the boundaries of what’s possible.
– Finally in some international stage news, Hollywood star and all round loveable guy Hugh Jackman will reopen a renovated opera house on 21st September in Iowa, USA. The Metropolitan Theatre in Iowa Falls was bought out of bankruptcy by a retired lawyer, who has since spent his time renovating it and installing brand new digital projectors. Jackman, who has had a great stage career outside of movies, will surely use his star power to entice visitors to the theatre. Why can’t the theatre be in the UK? We’d be first in line.