Monday, 23 December 2013
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Sunday, 15 December 2013
Welcome back to Access London and Thank You once again for your continued support for Access for All to the Arts. The Book of Mormon, Broadway's hit musical, that opened on Broadway in March 2011 and was followed by a successful US tour, opened in the West End in February 2013. Conceived by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone whilst working on the successful TV series ‘South Park’, the show came from modest beginnings to be one of the most popular Broadway shows of the past decade.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Welcome back to Access London and Thank You once again for helping to support Access for All to the Arts. Next month sees the opening of 'Strangers On A Train' at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Welcome back to Access London and Thank You once again for continuing to support Access for All to the Arts. Many people have been sending me messages requesting Access and booking details for the Three Phantoms Autumn tour which started this week in Canterbury, at the Marlowe Theatre. It is an extensive 10 week tour and covers many venues so I've made the decision to give detailed Access information for the tour's London stop at Richmond Theatre. As many of you are based around the UK, I've found the Access booking links or phone numbers to the other venues for you. It's a great show and I urge you all to go and watch! HERE . Or book via Box Office on 01227787787. Saturday 14th September - Sunday 15th September at The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton (including Saturday matinee), for Access information, see HERE and box office number 01902429212. Tuesday 17th - Wednesday 18th September at Opera House Manchester, for theatre Access information, see HERE and box office on 0844 8717677. Thursday 19th September at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, for Access information, see HERE and box office number 024 7655 3055. Friday 20th - Saturday 21st September at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0844 8717677. Sunday 22nd September at Watford Colosseum, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0845 0753993. Tuesday 24th - Thursday 26th September (including Thursday matinee) at Swindon Wyvern Theatre, for Access information, see HERE . Box office number 01793 524481. Friday 27th - Saturday 28th (including Saturday matinee) at Malvern Theatres, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 01684 892277. Sunday 29th September at De Montfort Hall, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0116 2333111. HERE , box office number 0292 0878444. Wednesday 9th October at Venue Cymru Llandudno, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 01492 872000. Thursday 10th October at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 01223 357851. Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th October at Princess Theatre Torquay, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0844 8717677. Wednesday 16th - Thursday 17th October at the Churchill Theatre Bromley, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0844 871 7677. Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th October at Belfast Grand Opera House, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 02890 241919. Tuesday 22nd - Wednesday 23rd October at Inverness Eden Court, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 01463 234234. Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th October at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0131 5296000. Monday 28th - Tuesday 29th October at Perth Concert Hall, for Access information, the box office number is 01738 621031. HERE , box office number 01792 475715. Sunday 3rd November at Woking New Victoria Theatre, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0844 8717677. Monday 4th - Tuesday 5th November at Buxton Opera House, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0845 1272190. Wednesday 6th - Thursday 7th at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 01892 530613. Friday 8th - Saturday 9th November at Poole Lighthouse, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0844 406 8666. Tuesday 12th November at Guildford Live, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 0844 7701 797. Thursday 14th - Saturday 16th November at Eastbourne Devonshire Park, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 01323 412000. Sunday 17th November at Southampton Mayflower, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 02380 711811. Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th November at Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre, for Access information, see HERE , box office number 00 353 818 719 377. Saturday 23rd November at Southend Cliffs Pavilion, for Access information, contact the box office on 01702 351135.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Welcome back to Access London and thank you once again for supporting Access for All to the Arts. Today's post is on Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the Southbank. For information on Access to the Globe's exhibition space and tours, search the Access London blog for previous posts. Both are Accessible and well worth visiting. The guides on the tours are incredibly knowledgeable and disability aware. www.shakespearesglobe.com
Friday, 16 August 2013
Welcome back to Access London and Thank You once again for continuing to support Access for All to the Arts. Today's post looks at Access to one of London's hottest fringe theatres, The Union, and its current production, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream. There is also an interview with Kieran Brown who is currently starring as 'Doc' in Pipe Dream and is performing his own cabaret, 'Music That Matters', this coming August Bank Holiday Monday. HERE . Pipe Dream is running at The Union until Saturday 31st August. Performances are Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. HERE . To keep up to date with all of Kieran's news, follow him on Twitter @LuciferBox . You can also check out his website www.kieranbrown.com . Here's what Kieran had to say about his forthcoming cabaret... AL: What can people expect from the evening? KB: An evening of simply soulful, personal music, sung by some of my favourite performers (and friends)around town. AL: Why The Union as your chosen venue? KB: Well, I am doing Pipe Dream there at the moment. I have a tremendous affection for The Union. I know the space, the acoustics and the atmosphere and for what I have in mind for this show, it is perfect! AL: How did you go about making your song choices for this cabaret? KB: Each song means something very personal to me (and my guests). Songs that originate from my childhood, the beginnings of my career, right through to what is happening with me now, and a sneak peek into what is happening next... I also have two homages - one to the greenest girl in Oz and the other to my own icon from childhood right through to present day, Madonna!!! AL: What can you tell us about your guests for 'Music That Matters'? KB: I am utterly thrilled with who I have, some of my best friends have agreed to sing for and with me. My ex Les Mis cast mate, and partner in crime, Sophia Ragavelas, will be dueting with me on a song special to us. And Yorkshire's finest, the awesome Scott Garnham, will be singing something with me, no idea what yet though!! Both are currently in Title of a Show at The Landor. My favourite Aussie blonde bombshell, Erin Cornell, my Phantom co-star Kira Morsley, the girl with the best lungs and legs in Canada, Michelle Lafortune, my Pipe Dream love interest (and ex Wicked buddy) Charlotte Scott, Georgie Burdett and the gorgeous Loula Geater and Jeroen Robben (trust me ladies, and some gents, you won't want to miss him!). AL: Which 5 words best sum up 'Music That Matters'? KB: EEEEEK!!! Music, Matters, Laugh, Cry, Come!!!
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Welcome back to Access London and thank you once again for supporting Access for All. Summer is finally here and many of us want a break from city life for a few days and escape to the country or coast. Today's post is about Chichester's new venue, Theatre in the Park, a great way to have a break from London and still get your theatre fix! Theatre in the Park is Chichester's new temporary venue, whilst its Festival Theatre is being refurbished. It is located in the park, next door to the Festival Theatre. The theatre's big Summer production is Barnum. HERE . For details of Chichester's Access List and to join, please see their Access List page HERE .
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Since Access London's last post on the Queen's Theatre (home to Les Miserables), there have been improvements made to the physical Access at the theatre. Previously there were problems with one of the doorways in the theatre, leading to one of the Accessible seating areas as it was not wide enough to accommodate most manual wheelchairs! Thankfully this has been corrected and the doorway widened to accommodate wheelchairs, manual and motorised, and also scooters. Access Info for Queen's: For wheelchair and scooter users, the entrance to the auditorium is through the fourth side door on Wardour Street – please ask a member of staff to open this for you. Level transfers are available in row D Dress Circle (may not be suitable for very low seated wheelchairs). There are places in Loge 1 and 2 that have level access. These will be suitable for wheelchairs which are maximum 1m in length and 64cm wide. Limited Mobility: 18 steps from the foyer up to the rear Dress Circle. 21 steps from the foyer down to the Stalls. 39 steps from the foyer to up the Upper Circle (this area is quite steep). Assistance dogs are allowed inside the auditorium, however Theatre Management can look after them if required. There is an Infra-red system with 12 headsets – Free hire upon production of ID. Please collect from foyer kiosk. You will be asked to sign a receipt. A £5.00 returnable deposit is required for the hire of the headsets. Please notify theatre at time of booking if you require this service. For signed, captioned and audio-described performances, patrons are requested to call: 0844 482 5166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org There is an adapted toilet with Radar lock in the foyer, accessed via a ramped corridor. Currently no bars in the theatre are accessible to wheelchair users but drinks can be brought into the auditorium. Tickets: To book discounted Access tickets (companion discount also) to see Les Miserables, call Access number and select 'Queen's Theatre' from the options on 0844 482 5137. Soprano, Victoria Farley, is a former Les Miserables cast member and part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations at the O2 in 2010. She is currently working on recording tracks in a classical/jazz crossover style, with the hope of recording an album in the near future. Victoria kindly answered some questions on Access recently and also some on her first recorded track, proving a big success on YouTube. Have a read what she has to say and check out her YouTube channel and follow on Twitter. AL: Many theatres/arts venues in London still have little or no disabled access. How aware are you of these issues? And how aware do you think others in the business are? VF: In all honesty, I was not at all aware of how many theatre/arts venues have restricted and even no disabled access, and I think I would be correct in saying that the vast majority of others in the industry are also unaware of this. AL: As a singer, how important is it to you that everyone who wants to see you perform can access the venue to do so? VF: As a performer, I feel a personal sense of responsibility to the audience at all times. To me it is of the utmost importance that every audience member has the most enjoyable time possible when visiting the theatre; in all aspects. I am also always immensely proud of the show I am in, and proud of everyone involved and it is wonderful to receive support from the audience. The fact is: No Audience, No Show. Without the support of the public, the theatre world would and could not exist. Therefore I feel ashamed that some theatres are obliged to turn away an audience member should they have a disability that cannot be accommodated. I understand there are difficulties with listed building restrictions on some of the older theatres, but in a time where health & safety, equal rights, human rights, political correctness and disability work awareness/equality are practiced in all sectors, I feel a sense of embarrassment that our sector of work is lagging so far behind. AL: Many theatres and theatre groups currently don't promote and publicise their Access details and rates particularly well. Could this be because they don't want to sell discounted Access tickets or do you think other reasons are involved? VF: I don’t think the discounted rates are an issue to theatres. With so much competition among the theatres, discounts and offers are promoted on a daily basis. Perhaps they are unaware of the issues faced in this matter, and that because so many venues do not offer Access, there will be certain audience members who are looking out for these tickets. It is something that must be bought to the attention of each venue, and the ones offering Access should be proud to stand up promote this, and encourage other theatres to follow suit. AL: Some of the larger arts venues (Barbican, ROH, RAH, RFH, Coliseum) have their own Access schemes with free membership, Access rates and dedicated Access teams. Do you think such schemes could work in West End and off West End theatres? VF: Absolutely. If you are welcomed into a place so warmly, you will be loyal to that place. As I mentioned before, the competition between each theatre is high so regular visitors and loyal members do wonders for those venues. All theatres should look into offering Access membership and rates as they will then recommend this venue to others. It would be especially worthwhile in off West End theatres as the shows change so regularly and it is always nice to welcome back familiar faces. AL: Any message to theatres owners about the future of Access for All? VF: Theatre owners should recognise the importance of Access for All. However large or small the venue is, they should be committed to offering whatever level of Access they can. It is unacceptable in this era to be turning away audience members because they cannot accommodate disabled members and theatres should be proud to stand up and say that they have made the difference. AL: You've performed in shows from Les Mis (incl the 25th Anniversary concerts) to Edwin Drood...what's made you choose to record songs, and possibly an album, at this time? VF: Having trained classically as a soprano, performing as a solo artist is something I am very used to, and before I branched into Musical Theatre, most of my performing experience were solo recitals/concerts. The idea of recording a new style of music was something I started working on 2 years ago, however I was fortunate enough to work solidly in theatre for those 2 years, so I put the recording on temporary hold. As soon as I finished pantomime this year, I took the bull by the horns and set to work whilst I had no other commitments. AL: Why a classical/jazz crossover? Where did the idea come from? VF: Just after I finished the Les Mis tour, I worked abroad for 6 months. I was singing lots of different genres of music, one of these being jazz. Jazz was a style I hadn’t worked on before and I loved it! When I started working on the idea of releasing a track, I couldn’t decide between jazz, and my first love: classical. Both are so very different, and would be marketed towards completely different listeners. And then it hit me: why not try a mixture of the two! AL: It's the first song you've recorded. What was the process like? VF: The process was quite long and tricky. Classical and jazz are completely different genres. Musically they are worlds apart, and they styles in which they are written differ in almost every way. Trying to merge the two in a way that was still sympathetic to the original aria wasn’t an easy one to work out and I did go through a stage of thinking “There is a reason why this hasn’t yet been tackled – it doesn’t work!” I was persistent however, and eventually we worked out a formula. AL: Who and what are your musical influences? VF: I have certainly been inspired by singers such as Il Divo, who have crossed classical with pop in order to make it more accessible to people who wouldn’t usually enjoy classical music, whilst still pleasing those that do listen to it. There have been many like Il Divo who are also achieving this. I have always been inspired by the greatest classical singers such as Andrea Bocelli, Pavarotti and Cecilia Bartoli, who literally raise the roof with their singing ability! AL: If an album is to be made (fingers crossed), what songs and ideas have you got for it? VF: I am currently working on a number of songs for a potential album. I also hope to be performing my own gigs soon. I am mainly sticking to the most celebrated and recognisable arias, although I will be throwing in some surprises! I shouldn’t be naming any numbers yet, as with the complications of creating new arrangements I could end up scrapping some of them, but ‘Nella Fantasia’ and ‘Canto Della Terra’ will definitely be amongst the mix. Thank you once again Victoria for answering those questions and supporting Access London and Access for All. Please check out Victoria's YouTube channel and her newest classical/jazz recording... Victoria Farley, O Mio Babbino Caro Video . You can keep up to date with Victoria's latest news and projects via her website www.victoriafarley.com . And by following her on Twitter @victoria_farley .