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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Cockpitch; Monologue Library; Much Ado About Nothing

08 May, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Michelle Terry in Much Ado About Nothing. Photo: Manuel Harlan

THE Cockpit Theatre is taking bookings for their all-new online broadcasting initiative: Cockpitch. Whether you’re a regular street artist or musician – or more accustomed to performing in concert halls – if you’re unable to work under lockdown conditions, Cockpit Broadcast can help you to reach your audience. In place of the traditional hat/violin case, a donate button will enable viewers to show their appreciation. For details contact

Hampstead Theatre’s Associate Company, The Mono Box, is delighted to announce the launch of The Monologue Library, audio recordings of renowned artists performing their favourite theatrical speeches. The library features over 100 speeches by artists such as Sir Derek Jacobi, Gina McKee, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Sir Simon Russell Beale. Visit

• The Royal Shakespeare Company has reimagined Much Ado about Nothing in autumn 1918. Benedick and his friend Claudio return from the trenches and reacquaint themselves with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their combative courtship. Christopher Luscombe directs Michelle Terry and Edward Bennett as Beatrice and Benedick in this acclaimed production. Part of the RSC partnership with the BBC to share six of their shows between now and September. Visit:

Featuring archive footage taken from The Other Palace’s run of Eugenius! Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins’ homage to the great sounds and cinema of the 80s is available online. None of the cast or crew are being paid for the digital release so they are asking viewers to donate to the charity, Acting for Others, who offer financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need. Visit their YouTube channel or click eugeniusthemusical

• The Southwark Playhouse has released online their production of Wasted, a rock documentary which explores the heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote town in Yorkshire, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write such classics as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Score by Christopher Ash, book and lyrics by Carl Miller, this is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before. Visit:


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