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for members of the Teachers’ Preview Club

Stage directions Issue 52 November / December / January 2012

Book now for EducationLive, the unique event offering secondary school teachers the chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by London theatres. We are thrilled to announce Simon Callow, renowned British actor, director and writer, currently starring in The Mystery of Charles Dickens at the Playhouse theatre, will make a welcome address at this year’s event. EducationLive costs just £20 to attend and will take place on Monday 12 November from 17:30-20:45. This special event will include: Two 45 minute workshops led by theatre professionals The opportunity to network with over 20 theatre organisations Access to exclusive theatre offers

Book online at

We present StageDirections 52, with lots of new shows in the West End, some to celebrate the festive season and some that have travelled South – read our feature on Loserville on page 9.

how to book


• We hope that you find your membership a useful resource. The ‘Preview’ in the Teachers’ Preview Club is designed to help you see theatre productions with a view to taking your class. • You are entitled to book two tickets to preview productions. • When booking your tickets, you will be asked for your TPC membership number on your membership card. • You can preview as many or as few productions as you wish.

On 12th November Mousetrap Theatre Projects is hosting Education Live, a unique event especially for secondary teachers to learn more about the educational opportunities offered by London theatres. You can read more about it and book at We are especially delighted that Simon Callow will be opening the event - the much loved actor is also starring in a highly acclaimed one-man production of A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre this winter for which there is a TPC offer on page 4.

• All tickets are subject to availability. • Tickets CANNOT be transferred or bought on behalf of others.

Wishing you a happy winter of theatregoing,

• To log on to the website you will need your username – firstname.surname and a password. Unless you otherwise specify your password will be automatically be set to ‘mousetrap’.


• Most West End theatre offers can be booked through ATG on 0844 871 7644 • Other productions can be booked via their own box office telephone number which will appear under the production listing or venue name. • When collecting your tickets at the box office, you may be asked to show your TPC membership card. • If there are any changes in production dates or booking details after this magazine’s publication, you will receive an email with the updated information.

• If we have your email, you will also receive additional theatre offers during the quarter. • Your membership will expire exactly one year after you join, when we will write to you to remind you to renew.

* For lost membership cards, to register your email, reset your password, or renew your membership, call the TPC on 020 7240 1248 or email

Photos taken by Mousetrap Theatre Projects and Alex Rumford

Cover image: Shunt:The Architects at the Biscuit Factory


the story of Britain is Brought throBBingly alive in this hilarious show!”


Daily Express

Heads you lose


0844 412 4662 GARRICK THEATRE

MOUSETRAP THEATRE PROJECTS ...inspiring young people

After a 6 month run and playing to ecstatic audiences, Barmy Britain is BACK! We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? What if a Viking moved in next door? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Will Parliament escape gunpowder Guy?
Enrol yourself at Georgian Crime School, dare to dance the Tyburn jig and find out what a baby farmer did! Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! TICKETS £10 / 6th Nov – 14 December / Thurs – Sun / Thurs – Sun (Exc. Xmas Holidays) To book visit www. or call 08444124662 and quote MOUSETRAP / For ages 6 -106! 


Fiery Angel., the Ambassador Theatre Group , Fiery Dragons & The Children’s Touring Partnership present The Chichester Festival Theatre Production of



A play by David Wood from the novel by Michelle Magorian. After playing to packed houses across the UK, this critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production comes to London for a limited 9 week season. Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in a brand new stage adaptation by David Wood, with Olivier Awardwinning actor Oliver Ford Davies starring as Mister Tom.

‘★★★★ It ends as children’s theatre should. Adults audibly snivelling and children breathlessly attentive.’ Times TICKETS £15 / Ages 7+ / 22 – 28 Nov (price bands B and C) / To book quote ‘Teacher’ on 0844 871 7629 or enter promo code teacher on


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Having played to more than 2 million people since its premiere in 2009, Dreamboats and Petticoats, inspired by the smash hit, multi-million selling albums DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR and FIVE, features some of the greatest songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, when each passing week brought another classic track. Dreamboats and Petticoats - the songs will live forever! TICKETS £15 / All Ages / Mon–Thurs 7.30pm / Until end 19 January To book call 0844 871 7644 or login at and enter ‘TPCDream’





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Following a sell-out season in 2011, Simon Callow stars in the acclaimed one-man theatrical extravaganza A Christmas Carol.
One of the most beloved books in the English language. It has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike. TICKETS £20 / 29 & 30 Nov & 4, 10, 11 December / To book call 0207 836 8463 and quote ‘Teachers Preview’


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, live in London’s West End! Let It Be is a spectacular theatrical concert jam-packed with forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits! ‘A non-stop parade of hits’ Daily Telegraph ‘Fab for all the family’ Times ‘Beatlemania is back!’ Tony Dibbin, Capital Gold TICKETS £15 / All ages / 1 Nov–17 Jan / Thursdays at 3pm, (Excl. 1 Nov, 27 Dec and 3 Jan) To book please call 0844 482 5110



This multi-award winning show has a universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. TICKETS £15 (+ £2.50 booking fee) / Sun 3pm and Thurs 3pm / From 8th Nov – end Jan (Excl. 20th Dec - 6th Jan) / To book call 0844 8112 334 and quote ‘Teachers Preview Club’

Two tickets per cardholder. All tickets to be collected at the Box Office and strictly only released upon production of a valid TPC membership card.




Tommy Steele is returning to the London Palladium for a strictly limited season, to play the title role in Bill Kenwright’s production of the festive musical Scrooge. Described by critics as a ‹smash hit, timeless, feel-good show and packed with memorable songs and classic characters, Scrooge is the most spectacular musical extravaganza of the season. “The legendary Tommy Steele returns as Ebenezer in the record breaking London Palladium production of Scrooge. Christmas shows don’t come better than this” Sunday Times TICKETS £19.50 / Mon – Thurs (Excl. w/c 17 Dec and w/c 24 Dec) / To book call 0844 412 4655





Shrek The Musical brings the characters loved by all ages to life in this spectacular production based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, which turns the world of fairytales upside down. The adventure must end 24 February – don’t miss out! TICKETS £20 / Ages 5+ / Mon – Thu perfs / 5 Nov – 13 Dec, and 8 – 30 Jan / To book call 0844 871 7644 or login at and enter ‘TPCShrek’



Bring your classroom to life with London’s award-winning stage musical. The free WICKED  ACTIVE LEARNING online teacher resource combines the thrill of live performance with cross-curricular classroom-based activities that provoke discussion about the staging, themes and narrative of the production. Watch an EXCLUSIVE education trailer at £15.00 / Mon – Thu @ 7.30pm and Wed at 2.30pm / 5 Nov – 20 Dec 2012 To book call 020 9707 7069 or login at / Ages 7+


If you can’t predict the future. Invent it. This new British musical is a fun, exuberant and fast-moving mash-up about dating, binary and staying true to your dreams - no matter what the odds. Teachers can benefit from the Loserville Relationship Academy, a high calibre, whiteboard friendly, curriculum focused online resource which uses video led presentations to explore a range of drama and PSHE linked activities. Watch the trailer at Tickets £15 / Mon-Fri eves and Weds mats 5 Nov – 21 Dec / Call 0844 412 4662





Take a daring leap into the world of espionage, high drama and rip-roaring comedy with The 39 Steps. The wonderfully inventive Olivier Award winning show is a brilliant stage recreation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller and features just 4 fearless actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. Workshops available and 46-page education pack downloadable at TICKETS £15 / Ages 7+ / Mon – Thu at 8pm and Wed at 3pm / Until end January (Excl. 26 – 30 Dec / To book call 0844 871 7644 or login at and enter ‘TPC39Steps’


and with such a talented cast is an honour.


What is different about the West End transfer of the show?

at the Garrick Theatre

AS: It’s slicker and flows much better now RL: It’s bigger and better too. The choreography is tighter and it looks five times more stunning.

RL: Getting to create an original character in my own way is a real treat. What do you hope that young audiences will get from seeing the show? AS: A love for musical theatre and for new writing and a desire to succeed in what they wish to do. Eliza Hope Bennett as Holly Manson & Aaron Sidwell as Michael Dork

StageDirections talks to Aaron Sidwell and Richard Lowe, stars of new musical Loserville Tell us a bit about Loserville and how you got involved.


Richard Lowe as Lucas Lloyd

AS: I took part in a reading of an early version of the script and following that, I was asked to attend a meeting, I fell in love with the project and was asked to play Michael.

a part of – what was that process like? AS: It was great. Hugely creative and fulfilling as a performer. The creatives were very keen for us to share our opinions. RL: Yes, incredible. To shape a show from scratch is a delight any actor wants to do. To put an original show on for the first time

RL: It’s a high octane, slick show full of energy. I hope that everyone will leave with a smile!

Aaron Sidwell plays Michael Dork and Richard Lowe plays Lucas Lloyd in Loserville at the Garrick Theatre. Currently booking until March 2013


AS: Sharing it with a team that I love and consider family.


What’s been the best part of your Loserville journey so far?

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RL: I auditioned over 2 days. It was my first ever musical theatre audition. I think it’s a very original show, like nothing else in London at the moment. Loserville was developed at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, which you were all


BUSH THEATRE Shepherd’s Bush Market / Shepherd’s Bush / Goldhawk Rd

To book call 020 8292 9222 Oakwood

written & the directedgame by Clareshow Duffy MONEY

by Clare Duffy Playing with £10,000 in real coins, ex hedge fund managers Casino and Queenie challenge you to a series of games that demonstrate how the world’s economic system came to the brink of collapse. MONEY the Game Show takes a playful and politically sharp look at the financial crisis, asking: What is money? What is it worth? And what happens when we stop believing in it? TICKETS £12 / 31 Jan, 1, 2, 4, 5 Feb, 7.30pm / Ages 14+ To book call 020 8743 5050 and quote code ‘MONEY SD’

Three Birds shunt: THE ARCHITECTS




To book call 020 7452 3000 and quote ‘Teachers’ Preview Club’ Bermondsey

In the custard halls of the biscuit factory in Bermondsey, the walls are smeared with history - the history of mass producing biscuits. Shunt has taken the extraordinary liberty to extend this history to ancient Greece. The Architects is inspired by the labyrinth and the horror it contains. TICKETS £10 / 27–29 November / Ages 14+

by Janice Okoh Siblings Tiana, Tionne and Tanika have found themselves home alone. As the outside world begins to press in, the three will do anything to keep their secret safe from the adults who come to call. A startling and darkly comic drama about childhood, family and fantasy. Winner of the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. TICKETS £12 / 20, 21 March, 7.30pm / Age suitability 14+ To book call 020 8743 5050 and quote code ‘THREEBIRDS SD’




Sleeping Beauty – Dream On

Chickenshed serves up a familiar story in an entirely fresh and funky way. An entertaining and exciting extravaganza with all the much loved Chickenshed verve, vitality and joy that will have audiences dancing in the aisles this Christmas.   A magical, musical, festive show for all the family. TICKETS £10 / Weds 28 Nov – Sat 1 Dec, Fri 7 Dec (pre-show talk), Tues 8 – Thurs 10 Jan @ 7.30pm & Sat 1 Dec @ 3.30pm / Ages 5+


To book call Ticket Office on 020 8741 6850 or visit and use the promotional code ‘Mousetrap’ Hammersmith

To book call 020 8543 4888 and quote ‘Mousetrap Teachers Preview’ Wimbledon



Traditional panto once again returns as the Hardups come to Hammersmith. Back by popular demand is Steven Webb, alongside actress, broadcaster and comedian Mel Giedroyc and, as Cinderella, West End star Julie Atherton. TICKETS £5 / 30 Nov and 07 Dec at 7pm / Ages 6+


PEACOCK theatre

To book call 0844 412 4322 and quote ‘Teacher’s Preview Club Offer’ (please note a £2.50 transaction fee applies) Holborn

Khadija is 18

by Shamser Sinha Tuesday, 30 October–Saturday, 24 November 2012 A story from the frontline of multicultural Britain exploring the lives of two teenage refugee girls in London’s East End. Giving voice to the dispossessed and capturing the hopes and heartbreak of our young, Shamser Sinha is an exciting new voice in playwriting. TICKETS £10 / 30 & 31 October / £6 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from 30th Oct– 4th Nov




by Louise Monaghan Tuesday, 27 November – Saturday, 22 December 2012 As a BNP rally gathers momentum outside, four women meet to play bridge. Struggling to find common ground, they talk about their men, children and heritage. But beliefs and loyalties are tested when Stephie’s son, Jack, is implicated in a brutal racist attack on an eleven year old Pakistani boy. TICKETS £10 27 & 28 November / £6 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from 27 Nov–2 Dec

The Wind in the Willows

Headlong’s startlingly modern version of Euripides’ classic tragedy explores the private fury bubbling under public behaviour and how in today’s world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband’s infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime. TICKETS £10 / Tue 20–Sat 24 November / Tue–Sat eves 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm

Around TOWN


To book call 0844 847 1652 or visit

Lyric Hammersmith



A play with songs by Toby Hulse, based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame ‘Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats’. When mole abandons spring-cleaning for the delights of the riverbank, he has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead. A wonderfully funny tale brought to life with music, songs and the usual Polka magic! 1 free ticket per teacher / 23 Nov–30 Nov / Ages 5–11 KS1 & KS2’


When a young boy’s snowman magically comes to life, the two set off on a starry-skied adventure. Now in its record breaking 15th year, watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you in this heart-warming stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s timeless Walking In The Air. TICKETS £15 (plus £2.50 transaction fee) / Wed 28– Fri 30 November 7pm / Ages 2+

To book call 0844 871 7651 or visit Richmond

Blue / Orange

Olivier-Award winning play Blue/Orange is a strikingly poignant and topical exploration of the role of the NHS and psychiatry in modern multi-cultural Britain. A riveting, compelling and witty battle of freedom and ambition unfolds. TICKETS £10 / 13–7 November / Tue–Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm


Aladdin is the family friendly festive adventure with genies by the lamp-load. So rub the magic lamp, enter the cave of wonders and be transported on a flying carpet ride into the mystical world of the Far East. A glittering journey into a fun, fairytale world, Aladdin is guaranteed to wow the whole family. TICKETS £15 / Mon 10, Wed 12, Mon 17, Wed 19, Thu 20 December 7pm


Book online or by telephone with the promotional code Mousetrap Box office 020 7328 1000 Kilburn

UNICORN Theatre To book call: 020 7645 0560 and quote ‘EARLY BIRD OFFER.’ London Bridge

Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming A Christmas Story

From the company that brought you The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Twinkel Twonkle comes an adaptation of the absurdly funny Lemony Snicket story. A show about being yourself and appreciating others, this is the perfect family show to see this winter. 

Tall Stories sets the benchmark for children’s theatre’ - Sunday Times TICKETS £6 / Wed 28 Nov - Thu 20 Dec 10am / 2pm / Ages 5+




option 2) and quote ‘TPC Offer’ Chalk Farm / Camden Town



ROUNDHOUSE To book your tickets please call 0844  482 8008 (choose option 1, followed by


To book call 020 7565 5000 and quote ‘Teachers’ Sloane Square

I, Malvolio In the Republic of Happiness


by Martin Crimp A family Christmas is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Uncle Bob. Martin Crimp (The City, Attempts on Her Life) returns to the Royal Court Theatre with In the Republic of Happiness, a provocative roll-call of contemporary obsessions, directed by Dominic Cooke. Education rates available. TICKETS £15 / 6 Dec–9 Jan (Excluding Wed 12 Dec) / Ages 16 +


In Baghdad, a young woman starts a revolution through the power of storytelling. Scheherezade is determined to stop the bloodshed being carried out by King Shahryar using the only weapons she has - her wit and imagination. How long can her stories save her? A punky, modern reimagining of ancient tales suitable for secondary school students. TICKETS £5 / 3, 13, 19 & 20 Dec at 2pm plus 13 Dec at 10.30am / Ages 10+

Innovative theatre-maker Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in a brilliant one-man show that unlocks Shakespeare’s play for new audiences and tells a timeless story of bullying, prudery and practical jokes. 
Tim Crouch is one of Britain’s most innovative and respected theatremakers – and a hugely experienced exponent of Shakespeare for young people.
‘Crouch’s finest work to date… delivers an excellent explication of the Twelfth Night plot… but it does much more than that.’ Daily Telegraph TICKETS £5 / Thu 25 Oct 1.45pm & 5.15pm, Fri 26 Oct 1.45pm, Fri 9 Nov 1.30pm & 7.15pm, Thurs 6 Dec 7.30pm / Ages 11+

Liar, Liar

Acclaimed writer E V Crowe’s latest play is a contemporary tale about Grace, a young girl who knows the truth can be dangerous. In a virtual world of texting and Xbox, her relationship between fact and reality stretches, until a series of wilder and wilder lies leads her into a showdown with the police and puts her dad on the line. Where does her allegiance lie and where do the lies stop?

E V Crowe is one of the most exciting young playwrights around and widely regarded as an inspiring voice for and about teenagers’ experience in Britain today. TICKETS £5 / Thu 31 Jan 10.30am & 1.30pm, Fri 1 Feb 1.30pm, Thu 14 Feb 11am & 2pm / Ages 13-16


A quote not from your reviewer but from someone who was at one of the first Beatles concerts way back in the 60’s. You didn’t hear a Beatles concert in those days, you could only watch it because the screaming drowned out the music. And what music it was - a soundtrack for a generation. It was a time when the release of a new Beatles record was an event. Now we have a West End show which attempts to capture the live experience of a Beatles concert. And it’s very, very good without the screaming or fans being carried out unconscious. Instead just nearly two hours of music played by an amazing tribute band, chosen not only for their musical prowess but also for their impersonations of Paul, John, George and Ringo. They do look like them and the individual mannerisms have been closely studied and brought to the show. There are also the instruments; Ludwig drums, Hofner violin bass, Gretsch guitar and Vox amplifiers, the fashion; the early suits of ‘She loves you’, the military look for ‘Help’ and ‘Paperback Writer’, the explosion of psychedelic colour for ‘Sgt. Pepper’s lonely hearts club band’, and finally the fashion free for all in ‘Abbey Road’. Running with the music is a beautifully lit stage, including images of Shea Stadium, the rainbow effects of Yellow Submarine and the famous Abbey Road Crossing. We also have two giant old fashion televisions on either side of the stage showing footage from the numerous Beatles tours and some entertaining 1960’s adverts. 16

This wonderful tribute band plays 30 songs from the Beatles incredible back

catalogue, surely the finest in the world. Standouts for me? ‘A day in the life’ with its incredible ending; ‘While my guitar gently weeps’ with a marvellous guitar solo, and a beautiful three guitar acoustic version of ‘Blackbird’. Some of the songs brought the audience to its feet and indeed you needed to be on your feet for ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Day Tripper’ just to name three. The songs for this concert have been carefully chosen to represent the incredible musical development of the greatest pop band ever (over 1 billion records sold and still counting). All the albums from ‘Please Please Me’ to ‘Abbey Road’ are represented except ‘Beatles for Sale’. But then we do get the bonus of Lennon’s ‘Give Peace a chance’ where we are all invited to sing the catchy chorus. Back in the 60’s there was a television programme called ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’. During part of the programme a panel, including a young lady called Janet were asked to individually vote out of 5 for new record releases. If Janet gave a record 5 it was almost guaranteed to be a hit. ‘Let it Be’ the musical? I’ll definitely give it 5! Reviewed by Roy Etherton, Retired Deputy Head (Primary) and Primary tutor

Some suggestions for the Curriculum Key Stage 2 + Art: psychedelic painting, album cover designs, pop group fashions History: Social conditions in the 60’s. World events; Kennedy’s assassination, Cuban Missile Crisis, moon landing Music: The influence of British pop on the world during the 60’s United_Kingdom_(1960s)


at the Prince of Wales Theatre


Let It Be

‘I have never seen anything like it. Nor heard any noise to approximate the ceaseless, frantic, hysterical scream which met The Beatles when they took the stage after what seemed a hundred years of earlier acts. All very good, all marking time, because no one had come for anything other than The Beatles...’

Maths: The maths of best selling artistsgraphs, records sold etc R.E: Religious movements in the 60’s, decline of Christianity in the West, rise of eastern religions. Literature: Analysis of the Beatles lyrics as poetry. Theatre in the 60’s ‘Look back in Anger’ etc. PSHE: The changing moral climate in the 60’s and its effects today.

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This Christmas

Tom’s Midnight Garden Tom’s Midnight Garden at The Bloomsbury Theatre WC1 (5 mins walk from Euston station) a magical adaptation by David Wood of Philippa Pearce’s award winning novel about what happens to Tom when the grandfather clock strikes thirteen! (suitable for ages 5+)


2 for 1 tickets for members on 15, 22, 27, 28 & 29 Dec at 2.30pm box office 020 7388 8822 Tickets adult £19.50, children £14.50

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A sparkling new version of one of the world’s great adventure stories by acclaimed family audiences writer Toby Hulse. Follow dashing Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg as he embarks on an epic journey across the globe, aiming to complete the feat in record time. Little does he know that hot on his heels is Scotland Yard’s finest – the unstoppable Fix of the Yard. Travelling by any means possible - boats, trains and even an elephant, will our hero make it back in

time or will his plans be foiled? A cast of three actors play over twenty characters in this epic tale of adventure. Suitable for ages 7+ / 80 minutes / Dalston Kingsland / Dalston Junction Overground SPECIAL TPC OFFER Thursday 31 January 2013 – 7pm £5 (including glass of wine) To book email


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Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ latest NEWS EducationLive - Monday, 12th November 2012


The 5th annual EducationLive which offers secondary school teachers the chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by London theatres will take place on Monday, 12th November from 5.30pm - 8.45pm at the Lyceum Theatre in Covent Garden. This twilight event includes two 45-minute practical drama workshops led by West End professionals, a chance to network with a huge range of theatre industry professionals in the EducationLive marketplace and access to exclusive theatre offers so teachers can preview a show before bringing their students to see it. EducationLive 2012 costs just £20 to attend. To book:

TheatreCraft Day - Friday, 30th November 2012 at the Royal Opera House TheatreCraft Day will be held at the Royal Opera House on Friday, 30th November from 9.30am – 3.30pm. TheatreCraft targets young people, aged 17 – 25, who are interested in learning about the huge range of theatre careers other than acting. This year we expect to host over 1,000 attendees to this free event. 

Theatre Craft Day

The day will offer 60 workshops, talks, lecturedemonstrations on topics as diverse as directing, producing, theatre design, theatre journalism, wig-making, wardrobe, playwriting, marketing, etc. led by outstanding theatre professionals. There will also be a marketplace with 40+ drama schools, arts organisations, theatres, etc. all of whom offer opportunities for young people to enrol, intern or apprentice. And, young people can meet one-to-one with theatre practitioners who can advise them on their career path in the ‘Ask the Expert’ section. If you have students who are interested in pursuing a ‘behind the scenes’ career in the theatre, this even is the perfect opportunity for them to explore the range of options. To register or find out more information, students will need to sign up at


Through this education programme for state secondary schools, Mousetrap Theatre Projects offers teachers and their students the opportunity to learn lighting and sound design taught by professional theatre designers. Following a 2-day INSET held at Jacksons Lane


Youth Forum

Theatre, 4 schools are now participating, enabling their students to work directly with sound and lighting designers using their school’s theatre equipment. The designers will run 4 workshops at each school offering a combination of sound and lighting. For more information about this programme for next year, contact

Sandford Awards

Mousetrap Theatre Projects was delighted to receive a Sandford Award for Heritage Education. We are the first UK theatre organisation to receive this prestigious award. These annual awards recognise quality and excellence in educational services and facilities which demonstrate an understanding of local and national heritage. We received the Sandford Award for the range of our creative learning projects and specifically for our new programme, StageSeen, which gives deaf and hard of hearing young people a magical day at the theatre. The judge attended a StageSeen Day at Billy Elliot the Musical, and watched the young people engaging in workshops led by signers and interpreters, an on-stage tour and a prop handling session before attending a signed performance of the musical. In giving this award, Dr. Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust said, “Your programmes are truly inspiring.” We will receive this award at a special ceremony at Blenheim Palace in November.

The Daily Telegraph

Arts journalist Rupert Christiansen wrote a fantastic article about Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ work that was published on 24th September. To read his piece: 9563220/Mousetrap-Theatre-Projects-givesomething-back-to-disadvantaged-children.html

Youth Forum

Our new Youth Forum has a membership of 18 members made up of dedicated young people with a strong interest in theatre. They advise us on our work and we offer them leadership opportunities. The young people who interviewed and were not selected this year have become ‘Reps’ at their school with a chance to apply again next year. Forum members are embarking on a range of projects - including creating a 4-minute film for young people about ‘how to behave in the theatre’, running their 2nd annual Mousetrap Awards and organising and leading aftershow discussions at C145 and WestEnd4£10 events.


Superbreak is pleased to offer members of TPC a 10% discount on all Uk and European short breaks This includes great low prices at over 5000 hotels and discounts on a full range of London theatre and event breaks. Too see the huge range of options available to members, please visit To book call 0871 221 1199 and quote ‘Teachers’ Preview Club’ to claim savings (Calls cost 10p a minute)

Membership JUST £30 a year Teachers’ Preview Club

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