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As the Islington pub theatre waits to hear if it qualifies for Government rescue funds it has secured a grant to create five new pieces of digital work

Hackney Empire, the Almeida, Pentameters and the Lion&Unicorn are among the venues hoping to benefit from Crowdfunder and the Theatres Trust’s Save Our Theatres campaign

A backlog of weddings, free desk space for isolated artists, and a youth board to help steer the not for profit arts centre are also part of reopening plans

Postponed from its March opening, this musical version of the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie is the first fully-staged socially-distanced indoor theatre in town

Martin Murphy’s Jury by the Finsbury Park theatre follows a complex and gripping case being tried via Zoom

Singer Vivienne Isebor, actor Nitin Ganatra and Olivier award winner Sam Spiro will appear live from King Alfred School’s Phoenix Theatre in aid of Noah’s Ark hospice

The Puppet Theatre is running a two week festival of children’s theatre and workshops including their popular show The Slightly Annoying Elephant in Islington Square

Adam Spreadbury-Maher has staged more than 1,000 shows including numerous West End transfers at the Islington venue, which is due to move into a purpose built theatre next door

Set in a housing estate playground, Mark Lindow’s Estimated Waiting Time is due to be performed free for local residents.

The intimate readings and three course dinners run at Clerkenwell’s Fidelio Orchestra Cafe next week

Staged concerts of Jesus Christ Superstar and comedy sets by Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand will play to a reduced capacity at the outdoor venue

A monologue about a bee trying to learn how to act human is part of a project to let families and flatmates perform their own pandemic dramas

The Big House’s Ballad of Corona V will limit audience members to six per scene with social distancing for actors and spectators

Sir Ian McKellen, Mandeep Dhillon, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Lennie James, Alex Lawther, Miriam Margoyles, Lesley Manville and Elaine Page are among the names backing #ForTheLoveOfArts.

Plymouth Point by immersive theatre specialists Swamp Motel sees Zoom players following online clues scattered across the internet to find a missing woman

Podcast chats between artistic director Rupert Goold and the likes of Smith, Tobias Menzies and Indira Varma are keeping the memory of theatre alive during lockdown

The Islington actor and writer and husband Ian Hallard have “put their money where their mouth is” to back the King’s Head Theatre’s £100,000 emergency fund.

Actors including Simon Callow are backing the Finsbury Park venue’s bid to survive the pandemic and thrive once more as a community hub

The renowned Islington puppet theatre uploads storytime and puppet-making videos online and asks for donations to stay afloat

Islington’s famous pub theatre has closed its doors but is running interactive lunchtime play clubs, performances and Q&As with staff members

JW3 and Hampstead Theatre have dipped into their archive of events and performances to offer entertainment for those stuck at home

Timeless classics are set to captivate audiences as Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival at London’s iconic SSE Arena in Wembley.

Enjoyable farcical thriller sees multi-tasking Tom York take on plenty of costume changes in an ingeniously convoluted plot

A dynamic staging of Lynn Nottage’s play about the “de-industrial revolution” of an American city is a character-driven drama with social commentary

Black humour and menace offer shades of Pinter in a serious play which dramatises the plight of one asylum seeker navigating the Home Office’s hostile bureacracy

Belsize Park comic David Mitchell makes an affable Bard with writers block and a pressing need for a hit in Ben Elton’s sublimely silly Jacobean romp

Tom Stoppard’s possibly final play about a Jewish family living through troubled times in early 20th Century Vienna has a cumulative power that leaves you awed and tearful

Al Blyth makes an assured thought-provoking debut about privacy versus security and the perils of surveillance culture

A timely return for Mike Bartlett’s incisive, stirring Brexit play which examines faultlines of class and town versus country through one woman’s nostalgia for a garden

A timely play about privacy and AI raises interesting questions but is too short to realise its potential

Stu McLoughlin of Living Spit Theatre explains how their ‘hysterical historical’ show sees him play all six of the Tudor monarch’s wives while strumming a guitar

As part of a five-day run of a new comedy production, a special “traffic light” performance (single, in a relationship or ‘it’s complicated’) will be staged on Valentine’s Day.

An adaptation of E.M Forster’s novel, A Passage to India opens at Stoke Newington’s Tower Theatre next week. Here, director Simona Hughes talks about her vision for the play

South Africans John Kani and Antony Sher are superb in a two hander that excavates the wounds of Apartheid and the pain of growing old

The trade off between security and liberty is tested in Al Blyth’s spy thriller about GCHQ intelligence officers running surveillance on an investigative journalist

Politically charged ‘gig theatre’ mashes up grime rap with a fable about a working class black boy who wins a private school scholarship is raw, vital, sometimes crass, but keeps you hooked

Julie Tsung’s intriguing set up playing on false memory and the supernatural is undermined by poor structure, inadequate design and a deflated ending

The boys behind the ‘goes wrong’ hits have mostly pulled off a new trick mindmelding their slapstick with geniunely dazzling magic from Penn & Teller

As he prepares to open his latest West End show The Prince of Egypt, the Wicked and Godspell composer and lyricist appears at the Finsbury Park Venue to raise funds for a production of RAGS The Musical

Most of the opportunities to tell this epic story of Shackleton’s 1914 expedition have been missed in this trudge through the snow.

Joyful anarchy, circus skills and riotous humour combine to create a glorious night of misrule at the Chalk Farm arts venue

Rosalind Blessed has entered 2020 at great pace. As many of us reluctantly judder back in to our daily routines, she’s about to bring not one but two of her plays to the Old Red Lion Theatre, where they’ll run concurrently throughout January.

Aerial theatre company creates an acclaimed inter-generational circus show that explores complex human relationships with performers ranging from age 13-60

If Disney has taught us anything over the decades it’s to dream big and be inspired – and Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic! does exactly that.

Relive the magic of Frozen and timeless Disney classics this Christmas and New Year as Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic! comes to the O2 London.

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