USA/SAN FRANCISCO Nederlander of San Francisco has gone to court to block Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dear Evan Hansen from being staged by a rival theatre operator. Carole Shorenstein Hays plans to run productions of both shows at her Curran Theatre in autumn 2019 – musical Dear Evan Hansen for a few weeks within a national tour, while Cursed Child will be an open-ended run. The Nederlander and Shorenstein families used to run the Curran, SHN Orpheum and Golden Gate theatres together but split acrimoniously in 2014. Nederlander is claiming that staging the two shows at the Curran would damage its theatre subscriptions and profits at the Orpheum and Golden Gate theatres, which it continues to operate.
GERMANY/BERLIN For the first time in its 40-year history, Berlin’s Theatertreffen festival is putting out an open call worldwide for its Stuckemarkt forum in May 2019, inviting artists to submit their latest theatre text or performance. Under the title What Happens after the Protest?, Stuckemarkt is particularly interested in young authors and artists who explore new narrations and perspectives and develop innovative artistic languages. A jury will select a total of five texts/performances. Founded in 1978, Stuckemarkt is the oldest initiative for promoting contemporary playwriting in German-speaking countries – and as of 2012 also performance art – and is a forum for exchange between international playwrights, performance artists, theatremakers, festival curators, publishers and critics. Details at berlinerfestspiele.de or contact email@example.com
USA/LOS ANGELES The Merced Theatre, widely billed as Los Angeles’ oldest stage venue, has seen yet another step made towards its delayed renovation. Built in 1870, the theatre struggled to stay in business but became an important LGBT venue for many years in the early 20th century. Beginning in 1897, the building was also used as a lodging house for gay men. The City of LA launched a $23 million (£17.6 million) renovation in 2014, with TV station Channel 35 expected to move its headquarters there. Work was supposed to have been completed in 2017 but stalled after bids were more than 50% higher. Now the city has approved another $40 million (£30.7 million) to renovate the block, beginning in 2019.
USA US theatre towns are to mark the 80th birthday of Terrence McNally’s on November 3. On October 21, 92nd Street Y in New York will screen Every Act of Life, a 2018 documentary about McNally’s career in the theatre and his fight for LGBTQ rights. After the screening, he will join guests for a discussion and performances of scenes from his plays. Over in his home state of Texas, two groups have teamed up in Austin: the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, which holds McNally’s papers, and the Zach Theatre, the leading centre for performances of his plays and musicals. Events for November 11-12 include a screening of Every Act of Life at the Texas Union Theatre with an onstage interview with the playwright, and a birthday gala show at the Zach that includes actors F Murray Abraham and John Glover. bit.ly/EveryActofLife; zachtheatre.org
National Theatre Opera gets new director
Czech Republic’s National Theatre has appointed a new director for opera. Norwegian Per Boye Hansen, who takes over in September 2019, will head up the two opera ensembles at the National Theatre, the Estates Theatre and the State Opera.
DENMARK/COPENHAGEN After barely a year in existence, English-language theatre company the House of International Theatre has been evicted from its space at the Huset-KBH culture house in Copenhagen. Founded in 2017, HIT was created to establish a permanent home for international theatre in the Danish capital. The company is currently looking for a new home. houseofinternationaltheatre.dk
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