Andrew Keates has been Awarded The Young Achiever Award by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey. The award recognises a graduate who has achieved early career success or community service and is a role model for students and younger alumni. Andrew was called a pioneering director and producer in the theatre, who also campaigns for   Read More …

Andrew Keates will direct Steve Furst’s one man show STEVE FURST: IN CHARACTER at Underbelly Festival for one night only on Friday 15thJune 2018. Steve Furst (Walk Like a Panther, Little Britain, The Wright Stuff, Matilda, Orange Cinema Ads, Toast of London), will be presenting his new one-man-show, Steve Furst – In Character at the Belly Theatre as   Read More …

Some will think of this as a bit of a “stagey” blog. But, whenever I have a mini-epiphany I tend to nearly always take to the written word to express myself. And I write this, because this realisation has really taken me aback as something that’s changed in my life without my realising and the   Read More …

Andrew Keates is directing and developing a new version of Blowing Whistles by Matthew Todd. The reading will take place at the Criterion Theatre on 19th October 2017 from 1pm – 3pm and will be performed by Dino Fetscher, Rufus Hound and Paul Keating. About Blowing Whistles Blowing Whistles is a two-act theatrical play written by   Read More …

Andrew Keates will be directing a rehearsed reading of No Bird by Nichola Rivers at the Arcola Theatre as part of their PlayWROUGHT festival. PlayWROUGHT is Arcola’s week long celebration of new ideas, new voices and new writing. PlayWROUGHT #5 is set to be our biggest Festival yet, with fourteen exciting new plays presented as a   Read More …

Andrew Keates will direct the European Premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang at the Park Theatre, 200, which will play 22 March – 22 April 2017 “The first rule of doing business in China is also the last. Always bring your own translator.” Daniel, an American, wants to open up China for his business. There are only three things standing in   Read More …

Andrew has contributed to this short film for BBC3, ‘Things Not To Say To Someone Who’s HIV Positive.

Steve Furst (Little Britain, The Wright Stuff, Matilda, Orange Cinema Ads, Toast of London) will be presenting his new one-man-show, Steve Furst – In Character at the Museum of Comedy, 5 – 7 October for only three performances. Steve Furst – In Character is a series of five different characters from waltzer-owner Ernie Vas, to   Read More …

Andrew will be directing Howard Goodall’s musical Girlfriends with students at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts this November 2016, with performances at the Stanwix Theatre 10 – 12 November 2016. This will be the third time Andrew will be directing a musical by Howard Goodall, with previous productions including The Hired Man (Landor Theatre), which won Best Musical Revival   Read More …

This September, Arion Productions presents the world premiere of new British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre. It tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of over 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War. She won’t accept the shame and she won’t let it lie. But   Read More …

This feature is by James Waygood of GrumpyGayCritic.co.uk   On Monday 15 June 2015, I went to the ACT UP London rally. What I discovered is gay men living with HIV is only a part of a much wider discussion. Caveat: As I run Grumpy Gay Critic purely as a solo effort I do not have   Read More …

This feature is by Rachel St John and was originally published for AYoungerTheatre.com As Is is a play that is currently on its three week run (from July 8-30) at Trafalgar Studios. It was written by William M. Hoffman and first shown in 1985 to educate people about HIV. When I asked Director of this project,   Read More …

HIV stigma, fear linger in UK as infection rates continue to rise By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rich paces the cramped, dimly-lit living room in despair, fearful of losing his friends, family and career as he struggles with the realisation that he has HIV. “Maybe I ought to put a   Read More …

BOOK NOW After a sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre in 2013, William M. Hoffman’s As Is now transfers to Trafalgar Studios with a stunning new cast and design. Using humour and sensitivity, As Is shatters the apathy and ignorance surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. Celebrating its 30th anniversary since first opening in New York,   Read More …

New audience-voted theatre awards launched by original creators of WhatsOnStage Awards – including UK’s first award for Musical Direction Leading theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock have teamed up to launch a new audience-voted, industry accolade. Last week, the Laurence Olivier shortlists honoured some of the biggest names and shows of 2014. This week, the   Read More …

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