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Andrew Keates on LBC with Darren Adam.

Broadcast on Monday 19th October 2020 on LBC. Andrew Keates was invited to discuss why theatre matters on Darren Adam's show on Monday 19th October 2020 on LBC - Leading ...
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Artwork: Coffee Is A Lie (Dom Joly Collaboration)

Coffee Is A Lie (October 2020)By Andrew Keates and Dom Joly. I'm delighted to share my first artwork collaboration with actor, comedian and writer Dom Joly (you know, the guy ...
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Artwork: Where Does My Power Lie?

Where Does My Power Lie (October 2020)By Andrew Keates Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the decimation of my industry, I decided to spend time creating pieces of digital art ...
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Artwork: An Old Folk Melody

An Old Folk Melody by Andrew Keates (Oct 2020) Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the decimation of my industry, I decided to spend time creating pieces of digital art ...
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Artwork: I Know What I Don’t Want

I Know What I Don't Wantby Andrew Keates (Oct 2020) Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the decimation of my industry, I decided to spend time creating pieces of digital ...
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Podcast: Peter Polycarpou on The Show People Podcast

This episode was recorded in January 2020 - before Covid-19 changed everything. Andrew shares an explanation about where The Show People Podcast has been for most of 2020 and celebrates ...
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Artwork: Your Friend

Your Friend (July 2020)by Andrew Keates Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the decimation of my industry, I've found myself with more time on my hands. So, I decided to ...
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Podcast: All Matthew Wright needed was a global pandemic.

Trigger Warning: this episode includes discussions about mental health struggles, suicide and death. If you find yourself becoming upset during the episode, please contact the organisation or person you rely ...
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BLOG: You’re not being artistic, you’re just white noise.

I’m old enough to remember when the Internet was first piped into homes around the UK. An ugly new sound screamed down our telephone lines indicating a precarious connection to ...
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047: Show Peep – Financial support advice from Theataccounts during Covid-19

Andrew chats with Alex Dyer, who runs Theataccounts - a specialist accountancy firm looking after performers and theatremakers in the performing arts industry and advising them on tax and their ...
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BLOG: The DeLorean Diaries: #1

Coronavirus and self isolation have broadly inspired everyone who is not a key-worker to do one of three things: - Sit at home, do nothing, order take-aways and masturbate on ...
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046: Show Peep – Coronavirus is a drag! With Divina De Campo & Robi Hager

Andrew chats with Owen Farrow aka Divina De Campo about life post RuPaul’s Drag Race, whether he admires Geri Halliwell and finds out how the drag scene has been affected ...
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045: Show Peep – Monday in the Supermarket With George

We open up the Show People Podcast answering machine and we hear from and AJ O’Neill and Emily Clare about what they’re doing to use their craft to benefit the ...
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044: Show Peep – The Show People Podcast & Coronavirus

Andrew explains how The Show People Podcast is responding to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Listen and subscribe by clicking the link below: 044: Show Peep – The Show People Podcast ...
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BLOG: Philip Schofield and The Shame Of the Broom Cupboard.

The name on everybody’s lips is Philip Schofield. On 7 February 2020, the veteran presenter and broadcaster revealed he was gay, in a heartfelt and beautifully written letter via his ...
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BLOG: So close and yet so far.

All too often I'll find myself scrolling through apps such as Instagram or Twitter - and it's like looking through a window into an impenetrable, digital Eden. A glimpse at ...
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Show Poster: Dark Sublime

A3 Show Poster from Andrew's production of Dark Sublime starring Marina Sirtis. Artwork originally designed by Chris Clegg.Photography by Scott Rylander. Dimensions: 297 x 420 mm / 11.7 x 16.5 ...
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NEWS: Andrew is one of the faces of National HIV Test Week.

Photograph by Thomas Knights for Terrence Higgins Trust. Andrew has been asked by the Terrence Higgins Trust to be one of the faces of the 2019 It Starts With Me ...
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NEWS: Terror At The Sweetshop to receive concert performances at The Other Palace

New British musical Terror At The Sweetshop has undergone over a years worth of development and will be receiving it's first full reading at The Other Palace 1 - 2 ...
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NEWS: Casting announced for Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios.

The full casting for the upcoming world premiere of Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios has been announced. Written by Michael Dennis, Dark Sublime is a sci-fi comedy play that tells the story of Marianne, ...
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NEWS: Andrew is awarded Young Achiever of the Year Award by Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey.

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 ...
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NEWS: Andrew to direct STEVE FURST: IN CHARACTER at the Underbelly Festival in June 2018

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, ...
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BLOG: When did I start listening to Nigel Farage over Stephen Sondheim?

Some might 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 ...
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NEWS: Andrew to direct rehearsed reading of Matthew Todd’s Blowing Whistles at the Criterion Theatre

Dino FetscherPaul KeatingRufus Hound 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 ...
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Andrew Keates to direct No Bird by Nichola Rivers at the Arcola Theatre as part of the PlayWROGHT Festival

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 ...
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Andrew Keates to direct European Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s CHINGLISH at the Park Theatre

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 ...
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NEWS: Andrew Keates appears on BBC3 Film ‘Things Not To Say To Someone Who Is HIV Positive”

Andrew has contributed to this short film for BBC3, Things Not To Say To Someone Who Is HIV Positive alongside other prominent HIV+ figures. The video has been viewed over ...
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Andrew to direct Steve Furst in his one man show ‘Steve Furst: In Character’.

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, ...
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Andrew Keates to direct Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends for Cumbria Institute of the Arts this November

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 ...
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World Premiere of The White Feather to Play at the Union Theatre

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 ...
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Cast of ‘As Is’ and ACT UP London Rally Demonstrate a Wider Scope to the HIV/AIDs Discussion

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 ...
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Feature: Interview with Andrew Keates – “I didn’t choose to be HIV positive, but I am”

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 ...
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Interview with Andrew Keates and Jonathan Blake (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

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 ...
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William M. Hoffman’s first AIDS play to open at Trafalgar Studios July 2015

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 ...
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Andrew chosen as one of the judges for UK’s first Musical Direction Award

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 ...
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Blog: World AIDS Day

Over six months ago. After meeting with David Pendlebury and the MAD Trust. I found myself in the wings of the Dominion Theatre holding a collection of cue cards to ...
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Andrew Keates requests that musical direction be recognised in the WhatsOnStage Awards

Andrew has written to WhatsOnStage requesting they recognise musical direction in their awards programme. Below is the letter he has sent. Please do comment below so responses can be forwarded ...
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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris to be revived at the Charing Cross Theatre this October.

This October 2014, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens at the Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited six-week run. Directed by multi-award-winning director Andrew Keates, the ...
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Cynthia Erivo, Cassidy Janson, Jon Robyns, Edward Baruwa and more cast for Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios

Cynthia Erivo (I Can’t Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s ...
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European premiere of Ahrens and Flaherty’s DESSA ROSE at the Trafalgar Studios.

This July, the European premiere of the uniquely stirring musical drama Dessa Rose is coming to London’s West End. Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams ...
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Andrew Keates bravely reveals his own true story about HIV at West End Eurovision 2014

Last night saw West End Eurovision return to the Dominion Theatre for its 7th and final year in support of The Make A Difference (MAD) Trust where Mamma Mia! and ...
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James Cartwright

Post-show Q&As bring the staging of Passing By to life

Arion Productions are pleased to announce a number of exciting Q&As running alongside this highly-acclaimed production of Passing By. These will take place straight after the show and are included ...
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Rik Makarem and James Cartwright

Album of original music from As Is and Passing By released in support of The Make A Difference Trust

Arion Productions are excited to announce the release of their debut album which includes Matthew Strachan’s original scores from William M. Hoffman’s As Is and Martin Sherman’s Passing By.  Strachan’s ...
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Entertainment Focus Interview: Part 3

by Greg Jameson for Entertainment-Focus.com Andrew Keates is a multi-award winning director of productions such as Bent, Just So, The Hired Man, The Thing About Men, A Winter’s Tale and ...
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Entertainment Focus Interview: Part 2

by Greg Jameson of Entertainment-Focus.com Andrew Keates is a multi-award winning director of productions such as Bent, Just So, The Hired Man, The Thing About Men, A Winter’s Tale and ...
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Entertainment Focus Interview: Part 1 – Beginnings

by Greg Jameson for Entertainment-Focus.com Andrew Keates is a multi-award winning director of productions such as Bent, Just So, The Hired Man, The Thing About Men, A Winter’s Tale and ...
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Encore: Andrew Keates departs the Landor Theatre

This feature was originally written for The Public Reviews by Jonathan Grant Those familiar with The Phantom of the Opera will know that Paris’ fictional Opera Populaire in which the show is set, ...
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