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 the podcast’s fourth anniversary.  Andrew and Peter Polycarpou two discuss Peter’s childhood, his relationship with his sister Eve Polycarpou and their Greek heritage and representation […]

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Artwork: Your Friend

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 spend time creating a piece of digital art inspired by my favourite film ever made to help me pay the bills. It is no coincidence that I decided to choose a […]

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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 upon for support. Andrew Keates chats with journalist, broadcaster and presenter Matthew Wright about his controversial comments about using outside spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic, […]

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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 the World Wide Web via a 56K modem, so we could childishly creep around our new dark playground. I distinctly remember my mother yelling up […]

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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 the hour, ever hour. – During this imperative time to stay home, take up some kind of exercise regime, convince themselves that they won’t get […]

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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 theatre industry. Andrew chats with West End leading man and teacher George Ure about what it’s like swapping the West End for Tesco Express and […]

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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 Instagram account, and the same day discussed in person in a subsequent interview with his This Morning co-host Holly Wiloughby.  “You never know what’s going […]

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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 Insta reveals the rich and famous on yachts and holidays, my family share posts about being together, but are so very far away from me, […]

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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, a sci-fi TV icon whose celebrity status is lower than before. When a fan wants her autograph, Marianne doesn’t want anything to do with him. […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 share that I was HIV+ with my friends, family and the industry that I passionately love and work in. My heart was racing and my mouth was dry. I was […]

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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 production features an all-star cast of Daniel Boys (Avenue Q, Spamalot, Love Story – also well-known from BBC’s Any Dream Will Do, 2007), David Burt […]

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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 Dessa Rose. Also starring in this exciting and vibrant musical drama are: John Addison (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, A Little Night Music), Edward […]

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

James Cartwright

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 free with a ticket to Passing By. Each Q&A will last approximately 30 minutes. Details are as follows: Tuesday 26th November – In Conversation with Martin […]

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

Rik Makarem and James Cartwright

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 best-known music is the soundtrack to the international hit TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?  All proceeds from the iTunes album release will […]

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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 As Is. He co-ran the Landor Theatre for over three years until 2012, when he set up his own company, Arion Productions. His acclaimed production […]

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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 As Is. He co-ran the Landor Theatre for over three years until 2012, when he set up his own company, Arion Productions. His acclaimed production […]

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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, is run by two charming if somewhat pompous gentlemen, M. Firmin and M. Andre, forever attending to and fussing over the requirements and the budgets […]

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