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Arts Around The World: October 2018

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By Claire Hammond

Grab your calendars and take a look at the live events, entertainment, theatre and arts around the world that we’ve found for you this month! What’s happening near you? Join us to celebrate arts around the world.

October 2018

Company, London, UK

Marianne Elliott’s highly anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Company plays at the Gielgud Theatre. The West End revival of Company, which features several gender-swapped characters and new material from composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, is led by Rosalie Craig in the central role of Bobbie, with two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone as Joanne.

VIVID Grand Show, Germany

VIVID is a declaration of love to life, featuring more than 100 stunning artists on the world’s biggest theater stage. The revue, which features headpieces designed by Philip Treacy, the haute couture milliner, will run at Friedrichstadt-Palast until summer 2019.

King Kong, USA

King Kong begins previews on Broadway this month, and you’ve never seen a puppet like this before. The $35 million musical has been in development for nearly a decade, churning through scripts, songs and creative teams as the producers try to shape a show worthy of their title character. The massive marionette is being brought to life unlike any puppet Broadway has seen before — a moving sculpture, with sad eyes and a fearsome roar, requiring 14 performers, as well as 16 microprocessors, to operate.

Evie May, Sydney, Australia 

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia, this is the world premiere of Evie May, with Book & Lyrics by Hugo Chiarella and Music & Lyrics by Naomi Livingston. It offers a compelling take on memory, motherhood, and the fascinating characters populating Australia’s rich theatrical history.

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, USA

In six short years, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival has provided a platform for over 100 playwrights to self-produce their original works in Atlanta. Some playwrights are local and many playwrights have traveled from afar representing 24 states and three countries. The 2018 festival provides attendees with access to the largest selection of world-class, Afro-centric theatre, in the entire country, all under one roof.

Suddenly Last Summer, Melbourne, Australia

Savagely poetic and provocative, Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer is a nightmarish contemporary masterpiece. This production marks the Red Stitch Theatre’s first foray into the iconic and beloved playwright, Tennessee Williams’ beautiful and theatrical mind.

Skampa International Theatre Festival, Albania

Skampa Festival is one of the biggest international theatre events in Albania. It is held annually every autumn in Elbasan, a city of a magnificent cultural heritage. The aim of this festival is to present the main trends in both Albanian and international theatre scenes in order to create a space for intercultural dialogue.

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