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“Art and life imitating each other”

We chatted to Director Richard Twyman, about English Touring Theatre’s latest production of Othello, which re-analyses the classic play through the lens of religion and spirituality.

“Even in war, blessed are the piss takers”

We took a look at Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play “The Wipers Times”, a quick witted, comical exploration of the satirical newspaper that took the trenches by storm, and encouraged all to laugh in the face of adversity.

“You want to come up with a universal Trunch for everybody"

Today is Roald Dahl Day, and as we speak, Miss. Trunchbull, the headmistress we’re glad we never had, is making her way across the country for the UK Tour of Matilda! We chatted to Craige Els who plays Trunch about what it’s like to be the iconic villain!

“To torture yourself like this is a luxury.”

The latest play to grace the stage of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre is “Julie” starring Vanessa Kirby. But you don’t need to be in London to see this exploration of decadence and self-sabotage, it’s being screened around the UK on 6 September!

“On the threshold between life and death”

We chatted to Mark Espiner, a Director from collaborative theatre company Sound&Fury about their immersive sound installation Charlie Ward, which places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital.

“A Defiant Flippancy”: An Interview with George Kemp

We chatted to actor George Kemp about his role in “The Wipers Times” a comedic play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman about a satirical magazine set up in the WW1 trenches.

A Culture Vulture’s Guide to Coventry

With Coventry being the next City of Culture in 2021 we thought it was high time we rounded up some of the city’s cultural hot-spots.

The Original Mail-Order Bride!

Learn about the intense orchestration and political manoeuvring behind King Henry VIII marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in a new play “The Court Must Have a Queen” performed at Hampton Court Palace over the summer!

"An autobiography doesn't have to be nostalgic"

Wayne McGregor, the UK’s very own scientist choreographer, has created a dance interpretation of his own DNA. We checked out his “Autobiography” at Sadler’s Wells before it heads to the Edinburgh International Festival later this month.

“Happiness has got to be paid for”

Following their adaptation of the renowned totalitarian regime in Orwell’s 1984 at the Oxford Mathematical Institute last year, Creation Theatre take on another dystopian novel in their adaption of Brave New World at Oxford’s Westgate Centre.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

We can’t think of any better way to spend an evening than relaxing in a park watching great theatre. So, we headed to Cambridge Shakespeare Festival to check out their rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in King’s College Gardens.

An Interview with Cabaret Star Melinda Hughes

We caught up with Melinda Hughes before she heads to Edinburgh with MARGO, her one woman show that explores the life of one of Weimar Berlin’s famous cabaret stars, and aims to show cabaret isn’t just about being lewd and nude.

Anything but Amateur: Student Shows at Ed Fringe

Student theatre is an excellent way to support young people in the arts, so we’ve put together an extensive list of student productions on offer this year the Fringe.

Once more unto the Library: An Interview with Kelly Eva May

We chat to Kelly Eva May from Librarian Theatre company about their upcoming production of Henry V, which is touring 10 libraries around Bristol this July as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival!

Sharing Shakespeare: An Interview with Karen Fishwick

We chatted to Karen Fishwick, who’s currently playing theatre’s most renowned romantic female figure in the RSC’s production of Romeo and Juliet!

The Great Yorkshire Fringe: An Interview with Jane Veysey

We chat to Producer Jane Veysey about the upcoming Yorkshire Fringe Festival from 19-29 July!

Let’s Dance: Top 5 UK Dance Stages

We’ve rounded up five of the UK’s out-of-London dance focused stages, so you know where to go when you fancy a bit of “moving and being moved”.

Universes Within a Building: An Interview with Hannah Drake

We chat to Insane Root Director, Hannah Drake ahead of the company’s performances of Romeo and Juliet at a dilapidated Victorian Lido in Bristol!

What to See at Oxford’s Offbeat Festival

Try something out of your comfort zone at Oxford’s festival for brand new theatre, comedy and dance!

The Cowboy Philosopher: An Interview with Wilson Dixon

We chat to “Cowboy Philosopher” Wilson Dixon ahead of his UK tour this summer!

An Interview with James Alexandrou

We caught up with former EastEnders star James Alexandrou to chat about his current role in Europe After the Rain at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

A Guide to the UK's Best Open-Air Theatres

Check out these venues around the UK for a bit of outdoor drama this summer!

An Interview with Vicki Hargreaves

We chat with Creative Programme Producer Vicki Hargreaves ahead of Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival!

What to See at Birmingham International Dance Festival

What to see at Birmingham’s award-winning biennial festival for vibrant, international dance!

An Interview with Horrible Histories Director Neal Foster

We chat to Birmingham Stage Company Director Neal Foster ahead of his Horrible Histories performance at Hampton Court Palace!

The UK's Oldest Theatres

Check out our round up of five of the oldest theatres from across the country!

An Interview with Kelly Gough

We chat to Kelly Gough about her portrayal of Blanche DuBois - one of the most famous female characters in theatre history.

Accessible Theatre in East Anglia

We think theatre should be for everyone - and so do these companies and venues in East Anglia.

What to See at Machynlleth Comedy Festival

What to see at the comedy festival for comedy lovers!

Kids Theatre to Look Out For

The best family friendly theatre coming up around the UK to keep your little ones entertained and full of culture!

What to Look Forward to at Edinburgh Fringe

The show announcements have begun and we are getting excited...

Cardboard Citizens' Cathy review

Cardboard Citizens' Cathy is a heartbreaking reminder of how close we all are to losing it all.


Touring blockbusters, innovative fringe shows and national festivals, you expect to find the best of UK theatre right here. Wherever you’re are and whatever you fancy, Culture Calling aim to help you find the must see shows to catch. We’ll always include a varied mix, so you can either go for something you know you’ll like or push the boat out and get inspired by something new – the choice is yours. 

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