For the past few months, eight amateur theatre groups from across the UK and Ireland have been competing in a major competition launched by Sky Arts to find the best amateur theatre groups in the country and one group, above all, worthy of the ultimate prize: the chance to open a play in London’s West End. We have seen them perform classic Ibsen and Chekhov in the quarter-finals and dramatic scenes from Shakespeare’s King Lear in the semi-finals.
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Stratford-upon-Avon audiences have the chance to book free tickets to watch the semi-finalists in a new Sky Arts series Stagestruck perform at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre on Sunday 13 November and hear the celebrity judges Miriam Margolyes, Quentin Letts and Bill Kenwright select the groups to go through to the final. The series is due to be broadcast in Summer 2012 and is produced by Oxford Film and Television.
Northampton audiences have the chance to book free tickets to watch the quarter-finalists in a new Sky Arts series Stagestruck perform at Royal & Derngate on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October and hear the celebrity judges Miriam Margolyes, Quentin Letts and Bill Kenwright select the groups to go through to the semi-finals. The series is due to be broadcast in Summer 2012.
Take 20 fabulous amateur theatre groups, add three esteemed theatre judges and thousands of public votes, and we’re delighted to reveal the eight groups who have made it to the final of Stagestruck!
Theatre luminaries Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Black Adder and Wicked), Quentin Letts (BPA Theatre Critic of the Year 2010) and Bill Kenwright (Producer; Whistle Down the Wind and Blood Brothers) judged the auditions and selected the following groups to go to the final: