18th July, 2019
Our Artistic Director, Matthew Xia, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UAL on 17 July. He received it from Chancellor Grayson Perry and was invited to give a speech of acceptance - which you can read on our blog below
Actors Touring Company produces international contemporary theatre that travels - making the global, local and the local, global.
We are one of the only British theatre companies committed to producing international plays; and to touring the work of those global voices throughout the UK (and beyond).
Our Artistic Director, Matthew Xia, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UAL on 17 July. He received it from Chancellor Grayson Perry and was invited to give a speech of acceptance - which you can read on our blog below
ANNOUNCING MATTHEW XIA’S DEBUT PRODUCTION FOR ATC
We are thrilled to announce Matthew Xia's first production as ATC's Artistic Director. A collaboration with long-time ATC partners, Orange Tree Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth, we are very excited to be presenting the UK premiere and first English language production of …
AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur
This is the UK premiere of a strikingly original, audacious thriller.
Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide.
The production opens in September this year at the Orange Tree for a 5-week run. It will be revived in February next year at the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth before embarking a UK tour throughout Spring 2020.
A MESSAGE FROM ATC’S NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MATTHEW XIA ...
I have been in post as the new Artistic Director of ATC for about a month, and what’s clear across the theatre sector is the hunger for change: the demand for new stories, new makers and unheard voices. It’s great meeting with other artistic leaders and finding our commonalities, our shared principles and our collective commitment to changing the landscape, and empowering new storytellers and theatremakers.
As part of my vision for ATC I am committed to presenting work that gives voice to those deemed ‘the other’, and has a genuine commitment to ideas of global concern.
This means work that wrestles with themes of intersectionality, interculturalism and internationalism: how tribes, nations and individuals interact, exist with and effect one another in our hyperconnected world. Ultimately it must be work that draws the world in tighter.
With this in mind, it’s been an absolute pleasure reading so much amazing new work from across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and identifying plays and playwrights which speak to this vision.
I look forward to announcing my first production for ATC and the brilliant partner theatres who are helping to bring this thrilling play to stages across the country.
We will be announcing Matthew’s first production with ATC soon - watch this space!
ATC IS BACK ON THE ROAD WITH MARK LOCKYER’S NEW SHOW
This Spring, writer/performer Mark Lockyer is touring his two shows with ATC. Living with the Lights On heads to Nottingham and Mold, having already enjoyed weeks in Birmingham and Bath. Then Mark will be touring his new show Keep on Walking Federico for the first time in the UK with dates in Oxford, Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh.
Mark Lockyer is an extraordinary writer/performer whose hit show Living with the Lights On has toured from Bristol to Barcelona, including two sell-out runs at the Young Vic.
Keep on Walking Federico is Mark’s new show, full of the same compelling mix of virtuosity, heart and humour. It premiered last October at Theatre Lliure, Barcelona.
Living with the Lights On by Mark Lockyer is back! Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers — the gripping story of a life lived at the edge.
30 years ago, Mark was a promising young actor getting juicy roles at the National Theatre and RSC. Then, one summer in Stratford, his world fell apart. During a performance of Romeo and Juliet, Mark had a breakdown.
Since its premiere in 2016, Living with the Lights On has become an international hit, with performances from Bristol to Barcelona, including two sell-out runs at the Young Vic. We go on a moving, often absurdly hilarious journey with Mark in a story filled with humour, tragedy – and a cautiously happy ending.
★★★★ Lockyer has one hell of a story, and he tells it rivetingly well. The Times
Don't miss it on tour now;
Birmingham Repertory Theatre (22 - 26 Jan)
Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath (31 Jan - 2 Feb)
Nottingham Playhouse (7-8 March)
Theatr Clwyd (10-12 April)
MATTHEW XIA JOINS ATC AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
We’re thrilled to announce that Matthew Xia is the new Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company. Matthew is one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK: a former Associate Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, he is currently directing the iconic Christmas show at Theatre Royal Stratford East, before moving on to productions at Hampstead Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse in Spring 2019.
Some of Matthew’s acclaimed productions at the Royal Exchange include Frankenstein, Wish List (also Royal Court), Into The Woods and Brink; Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic and on tour; Shebeen at Nottingham Playhouse
Matthew joins ATC full-time in March with his first production for ATC likely to appear later next year.
Matthew says, “It’s an honour to be appointed Artistic Director of ATC. At a time when difference, identity and borders shape our experiences, ATC plays a crucial role in offering a global perspective - developing and touring innovative theatre from writers across the world.
I look forward to finding and presenting new international voices to diverse communities in the UK, as well as working with cosmopolitan British writers and introducing their work to international audiences.
I’m thrilled to be joining the brilliant team at ATC and leading the company into a new phase of its evolution.”
Back by popular demand, Mark Lockyer's critically acclaimed Living with the Lights On will tour the UK again in early 2019. This follows three previous UK and European sell-out tours and two sell-out runs at the Young Vic London.
You can see this brutally funny account of mental illness at the Birmingham Rep, Bath Ustinov Stuio and Theatr Clwyd.
ATC has been making theatre for audiences across the world for 40 years. Now we are recruiting a new Artistic Director to lead the next phase of our story.
This is an exciting opportunity for a director with a proven track record of making contemporary theatre and who has the vision to create a programme of innovative, international theatre for audiences in every part of the UK and beyond.
We are open to applications that challenge our notion of the director and which think innovatively about the role of Artistic Director.
Download the application pack here
Deadline for applications: midday on Monday 22 October.
Make sure you add this to your Edinburgh must see list, on each day at 14:50 in the Old Lab. Comedy and tragedy collide in a play that explores how lives can turn on a single word and confronts that urge that we all share – the irresistible compulsion to hit the self-destruct button.
★★★★ “Alice Malin’s minimalist production [has a] physicality matching a simmering script... Truth itself starts to disintegrate ... a serious examination of the state we’re in.” Matt Trueman
ATC has been going to the Edinburgh Fringe ever since we were founded in 1978 – and in 2018, we’re back! This August we are producing the UK premiere of Dutch play of Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure by Magne van den Berg.
Comedy and tragedy collide in a play that explores how lives can turn on a single word and confronts that urge that we all share – the irresistible compulsion to hit the self-destruct button.
In February, The Brothers Size was revived with our co-producers The Young Vic for a sell out run on the main stage. It received an outstanding reaction from press and audiences alike. It was great to see this show brought back to life, 10 years after ATC originally made the show with our former Artistic Director Bijan Sheibani.
If that wasn't enough, The Suppliant Women travelled all the way to Hong Kong as the closing production of the HK Arts Festival. As with each previous production, we worked closely with members of the community to bring this ancient story to life.
Rehearsals are underway for our UK tour of WINTER SOLSTICE by Roland Schimmelpfennig. Our co-production with The Orange Tree Theatre is directed by ATC Associate Director Alice Malin and runs 8 Feb - 26 March.
As always ATC is touring all over the country, taking in Oxford, Manchster, Bath, Plymouth, Edinburgh and Scarborough. Don't miss this 'sharply provocative twist on the traditional fraught family festivities'
Happy New Year Everyone! Looking forward to some excitng projects in 2018!
The ATC Office is closed for Christmas from Friday 22 December until Tuesday 2 January, we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and we look forward to exciting projects in the new year.
The Suppliant Women has now finished it's London run, check out the fab reveiws here
Living with the Lights on has been a total hit in Europe, with sell-out international dates at the Espoo Theatre in Helsinki and the Lliure Theatre in Barcelona, where it received nightly standing ovations. Amid the dramatic political events in Barcelona, audiences filled the theatre, wept and laughed with Mark — and filled social media with their reflections and admiration.
If you haven’t caught Living with the Lights On in the UK, you still have three chances – this week at Warwick Arts Centre, and next week at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Then its back to Europe and Barcelona this time, from 26 - 29 October!
The ATC team are all over in Dublin this week, getting ready to open the Dublin Theatre Festival with our critically acclaimed production of The Suppliant Women. Previews Wednesday 27 September and runs until Sunday 1 October. If you can't make it to Dublin then catch it at the Young Vic in November, though tickets are selling fast so make sure you don't miss out!
Living with the Lights on had a cracking opening show at HighTide Festival last week, catch it from today at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol till Friday 22nd Sept. Then if you missed it in London it will be on for one night at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond this Sunday 24 Sept.
We will work with young women from the Hong Kong Baptist University and members of the local community to bring this epic play to the festival.
So pleased to announce we will be co-producing The Brothers Size with the Young Vic at the start of next year, the production is in celebration of ATC's 40th year and will form part of David Lan's final season.
This now iconic play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, will be directed by ATC’s former Artistic Director Bijan Shebani.
Following two sell out tours in 2016 and an extended run at the Young Vic, London we are pleased to announce that Living with the Lights on will be touring the UK and Europe this Autumn.
Coming to a town near you!
HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh (15 Sep)
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol (18 - 22 Sep)
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond (24 Sep)
Espoo City Theatre, Helsinki (12-14 Oct)
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh (17 - 19 Oct)
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow (20 - 21 Oct)
Teatre Lliure, Barcelona (26 - 29 Oct)
Warwick Arts Centre (1-4 Nov)
Crucible Studio, Sheffield (6-7 Nov)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (10-11 Nov)
The Suppliant Women will open the Dublin Theatre Festival this autumn and you can be part of it! We are recruiting a volunteer community cast of men and women, including a chorus of young local women, aged 16-25 to take on this bold production
This passionate reimagining of an ancient Greek play in response to an urgent contemporary issue. In Aeschylus’ original text fifty women flee across the Mediterranean to escape forced marriages. They appeal for protection and asylum in Greece, placing their fates in the hands of its citizens. It is one of the oldest surviving plays in existence and a story for our time.
This is your chance to be part of the voice of Dublin which will be heard on stage telling a 2,500 year old story that resonates for Europe today.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 3 July 2017. For any further queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are extremly pleased to announce that we will be reviving The Suppliant Women as the opening show of this year's Dublin Theatre Festival. Honoured to be part of the festival, and excited to work with the people of Dublin on this exhilarating show.
Delighted to welcome Alice Malin, who joins us as Associate Director. Our Associate scheme has been running since 2012 and Alice is the third emerging director to benefit from this 18-month training residency.
Alice, who takes up post in June, was selected from nearly 150 applicants. Her experience includes director credits at a range of small-scale venues and assistant directing with Terry Hands, Adrian Noble and Dominic Dromgoole at companies including Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
Ramin Gray will joining a panel of performance practitioners, academics and policy makers who work in and between British and European stages, to consider the opportunities and responsibilities of theatre in a post-Brexit society, and ask how we can continue to foster international relationships. This symposium will explore what Brexit means for the theatre industry at home and abroad. As the UK enters unchartered territory, this event aims to contribute creatively and productively to conversations about the relationship between Britain and Europe, theatre and society.
Hosted by the V&A on Saturday 22 April, 10.30 – 17.15.
ATC is looking for an emerging director to join us as our Trainee Associate.
The post is an opportunity to make the move from ‘assistant’ to ‘associate’ through embedding in one of the UK’s leading contemporary theatre producers.
Check out our recruitment page for more details
Closing date is March 13.
The Actors Touring Company, Young Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production will be made with a new community cast especially for the Young Vic.
Dates for your dairy: 13 - 25 November 2017
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Stage
The productions runs until Saturday 11 Feb and tickets are selling fast, so catch it while you can.
Happy New Year everyone!
What an exciting year we have ahead of us, kick starting with our new production Winter Solstice, in co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre. The productions responds to the resurgence of the far-right in some European countries and coincides with the inauguration of President Donald J Trump. Previews start on Thursday 12 Jan and the production runs until Saturday 11 Feb.
Then for our Northern supporters we have The Suppliant Women, taking place at the Royal Exchange Theatre, from 10 March - 1 April. As we have previously done in Edinburgh, Belfast and Newcastle we will be working with people from across the city to put local communities at the heart of the story. This weekend we are running the first workshops in Manchester to get the ball rolling.
Not too shabby for early Jan, watch this space for more information on other projects and news on Living with the Lights on.
So much for winding down for the end of the year, at ATC we are still full steam ahead, after a great week at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter, Living with the Lights on opens at the Young Vic on Wed 7 Dec and plays until Fri 23 Dec. Mark featured in the Guardian last week talking about his experience with mental health, you can read his fascinating article here, and if you wanna hear more about his story then book your tickets now before they are all gone!
Three fab shows to look forward to, merry christmas one and all!
Lots going on at the ATC HQ. Living with the Lights on opens at the Bike Shed, Exeter this week ansd runs till Sat 3 Dec, then runs at the Young Vic, London from the 7 - 23 Dec. Book your tickets, before they all go!
The Supliant Women has finished for 2016, we are already having exciting conversations about what might happen to it in 2017, so keep a look out for news to come! Meanwhile we have lots of other things going on; Living with the Ligths on returns this December to the Bike Shed, Exeter and an extended run at the Young Vic. Also we are working in Co-production with the Orange Tree on Winter Solstice, which opens in Ricmond on 12 January. There's alot going on and we are loving it!
The reveiws are in and we couldn't be happier, check out what people have to say about The Suppliant Women
Check out our lastest video. Director Ramin Gray, Writer David Greig, Composer John Browne, Choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies and the Community Chorus of Edinburgh talk about the how and why they've made The Suppliant Women together. Previews start this Saturday!
We’re sorry to say that the lovely Ed Sayer has had to leave The Suppliant Women due to unforeseen personal circumstances. All good wishes to Ed.
But we’re glad to report that Oscar Batterham will be joining the cast to play the King. Welcome, Oscar.
Check out our rehearsal shots of The Suppliant Women. Not long now, get your tickets before they are all gone! We will be in Edinburgh at the start of October, then Belfast and last but not least Newcastle.
Delighted to announce the casting for The Suppliant Women. Omar Ebrahim, Edward Sayer and Gemma May will be joined by a chours of young women from Edinburgh, Belfast and Newcastle! Catch it this Autumn
Fascinating interview with Mark Lockyer in The Stage this week. Mark returns to ATC with Living with the Lights On in Nov/ Dec. Check it out here
We’re thrilled to announce our Autumn 16/Spring 17 productions.
2 world premieres, 3 coproductions & a return for a Spring 16 hit show.....click here for more details
So excited to announce the creative team that brought you The Events will be reunited this Autumn with a new production The Suppliant Women.
We can’t wait to announce our future productions later this month. Watch this space!
The 5-star Living with the Lights On has reached the end of its Spring tour.
Over for now, but more soon. In the meantime, have a look at some responses to the show over on our blog.
Really happy to announce Andrew Smaje will be joining the company as Executive Director from Monday 21st March. Read more about him here
Meet Mark in our Living with the Lights On trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhJdSw0S05M
Not long now till our new show Living with the Lights On heads out on tour. Catch it in Exeter, Oxford, Liverpool and London.
We are seeking applications for the position of Executive Director to work alongside the company’s Artistic Director Ramin Gray. This is an exciting opportunity for a theatre producer with a minimum of three years relevant experience who is passionate about new international work and touring.
For more details please visit our recruitment page
The Events enjoyed a fantastic run at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and cast and crew are safely home. Watch this space for news about our latest production.
Martyr by Marius von Mayneburg is now in it's last week. Catch it at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th October at 7.45pm.
Martyr by Marius von Mayneburg moves on to Edinburgh today, catch it at The Traverse from Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th October at 7.30pm.
Following critical acclaim at the Unicorn Theatre, Martyr by Marius von Mayneburg is now on tour. Starting at The North Wall, Oxford on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th October. Then on to The Traverse, Edinburgh at the end of the week and Plymouth Theatre Royal next week. For more details click here
Martyr by Marius von Mayneburg is now playing at the Unicorn Theatre until Saturday 10th October. Then heads out on tour, taking in Oxford, Edinburgh and Plymouth, for more details click here
The show that keeps on giving; The Events returns to the U.S. visiting the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis until 2nd November, find out more here
Rehearsals have started for Martyr by Marius von Mayneburg. Full casting has now been announced, for more details click here
Our next production will be Martyr by Marius von Mayneburg. It will open in September 2015. For more details click here.
The Events finished its run at the New York Theatre Workshop. You can read the New York Times review here.
The Events will be presented at the New York Theatre Workshop from the 12th February until the 22nd March 2015.
Die Ereignisse (The Events) has won the prestigious Nestroypreis for the Best Play.
The Events is about to head off on an international tour. See our Current Productions page for dates.
The Events and Blind Hamlet are both touring the UK this autumn!
One week left to wait until Blind Hamlet opens at the Assembly Roxy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Join our Facebook event to get your tickets....
Only two weeks until Blind Hamlet heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform at Assembly Roxy this summer. Head over to their website to book your tickets now!
The Events returns to the Young Vic this week....
Blind Hamlet previews at the LIFT 2014 Festival's After A War programme, which takes over the Battersea Arts Centre next week from the 27th June - 29th June.
The New York Times loves us too! Check out STEVEN McELROY's piece on The Events, which makes its International debut into America from June 24 at the International Festival of Art & Ideas in New Haven... Click here to read the full article.
The Events rehearsals with Derbhle Crotty & Clifford Samuel are well underway. Check out our Facebook page for some pics!
The deadline for our Trainee Associate Directors Scheme is today. Get your applications in!
Rehearsals with the cast of Chorale, ATC's co-production with Presence Theatre, have begun. Stay tuned for more news.
Rehearsals with the new cast of The Events are now underway! Check our Facebook and Twitter for updates and photos.
We are looking for rehearsal guests to sit in The Events rehearsals on 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 12th March. There are two available slots per day: 10am - 1.30pm and 2.30pm - 6pm. If you are interested, email Camilla at email@example.com stating your preferred date and time.
The Events has a new cast! Fresh from the award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Amanda Drew will join the show as Claire and Clifford Samuel, who has worked with The Wooster Group and RSC, will play The Boy.
The New York Times named The Events Best New Play yet to play in New York.
The Events has been named number one in Best theatre of 2013 by The Guardian.
The Events has been nominated for Best New Play in Whats on Stage awards 2014. Click here and vote now!
Ramin Gray, Hofesh Shechter and Simon Stephens are planning a new production in 2015 that seeks to combine dance and text. Seventeen is an experiment in form and content that will explore the inevitable decay of all living things.
We are looking for brave and engaged performers who feel equally at home expressing themselves physically and verbally. The show might involve nudity and delivering written text.
We will be meeting performers between December 11 and 20, 2013 in London.
If you are interested, please submit your CV and availability between the outlined dates to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Events is back on tour! Check your nearest venue and get your tickets here.
The Events is now at London's Young Vic until the 2nd of November. Head here to get your tickets!
We are currently in New York, developing new work by Russian-speaking playwrights.
The Events has won Carol Tambor Award which gives the show an opportunity to be presented in New York.
Neve McIntosh, star of The Events, has been nominated for Best Actress at The Stage Awards 2013.
We're giving away a limited number of FREE TICKETS to see CHORALE - A SAM SHEPARD ROADSHOW at The Bussey Building for tomorrow's performances (Wednesday 18th June). Head to our Facebook or Twitter page to find out more....
ATC's The Events airs on BBC Radio 4 tonight at 9 pm!
The Events is well underway at The Young Vic, and we are starting to receive some lovely reviews! Check out this one from The Londonist...