Doctor John Barrowman

John Barrowman is to be honoured in July, by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

Barrowman, who was born in the city, is to be awarded with an honorary degree for his contribution to drama by the Academy in their annual graduation ceremony. He will become a “Doctor of Drama”.

The ceremony takes place on Tuesday the 5th of July.

B.W Reporter Imran

Arthur Darvill Image release for Doctor Faustus

The Shakespeare’s Globe have sent us a press release, along with images, of Arthur Darvill’s upcoming play Doctor Faustus:

Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill in Shakespeare’s Globe’s Doctor Faustus

Arthur Darvill, who is best known for his role as the Doctor’s current companion Rory in BBC’s Doctor Who, will play Mephistopheles in Shakespeare’s Globe’s first production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Paul Hilton, who was recently seen in the BBC drama Silk,will play the title role of the scholar who makes a pact with the devil in exchange for knowledge.  The production will run from 18 June to 2 October and is directed by Matthew Dunster and designed by Paul Wills. They will both collaborate with Puppetry Director Steve Tiplady, former Artistic Director of Little Angel Theatre Company, to transform the Globe in to an arena of wild spectacle with larger than life puppets and illusion. Huge flying dragons and horned stilt walkers will help to bring this dark fantastical world to life.

Doctor Faustus is one of the greatest tragedies in English before Shakespeare, and is being staged for the first time at the current Globe. Restless for knowledge and power, Faustus forsakes scholarship and makes a pact with the Devil: In exchange for giving his soul to the Devil after death, the evil spirit Mephistopheles will serve him for 24 years, providing him with magic and knowledge beyond his wildest dreams.

Listings information

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe at Shakespeare’s Globe

18 June – 02 October 2011

Press night – Thursday 23 June

Midnight Matinee: Saturday 23 July

Director                        Matthew Dunster

Designer                       Paul Wills

Composer                     Jules Maxwell

Puppet Director             Steve Tiplady

Cast and creative team:

The full cast is – Charlotte Broom, Michael Camp, Nigel Cooke, Jonathan Cullen, Arthur Darvill, Robert Goodale, Paul Hilton, Sarita Piotrowski, Will Mannering, Pearce Quigley, Iris Roberts, Beatriz Romilly, Richard Clews, Felix Scott, Chinna Wodu, Jade Williams.


Phone                           020 7401 9919 or 020 7087 7398

In person                      Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (8pm on performance days)

Sundays 10am-5pm (7pm on performances days)


Tickets                          £5.00 – £37.50

Education Events:

Setting The Scene (pre-performance talks) – 21 June; 12, 26 and 28 July; 13, 15 and 20 September

Talking Theatre (post matinee) – 27 July and 21 September

Study Day – 2 July

Access Performances:

Audio Described performance – Sunday 17 July at 1pm

Sign Language-interpreted performance – Sunday 14 August at 1pm

Shakespeare’s Globe Access Line 020 7902 1409 or email

starz torchwood press release

Starz have issued a press release

“New York, May 17, 2011 — Imagine a day when nobody dies.  All across the world, nobody dies.  And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging.  They get hurt and sick but they never die.  This is the extraordinary premise of the highly-anticipated STARZ original drama series, “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for STARZ, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide.  The series will premiere on STARZ July 8 at 10 pm ET/PT.


Today, the network announced that in addition to Torchwood alumni, John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and new headliners, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins, that the 10-episode, hour-long series will also feature an impressive list of guest stars: Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” Jurassic Park), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland,” The Outsiders), Ernie Hudson (“OZ,” Ghostbusters), Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), John DeLancie (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce, George Wallace) and Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer).


Additional actors starring in the cult sensation include: Arlene Tur (“Crash,” Eat Pray Love) and Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under,” The Other Woman) who join the cast in an extended guest role. The show’s original creator, writer/producer Russell T Davies, serves as executive producer along with BBC Worldwide Productions’ SVP Julie Gardner, with Davies also serving as show-runner for “Torchwood: Miracle Day.”


“Torchwood: Miracle Day” begins with a day when nobody dies. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural occurrence – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy.  The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?,” he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever”.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 18.8 million and 33.1 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands.  Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).


About BBC Worldwide Productions

BBC Worldwide Productions, based in Los Angeles and headed by Jane Tranter, develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC) and “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (STARZ). BBC Worldwide Productions is one of seven core businesses within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

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Torchwood news

Torchwood writer Jane Espenson, announced on twitter today that an online Torchwood spin-off is in the works.
The spin-off is entitled Torchwood: Web of lies.

She said “There is going to be Torchwood web content. So in addition to the television series, there is Torchwood: Web of Lies. Enjoy all the brands!”

Espenson also hinted that Eliza Dushku will star in the online series.

She added “We have faith in Torchwood: Web of Lies,” she said. “It’s tru; there’s an echo of my past work in this”.

B.W reporter Martyn