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‘Ted Lasso’ star Hannah Waddingham supports London theater workers

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“Ted Lasso” and “Game of Thrones” actor, performer in shows in London’s iconic West End theater district and upcoming host of the theater’s Olivier Awards, Hannah WaddinghamThe UK Performing Arts and Entertainment Trade Union is one of several influential voices supporting Equity’s Stand Up for 17% campaign.

The campaign, which began last week, is demanding a 17% pay rise for champion West End performers and stage management, among other improvements to their careers. Equity The West End has requested a minimum pay rise of 17% from the Society of London Theatres, which represents West End producers and stakeholders. Paul W. Fleming, general secretary of Equity, said the union was prepared to strike if necessary.

Waddingham tweeted: “Wages in West End theater are quite frankly disgraceful and always have been. #StandUpFor17 It shouldn’t be a fruitless labor of love. I’m with you and then some!”

the actor Miriam Margolis Said: “I’ve been standing for 17 years, our campaign to raise the minimum wage packet in our profession… I’m thinking of the rockers who probably play different parts in one night. The understudies, the mates – they’re the bottom of the pile at the moment, and they’re not getting a fair sip of the sauce bottle.”

Matthew Modinethe “Stranger Things” actor who stars in the West End’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” tweeted: “I’m a guest artist working in London’s historic West End and am asking @EquityUK for a 17% pay rise. Lowest in West End Paid. 17% may sound like a lot – but they pay the least – so a 17% increase is not much. Fair is fair. #StandUpFor17.”

The West End cast of “Hamilton,” “The Mouse Trap” and “Moulin Rouge” have also voiced their support for the wage hike.


the comedian Katherine Ryan (“The Duchess”) and Phil Wang (“Philly Philly Wang Wang”) will join the line-up of “The Graham Norton Variety Show” at London’s O2 Arena as part of the inaugural Just For Laughs London Festival (March 2-5).

This is the first popular talk show host in many years Graham Norton will take to the stage to host a variety show with performances from top comedy talent from around the world. Previously announced guests include UK stand-up stars Joe LissettAmerican drag queen, comedian, actor, costume designer and winner of the sixth series of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Bianca Del RioComedian and star of last year’s “Strictly Come Dancing.” Jade AdamsWinner of the fourth series of “Drag Race UK.” Danny BeardAlso British singer, songwriter and Eurovision 2022 star Sam Ryder.


Joe NunneryThe producer of the hit BBC series “Ladhood” is joining Bofola picture Comedy major in new location. Nunnery began his career in BBC radio comedy, where he created “Alexi Sayle’s Imagination Sandwich Bar” and Liam Williams’ “Ladhood” for Radio 4. He successfully created “Ladhood” for Change on TV and produced three series of critically acclaimed coming-of-age sitcoms for BBC Three.

Boffola Pictures, founded in 2021 by Shane Allen and Kate Dutton, produced the BBC comedy thriller “Am I being unreasonable?” It is planning a second series. Written by Daisy May Cooper and Celine Heazley. “Undoing Martin Parker”, a series for BBC One, written by Cian Gibson and Paul Coleman and starring Conleth Hill, Cian Gibson and Rosie Cavaliero, is currently in production.


Cineflix Rights added Daniel Rodriguez As a sales consultant, Miami-based Rodriguez is the distributor’s first dedicated sales representative covering the region in Latin America and the Hispanic US, based in Barcelona. Sabrina Ayala Now focusing his work on European buyers across French-speaking Europe, Italy and Iberia. Rodriguez will stay Subject America Cineflix Rights is launching its slate of new shows for buyers in the region this week.


Animation Studio Aardman has announced plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1993 Oscar-winning film “Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers.”

Highlights include: the release of a limited edition “The Wrong Trousers” x Olympia Le Tan designer clutch bag in which Wallace wore his ‘techno-trousers’ with Gromit and Feathers McGrath; a partnership between Aardman and London’s Cartoon Museum, which displays Wallace and Gromit artwork with an exhibition and public events over the years; the opening of a new Wallace and Gromit-themed escape room adventure called Grand Way Out at Bristol’s Locked in a Room; and 30 performances of “The Wrong Trousers” with live orchestral accompaniment, staged by Carrot Productions, taking place across the UK

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