10 Great GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 Apps for the Theatre Lover

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The play’s the thing – so make sure you don’t miss it!

Thanks to the GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0, finding what’s on at the theatre, reading the latest reviews or even writing plays on the go has never been easier. 

As this month sees the launch of York Mystery Plays we decided it was the ideal time to round up the best S4 and Note 8.0 apps that every theatre fan needs to know about.

Finding plays, reviews and theatres

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1. UK Theatre Web

Free - get it here

The UK Theatre Web (UKTW) has been offering listings, news and reviews on the latest theatre releases since 1995. The UKTW app lets you search for a play by venue, town or person.

Whether you’re searching for something specific, or you just want to check the top performing arts listings (arranged by top 20 London and regional shows), UKTW really is the place to find, read about and buy tickets straight from your GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0. It also offers a price comparison service and occasional exclusive discounts for UKTW app users, so you can pick up a bargain.


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2. StubHub

Free - get it here

If you like to plan your theatre visit down to the last detail, then the StubHub app is just what you need. With one of the world’s largest ticket marketplaces (where you can buy and sell tickets) StubHub goes that little bit further and shows you venue plans plus pictures of the views of the stage, so you can be sure of the theatre experience you are buying before you spend a penny.

Anyone who has found a theatre ticket bargain online, only to discover later that the reason it was so cheap was because there was a large pillar obstructing the view, will find just the reassurance they need from StubHub.


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3. London Official City Guide

Free - get it here

Arguably the home of UK theatre life is in London, and the London Official Guide App (made by the people behind the popular VisitLondon.com website) offers you comprehensive listings for the capital.

The ‘What’s on’ section lists highlights and free attractions, gives you directions and allows you to book tickets as well as read overviews and reviews, and you can even see video previews of the plays available. This really does offer you a succinct but informed view of the London performing arts scene.

Another great free app to check out if you want to find out what’s on in the capital is the “Things to do: London” app from Time Out.


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4. AroundMe

Free - get it here

AroundMe is a business location device to help you find what you want when you are travelling. It’s particularly useful for those with more than a passing interest in the arts.

Clicking on the Theatres category not only locates local theatres, showing them on Google Maps (with photos and descriptions of the venues pulled in from Foursquare), it also lists places where you can learn theatre crafts – including theatre schools and places offering music and singing lessons.


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5. WordPress

Free - get it here

Want to write your own reviews about the plays you’ve seen? There is no faster way to get your opinions up on the web than creating your own Wordpress site, and the WordPress app lets you update it straight from your GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0.

With a smooth and intuitive interface and a handy side menu that helps you get where you want straight away, it’s so easy to get blogging you could post your review about the play you just saw from the theatre bar afterwards.


Writing plays

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6. Fade In Mobile

£3.11 - buy it here

Fancy not just reviewing plays, but writing your own? Then screenplay editor app Fade In Mobile may well be what you need. Specifically designed for touch interfaces, it lets you add standard script styles and has automatic script formatting as you type. It also helps out with character and location names.

If you have a Dropbox account you can back up your masterpiece to that so you can work across multiple devices. The one downside is that it will only save your work as .fadein files, so they can only be opened within the app or the Fade In desktop application.

There is also a free version which only lets you work on one project at a time, which is a good way to test whether it’s worth splashing out for the full app.


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7. MyScreenplays Pro

£1.94 - buy it here

MyScreenplays is another screen-writing app which is slightly simpler (and cheaper) than Fade In Mobile, with the bonus that you can export your work into various file formats – PDF, HTML or Word document – and you can also back it up to Google Drive.

This is a non-linear writing app, allowing you to rearrange plot elements (dialogues, actions and sequences) by clicking on arrows to move them around. It also autoformats the text into screenplay format and auto-completes character names as you type.

There is a free version to try before you buy, too.


Working in theatre

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8. The Stage Jobs & Auditions

£1.79 - buy it here

Any aspiring theatre writer, director or performer should always be keeping an eye on what jobs are available within their sphere of interest. The Stage has been providing job listings for those keen to get involved with the arts since 1880, so if anyone can find you your dream theatre job, it’s this title.

Don’t want to pay? The GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0’s generous screen sizes makes browsing The Stage’s website a pleasure, and it gives you access to the same job information the app has for free.



Reading or listening to plays

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9. BBC iPlayer Radio

Free - get it here

Of course, you don’t need to go to the theatre to experience a play. The regular play slots on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 provide a wide variety of free performances, and the dedicated BBC Radio iPlayer makes finding them and listening to them on the move a breeze.

Just click on the “Drama” category to see a list of all the plays available for you to stream to your GALAXY device. If you are worried about the data costs of streaming radio to your phone or tablet on the move, some shows are included in downloadable podcasts, which you can keep stored on the GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0 to listen to later.


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10. Shakespeare Complete Works

Free - get it here

If you’re not in the mood for watching or listening, how about just reading a play? And what better place to start than with William Shakespeare? As all the plays are out of copyright, there are numerous places where you can download the complete works of Shakespeare onto your GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0 to read at your leisure.

One of these is the Shakespeare Complete Works app, which lets you access (almost) all of his plays and sonnets for free. It includes Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard II and Richard III.

You can also read 40 of Shakespeare’s plays and all 154 sonnets for free on this Shakespeare (Beta) app. Google Play Books also has a lot of older out-of-copyright plays from the likes of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and Molière – all for free.