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Monday, April 6, 2020

Rinsing bananas and rapping about teapots … comedians work from home by Chris Wiegand

Without any gigs to perform, comics are spreading good cheer on Twitter and TikTok. Here’s a roundup of the latest from Suzi Ruffell, Jessica Fostekew, Mo Gilligan and others Warning: cont…

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Luna: A Play About the Moon review – science and stories in cabaret for kids by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineRoustabout Theatre’s encounters with the moon range from gravity-dancing to skits with astronauts and a werewolf Coronavirus and culture - a list of major cancellations Ho…

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Friday, April 3, 2020

'Get ready to get down': Nile Rodgers rises to Lloyd Webber Twitter challenge by Chris Wiegand

‘Composers in quarantine’ play-off sees Chic star play a song from Jesus Christ Superstar as Lloyd Webber performs the Rodgers/Daft Punk hit Get Lucky Coronavirus – latest updates S…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Whatever the Weather review – a rainbow of a show by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThe two figures in an alpine weather house come out to play in this delightfully sweet production for three- to seven-year-olds In the late 19th century, a comic opera was de…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

This one's a keeper! Vikki Stone's starry, sweary zoo musical by Chris Wiegand

The comedian and musician’s #zoologicalsociety is a concept album featuring Jason Manford as a depressed monkey and Lucie Jones as a pregnant penguin Lions, giraffes and monkeys brought Ju…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Laughing in the face of lockdown: comedy videos to raise your spirits by Chris Wiegand

Self-isolating comedians are working from home to bring a little light relief to the nation. Here’s a roundup of some of the funniest Warning: contains strong language • See all our coro…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

I, Cinna (the Poet) review – Tim Crouch and Jude Owusu are dream teachers by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineA gift for homeschoolers, Owusu dazzles as the poet from Julius Caesar, drawing young viewers into the creative process The outbreak of homeschooling caused by the coronavir…

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Stage struck: Tom Stoppard, Cush Jumbo, Brian Cox and more on the magic of theatre by Chris Wiegand

To mark World Theatre Day, leading playwrights, actors and directors share some of their favourite moments Palace theatre, Manchester. Some time in the mid-60s. A variety bill (or it may hav…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tweedy’s Lost and Found review – Giffords clown bursts into your lounge by Chris Wiegand

A new show from Cirencester’s Barn theatre finds Tweedy swapping the circus for an office job and assisting Kerry Mucklowe from This Country If you’ve spent a few days juggling homeschoo…

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Olivier awards replaces cancelled ceremony with greatest moments show by Chris Wiegand

Jason Manford will present programme of past highlights from the awards show, which has been postponed this year due to the coronavirus outbreak The Olivier awards, the most prestigious priz…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Actors appeal for the 'quality of mercy' in online Shakespeare videos by Chris Wiegand

Judi Dench, Jade Anouka, Harriet Walter and Patrick Stewart are among the stars to perform the playwright’s words online during crisis caused by Covid-19 Coronavirus and culture – a lis…

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Theatres create first online programmes of new work in response to Covid-19 by Chris Wiegand

Brian Cox is among stars appearing in digital productions commissioned by the UK’s swiftly adapting arts venues, written by playwrights in isolation The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) …

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Friday, March 20, 2020

'Your move, AL Dubs!' Lloyd Webber and Hamilton creator in musicals play-off by Chris Wiegand

Lin-Manuel Miranda accepts Andrew Lloyd Webber’s self-isolation Twitter challenge, and throws down gauntlet Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations Coronavirus – lates…

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'Bringing love to your front room': Layton Williams' unexpected debut concert by Chris Wiegand

As performers across the world see gigs cancelled, the former Billy Elliot star will be facing the unknown with a shake and a shimmy He was cast as Billy Elliot at 12, toured the UK in hit m…

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Imagine all the standups: Gal Gadot video mocked by comics by Chris Wiegand

Actor’s earnest re-creation of John Lennon classic draws satirical response from all-star lineup of comics fronted by Joe Lycett In times of crisis a celebrity viral video can unite us ei…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

UK theatre ticket sales drop 92% due to Covid-19 by Chris Wiegand

As venues cancel performances in the wake of the coronavirus, they are asking arts lovers to donate and book advance tickets • Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations• …

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

'His songs are like a fabulous steak': an all-star toast to Stephen Sondheim by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Alexis Soloski

From West Side Story to Company, he revolutionised the musical. As the supreme lyricist and composer turns 90, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane and more pay tribute C…

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Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online by Chris Wiegand

As the coronavirus causes venues to close their doors, an increase of live-streamed theatre is expected. Here are some of the shows online now or coming soon • Coronavirus and culture – …

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Leading arts figures demand clarity over compensation for coronavirus closures by Chris Wiegand and Lanre Bakare

As majority of UK’s theatres close, industry bodies say government’s lack of outright ban on visiting venues leaves them unable to claim on insurance • Coronavirus and culture – a l…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Call to pay it forward as coronavirus causes theatre cancellations by Chris Wiegand

Actors, writers, technicians and others in the industry facing hardship and ‘critical threat to livelihoods’ following shutdowns • Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellat…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Headlong theatre company appoints Joe Hill-Gibbins as new artistic director by Chris Wiegand

Acclaimed director will take over from Jeremy Herrin at the UK touring company Joe Hill-Gibbins has been appointed as the artistic director of the touring theatre company Headlong. He will t…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Jon Culshaw to play Bill Bryson in Notes from a Small Island adaptation by Chris Wiegand

Dead Ringers impressionist takes lead role in stage version of bestselling book on British identity The impressionist Jon Culshaw is to play Bill Bryson in a new stage adaptation of Notes fr…

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Tom Jones musical What's New Pussycat? to premiere this autumn by Chris Wiegand

Production uses hits of Welsh singer Tom Jones to tell story of the character Tom Jones in Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel Delilah, Sex Bomb and other Tom Jones hits are to be brought together…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

'I'm a Viking warrior but I became ill!' Britt Ekland slams UK theatre dressing rooms by Chris Wiegand

After getting a chest infection, the actor has complained about backstage facilities for actors in older theatres The actor Britt Ekland has slammed the backstage conditions she encountered …

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott up for Olivier awards by Chris Wiegand

TV co-stars compete for acting prizes at this year’s theatre awards, whose nominations are led by the musicals & Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof and Dear Evan Hansen Fleabag stars Phoebe W…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

LA Dance Project review - molten moves from the dynamic dozen by Chris Wiegand

LA Dance Project In Benjamin Millepied’s piece I Fall, I Flow, I Melt, mostly performed to Bach, the dancers sparkle like sun on the ocean On the edge of the Los Angeles Arts District, the…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Father review - Alfred Molina is tremendous in Florian Zeller’s tragic farce by Chris Wiegand

Pasadena Playhouse, Los AngelesThe actor brings out the dark humour in Zeller’s modern classic about a man with dementia, fluctuating from absurdity to despair in a heartbeat It is more t…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Margaret Atwood ballet MaddAddam to be staged by Wayne McGregor by Chris Wiegand

Royal Ballet reveals adaptation of Atwood’s trilogy of dystopian novels Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam The British choreographer Wayne McGregor is to stage an adaptati…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Bee in Me review – a bold, challenging tale of childhood fantasy by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn theatre, LondonIn Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play, three actors narrate a day in the life of a young person who uses imagination to escape a precarious existence For his first season…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lucy Prebble wins inaugural Michael Billington award for best new play by Chris Wiegand

Prebble’s play A Very Expensive Poison won the prize, named after the Guardian’s former chief theatre critic, at the Critics’ Circle awards A Very Expensive Poison, Lucy Prebble’s am…

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Be More Chill and Dear Evan Hansen: how teens made the musicals go viral by Chris Wiegand

Two American shows that explore adolescent anxiety have been propelled by young online communities in a digital blizzard of streams, fan art and animatics Schoolboys hunch over laptops in th…

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