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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We’re not too posh to wash, we just lived through the war | Brief Letters by Letters

Bathtime routines | Regional galleries | Paying more tax | Piebury corner | Theatre ticketsVivienne Westwood, like me, although a few years younger, was brought up in the austere 1940s and 5…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A shortage of airline pilots? I wonder why | Brief letters by Letters

Ryanair | Kipling | Sunday lunch spots | Getting theatre tickets | Twitter | Dairy intoleranceWe keep hearing that the Ryanair crisis is due to a shortage of trained pilots (Opinion, 30 Sept…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dashes, commas, and judgmental twitchers | Brief letters by Letters

Harry Dean Stanton | Boris Johnson | Dancing about architecture | Fatberg | Ornithology of meetings | Ambridge antidoteYour obituary for Harry Dean Stanton (18 September) mispunctuates the t…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Academic punch-up over support for Brexit | Letters by Letters

Brexit | Attenborough statue | Species extinction | Musicals | Hymns | A month in AmbridgeThe Brexit-supporting academic who complains about being shunned by colleagues when they reveal thei…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Recalling Peter Hall’s sensational swansong by Letters

Sir Peter Hall’s later years at Kingston University saw him still producing vivid and challenging theatre, says Richard WilsonMichael Billington describes “a certain sadness” in Peter …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why national heroes meant zero to Brecht | Brief letters by Letters

Valuing people | National heroes | First names | Nipple pasties | Steely Dan | Boris JohnsonNow that a way has been found to calculate the asset value of a tree (Put a price on trees and hal…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Troubles caused by singers belting it out | Letters by Letters

Modern singers depend for power and vocal strength on technology as well as their own skills, says Ian Flintoff; and Sara Neil on the ‘belting’ vocal techniqueBernhard Warner (Why do sta…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Krapp performances that stick in the mind | Letters by Letters

Readers recall seeing Max Wall and an angry French actor as the eponymous character in Samuel Beckett’s one-act-play Krapp’s Last TapeCongratulations to Michael Billington for capturing …

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Cinema gives new life to sold-out theatre | Letters by Letters

Guardian reviewers should flag up when there are cinema screenings of stage performances for those who cannot get their hands on a ticket, says Jane HarveyLyn Gardner lists the Young Vic’s…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Flamenco fans know it’s a tough discipline | Brief letters by Letters

MPs’ health | Spanish dance teachers | Rail privatisation | Ivanka Trump factory | Michael GoveJames Graham may well be correct about the physical and mental stress that is “part and par…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The modern Greek tragedy that is democracy | Letters by Letters

Tim Farron | Greek words | Theresa May | Vicars’ daughters | The DUPTim Farron was half right in claiming that Theresa May “put her party before her country” (From hubris to humiliatio…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ soundbite is from The Forsyte Saga | Letters by Letters

The phrase seems to be derived from the world of corruption and privilege portrayed by John Galsworthy, writes Dr David BlazeyThe phrase “strong and stable government” seems to be derive…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

A play to make Richard III turn in his grave | Letter by Letters

A reader is unimpressed by Leicester cathedral’s decision to allow Shakespeare’s Richard III to be staged close to the real king’s resting place“Dignity and honour” the authorities…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Audibility problems on stage and screen | Letters by Letters

The main problem is TV presenters’ poor articulation, argues Alan HuntingtonIn her letter (29 April), Mary McKeown refers to “hearing” and “audibility”. Certainly, audibility is an…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Our actors upstaged by weather presenters | Letters by Letters

Reader Mary McKeown applauds Dame Judi Dench for speaking up about actors delivering inaudible linesHurrah for Dame Judi Dench (Get off the sofa and learn your Shakespeare, Dench tells young…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The myths embedded in English literature | Letters by Letters

Austen Lynch on Shakespeare’s folk sources and Jan Dubé on the gods that permeate the languageThe Royal Shakespeare Company’s project to celebrate the myth and magic of the influence of…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Snobbery that hasn’t been kicked into touch since David Storey’s playing days | Brief letters by Letters

Rugby league v union | Civilian casualties | Incompetent TV detectives | Office thieves | Alcohol intakeThe obituary of David Storey (28 March) mentioned that he attended Wakefield’s Queen…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

To eat, or not to eat? That is the question | Letters by Letters

Suzanne Moore (Public eating is fraught, 2 March) writes on Imelda Staunton’s plea for those coming to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at London’s Harold Pinter theatre to desist f…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Enduring legacy of BBC’s Play for Today | Letters by Letters

Deborah Orr laments the loss of Play for Today (Opinion, 14 January). The effect that it had in exploring social issues is illustrated by the charity Action against Medical Accidents, which …

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sadness as the circus rings the changes | Letters by Letters

It is with sadness that I read of the closure of the Barnum & Bailey/Ringling Bros Circus (Animal rights campaigners celebrate closure of 146-year-old US circus, 16 January). It was a ph…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Women who worked on Play for Today | Letters by Letters

Deborah Orr (Why can’t TV make new plays for today?, 14 January) correctly points out that British playwrights are tackling many of the major social issues today in the theatre instead of …

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Let’s put the pure back into pantomime | Letters by Letters

Thank you, Michael Billington, for your timely warning against “the filthiest panto” you’ve ever seen (Julian Clary unleashes a tsunami of smut in eye-popping gag-fest, 22 December). B…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Equality for women in theatre and the arts | Letters by Letters

The status quo, where male experience dominates British theatre, will continue as long as the unelected quango, the Arts Council, refuses to challenge this sexual apartheid (Editorial, 15 De…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Women who are making their way to centre stage | Letters by Letters

There is still a pressing need for challenging male dominance in theatre, and we need the Guardian to include the wider view (Editorial, 15 October). Harriet Walter’s plea to artistic dire…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Emma Rice’s Globe: Shakespeare’s work as you like it, or a comedy of errors? | Letters by Letters

I am surprised by the Globe’s decision to part ways with its artistic director. Chief executive Neil Constable praises Emma Rice for her “mould-breaking” productions but explains that …

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Monday, October 24, 2016

No shame in Shakespeare sharing the wryhting credits | Letters by Letters

Marlowe and Shakespeare were both playwrights (Marlowe finally credited among cast of Bard’s co-writers, 24 October). When first coined by Ben Jonson in his Epigrams, the word had a distin…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Shakespeare’s violent world was never drug-free | Letters by Letters

The heading of your review of the Globe Theatre’s Imogen, “Sex, drugs and gang war erupt…” (26 September), could just as well be a strapline for a number of Shakespeare’s plays, an…

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Branagh fails the Wall test as Archie Rice | Letters by Letters

As a member of the Max Wall Society – known as bricks – I was fascinated to read Michael Billington’s review of The Entertainer (31 August). Max Wall himself played Archie Rice in John…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Live screenings from regional stages, please | Brief letters by Letters

Live screenings | Northern heathens | Hygiene-obsessed Americans | Swedish vocabulary | DishonoursYour correspondents are too quick to praise live screenings (Letters, 2 August). Live screen…

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tips for when the phone scammers call | Brief letters by Letters

Telephone scams | Kander and Ebb | Clear Skies | Washing your handsYour article about scammers (How a phone call from ‘the bank’ cost an unsuspecting couple their life savings, 30 July) …

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Oldham Coliseum’s efforts on racial diversity in theatre | Letters by Letters

We applaud the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s commission of Danuta Kean’s research into opportunities for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) performers in British musical theatre …

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