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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

For West End’s Return, Cleansing Spirits and an Aching for Change by Alex Marshall

On May 17, after two failed tries, London’s theaters hope to reopen for good. Meet a director, a producer, an actor and a costumer, nervously raring to go.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Edinburgh Festivals Will Go Ahead, in Person and Online by Alex Marshall

The Edinburgh International Festival, canceled last year, said it would proceed in August thanks to three specially built pavilions.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Klauss Dörr Quits Volksbühne Over Sexual Harassment Allegations by Alex Marshall

Klauss Dörr resigned as head of the Volksbühne after 10 women accused him of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Protesters Occupy French Theaters, Demanding Reopening by Laura Cappelle and Alex Marshall

The pandemic is still raging, but arts workers in France want to know when cultural life can restart.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Kirill Serebrennikov Is Fired as Director of Gogol Center by Sophia Kishkovsky and Alex Marshall

The director, Kirill Serebrennikov, is known for productions with thinly veiled criticism of the Russian government. His contract at the Gogol Center was not renewed.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

A Theater Serves as a Courthouse, Provoking Drama Offstage by Alex Marshall

Black artists and activists in Birmingham, England, say the city’s largest playhouse has sold out by leasing its auditoriums to the criminal justice system.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

How 8 Countries Have Tried to Keep Artists Afloat During Panemic by Alex Marshall

Governments around the world have tried to support the arts during the pandemic, some more generously than others.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Side Hustles and Handouts: A Tough Year Ahead for U.K. Theater Workers by Alex Marshall

With playhouses closed for the next few months, actors and backstage crews are looking for new ways to make ends meet.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Barbara Windsor, Beloved British TV and Film Star, Dies at 83 by Alex Marshall

She went from bubbly sex symbol in the “Carry On” films to working-class hero on “EastEnders.” Her private life was often as troubled as her “EastEnders” character’s.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Days After Reopening, London Theaters Must Shut by Alex Marshall

The musical “Six” and a concert version of “Les Miserables” are among the shows that will close because of rising coronavirus cases in the city.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

‘Six’ Tries to Get Back Onstage. Again, and Again, and Again. by Alex Marshall

For nine months, the hit musical about the wives of Henry VIII has tried to keep the show going. But that’s not easy in a pandemic.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

U.K. National Theater Enters the Streaming Wars by Alex Marshall

During Britain’s lockdown, recorded plays from the archive were free to watch on YouTube. Now, the theater has started a paid service.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Leopoldstadt’ Pick Up Olivier Awards by Alex Marshall

Sam Tutty, Sharon D. Clarke and Andrew Scott are among the actors to triumph at the coronavirus-delayed awards, the British equivalent of the Tonys.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

It’s a Party at Gatsby’s Mansion. No Dancing, Please. by Alex Marshall

An immersive theater show of “The Great Gatsby” has returned in London. Can it keep the novel’s spirit alive while obeying the coronavirus rules?

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Six Months in the Life of a Locked-Down Theater by Alex Marshall

Britain’s National Theater hopes to reopen in October after being closed for more than 200 days. But even with the shutters down, it’s been an eventful and emotional time for its staff.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

West End Shows Announce a Return, Even as U.K. Coronavirus Cases Rise by Alex Marshall

“Six,” the hit musical, will start an 11-week run in November, with other shows including “The Mousetrap” also slated to resume soon.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Director of a Storied Paris Theater Is Fired by Alex Marshall

After Ruth Mackenzie was accused of bullying employees, the Théâtre du Châtelet said she would no longer lead the prestigious venue.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

London’s West End Comes Out of Lockdown. For an Afternoon. by Alex Marshall

On Thursday, 640 theatergoers attended the first West End performance since March. But some producers say further shows are unlikely until social distancing ends.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

‘I Have to Go in and Decolonize’: Europe’s Black Theater Makers Discuss Their Industries by Alex Marshall

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Julia Wissert and Eva Doumbia met online this week to talk about challenging the establishment, Black Lives Matter and the issue of white universality.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

U.K. Announces $2 Billion Bailout to Help Keep the Arts Afloat by Alex Marshall

After a weekslong campaign, artists in Britain welcomed the move, which will provide support to recipients like “local basement” music venues and museums.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cultural Life Is Back in Europe. In the U.K., They Talk of Collapse. by Alex Marshall

For weeks, Britain’s star artists have begged the government to rescue the arts sector. Will it listen?

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Monday, June 15, 2020

The Only West End Show Still Standing by Alex Marshall

“Horrible Histories” was meant to be in the West End next month. It’s still happening, just in a castle parking lot 200 miles away.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Will Socially Distanced Rehearsals Leave Space for Good Theater? by Alex Marshall

One European director said guidelines intended to get actors back to work were “cuckoo.” Some will return only when coronavirus testing, or a vaccine, allows performers to get close.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Can Street Artists Survive a City in Lockdown? by Alex Marshall

Buskers, musicians and muralists have been entertaining London for centuries. But now the capital has gone quiet and the future of their activities looks uncertain.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Jean-Laurent Cochet, Actor Who Taught France’s Stars, Dies at 85 by Alex Marshall

Mr. Cochet, who had the coronavirus, was a major figure in French theater. His students included Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Edinburgh Festivals Canceled as Coronavirus Effects Stretch Into Summer by Alex Marshall

This August’s Edinburgh International Festival and its Fringe, two of theater and comedy’s most important events, are no more.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play Canceled as Coronavirus Locks Down Germany by Alex Marshall

Over 400 years ago, villagers swore to stage the play every decade, as long as God spared them from the plague.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

London’s Cultural Landmarks Shutter Amid Coronavirus Threat by Alex Marshall and Nancy Coleman

The city’s West End theater district, Royal Opera House and other premier venues closed Monday after the prime minister warned patrons to avoid the theater during the outbreak.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Broadway Is Closed, but London’s Theaters Carry On by Alex Marshall

Britain has taken a more relaxed approach to coronavirus prevention than the rest of Europe and the United States.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Lucy Prebble’s ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ Wins the Blackburn Prize by Alex Marshall

Prebble won the annual prize for female playwrights, for her work about a Russian assassination on British soil.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ceilings in London Theaters Keep Falling Down by Alex Marshall

A collapse at a performance of “Death of a Salesman,” in which five people were hurt, shone a light on the run-down state of some playhouses in the city.

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