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Friday, September 17, 2021

Fake Rock Nearly Crushes Opera Star: Accident or Sabotage? by Alex Marshall

Feuding stagehands, falling props: It might sound like the plot of an opera, but in France it has been the subject of a court case.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

In ‘Back to The Future: The Musical,’ the Car Is the Star of the Show by Alex Marshall

A devoted fan of the 1985 movie helped the London production’s creative team recreate the iconic time-traveling DeLorean, down to the last detail.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Giant Puppet of Syrian Refugee Angers Some on Walk Through Greece by Niki Kitsantonis and Alex Marshall

“Little Amal” is on a 5,000-mile journey from Turkey to Britain to highlight the plight of Syrian refugees. But in Greece, some have objected to her presence, saying it could encourage m…

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Covid Surge Shuts Down West End Shows by Alex Marshall

Many London theaters are canceling performances, and people in the industry fear that more productions will have to close when England ends distancing and mask-wearing requirements next week.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Act: Activism by Alex Marshall

On questions of reopening, the theater impresario has become a surprising thorn in the British government’s side.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

England’s delayed reopening is a blow to culture and nightlife. by Alex Marshall

Theaters and nightclub owners are having to hastily rearrange and cancel events after the government decided to maintain some restrictions.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Are theatres leaving disabled people behind as they reopen? by Alex Marshall

Some people with disabilities feel they are being forgotten, and that struggling venues will concentrate on producing in-person shows and forgo online offerings, or cut their in-person servi…

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:18AM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Onstage. A Nightmare Off It. by Alex Marshall

Shakespeare’s Globe survived Elizabethan plagues. Today’s version got through the coronavirus pandemic, but tough times lie ahead.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Disabled people fear being left behind as U.K. culture venues reopen by Alex Marshall

Some fear being forgotten, and that struggling venues will concentrate on producing in-person shows and forgo online offerings, or cut their in-person services for disabled people.

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Disabled People Fear Being Left Behind as U.K. Culture Venues Reopen by Alex Marshall

Some disabled people have spent a year devouring shows online, and they want continued access. Some theaters are promising to provide it, but fears persist.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

London Theater Reopens With West End's Comeback by Alex Marshall

London’s theater scene re-emerged with “The Mousetrap,” Agatha Christie’s long-running murder mystery, which has changed little from its debut in 1952, let alone from before the coro…

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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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