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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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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Murdered Spy’s Widow Relives Her Loss Onstage by Alex Marshall

Lucy Prebble’s new play, “A Very Expensive Poison,” dramatizes the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko. How did it feel for his wife, Marina, to watch?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bachelorettes, Brawls and Body Cameras: A Night at the Theater in London by Alex Marshall

Some West End theaters are fitting staff members with recording devices to deal with alcohol-fueled bad behavior.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Panic in Times Square After Motorcycle Is Mistaken for Gunshots by Alex Marshall

Frightened bystanders stormed at least one theater, while others cowered in bars.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Writers Who Worked on Idris Elba Play Say They Have Been Erased by Alex Marshall

Two British playwrights said their work on “Tree,” a new work that will premiere at the Manchester International Festival, was not properly acknowledged.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

The ‘Les Misérables’ Revolving Stage Is Going. Fans Are in a Spin. by Alex Marshall

The original London production is closing this month after a 33-year run. When it returns, a well-loved feature won’t be there.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Volksbühne Theater in Berlin Names Artistic Director, Ending Leadership Crisis by Alex Marshall

René Pollesch, an acclaimed German playwright and director, will take over starting in 2021. His appointment ends a tumultuous few years for the institution.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Nicholas Hytner Plans 2nd New Theater in London by Alex Marshall

The as-yet-unnamed venue is scheduled to open in King’s Cross in 2021. His most recent opened in Southeast London in 2017.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ Triumphs at Olivier Awards, and So Does a Gender-Swapping ‘Company’ by Alex Marshall

A six-and-a-half-hour play about the legacy of AIDS in New York won best new play at the British equivalent of the Tonys. “Company” and “Come From Away” were also successful.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Theater at the Forefront of Poland’s Culture Wars by Alex Marshall

The Powszechny Theater in Warsaw faced protests and acid attacks when it staged a play about the Catholic Church. Will its staging of “Mein Kampf” cause more uproar?

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Company’ and ‘Come From Away’ Lead Olivier Award Nominations by Alex Marshall

The musicals are each up for nine awards in Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys. “The Inheritance” — a six-and-a-half hour play about the legacy of AIDS — has eight.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

John Malkovich to Play Harvey Weinstein-Like Character in West End by Alex Marshall

“Of course it might upset people who’ve experienced the kind of treatment that the play describes,” Malkovich told the BBC. “But what can I do about that?”

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Broadway ‘Mockingbird’ Precludes British ‘Mockingbird’ by Alex Marshall

A British production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been canceled after the producer Scott Rudin asserted his stage rights to the book.

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