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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Royal Shakespeare Company Names Two Directors for Top Job by Alex Marshall

In an usual move for a major British theater, Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey will jointly helm the major British theater troupe.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

At Shakespeare’s Globe, a Nonbinary Joan of Arc Causes a Stir by Alex Marshall

Even before the production debuted, it had inflamed a rancorous debate about sex and gender that plays out almost daily in Britain.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Eldjarn and Das Are Stars at Home, but Not at Edinburgh Fringe by Alex Marshall

Over 1,000 stand-ups play the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year, hoping for a big break. Some are already huge names elsewhere.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Kevin Spacey Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault by Alex Marshall

The Oscar-winning actor will face a trial in June 2023 — a rare example of a celebrity #MeToo case reaching that stage in Britain.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

The ‘Most Real Richard III There’s Ever Been’ by Alex Marshall

The Royal Shakespeare Company has cast a disabled actor to play the “deformed, unfinish’d” king for the first time. The choice has been hailed as a landmark moment.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Paris Opera Ballet Loses Its Second Head in Six Years by Alex Marshall

The departure of Aurélie Dupont, who is leaving to focus on personal projects, follows a turbulent time at the esteemed company.

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Kevin Spacey, Accused of Sexual Assault, Appears in British Court by Alex Marshall

The proceedings are a rare example of a celebrity #MeToo case leading to criminal charges.

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Monday, June 13, 2022

London Police Charge Kevin Spacey With Sexual Assault by Alex Marshall

The actor will appear in a London court on Thursday to start what could be a lengthy trial process over multiple allegations of sexual assault.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

These Dancers Escaped the War. Their Journeys Are Just Beginning. by Alex Marshall

Hundreds of ballet dancers and students fled Ukraine after Russia’s invasion. With opportunities scarce, many will have to keep moving if they want to keep dancing.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

This Trump Play in London Is a Comedy. Unless You’re American. by Alex Marshall

Mike Bartlett’s “The 47th” presents political turmoil in the United States for laughs. But some find it more like a horror story.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Inside ‘The Burnt City,’ Punchdrunk’s Take on the Fall of Troy by Alex Marshall

Punchdrunk’s “The Burnt City” adds techno and sake to the story of the fall of Troy, but it brought in a scholar of classical theater to get the details right.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Russia’s Storied Ballet Is Among the Casualties of War by Alex Marshall

Ballet has long been a symbol of Russian culture. Now it is becoming a symbol of Russian isolation.

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

‘Cabaret,’ Starring Eddie Redmayne, Sweeps Olivier Awards by Alex Marshall

The musical won seven awards at Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys. A puppet-filled adaptation of “Life of Pi” and a “Back to the Future” musical also won big.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Russian Ballet Star, Opposed to the Ukraine War, Quits the Bolshoi by Alex Marshall

Olga Smirnova said she was against the war in Ukraine “with all the fibers of my soul.” Now, she has joined the Dutch National Ballet.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

An Exiled Theater With a Warning for Europe by Alex Marshall

The Belarus Free Theater’s members fled repression at home. The company’s latest show imagines a nightmare future of authoritarian Russian rule.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

‘Cabaret,’ Starring Eddie Redmayne, Leads Olivier Award Nominees by Alex Marshall

A revival of the 1966 musical, with Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles, is up for 11 awards at Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Terry Gilliam's Disputed Sondheim Show Finds a Home by Alex Marshall

The director was set to stage a revival of “Into the Woods” in London. After a clash at the Old Vic theater, the much-anticipated production will now debut 115 miles away, in Bath, Engla…

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

U.K. Theatergoers Cover Up Again, After Months Without Masks by Alex Marshall

Encouragements to mask up are hardening into mandates. But the new rules are coming from the playhouses, not the government.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Little Amal, a Refugee Puppet, Looks for Home by Alex Marshall, Carlotta Gall and Elisabetta Povoledo

In “The Walk,” a 12-foot tall, 9-year-old Syrian girl named Amal trekked from Turkey to Britain to find her mother. In a politically divided continent, were any minds changed?

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The ‘Jaws’ Shoot Was a Drama. Now It’s a Play. by Alex Marshall

The hit movie’s set was plagued by malfunctioning sharks and drunken feuds — perfect material for a night at the theater.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

No Mask Required: The Joys and Fears of Seeing U.K. Theater Now by Alex Marshall

With mask wearing and proof of vaccination not legally required, it’s up to venues and audience members to make their own decisions about coronavirus safety.

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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.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 04:45PM

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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