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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Editor’s View: West End musicals lead the way on diverse casting but there are still some major gaps by Alistair Smith

Our research into West End musical theatre casts makes for some refreshingly upbeat reading. This marks the first time that we have

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Editor’s View: We need to find ways to improve offstage diversity by Alistair Smith

Theatre has made, and continues to make, commendable strides in improving onstage representation. But, offstage – especially in technical departments – we

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Editor’s View: Can Kenny Wax’s speech prompt a frank debate on West End ticket prices and pay? by Alistair Smith

The 2019 Oliviers was a slick and celebratory evening containing only welcome surprises, well marshalled by host Jason Manford. I was delighted

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Editor’s View: What’s the point of season launches? Ask the Donmar Warehouse or the National Theatre by Alistair Smith

Season announcements are a hangover from the days when printed brochures dictated a theatre’s marketing strategy. Theatres revealed shows in batches to

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Editor’s View: Theatres must negotiate the murky waters of arts sponsorship with caution by Alistair Smith

The Sackler Trust’s decision to suspend its UK grants amid growing controversy has helped a few high-profile arts organisations avoid some extremely

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Color Purple casting row is complex: I can’t see a happy resolution for anyone by Alistair Smith

It is hard to see a route to a happy resolution in the case of Seyi Omooba, the young actor at the

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Editor’s View: Nimax’s theatre in the round joins a flood of more flexible West End spaces by Alistair Smith

Nimax’s new theatre on the site of the old Astoria will make an intriguing addition to London’s Theatreland. The Astoria was demolished

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Editor’s View: Is Selladoor purchase the last-chance saloon for Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre? by Alistair Smith

The latest chapter in the remarkable saga of the Broadway Peterborough emerged this week with the news that Selladoor Worldwide is to

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Editor’s View: Talawa’s new home at Fairfield Halls has been a long time coming by Alistair Smith

The appointment of Talawa as resident company at the soon-to-reopen Fairfield Halls in Croydon marks the end of a long journey for

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Editor’s View: Would Albert Finney have made it in today’s theatre climate? by Alistair Smith

Albert Finney’s death is a huge loss to stage and screen, but it has also served as a lightning rod for wider

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Editor’s View: We need joined-up plans to support arts in UK cities, not quick fixes like in Paris by Alistair Smith

With local authority support for arts funding falling off a cliff in recent years, councils and cultural organisations are looking at ways

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Editor’s View: Touring is already risky – venues, don’t make it worse by Alistair Smith

As recent events have shown, producing a commercial tour can be a tightrope walk. It has become blessedly rare for West End

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Editor’s View: Netflix sees computer games as a competitor – so should theatre by Alistair Smith

Netflix is often considered a rival to traditional screen entertainment produced by HBO, BBC or the Hollywood film studios. But the streaming

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Editor’s View: As Brexit saga gives consumer confidence a knock, theatre won’t emerge unscathed by Alistair Smith

News last week that Shakespeare’s Globe was looking at a substantial number of redundancies due to “a difficult financial year” followed similar

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Editor’s view: Lack of West End toilets shows theatres still falling short on audience experience by Alistair Smith

There is one figure who, for reasons of eligibility, is perennially absent from The Stage 100, our list of the most influential

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Editor’s View: Drury Lane row shows Westminster City Council doesn’t value the arts by Alistair Smith

Most of the commercial West End is located in the borough of Westminster (a few theatres are in Camden). It is a

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Editor’s View: Liverpool Everyman crisis should not discourage regional theatres from experimenting by Alistair Smith

The news from Liverpool this week will make for sobering reading for many theatre leaders around the UK. The Everyman and Playhouse

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Editor’s View: After Cameron Mackintosh’s failed bid, what next for the Ambassadors Theatre? by Alistair Smith

Designed by WGR Sprague in 1913, the 425-seat Ambassadors Theatre is probably best known today as having been the West End’s long-term

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Editor’s View: If theatre is to broaden its workforce, it needs to become a more viable career choice by Alistair Smith

Rightly, there has been a concerted push to address the under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic performers on stage and screen,

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Editor’s View: Panto season puts theatre under the microscope by Alistair Smith

For some, it has already started. For others, it will  soon be upon them. A few sorry souls will be preparing  to

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Editor’s View: National Theatre Live could be the key to getting stars to leave London by Alistair Smith

As Mark Shenton rightly observes in his column this week, Ian McKellen’s 80-stop tour of the UK is a “major statement of

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Editor’s View: As theatre braces itself for challenges, it’s time to talk about boards by Alistair Smith

Whenever I talk to theatre executives, there is one topic that they tend to bring up more than any other: boards. The

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ATG chief executive Mark Cornell: ‘Theatre’s been slow to embrace the importance of selling itself’ by Alistair Smith

While his lack of experience in the industry meant his appointment in 2016 was a surprise to many, Ambassador Theatre Group’s chief

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Editor’s view: From childcare to pointe shoes, we all benefit when theatre moves with the times by Alistair Smith

What do brown ballet shoes and emergency childcare have in common? Our two front page stories this week are both indicative of

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Editor’s View: Schoolkids’ Shakespeare blind spot supports mounting evidence against EBacc by Alistair Smith

On one level, maybe it doesn’t matter if a few schoolchildren haven’t heard of Shakespeare. It should be perfectly possible to have

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Editor’s View: Post #MeToo, theatre must not make exceptions for stars by Alistair Smith

Laura Cox QC’s report into bullying and sexual harassment in the House of Commons made for grim but fascinating reading, not least

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Editor’s View: How can the National Theatre replace its Travelex tickets scheme? by Alistair Smith

It is hard to overestimate the impact the National Theatre’s Travelex scheme has had on UK theatre. Nicholas Hytner ranked it as

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Editor’s View: In cases like that of Ramin Gray at ATC, how can we find a route to rehabilitation? by Alistair Smith

As more emerges regarding Ramin Gray’s departure from Actors Touring Company, the less clear things become. In July, I wrote about the

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Editor’s View: The Stage Debut Awards remind us how hard it is to emerge in theatre – we must all help by Alistair Smith

The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, are a joyous evening celebrating the future of theatre in this country. And,

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Editor’s View: How will West End pay talks between Equity and SOLT and pan out? by Alistair Smith

The pay claim submitted by Equity to the Society of London Theatre is, as the union itself acknowledges, an ambitious one. A

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Editor’s View: First West End job share shows progress doesn’t happen without pressure by Alistair Smith

For a sector that generally self-identifies as liberal and progressive, the current global state of affairs can make for depressing reading for

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