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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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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Editor’s View: There’s no shame in a survival job – actors need to make a living like anyone else by Alistair Smith

A story in the US press last week highlighted the general public’s increasingly warped view of the acting profession. Geoffrey Owens –

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Editor’s View: Reaction to #YesOrNo shows theatre must not take its future workforce for granted by Alistair Smith

Last week’s front-page story about the National and other leading theatres signing up to the #YesOrNo campaign generated quite a response. A

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Editor’s View: All theatre needs to embrace change by telling auditionees #YesOrNo by Alistair Smith

For all its professed liberal sensibilities, theatre can still be a deeply conservative world. Set ways of doing things, strict hierarchies and

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Editor’s View: The Stage Debut Awards is back to celebrate next generation by Alistair Smith

No one forgets their big break. What has proved to be so exciting about The Stage Debut Awards is the chance it

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Editor’s View: Peterborough’s Broadway – cursed, or just badly run? by Alistair Smith

Can a theatre be cursed? Well, no, but it can certainly develop a bad whiff about it. Soon after I started at

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Editor’s View: Artists shouldn’t have to take all the risks at Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Alistair Smith

I find myself continually impressed by theatremakers’ seemingly boundless optimism. Theatre is a career that most people would not have pursued were

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Editor’s View: Does the City’s increasing influence spell boom or bust for theatre? by Alistair Smith

Most theatre histories focus on individuals – larger-than-life characters who shaped the art form over the centuries: Richard D’Oyly Carte, Binkie Beaumont,

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Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire: ‘Buy back ATG? Of course, we’d have a look at it’ by Alistair Smith

Having left Ambassador Theatre Group, the mega-business they founded, the irrepressible impresarios are rebuilding their empire. They tell Alistair Smith about their

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Editor’s View: Why theatre should worry about the future of criticism by Alistair Smith

When I joined The Stage nearly 15 years ago, I wanted to be a theatre critic. It took me one week and

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