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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Editor’s View: Guildhall’s move to cut fees is welcome, but schools have been slow to act by Alistair Smith

Is the tide finally turning against exorbitant drama school audition fees? Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for a long time one

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Editor’s View: Celebrating 140 years of The Stage by turning the spotlight outwards by Alistair Smith

It has survived two world wars, the internet, even five years of my editorship, and last Saturday The Stage turned the grand

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Editor’s View: Is Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy really radical? by Alistair Smith

“Let’s create”, exhorts Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy, published this week. The title reflects how the funding body’s priorities appear to be

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Editor’s View: Theatre is a place for protest, but it also needs to be a forum for debate by Alistair Smith

Much like the young Rufus Norris after he fell off his decorator’s ladder and hit himself in a sensitive spot, theatre finds

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Editor’s view: Variant 31 complaints are a reminder that safe working conditions should be top priority by Alistair Smith

“Go and look at the rooms in which our artists are compelled to spend the greater part of their official career, notice

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Editor’s View: Data metrics are blunt tools but they can be useful by Alistair Smith

Last week, we ran some discouraging research into representation among senior leadership teams at theatres in England. It found that between 2009

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Editor’s View: Arts Council England needs to ask who the arts are for by Alistair Smith

Labour’s performance in the general election – especially in its former northern heartlands – has resulted in a slew of think pieces

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Editor’s View: Nominations for The Stage Awards 2020 highlight theatre’s rich variety by Alistair Smith

As December marches on, we enter the season of lists. Not Christmas card lists – in journalistic circles, December means end-of-year lists.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Editor’s View: Bridlington Spa saga highlights how councils can undervalue theatre staff by Alistair Smith

The story of Andrew Aldis, the general manager of Bridlington Spa who claims he was sacked after refusing to take a pay

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Editor’s View: Ian McKellen is right – theatre needs stars to tour by Alistair Smith

From Jersey to Orkney, Ian McKellen has covered the length and breadth of the UK during his year-long, 80-date tour. It has

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Editor’s View: Lunchbox was a major international player – its collapse has big implications for the theatre industry by Alistair Smith

James Cundall might not be a name familiar to some UK-based readers, but he has been a key commercial player internationally for

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Editor’s View: After the Piccadilly ceiling collapse, transparency is key for West End venue operators by Alistair Smith

There probably aren’t many conclusions to be drawn about the state of the West End’s historic theatre stock from the incident at

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Editor’s View: the Guardian’s Michael Billington is the last critic of his kind by Alistair Smith

Speaking to The Stage in 2015, soon after his 75th birthday, Michael Billington pondered the possibility of retirement. “I don’t intend to

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Editor’s View: Is it time for a revolution in drama training? by Alistair Smith

In January, HighTide artistic director Suba Das posted an image on social media captioned: “The class of 2019… we’re here to fuck

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Editor’s View: Is Paul Jepson right? Are we facing a crisis in regional jobs for creatives? by Alistair Smith

Regional theatre has been in a state of impending crisis for as long as I have been writing for The Stage –

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Editor’s View: Will Jonathan Church emulate the success of Sonia Friedman Productions’ model? by Alistair Smith

Jonathan Church’s decision to go in-house at Trafalgar Entertainment makes a lot of sense for both parties. At Trafalgar, founders Howard Panter

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Editor’s View: Is Ambassador Theatre Group really up for sale? by Alistair Smith

It appears not. Or at least not yet. Ambassador Theatre Group – the UK’s largest theatre operator, with an expanding US operation

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Editor’s View: Even if the law disagrees, Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome were right to replace Seyi Omooba by Alistair Smith

What will happen in the Seyi Omooba case? I don’t know. As I wrote at the time her anti-gay comments were first

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Editor’s view: Decline in school theatre trips will have serious consequences by Alistair Smith

Our story this week, revealing the precipitous decline in children’s theatregoing in the past decade, is deeply worrying. That the rate of

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Editor’s View: The Stage Debut Awards reveal theatre stars at their generous best by Alistair Smith

We all have to start somewhere. This is the beauty of The Stage Debut Awards, which last Sunday celebrated another year of

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Government help alone will not fix cuts to arts coverage by Alistair Smith

Arts journalism is facing a tricky time – it has been pushing against a strong headwind for a few years now. It

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Editor’s View: Councils must think hard when choosing a theatre operator by Alistair Smith

The catastrophic collapse of Preston Guild Hall’s operator should give many UK local authorities pause for thought. It has become increasingly common

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Editor’s View: Will BAFTA casting director award lead to changes at Oliviers? by Alistair Smith

Five years ago, the Oliviers faced calls to introduce an award for musical directors; today, there are demands for a casting director

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Editor’s View: Could the arts really receive a BoJo boost? by Alistair Smith

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley holds out a friendly hand to the new prime minister, Boris Johnson, in his column

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Editor’s View: What does Grand Theft Auto have to do with theatre? by Alistair Smith

I suspect most commercial theatre producers aren’t big Grand Theft Auto fans, but I wonder whether some of them might have paused

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Editor’s View: Ushers are key to a good theatre experience by Alistair Smith

Our story about the trials of usher body cameras in the West End proved to be one of those rare industry stories

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Editor’s View: The row over Olivier Awards statuettes is a transatlantic culture clash by Alistair Smith

As with many aspects of British cultural life, the influence of America looms large in commercial theatre. The apparent split in opinion

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Editor’s View: The Stage Debut Awards need you in the hunt for gold by Alistair Smith

Two years ago, we launched The Stage Debut Awards. The concept was to recognise the best emerging talent in theatre before they

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Editor’s View: Tree authorship row underlines precariousness of young artists by Alistair Smith

The legal rights and wrongs of the dispute between the producers of Tree and the young writers who claim to have been

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Editor’s View: It’s time for drama schools to ditch audition fees by Alistair Smith

David Morrissey speaks obvious sense when he expresses concerns about the increasing difficulty of breaking into the acting profession for people from

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Editor’s View: ATG boss is right – audiences deserve better by Alistair Smith

Mark Cornell’s forceful words about audience experience mark a welcome intervention from the Ambassador Theatre Group boss. Since joining as ATG chief

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