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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Oldham Coliseum appoints new board to preserve theatre’s legacy and region’s culture by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Trustees will decide on the future of the organisation which lost all its Arts Council funding and hosts final performances this month A new board of trustees has been appointed to preserve …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Oldham Coliseum will go dark due to 100% Arts Council England funding cut by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

All events from late March cancelled at the theatre, which is in a priority location for the government’s Levelling Up fund Oldham Coliseum has cancelled all of its forthcoming events from…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:04PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Chichester Festival theatre appoints Justin Audibert as new artistic director by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Audibert, who runs the Unicorn children’s theatre in London, will replace Daniel Evans who is moving to the Royal Shakespeare Company Chichester Festival theatre has appointed Justin Audib…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:00AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Dame Beryl Grey, British ballerina with ‘all the gifts’, dies aged 95 by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Shooting to fame as a teenager with the Royal Ballet, Grey won international acclaim as a dancer and was artistic director of the company that became English National Ballet The renowned dan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Friday, November 25, 2022

The Mousetrap: Agatha Christie’s West End hit to make Broadway debut after 70 years by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Whodunnit running in the West End since 1952, interrupted only by Covid, will open in New York in 2023 The world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, is to finally make its Broadway debu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Fleabag producer brings Berlusconi musical to London stage by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

‘Fierce, feminist’ show from Francesca Moody is written by former Grange Hill actors Ricky Simmonds and Simon Vaughan and tells an ‘almost true’ story A musical about Silvio Berlusco…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Play ‘born of rage’ over Asian female stereotypes lambasts Miss Saigon by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Kimber Lee’s award-winning drama, untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play, will be staged at Manchester’s Royal Exchange while Miss Saigon opens at the Sheffield Crucible The Royal Exchange theat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

I, Daniel Blake to be adapted for stage and updated for cost-of-living crisis by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The story of a widowed joiner and a young single mother has been written by Dave Johns, who played the title role in Ken Loach’s 2016 film Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Roy Orbison musical from & Juliet creators to open at Leeds Playhouse by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

In Dreams, a jukebox show written by David West Read, will use back catalogue of ‘the Big O’ to tell fictional story of female singer A new musical using the songs of Roy Orbison, create…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Woman in Black to close after 33 years on West End stage by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

‘A world of rising prices’ ushers in the final curtain for the second longest running non-musical play in London The Woman in Black, one of the longest-running plays in London, is to clo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM

Watch out for snowball-firing robots! 25 of the best UK stage shows this Christmas by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Ian McKellen in Mother Goose, Robin Hood as a rock’n’roll panto, a circus spin on The Little Prince and glitter galore … it’s our selection box of festive theatre Unicorn, London, 17…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

London’s West End gets first purpose-built theatre in 50 years by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Part of a £300m regeneration of the area near Tottenham Court Road station, @sohoplace combines intimacy with innovative design A major new West End theatre is to open this autumn, designed…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM
Sunday, July 3, 2022

Peter Brook, influential theatre visionary, dies aged 97 by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The director’s landmark achievements include a nine-hour Mahabharata, putting Shakespeare on trapezes and directing Olivier, Gielgud and Scofield at the RSC Mark Lawson on Peter Brook: the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Cancellations, costs and chaos: UK theatres grapple with rising Covid cases by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Infections among workforce lead theatres to cancel performances, with loan repayments, soaring energy prices and the cost of living crisis adding to their woes With infections on the rise in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Boris the Third: new play tells story of clown who became king by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Adam Meggido’s comedy considers the PM’s blustering school performance as Richard III, drawing potent parallels to his current political position It is the tale of a leader’s ruthless …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘There’s a lot going on!’ History-making director of musical Six celebrates Tony award nominations by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Lucy Moss, who at 26 became the youngest female director of a Broadway musical, is now writing a new show and a film with co-creator Toby Marlow It was written by two university students, ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Tony awards 2022: A Strange Loop leads the nominees while British talents are lauded by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Three actors from The Lehman Trilogy go head to head, the musical Six picks up eight nominations and the production MJ – about Michael Jackson – is also recognised British talents have r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Cabaret wins seven awards as Oliviers return to Royal Albert Hall by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Awards for Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley among musical’s wins, with Life of Pi also recognised in several categories Full list of winners An intimate revival of the musical Cabaret, wh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

New season at London’s Donmar to include ‘shocking’ play on climate crisis by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Dawn King’s dystopian courtroom drama The Trials, dubbed ‘12 Angry Young People’, is part of a programme that also includes European premieres of The Band’s Visit and A Doll’s Hous…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Lenny Henry to make playwright debut with Windrush drama by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Henry will also star in August in England, to be staged at London’s Bush theatre as part of 50th birthday celebrations Lenny Henry is to make his debut as a playwright with a drama about t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33PM
Friday, January 14, 2022

Dames in distress: Britain’s theatres count cost of Christmas wrecked by Covid by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Cancelled pantos decimated income at peak time as soaring cases caused cast and crew absences and restrictions cut audiences As panto season draws to an end, Britain’s theatres are countin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

‘Hanging on by our fingertips’: theatres fear Omicron’s impact on festive season by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

With a surge in cancellations across the country, the new strain of Covid might be the biggest threat to the UK’s stage industry yet It is the crucial season for theatres when families, sc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:33AM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Black women rarely seen in roles of ‘beauty, power and grace’, says new Phantom stage star by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

This month, Lucy St Louis becomes the first woman of colour to play Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical in the West End The first black actor to star as Christine in The Phantom of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Friday, June 25, 2021

Lack of support for theatre is to discourage dissent, says top playwright by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Laura Wade, writer of Posh and Home, I’m Darling, criticises government’s attitude to industry as unions fight cuts to performing arts degrees The government has insufficiently supported…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Scottish theatres say reopening not viable under Holyrood Covid rules by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Two-metre minimum distancing rules cap audiences at a tiny fraction of capacity and hamper tours too, say venues Theatres in Scotland have called for an urgent review of Covid-19 social dist…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM

Old Vic theatre plans ‘supremely informal’ welcome back for audiences by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Emma Rice’s adaptation of Bagdad Cafe and Harold Pinter’s darkly comic The Dumb Waiter staged in July as venue reopens The Old Vic in London will welcome back theatregoers this summer in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

See you in the virtual bar! Digital dramas capture buzz of theatregoing by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Sound Stage, a season of eight new audio plays, will enable audience members to connect with each other virtually A new digital initiative has been launched to recreate the social experience…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54PM
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

National Theatre dashes to save Christmas spirit with Dick Whittington film by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

As theatres are forced to close for the third time this year, the panto was recorded at its final preview as a gift for families It’s Tuesday night at the panto and the theatre resounds wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Monday, October 5, 2020

Guardian to spotlight dazzling unstaged scripts in a new series by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Future plays, the brainchild of playwright Tamsin Oglesby, is a collection of captivating extracts introduced by their authors Seen any great plays recently? Seen any new plays recently? Mor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Friday, August 14, 2020

National Theatre to reopen with explosive sequel to Death of England by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

New drama by Roy Williams and Clint Dyer will be given socially distanced production in Olivier theatre Rufus Norris: Covid funding must do more than just allow theatres to survive The Natio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06AM
Thursday, August 6, 2020

From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UK by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

With the reopening of indoor venues delayed, it’s open season for outdoor performances with companies heading out into the sunshine If you want to watch live theatre in the UK, you current…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM

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