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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
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Not just for Christmas: panto cancellations threaten theatres' future by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

They fill the coffers, nurture audiences and enable venues’ other activities. Pantomimes are pivotal for the UK stage industry – a year without them could be catastrophic It’s like a s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03AM
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Guardian to stream Unicorn theatre's new Saturday morning family shows by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Trio of stories about Anansi, the spider from West African and Caribbean folklore, will be available free and with accompanying activities The Guardian has partnered with the Unicorn theatre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Old Vic theatre is in 'seriously perilous' position, warns Matthew Warchus by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Covid-19 crisis draining theatre’s reserves, says artistic director, who announces new community schemes and streamed shows Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations UK li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Quarantine Players: stars and theatre fans unite to perform Shakespeare solos by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The Guardian and Shakespeare’s Globe present three new versions of speeches from the Bard’s plays, performed by professional actors and theatre lovers around the world Theatre lovers in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Friday, April 3, 2020

'This is hard on your soul': the coronavirus's threat to new theatres by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Across the country, the crisis is having a devastating effect on recently established venues forced to shut their doors • Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations• Coron…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54PM
Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: UK theatres announce cancellations by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Old Vic closes Beckett revival starring Daniel Radcliffe two weeks early, stating it would be ‘financially devastating’ to refund tickets Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coron…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Friday, November 8, 2019

Arifa Akbar appointed as the Guardian’s chief theatre critic by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Katharine Viner congratulates ‘wonderful’ arts writer who is already a vital contributor to the paper Arifa Akbar has been appointed as the Guardian’s chief theatre critic. Akbar, who …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington to step down by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner hails the ‘extraordinary’ career of the celebrated critic who started at the newspaper in 1971 After almost 50 years and some 10,000 reviews, Michael Bill…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48PM

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