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Friday, June 14, 2024

‘Absolute outrage’: arts in state schools must be a priority for next government, say theatre leaders by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Sir Nicholas Hytner, Nancy Medina and Theresa Heskins stress importance of sidelined drama, dance and music studies and say the arts are a ‘necessity for all’ Addressing the erosion and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Top-price West End theatre tickets rise by 9% in a year and reach £300 by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The Stage’s annual survey found that, for the first time, three plays in London – including Romeo and Juliet with Tom Holland – are charging more than £200 for their most expensive se…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Monday, June 10, 2024

‘I can’t understand a lyric’: Patti LuPone laments lost art of projection in musical theatre by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Award-winning star, who is bringing the concert A Life in Notes to London’s Coliseum, says lyricists’ words are not reaching audiences clearly, due to a lack of training and overbearing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Young Vic theatre announces Nadia Fall as new artistic director by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Fall, who currently runs Theatre Royal Stratford East, will succeed Kwame Kwei-Armah in January The Young Vic, one of London’s foremost theatres, has appointed Nadia Fall as its…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM

Tina Turner’s honesty about trauma continues to inspire, says writer of West End hit by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

A year after the singer’s death, Katori Hall – whose musical is now also touring – says the show is like ‘one last concert’ for fans She is still celebrated as the queen of rock’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Priscilla the Party! to close in the West End more than four months early by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The jukebox musical based on the 1994 film follows a string of high-profile early closures with producers saying the show has faced ‘difficult times’ An immersive jukebox musical product…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

‘Am I playing Dolly Parton? I’m flattered!’ Imelda Staunton launches Hello, Dolly! in London by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Staunton reunites with Follies director Dominic Cooke to bring ‘old musical to a new audience’ at the Palladium in July After a four-year delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Imelda St…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

James Corden to return to London stage in political drama The Constituent by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Joe Penhall’s new play marks the talkshow host’s first theatre role since One Man, Two Guvnors and will see him star opposite Anna Maxwell Martin at the Old Vic James Corden is to return…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

‘We are devastated’: London’s Vault festival to close after funding falls through by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Launchpad for theatre and comedy talent, which had planned to open its new longterm home this year, announces its closure London’s Vault festival, which has kickstarted countless theatre a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

Top stars must help protect cast and crew from bad behaviour, says Denise Gough by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Gough, who is resuming her Olivier award-winning role in People, Places and Things, calls on those in positions of power to become allies for colleagues The stage and screen star Denise Goug…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32PM
Monday, March 4, 2024

John Lithgow to star in Royal Court play about Roald Dahl’s antisemitism by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

US actor will appear in Mark Rosenblatt’s drama Giant, directed by Nicholas Hytner, in first season of new artistic director David Byrne His bestselling children’s books are regularly tu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Kwame Kwei-Armah steps down from Young Vic and calls for ‘government intervention’ for theatres by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Artistic director will leave in the autumn after six years in the post, and says without further investment the stage sector’s ‘pipeline of talent’ could be lost Kwame Kwei-Armah is to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chita Rivera, illustrious Broadway star, dies aged 91 by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The actor, dancer and singer starred in musicals including West Side Story and Chicago Chita Rivera, one of Broadway’s most illustrious stars, has died at the age of 91. A consummate “tr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Suffolk county council announces 100% cut to arts funding by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Arts organisations respond to plans to permanently slash core budget for the region’s theatres and museums Arts organisations have called on Suffolk county council (SCC) to reconsider a pr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

‘She will make the National Theatre truly feel national’: applause for Indhu Rubasingham appointment by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

As she is named the National Theatre’s first female director, those who have worked with Rubasingham praise her warmth, rigour and willingness to take risks “It’s Indhu!” After month…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Monday, December 4, 2023

Marion Cito, ingenious costume designer to Pina Bausch, dies aged 85 by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Cito, who had been a dancer herself, spent 40 years working for Tanztheater Wuppertal The costume designer Marion Cito, whose gowns, suits and occasional swimwear were integral to choreograp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

It’s ahead of you! 25 festive UK shows to book for Christmas by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

An AI Pinocchio, Scrooge on the Cornish coast and a scouse Dick Whittington are just some of the season’s theatrical treats Bath Theatre Royal, 6-11 December; Lyric theatre, London, 23 Nov…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Friday, October 20, 2023

Haydn Gwynne, star of stage and screen, dies aged 66 by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Celebrated actor was nominated for multiple Olivier awards in her theatrical roles and best known for Drop the Dead Donkey and The Windsors on TV The actor Haydn Gwynne has died of cancer at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:19AM
Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Withnail and I creator Bruce Robinson adapts film for the stage by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Play based on the beloved 1987 comedy will open at Birmingham Rep next year directed by Sean Foley It is one of British cinema’s most quotable comedies: a tale of destitute London actors �…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

London’s Kiln theatre appoints Amit Sharma as artistic director by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Sharma, who directed the theatre’s acclaimed production Retrograde, will take over from Indhu Rubasingham in December Amit Sharma has been appointed as the new artistic director of London�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:04AM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

Happiness! Ken Dodd exhibition to open at the Museum of Liverpool by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The comedian, who died in 2018, will be remembered in a new exhibition that brings together props, costumes and an interactive ‘giggle map’ Tickling sticks, a Dicky Mint puppet and a Yor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

London’s Donmar Warehouse appoints Tim Sheader as artistic director by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

After more than a decade running Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, the hit-making director is to take over the Covent Garden venue next year Tim Sheader has been appointed as the artistic di…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:13AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Anger as intruder tries to take photos in 2:22 West End dressing room by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Sophia Bush, who is following Cheryl to take up a role in the West End thriller, said the unidentified man had made the experience ‘ugly and scary and sad’ The new star of the West End p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Friday, May 5, 2023

David Tennant to play Macbeth at Donmar Warehouse by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The actor will take to the stage as the Scottish king in December, in the last production of the London theatre’s 30th-anniversary season Hot on the heels of the news that Ralph Fiennes wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Tony awards: Jodie Comer nominated for Broadway debut by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

The Killing Eve star is in competition for best actress, while musical Some Like It Hot picks up the most nominations overall, with 13 Jodie Comer has been nominated for a Tony award for her…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Derek Jacobi: high ticket prices are making theatre ‘elitist’ by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Veteran actor, awarded Olivier for lifetime achievement, says cost must not prohibit putting ‘bums on seats’ My Neighbour Totoro triumphs at Olivier awards Sir Derek Jacobi has criticise…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02PM

My Neighbour Totoro triumphs at Olivier awards by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

Adaptation of Studio Ghibli film wins six awards, while Jodie Comer wins for Prima Facie and A Streetcar Named Desire brings Paul Mescal best actor prize My Neighbour Totoro, the inventive s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42PM
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

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