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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Revealed: Noël Coward’s unseen plays aimed to deal with homosexuality by Dalya Alberge

Playwright planned scenes on same-sex relationship at a time when it was illegal and British theatres faced strict censorship Noël Coward worked on two plays that openly featured same-sex r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Social media is an unkind space, Darcey Bussell warns teens by Dalya Alberge

Former Royal Ballet star speaks out ahead of film update of Coppelia, which focuses on the pressure to change looks in pursuit of happiness A ballet that conveys a powerful message to young …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Monday, February 21, 2022

Harold Pinter’s perfectionism included ice-cream sales, letter shows by Dalya Alberge

Exclusive: Document reveals playwright’s attention to detail while US book recalls his precision on pauses Harold Pinter was a perfectionist when it came to the theatre, even down to how a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Sunday, February 20, 2022

Diaghilev and me: discovery reveals Ballets Russes maestro was also a monster by Dalya Alberge

The dance impresario ‘cruelly’ sabotaged the careers of others in a bid to keep all the glory to himself, according to a new biography He was the Russian genius who founded the celebrate…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

David Hare furious at BBC after it rejects his Covid play, starring Ralph Fiennes by Dalya Alberge

Playwright, who was gravely ill with the virus, says it’s ‘nonsense’ that viewers don’t want a pandemic drama Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A TV dra…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Restless Natives team to turn Scottish crime caper into musical by Dalya Alberge

Stage musical adapted from 1985 film about two teenage highwaymen will feature music from Big Country It is a Scottish crime caper that was loved in Scotland and largely loathed by English f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Sunday, February 7, 2021

Is this an avatar I see before me? Audience takes to stage in virtual Shakespeare play by Dalya Alberge

Video game software enables actors to interact with viewers in real-time fantasy Playhouses may be dark, but the Royal Shakespeare Company is to bring immersive theatre to audiences whereve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Discovery of Margot Fonteyn film footage excites ballet lovers by Dalya Alberge

Record of ballerina with young dancers in 1972 found in Royal Academy of Dance archives She was one of the greatest ballerinas who ever graced the stage, revered for her musicality, artistry…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Walking a tightrope: circuses warn they will go bust ‘within two weeks’ by Dalya Alberge

Clowns and performers deliver letter to No 10 calling for the urgent reopening of venues after lockdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Sunday, April 5, 2020

Shakespeare’s secret co-writer finally takes a bow … 430 years late by Dalya Alberge

Thomas Watson recognised by literary scholars as the Bard’s forgotten 16th-century collaborator He was one of the most celebrated English playwrights of the 16th century, yet none of his p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54PM
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Theatre stars take a bow ... on a coffee table near you by Dalya Alberge

Avatars of actors may soon perform in 3D dramas in our living rooms, thanks to new technology from British company ImaginariumTheatre is set to be revolutionised by new technology that can …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Saturday, January 26, 2019

‘This is another crack in the glass ceiling’: RSC casts disabled actors in new season by Dalya Alberge

Artistic director Greg Doran hopes to ‘reflect the nation’ in boost to stage diversityThe Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled plans to “level the playing field” for disabled actor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:04AM
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Young performers lack passion: Lindsay Kemp’s final word by Dalya Alberge

In an interview before his death last year, choreographer who was David Bowie’s mentor criticises dancers and actors for ‘lack of interest’ in their cultural heritageHe was the influen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Monday, September 17, 2018

RSC gives musicians a central role at Stratford by Dalya Alberge

Evelyn Glennie scores Troilus and Cressida as musicians get greater prominence in next Shakespeare season“If music be the food of love, play on” – Shakespeare knew a thing or two about…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rudolf Nureyev documentary unearths unseen avant-garde footage by Dalya Alberge

Previously unknown ‘amateur-shot’ film shows ballet dancer’s sexually provocative sidePreviously unknown footage of Rudolf Nureyev will be seen for the first time in a new British docu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hal Prince at 90: ‘Musicals should be dangerous’ by Dalya Alberge

The man behind West Side Story and Cabaret has some notes for theatreland today: you’re playing it too safeHe is the renowned American producer-director who staged some of the most famous …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:41AM
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Drama school rejects ‘often the best’, says Mirren by Dalya Alberge

The film and stage veteran, now sharing the secret of her skills online, warns that formal acting classes can stifle creativityHelen Mirren, the Oscar-winning actor, has criticised drama sch…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:51PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Playwright David Edgar to make stage debut in political one-man show by Dalya Alberge

After 50 years of writing, Edgar will revisit his radical youth in a ‘conversation between my older and younger self’David Edgar has been creating lines for other people to recite for 50…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Regional UK theatres need more public funds, says leading director by Dalya Alberge

Exclusive: Sir Richard Eyre says cuts make it harder to take artistic risks with new talentThe former head of the National Theatre, Sir Richard Eyre, is calling for regional theatres to rece…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Theatre company boss: 'There is no such thing as colour-blind casting' by Dalya Alberge

As Debra Ann Byrd begins residency at Stratford-upon-Avon she says ‘colour-blindness’ only possible with closed eyesThe head of a US mixed-race theatre company will never forget the raci…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM

I can prove that 'William Shakespeare' is buried in Westminster Abbey – scholar by Dalya Alberge

Alexander Waugh says secret clues confirm that author of world-famous plays was Edward de Vere, who lies in Poet’s CornerWilliam Shakespeare was in fact Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Ox…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Monday, September 11, 2017

Not so loverly: early Mackintosh My Fair Lady 'tasteless and vulgar' by Dalya Alberge

Previously unpublished letters reveal tension between legendary lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and producer over staging of musicalHe is the most powerful musicals producer of all time, but in his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18PM
Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Christmas Carol play inspired by social media and M1 service stations by Dalya Alberge

Dramatist David Edgar was struck by the Dickensian sound of names such as Tinder and Tibshelf in adaptation of classic storyCharles Dickens’s extraordinary invention of names is among the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06PM
Saturday, August 26, 2017

RSC combats elite bias with acting masterclasses for disadvantaged teenagers by Dalya Alberge

Next Generation will encourage 20 talented children from black, Asian, minority ethnic and low-income backgrounds to tread the boardsDame Judi Dench is among those leading actors who have wa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Film investors’ fear of the Bard is burying my Richard II, says James Ivory by Dalya Alberge

Veteran director claims financiers think he’s crazy for attempting Shakespeare adaptationHe directed Merchant-Ivory classics such as The Remains of the Day, Howards End and A Room with a V…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54PM
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sergei Polunin says ballet must shake off ‘elitist image’ or die by Dalya Alberge

Controversial Ukrainian star says classical dance must seek out talented directors from the worlds of films and musicalsBallet must get rid of its elitist image, seek larger audiences and wo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48PM
Saturday, July 8, 2017

David Mamet’s $25,000 threat to theatres over post-show talks by Dalya Alberge

House of Games playwright says he will fine venues that stage discussions about his workPost-show panel discussions, often including directors and actors, have become increasingly commonplac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Furious Nureyev threatened me with a knife, ballerina reveals by Dalya Alberge

Autobiography highlights tantrums of one of world’s greatest dancersRudolf Nureyev could transfix his audiences with the grace and beauty of his movement. But a new book reveals how the wo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cosmic take on Brecht’s Galileo perfect for post-truth world by Dalya Alberge

Director hails clash between science and political dogma as more relevant than everWatching stars at the theatre takes on new meaning at the Young Vic in London this month. A swirling cosmos…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM
Friday, April 21, 2017

RSC plans celebration of Shakespeare's favourite classical poet by Dalya Alberge

Company aims to reignite interest in Ovid, whose book the Metamorphoses is alluded to in some of the Bard’s playsShakespeare’s favourite classical poet, Ovid, inspired him with myth, mag…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Judi Dench laments that young actors are held back by wealth divide by Dalya Alberge

Oscar-winning star fears working-class talents being lost by the cost of drama school training and demise of repertory theatreEddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Laurence F…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM