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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Globe director Dominic Dromgoole swaps stage for screen by Dalya Alberge

After 10 years at the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole will direct and produce films, following in the footsteps of Stephen Daldry and Sam MendesA former director of the Globe theatre in London is t…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

David Hare: classic British drama is ‘being infected’ by radical European staging by Dalya Alberge

Playwright speaks out in new book against ‘distortion’ of plays and move away from traditionOne of Britain’s foremost playwrights has launched a forthright attack on European concept d…

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

‘It’s set in the trenches but it’s not a war film’ by Dalya Alberge

Producers of new version of Journey’s End want audiences to see human side of conflictWhen Journey’s End, RC Sherriff’s powerful play about the first world war, was first staged in 192…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns of diversity crisis in British theatre by Dalya Alberge

Composer publishes report saying he fears for ‘hideously white’ industry’s survival unless it reflects diversity of population Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he fears for the survival of…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Harriet Walter: stage more plays with lead female characters by Dalya Alberge

Leading British actor currently playing male leads in three Shakespeare plays says ‘imitating men can’t be the only answer’Dame Harriet Walter has called for artistic directors and pla…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Glenda Jackson laments continuing lack of key acting roles for women by Dalya Alberge

As ex-Labour MP returns to acting, she expresses her dismay as to why women still can’t get the best rolesFrom Women in Love to A Touch of Class, Glenda Jackson starred in some of the best…

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare's co-writers by Dalya Alberge

Dramatists to appear jointly on title pages of Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three in the New Oxford Shakespeare after analysis by team of 23 academicsThe long-held suggestion that Christophe…

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

War Horse director pulls the strings to stage puppet version of Victor Hugo tale by Dalya Alberge

Tom Morris is hoping to repeat his success with the first world war classic story in a new play at the Bristol Old VicThe spectacular staging of War Horse, with lifelike equine puppets, has …

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company to feature CGI in new version of The Tempest by Dalya Alberge

RSC’s artistic director says use of digital characters live on stage ‘takes the audience’s imagination into new realms’The head of the Royal Shakespeare Company may be better versed …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company plans hi-tech staging of The Tempest by Dalya Alberge

RSC combines with Intel and Imaginarium Studios to bring performance-capture technology to live theatreThe head of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) may be more versed in the language of t…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

'Arts are for everyone': Lloyd Webber calls for more diversity in theatre by Dalya Alberge

Multi-award winning composer joins voices from across theatre spectrum calling for more opportunities for minority ethnic performersBritish musical theatre is facing a diversity crisis and m…

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Sir Peter Wright memoir reveals monster feuds of ballet greats by Dalya Alberge

Rudolf Nureyev is recalled as a troubled man who ‘pushed people, behaving appallingly’ in new book On stage, they wowed audiences and scaled the heights of artistry. Offstage, some of t…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Invest in next generation of theatregoers, urges actor Jonathan Pryce by Dalya Alberge

Star of Wolf Hall and the Globe’s Merchant of Venice calls for cheaper tickets and more school tripsPlayhouses, schools and the government are failing to invest properly in future generati…

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ballet companies must stop wrecking our bodies, warns Russian star by Dalya Alberge

Irina Kolesnikova, who performs at London’s Coliseum in August, says dancers should be nurtured, not pushed to the limits A world-renowned Russian prima ballerina has become the latest sta…

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