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Monday, April 8, 2019

Daniel Evans: It’s time to detoxify theatre’s social media culture by Daniel Evans

It was fascinating to hear Mark Zuckerberg calling for governments and regulators to clamp down on harmful content on social media and

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Chichester artistic director Daniel Evans: Good casting directors are worth their weight in gold by Daniel Evans

I’m not a great fan of surprises, generally. Secret birthday parties, unannounced guests and computer viruses are not my cup of tea.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Daniel Evans: Performing rights need to work fairly for everyone by Daniel Evans

Theatrical performing rights can be the bane of a producer’s life. One can come up with a seemingly genius idea only to

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Daniel Evans: Beyond the onstage glamour, theatre boosts the social well-being of our communities by Daniel Evans

In this column, I’ve sometimes bemoaned the lack of time I have to read. However, the Christmas period brought some respite. Like

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Daniel Evans: The Arts Council’s 10-year plan has its critics, but an invigorating event has given me hope by Daniel Evans

You may not know it, but for nearly 10 years, those of us who lead organisations that receive Arts Council England funding

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Chichester Festival Theatre’s Daniel Evans: There’s more to the UK theatre scene than a West End transfer by Daniel Evans

It’s fascinating to see the kind of work that is currently thriving in the West End. There seems to be an increasing

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Daniel Evans: Taking risks is the only constant in a varied theatrical ecosystem by Daniel Evans

In 2012, when cuts to local government budgets were biting hard, Nicholas Hytner – then director of the National Theatre – held

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Daniel Evans: The National Theatre’s Pericles is a radical act of inclusivity by Daniel Evans

From the moment I entered the foyer of the National Theatre one evening last month, I could tell something was new. The

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Daniel Evans: Should an artistic director direct, act or write? by Daniel Evans

In discussion with a writer recently, it was fascinating to hear their puzzlement at how someone could direct work while developing new

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Daniel Evans: Is Brexit to blame for drop in regional theatre box office? by Daniel Evans

I was startled by the recent report stating that theatres outside of London had seen a decrease in the number of tickets

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Daniel Evans: No play should ever be restricted to a particular audience by Daniel Evans

Recently at Chichester Festival Theatre, we produced a double-bill of plays by the poet-playwright Debbie Tucker Green. The first was the astonishing

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Daniel Evans: Is there an art to giving notes to fellow directors? by Daniel Evans

In this column I try to offer an insight into the challenges of being an artistic director of a UK theatre building.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Daniel Evans: Do all theatre audiences respond in the same way? by Daniel Evans

Here’s a question I ask myself from time to time: is there actually just one audience? Are the people with whom we

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Daniel Evans: A new audience awaits Quiz: what could be more thrilling? by Daniel Evans

If one of the greatest pleasures of working in theatre is getting the opportunity to collaborate with living writers, then it’s doubly

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Daniel Evans: Birthing a season and praying to avoid second album syndrome by Daniel Evans

We’ve just announced our new season: 12 productions in two theatre spaces taking place over nine months. I was reminded what a

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Daniel Evans: It’s a slippery slope to allow awards to define who we are by Daniel Evans

Around 10 years ago, I was in New York and an American actor mentioned how fortunate it was that I could be

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Daniel Evans: Reflection can be the most productive thing a director can do by Daniel Evans

I’ve proselytised many times in these pages about the value of the Clore Leadership Programme, where leaders from across the cultural sector

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Daniel Evans: Learning the art of saying ‘no’ gracefully by Daniel Evans

Being an artistic director has its challenges, of course. But none occurs more frequently than the challenge of having to turn people

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Daniel Evans: Big auditoriums are challenging but are a platform for big ideas by Daniel Evans

These days, not a week goes by without a comment on the size, shape, capacity, modernity and aptness of our theatre buildings

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daniel Evans: Why can’t I speak out on Brexit? Theatre is inherently political by Daniel Evans

An acquaintance recently shared with me some misgivings. He deemed it inappropriate for a highly respected theatre director to appear on BBC

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daniel Evans: Our indomitable spirit won’t let a downpour ruin an open-air show by Daniel Evans

Let’s face it, summer’s over. We’ve become accustomed to a scorching fortnight in June, a mild July, a wet August, then, if

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Daniel Evans: It’s the Goldilocks conundrum for artistic directors – how many shows to do yourself? by Daniel Evans

One of the great privileges of being an artistic director is the opportunity to give jobs to other people. I derive as

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daniel Evans: London needs more rehearsal spaces to encourage growth by Daniel Evans

Good rehearsal rooms are like gold dust. Just recently, I realised how much I’ve taken for granted the huge contribution a good

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daniel Evans: More women executives in theatres is cause for celebration by Daniel Evans

Last month, I was invited to the first ever Tonic Awards, which took place at the Mayfair Hotel in London. For those

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Daniel Evans: Are drama schools ignoring our musical theatre heritage? by Daniel Evans

We have been auditioning a lot lately at Chichester Festival Theatre. There’s nothing new there. The season has just kicked off and we have 11

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daniel Evans: Pushy parents and sugar comas are part and parcel of directing community theatre by Daniel Evans

I’m currently working with 52 local youngsters aged between 10 and 19 on the first production of our season: Forty Years On

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daniel Evans: Becoming a director is tough, but recruiting one is agonising by Daniel Evans

We recently advertised for five assistant director roles for our 2017 season. These are paid posts and the successful candidates will assist

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Daniel Evans: Humour and activism are reasons to be cheerful in worrying times by Daniel Evans

I don’t know about you, but I find I’m feeling anxious. Now, that could be because we’ve just signed off the brochure

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daniel Evans: Why my new year’s resolution is to read more plays by Daniel Evans

I hope I’m not alone in saying that one of the most challenging aspects of being an artistic director is finding time

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Daniel Evans: Changes to funding criteria put the spotlight on diversity by Daniel Evans

Arts organisations up and down the country have now entered the NPO application period. This is the time when it’s common to

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Daniel Evans: Emma Rice’s departure raises questions about the role of boards by Daniel Evans

Emma Rice’s departure from Shakespeare’s Globe induced a rallying fervour from the theatre world in London and beyond. Justifiably so. Rice had not only

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