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Monday, April 23, 2018

Alexander Vlahos and Alexandra Dowling to star in Romeo and Juliet at pop-up York theatre by Giverny Masso

Versailles star Alexander Vlahos is to play Romeo opposite The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling as Juliet at a new pop-up Shakespeare theatre in

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Claire Finlay-Thompson: ‘I love using costume design to take the audience on a journey’ by Giverny Masso

Film and TV costume designer Claire Finlay-Thompson is venturing into the world of theatre to work on Spiked, a new play exploring

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Indhu Rubasingham and James Graham call on industry to fight decline in arts education by Giverny Masso

Leading figures including director Indhu Rubasingham and playwright James Graham have warned that opportunities for young people to enter the profession are

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Production news round-up: Kwame Kwei-Armah reveals his first Young Vic season and Disney announces immersive Fantasia experience by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season as artistic director of the Young Vic in London, a new immersive experience from

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Planned cafe in Burnley Empire entrance ‘puts cultural asset at risk’ by Giverny Masso

Plans for a permanent cafe in the foyer of the disused Burnley Empire Theatre could signal the end of the venue as

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Goldsmiths University launches musical theatre degree and unveils plans for new performance centre by Giverny Masso

Goldsmiths University in London is building a £2.9 million performance centre and launching a new degree in musical theatre. The development will

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Roundhouse to open centre where young people can develop creative ideas by Giverny Masso

London’s Roundhouse plans to build a new centre where young people can develop their creative ideas. The move is part of a

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Enquiry to probe funding for culture in UK cities by Giverny Masso

A major enquiry into funding for culture in cities has been launched, as local authority arts budgets continue to decline. After gathering

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

James Hugh Macdonald, the 91-year-old playwright making his debut: ‘The script has to be scrupulously wonderful’ by Giverny Masso

James Hugh Macdonald is having his debut play produced at the age of 91. He tells Giverny Masso about the ideas behind

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Disney announces immersive show based on Fantasia at London’s Vaults by Giverny Masso

Disney has announced an immersive experience at the Vaults in London based on its classic 1940 film Fantasia. Sounds and Sorcery will

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Theatres face shock £180m bill under EU lighting proposals by Giverny Masso

Theatres across the UK face unexpected costs in excess of £180 million under “devastating” EU proposals to ban the vast majority of

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Kinky Boots actor Matt Henry cast in The Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe by Giverny Masso

Olivier award-winning Kinky Boots actor Matt Henry has been cast in The Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe. Barrie Rutter’s production of

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Natasha Marshall: ‘I was waiting for someone to save me when I realised it was down to me’ by Giverny Masso

Natasha Marshall trained as a writer on Soho Theatre Young Company’s Writers’ Lab and the Talawa Firsts new-writing scheme. She tells Giverny

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Less than a fifth of workers in performing arts are working class – report by Giverny Masso

Less than a fifth of employees working in music, performing and visual arts are from a working-class background, a new report claims.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Unrest at Royal Opera House as security staff threaten strike action by Giverny Masso

Summer performances at the Royal Opera House face disruption if security staff vote to go on strike over allegations of bullying and

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Production news round-up: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day adapted for stage and Michelle Terry to play Hamlet by Giverny Masso

This week it has been announced that Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day is to be adapted for the stage, to premiere

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Clare Burt to make RSC debut in Joan Littlewood musical by Giverny Masso

Clare Burt is to make her Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Joan Littlewood in a new musical about the theatre director. Miss

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Central School of Ballet seeking £3m council loan to open new London premises by Giverny Masso

Southwark Council is considering loaning £3 million to Central School of Ballet to enable the company to open its new premises. The

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Theatre Peckham founder Teresa Early to leave after 33 years by Giverny Masso

The founder and artistic director of Theatre Peckham in south London is stepping down after 33 years. Teresa Early will continue to

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to be broadcast live to UK cinemas by Giverny Masso

West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is to be screened live in cinemas around the UK. More2Screen will broadcast the musical

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Stars of Sondheim’s Company demand more lead roles for older women by Giverny Masso

Director Marianne Elliott and actor Rosalie Craig have called for more lead roles for older women in “predominantly male theatre”. Craig argued

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Patti LuPone: ‘Stunt casting is forcing legitimate actors out of work’ by Giverny Masso

Patti LuPone has claimed the industry is more “horrible” than it used to be because social media personalities are making it harder

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Circus artist Lil Rice: ‘We broke the world record for the most Cyr wheel spins in a minute. We were dizzy!’ by Giverny Masso

Lil Rice makes up one third of Alula Cyr, which bills itself as the world’s first all-female Cyr wheel trio. She tells

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Sweet Charity revival leads Watermill Theatre new season by Giverny Masso

A reimagining of musical Sweet Charity leads the Watermill Theatre in Newbury’s latest season. Three world premieres, including a play by Ian

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Poll: Do this year’s Olivier Awards mark a turning point for the industry in its attitude to harassment? by Giverny Masso

The Olivier Awards teamed up with anti-harassment campaign Time’s Up at the 2018 ceremony to take a stand against abuse in the

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Olivier Awards 2018: Panto should not be a dirty word, says winning producer Michael Harrison by Giverny Masso

Pantomime is often considered “the dirty word” of theatre, producer Michael Harrison has complained. The managing director of panto producer Qdos Entertainment

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Olivier Awards 2018: Political theatre is making a comeback, says James Graham by Giverny Masso

James Graham has said political theatre is receiving a mainstream audience for the first time in years, because of an appetite for

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Olivier Awards 2018: Don’t become complacent over diversity, warns winner Sheila Atim by Giverny Masso

Actor Sheila Atim has said she wants to see more women ‘who look like her’ winning Olivier awards. She warned that the

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Hanna Winter: ‘Clowning promotes a sense of community’ by Giverny Masso

After travelling to Bangladesh to perform to Rohingyan refugees with charity Clowns Without Borders, Hanna Winter tells Giverny Masso about the experience…

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Olivier Awards 2018: Best actor winner Bryan Cranston takes swipe at US attitude to arts funding by Giverny Masso

Bryan Cranston has slammed “short-sighted” cuts to the arts in the United States and urged its government to follow the UK’s example.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Production news round-up: Jill Halfpenny is to star in The Girl on the Train and casting announced for Young Vic’s Fun Home by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes casting announcements for the world premiere of The Girl on the Train at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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