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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Magic shows cast spell over London's West End by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

With hit shows including Derren Brown, Impossible and The Illusionists, the capital’s theatreland has some new tricks with which to lure audiences Walking through the West End of London an…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

'Directors are no longer untouchable gods': transforming British theatre by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

The actors, directors and producers changing theatre• The campaigners shaking up film and TV• The MP activists cleaning up Westminster• Fighting the supermarkets for equal pay• Sport…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘This isn't colour-blind casting’: Hamilton makes its politically charged West End debut by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

The racially diverse musical based on America’s founding fathers loses none of its power in its transfer from BroadwaySince Hamilton debuted in New York in 2015, the hip-hop musical, which…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Hamilton wows West End audiences after Broadway transfer by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash musical makes transition from Broadway with a new cast, offering an antidote to Trump’s America and ‘closed-minded’ gloomThis week, the West End of London …

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kevin Spacey: Old Vic inquiry receives 20 claims of inappropriate behaviour by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

London theatre says ‘cult of personality’ existed around Spacey during his time as director that prevented people from speaking out The Old Vic has received 20 personal testimonies of in…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kwame Kwei-Armah named new artistic director of Young Vic by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Award-winning British playwright, who is currently director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, will take over role next yearKwame Kwei-Armah, the actor turned award-winning British playwright, h…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

The second coming of Kanye: rapper is reborn as a woman in new play by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Sam Steiner’s Kanye the First, which opens at the HighTide festival, imagines West’s reincarnation as a middle-class BritWhat would you do if one day you woke up and you were Kanye West?…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Ken Cheng's pound coin gag voted Edinburgh fringe's funniest joke by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Comedian who quit Cambridge University for online poker says both his careers are based on ‘extreme punishment or reward’They say comedy can be found in the most banal of subjects, and t…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Break Up: could you spend five hours in the company of this bunch of bananas? by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Performed by people dressed as bananas, Break Up is a marathon improv show about a relationship in crisis. Our writer sits down to watch – and wishes she’d brought along a bottle of whis…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Arab arts showcase at Edinburgh fringe beset by visa difficulties by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Nearly a quarter of the performers have had their visas denied more than once and one show has been cancelled completelyThe first showcase of Arab arts at the Edinburgh Fringe has been force…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Horror remains in alternative vision of Guantánamo Bay by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Edinburgh fringe play Last Resort reimagines the notorious detention facility as a package holiday destinationIt could be a package holiday destination like any other: tropical climate, beau…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

'Talk out of their arses': sexist critics butt of the joke in Edinburgh show by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Wild Bore was born out of conversations about absurd, sexist and ignorant ways three comedians, as female performers, were described by reviewersThere is one unwritten rule of theatre: do no…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gutted: toilet theatre comes to the Edinburgh festival fringe by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Liz Richardson’s show about living with bowel disease ulcerative colitis aims to challenge people’s embarrassment of ‘a woman talking about poo’Toilet humour is never hard to come by…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Mike Bartlett drama, Albion, to be staged at Almeida theatre by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

New play from writer of King Charles III will explore ideas of British identity against backdrop of a country house A new work by Mike Bartlett, the writer behind hit play and BBC drama King…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

British TV and film industry 'pulls plug' on black actors, says Cush Jumbo by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Speaking to a Labour arts diversity inquiry, The Good Wife actor says she repeatedly hit the ‘exotic best friend ceiling’ when auditioning in the UKActor Cush Jumbo has accused the Briti…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'We must take a stand': the vital election issues – picked by young British artists by Harriet Gibsone, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, Kate Hutchinson and Chris Wiegand

Lily Cole wants a green century, Girli wants a housing revolution, and Liam Williams wants to boot out the billionaire club … some of Britain’s most talented young artists spell out the …

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Miranda Hart: 'I used to think fame would justify my whole existence' by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

The much-loved actor has conquered radio and TV, comedy and drama. Now she is heading to the West End stage – the realisation of a childhood dream The name Miranda Hart has become synonymo…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RSC activates Large Hadron Collider drama by Oppenheimer playwright by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Tom Morton-Smith’s The Earthworks, set just before the LHC was switched on at Cern, is the latest collision between science and theatreTom Morton-Smith was never any good at physics at sch…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Surveillance state takes centre stage in new 1984 production by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Producers of a new version of George Orwell's classic suggest his dystopic fiction is chillingly relevant• Michael Billington's four-star review of 1984• Top five theatrical dystopiasOn …

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Almeida to stage anarchic comedy about Rupert Murdoch at the Sun by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

James Graham’s Fleet Street play part of season which includes the return of Ben Whishaw and a series of films in which actors perform famous speeches, available on the Guardian websiteThe…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Hamilton West End tickets appear on resale sites despite anti-tout measures by Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Rob Davies

Less than two hours after tickets for musical’s London run went on early sale, Viagogo lists several at £999-£2,500 eachTickets for the London run of hip-hop musical Hamilton, the most a…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The big stop: Ringling Bros circus closes after 146 years by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Ringling and Barnum & Bailey circus won’t be coming to town any more as ticket sales fall and pressure over animal rights mounts One of America’s oldest circuses, the Ringling Bros a…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

James Graham, writer of hit play This House, to tackle Brexit next by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Playwright who also wrote Privacy, about the surveillance state, will focus on the campaign that led to vote to quit EUPlaywright James Graham, known for his political plays tackling surveil…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Posh to be staged with all-female cast by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Play loosely based on the Bullingdon Club will be performed as it was initially written, using the male names and the ‘he’ pronounPosh, the play depicting the privileged world and debauc…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ex-National director Nicholas Hytner raises curtain on new London theatre by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

One Tower Bridge development will be the flagship home for London Theatre Company, the group set up by Hytner and Nick Starr when they left the NationalA 900-seat theatre is to open close to…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Carol Ann Duffy to collaborate in Brexit-inspired National Theatre production by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

My Country: A Work in Progress will draw on interviews about the referendum compiled across BritainThe National Theatre is to take on Brexit as part of its new season, in a verbatim work com…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Cardiff prepares to celebrate Roald Dahl's centenary by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Morris minors, spitfire pilots and ‘endless surprises’ to descend on Welsh capital in remembrance of city’s beloved storytellerFiremen, spitfire pilots, a parade of bald men and one hu…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Comedian Richard Gadd: 'I've punished myself so much' by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

When he was sexually assaulted, Richard Gadd was plunged into fear, shame and self-doubt. Now he’s turned the experience into a standup show that explores who he is – and what it means t…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

'It makes you recoil': Trumpageddon at the Edinburgh fringe by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Simon Jay’s show aims to highlight the ridiculousness of the US presidential candidate through the power of satireWith his orange face and distinctly odd hair, Donald Trump stands gleefull…

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'If I get laughs, I will have failed': Chilcot report recital begins in Edinburgh by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Comedians kick off Iraq Out and Loud, the reading of all 6,000 pages of the Iraq war report in a small shed at the fringeThe most talked about performance at the Edinburgh festival fringe ki…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Here's looking at you kid: Edinburgh show invites you to look at a baby by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Come Look at the Baby turns the focus on audience by putting a seven-month-old baby on stage for half an hourA baby sits on the floor, surrounded by a comforting pile of cushions, books and …

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