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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

People in performing arts twice as likely to have depression, Equity finds by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actors’ union says Covid exacerbated contributory factors such as job insecurity and low pay People working in entertainment and performing arts are twice as likely to experience depressio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Giant puppet Little Amal to meet Ukrainian refugee children in Poland by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Model of 10-year-old Syrian girl that has become symbol of compassion will visit border town of Przemyśl Russia-Ukraine war: latest updates After last year’s 5,000-mile journey across Eur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

RSC to stage adaptation of animated fantasy film My Neighbour Totoro by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of celebrated Studio Ghibli movie will be first opening ‘of this scale’ in nearly 40 years The Royal Shakespeare Company is to stage an adaptation o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

National Theatre to stage The Odyssey in ‘epic, episodic’ retelling around UK by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Parts to be staged in Stoke, Doncaster, Trowbridge and Sunderland in 2023 using local writers and amateur casts before finale in London A retelling of The Odyssey, Homer’s epic story of en…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Monday, April 18, 2022

Charity Commission investigates actors’ fund over governance by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Dispute at Actors’ Benevolent Fund pitted Penelope Keith and other trustees against general secretary A charity that supports actors who are experiencing hardship due to old age, injury or…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Derry to mark 25 years of Good Friday agreement with John Hume musical by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Playhouse to stage Beyond Belief in 2023 to ‘say a proper goodbye’ to late SDLP leader who helped persuade IRA to give up arms A musical drama about the life of John Hume, one of the mai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Ballet stars to raise humanitarian funds for Ukraine with London gala by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Ivan Putrov and Alina Cojocaru announce event featuring artists from Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet International ballet stars will take part in a charity gala …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Olivier awards: Cabaret and Anything Goes lead nominations by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Along with Life of Pi, the musical revivals are this year’s biggest contenders, with all four of their respective leads vying to win best actor or actress on 10 April Cabaret, the revival …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

Eminent writers urge Russian speakers to tell truth of war in Ukraine by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Use ‘all possible means of communication’ to directly contact Russian citizens, 17 signatories say Russia-Ukraine war: live news A group of eminent writers has appealed to Russian speake…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Back to the Future and Frozen dominate WhatsOnStage awards by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Veteran Ian McKellen, who raised more than £1m for theatre charities and arts groups, also honoured The West End musical Frozen, the story of an ice queen and her fearless sister that capti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42PM
Thursday, February 24, 2022

Key workers to take centre stage at Almeida theatre in London by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Cycle of short plays will celebrate roles often underappreciated by those in positions of power Key workers will be literally centre stage in a new cycle of nine short plays celebrating role…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Theresa May’s local council drops plan to abolish arts funding by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Windsor and Maidenhead council ditches proposal after outcry from residents and objections from ex-PM Windsor and Maidenhead council has ditched a plan to abolish arts funding after an outcr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

‘There’s a truth to it’: RSC casts disabled actor as Richard III by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Arthur Hughes says decision for 2022 production will allow lived experience to be ‘shown properly’ He is one of Shakespeare’s most reviled characters, distinguished by his “deformed,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

‘Shakespearean’ Donald Trump to be subject of play in blank verse by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

The 47th by Mike Bartlett stars Bertie Carvel as the ex-president making attempt to regain the White House The author of an acclaimed play about the future of the monarchy has taken on the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

RSC recruits amateurs from six regions as Shakespeare’s ‘people of England’ by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre company’s outreach scheme casts newbies and hidden young talent for spring production of Henry VI Part 2 The Royal Shakespeare Company is taking the innovative step of casting the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Taming of the crew: the bard meets Cunard in RSC cruise deal by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company signs three-year agreement for productions onboard Queen Mary 2 More than 400 years after Hamlet was performed by a ship’s crew anchored off west Africa in the fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Monday, January 10, 2022

Mystery of the second world war ‘trophy’ and the Royal Court founder by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

When George Devine’s family discovered a Japanese battle flag among his belongings, it led to a three-year quest for answers “I am not a man for soldiering, although I do tolerably well …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Appoint people of colour to senior theatre roles, British Asian artistic director says by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Pravesh Kumar says more diverse voices are needed to bring about creative change Britain’s leading theatre companies must appoint more people of colour and from working-class backgrounds a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Friday, December 10, 2021

Beverley Knight scolds ‘rat-arsed’ theatregoers at London musical by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Soul singer posts tweet lambasting people she says disrupted The Drifters Girl show in London The soul singer Beverley Knight has lambasted raucous theatregoers who she said disrupted a perf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Betty Boothroyd musical to chart rise from dancer to Commons Speaker by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Betty! starring Maxine Peake views parliamentarian’s life through lens of drama group in Dewsbury village hall She was a working-class Yorkshire girl who first took to the stage in a high-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Royal Ballet dancer to auction world’s first ballet NFTs by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Natalia Osipova hopes to ‘broaden appeal’ of ballet by selling unique digital copies of performances She is one of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, dazzling audiences with performan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Punched: Sadie Frost appears in ‘no frills’ drama exploring domestic abuse by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Tracy-Ann Oberman, Donna Air and Annie Lennox will perform in the one-off fundraising West End drama Women’s experiences of domestic and sexual violence will be dramatised in a West End th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

And Breathe dominates Black British theatre awards by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Yomi Ṣode’s one-hander and Regent’s Park production of Romeo and Juliet win four awards each A one-man play about grief and a contemporary version of a Shakespearean classic have domin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Panto’s back, oh yes it is: UK theatres hope for revival after Covid fallout by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Beneath the slapstick humour, venues remain anxious over fresh restrictions and lower ticket sales Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There were cheers and boo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12PM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Sadler’s Wells to open hip-hop academy at new east London venue by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Diploma course will provide training in live performance and theatre production at an international standard One of the world’s most renowned dance institutions is to offer a two-year inte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM

‘Bit bonkers’: actors to perform in three plays in three Sheffield theatres at once by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trilogy to mark the 50th anniversary of the Crucible will have performers sprinting between stages Actors will simultaneously perform three plays in three theatres as part of an “ambitious…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Friday, November 5, 2021

Rankin reveals theatre’s backstage magicians: ‘Audiences would be shocked!’ by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

The photographer has brought directors, door keepers and technicians out of the shadows for a special exhibition celebrating the survival of the West End The backstage heroes of the West End…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Barbican to introduce diversity targets after racism claims by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

London arts centre vows to foster inclusive culture after allegations by staff of discrimination The Barbican arts centre in London has pledged to introduce diversity targets for its workfor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM

White handkerchief and a Derry play tell Bloody Sunday story by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Drama about those who died when soldiers opened fire on protesters will premiere on 50th anniversary For almost 50 years, the bloodstained white handkerchief held aloft by Father Edward Daly…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Hilary Mantel play to close amid Covid uncertainty by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company cancels planned extension of The Mirror and the Light in West End Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Royal Shakespeare Company ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM