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Friday, May 17, 2024

Grief, guilt and white working-class ‘fury’: Death of England heads to London’s West End by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trio of plays co-created by Roy Williams explores British identity in the era of Brexit, Covid and Black Lives Matter The co-creator of the Death of England series of plays has said the deca…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36AM
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Rufus Wainwright blames UK’s ‘narrow outlook’ after Brexit for Opening Night’s flop by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Exclusive: Audience had ‘vitriolic reaction’ to European tone of musical, forced to close early Rufus Wainwright has defended his musical Opening Night, which was forced to close early a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

John Cleese cut N-word from Fawlty Towers revival because people ‘don’t understand irony’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Speaking at launch for West End adaptation, Cleese complains about literal-minded viewers ‘not playing with a full deck’ John Cleese said that he decided to cut the N-word from a scene i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM

UK arts need ‘rescue package’ to avoid lost generation, says Royal Court boss by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

David Byrne calls for urgent state support for young playwrights, particularly those from minority or working-class backgrounds David Byrne, the artistic director of the Royal Court theatre …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

New musical based on Horizon scandal is ‘deep dive into the crushing heartbreak’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Writer of Make Good: the Post Office Scandal says postal workers’ interviews helped describe ‘the power of the state coming down on you’ The creators of a new musical about the Post Of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Joanna Scanlan among actors backing gender equality push in theatre by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Women in Theatre Lab will act as incubator for playwriting and acting talent and address gender inequality Gemma Arterton, Joanna Scanlan and Stella Kanu are some of the figures backing an i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Friday, March 22, 2024

Equality groups urge cultural elite to give up Garrick Club membership by Lanre Bakare and Amelia Gentleman

Campaigners call for ‘outdated structures’ that undermine progress and encourage inequality to be dismantled Cultural organisations and equality campaigners have called on high-profile f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Arts Council England says funding will not be removed for ‘political’ artists by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

ACE had been under pressure to revise guidance in January which focused on ‘reputational risk’ Arts Council England (ACE) has released new guidance confirming it will not penalise organi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Slave Play writer criticises star casting but Kit Harington to feature in West End run by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Exclusive: Jeremy O Harris says Game of Thrones star will not ‘make it the Jon Snow Experience’ The writer of Slave Play, the controversial Broadway production about race and sexuality t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24AM
Saturday, February 24, 2024

Lycett, Acosta and Duran Duran condemn Birmingham’s 100% arts budget cut by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Napalm Death, visual artist Pogus Caesar and Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight also among city’s cultural figures warning over ‘horrifying’ move Birmingham’s cultural figures from Carl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Herd of puppets to trek 20,000km to highlight urgency of climate crisis by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Team behind Little Amal puppet hope to create ‘visceral engagement’ with issues caused by climate emergency The production team behind the Little Amal puppet, which raised awareness abou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

David Harewood: teach young actors resilience to face industry’s brutal side by Lanre Bakare

Exclusive: Incoming Rada president says he wants to pass down what he learned from mental health struggles as a graduate David Harewood has called for acting graduates to be taught “resili…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

National Theatre’s War Horse to return to UK stages after five-year absence by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Exclusive: Director says he is interested to see response of new audiences at a time of growing instability The global theatrical phenomenon War Horse is returning to British stages for the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06AM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

‘This system is broken’: protesters say Suffolk cuts encapsulate UK arts crisis by Lanre Bakare, Carmen Aguilar García and Michael Goodier

Council has found one-off funding pot after announcing 100% cut, but people in county say sector is being destroyed As a chant of “Stop the cuts! Stop the cuts! Stop the cuts!” echoes of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12PM
Friday, January 26, 2024

Royal Court refuses to rule out job losses as funding cuts bite by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre dedicated to new writing says it is ‘reassessing staff teams’ after sharp rise in production costs The Royal Court is considering making redundancies as part of a restructuring p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

RSC offers 25,000 tickets at £25 to ‘throw open doors’ to diverse crowds by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company’s new artistic directors team up with artists from around the world to appeal to wider audience The Royal Shakespeare Company is attempting to attract new audienc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Leading lights of UK stage call for Israeli release of Palestinian theatre group by Lanre Bakare and Nadia Khomami

Open letter signed by top playwrights, actors and directors demands Israel free members of Freedom theatre Israel-Gaza war – live updates Some of Britain’s most heralded playwrights, act…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Footage of racist violence traumatises black children, says author by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Claudia Rankine, whose latest play, The White Card, is to tour the UK, warns of negative effect on mental health Footage of violent racist incidents such as the murder of George Floyd is tr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

‘Forgotten how to behave’: comics say audiences more abusive post-lockdown by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Comedians such as Nish Kumar say they have noticed a change since crowds have returned to clubs It was halfway through a show in Shrewsbury when Nish Kumar noticed an audience member being d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sex education theatre show for children cancelled after ‘violent threats’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

The Family Sex Show organisers receive abuse over UK production aimed at children as young as five A theatre show that promised to reimagine sex education by discussing the issue in a frank …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Premiere of Mandela musical to be flagship for Young Vic in 2022 by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre’s chief hopes production gives younger people understanding of the price paid by radicals in the past The world premiere of a musical about the “young, sexy, radical” early lif…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Arinzé Kene on playing Bob Marley: ‘You can’t just sit back and enjoy my work. I want you to be challenged’ by Lanre Bakare

The actor and playwright is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting faces of British theatre. Now he’s stepping into the shoes of Bob Marley in the new West End musical Get Up, Stand Up …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Peaceophobia: Muslim men who love their modified motors by Lanre Bakare

Mistaken for drug dealers? Monitored by police? A new play staged in a Bradford car park weaves stories of everyday racism, faith and petrolheads “I don’t go out, I don’t really go cl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Barbican boss to step down after ‘institutional racism’ row by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Barbican denies Sir Nicholas Kenyon’s departure was prompted by claims organisation was ‘insidiously’ racist Sir Nicholas Kenyon, the Barbican’s managing director for 14 years, is to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New comedy The Green Room to explore obstacles for black writers by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Written by Yvvette Edwards and Irenosen Okojie, the ‘timely and clear-eyed’ play will be live-streamed in July The publishing industry’s lack of diversity is to be the focus of a new c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Friday, June 11, 2021

Barbican staff say it is ‘institutionally racist’ despite action plan by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Book details more than 100 instances of alleged prejudicial behaviour at the arts organisation The Barbican has been described as “institutionally racist” by its own staff, who have comp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

UK’s first all-black, all-female Shakespeare company aim to shine new light on Bard by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Mawa Theatre Company hope to make classic works accessible to diverse audiences The team behind the UK’s first all-black, all-female Shakespearean theatre company say it is planning to re-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

UK theatres promise to only cast trans actors in trans roles by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trans casting statement signatories pledge to cast trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers Several of the biggest theatres in the UK have pledged to only cast trans, non-bina…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Monday, May 17, 2021

Back with a bang: UK theatre bets on bold reopening by Lanre Bakare

Theatregoers want to ‘get underneath the skin’ of societal issues, says National Theatre’s Clint Dyer Britain’s cultural institutions are at a crossroads moment, according to the Nat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Saturday, May 8, 2021

David Hare: Covid-hit UK theatre needs a John Osborne-inspired revolution by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Playwright mulls mass appeal of Osborne, who is being honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British theatre must tak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Plans for 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities ‘catastrophic’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Artists and musicians speak out against proposal by education secretary and Office for Students Artists and musicians have accused the government of neglecting the country’s “cultural n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards