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Friday, July 3, 2020

National Theatre tells 400 casual staff they will lose their jobs by Lanre Bakare

Front of house and backstage teams told by email they will only be paid until the end of August as Covid-19 crisis forces more job losses The National Theatre has told its 400-strong team of…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Black Theatre Collective calls for industry reform – not 'empty gestures' by Lanre Bakare

Newly formed group sends open letter to UK theatres , suggesting five measures to make the industry more inclusive More than 400 actors and theatre figures, including Paapa Essiedu, Clarke P…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Covid-19 prejudice akin to 1980s Aids panic, say creators of Diana play by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Moment of Grace revisits princess’s boundary-breaking visit to UK’s first Aids ward The prejudice that has affected some communities during the Covid-19 pandemic is akin to that faced by…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Bolton Octagon feels sharp edge of threat to regional theatre by Lanre Bakare

Lockdown has cost UK theatres and estimated £330m overall and tore up plans at a venue which is also spearheading regeneration Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus cover…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UK theatre faces ruin amid coronavirus crisis, say top cultural figures by Mark Brown and Lanre Bakare

Exclusive: almost 100 leading creative figures sign letter calling for government action to prevent demise of sector Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain…

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Immersive theatre and drive-in gigs lead way for return of UK performing arts by Lanre Bakare

Physical distancing rules prompt companies to find innovative ways for the show to go on Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 has presented a challenge …

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Is British theatre about to go out of business? by Presented By Anushka Asthana With Elizabeth Newman and Llanre Bakare, Produced By Elizabeth Cassin and Axel Kacoutié, Executive Producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard

Every year, 34 million people go to the theatre, double the number that attend Premier League football. But lockdown and physical distancing rules mean the industry is on the edge of collaps…

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Monday, June 8, 2020

'Triple whammy' of funding cuts has left UK arts vulnerable - report by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Survey says increasing reliance on box office sales left arts exposed during Covid-19 crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British arts institutions have …

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Drama schools accused of hypocrisy over anti-racism statements by Lanre Bakare

UK’s leading institutions apologise after current and former students highlight racist incidents The UK’s most prestigious drama schools have apologised for not doing enough to combat ra…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Great Gatsby defies virus with October West End reopening by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Play will incorporate face masks and physical distancing into its immersive staging Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A vastly reduced capacity and masks that…

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Monday, May 25, 2020

WeRNotVirus: plays to highlight Covid-19 racism against Asians by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Project including monologues will be shown on Zoom to help expose ‘hidden problem’ in UK Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A series of plays and monologue…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

British theatre 'on brink of total collapse', says top producer by Lanre Bakare

Sonia Friedman calls for rescue package to save more than 1,000 theatres from permanent closure British theatre is on the “brink of total collapse”, according to one of the industry’s …

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National Theatre may shed 30% of its staff without more support by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Arts venue has lost 75% of its income because of coronavirus crisis The National Theatre has warned it will have to make significant numbers of staff redundant unless it receives additional …

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum goes into 'hibernation' as Covid fallout hits stages by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

£700,000 loss forces landmark theatre to cancel entire 2020 programme in hope of emerging renewed next spring – and staving off financial fate of other venues The Royal Lyceum theatre in …

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Simon McBurney: 'Germany understand that in a crisis you need bonds between people' by Lanre Bakare

As Complicité’s The Encounter goes online, its creator discusses the need to rebuild British culture ‘from the ground up’ The best arts and entertainment during self-isolation The be…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

An industry in freefall: dance sector calls for urgent help by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

With tours cancelled and rehearsal rooms closed, what’s the future for dance? Ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson, psychologist Terry Hyde and choreographer Alexander Whitley assess the Covid-19 …

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Cats and Les Mis producer says coronavirus will keep theatres closed to 2021 by Lanre Bakare

West End and Broadway will not be back until months after the end of social distancing, says Cameron Mackintosh Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has said the lockdown measures impose…

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

From Meltdown to Lockdown: theatre festival coming to a radio near you by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Four stage shows will be performed by actors using sterilised studio kit at home Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Actors will give performances that were me…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Government must 'stop dodging and waffling' on Covid-19 says David Hare by Lanre Bakare

Playwright and director, recently recovered from coronavirus, gives damning verdict of government’s crisis response on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Coronavirus – latest updates See …

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Gemma Arterton and James Norton among 50 UK actors to star in coronavirus plays by Lanre Bakare

Digital series Unprecedented: Theatre from a State of Isolation will focus on upheaval in British life caused by the pandemic Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch o…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre goes into administration by Lanre Bakare

West Yorkshire cultural institution urgently seeks a new owner just a week after closing its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak • Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellatio…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Leading arts figures demand clarity over compensation for coronavirus closures by Chris Wiegand and Lanre Bakare

As majority of UK’s theatres close, industry bodies say government’s lack of outright ban on visiting venues leaves them unable to claim on insurance • Coronavirus and culture – a l…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Covid-19 prompts all major British theatres to close doors by Lanre Bakare

Fifty London theatres and 250 throughout UK to close, says industry body Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations Royal Court becomes latest theatre to cancel shows Coronav…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Riz Ahmed to debut play about his 'toxic breakup' with UK by Lanre Bakare

Rap and music theatre piece will premiere at Manchester international festival The actor and musician Riz Ahmed is bringing the world premiere of a new piece to this year’s Manchester inte…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dozens of UK theatres at risk of being demolished, experts say by Lanre Bakare

Theatres Trust urges people to try and persuade local councils to invest in buildings The UK’s cultural heritage is at risk unless there is a significant shift in how theatre buildings are…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Sexism and gender divide ingrained in UK theatre, study claims by Lanre Bakare

Researchers say gender gap has grown in some areas and accuse Arts Council of ignoring it British theatre has an institutional problem with sexism and gender inequality, according to the aut…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

British musicals 'at risk without subsidies like other theatre' by Lanre Bakare and Catherine Shoard

Leading figures call for public money to be spent on original work and developing talent British musical theatre is at risk of being left behind by America unless there is investment in orig…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Madani Younis appointed chief executive producer at the Shed by Lanre Bakare

Former Southbank Centre creative director join multimillion-dollar art institution in New York The former artistic director of the Bush theatre and the Southbank Centre, Madani Younis, is mo…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

UK's regional theatre at risk amid funding cuts, say directors by Lanre Bakare

A year after Liverpool Everyman’s rep company collapsed, questions remain over local theatre’s future The future of theatre in some of the UK’s biggest cities remains under threat, reg…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Timothée Chalamet to make London stage debut by Lanre Bakare

Call Me By Your Name star to appear in Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles at Old Vic theatre The Old Vic is bringing Timothée Chalamet to the London stage next spring in a production of 4,000 Mile…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Lenny Henry: 'I wish somebody had taught me how to defend myself' by Lanre Bakare

The comedian’s childhood was defined by racist abuse and his mother’s violence. As he publishes his autobiography, he talks about how it shaped him as a performer and activist “I’m f…

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