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Monday, March 9, 2020

Theatre culture was widespread in Britain even before the 1840s | Letters by Letters

Lionel Burman and Robert Leach shed more light on the country’s theatrical history, while Jean Baker extols the merits of joining the Society for Theatre ResearchMark Lewinski (Letters, 6 …

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Local theatres are worth fighting for | Letters by Letters

Geoffrey Bull laments the passing of regional theatre companies, while James Collett-White shares a success storyWhile admiring the spirited rearguard action to save buildings (Dozens of uni…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Singing the praises of musical theatre | Letter by Letters

As well as being innovative, musicals are labour-intensive and often take a long time to develop fully, says Jodi MyersIt was encouraging to see the case being made for public investment in …

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Let’s hear it for subtitles in theatres | Letter by Letters

Many theatres benefit from captioned performances so that everything on stage is made clear through subtitles, says Richard LeeThank you for challenging the myth that privately purchased hea…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Freddie Jones: star of Hammer horror and Chekhov by Letters

Tributes to the film and stage actor, who died last week, from Anthony Roche and Jenifer ArmitageFreddie Jones was an actor of extraordinary gifts and I was saddened to read of his passing. …

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The arts have the power to change communities | Letters by Letters

Readers share their experiences of how the lack of funding has affected creative industriesI worked at the British Film Institute when Jennie Lee was the arts minister (This philistine gover…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon and other perspectives on race and identity | Letter by Letters

A black actor queries an outpouring of support for Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, who was accused of taking a theatre role meant for ethnic minoritiesThere has been an outpouring of support for An…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon’s story is not ‘black and white’ | Letters by Letters

Actors including Michaela Ewuraba Coel voice their support for the theatre director and say he has never misled anyoneThe media narrative of a white man adopting a black identity to claim fu…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tricycle theatre has a bright future as the Kiln | Letter by Letters

As the theatre reopens this week, Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton urge ‘everyone who professes to have loved the Tricycle’ to support its new name and its artistic directorI appeared in D…

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Keep Tricycle name for refitted theatre | Letters by Letters

Former artistic directors and board members call for a rethinkAs both the former artistic directors and all three previous chairs of the board, as well as 12 past board members of London’s…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sophocles’ stories are ours as well | Letters by Letters

Ancient tales ‘go to the dark core of human experience’, writes Harry EyresClaire Armitstead (Ancient tales are back in fashion – for telling it like it is, 16 July) is only partly rig…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Don’t let the EU turn out the show lights | Letters by Letters

Bryan Raven adds his voice to the worry over a ban on much entertainment lighting, while Stephane Arditi says the directive can be amended. Plus letters from John Lincoln and Eleanor Levin, …

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

EU rule could leave theatres dark | Letters by Letters

The president of the Association of Lighting Directors warns that a new directive could make all existing equipment obsoleteI am writing to you as the president of the Association of Lightin…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

To pee, or not to pee, RSC now has more cubicles for women | Brief letters by Letters

Loo queue view | Boris Johnson’s non-apology | Bottle deposit schemes | Plastic-free in France | Caned for passing the 11-plusWe are sorry for the inconvenience experienced by Gill Glover …

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Women not amused by lack of loos | Brief letters by Letters

Royal Shakespeare Theatre toilets | Women’s Aid | Karren Brady | MnemonicsRe your article “Time to end the queue for women’s loos” (G2, 22 March), when I visited the newly refur…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Monty Python star Graham Chapman’s show-stopping feat | Letters by Letters

Directing Graham Chapman in The Dog Beneath the Skin left a lasting impression on Duncan Noel-Paton I was intrigued to read Michael Billington’s review of the seldom-performed The Dog Bene…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Why we loved the great Ken Dodd | Letters by Letters

Readers salute the vaudevillian comedian and singer, who died on Sunday aged 90I cried when I heard about Ken Dodd’s passing (Obituary, 13 March). What a legend! What is particularly sad i…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Emeritus professors going off at a tangent | Brief letters by Letters

David Edgar as Toad of Toad Hall | Time-loop tales | The Blockheads | Professorial absence | Remembering trigonometryThis is not David Edgar’s first sortie into acting (After half a centur…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

John Barton was the greatest mentor any Shakespearean actor could have | Letter from Jane Lapotaire by Letters

Jane Lapotaire had the privilege of learning sonnets under John’s guidanceJohn Barton (Obituary, 19 January) took me under his wing after my brain haemorrhage, taking me along to his maste…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

National Theatre is committed to touring | Letters by Letters

In the last year the National Theatre has toured six productions to 36 towns and cities across the UK, writes its director of communications Martin PrendergastWhile there was much to admire …

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

David Hare’s ideal venue is fine, but we want real theatres | Letters by Letters

Philippa Coughlan wants all towns and villages to have access to live drama, while Andy Billinge praises Liverpool’s EverymanI am a huge admirer of David Hare’s work and like him made Be…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cancellation of Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a betrayal of the Royal Court’s history | Letters by Letters

Audiences can tell the difference between provocation and exploitation, writes Justin Sherin, while Patrick Kennedy suggests a braver theatre would have gone ahead with the productionThe Roy…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

A welcome antidote to Black Friday’s greed | Brief letters by Letters

Giving Tuesday | French insects | Paddington 2 | The Guardian’s values | Dying Swan | Duetting with the deadAlan Machin (Letters, 27 November) is right when he suggests a charitable antido…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Worrying declines in newsagents and wasps | Letters by Letters

Digital pressure on newsagents | Macron’s poem | Decline in the wasp population | Fake news | The Rose theatre | Carles PuigdemontTomorrow, sadly, our village post office/newsagent is clo…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

It’s time to cast abuse out of the audition room | Letters by Letters

The committee of the Casting Directors’ Guild of the UK & Ireland responds to Sarah Solemani’s experiences of auditioning for roles. Plus Robert Sanderson highlights the inventive se…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Atomisation of society under a chemist prime minister | Brief letters by Letters

Margaret Thatcher | Theatre acoustics: anthems and amplifiers | Solutions to table wobbles: tripods and Paddington Bear’s saw | Sean Hughes and Crystal PalaceMike Ellwood (Letters, 18 Octo…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Greek acoustics at Epidaurus seemed pretty magical to me | Letters by Letters

Michael Daley’s student visit to the theatre suggested to him that the ancient Greeks had indeed been in possession of wonderful knowledgeExperts from a university of technology armed with…

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The need for more diversity in opera by Letters

Equity insists that a diverse range of performers should be auditioned for every production, writes Hilary Hadley. The Golden Dragon was a poor choice of target for criticism, say Professor …

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading Springsteen review was almost as good as being there | Letters by Letters

Reader Irvine Stuart commends Laura Barton’s writingSincere thanks to Laura Barton for her excellent review of Bruce Springsteen on Broadway (13 October). Rich in insights while devoid of …

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Five stars for Michael Billington’s reviews | Letters by Letters

It’s always worth reading a notice by the Guardian’s theatre critic, even when there’s little or no chance of seeing the play being reviewed, writes Robin WendtIn his letter (3 October…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We’re not too posh to wash, we just lived through the war | Brief Letters by Letters

Bathtime routines | Regional galleries | Paying more tax | Piebury corner | Theatre ticketsVivienne Westwood, like me, although a few years younger, was brought up in the austere 1940s and 5…

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