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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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Monday, October 2, 2017

A shortage of airline pilots? I wonder why | Brief letters by Letters

Ryanair | Kipling | Sunday lunch spots | Getting theatre tickets | Twitter | Dairy intoleranceWe keep hearing that the Ryanair crisis is due to a shortage of trained pilots (Opinion, 30 Sept…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dashes, commas, and judgmental twitchers | Brief letters by Letters

Harry Dean Stanton | Boris Johnson | Dancing about architecture | Fatberg | Ornithology of meetings | Ambridge antidoteYour obituary for Harry Dean Stanton (18 September) mispunctuates the t…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Academic punch-up over support for Brexit | Letters by Letters

Brexit | Attenborough statue | Species extinction | Musicals | Hymns | A month in AmbridgeThe Brexit-supporting academic who complains about being shunned by colleagues when they reveal thei…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Recalling Peter Hall’s sensational swansong by Letters

Sir Peter Hall’s later years at Kingston University saw him still producing vivid and challenging theatre, says Richard WilsonMichael Billington describes “a certain sadness” in Peter …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why national heroes meant zero to Brecht | Brief letters by Letters

Valuing people | National heroes | First names | Nipple pasties | Steely Dan | Boris JohnsonNow that a way has been found to calculate the asset value of a tree (Put a price on trees and hal…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Troubles caused by singers belting it out | Letters by Letters

Modern singers depend for power and vocal strength on technology as well as their own skills, says Ian Flintoff; and Sara Neil on the ‘belting’ vocal techniqueBernhard Warner (Why do sta…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Krapp performances that stick in the mind | Letters by Letters

Readers recall seeing Max Wall and an angry French actor as the eponymous character in Samuel Beckett’s one-act-play Krapp’s Last TapeCongratulations to Michael Billington for capturing …

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Cinema gives new life to sold-out theatre | Letters by Letters

Guardian reviewers should flag up when there are cinema screenings of stage performances for those who cannot get their hands on a ticket, says Jane HarveyLyn Gardner lists the Young Vic’s…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Flamenco fans know it’s a tough discipline | Brief letters by Letters

MPs’ health | Spanish dance teachers | Rail privatisation | Ivanka Trump factory | Michael GoveJames Graham may well be correct about the physical and mental stress that is “part and par…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The modern Greek tragedy that is democracy | Letters by Letters

Tim Farron | Greek words | Theresa May | Vicars’ daughters | The DUPTim Farron was half right in claiming that Theresa May “put her party before her country” (From hubris to humiliatio…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ soundbite is from The Forsyte Saga | Letters by Letters

The phrase seems to be derived from the world of corruption and privilege portrayed by John Galsworthy, writes Dr David BlazeyThe phrase “strong and stable government” seems to be derive…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

A play to make Richard III turn in his grave | Letter by Letters

A reader is unimpressed by Leicester cathedral’s decision to allow Shakespeare’s Richard III to be staged close to the real king’s resting place“Dignity and honour” the authorities…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Audibility problems on stage and screen | Letters by Letters

The main problem is TV presenters’ poor articulation, argues Alan HuntingtonIn her letter (29 April), Mary McKeown refers to “hearing” and “audibility”. Certainly, audibility is an…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Our actors upstaged by weather presenters | Letters by Letters

Reader Mary McKeown applauds Dame Judi Dench for speaking up about actors delivering inaudible linesHurrah for Dame Judi Dench (Get off the sofa and learn your Shakespeare, Dench tells young…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The myths embedded in English literature | Letters by Letters

Austen Lynch on Shakespeare’s folk sources and Jan Dubé on the gods that permeate the languageThe Royal Shakespeare Company’s project to celebrate the myth and magic of the influence of…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Snobbery that hasn’t been kicked into touch since David Storey’s playing days | Brief letters by Letters

Rugby league v union | Civilian casualties | Incompetent TV detectives | Office thieves | Alcohol intakeThe obituary of David Storey (28 March) mentioned that he attended Wakefield’s Queen…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

To eat, or not to eat? That is the question | Letters by Letters

Suzanne Moore (Public eating is fraught, 2 March) writes on Imelda Staunton’s plea for those coming to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at London’s Harold Pinter theatre to desist f…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Enduring legacy of BBC’s Play for Today | Letters by Letters

Deborah Orr laments the loss of Play for Today (Opinion, 14 January). The effect that it had in exploring social issues is illustrated by the charity Action against Medical Accidents, which …

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sadness as the circus rings the changes | Letters by Letters

It is with sadness that I read of the closure of the Barnum & Bailey/Ringling Bros Circus (Animal rights campaigners celebrate closure of 146-year-old US circus, 16 January). It was a ph…

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