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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Strictly Ballroom gets heavily sequinned west end musical debut by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Will Young stars as new band leader character in a production promising ‘subversive anarchy’It is a story about speaking up, daring to be different and rebelling against a badly-tanned, …

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National Theatre Wales names Kully Thiarai as new artistic director by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Thiarai, from Doncaster’s Cast venue, is succeeding John McGrath, who has been appointed artistic director of Manchester international festival Kully Thiarai has been named artistic direct…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Playwrights respond to sexual harassment scandals in series of new dramas by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

London’s Theatre503 will host 10 short plays exploring issues of consent and power, with April De Angelis and Richard Bean contributingEstablished playwrights including April De Angelis an…

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Laura Linney to make London stage debut in My Name is Lucy Barton by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Richard Eyre to direct adaptation of 2016 novel at Bridge theatreThe US actor Laura Linney is to make her London stage debut in an adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton.N…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

More than 30 UK theatres at risk of being lost by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Theatres Trust’s annual risk register lists 35 buildings that could vanish Theatres around the UK are in danger of being lost for ever unless more local authorities start seeing them as op…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly to step down by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Kelly, director of UK’s largest arts centre since 2006, wants to focus on Women of the World festivalJude Kelly, one of the UK’s longest-serving and highest-profile arts leaders, is step…

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RSC to explore press freedom in play about exiled Turkish editor by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

#WeAreArrested is based on book by Can Dündar, sentenced to jail after exposing arms dealsThe dangers posed to a free and independent press by governments are to be explored in a play commi…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham to leave Donmar Warehouse by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Artistic director and executive producer were the first female partnership to run a London theatre The first female partnership to run a London theatre have announced their departure from th…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vicky Featherstone named most influential person in British theatre by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Royal Court artistic director takes top spot in league table after swift response to industry harassment scandalVicky Featherstone, the artistic director of the Royal Court, has been named t…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Glenda Jackson wins best actress at London theatre awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Star of stage and screen made triumphant return after political career to play King Lear at the Old VicGlenda Jackson’s return to the stage after a 25-year career change as a Labour politi…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maxine Peake’s play Queens of the Coal Age to get stage premiere by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

True story of four women who occupied Lancashire colliery in 1993 set for run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange A play by the actor Maxine Peake that tells the true story of four women who we…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Old Vic chief denies knowledge of Kevin Spacey allegations by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Sally Greene, who hired actor as artistic director, says she feels ‘sick to the stomach’ to think people may have been harassedSally Greene, the Old Vic chief executive who hired Kevin S…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

UK actors’ union Equity launches inquiry to tackle sexual harassment by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Union will gather suggestions on how to combat the problem and has given itself two months to come up with a planThe UK actors’ union Equity has launched a wide-ranging investigation in an…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Kevin Spacey preyed on young men at Old Vic theatre, actor claims by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Allegations about star’s sexual conduct mount, with Mexican actor saying there are many men with a ‘Spacey story’Accusations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against Kevin Spacey are …

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Old Vic expresses 'deep dismay' over Kevin Spacey assault claims by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Theatre where Spacey was artistic director for 11 years sets up confidential complaints process for anyone who wants to come forwardThe Old Vic theatre has expressed “deep dismay” at sex…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Theatre to stage musical based on imaginary death of Katie Hopkins by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Writer Chris Bush says The Assassination of Katie Hopkins will explore issues of ‘truth, celebrity and public outrage’Memorable British musicals in recent years have tackled difficult, c…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Akram Khan to retire from full-length dance performances by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Dancer-choreographer will unveil his final full-length solo work, Xenos, a piece marking first world war centenary, at Sadler’s Wells in spring Akram Khan, one of the UK’s most feted con…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spectacular Fast and Furious car stunt live show is a £25m gamble by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Producers of a show based on the film franchise are banking on there being enough petrolheads to fill arenas the world overIt will have a fuel tanker engulfed in flames bouncing across the a…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Royal Ballet performance reopens Hull's New Theatre by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Thousands watch national and international ballet stars at Opening the NewDance teacher Vanessa Hooper puts it down to the city’s history and geography while Royal Ballet boss Kevin O’Ha…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

RSC chooses female directors for all plays in summer 2018 season by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director says decision to name first ever all-woman lineup was not a deliberate actFor the first time in its history, all plays in the Royal Shakespear…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Punchdrunk to stage six-hour theatre show for audiences of two by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Lucky few able to see company’s latest immersive show must trek across London and cannot be of ‘nervous disposition’Audiences for a theatre production inspired by Greek tragedy will be…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Tom Hiddleston plays Hamlet in London – but you won't get a ticket by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Three-week run at 160-seat theatre will raise money for drama school, with tickets given out by lottery system – now closedIt is being described by the very few who have seen dress rehears…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

New Shakespeare's Globe chief promises far more diverse casting by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Actistic director Michelle Terry says it ‘will be gender blind, race blind, disability blind’, with 50-50 split between men and womenThe new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe th…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tom Hiddleston to star in Branagh's Hamlet – for three weeks only by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Ballot opens at noon to buy tickets for Rada-fundraising show to be held in tiny 160-seat theatre in SeptemberTom Hiddleston is to star in a Kenneth Branagh-directed production of Hamlet –…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dressing the part: Jack O'Connell portrait shows actor in different light by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Photograph commissioned by National Portrait Gallery challenges image of star renowned for being angry and naked He has gained a reputation as an angry young man, both in character and real …

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Actor Michelle Terry to replace Emma Rice at Shakespeare's Globe by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Experienced stage actor to take over as artistic director from Rice, who stepped down citing lack of respect from boardThe actor Michelle Terry is to be the new artistic director of Shakespe…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

All-party inquiry demonstrates benefits to health and wellbeing of the arts, leading to fall in hospital admissionsGPs prescribing arts activities to some patients could lead to a dramatic f…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Year-long Oscar Wilde season announced at West End theatre by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Stage works will include Frank McGuinness adaptation of De Profundis and folk opera based on The Selfish GiantFifty years after the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between men in privat…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Arts Council England to spend £170m more outside London by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Plymouth, Tees Valley and Bradford among winners, at expense of National Theatre and Royal Opera House in 2018-22 fundingArts Council England (ACE) is to spend an additional £170m outside L…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Cell Mates play to be revived decades after Stephen Fry walkout by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Audiences will get opportunity to see new take on spy story more than 20 years after actor vanished during West End runA play that made the news for all the wrong reasons, after its co-star …

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Richard III staging in Leicester Cathedral condemned by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Screenwriter who led project to find king’s remains in car park deplores plan as ‘wholly unprincipled’ A screenwriter who spearheaded the project to find the remains of Richard III has…

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