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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Most expensive West End ticket prices rise as cheapest fall by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Top seats up to £117.52 average – Hamilton leading at £250 – while cheapest fall to £19.31Top end ticket prices for West End shows have risen by 19% to an average of £117.52, with Ha…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UK theatres back plan to improve diversity among offstage staff by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

More than 90 venues including National Theatre sign up to trade union initiative More than 90 UK theatres have signed up to a trade union initiative seen as the largest effort yet to tackle …

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo win at Evening Standard theatre awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Duo triumph for performances in Antony and Cleopatra, as Hamilton and Company also land prizesRalph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo’s dazzling performances as Antony and Cleopatra at the Nation…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tom Hiddleston to star in stage production of Pinter's Betrayal by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Considered one of playwright’s greatest works, it will run in London next yearTom Hiddleston is to return to the London stage in a new production of Betrayal, considered one of Harold Pint…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Theatre boss defends controversial appointment on BME directors' scheme by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Company head explains decision to give job to man with white parents who identifies as blackThe theatre company which gave a job targeted at ethnic minorities to a man who identifies as blac…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Brexit is black cloud for UK arts, says former National Theatre boss by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Sir Nicholas Hytner says council cuts and sidelining of subjects at school add to crisisSir Nicholas Hytner has delivered alarming warnings about the health of British arts and culture amid …

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Andrea Levy's Small Island novel to be staged next year by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

National Theatre director says Windrush scandal and Brexit makes the production timelyAndrea Levy’s celebrated novel Small Island is to be staged next year by the National Theatre, a produ…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Gillian Anderson to star in West End version of All About Eve by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Ivo van Hove directs adaptation of Bette Davis-propelled Hollywood classicGillian Anderson is to play a role made famous by Bette Davis when she takes the lead in a West End stage adaptation…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

RSC to reflect diversity of Britain with summer 2019 season by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company to assemble consciously diverse cast for season of three playsThe Royal Shakespeare Company is to choose actors for its 2019 summer season who reflect the nation in…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Madani Younis named creative director of Southbank Centre by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Artistic director of west London’s Bush theatre to leave for new role at UK’s biggest arts centreMadani Younis, the artistic director of the Bush theatre in west London, has been named a…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lee Evans to step out of retirement for homage to Harold Pinter by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Comedian joins all-star cast to perform British playwright’s work at eponymous theatreThe comedian Lee Evans has announced he is stepping out of retirement to be part of a London stage sea…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Equity president warns working class struggle to get into acting by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Maureen Beattie also hopes anti-harassment measures set out by UK actors’ union will be adopted by wider industryWorking class youngsters who dream of becoming actors or performers are inc…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Dennis Potter's adaptation of The White Hotel to premiere on Radio 4 by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Anne-Marie Duff to star in BBC radio play based on the sprawling and controversial novelThe White Hotel has become known as one of the great unadaptable works of modern literature, almost bu…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Choreographer Gillian Lynne has West End theatre named after her by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New London theatre is renamed after Cats choreographerCarried to the stage on a golden throne and surrounded by dancers from the musical Cats, the choreographer Dame …

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'We're in Leeds': West Yorkshire Playhouse changes name by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

In a £15.8m redevelopment, the influential regional theatre will revert to its old nameThe West Yorkshire Playhouse, one of the most important of the UK’s regional theatres, plans to clos…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sir ​Leonard Blavatnik buys one of London's oldest theatres by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Billionaire vows to continue ‘tradition of excellence’ at Theatre Royal HaymarketThe billionaire entertainment mogul and arts philanthropist Sir Leonard Blavatnik has bought one of Londo…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cate Blanchett to debut at National Theatre in new Martin Crimp play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Actor is cast opposite Stephen Dillane in production to be directed by Katie Mitchell Cate Blanchett is to return to the UK stage for the first time in seven years when she makes her debut a…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sprawling two-part play The Inheritance to transfer to West End by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Matthew Lopez’s hit about group of middle-class gay men in New York will open at the Noel Coward Theatre in SeptemberA sprawling, sold-out seven-hour play about the lives of a group of mid…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

West End theatre to show all one-act plays by Harold Pinter in London season by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Exclusive: Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig among stars of London seasonA starry lineup of actors including Martin Freeman, Jane Horrocks, Tamsin Greig, David Suchet and Danny Dye…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Alexandra Palace’s ‘hidden’ theatre to reopen after £18.8m restoration by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Performers to grace the Victorian stage in London after a gap of 80 years, once lottery-funded revamp finishes this summerFor the first time in more than 80 years, regular performances are t…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Shakespeare's Globe casts its own artistic director as Hamlet by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Michelle Terry in lead male role, as theatre pursues her pledge for democratic, gender-blind castingThe first experiment in democratic casting by Shakespeare’s Globe has led to its artisti…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Olivier awards rename best director prize after omitting Peter Hall tribute by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Theatre gala organisers apologise for ‘serious error’ in leaving the influential director out of this year’s In Memoriam segmentOrganisers of the Olivier awards have said they will ren…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Rebus: Rankin's gritty Scottish detective to make stage debut by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Author has worked with playwright Rona Munro for complex cop’s stage bowRebus, the abrasive, hard-drinking and brilliant Edinburgh detective created by Ian Rankin, is to be the star of a n…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Jez Butterworth’s play The Ferryman, the National Theatre and Bryan Cranston also winnersHamilton, the stage juggernaut that is arguably the most wildly popular and influential musical for…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cuts to drama teaching in schools are a scandal, says Lenny Henry by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Actor was at the launch of National Theatre initiative Let’s Play to encourage more theatre-making in primary schoolsSir Lenny Henry has criticised cuts in school drama teaching as a scand…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ballet director Tamara Rojo defends relationship with dancer by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

English National Ballet’s artistic boss voices distress at reports of unhappiness in the company Tamara Rojo, the prima ballerina turned artistic boss of English National Ballet, has defen…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

The Jungle, play about Calais migrant camp life, to get West End run by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Playhouse Theatre will stage immersive production of work by Joe Robertson and Joe MurphyThe Jungle, the immersive play that won five-star reviews for its powerful portrayal of life in the n…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hamilton becomes most nominated show ever at Olivier awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical picks up 13 nominations, with Follies and The Ferryman also recognised in several categoriesOlivier awards 2018: complete list of nominationsIt is one of the m…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sexual predators: you can hide but you can't run, says actors' union by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Equity’s response to Weinstein scandal targets everything from nudity to gender balance Sexual predators, harassers and bullies in the entertainment industries who are lying low, hoping th…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Writer of IVF play blasts 'privatisation of reproduction' by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Jemma Kennedy’s experience of treatment was so bad she felt she had to write a play IVF treatment in the UK has become a money-making racket, according to a writer who found her own person…

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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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