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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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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shakespeare's Richard III to be staged at Leicester Cathedral by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Organisers promise ‘sensitive’ production at cathedral where monarch was buried after remains were found under car parkA “sensitive” staging of William Shakespeare’s Richard III ha…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Judi Dench berates 'lazy young actors who ignore their artistic heritage' by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Blue plaque event at Gielgud home prompts dismay over ‘actor apathy’, unclear speech and dumbed down ShakespeareDame Judi Dench has accused younger actors of apathy and laziness and cari…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Peter O'Toole personal archive heads to University of Texas by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Exclusive: Letters, manuscripts, photographs and props have been acquired by university in Austin for $400,000The personal archive of Peter O’Toole, including bundles of letters, unpublish…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shakespeare's Globe board did not respect me, says artistic director by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Emma Rice, who has quit after just two seasons, publishes candid letter explaining her departure on the theatre’s websiteEmma Rice, the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, has brok…

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Karl Marx comedy to kick off first season at new London theatre by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Rory Kinnear to star as ‘broke, horny’ philosopher at 900-seat Bridge Theatre run by Nicholas Hytner and Nick StarrA comedy about a young, emotionally illiterate Karl Marx is to open the…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Harry Potter play casts spell over Olivier awards in record triumph by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

The Cursed Child wins nine categories, including best actor, while Billie Piper takes best actress award for performance in Yerma The Harry Potter empire has added domination of the stage to…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Theatre to unveil 'intellectual thriller' about 1993 Oslo accords by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Oslo, a behind-the-scenes look at the talks that led to the deal between Israel and the PLO, has already enjoyed critical success on BroadwayA stage play based on the behind-the-scenes talks…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Sir Antonio Pappano says while latest trend of booing villains can be fun, calling out a bad performance is a step too farTo boo or not to boo at the opera? The Royal Opera House would rathe…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Brexit play and opera festival to feature in BBC's £4m culture drive by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Director-general says collaboration with UK arts funding bodies will create ‘moments of scale that no other organisation can’A TV adaptation of the National Theatre’s current Brexit pl…

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