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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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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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