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Thursday, March 26, 2020

National Theatre to broadcast shows online on Thursdays by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Productions to be streamed on YouTube include James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Thursday night could become National Thea…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Arts Council England promises £160m to 'buoy public' during lockdown by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Funding announced to protect arts bodies and freelancers as coronavirus hits revenues Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A £160m emergency response package is…

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Royal Ballet cuts ties with Liam Scarlett after sexual misconduct claims by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Company says it will no longer work with star choreographer and artist-in-residence The Royal Ballet has said it will no longer work with its star choreographer Liam Scarlett, who had been a…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Actor felt forced to quit musical after man was cast as trans woman by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Kate O’Donnell, who is herself trans, pulled out of Breakfast on Pluto over casting decision A transgender actor has spoken of her disappointment and tears after she felt forced to withdra…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Joanna Lumley pays tribute to method acting forerunner Ellen Terry by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Absolutely Fabulous star shocked young people have never heard of ‘cavalier’ Victorian actor She was a superstar in her day: mobbed by fans, paid a fortune and one of the finest stage pe…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

& Juliet wins six prizes at WhatsOnStage awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Pop-meets-Shakespeare show split critics but wins big at awards voted on by public A musical which one theatre critic hated, calling it “silly, misguided and idiotic”, and another loved…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

National Theatre boss denies being part of ‘left-of-centre elite’ by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Rufus Norris rebuffs Downton creator Julian Fellowes’ claim that NT is in a cultural bubble Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre, has taken aim at a suggestion he is in a “…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

David Tennant returns to London stage in play about nazism by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Former Doctor Who star will lead revival of CP Taylor’s Good, produced by the new company Fictionhouse David Tennant is returning to the stage in a play that tackles the question of how sa…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

I don’t care who wrote Shakespeare, says RSC artistic director by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Theatre to stage adaptation of Henry VI series, the subject of disputes over authorship William Shakespeare almost certainly did not write Henry VI Part 1 – but it doesn’t matter, the Ro…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pioneering climate change plays to be revived in UK theatres by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Contingency Plan by Steve Waters to be staged at Donmar Warehouse and Theatr Clwyd A double bill of plays that premiered 10 years ago and were hailed as the first big theatre productions to …

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Arts Council boss vows more funding for those at early stages of career by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Sir Nicholas Serota says east of England and libraries could also be priorities in 10-year plan More artists, writers and composers at an early stage of their careers should get public money…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Arts Council takes steps to tackle working class gaps in workforce by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Arts organisations will have to provide data on socio-economic background of employees for first time next year Arts organisations will for the first time have to provide data on the socio-e…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

'It's about celebrating difference': The Boy in the Dress arrives at RSC by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Author David Walliams hopes new musical about 12-year-old Dennis can speak to everyone While the Royal Shakespeare Company’s big new family musical The Boy in the Dress is, on the face of …

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Maggie Smith wins best actress award for role as Goebbels' secretary by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Andrew Scott is best actor and Sweat wins play of the year at Evening Standard awards Dame Maggie Smith’s return to the stage after a 12-year absence has won her a record fifth best actres…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Maggie Smith up for fifth Evening Standard best actress award by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Actor has chance to add to her record tally after returning to stage following 12-year absence Dame Maggie Smith’s return to the stage after a 12-year absence has put her in contention for…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

London theatre to ban visitors from bringing single-use plastic bottles by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Royal Court crackdown forms part of mission to become net-zero-carbon venue in 2020 Audience members at the Royal Court theatre will be banned from taking in single-use plastic bottles as pa…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Prince of Egypt musical in West End unveils diverse cast by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Move comes after majority-white US version in 2016 triggered social media storm A cast reflecting the diversity of Britain as well as a story that is essentially the Book of Exodus have been…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

James McAvoy to star as Cyrano de Bergerac in West End of London by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Production will be part of season providing free tickets to first-time theatre-goers James McAvoy is returning to the West End of London as Cyrano de Bergerac, the opening play of a season o…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

TV channel Dave is new Edinburgh comedy awards sponsor by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Awards, with three categories including £10,000 prize for best comedy show, will be known as Daves The television channel Dave is to follow fizzy water, finance, lager, and online travel as…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

West End theatre to be renamed after Stephen Sondheim by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Cameron Mackintosh plans Queen’s theatre name change to honour influential composer A West End theatre is to be renamed in honour of Stephen Sondheim, one of the most influential figures …

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

You've been warned: London theatre details offensive scenes in advance by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Donmar Warehouse denies it is pandering to easily offended by listing disturbing content Theatre audiences are used to being warned about nudity and violence when booking tickets, as well as…

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Writers claim being excluded after creating Idris Elba's play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Tree is billed as a collaboration between Elba and director Kwame Kwei-Armah Two writers claim they were removed from a high-profile theatre production about to open at the Manchester intern…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jewish district inspires Tom Stoppard in 'personal' new play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Playwright will return to West End with Leopoldstadt, based in old Jewish quarter of Vienna Tom Stoppard, whose four Jewish grandparents and much of his family from his parents’ generatio…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Cameron Mackintosh gives Peckham drama school £1m by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Impresario hopes Mountview Academy donation will help prove ‘you don’t have to be posh’ to get on in theatre Sir Cameron Mackintosh has given £1m to help one of the UK’s most divers…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman in running for nine Tony awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Hadestown musical lands 14 nominations after Broadway transfer from London Jez Butterworth’s Troubles-set family drama The Ferryman has soared high in the US’s most important theatre awa…

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From the palace to Ikea: The Crown's Foy and Smith reunite for Old Vic run by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Pair to star in two-hander Lungs as theatre also reveals a Beckett double bill with Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming Claire Foy and Matt Smith, who starred as the Queen and Prince Philip i…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell to be staged at favourite Soho haunt by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Coach & Horses pub to host new version of play based on ‘brilliantly funny, sour’ journalist The journalist Jeffrey Bernard would wake up, smoke in bed for 30 minutes “contemplatin…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Daniel Kramer quits as artistic director of English National Opera by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Exclusive: American standing down in summer to concentrate on directing opera and theatre Daniel Kramer, the artistic director of English National Opera, is quitting his job after less than …

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Friday, April 12, 2019

'Comic fable': The Man in the White Suit to be adapted for West End by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Sean Foley directs story of chemist who invents a fabric that never fades, angering mill owners A 1950s Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness as a brilliant chemist whose invention pits him a…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Abracadabra: London show puts magic props under the spotlight by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Tommy Cooper’s fez and Paul Daniels’ saw-in-half box part of display at Wellcome Collection Tommy Cooper’s fez, a gorilla mask used by Derren Brown and a wooden box and saw that Paul …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New Donmar boss to begin tenure with revival of David Greig’s Europe by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Michael Longhurst says first season includes 1994 play that ‘speaks entirely to our times’ There was no avoiding it, the incoming boss of the Donmar Warehouse said, his first play in cha…

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