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Thursday, June 10, 2021

RSC completes £8m project to update theatre’s costume department by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

The Guardian given preview of teams making props and costumes for The Comedy of Errors “This is the first time I’ve had natural light in 32 years,” said Alan Smith as he contemplated t…

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Friday, June 4, 2021

London play The Money asks: what will you do with a pot of cash? by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Part game, part moral debate, the show brings together a group of strangers to decide one person’s fate Would you give £240 to: the first homeless person you saw; a mass pizza delivery fo…

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National Theatre commits to more plays from outside London by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Reopening plans include a musical based on Sleeping Beauty and a play telling the story of Gandhi’s killer At least a third of new work supported by the National Theatre will in future com…

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Hilary Mantel on adapting The Mirror and the Light for stage by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Mantel had to collaborate remotely with actor Ben Miles to transform latest book into stage production Yes they are fiction and yes historians get irritated that students read them as incont…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Puppet of refugee girl to ‘walk’ across Europe along 12-week arts festival trail by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Three teams of four puppeteers will accompany Little Amal from Turkey to Manchester to celebrate refugees A giant puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee girl is to “walk” from Turkey t…

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Young Vic to livestream all future productions, says artistic director by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Kwame Kwei-Armah says theatre can never go back to being something that can only be experienced by physically being there The Young Vic plans to livestream all of its future productions, its…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

RSC appoints first woman and person of colour as chair by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Shriti Vadera, former chair of Santander UK, was once known as Gordon Brown’s ‘representative on earth’ A banker and former adviser to Gordon Brown who was jokingly known as his “rep…

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Theatre critics should consider their ethnicity and privilege, says Equity by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Updated union guidelines say writers should guard against unconscious bias and consider race in reviews Theatre critics need to think harder about whether their own ethnicity and relative pr…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

RSC plans Stratford garden theatre for summer reopening by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Temporary performance space will be ‘symbol of regeneration’ and stepping stone to return indoors Designs have been revealed for a temporary outdoor performance space on the banks of the…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Floella Benjamin’s childhood memoir to become stage play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Birmingham Rep says premiere of Coming to England will be highlight of forthcoming season Former children’s television presenter Floella Benjamin’s childhood memoir describing her journe…

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Monday, April 19, 2021

David Hare pens furious poem about Boris Johnson’s handling of pandemic by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Exasperated satirical poem pours scorn on PM described as ‘dogmeat wrapped in the union flag’ David Hare has channelled Jonathan Swift to write a furious, exasperated satirical poem pour…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Safety measure for measure: Shakespeare's Globe to reopen with Covid protocols by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Social distancing plans include plays without intervals – as they were written, artistic director says Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Shakespeare’s Glo…

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'Festival of Brexit: 10 teams announced as part of divisive £120m project by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

A celebration of British weather and a grow-your-own food initiative will be among the festivities A celebration of the British weather and the largest grow-your-own food project of modern t…

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Split in two: magicians to celebrate 100 years of sawing people in half by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

London based Magic Circle’s event, streamed on Facebook, will feature David Copperfield, Debbie McGee and more One hundred years ago next weekend, an English magician called Percy Thomas …

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

James Graham reveals Covid crisis accelerated Elton John musical collaboration by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Writer says singer’s cancelled farewell tour resulted in ‘real progress’ on stage project For writer James Graham, one plus side from the grind of 2020 was being able to work with Elt…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Dance schools expect to see Bill Bailey effect with rush of midlife men by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Strictly winner and comedian, 55, hopes he will be inspiration to ‘self-conscious blokes of my vintage’ Dance schools are expecting to see an increase in men of a certain age signing up …

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Friday, December 11, 2020

£165m in emergency loans given to hard-hit UK arts organisations by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

New government loans welcomed by National Theatre as ‘a vital lifeline that will form part of our recovery’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than £…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

National Theatre launches pay-for-plays streaming service by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Service will cost £9.98 a month or £5.99-£7.99 a play and will add much-needed revenue Helen Mirren in Phèdre, Adrian Lester in Othello and Billie Piper in Yerma are to be made available…

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Director of Bob Marley musical sceptical about UK theatre's progress on diversity by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Clint Dyer fears industry efforts may not include recognition and compensation for the past British theatre is trying to get its house in order when it comes to diversity, but the director o…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Old Vic to livestream full production of A Christmas Carol by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Show would be most ambitious and complicated yet attempted during Covid pandemic in UK The Old Vic is planning to stage the most ambitious and complicated piece of livestreamed UK theatre ye…

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Royal Ballet announces October comeback with 100 dancers by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Performance involving full company will feature duets thanks to couples in bubbles Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the largest dance performances to…

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Theatres must reopen to curb job losses, says West End star Paul Whitehouse by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

If planes and cinemas can be Covid-19 safe, so can theatres, says Only Fools and Horses actor Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Cast and crew members from one…

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Cameron Mackintosh's theatre firms to make more than 850 people redundant by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Union Bectu said 185 jobs will go at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and 669 at Delfont Mackintosh Redundancies at theatre companies owned by the leading west end producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh are …

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cameron Mackintosh makes about 200 UK theatre staff redundant by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Les Misérables producer latest to announce job losses as industry struggles to weather Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman welcome Amazon arts donation by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Amazon Prime Video to give $6m to support arts production community through Covid crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Col…

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Monday, August 10, 2020

David Hare to make his experience of Covid-19 subject of new play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Monologue starring Ralph Fiennes to be part of Bridge theatre’s reopening schedule Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage David Hare’s experience of being sick…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

UK theatre boss fears backward step for diversity in Covid-19 arts rescue fund by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

New leader of British Asian company Tara Arts says focus on cultural ‘crown jewels’ could mean missed opportunity Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The ne…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

UK theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in a month, union figures show by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Number increases to 5,000 as industry awaits funds from coronavirus relief package Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Job losses at theatres across the UK have…

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Edinburgh festival fringe sets stage for summer of online shows by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Organisers prepare for ‘weird’ visitor-free season including weekly variety performance Edinburgh festival fringe is preparing for a “weird” visitor-free summer with a package of onl…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Arts Council England pledges £33m to save at-risk arts venues by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Emergency funding will help to keep struggling organisations afloat over the summer Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Some of England’s most at-risk arts or…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Government publishes roadmap for England's theatres by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Industry leaders welcome plan but say they urgently need dates to plan their Covid-19 recovery Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A five-stage roadmap to help …

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