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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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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lyric Hammersmith's courtroom drama Terror will let audience be jury by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

London theatregoers will decide the guilt or innocence of air force pilot who shoots down passenger jet hijacked by terroristsA play that asks the audience to decide the guilt or innocence o…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child breaks Olivier nominations record by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Show’s 11 nominations including best actor are most for a new play, while Groundhog Day dominates musical categories Olivier awards 2017: the full list of nominationsHarry Potter and the C…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hull revealed as hotbed of dance talent as Royal Ballet comes to town by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Company to make its first appearance in Hull for 30 years in September as part of city of culture celebrations A previously little-known reputation for Hull as a powerhouse for producing bal…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

TV's young comedy stars cast in stage production of The Philanthropist by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Charlotte Ritchie star in Simon Callow’s production of Christopher Hampton’s 1970 comedySimon Callow has gathered some of the UK’s brightest young TV come…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins eight prizes at WhatsOnStage awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Sold-out show wins best new play, best director and three acting prizes, while Billie Piper wins best actress for YermaHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, one of the biggest stage events of r…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman to transfer to West End by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Tickets for the Troubles-set play, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Paddy Considine, sold out within a day at the Royal Court. Now a West End run has been announcedA keenly awaited new pl…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Birmingham arts organisations hit by council spending cuts by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Repertory theatre and symphony orchestra among those to receive less local authority funding than any regional equivalentsArts organisations in Birmingham have been hit with further council …

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Number of BAME arts workers must improve, says Arts Council report by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Black and minority ethnic people make up 17% of English arts workforce and disabled people account for 4%, report findsThe proportion of black and minority ethnic people working in England…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Select committee – the musical: Kids Company hearings set for the stage by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Production based on charity founder’s evidence to MPs will be the highlight of Donmar Warehouse’s 2017 spring seasonOne of the most passionate, bruising and watchable select committee he…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Play That Goes Wrong to transfer to Broadway by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

JJ Abrams will co-produce US version of Mischief Theatre company’s comedy, which began in front of four people above a pubThey began as three struggling actors performing to an audience of…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Billie Piper wins Evening Standard award for 'breathtaking' performance by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Actor and former pop star hailed for stage portrayal of woman struggling to conceive in Yerma at the Young VicA stage performance variously described by critics as “devastating”, “eart…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Sam Mendes returns to London stage with Jez Butterworth play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Bond director to take on new Troubles-set work by Jerusalem writer for Royal Court’s 2017 seasonAfter two huge James Bond blockbusters, Sam Mendes is returning to his subsidised theatre ro…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jackie Wylie to head up National Theatre of Scotland by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Former chief of The Arches in Glasgow named as NTS artistic director after predecessor’s sudden departureA former artistic director of Glasgow’s much-missed club and arts venue The Arche…

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