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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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Gillian Anderson among stars lined up for 'unrehearsed' play by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Murder mystery will have a different guest actor each night being fed lines by earpiece Actors including Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Jim Broadbent and Damian Lewis are to ap…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Trump's favourite novel to premiere on UK stage in July by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead will open at Manchester international festival A four-hour play based on one of the few novels Donald Trump has enjoyed and admir…

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Mischief Theatre's next 'Goes Wrong' comedy will be magic show by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Magic Goes Wrong has been co-written with magicians Penn & Teller There has been a creaky murder mystery that went wrong, a catastrophic Peter Pan and a chaotic A Christmas Carol. Next w…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hamilton and Heathers celebrate big wins at WhatsOnStage awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Winning musicals also earn their lead actors prizes, while Company and The Inheritance also among winners Hamilton was the biggest winner at the only major theatre awards decided by the publ…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Head of Talawa Theatre Company criticises lack of diversity in arts by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Arts Council England report says progress is slow and Michael Buffong asks ‘Why?’Talented black actors, writers and artists are sill being kept out of the arts because of “painfully”…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Sting and Police classics to feature in hip-hop dance show by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Kate Prince’s ZooNation commissioned to create ‘uplifting story’ called Message in a BottleIt is not, for some music lovers, the most obvious material for a hip-hop dance show, but the…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Company behind Play That Goes Wrong scores West End hat-trick by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Mischief Theatre to start year-long residency giving it plays running at three venues at onceA theatre company that just six years ago consisted of a bunch of struggling actors playing to sp…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carlos Acosta to be Birmingham Royal Ballet director by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Cuban superstar says he wants to expand repertoire and reach out to more diverse audiencesCarlos Acosta, the ballet superstar considered one of the greatest dancers of all time, is to take c…

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Paris Opera Ballet drops Sergei Polunin over homophobic rant by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Dancer withdrawn from Swan Lake after he posted series of sexist comments on InstagramSergei Polunin, the Royal Ballet-trained dancer who revels in a “bad boy of ballet” reputation, has …

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Architect is named most influential person in British theatre by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Steve Tompkins tops list for projects such as Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old VicAn architect described as a 21st-century Frank Matcham – the legendary designer of the London Palladi…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Festival to celebrate WWII refugees' influence on British culture by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

From opera to bus stop signs, Insiders/Outsiders will tell the stories of arts figures who fled NazisThey are far from household names but perhaps should be: Fritz Busch, Carl Ebert and Rudo…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Most expensive West End ticket prices rise as cheapest fall by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Top seats up to £117.52 average – Hamilton leading at £250 – while cheapest fall to £19.31Top end ticket prices for West End shows have risen by 19% to an average of £117.52, with Ha…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UK theatres back plan to improve diversity among offstage staff by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

More than 90 venues including National Theatre sign up to trade union initiative More than 90 UK theatres have signed up to a trade union initiative seen as the largest effort yet to tackle …

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo win at Evening Standard theatre awards by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Duo triumph for performances in Antony and Cleopatra, as Hamilton and Company also land prizesRalph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo’s dazzling performances as Antony and Cleopatra at the Nation…

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