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Friday, December 15, 2017

‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage by Matt Trueman

The National Theater’s adaptation of this animated classic adds more music and mischievousness — all in the hands of the director of the new Harry Potter show.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Matt Trueman: Is UK theatre suffering a lack of innovation? by Matt Trueman

When theatre lurches forwards, it’s immediately apparent. It shows in the shows. As audiences, we find ourselves agog again and again, sitting

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stephen Ward musical to close after four months in the West End by Matt Trueman

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about the Profumo affair will end its run on 29 MarchViva Forever lasted seven months. From Here to Eternity will have survived for five by its last performance…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Finding Narnia: Sally Cookson on the real trauma in CS Lewis's fantasy by Matt Trueman

After the wild success of Jane Eyre and Peter Pan, the director and her company are conjuring up The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She talks about how the Good Fairy got her into theatre…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Matt Trueman: Theatre could do with zooming out to give the bigger picture by Matt Trueman

The personal is political. Theatremakers have turned the maxim of 1960s activism into a mantra of their own. Individuals sit within political

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sam Yates: ‘I try to explicate what writers want and to bring a play’s soul to life’ by Matt Trueman

The award-winning director has brought David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross to the West End. He talks to  Matt Trueman about being an actor’s

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Max Stafford-Clark: ‘We’ve played to the worst houses we’ve ever had’ by Matt Trueman

With cuts in funding, safer programming, shrinking audiences, new writing is the first casualty in this vicious circle. The Out of Joint founder says something has to changeMax Stafford-Clar…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Matt Trueman: Can theatre change the world? You’re asking the wrong question by Matt Trueman

Let’s start – where else? – with Lady Gaga. There’s a moment in her new fly-on-the-wall Netflix documentary when the singer Florence

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Alan Cumming to return to Cabaret for Broadway revival by Matt Trueman

Scottish actor to reprise Emcee role that won him a Tony award in 1998 - but not with Anne Hathaway as Sally BowlesLife in the Kit Kat Club is so beautiful that Alan Cumming will return to K…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical is to close on Broadway by Matt Trueman

After a beleaguered three years, in which it has not recouped its $75m costs, producers are to transfer the musical to Las VegasAfter three years, at least six major injuries and several hig…

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Julie Taymor sues Spider-Man producers over unpaid royalties by Matt Trueman

Sacked director and co-author wants more than $1m in compensation for work on Broadway's blockbuster musicalJulie Taymor, who directed and co-wrote the book for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Terrorized British City Turns to an All-American Play for Healing by Matt Trueman

In the wake of a concert bombing, the Royal Exchange Theater in Manchester added “Our Town” to its fall schedule.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Matt Trueman: Stage fright is not a curse, so let’s stop romanticising it by Matt Trueman

Ian Holm used to call stage fright “the actors’ industrial illness”. For better or worse, it comes with the job. Nonetheless, we

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sound designers Ben and Max Ringham: ‘Directors and audiences are more sound-literate now. It’s brilliant’ by Matt Trueman

The London-based brothers set out to establish careers in music, but theatre turned out to be their true calling – and West

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Monday, September 18, 2017

'The church of the lost cause': inside Kneehigh's wild Cornish home by Matt Trueman

To create The Tin Drum, the theatre company spent two weeks tucked away in a cluttered rural retreat where they eat, run and rehearse together – just don’t call it a commune, says artist…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Peter Hall dismisses RSC Marat/Sade controversy by Matt Trueman

RSC's founder defends the company's right to be subsidised, saying 'controversy is the lifeblood of the arts'Director Peter Hall has dismissed complaints about the RSC's revival of Marat/Sad…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Matt Trueman: What’s the point of reviewing Tom Hiddleston’s Hamlet? by Matt Trueman

HiddleHamlet is at hand. Come September, Hollywood’s very own Tom Hiddleston will take on the Dane as directed by Kenneth Branagh in

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Robert Hardy pulls out of Gielgud theatre's production of The Audience by Matt Trueman

Edward Fox steps in to play opposite Helen Mirren in Peter Morgan's play after Robert Hardy stands down due to injuryBafta-winning actor Robert Hardy has pulled out of The Audience at the Gi…

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Truffle-hunting critics are more vital than ever for the fringe’s future by Matt Trueman

The fringe is a festival of discovery. It always has been. From Tom Stoppard to Breach Theatre, from Beyond the Fringe to

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Monday, July 17, 2017

R Kelly to unleash Trapped in the Closet on Broadway by Matt Trueman

R&B singer-songwriter plans stage version of successful 'hip-hopera' about one-night stand gone surreally awryDefecating midgets are hardly a Broadway staple, but R&B star R Kelly ha…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Benedict Andrews' full-throttle theatre: 'I want to bother you in your dreams' by Matt Trueman

As he directs Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in a sizzling Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Australian discusses waging war on the old guard, his obsession with desire and why he’s inspired …

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Matt Trueman: Are we faced with a drought of new playwrights? by Matt Trueman

Have we pulled the ladder up on new writing? After the golden age, the drought. Or so says the president of the

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Tom Deering: ‘No one is interested in making a musical any more’ by Matt Trueman

As Committee, the verbatim musical about the demise of Kids Company, opens at London’s Donmar Warehouse, its composer tells Matt Trueman about

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Director Zoe Lafferty: ‘I love theatre because of the idea that it can bring about change’ by Matt Trueman

Ahead of her new show, director Zoe Lafferty tells Matt Trueman how working with the ‘Che Guevara’ of theatre transformed her from

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Bertie Carvel: ‘I’m always looking for the man in the monster’ by Matt Trueman

Bertie Carvel has humanised troubled characters from criminals and adulterers to politicians and child-hating headteachers. As he prepares to star in Ink

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Matt Trueman: Look to Broadway for lessons in developing new writing by Matt Trueman

In New York, musicals were the talk of this year’s Tonys. Even if there was no stand-out best new musical nominee –

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Donmar's all-female Julius Caesar wins New York transfer by Matt Trueman

Phyllida Lloyd's production, which places Shakespeare's tragedy in a prison, to open Brit-heavy season at St Ann's WarehouseThe Donmar Warehouse's all-female Julius Caesar will get a New Yor…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stage plight: directors and designers on handling Britain's trickiest theatres by Matt Trueman

‘Inhumane’ proportions, nightmarish sightlines, minuscule playing space … Top theatre figures discuss the perils – and joys – of the Swan, Lyttelton, Wanamaker Playhouse and Royal …

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Matt Trueman: Video archives risk losing as much as they find by Matt Trueman

Daniel Craig stands up to Michael Gambon: a tough, tousled young man in a white T-shirt. His face isn’t the same one

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time for another round: the rebirth of pub theatre by Matt Trueman

Boozy function rooms were once theatre’s radical heart. Rising costs and the changing face of the fringe threatened all that – but pubs around Britain are pulling in audiences with their…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How Taking Flight in London Helped ‘Angels in America’ Soar by Matt Trueman

As Tony Kushner’s masterwork reopens at the National Theater, creators of the first British production recall the intensity of working in a small space.

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