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Friday, January 19, 2018

Lion, Witch and Wardrobe smashes West Yorkshire Playhouse box office records by Matthew Hemley

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has broken the venue’s box office records, taking more than

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Arts Council calls on culture sector to help shape its next 10-year strategy by Matthew Hemley

Cultural organisations are being urged to help shape Arts Council England’s next 10-year strategy. ACE will publish its new strategy in 2019,

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New musical theatre group to champion women writers by Matthew Hemley

A development initiative aimed at boosting the number of female musical theatre composers has been launched, following research that revealed the sector

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Anna-Jane Casey, Fern Britton and Ruth Madoc to tour in reworked Calendar Girls musical by Matthew Hemley

Anna-Jane Casey, Fern Britton, Lorraine Bruce and Ruth Madoc are to star in a reworked version of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale cast in The Lehman Trilogy by Matthew Hemley

Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale have been cast in the National Theatre’s production of The Lehman Trilogy. Written by

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Dedicated website to Irving Berlin launched in anniversary year by Matthew Hemley

A website dedicated to composer Irving Berlin has even created to mark the 130th anniversary of his birth. The site is described

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Jude Kelly to leave Southbank Centre by Matthew Hemley

Jude Kelly is to step down as artistic director of the Southbank Centre after 12 years. She will leave in May to

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Oily Cart founders step down after 36 years by Matthew Hemley

The founders of theatre company Oily Cart are to step down after 36 years to make way for the “next generation of

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MPs launch inquiry into benefits of culture on health and education by Matthew Hemley

MPs are to investigate how taking part in arts and cultural activities have a positive impact on health, community and education. The

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Sheridan Smith and Danny Mac in running for Manchester Theatre Awards by Matthew Hemley

Sheridan Smith has been nominated for this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards, with Sunset Boulevard stars Danny Mac and Ria Jones also picking

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Manchester Theatre Awards: nominations in full by Matthew Hemley

New play Gypsy Queen, Hope Mill How My Light Is Spent, Royal Exchange Narcissist in the Mirror, Greater Manchester Fringe Festival Narvik,

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Rufus Norris: ‘The government is squeezing creativity out of our children’s learning’ by Matthew Hemley

National Theatre director Rufus Norris has called on the government to scrap the EBacc in its current form and create an education

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Old Vic unveils ambitious revamp to ‘secure future’ by Matthew Hemley

London’s Old Vic has outlined plans for a major refurbishment, warning the theatre could close without the upgrades. The plans focus on

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Miriam-Teak Lee and Samuel Thomas to present The Stage Awards 2018 by Matthew Hemley

Actors Miriam-Teak Lee and Samuel Thomas are to host this year’s The Stage Awards 2018. Lee and Thomas were winners at the

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Rose Bruford launches master’s in actor-musicianship by Matthew Hemley

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is to launch a master’s in actor-musicianship. It will be rolled out in October this

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sharon Small cast in Still Alice at West Yorkshire Playhouse by Matthew Hemley

Sharon Small has been cast in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s stage adaptation of Still Alice. Adapted from the novel of the same name

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Soho’s Windmill Theatre loses operating licence by Matthew Hemley

The Windmill Theatre, where comics such as Bruce Forsyth and Tommy Cooper made names for themselves, has lost its licence to operate.

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Vicky Featherstone: ‘Caryl Churchill persuaded me to reinstate Rita, Sue and Bob Too’ by Matthew Hemley

Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone has revealed playwright Caryl Churchill persuaded her to reinstate a cancelled production of Rita, Sue and

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham to leave the Donmar Warehouse by Matthew Hemley

Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke is to step down from the role in 2019 after eight years, with executive producer Kate

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Musical theatre stars: Equity calling us performers not actors is offensive by Matthew Hemley

Union Equity has been accused of being “divisive and offensive” after failing to describe its musical theatre members as actors. The union

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Drunk theatregoers prompt theatre to up security levels by Matthew Hemley

A theatre in Wales has ramped up security following unruly behaviour from drunk audience members at some of its shows. Venue Cymru,

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber speaks out against school’s charge for music GCSE by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber has called for arts subjects in schools to be taught free of charge, after it emerged pupils in Yorkshire

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Matt Hancock made culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle by Matthew Hemley

Matt Hancock has been named culture secretary in the latest cabinet reshuffle. He replaces Karen Bradley, who has become Northern Ireland secretary

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The Grinning Man extends London run by two months by Matthew Hemley

Musical The Grinning Man has extended its London run by two months. The show, playing at the Trafalgar Studios, had initially been

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Poll: Is the theatre production process too hierarchical? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, Michelle Terry unveiled her inaugural season as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe. As part of this, she revealed a more

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Old Vic and PwC renew £10 seat scheme by Matthew Hemley

PwC has renewed its sponsorship of a scheme providing £10 seats for previews at the Old Vic in London. The deal will

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Stagecoach to mark 30th anniversary with UK-wide Disney show by Matthew Hemley

Drama school franchise Stagecoach is marking its 30th birthday by partnering with Disney, in a tie-up that will see more than 6,500

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Sophie-Louise Dann to star in tribute to the Sherman brothers by Matthew Hemley

Sophie-Louise Dann is to lead the cast of a new tour celebrating the career of the Sherman brothers, who wrote the music

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Fund created in memory of performer who committed suicide by Matthew Hemley

A fund has been set up in memory of a drama school graduate who took her own life at the end of

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Live Theatre names Joe Douglas as its new artistic director by Matthew Hemley

Newcastle venue Live Theatre has appointed Joe Douglas as its new artistic director. He takes up the post in April this year,

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Judi Dench lends support to York’s new arts-focused primary school by Matthew Hemley

Judi Dench has given her backing to a new primary school that will specialise in the creative arts. The Creative Arts Academy

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