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Friday, February 17, 2017

‘I did a show about cancer and boobs while I had breast cancer’ – The Girls: opening night by Matthew Hemley

As Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Girls opens in the West End, Matthew Hemley met with its cast and creators to

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67-year-old understudy to make West End debut in The Girls following cast illness by Matthew Hemley

A 67-year-old understudy will make her West End debut in a leading role after Michele Dotrice was forced to pull out of

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Equity: culture secretary must act to prevent ‘new dark age’ for arts in Bath by Matthew Hemley

Equity has called on culture secretary Karen Bradley to “urgently intervene” following 100% cuts to Bath’s arts grants. The union said there

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Denise Gough and Sharon D Clarke among judges for new Artskickers Awards by Matthew Hemley

Olivier award-winning actor Denise Gough is backing a new awards scheme that aims to celebrate “the unsung heroes” of the arts scene

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Free costume hire service The Attic launches by Matthew Hemley

Theatre designers are joining together to launch a costume hire service that will be run as a collective and give its members

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Miranda Hart to make West End debut in musical Annie by Matthew Hemley

Miranda Hart will make her West End debut playing Miss Hannigan in Annie. The musical will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from

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Samuel French bookshop to close after 187 years by Matthew Hemley

Publisher and theatrical licensing company Samuel French is to close its London bookshop after 187 years in the capital, with management blaming

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Marketing and PR agency Target Live sets up Manchester office by Matthew Hemley

Marketing and PR agency Target Live is to open a Manchester office as it marks its 10th anniversary. Target Live was bought

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

London’s Park Theatre introduces booking fees by Matthew Hemley

North London venue the Park Theatre is to introduce booking fees on tickets purchased over the phone for the first time, as

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Bath confirms 100% cut to arts grants by Matthew Hemley

Arts grants awarded by Bath and North East Somerset Council are to be abolished completely after councillors approved a new budget for

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Edward Fox to star in one-man John Betjeman play by Matthew Hemley

Edward Fox is to star in a one-man play about poet John Betjeman. Sand in the Sandwiches is penned by Hugh Whitemore

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Scarborough’s Futurist loses battle for listing to prevent demolition by Matthew Hemley

Campaigners hoping to save the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough from demolition have vowed to fight a decision that prevents the building being

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Lyric Hammersmith to launch degree course by Matthew Hemley

West London theatre the Lyric Hammersmith is partnering with the London South Bank University to launch a new master’s degree in creative

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Almeida Theatre gives free tickets to under-25s for Andrew Scott’s Hamlet by Matthew Hemley

Under-25s are being offered free tickets to see the Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, as part of a four-day

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Amy Leach appointed West Yorkshire Playhouse associate director by Matthew Hemley

West Yorkshire Playhouse has appointed Amy Leach as associate director. Leach has previously directed Kes at the theatre in 2016, as well

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sadiq Khan sets out plan for theatre complex in new Thames Estuary creative hub by Matthew Hemley

London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans to turn the Thames Estuary into a hub for the creative industries, including a new

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Manchester Royal Exchange to publish audience manifesto after two-year survey by Matthew Hemley

Manchester’s Royal Exchange is to publish a manifesto outlining what audiences want from theatres. The manifesto will be presented on February 20

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Gary McNair named associate artist at Edinburgh’s Traverse by Matthew Hemley

Playwright Gary McNair has been become an associate artist at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He joins a team of associate artists

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Axed Isis play to be relaunched at Young Vic by Matthew Hemley

A play cancelled by the National Youth Theatre because of its apparent “extremist agenda” is to be given a new lease of

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Rachel Kavanaugh: ‘Directors are badly paid because they are taken advantage of’ by Matthew Hemley

Leading West End director Rachel Kavanaugh has criticised the static levels of pay in the sector, claiming they have not increased in

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

West End transfer announced for Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman by Matthew Hemley

New Jez Butterworth play The Ferryman has announced a West End transfer before it has even premiered at London’s Royal Court. The

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Future of new British musicals to be focus of London conference by Matthew Hemley

Producers and collaborators involved in the development of new British musicals will share details of their success stories as part of an

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Campaigners hit out at ‘savage’ cuts to arts in the South West by Matthew Hemley

Actors including Timothy West and Tony Robinson have hit out at “savage” cuts to arts budgets in the South West, with Equity

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Julian Fellowes wrong about period casting – poll by Matthew Hemley

More than half of respondents to a poll conducted by The Stage do not think that casting for a period production needs

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Rose Bruford wins power to award its own degrees by Matthew Hemley

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has been given power to award its own degrees. From September this year, students will

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Bath abolishes arts grants as Bristol mulls £380k culture cut by Matthew Hemley

Grants to arts organisations in Bath are to be phased out completely by the local council, with campaigners claiming it will lead

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Out of Joint commits to 50% women writers and performers by Matthew Hemley

Theatre company Out of Joint has vowed to increase the amount of work it commissions from women to 50% of its output,

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Tom Littler to replace Anthony Biggs as artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Anthony Biggs is to step down as artistic director of London fringe venue Jermyn Street Theatre, to be replaced by Tom Littler.

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Teacher survey: 10% claim arts education is casualty of funding cuts by Matthew Hemley

One in 10 teachers responding to a Guardian survey claim art, music or drama has been dropped from their schools due to

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Julian Fellowes: ‘I agree it was odd not to have a diverse cast in Half a Sixpence’ by Matthew Hemley

Julian Fellowes has backtracked on his claims that the West End production of Half a Sixpence should be all-white to reflect historical

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Kerry Michael to leave Theatre Royal Stratford East after 12 years by Matthew Hemley

Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director Kerry Michael is to leave the venue at the end of 2017 after 12 years in the

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