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Friday, October 18, 2019

Stolen Royal Exchange van carrying Gypsy costumes is found by Matthew Hemley

Police have recovered a van carrying costumes for the Royal Exchange Theatre’s forthcoming production of Gypsy. The van was stolen on October

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Puppet designer withdraws unpaid placement on National Theatre show following exploitation accusations by Matthew Hemley

A freelance designer working on a National Theatre show has been forced to backtrack on plans to use volunteers on the project,

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Agency criticised for turning down actor with children claiming her opportunities would be ‘restricted’ by Matthew Hemley

An actor with two children seeking new representation has revealed how an agency turned her down because of her caring responsibilities, claiming

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Emma Rice to receive outstanding contribution prize at UK Theatre awards by Matthew Hemley

Emma Rice will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to British theatre at this year’s UK Theatre Awards. The industry body said

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Drama Centre advisory council resigns en masse as row over course suspension intensifies by Matthew Hemley

Members of an advisory council to Drama Centre London – including actor Helen McCrory and director Nikolai Foster – have resigned en

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Campaign group PIPA branches out into Scotland with plan for tailored research and events by Matthew Hemley

Support for parents working in Scotland’s performing arts sector is to be bolstered by a new programme of research and events aimed

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mobile nursery in double-decker bus launches for parents working in performing arts by Matthew Hemley

A mobile nursery based in a bus aimed at supporting parents working in the performing arts will launch next year, which its

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Immersive production Variant 31 evicts audience members for physically abusing staff by Matthew Hemley

Producers of immersive production Variant 31 have revealed they were forced to evict two audience members who were “physically aggressive” and intimidating

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Cush Jumbo to present this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the London Coliseum by Matthew Hemley

Cush Jumbo is to present this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which will be held at the London Coliseum for the first

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Former Drama Centre staff and students warn: We are witnessing dismantling of school as we know it by Matthew Hemley

Former students and tutors at Drama Centre London have warned that a review of actor training by management will result in the

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Serena Hill joins Trafalgar Theatre Productions as first in-house casting director by Matthew Hemley

Former National Theatre head of casting Serena Hill has joined Trafalgar Theatre Productions as its first in-house casting director. Trafalgar Theatre Productions

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Dancer sues Disney for £80k after allegedly suffering an injury on The Lion King by Matthew Hemley

A dancer is suing Disney for £80,000, claiming her career was ruined when she suffered an injury while working on musical The

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Friday, October 4, 2019

National Theatre’s partnership with Shell to end as it declares climate emergency by Matthew Hemley

Shell’s membership of the National Theatre will come to an end next year, as the arts organisation unveils an accelerated goal of

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Immersive Wolf of Wall Street delays official opening as production undergoes changes by Matthew Hemley

An immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street has extended its preview period and moved the date of its opening night

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Minimum earnings requirement proposed for Equity council election by Matthew Hemley

Performers and stage managers will have to provide evidence of a minimum level of earnings to represent specialist seats on Equity’s council,

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Drama Centre London suspends intake for two courses as it reviews actor training by Matthew Hemley

Intake for two courses at Drama Centre London has been suspended, while a review of actor training is carried out. For the

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Matthew Hemley: Seyi Omooba’s words are an attack on theatre from within by Matthew Hemley

My heart is sore. It may sound dramatic, but it’s true. It hurts because it feels like theatre is under attack from

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Samantha Bond pulls out of Almeida play following injury by Matthew Hemley

Samantha Bond has withdrawn from the Almeida Theatre’s forthcoming production of Vassa after suffering a back injury. The title role will now

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Freelance actor loses High Court challenge to Universal Credit scheme by Matthew Hemley

A freelance actor and director has lost a Hugh Court challenge against the government’s Universal Credit scheme, which she argued had left

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hope Mill leaves private ownership to secure future with charity status by Matthew Hemley

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is moving from private ownership to being operated by a registered charity, as the organisation seeks to secure

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Kennedy Bloomer named new artistic director of London’s Hope Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Kennedy Bloomer has been appointed the next artistic director of fringe venue the Hope Theatre in north London. Bloomer is currently head

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Heavy rain forces London theatres to cancel shows by Matthew Hemley

Heavy rain on September 24 forced London theatres to cancel shows. The rainfall meant Southwark Playhouse and Soho Theatre were both unable

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Rose Theatre Kingston reverts to artistic director model by Matthew Hemley

Rose Theatre Kingston is returning to an artistic director model for the first time in six years, following a review of its

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Auditions code of conduct sets out ramped up vision for improving performers’ conditions by Matthew Hemley

Casting directors are under renewed and increased pressure to give actors a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer following an audition, as part of

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Black British Theatre Awards – the nominations in full by Matthew Hemley

The nominees for the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards have been announced. Those up for an award include Sharon D Clarke, Lenny

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Government must spend more on culture and overhaul the Arts Council, says ‘utopian’ Equity blueprint by Matthew Hemley

Equity has called for a radical overhaul of UK arts and culture, insisting that government spending on the industry match the European

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Hope Mill and the Lowry partner up for Cameron Mackintosh composer scheme by Matthew Hemley

Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and the Lowry in Salford are to jointly host the next placement under the Cameron Mackintosh Resident

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Understudy wins lead role as Margaret New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Matthew Hemley

Melissa Jacques, who has understudied the role of Margaret New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for over a year, is to take

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Actor steps into save Kiss Me, Kate with just two hours’ rehearsal by Matthew Hemley

An actor rehearsing at the Watermill Theatre stepped into save a different production with just two hours’ notice. Phoebe Fildes is currently

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Poll: Should organisations that do not commit to gender parity have funding withdrawn? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, director Julia Pascal said funding for theatres should be dependent on organisations committing to gender parity. Pascal – one of the

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Kay Mellor partners with Leeds Playhouse to launch £10k fellowship by Matthew Hemley

Kay Mellor and Leeds Playhouse have partnered on a new £10,000 fellowship, which will support playwrights working in the North. The recipient

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