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Friday, January 17, 2020

Laurence Fox labelled a ‘disgrace’ to industry following Question Time race row by Matthew Hemley

Actors are being called on to “unequivocally denounce” Laurence Fox, after he became in embroiled in a race row during an appearance

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Immersive zombie-show performers accuse producer of safety failings and £60k unpaid wages by Matthew Hemley

Actors from failed immersive zombie show Variant 31 have accused organisers of putting them at risk from a catalogue of health and

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Duchess of Sussex to continue as National Theatre patron by Matthew Hemley

The Duchess of Sussex is to continue as patron of the National Theatre, despite the announcement that she and Duke of Sussex

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella confirms West End opening at Gillian Lynne Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in September, with the venue undergoing a refurbishment prior

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tributes paid to former Theatre Royal Drury Lane stage door keeper Jill Hudson by Matthew Hemley

Tributes have been paid to Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s former stage door keeper Jill Hudson, who worked at the venue for more

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Official opening of Sondheim Theatre postponed after composer suffers fall by Matthew Hemley

Cameron Mackintosh has postponed the official opening of the Sondheim Theatre, after Stephen Sondheim injured himself following a fall. Mackintosh said the

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Apollo Theatre to get permanent ceiling for first time since 2013’s partial collapse by Matthew Hemley

A permanent ceiling is set to be reinstated above the auditorium at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, six years after

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Actor removed from The Color Purple drops legal action against Birmingham Hippodrome by Matthew Hemley

Seyi Omooba, the actor removed from a production of The Color Purple after a historic Facebook post exposed her anti-gay views, has

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Cinema to pilot smart caption glasses developed by the National Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Smart caption glasses, launched by the National Theatre for hearing impaired audiences, are to have their first pilot in a cinema, as

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Director Rebecca Frecknall steps into own production after actor falls ill by Matthew Hemley

Director Rebecca Frecknall stepped into her own production of The Duchess of Malfi at London’s Almeida Theatre this week, after a cast

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Critics’ Circle to name best play award in honour of Michael Billington by Matthew Hemley

Michael Billington’s five-decade career will be honoured by the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, which is to name its best play prize after

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Actor saves Les Mis on opening night in newly renovated venue with just two hours’ rehearsal by Matthew Hemley

An actor in the new staging of Les Misérables stepped in to save the show after he was called on to cover

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Young Vic launches scheme to support emerging creatives on next steps of career by Matthew Hemley

Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has launched a new programme of events to support emerging and mid-career creatives, opening up “new

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Immersive Wolf of Wall Street to close in January by Matthew Hemley

Troubled immersive production The Wolf of Wall Street is to close in January, just six weeks after its official opening night. The

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Restaurant group behind the Ivy teams up with Lloyd Webber for Drury Lane offering by Matthew Hemley

Caprice Holdings, the restaurant group behind Balthazar, J Sheekey and Sexy Fish, has teamed up with LW Theatres to launch a new

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Monday, December 16, 2019

DEAG acquires ticketing company Gigantic in move to expand its UK footprint by Matthew Hemley

German live music promoter Deutsche Entertainment AG has expanded its UK footprint, after taking a 75% share in ticketing company Gigantic. The

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

National Theatre to slash Saturday rehearsals in move towards five-day weeks by Matthew Hemley

National Theatre productions will restrict 50% of their rehearsal periods to five days a week from next year, limiting the amount of

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever review at Duke of York’s Theatre – ‘a loving recreation of the TV show’ by Matthew Hemley

Few parents will have escaped Peppa Pig. The ubiquitous, happy hog has been jumping up and down in muddy puddles for the

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Royal Academy of Music launches safeguarding review following student complaints by Matthew Hemley

An independent review of safeguarding policies and procedures at the Royal Academy of Music has been launched, following complaints made by students

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Theatre Royal Stratford East offers streamed panto to hospitals and care homes by Matthew Hemley

Theatre Royal Stratford East will make its pantomime available for streaming to local hospitals and care homes. Its production of Dick Whittington

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WhatsOnStage Awards: the nominations in full by Matthew Hemley

Musical & Juliet has received 13 nominations for this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards, which will be held on March 1, 2020 at the

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mark Ravenhill up for Writers’ Guild award alongside James Graham and Poppy Burton-Morgan by Matthew Hemley

Mark Ravenhill’s The Cane and musical In the Willows by Poppy Burton-Morgan have been nominated for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

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Spotlight under fire for ‘hypocritical and discriminatory’ joining rules by Matthew Hemley

Spotlight’s joining criteria has been branded “hypocritical” and “discriminatory” by agents and performers, who claim it is preventing swathes of actors over

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Secondary ticketing site Twickets joins Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers by Matthew Hemley

Secondary ticketing site Twickets has has joined the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers, making it the first organisation of its kind

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Sky to build Elstree studios in move it says will create more than 2,000 jobs by Matthew Hemley

Broadcaster Sky has revealed plans to launch TV and film studios in Elstree, which it claims will lead to the creation of

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Rhys Ifans to star as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Matthew Hemley

Rhys Ifans is to star as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s play based on Harper Lee’s novel. Directed

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Michael Harrison becomes joint owner of Qdos Pantomimes with 50% stake by Matthew Hemley

Producer Michael Harrison has become co-owner of Qdos Pantomimes, with a 50% stake in the company. Harrison has been associated with the

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National Youth Theatre to offer 120 free auditions in partnership with TikTok by Matthew Hemley

The National Youth Theatre is partnering with social media site TikTok to offer 120 free auditions for its summer course. As part

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Dreamgirls to tour the UK for the first time by Matthew Hemley

Musical Dreamgirls is to embark on its first ever UK tour, opening in Bristol next September. The show will begin performances from

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RSC’s Gregory Doran: Loss of Les Mis cash creates funding gap for our education work by Matthew Hemley

Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran has warned that the organisation’s education work could be dented by the loss of income

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Songwriter Guy Chambers: ‘Robbie Williams and I wanted to do a musical for a long time’ by Matthew Hemley

As Robbie Williams’ songwriting partner, Guy Chambers had already enjoyed enormous success, but always wanted to compose a musical. He tells Matthew

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