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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Renowned voice coach Cicely Berry dies by Matthew Hemley

Renowned voice coach Cicely Berry has died at the age of 92. Berry joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1969, becoming head

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London’s Empire Cinema, home to Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter, granted listed status after campaign by Matthew Hemley

London’s Empire Cinema, which started life as the Carlton Theatre and recently hosted the West End run of Brief Encounter, has been

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

UK theatres need £550m for upgrades within five years – survey by Matthew Hemley

Theatres around the UK will need more than £550 million over the next five years to carry out upgrades to their buildings,

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber unveils London Palladium wall of fame featuring Cilla Black and Judy Garland by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber has unveiled a wall of fame outside the London Palladium, as a “permanent legacy” to the artists that have

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Stephen Mear named first president of Bird College by Matthew Hemley

Choreographer Stephen Mear has been named first president of performing arts school Bird College. In the role, Mear will advocate for the

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Stuart Piper steps down from Intertalent after 13 years by Matthew Hemley

Stuart Piper has left Intertalent, the agency he co-founded as Cole Kitchenn 13 years ago. Piper said he had made the “difficult

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Open Door free audition scheme expands into the East Midlands and launches backstage offering by Matthew Hemley

An organisation that helps young people from low-income backgrounds gain places at leading drama schools is to expand its offering to the

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Sadler’s Wells, Lyric Hammersmith and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures link up to make touring greener by Matthew Hemley

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Ambassador Theatre Group and Sadler’s Wells are among the first arts organisations to take part in a new

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David Jubb to leave Battersea Arts Centre after 20 years by Matthew Hemley

David Jubb is to step down as artistic director and chief executive of Battersea Arts Centre in April 2019, after 20 years.

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Charlie Stemp and Danielle Hope join London Palladium’s Snow White cast by Matthew Hemley

Charlie Stemp and Danielle Hope are to join the cast of Snow White at the London Palladium. The pantomime will run at

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lorna Want to star in premiere of new one-woman musical by Matthew Hemley

Olivier award-winning performer Lorna Want is to star in a new one-woman musical about an out-of-work actress. Girl in a Crisis is

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Musical Eugenius! cancels West End run by Matthew Hemley

Musical Eugenius! has cancelled a planned West End transfer, it has been confirmed. The show, written by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins,

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Cherished West End deli to close after 50 years serving Theatreland by Matthew Hemley

A delicatessen that has been at the heart of the West End for more than 50 years and counts actors such as

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bath’s cultural scene dealt further blow after council axes arts development department by Matthew Hemley

Cultural organisations in Bath and North East Somerset have been dealt a further blow, after the local council revealed plans to close

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Sonia Friedman: ‘Commercial theatre is anti-art, anti-creativity and anti-audience’ by Matthew Hemley

Sonia Friedman has said she prefers to consider herself an independent producer rather than a commercial one, claiming to have had an

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Richard Alston Dance Company to close after more than 25 years by Matthew Hemley

Choreographer Richard Alston has announced he will close his dance company in 2020 after more than 25 years. The Richard Alston Dance

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Almeida’s The Twilight Zone transfers to the West End by Matthew Hemley

The Almeida Theatre’s production of The Twilight Zone is to transfer to the West End. Directed by Richard Jones and adapted for

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Theatre Royal Margate at risk after planned takeover by Soho Theatre falls through by Matthew Hemley

The future of the Theatre Royal Margate is in jeopardy, after a planned takeover by London’s Soho Theatre collapsed. The Theatre Royal

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Richard Eyre to receive 2018 Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts by Matthew Hemley

Director Richard Eyre is to receive this year’s Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts. The prize will be presented at

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Fringe company Theatre N16 faces homelessness for third time in as many years by Matthew Hemley

Fringe company Theatre N16 is facing an uncertain future after being made homeless for the third time in three years. The theatre

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Dear Evan Hansen confirms West End run at Noel Coward Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is to play in London at the Noel Coward Theatre. It will open in the autumn next

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber backs Theatres Trust as it embarks on new fundraising drive by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber has backed a Theatres Trust initiative aimed at protecting UK theatres, as the organisation launches a renewed fundraising drive

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Eugenius! to replace Foxfinder at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Eugenius! The Musical is to transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre, where it will fill a slot that was initially taken by play

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Scott Thomas and Kit Harington to appear as part of Harold Pinter gala by Matthew Hemley

Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Scott Thomas and Kit Harington are to appear as part of a gala performance to mark Harold Pinter’s 88thbirthday.

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ATG bolsters content division with appointment of Sadler’s Wells’ Katy Arnander by Matthew Hemley

Ambassador Theatre Group has boosted its senior management team by appointing Katy Arnander to the new role of content development director. Arnander,

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National Theatre new season to feature Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Cate Blanchett by Matthew Hemley

Rufus Norris will direct the world premiere of an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island as part of the National Theatre’s

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

£5m scheme to boost young people’s access to arts, announced by culture secretary Jeremy Wright by Matthew Hemley

Arts organisations are to be linked with schools around the UK as part of a £5 million scheme aimed at giving young

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Rachel Tackley quits Chichester Festival Theatre citing clash of leadership styles with artistic director Daniel Evans by Matthew Hemley

Chichester Festival Theatre executive director Rachel Tackley is to step down after two years in the role, citing “different leadership styles” between

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Poll: Have you ever missed part of a show because of long toilet queues at the interval? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, Cameron Mackintosh unveiled plans to increase the number of toilets at the Queen’s Theatre, home to Les Miserables. A planning

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Chichester Festival Theatre, English National Opera and Sheffield Theatres join Old Vic’s Guardians Network by Matthew Hemley

Chichester Festival Theatre, English National Opera, Sheffield Theatres and the Society of London Theatre are among more than 50 organisations that have

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Les Mis venue to install more toilets as producers admit audiences miss show due to queues by Matthew Hemley

Les Miserables’ West End home is to more than double its toilet capacity, after it emerged that audience members are missing up

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