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Friday, August 9, 2019

Six shows win Scotsman’s Fringe First awards in week one by Matthew Hemley

Three shows at the Traverse Theatre and a play performed in people’s living rooms are among the first winners of the Fringe

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Rose Theatre Kingston launches new festival for emerging playwrights by Matthew Hemley

A festival of new writing is being launched by the Rose Theatre Kingston, designed to “nurture and promote the fresh voices of

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Six writers Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow sign publishing deal with Warner Music by Matthew Hemley

Six writers Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow have signed a deal with the publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Warner Chappell Music

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Actors helped to tackle ’intrusive’ behaviour at castings by Matthew Hemley

Actors will be better equipped to handle “intrusive questions” at auditions following the launch of a new guide from Equity, which seeks

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Breffni Holahan named first winner of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2019 by Matthew Hemley

Breffni Holahan is the first winner of this year’s The Stage Edinburgh Awards. She was given the accolade for her performance in

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Theatre company Hot Coals in accessibility row with Edinburgh Fringe organisers by Matthew Hemley

A theatre company that specialises in creating work for d/Deaf audiences has become embroiled in a row with the Edinburgh Fringe, over

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Fringe theatre scales back play to rehearsed readings after admitting show is not ready by Matthew Hemley

London fringe venue the Bunker has scaled back a production to a series of rehearsed readings, after admitting its planned staging of

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Stage Debut Awards 2019: Jac Yarrow, Saffron Coomber and Christie Prades make Joe Allen Best West End Debut shortlist by Matthew Hemley

Hollywood actor Matthew Broderick is up against On Your Feet! star Christie Prades and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’s Jac Yarrow

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Joseph star Jac Yarrow, Matthew Broderick and Come from Away writers nominated for The Stage Debut Awards 2019 by Matthew Hemley

Joseph star Jac Yarrow and Hollywood actor Matthew Broderick are among the nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2019, in association with

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Professional wrestlers sign “historic” Equity agreement recognising them as performers by Matthew Hemley

Professional wrestlers have been recognised by union Equity for the first time, with a new code of conduct that reflects their roles

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Nica Burns: ‘The Edinburgh Fringe doesn’t need extra regulation – keep your hands off it’ by Matthew Hemley

Nica Burns has argued that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe should be free from additional regulation and restrictions following concerns about exploitation and

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Company and Death of a Salesman lighting designers nominated for Knight of Illumination Awards 2019 by Matthew Hemley

Lighting designers who worked on productions including the musical Company and the Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman have been nominated for

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Hampstead Theatre defends casting of US actor following criticism from British East Asians by Matthew Hemley

Hampstead Theatre has defended the casting of an American East Asian in its forthcoming production of The King of Hell’s Palace, claiming

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Access Entertainment returns as headline sponsor of The Stage Debut Awards by Matthew Hemley

Leonard Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment is to be the headline sponsor of The Stage Debut Awards for a second year. The awards, which

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Edinburgh boss urges hotels to give rooms for free to performers by Matthew Hemley

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society boss Shona McCarthy has called on hotels in the city to offer free and discounted rooms to performers

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Six announces Broadway transfer by Matthew Hemley

Musical Six is transferring to Broadway. The show, about the six wives of Henry VIII, will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

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Roxana Silbert’s first Hampstead season labelled ‘unethical’ in row over imported talent by Matthew Hemley

Roxana Silbert’s first season as artistic director of Hampstead Theatre has been criticised by British East Asian actors, who have labelled it

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

James McArdle takes aim at ‘pathetic’ Quentin Letts following Scottish-accent remarks by Matthew Hemley

Peter Gynt star James McArdle has criticised reviewer Quentin Letts as “pathetic”, after the Sunday Times writer made remarks about his and

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Exclusive: Gary Wilmot and Debbie Kurup join Prince of Egypt cast by Matthew Hemley

Debbie Kurup and Gary Wilmot are to join the cast of the West End production of The Prince of Egypt. Also starring

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Photo captures more than 250 black women, trans women and non-binary people working in theatre by Matthew Hemley

More than 250 black women, trans women and non-binary people who work in theatre came together at Shakespeare’s Globe for an event

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Jamie Hendry sets up new company dedicated to touring Shakespeare internationally by Matthew Hemley

Producer Jamie Hendry has launched a new company that will contemporary Shakespeare productions internationally. The New English Shakespeare Company will stage its

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

£50m central London venue planned for Somerset House by Matthew Hemley

Plans have been unveiled for a new £50 million venue to be based at Somerset House in London, which could hold up

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Lyric Hammersmith’s Noises Off to transfer to the West End by Matthew Hemley

Jeremy Herrin’s production of Noises Off, currently running at the Lyric Hammersmith, is to transfer to the West End. Michael Frayn’s play

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US investors could pull funding for West End shows over Olivier Awards plans by Matthew Hemley

US investors have warned they would stop putting money into UK shows if plans to limit the number of Olivier awards handed

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Roxana Silbert unveils inaugural Hampstead Theatre season by Matthew Hemley

Hampstead Theatre new artistic director Roxana Silbert has unveiled six premieres as part of her inaugural season, with directors in the line-up

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Friday, July 19, 2019

From verbal and physical abuse to ‘poogate’ – ushers reveal their worst experiences working front of house by Matthew Hemley

Ushers have revealed their experiences of dealing with increasingly aggressive audience members, with incidents ranging from verbal abuse and threatening behaviour to

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Susie McKenna and Taio Lawson join Kiln Theatre as associate directors by Matthew Hemley

Susie McKenna, former creative director of Hackney Empire, is joining the Kiln Theatre as an associate director. She has been appointed alongside

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Cameron Mackintosh plans London penthouse above the Novello Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Cameron Mackintosh is planning to build a five-bedroom penthouse apartment at the top of the Novello Theatre in the West End. The

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Traverse Theatre overhauls leadership structure with introduction of new creative development role by Matthew Hemley

Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre is to overhaul its leadership team, with the creation of a new role that will share some of the

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Running of Theatr Clwyd to move from local council to independent trust by Matthew Hemley

The operation of Theatr Clwyd in North Wales looks set to transfer from the local council to an independent trust. Flintshire County

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Hopkins among four new honorary fellows of RADA by Matthew Hemley

Anthony Hopkins and Stephen Sondheim have been named honorary fellows of RADA. They are joined by actor Mona Hammond and movement director

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