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Monday, April 23, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber to receive lifetime achievement prize at this year’s Tony Awards by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a lifetime achievement award for his work in theatre at this year’s Tony Awards in New

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Poll: Does the UK rely too heavily on musicals imported from the US? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, Kwame Kwei-Armah, new Young Vic artistic director, said he wanted to “mess with the idea” that the UK relies too

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Oliver Tompsett joins the West End cast of Kinky Boots by Matthew Hemley

Oliver Tompsett is to join the cast of West End musical Kinky Boots, playing Charlie Price. He replaces David Hunter, who plays

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Shobna Gulati joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Matthew Hemley

Coronation Street and Dinner Ladies star Shobna Gulati is to join the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She will

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Wellingborough Castle Theatre contract awarded to Parkwood Creative by Matthew Hemley

Parkwood Creative, which operates Parkwood Theatres, has won the contract to run the Wellingborough Castle Theatre, taking its UK portfolio of venues

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Billie Piper, Noma Dumezweni and Andrew Garfield among UK talent up for Drama League awards by Matthew Hemley

British actors Billie Piper, Noma Dumezweni and Andrew Garfield have been nominated for this year’s Drama League Awards in New York. They

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Sonia Friedman named one of the world’s most influential people by Matthew Hemley

Sonia Friedman has been named among the 100 most influential people in the world, as part of the Time 100 list. Friedman,

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Dates for return of National Theatre’s Follies confirmed by Matthew Hemley

Dates for the return of Stephen Sondheim musical Follies have been confirmed, with the production running in the Olivier Theatre from February

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Industry leaders urge government to increase support for arts education in schools by Matthew Hemley

Leading industry figures including English National Ballet’s Tamara Rojo and Society of London Theatre chief executive Julian Bird have called on the

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Tanya Moodie, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Samantha Bond named judges for 2018 Peter Hall Director Award by Matthew Hemley

Actors Tanya Moodie, Harriet Walter and Samantha Bond and Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah have been named judges for this year’s Sir

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kwame Kwei-Armah: ‘I want to mess with the idea that the UK only imports US musicals’ by Matthew Hemley

New Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has claimed he wants to “mess” with that notion that the UK only imports American

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Kwame Kwei-Armah reveals first season as Young Vic artistic director by Matthew Hemley

Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season as artistic director of the Young Vic will open with a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night and see

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Curve to stage world premiere of immersive football drama by Matthew Hemley

Curve is to stage the world premiere of Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, based on the book by Riaz Khan. The

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Explosive Productions wins entertainment contract with Saga Cruises by Matthew Hemley

Saga has awarded the contract to supply onboard entertainment on two of its new cruise ships to Cumbria-based Explosive Productions. Explosive will

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Director Jonathan O’Boyle: ‘After treading water in my 20s, I wanted to go on and not look back’ by Matthew Hemley

The success of musical revivals of Hair and Pippin has seen the director’s star rise, but he is equally comfortable taking on

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RSC actor Leo Wringer: ‘Quentin Letts made an unforgivable racial slur against me’ by Matthew Hemley

Actor Leo Wringer has accused critic Quentin Letts of an “unforgivable racial slur” against him. The actor, appearing in the Royal Shakespeare

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Poll: Do you like Kiln Theatre as the new name for the Tricycle? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, it was announced that the Tricycle Theatre in north London has been renamed the Kiln Theatre. Artistic director Indhu Rubasingham told

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Amanda Abbington and Danny Mac to star in A Little Princess musical by Matthew Hemley

Sherlock actor Amanda Abbington is to join Danny Mac in the UK premiere of Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. The semi-staged concert

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Theatre’s working culture ‘passively endorses harassment’ – report by Matthew Hemley

A “passive culture of endorsing bullying” is allowing inappropriate behaviour to thrive in the industry, a new report claims. This is one

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Exeter Northcott artistic director Paul Jepson steps down by Matthew Hemley

Exeter Northcott artistic and executive director Paul Jepson is to step down from the post after three years. Jepson joined the venue

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Theatres across the UK bolster childcare support as part of PIPA campaign by Matthew Hemley

Theatres across the UK are boosting the support they provide to employees with children and caring responsibilities following ongoing pressure from campaigners.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Poll: Have you ever been body shamed while working in theatre? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, claims of actors being weighed at auditions emerged, with some reports suggesting performers had been stripped to their underwear as

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ITV to go behind the scenes of West End auditions by Matthew Hemley

ITV is to follow performers auditioning for leads in a West End show as part of a new series. The Big Audition

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Kathleen Turner: ‘I started out a star, so Hollywood had no leverage over me’ by Matthew Hemley

As the film star prepares to put that famously husky voice to full use in the West End, she tells Matthew Hemley

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber hits to be performed in space by West End stars by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber will become the first living composer to have musical-theatre songs performed live in space when he helps to launch

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ian McKellen’s life and career to be subject of a new film by Matthew Hemley

Ian McKellen’s life and career is the subject of a new film that promises “unprecedented access” to archive material, including behind-the-scenes footage

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Future of performing arts library under threat by Matthew Hemley

A performing arts library in Surrey that houses thousands of musical scores and play texts is under threat as the local council

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Billie Piper kick-starts Equity’s anti-harassment campaign by Matthew Hemley

Billie Piper and the cast of Yerma have kick-started Equity’s Safe Space campaign, which was developed following accusations of harassment in the

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Government launches creative industries sector deal worth £150m by Matthew Hemley

A package worth more than £150 million to help the creative industries thrive has been unveiled by the government. The creative industries

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Matthew Kelly and David Yelland to star in The Habit of Art tour by Matthew Hemley

Matthew Kelly and David Yelland are to star in a new tour of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art. It begins on

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pleasance in London launches 80-seat space for ‘transfers and premieres’ by Matthew Hemley

An 80-seat temporary theatre, first introduced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is moving to London to become a third space for the

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