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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Royal Exchange’s West Side Story to return in 2020 by Matthew Hemley

West Side Story at the Royal Exchange in Manchester will return to the venue next year, following what the theatre is describing

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Royal Opera House loses appeal against viola player who suffered ‘acoustic shock’ by Matthew Hemley

The Royal Opera House has lost an appeal against a viola player who was awarded damages in 2018 for hearing loss he

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Deaf actor makes RSC history by becoming first to understudy hearing role by Matthew Hemley

A deaf actor has become the first at the Royal Shakespeare Company to understudy a hearing role using British Sign Language. Charlotte

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Children’s Theatre Partnership secures Arts Council funding to tour three new shows by Matthew Hemley

A partnership between Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre to tour children’s theatre throughout the UK has won the support of Arts

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Josie Rourke: Radical female directors not as celebrated as male ones by Matthew Hemley

Outgoing Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke has claimed female theatremakers who experiment with form and reinterpret works are being overlooked in

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English National Opera’s Daniel Kramer to step down as artistic director after three years by Matthew Hemley

Daniel Kramer is to step down as artistic director of English National Opera after three years. He took up the post in

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hundreds of actors at risk of ‘losing homes’ as HMRC wins landmark tax case against Robert Glenister by Matthew Hemley

Hundreds of high-profile actors face crippling retrospective tax bills and risk “losing their homes”, says union Equity, after performer Robert Glenister lost

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Poll: Should more West End shows introduce earlier start times? by Matthew Hemley

Earlier this month, English National Opera announced a raft of measures to boost accessibility, including earlier start times. It said this was

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Location of Shakespeare’s London home revealed by Matthew Hemley

New research claims to have identified the location of Shakespeare’s London home. Theatre historian Geoffrey Marsh, who is also director of the

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Cate Blanchett calls for action after report shows parents in performing arts are ‘penalised’ by Matthew Hemley

Cate Blanchett is urging action to support performing arts professionals with caring responsibilities, following publication of a report that highlights the “systemic

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Katharine McPhee to leave Waitress in June by Matthew Hemley

Katharine McPhee is to leave the West End cast of Waitress on June 15. She has been with the production since it

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Leeds Playhouse first regional theatre to use smart caption glasses by Matthew Hemley

Smart caption glasses developed and trialled at the National Theatre for hearing-impaired audiences are being rolled out across the UK, with Leeds

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sheffield Theatres under fire for not paying audio describers by Matthew Hemley

Sheffield Theatres has come under fire for treating blind and visually impaired audiences as “charity cases”, after it emerged that audio describers

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Stuart Piper’s ‘boutique agency’ closes after three months by Matthew Hemley

A boutique agency established by Stuart Piper that signed artists including Danielle Hope and Wayne Sleep has closed after just three months.

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Broadway star to lead UK cast of Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet! by Matthew Hemley

Broadway star Christie Prades is to take the role of Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet!, the upcoming musical based on the

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

ENO to start shows earlier, reduce ticket prices and hold relaxed performances to boost accessibility by Matthew Hemley

English National Opera is to introduce earlier performances, reduce its lowest priced tickets and hold its first ever relaxed performance as part

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Crowdfunding campaign raises more than £1,600 to buy Emilia tickets for young women by Matthew Hemley

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to fund tickets allowing young women to see the West End production of Emilia. To

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Bursary in memory of Bob Carlton announces inaugural recipient by Matthew Hemley

A bursary set up in memory of director Bob Carlton is to fund an assistant director post at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New Donmar Warehouse leaders unveil ticketing overhaul to ensure venue is ‘accessible to all’ by Matthew Hemley

New Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Longhurst has set out his intention to make the venue more accessible with a shake-up of

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Poll: What is your favourite jukebox musical? by Matthew Hemley

This week, Mamma Mia! celebrates its 20th anniversary in the West End. The show has paved the way for a number of

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National Theatre bosses recommit to gender equality in face of scathing criticism by Matthew Hemley

National Theatre bosses Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger have reaffirmed their commitment to achieving gender equality among writers on its stages, following

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Shobna Gulati injured on stage during performance of Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe by Matthew Hemley

An investigation has been launched by Shakespeare’s Globe after actor Shobna Gulati suffered an onstage injury during a performance of Richard II

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Reimagined staging of The Glass Menagerie to set the play in African American community by Matthew Hemley

The first British production to set The Glass Menagerie in the African American community is to run at the Watford Palace Theatre

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Oxford School of Drama appoints Edward Hicks as principal by Matthew Hemley

Edward Hicks, head of film, TV and radio at RADA, has been named principal of the Oxford School of Drama. He replaces

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Cameron Mackintosh to make radio debut with musicals special by Matthew Hemley

Cameron Mackintosh is to make his presenting debut on BBC Radio 2 with a two-hour special featuring songs and performers from his

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Playwright Sarah Hanly awarded 2019 Pinter Commission by Matthew Hemley

Playwright Sarah Hanly has won the 2019 Pinter Commission, which will support her to write a new play at London’s Royal Court

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lucian Msamati and Ciaran Hinds return to National Theatre in new season by Matthew Hemley

Nine Night director Roy Alexander Weise will return to the National Theatre to helm ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys by Athol Fugard,

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Paines Plough announces Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner as new artistic directors by Matthew Hemley

Paines Plough has appointed Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner as its new joint artistic directors. They replace James Grieve and George Perrin,

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

US-UK theatre producer exchange scheme to ‘forge stronger connections’ by Matthew Hemley

An exchange programme between the US and the UK has been launched that aims to forge stronger connections between producers in the

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Actors’ social media use in spotlight following Seyi Omooba case by Matthew Hemley

Actors have been warned to exercise caution when sharing on social media, following a tumultuous week in which performer Seyi Omooba left

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Virgin Trains to meet Equity after admitting social media responses were ‘ill-judged’ by Matthew Hemley

Virgin Trains bosses have agreed to meet with Equity following an unpaid voice-over competition it launched that sparked outrage among performers. In

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