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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Thelma Holt wins 2018 Sam Wanamaker award by Matthew Hemley

Producer Thelma Holt has been awarded the 2018 Sam Wanamaker Award, which celebrates work that has increased the understanding and enjoyment of

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn to star in Sam Shepard’s True West by Matthew Hemley

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are to star in the West End premiere of Sam Shepard’s True West. It will run at

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Website apologises for highlighting performer’s weight in Prime of Miss Jean Brodie review by Matthew Hemley

A theatre website has apologised “unreservedly” for a review in which a critic referred to the weight of performer Nicola Coughlan. Coughlan

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Equity low pay/no pay head becomes union’s new West End’s organiser by Matthew Hemley

Equity low pay no pay officer Emmanuel de Lange is to become the union’s new West End organiser. He will replace Virginia

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Lloyd Webber: ‘Cuts to music education in schools are ludicrous’ by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber has labelled cuts to music education in schools as “ludicrous”. The composer, a staunch advocate of the importance of

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RSC’s Don Quixote starring David Threlfall and Rufus Hound lands West End transfer by Matthew Hemley

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound are to reprise their roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Don Quixote when the play

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

LIPA names studio theatre in honour of Willy Russell by Matthew Hemley

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is naming its sixth-form college’s studio theatre after playwright Willy Russell. The new studio will officially be

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Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall to become producing venue for the first time by Matthew Hemley

Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall Theatre is to begin producing its own work for the first time and has appointed Carole Winter to

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Leadership differences prompt Royal Exchange executive director to step down by Matthew Hemley

Mark Dobson is to step down as executive director of the Royal Exchange in Manchester after less than two years, blaming differences

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Sophie-Louise Dann and Liam Tamne cast in UK premiere of Spamilton: An American Parody by Matthew Hemley

Sophie-Louise Dann, Liam Tamne and Damian Humbley have been cast in the UK premiere of Spamilton: An American Parody. They join Marc

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Almeida’s Summer and Smoke lands West End transfer by Matthew Hemley

The Almeida Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke is to transfer to the West End. It will play at the

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Rose Theatre Kingston commits to ending single-use plastic by Matthew Hemley

Rose Theatre Kingston has committed to ending single-use plastic at the venue as part of a commitment to becoming a greener organisation.

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Actor dashes out of 42nd Street to save nearby performance of Mamma Mia! by Matthew Hemley

An actor appearing in 42nd Street saved a performance of Mamma Mia! just down the road, after she made a quick dash

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Paul Elliott denies he is retiring from theatre by Matthew Hemley

Producer Paul Elliott has insisted he is not retiring from the industry, despite a press release issued earlier this week that announced

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre unveils new £2.8m onsite rehearsal studios by Matthew Hemley

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has unveiled new onsite studios that will enable most of its productions to be rehearsed within its

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Thoroughly Modern Millie tour collapse prompts fresh crackdown on rogue producers by Matthew Hemley

Equity is to lobby the government for a law change to make it harder for rogue producers to set up and dissolve

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Theatr Clwyd wins at stage management awards by Matthew Hemley

Theatr Clwyd’s stage management team has won at this year’s SMA National Stage Management Awards for its work on The Assassination of

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Edinburgh’s Riddle’s Court returns as fringe venue by Matthew Hemley

A listed building in Edinburgh that has previously hosted performances from the likes of Stephen Fry and Maggie Smith is to become

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Theatre producer Paul Elliott announces retirement after 60 years by Matthew Hemley

Producer Paul Elliott has announced his retirement from the theatre industry after 60 years. His retirement comes as he prepares to release

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Lynette Shanbury appointed executive director of Polka Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Lynette Shanbury, former executive director of Little Angel Theatre, has been appointed new executive director and chief executive of Polka Theatre in

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Fight disrupts performance of Julie at National Theatre by Matthew Hemley

A performance of Julie at the National Theatre was disrupted in its final moments after two audience members became embroiled in a

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Mathew Horne to star in stage adaptation of Rain Man by Matthew Hemley

Mathew Horne is to star in a stage adaptation of the film Rain Man. Horne will star as Raymond Babbit – the

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Cast and crew ‘owed thousands’ as immersive theatre company Differencengine goes bust by Matthew Hemley

Immersive theatre company Differencengine has gone into liquidation, owing tens of thousands of pounds to cast and crew. The company, which is

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Edinburgh Fringe session to help performers with anxiety by Matthew Hemley

A free workshop for performers suffering from anxiety will be held at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and explore how breathing can

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nicholas Hytner shortlisted for Theatre Book Prize 2018 by Matthew Hemley

Works by Nicholas Hytner and Michael Coveney have made the shortlist for this year’s Theatre Book Prize. Hytner is nominated for Balancing

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster: ‘Yes, I’m a white man. But don’t call me part of the establishment’ by Matthew Hemley

After three years in post as artistic director of Leicester’s Curve, Nikolai Foster is in the curious position of having delivered bigger

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Plans for theatre in former Reading Gaol move a step closer by Matthew Hemley

Ambitious plans to turn the former Reading Gaol into a theatre space have moved a step closer, after campaigners secured access to

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Female writers responsible for just 14% of primetime TV dramas – report by Matthew Hemley

Just 14% of primetime TV dramas are written by women, a new report has found. It also reveals that less than a

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Adam Blanshay Productions to bring French work to the UK and ‘bridge the divide post-Brexit’ by Matthew Hemley

Producer Adam Blanshay has launched his own company to focus on bringing French works to the UK, in a bid to “temper

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King’s Cross Theatre team to launch new ‘fully flexible’ space in Wembley by Matthew Hemley

A new adaptable venue that can seat up to 2,000 people is to open in north-west London, headed by the team that

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Matilda the Musical moves weekday start time to 7pm by Matthew Hemley

West End musical Matilda is changing its weekday shows to a 7pm start, following a survey that found audiences would be in

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