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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

National Theatre to slash Saturday rehearsals in move towards five-day weeks by Matthew Hemley

National Theatre productions will restrict 50% of their rehearsal periods to five days a week from next year, limiting the amount of

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever review at Duke of York’s Theatre – ‘a loving recreation of the TV show’ by Matthew Hemley

Few parents will have escaped Peppa Pig. The ubiquitous, happy hog has been jumping up and down in muddy puddles for the

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Royal Academy of Music launches safeguarding review following student complaints by Matthew Hemley

An independent review of safeguarding policies and procedures at the Royal Academy of Music has been launched, following complaints made by students

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Theatre Royal Stratford East offers streamed panto to hospitals and care homes by Matthew Hemley

Theatre Royal Stratford East will make its pantomime available for streaming to local hospitals and care homes. Its production of Dick Whittington

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WhatsOnStage Awards: the nominations in full by Matthew Hemley

Musical & Juliet has received 13 nominations for this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards, which will be held on March 1, 2020 at the

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mark Ravenhill up for Writers’ Guild award alongside James Graham and Poppy Burton-Morgan by Matthew Hemley

Mark Ravenhill’s The Cane and musical In the Willows by Poppy Burton-Morgan have been nominated for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

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Spotlight under fire for ‘hypocritical and discriminatory’ joining rules by Matthew Hemley

Spotlight’s joining criteria has been branded “hypocritical” and “discriminatory” by agents and performers, who claim it is preventing swathes of actors over

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Secondary ticketing site Twickets joins Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers by Matthew Hemley

Secondary ticketing site Twickets has has joined the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers, making it the first organisation of its kind

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Sky to build Elstree studios in move it says will create more than 2,000 jobs by Matthew Hemley

Broadcaster Sky has revealed plans to launch TV and film studios in Elstree, which it claims will lead to the creation of

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Rhys Ifans to star as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Matthew Hemley

Rhys Ifans is to star as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s play based on Harper Lee’s novel. Directed

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Michael Harrison becomes joint owner of Qdos Pantomimes with 50% stake by Matthew Hemley

Producer Michael Harrison has become co-owner of Qdos Pantomimes, with a 50% stake in the company. Harrison has been associated with the

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National Youth Theatre to offer 120 free auditions in partnership with TikTok by Matthew Hemley

The National Youth Theatre is partnering with social media site TikTok to offer 120 free auditions for its summer course. As part

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Dreamgirls to tour the UK for the first time by Matthew Hemley

Musical Dreamgirls is to embark on its first ever UK tour, opening in Bristol next September. The show will begin performances from

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RSC’s Gregory Doran: Loss of Les Mis cash creates funding gap for our education work by Matthew Hemley

Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran has warned that the organisation’s education work could be dented by the loss of income

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Songwriter Guy Chambers: ‘Robbie Williams and I wanted to do a musical for a long time’ by Matthew Hemley

As Robbie Williams’ songwriting partner, Guy Chambers had already enjoyed enormous success, but always wanted to compose a musical. He tells Matthew

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Former Matilda star Sophia Keaveney: I will beat brain tumour that left me unable to walk by Matthew Hemley

A 16-year-old Brit School student has spoken of her determination to continue working in the performing arts, despite a brain tumour that

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Liverpool Everyman and Sherman Theatre to host producer placements as part of Stage One scheme by Matthew Hemley

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Colchester, Sherman Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have been selected as the host venues for Stage

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Bruntwood prize founder Michael Oglesby dies aged 80 by Matthew Hemley

Michael Oglesby, creator of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, has died aged 80. Oglesby, founder of Manchester-based property company Bruntwood, launched the

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Intimacy guidelines launched to assist directors working on nudity and simulated sex scenes by Matthew Hemley

Directors working on television scenes involving nudity or simulated sex are being urged to adopt best practice guidelines, described as the first

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Lloyd Webber theatres to tackle touts in landmark partnership with secondary site Twickets by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres has partnered with ethical secondary ticketing site Twickets, in a move that promises a “safer and more

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sean Mathias announced as artistic director of Theatre Royal Windsor by Matthew Hemley

Bill Kenwright has appointed Sean Mathias as the first artistic director of Theatre Royal Windsor, in a move that aims to make

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tara Arts founder Jatinder Verma steps down after 40 years by Matthew Hemley

Tara Arts founder Jatinder Verma is stepping down as artistic director after 40 years. Verma said it was an “exciting time for

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Riverside Studios to reopen following five-year redevelopment by Matthew Hemley

Riverside Studios in west London is set to reopen following a five-year redevelopment, which includes two theatres, television studios and a cinema.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Middlesbrough venue defends decision to programme Roy Chubby Brown by Matthew Hemley

A Middlesbrough venue has become embroiled in a row over freedom of expression after it announced controversial comic Roy Chubby Brown would

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Joe Murphy unveils inaugural season at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff by Matthew Hemley

Sherman Theatre artistic director Joe Murphy has unveiled his inaugural season at the venue, which includes Brad Birch’s An Enemy of the

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Killian Donnelly to star in The Phantom of the Opera tour by Matthew Hemley

Killian Donnelly is to star in the UK and Ireland tour of The Phantom of the Opera. The tour opens at Curve

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Immersive zombie show Variant 31 closes as producers grapple with technical issues by Matthew Hemley

Immersive zombie production Variant 31 has closed in its current form with immediate effect, as producers admit “ongoing technical issues” made the

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Ruthie Henshall and Jonathan Bailey to present shows on new musical theatre radio station by Matthew Hemley

Ruthie Henshall, Jonathan Bailey and Louise Dearman are lined up to present on a new radio station dedicated to musical theatre, which

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ArtsEd to hold Ireland auditions as part of commitment to diversify intake by Matthew Hemley

Arts Educational Schools London is to hold auditions in Ireland for the first time, as it seeks to break down barriers for

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘First of its kind’ physiotherapy service launches for injured musicians by Matthew Hemley

Musicians who have suffered an injury that prevents them from working will be able to access a new physiotherapy service, billed as

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Piccadilly ceiling collapse – how it unfolded and how the industry reacted by Matthew Hemley

A “localised water leak” caused part of the ceiling at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End to collapse mid-performance at Death

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