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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Give understudies due credit, say West End stars by Matthew Hemley

West End stars including Michael Xavier and Emma Williams are calling on producers to reintroduce pre-show audio announcements when understudies are performing.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Linzi Hateley to star in UK tour of Blood Brothers by Matthew Hemley

Linzi Hateley is to star in the 2018 UK tour of Blood Brothers. She will play Mrs Johnston in the Bill Kenwright

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Julie Hesmondhalgh is first winner of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2018 by Matthew Hemley

Julie Hesmondhalgh has won the first of this year’s The Stage Edinburgh Awards, for her performance in The Greatest Play in the

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Choreographer Stephen Mear: ‘It’s a disgrace patrons weren’t told about collapse of CPA Studios’ by Matthew Hemley

Double Olivier award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear has hit out at drama school CPA Studios for failing to inform its patrons of its

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Drama school closes suddenly leaving staff redundant and students abandoned by Matthew Hemley

Drama school CPA Studios has closed suddenly blaming “financial challenges”, leaving staff out of work and students with nowhere to train. CPA

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Caroline Sheen and Barney Norris named new associates of the Watermill Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Actor Caroline Sheen and playwright Barney Norris have been named new associates of the Watermill Theatre in West Berkshire. They have been

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Rose Bruford offers free warm-up sessions for performers at Edinburgh Fringe by Matthew Hemley

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is hosting free movement warm-up sessions for performers at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Follies and The Inheritance up for Knight of Illumination Awards by Matthew Hemley

Follies, Summer and Smoke and The Inheritance have been nominated for this year’s Knight of Illumination Awards. The awards honour international video

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Injury forces Ian McKellen to skip Lear and give audiences an impromptu Q&A instead by Matthew Hemley

Ian McKellen gave an impromptu ‘Audience with…’ event at the weekend, after an injury forced him to pull out of performing the

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Poll: Have you ever fallen asleep during a performance? by Matthew Hemley

Earlier this week, Fiona Mountford, theatre critic for the Evening Standard, tweeted: “I am so tired of seeing some male critics asleep

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Hope Mill Theatre replaces A Christmas Story with Sondheim revue by Matthew Hemley

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre will no longer present the UK premiere of Pasek and Paul musical A Christmas Story, with Sondheim revue

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Edinburgh play commissioned under BBC’s controversial Debut scheme cancelled by Matthew Hemley

A play commissioned by the BBC as part of a controversial initiative for debut playwrights at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe has

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Joanna Read to step down from LAMDA to join Yvonne Arnaud Theatre as chief executive by Matthew Hemley

Joanna Read is stepping down as principal of LAMDA to become chief executive of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. She joined LAMDA in

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Panto producer under fire for charging young people to appear in its shows by Matthew Hemley

A production company has come under fire for plans to charge young people up to £100 to appear in its shows. Spark

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

National’s Rufus Norris: ‘My own behaviour in the rehearsal room has been challenged’ by Matthew Hemley

Rufus Norris has revealed there have been instances where his own behaviour in the rehearsal room has been challenged, following the implementation

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New knife laws pose ‘serious threat’ to theatre industry, Equity warns by Matthew Hemley

New laws aimed at reducing knife crime in the UK could pose serious problems for fight directors and stage management in the

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Sierra Boggess’ West Side Story replacement revealed by Matthew Hemley

Mikaela Bennett is to replace Sierra Boggess in the role of Maria for the BBC Proms production of West Side Story. Boggess

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Benjamin Button gets musical treatment in From Page to Stage festival by Matthew Hemley

F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is being turned into a musical, which will be showcased as part of

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Equity appoints Charlotte Bence as low pay/no pay organiser by Matthew Hemley

  Charlotte Bence is to replace Emmanuel de Lange as Equity’s low pay/no pay organiser. Bence is a former student scheme coordinator

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Natasha Barnes to star in world premiere of Bronte musical Wasted by Matthew Hemley

Natasha Barnes is to play Charlotte Bronte in the world premiere of musical Wasted. The musical, written by Christopher Ash and Carl

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Marianne Elliott: ‘I’ve thought about giving up because I don’t find directing easy’ by Matthew Hemley

Marianne Elliott has admitted she has considered giving up being a director, because she does not “find it easy”. Elliott, speaking on

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham forms culture steering group to put arts on the map by Matthew Hemley

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has launched a steering group that aims to strengthen the arts and culture sectors in the area.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Equity president Maureen Beattie urges actors to ‘wake up and make an effort’ by Matthew Hemley

New Equity president Maureen Beattie has used one of her first public addresses to call on actors to “wake up and make

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Theatres and live venues win protection from noise complaints by Matthew Hemley

Theatres and music venues in England have secured much-needed protection from the threat of licensing restrictions and closure because of noise complaints

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lyric Hammersmith and Arts Ed team up to offer new drama school bursary by Matthew Hemley

A member of Lyric Hammersmith’s youth theatre will be funded to complete a 10-month foundation course at Arts Educational Schools under a

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Support group for queer performers at Edinburgh Fringe launched by Matthew Hemley

A weekly support group for queer performers, producers, critics and backstage staff has been created for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The

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Lloyd Webber rebrands Really Useful Theatres as LW Theatres by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber has rebranded the venue division of his organisation as LW Theatres. The name change, from Really Useful Theatres, is

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Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire purchase stage school franchise Stagecoach by Matthew Hemley

Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire’s Trafalgar Entertainment Group has made one of its most significant purchases since forming in 2017, with the

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Royal and Derngate to stage UK premiere of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho by Matthew Hemley

Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho will receive its UK premiere at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. The production will be

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Salad Days starring Wendi Peters to tour the UK by Matthew Hemley

Wendi Peters is to star in a UK tour of the musical Salad Days. The musical will tour from September, opening at

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Alexandra Burke to join Chicago as Roxie Hart by Matthew Hemley

Alexandra Burke is to join the cast of Chicago in the West End. She will play Roxie Hart in the production, at

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