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Saturday, July 6, 2019

West End rediscovers the pure joy of farce (and missing trousers) by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Broad stage theatre comedy full of plot twists, puns and frantic action is finding a new audienceThe stage is set like a hotel bedroom where a scantily clad woman is hiding inside a wardrobe…

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National Theatre defends asking lesbians to leave bar by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Women claim staff did not ‘like the T-shirts we are wearing’ but NT says the action was ‘a result of a series of disturbances’ The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter w…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hamilton’s young star says Britain must confront its colonial past by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Jamael Westman explains how his role in the West End show has affected his politics as well as his careerThe swift rise to fame of Jamael Westman, leading man in the London cast of the hit m…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘Not a terrorist again!’: Typecast actors applaud manual to boost role diversity by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

A new book helps BAME actors shrug off stereotypes and show their real talentsNeed a convincing member of a street gang for a TV show? Or a suspected terrorist for a police interrogation sce…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

New life for historic theatre as it faces up to ‘slave trade’ past by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Bristol’s Old Vic confronts its controversial 250-year-old past on its relaunch after a £25m faceliftOne of the oldest theatres in Europe, Bristol Old Vic, is finally to have a proper fro…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rose Matafeo wins Edinburgh best comedy show award by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

New Zealander’s show about sex and modern social mores scoops top comedy gongThe New Zealander Rose Matafeo has won the coveted best comedy show award at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.Her …

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British choreographer and mime Lindsay Kemp dies by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Correspondent

Influential avant garde creative force who worked with David Bowie dies in Italy, aged 80Lindsay Kemp, the experimental British choreographer and mime, who made his name in the 1960s and col…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Why does British theatre leave working-class actors waiting in the wings? by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Poorer drama students face an uphill struggle, with funding cuts and rising fees. But British theatre may be the loser unless more actors from a range of backgrounds take centre stageWhen Ir…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

What’s trickier than Brexit? Writing a TV drama about it by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Dramatists behind a C4 film and two plays about the referendum must contend with the way facts and key players in this divisive issue are still shiftingIt is the divisive issue that will com…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Banned sex play Spring Awakening now a teenage hit by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Written in the 1890s, censored in the 1960s, tale of young desire Spring Awakening is back on stage as a musicalA story once banned from the British stage due to its celebration of adolescen…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Stage hit celebrates the weatherman who prevented D-Day disaster by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Story of Scottish meteorologist James Stagg’s crucial intervention in Operation Overlord comes to the West End in tense drama PressureA tense historical drama celebrating the D-day interve…

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Dover turns clock back a century to welcome home Unknown Soldier … again by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Sir Michael Morpurgo is supporting a large-scale public performance to honour the warrior at the spot where his body returned to British soilIn 1916, the Rev David Railton, a former curate i…

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

​Anne-Marie Duff talks divorce, love and loss on Desert Island Discs by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Correspondent

The actor spoke about the end of her marriage to James McAvoy on the BBC Radio 4 showAnne-Marie Duff has spoken of the emotional impact of the end of her decade-long marriage to the Scottish…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shirley Porter’s London housing scandal to be relived on stage near Grenfell Tower by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Director of theatre near fire that killed 71 people picks play about gerrymandering in 1980s as debut productionA play about a notorious social housing scandal is to be staged in a new theat…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

London diners get immersed in the jazz age, Bombay style by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Actors reproduce lost world of ‘Indian noir’ in former art deco department store, which will afterwards become part of the Dishoom restaurant chainAmid clouds of cigarette smoke and the …

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Theatre to serve Nigel Slater’s Toast with a side order of ham by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Audience to be given food during stage version of Nigel Slater’s memoirToast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger, the bestselling food memoir by Observer writer Nigel Slater, is to be brought t…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Edinburgh festival fringe comedy award shared for first time by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Correspondent

Judges could not choose between shows by Hannah Gadsby and John Robins – so have given both the £10,000 first prizeFor the first time in the history of Edinburgh’s festival fringe, the …

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Edinburgh fringe fights for right to party amid corporate ‘oasis’ of calm by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Correspondent

Spectacular light show in New Town square has shut down smaller events and venues, say criticsIt was meant to celebrate all that the summer festival season has come to mean to Edinburgh and …

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Globe director Emma Rice embroiled in new funding controversy by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Rival arts organisations cry foul at award of £2m in Arts Council funding to her next theatrical venture, Wise ChildrenThe beleaguered stage director Emma Rice, who is to step down from run…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stars from comedy’s punk past return to the Edinburgh fringe by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Correspondent

They were at the vanguard of political comedy. Now Alexei Sayle, Craig Ferguson and Sue Perkins are heading back to the festival, as it celebrates its 70th birthdayUnknown talents and studen…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Curtain rises on Gielgud's gay scandal by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Critic's play shows how the famous actor's arrest was part of the 1950s homosexual witch-huntsThe scandal that almost ended the career of Sir John Gielgud is to be brought to the London stag…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Theatreland reinvents the musical – with politics, porn and Meat Loaf by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

A singalong show about the collapse of Kids Company may seem unpromising, but productions like it are already proving big hits with audiencesFor many theatregoers a big night out on the town…

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Ute Lemper leaves the Weimar’s dark bars to bring positivity to her British audience by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Cabaret star hopes new show based on Paulo Coehlo’s work will inspire UK fansUte Lemper, the queen of dark and subversive cabaret, is known for her interpretation of the bleak songs of Kur…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Give us a break! Theatre bosses dismiss calls to ditch intervals by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

TV writer Steven Moffat’s demand for fewer intermissions ‘does not make financial sense’Theatre and concert hall managers are mounting a fightback this weekend in defence of an endange…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

At home in Jerusalem: Micky Lay, the real-life rebel behind the role that wowed Broadway by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Mark Rylance's star turn as Rooster in Jez Butterworth's play owes much to the time he spent with the hard-drinking Wiltshire wild man who inspired the playwrightWhen Mark Rylance was toast…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dodie Smith’s classic bohemian romance hopes to capture hearts in musical revival by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Coming-of-age novel I Capture the Castle is adapted for the stageOne of Britain’s most popular romantic novels, Dodie Smith’s coming-of-age classic I Capture the Castle, beloved of write…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Meet Britain’s new generation of fearless young female playwrights by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Katherine Soper, winner of the Bruntwood prize, is at the head of a promising group bidding to break down barriersFor any British teenage girl hoping to become a playwright, the chances are …

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

JB Priestley works enjoy remarkable renaissance by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Works of author and playwright once dismissed as voice of bygone era are now being brought to new audiences”Dated” and “unfashionably sedate”: some of the judgments on JB Priestley…

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stage play reveals pressure athletes face to use drugs by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Competitors and coaches gave writer of Deny, Deny, Deny insights into blurred boundaries around cheating in sportOne of Britain’s leading experts on doping in sport, and an adviser to a ne…

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

TV dancers alive and high-kicking 40 years later by Vanessa Thorpearts and Media Correspondent

Former primetime TV dance troupe Second Generation reunites to relive their glory daysHigh-kicking dancers in sequinned jumpsuits, often with bowler hats or feather boas, were once a tradema…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mr Angry of TV comedy severs links with Putin network on way to Edinburgh fringe by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Tom Walker, creator of Jonathan Pie, says it’s now time to move on from the channel that made his name Jonathan Pie, the fictional television reporter who is regularly pushed to the edge o…

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