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Friday, November 24, 2017

UK cities stunned as EU blocks European Capital of Culture bids by Michael Quinn

Five British cities competing to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023 have been left reeling after it emerged the European

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Obituary: Sandy Neilson by Michael Quinn

Sandy Neilson was one of the most influential figures in Scottish theatre over the past half-century. As an actor, director and teacher,

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Obituary: Keith Barron by Michael Quinn

In later years, Keith Barron came to lament the success of the ITV sitcom that made him a household name. Eric Chappell’s

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Obituary: Trevor ‘Ziggy’ Byfield by Michael Quinn

Trevor Byfield’s career was unusual in its division between his Ziggy Byfield persona – in which he was prominent in the fashion

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Obituary: James Sharkey by Michael Quinn

When The Stage published its first edition of The Stage 100 list in 1997, James Sharkey was one of only two agents

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Former Gate director Michael Colgan apologises for ‘politically incorrect’ behaviour by Michael Quinn

Michael Colgan, former artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, has said his “behaviour should not be equated with sex crimes”,

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Plans for upgraded West End TKTS booth get green light by Michael Quinn

A new TKTS discount ticket office in Leicester Square has been approved by Westminster City Council. Designed by Moxon Architects, the new

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Dublin’s Gate to review harassment claims against former artistic director Michael Colgan by Michael Quinn

The Gate Theatre in Dublin has announced an independent review into allegations of sexual harassment and bullying made against former artistic director

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Obituary: Peter Plouviez by Michael Quinn

When he stood down as general secretary of Equity in 1991, the American entertainment bible Variety described Peter Plouviez as “probably Britain’s

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Obituary: Trevor Martin by Michael Quinn

Although Trevor Martin performed alongside Laurence Olivier, enjoyed long relationships with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, and appeared regularly in

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Campaigners fear Brighton Hippodrome will be sold for non-theatre use by Michael Quinn

The future of the Brighton Hippodrome “continues to hang in the balance” campaigners have claimed, amid concerns that it could be sold

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate wins 2017 Linbury Prize for stage design by Michael Quinn

Basia Binkowska has been announced as the overall winner of the 2017 Linbury Prize for stage design in the award’s 30th-anniversary year.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Obituary: Rosemary Leach by Michael Quinn

Although television came to dominate Rosemary Leach’s career, she never abandoned the stage, maintaining a profile in regional and fringe theatre and

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Monday, October 30, 2017

V&A acquires Wilton’s Music Hall archive by Michael Quinn

The archive of Wilton’s Music Hall, which includes items dating back to 1871, has been acquired by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Scottish actor and director Sandy Neilson dies aged 74 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the actor and director Sandy Neilson, a stalwart of Scottish theatre over the past 40 years, who

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Obituary: Roy Dotrice by Michael Quinn

A recipient of Tony and BAFTA awards, Roy Dotrice had two other claims to fame – or, at least, to longevity and

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Obituary: Bobby Knutt by Michael Quinn

Bobby Knutt was already a name on the northern club circuit and in summer season variety shows when he found wider –

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Former Equity general secretary Peter Plouviez dies aged 86 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to Peter Plouviez, the former general secretary of Equity, following his death on October 5, aged 86. In

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Irish Arts Council chair criticises 5% funding increase as ‘huge disappointment’ by Michael Quinn

The chair of the Arts Council of Ireland has described a 5% increase in the organisation’s funding for 2018 as “a huge

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Obituary: Benjamin Whitrow by Michael Quinn

In a stage career that spanned six decades, Benjamin Whitrow was a supporting actor of consummate elegance who proved time and again

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Obituary: Tony Booth by Michael Quinn

As the opinionated, left-wing “Scouse git” son-in-law to Warren Mitchell’s Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part, Tony Booth was the

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Belfast International Arts Festival: telling ‘a new narrative’ about Northern Ireland by Michael Quinn

The Belfast International Arts Festival is Northern Ireland’s largest annual arts event and one of the region’s oldest celebrations of live performance.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Obituary: Liz Dawn by Michael Quinn

From gobby machinist to preening landlady of the Rovers Return, Liz Dawn’s 34 years in Coronation Street made her one of the

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Obituary: Barry Dennen by Michael Quinn

It would have been enough to have been known as the man who launched Barbra Streisand’s career, but Barry Dennen was himself

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Ruth McGowan named director of Dublin Fringe by Michael Quinn

Dublin Fringe Festival has announced the appointment of Ruth McGowan as its new festival director. McGowan, who will take up the post

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Obituary: Michael Twomey by Michael Quinn

Few actors win the freedom of their birthplace, but such was Michael Twomey’s contribution to theatre in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city, that

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Obituary: Henry Wrong by Michael Quinn

When it opened in 1982, the Barbican Centre in the heart of the City of London was Europe’s largest arts centre. Such

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Obituary: Tom Elliott by Michael Quinn

As storyline editor and scriptwriter on Coronation Street for a 15-year period from 1983, Tom Elliott shaped the fortunes of ITV’s flagship

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Jesus Christ Superstar performer Barry Dennen dies aged 79 by Michael Quinn

Barry Dennen, who played the master of ceremonies in the West End premiere of Cabaret and created the role of Pontius Pilate

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Actor Tony Booth dies aged 85 by Michael Quinn

The actor and political activist Tony Booth, who found fame in Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 85. His death

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Obituary: Peter Whalley by Michael Quinn

Peter Whalley earned a place in television lore as the most prolific writer for ITV’s long-running soap opera Coronation Street, contributing 600

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