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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dublin Theatre Festival announces 2017 programme by Michael Quinn

New plays by Stacey Gregg, Sebastian Barry and Belinda McKeon are to feature in the 60th Dublin Theatre Festival alongside playwright Enda

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Obituary: Richard Findlay by Michael Quinn

There weren’t many areas of the arts and broadcasting in Scotland that Richard Findlay wasn’t involved with or that didn’t benefit from

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Belfast International Arts Festival unveils 2017 programme by Michael Quinn

Four major UK and Irish theatre premieres have been announced as headline events in this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival. The festival’s

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Talent agent Mark Butler banned after investigation into ‘inappropriate conduct’ by Michael Quinn

An agent operating in Northern Ireland has been banned from the business for 10 years, following investigations into complaints from a number

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Obituary: Peter Austin by Michael Quinn

Peter Austin was one of theatre’s unsung backroom stars as manager of West End venue the Prince Edward Theatre and administrator of Littlestar,

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Obituary: David Dean by Michael Quinn

David Dean created costume designs for some of the greatest choreographers and directors of the last half-century, held important positions with the

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Obituary: Carol Lee Scott by Michael Quinn

At just 5ft 2in tall and weighing 20 stone, for a time in the 1970s Carol Lee Scott advertised herself in The

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Obituary: Norman Ayrton by Michael Quinn

In leading teaching posts with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School

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Obituary: Brian Cant by Michael Quinn

For adults of a certain age, Brian Cant was the personification of children’s television in an era long before the thin gruel

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Theater Der Welt: How Germany’s biggest festival is breaking borders beyond Europe by Michael Quinn

Migration, trade and climate change all featured on the agenda of this year’s Theater Der Welt. Michael Quinn finds out how it

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Irish Arts Council announces funding shake-up by Michael Quinn

Funding of the arts in Ireland is to be revamped by new guidelines that promise to broaden access and provide greater stability

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Obituary: Knight Mantell by Michael Quinn

Reviewing a Manchester University student performance of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II in 1964, The Stage singled out Knight Mantell’s Mortimer as “a

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Obituary: Heathcote Williams by Michael Quinn

A maverick figure who used theatre and poetry to engage with emerging political and social concerns, Heathcote Williams was often anarchically irreverent

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Merger to create Ireland’s national opera company by Michael Quinn

Two of Ireland’s leading opera companies are to merge to form a new national company, in a move described as “a major

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Playwright Heathcote Williams dies aged 75 by Michael Quinn

The playwright, poet and political activist Heathcote Williams has died at the age of 75. He had been ill for some time

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

How cuts are crippling Northern Ireland theatre by Michael Quinn

With funding slashed over the past decade, Michael Quinn looks at the consequences for Northern Irish arts organisations, from companies feeling the

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Obituary: Jill Martin by Michael Quinn

Jill Martin’s place in theatre history was secured in 2001 when she became the only actor to appear in all three West

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Obituary: Lyn James by Michael Quinn

In an era before Australian soap operas became a seemingly permanent fixture on televisions worldwide, Lyn James found herself as the star

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Galway theatre voted Ireland’s favourite building by Michael Quinn

Galway’s O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance has been voted Ireland’s favourite building in a poll conducted by the Royal Institute

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dublin theatre to be demolished and replaced with hotel by Michael Quinn

Plans have been approved by Dublin City Council to demolish the former Andrews Lane Theatre. The city-centre venue has been sold for

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Women playwrights up only 2% in past 10 years in Ireland – report by Michael Quinn

The proportion of women writing new plays for Ireland’s stages has increased by just 2% in the past decade, claims a new

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Obituary: Sophie Partridge by Michael Quinn

Sophie Partridge was a dynamic performer, writer, broadcaster and political campaigner. Born with brittle bone syndrome, she proved as tireless as she was

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Northern Ireland Arts Council forced to raid Lottery funds amid political deadlock by Michael Quinn

Northern Ireland’s arts organisations have entered their second decade of successive annual funding cuts with the announcement of further reductions of up

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Obituary: AR Gurney by Michael Quinn

AR Gurney was one of the most prolific American playwrights of his generation, producing almost a play per year alongside two musicals,

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Irish government creates Department of Culture by Michael Quinn

Ireland’s new Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar has announced the creation of a Department of Culture “with a budget to match” as

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Obituary: Helen Pringle by Michael Quinn

Helen Pringle, who has died from cancer at the age of 50, was a tireless advocate of theatre as a force for

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Obituary: Peter Sallis by Michael Quinn

With a voice that sounded like it had been knitted from homespun wool, Peter Sallis found fame late in life as the

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Actor and disability campaigner Sophie Partridge dies by Michael Quinn

The actor, playwright and political campaigner Sophie Partridge has died at the age of 48. Her death on June 5 was confirmed

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Best-funded theatres in Ireland have worst gender balance – study by Michael Quinn

The Irish theatres that receive the most public funding are the worst at achieving gender balance in their work, according to a

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Obituary: John Noakes by Michael Quinn

When John Noakes joined the BBC’s flagship children’s programme Blue Peter in 1967, the Beatles were in their pomp and the sober

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Obituary: Roy Barraclough by Michael Quinn

Roy Barraclough’s television fame as theatrical agent-turned Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, and as the affectedly haughty Cissie to

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