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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dancer Oti Mabuse: ‘I’m bringing everything I’ve learned from Strictly to the rehearsal room’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Born in South Africa, Oti Mabuse enjoyed a stellar career as a Latin American dancer before becoming a regular on the BBC’s

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Obituary: Michael Ross – ‘gifted playwright whose work tackled contemporary issues’ by Nick Smurthwaite

The playwright Michael Ross, whose latest work, The Shy Manifesto, recently finished a five-week UK tour, has died of cancer, aged 40.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Obituary: Michael Thomas – ‘widely admired stage and TV actor’ by Nick Smurthwaite

A hard-working and widely admired stage and TV actor for more than five decades, Michael Thomas was a fixture at the National

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Trials of Oscar Wilde: How the notorious courtroom drama was brought to life by Nick Smurthwaite

The real story of the trials that led to Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment returns for a UK tour this month. Merlin Holland tells

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrating the unique ar tistry of ballerina Annette Page by Nick Smurthwaite

The Royal Ballet marks the contribution and performances of Annette Page this month. Her husband and former dance partner Ronald Hynd talks

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Floating suitcases, flying canes and ‘frissons of magic’ – illusions that thrill West End audiences by Nick Smurthwaite

Whether propelling a cane across the stage or teaching Mark Rylance the three-card monte, magic consultants add spectacle to stage and screen

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Its best-kept secret’ – a glimpse into the National Theatre Archive by Nick Smurthwaite

To celebrate 25 years of the National Theatre Archive, an exhibition of pieces selected by 25 theatremakers, scholars and one critic has

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Stones in His Pockets: ‘As relevant and timeless as it was 20 years ago’ by Nick Smurthwaite

The multi-award winning play about a blockbuster film set in Ireland enraptured audiences when it premiered in 1996, and now it’s back

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Friday, February 1, 2019

How Miles Jupp’s solo show is bringing the remarkable story of Mary Poppins star David Tomlinson to life by Nick Smurthwaite

Familiar to many from his appearances in classic Disney films, David Tomlinson’s extensive screen career was matched by an equally colourful family

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Friday, January 25, 2019

How Dracula was created in the West End and is returning to the library that inspired Bram Stoker by Nick Smurthwaite

Bram Stoker was not only a novelist, but the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre and it was in the library around

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Omnibus Theatre: the south London fringe venue fostering a creative community for all by Nick Smurthwaite

Saved from the hands of developers and transformed into a thriving performing arts space, the Omnibus Theatre boasts a glorious shabby-chic interior

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Friday, January 11, 2019

How Richard Briers’ stage work brought out The Good Life actor’s serious side by Nick Smurthwaite

Richard Briers found fame in beloved TV sitcoms including The Good Life, but his real love was theatre. Biographer James Hogg tells

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Laurel and Hardy: How the world’s favourite double act came to tour UK theatres by Nick Smurthwaite

Towards the end of their careers Laurel and Hardy embarked on a UK tour, performing up to 13 shows a week. Stan

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Inside the model box: the National Theatre’s Playing With Scale exhibition by Nick Smurthwaite

A new exhibition at the National Theatre, Playing With Scale, explores why, in the digital era, theatre designers still use model boxes

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Bringing theatre back to life at Alexandra Palace by Nick Smurthwaite

For the first time in 80 years, theatre is back at north London venue. Nick Smurthwaite takes a looks at how the

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Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: The open-air show that thrilled crowds from New York to Essex by Nick Smurthwaite

Before ‘cowboys and Indians’ arrived on the silver screen, Colonel William F Cody staged outdoor spectaculars around the UK, starring hundreds of

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘A tonic for troops’: What British theatre did in the First World War by Nick Smurthwaite

UK entertainers played a vital role in the war effort, as a new book by Roger Foss explains. Nick Smurthwaite discovers how

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Writer and actor Alan McHugh: ‘I never take a pantomime audience for granted – I try to top last year’s show’ by Nick Smurthwaite

In January most people are trying to forget Christmas – with the extra weight, debt and broken toys – but it’s at

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Panto at the Palladium: Dicks, dames and queens at the London’s home of pantomime by Nick Smurthwaite

The Palladium staged its first pantomime in 1914 and developed a tradition that brought the biggest stars to its stage. Nick Smurthwaite

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Friday, November 16, 2018

York’s panto legend Berwick Kaler: ‘The day I can’t bend down to tie my laces is the day I retire’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Having delighted audiences at York Theatre Royal for four decades, the veteran dame tells Nick Smurthwaite about getting into the business, overcoming

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Meet Charlotte Charke, the cross-dressing heroine and first female Hamlet by Nick Smurthwaite

Charlie Ryall was introduced to 18th-century theatremaker Charlotte Charke at the age of 10 by her father, actor David Ryall. She tells

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Fight director Malcolm Ranson: ‘Actors sometimes get hit through lack of concentration’ by Nick Smurthwaite

The fight director’s body of work includes Les Miserables and TV hits such as Blackadder. He talks to Nick Smurthwaite about the

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Friday, October 26, 2018

How David Garrick, theatre’s first star, brought respectability to the stage by Nick Smurthwaite

David Garrick helped define modern theatre. Nick Smurthwaite reviews Norman S Poser’s new study of the theatrical star, who brought naturalism to

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Oxford Playhouse: the theatre where Burton, Taylor and Dench cut their teeth by Nick Smurthwaite

It is 80 years since Oxford Playhouse started with a weekly rep, and has staged professional and student shows since. Nick Smurthwaite

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Actor Bernard Cribbins: ‘My only regret is not doing a western’ by Nick Smurthwaite

As nearly 90, pop culture’s Renaissance man has published his autobiography looking back on a career encompassing everything from Shakespeare, pop hits,

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Obituary: Denis Norden – ‘Witty, clipboard-clutching host of It’ll Be Alright on the Night’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Though he became nationally known in the 1980s as the witty, clipboard-clutching host of It’ll Be Alright on the Night, Denis Norden’s

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Monday, October 1, 2018

How technical training keeps up with an evolving theatre industry by Nick Smurthwaite

As backstage technology becomes ever more sophisticated, staff from leading schools tell Nick Smurthwaite how they are equipping students with the skills

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The golden age of the playbill: how the British Library is rediscovering Victorian posters by Nick Smurthwaite

The British Library owns more than 240,000 posters and playbills, in some cases more than 300 years old, but to be protected,

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

50 years since the end of theatre censorship: how the Lord Chamberlain was given the boot by Nick Smurthwaite

Half a century on from the end of official British theatre censorship, Nick Smurthwaite looks at writers and critics who campaigned for

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Exclusive interview: The Young Ones’ Nigel Planer and Adrian Edmondson reunite on stage by Nick Smurthwaite

More than 35 years since The Young Ones, Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer are working on a stage project. They tell Nick

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Goon Show returns: how a new play is celebrating Milligan and co by Nick Smurthwaite

The Goon Show burst on to the airwaves in 1951 and changed comedy forever. As a stage version of the classic radio

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