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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Richard Jordan: I love the World Cup, it makes buying tickets for hit shows easier by Richard Jordan

I have been closely following the World Cup, although I have not watched a single game. The reason is, if you ever

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Richard Jordan: Homophobic attack on Billy Elliot in Hungary is a stark warning for us all by Richard Jordan

A few weeks ago, the Hungarian State Opera was staging its own production of Billy Elliot. This was its third season of

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Richard Jordan: The days of dodgy ticket touts outside venues are over, now there’s a far greater problem by Richard Jordan

At first glance, theatre and aviation may not have much in common. However, a recent experience got me thinking. In March, four days

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Richard Jordan: It’s time to show understudies respect – they might be tomorrow’s stars by Richard Jordan

Understudy Steph Parry’s story of stepping out of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and moments later into the lead role in Mamma Mia! down the street

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Richard Jordan: What has happened to Broadway? Has the US cultural capital become a theme park? by Richard Jordan

Carole Rothman, artistic director of New York’s Second Stage, caused a bit of a stir last year. At the launch event ahead

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Richard Jordan: Hamilton and Harry Potter will define this generation of commercial theatre by Richard Jordan

Here’s a challenge: can you remember the best musical nominees at this year’s Olivier awards? What about those nominees a year earlier

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Richard Jordan: Drop the cynicism, it’s time to embrace the brilliance of the 1980s by Richard Jordan

It’s so 1980s. That’s a criticism, and one that has been frequently levelled at the recent London revival of Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Richard Jordan: Broadway advertising walks a fine line between showmanship and cynicism by Richard Jordan

Theatres have long sought to entice prospective audiences through their doors by emblazoning their marquees and accompanying signage with rapturous quotes from

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Richard Jordan: Theatres taking their visitor’s drinks away leaves a bad taste in the mouth by Richard Jordan

On a recent visit to see Once on This Island at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, I experienced a new level of security check.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Richard Jordan: Will Pretty Woman musical suffer in the era of #TimesUp? by Richard Jordan

A new musical staging of Pretty Woman arrives on Broadway in July. The movie-to-musical format is not a new concept; works such

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Richard Jordan: The theatre industry has a duty of care to those experiencing mental health issues by Richard Jordan

Over the past month, four stories about the entertainment industry have made a deep impression on me. The first was Anne-Marie Duff candidly talking about

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Richard Jordan: The arts can offer a blueprint to tackle antisocial behaviour by Richard Jordan

Over the past few weeks, our news has been preoccupied with the spiralling violence against young people on London’s streets this year. Among

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Richard Jordan: Olivier Awards creative and performance nominations left me baffled by Richard Jordan

In recent years, the Oliviers have often felt at the mercy of the broadcasters, appearing grateful that anyone still wants to put

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Richard Jordan: Who will triumph in the Oliviers’ David-versus-Goliath battle for best new musical? by Richard Jordan

At this Sunday’s Olivier Awards – the West End’s biggest night of the year – will there be a David-and-Goliath moment in

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Richard Jordan: The UK’s disrespect for musicals is holding us back by Richard Jordan

More than any other art form, the musical seems to have the ability to cause an extreme reaction – either in support

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Richard Jordan: Place is crucial to a new play’s success and can send it global by Richard Jordan

I have been in Australia and New Zealand for the past few weeks, experiencing the major festival season that runs in both

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Richard Jordan: Theatres need controls to weather the storm of cancellation chaos by Richard Jordan

In recent weeks, the UK was hit by severe weather – blizzards, gales and extreme cold – forcing the Met Office to issue

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Richard Jordan: Adelaide’s cultural blueprint thrives on marriage of something old and something new by Richard Jordan

On a street in Adelaide, two solo shows are currently running in neighbouring theatres. Both take their audiences on a journey into space

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Richard Jordan: Performing arts markets with heart aid collaborations as well as sales by Richard Jordan

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) took place in Brisbane last week. It was the final one in this city, which hosted

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Richard Jordan: Musicals are flourishing, so why don’t we hear them on the radio? by Richard Jordan

Two of the top-selling chart albums of the past 12 months were Alfie Boe and Michael Ball’s Together Again, and Leading Ladies, featuring West End stars Beverley

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Richard Jordan: Bravery is key as artistic directors face theatre’s wheel of fortune by Richard Jordan

Theatre is often compared to a race: which building or company is getting ahead? Which is falling behind? A theatre can end up

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Richard Jordan: Sweetpea Slight’s memoirs reveal the climate of harassment that must end by Richard Jordan

In the same week that The Stage published its harassment report, I finished reading Get Me the Urgent Biscuits, Sweetpea Slight’s memoir about working as an assistant

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Richard Jordan: Producing theatre in Iran and the US taught me to keep an open mind by Richard Jordan

Last week, I received the accolade of becoming the first British producer to have opened theatre productions simultaneously in the US and Iran

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Richard Jordan: Forget star names, it’s time to celebrate the company men by Richard Jordan

Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s double-dealing real-estate drama, ends its revival run at London’s Playhouse Theatre next week. When the Olivier nominations are announced

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Richard Jordan: With a life well-lived in the theatre, James Barber was an inspiration by Richard Jordan

James Barber may not be a familiar name to those outside the industry, but he was as great a star as any

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Richard Jordan: Must a West End musical run for 15 years to be deemed a success? by Richard Jordan

Last Saturday, two productions closed in the West End, but with differing fortunes. The first was the long-running Stomp. After 15 years in

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Richard Jordan: End-of-year lists help us not only remember, but also look forward by Richard Jordan

We are a nation obsessed with lists. The end of the year brings out the annual countdowns featuring everything from gaffes to

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Richard Jordan: Creating a great pantomime dame is a Herculean task for an actor by Richard Jordan

This year, I will be heading to the Pavilion Theatre Gorleston to see Cinderella, perhaps not the most obvious pantomime destination amid the UK’s

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Richard Jordan: Timing is everything when current affairs can make or break plays by Richard Jordan

Venus in Fur, the hit Broadway show by US playwright David Ives, ended its first British run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last Saturday.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Richard Jordan: Capital of Culture decision raises fears of devastating cross-border losses for UK arts by Richard Jordan

In these globally turbulent times of Trump, Brexit and a myriad of other issues, the social purpose of theatre has never been more

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Richard Jordan: Theatres and productions become collateral damage in this climate of accusations by Richard Jordan

Theatre finds itself between a rock and hard place. The past couple of months have left many of us with a mix of emotions and

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