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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Richard Jordan: The Weinstein scandal will have big ramifications for theatre by Richard Jordan

Harvey Weinstein has become the face of harassment, bullying and all that is bad within the entertainment industry. After the revelations of

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Richard Jordan: Theatres must avoid being dazzled by pound signs and think carefully about pre-show adverts by Richard Jordan

For many, the adverts and trailers before a film only add to the experience of going to the cinema. However, there’s been an

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Richard Jordan: Like Peter Hall, Rufus Norris is a canny producer and it’s time he got the plaudits by Richard Jordan

Sometimes I think being the artistic director of a theatre must be a bit like being a Premiership football manager. In one

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Richard Jordan: Theatres risk alienating audiences with aggressive security checks by Richard Jordan

Who are the most important people working each night in the theatre? The box office, ushers, actors and bar staff. They are

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Richard Jordan: Indoor and outdoor performance is bringing hope to the UK’s coastal towns by Richard Jordan

The writer Philip Hoare describes Torquay as “a place about appearance and disappearance, changing to suit the times and its visitors”. He

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Richard Jordan: Should Starlight Express be overhauled for today or embrace its 1980s roots? by Richard Jordan

Shell suits, big shoulder pads, Dallas, Margaret Thatcher, Starlight Express… remember the 1980s? For British theatre, the decade may be best remembered

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Richard Jordan: Theatre faces becoming irrelevant if it doesn’t fix class problem by Richard Jordan

As a producer, I sometimes feel I have failed when I look out at an audience for one of my shows and

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Richard Jordan: I love the fringe, but those taking part need more mental health support by Richard Jordan

The end of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe was marked, as ever, with the various awards presented across the city, its annual take

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Richard Jordan: Keep your ear to the ground and your mind open to make the best of the fringe by Richard Jordan

Edinburgh can frequently present surprises – not just in discovering shows but also unearthing artists appearing for the first time, or finding

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Richard Jordan: The great festival divide – why Ayckbourn’s latest should be playing at the EIF by Richard Jordan

When the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival programme was launched, several of my colleagues raised an eyebrow that a new two-part play called The Divide by Alan Ayckbourn

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Richard Jordan: Has protest become commoditised at Edinburgh Fringe? by Richard Jordan

Seventy years ago, eight companies who had not been included in the inaugural Edinburgh Festival pitched up with their productions in protest. The

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Richard Jordan: Theatre needs a louder voice on radio and TV by Richard Jordan

Last week, the BBC announced it had performed an abrupt U-turn on its decision to axe the weekly Saturday Review, one of

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Richard Jordan: 12 months on from the worst West End audience ever by Richard Jordan

Just over a year ago, I was sat in a West End auditorium with the worst-behaved audience I had ever experienced at

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Richard Jordan: Why the Bob Dylan ‘musical’ could be the most important West End show of the year by Richard Jordan

There is possibly more riding on Girl from the North Country when it opens next Wednesday at the Old Vic Theatre than any other show to play the

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Richard Jordan: Decline of public transport is a key threat to regional theatres by Richard Jordan

“Everyone should train for the stage” was a 1980s slogan that ran on one of British Rail’s many advertising campaigns to promote using

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Richard Jordan: Why don’t more theatres hire theatre critics? by Richard Jordan

Why do we not see more critics given roles as associates or in literary posts within our producing theatres? This thought occurred

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Richard Jordan: Fail to think about the audience, and they will fail to think about you by Richard Jordan

As a 15-year-old in 1990 watching a preview of The Comedy of Errors from the balcony at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, I

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Richard Jordan: Beware the rise of the clickbait critic by Richard Jordan

“Bring me the head of Yael Faber, and while you’re at it, a side order of whoever commissioned this dross,” was Matt Trueman’s opening line

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Richard Jordan: To protect theatre’s future, we mustn’t rely on bankable stars by Richard Jordan

Only a small handful of actors are critic proof. These are the performers who can be cast in almost any production and

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Richard Jordan: Broadway musicals cannot live on Tonys wins alone by Richard Jordan

And Broadway’s 2017 new musical biggest winner is… Anastasia. No, that’s not a typo. Anastasia, the new musical by Stephen Flaherty and

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Richard Jordan: Why there’s no easy answer to protecting theatres from terrorism by Richard Jordan

I am sure that, like me, the recent terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena sits heavy on your mind. In the following

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Richard Jordan: This trend for scrapping the interval isn’t doing theatre any favours by Richard Jordan

In recent years, I have observed a development in the experience of theatregoing that worries me. Friends and colleagues virtually cartwheel with joy

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Richard Jordan: It’s crucial that traditional circus isn’t lost for good by Richard Jordan

On May 21, after 146 years, the legendary Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey circus will pack up for good and with it

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Richard Jordan: How will we mint the next generation of classics? by Richard Jordan

What makes a play become a classic? Who decides? You can wait for the playwright to die, and assess the body of

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Richard Jordan: Is the true spirit of the West End being lost? by Richard Jordan

Anyone who has ever worked on Broadway will tell you how intoxicating it is to be a part of its theatre community. New

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Richard Jordan: The small festival that inspired a farmer to plan an ambitious laser show by Richard Jordan

Travel may broaden the mind, but so too can theatre. Wherever you travel and whatever you see, theatre gathers a community, bringing it

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Richard Jordan: Why are US critics taking potshots at British musical revivals? by Richard Jordan

Have you ever had that moment where you read a review and so vehemently disagreed with it that it made you angry?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oliviers 2017: Richard Jordan – Just who are the Olivier Awards for? by Richard Jordan

You didn’t need a crystal ball to see that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would cast its spell over the Oliviers

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Richard Jordan: Is the Royal Albert Hall the right venue for the Olivier Awards 2017? by Richard Jordan

This Sunday is the biggest night in the UK theatre awards calendar: the Laurence Olivier Awards. In many respects the Olivier Awards show

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Richard Jordan: Mischief Theatre’s Broadway punt is by no means a sure thing by Richard Jordan

This weekend, The Play That Goes Wrong receives its Broadway premiere. It continues a remarkable journey for the production and its creator, Mischief Theatre. The Play That

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Richard Jordan: What keeps producers heading back to the fringe? by Richard Jordan

I have just spent the past week at the Adelaide Fringe. It was my 11th visit to the event and this year

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