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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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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Richard Jordan: West End’s drama boom proves the importance of supporting regional theatre by Richard Jordan

Two new plays, Labour of Love and Ink, are currently running at the Noel Coward and the Duke of York, neighbouring theatres

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Richard Jordan: It’s easier now to apply for roles, but is that causing problems for producers? by Richard Jordan

We all know how competitive the theatre profession is. “How many actors does it take to change a light bulb?” I heard

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Richard Jordan: Regional theatre risks pricing out punters at the worst time by Richard Jordan

Ask theatre devotees what first sparked their love of the stage, and many will answer that it was a show at their

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Richard Jordan: Musical lyrics can be literature, it’s time their writers got the respect they deserve by Richard Jordan

Can lyrics be literature? That was the subject of a platform event that took place during the recent Old Vic run of Girl

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Richard Jordan: The burnout of Broadway’s Great Comet has no winners but many lessons for commercial theatre by Richard Jordan

It’s rather depressing to walk past Broadway’s Imperial Theatre at the moment. A notice pinned on its locked front doors reads: “The Great

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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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