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Thursday, March 30, 2017

New cast announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Tim Bano

A new cast has been announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in the West End. Jamie

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Hartlepool’s Northern Lights Academy to reopen with technical training focus by Tim Bano

An unused £4.5 million performing arts centre in Hartlepool will open later this year after local councillors agreed to take it over.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Arts Council chair Nicholas Serota defends ‘very small’ funding pot by Tim Bano

Nicholas Serota has justified Arts Council England’s £622 million annual government funding, saying that it is a “very, very small” investment. Responding

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Broadway producer Sean Patrick Flahaven: ‘Hamilton proves you don’t need star casting’ by Tim Bano

Hamilton proves that star casting in musicals is not necessary, according to Broadway producer Sean Patrick Flahaven. Speaking at a panel on

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Which TV channel are the Olivier Awards 2017 broadcast on? by Tim Bano

ITV will broadcast this year’s Olivier Awards in a primetime slot for the first time. The ceremony will be shown on ITV1

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Maureen Beattie and Sharon Duncan-Brewster cast in Simon Stephens play by Tim Bano

London’s Royal Court has announced casting for the world premiere of Nuclear War by Simon Stephens. Maureen Beattie, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Gerrome Miller,

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Theatr Clwyd announces 2017 season by Tim Bano

A major revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice will lead the 2017 season at Theatr Clwyd. Jim Cartwright’s play,

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Belarus Free Theatre forced to cancel show after cast members arrested by Tim Bano

Belarus Free Theatre has been forced to cancel the premiere of its new show in Belarus after several members of the company

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Lekan Lawal: ‘Even if you work in an industry you can feel like an outsider’ by Tim Bano

Lekan Lawal trained as an actor before moving into directing. He is resident at Derby Theatre as part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme. He

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Simon Bradbury wins £10k Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize 2017 by Tim Bano

A Salford-born actor has been named the winner of the 2017 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize. Simon Bradbury will receive £10,000 and the opportunity

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Polka children’s theatre redevelopment plans approved by Tim Bano

Polka Theatre in London has been granted planning permission for a major redevelopment. Plans approved by Merton Council on March 16 will

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Documentary to explore class bias in acting by Tim Bano

A new documentary film will explore class inequality in the acting profession. The Acting Class is the third documentary from directors Mike

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James Cousins: ‘I secretly still want to do musical theatre’ by Tim Bano

In 2012, James Cousins won the New Adventures Choreography Award, which came with a year’s mentorship from Matthew Bourne. His latest piece,

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Jessie Wallace to star in UK tour of Deathtrap by Tim Bano

Former EastEnders actor Jessie Wallace has been cast in a revival of Ira Levin’s thriller Deathtrap. The actor, best known for her

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Callow, Stoppard and Jacobi to attend Shaffer memorial at NT by Tim Bano

A memorial gala will be held for playwright Peter Shaffer at the National Theatre on March 30. The playwright, who died last

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Theatremakers ‘scared to admit mental health problems for fear of losing work’ by Tim Bano

Theatre professionals are so frightened about losing work that they will not admit to mental health problems, according to director Mary Swan.

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ARC Stockton boss: Theatre should forge community partnerships to grow audiences by Tim Bano

Theatres should work with churches and mosques rather than other arts organisations, according to Annabel Turpin, chief executive of ARC Stockton. Speaking

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Stella Duffy on diversity: Theatre industry is ‘screwed’ by Tim Bano

Fun Palaces founder Stella Duffy has accused the theatre industry of being “screwed” when it comes to audience diversity. Speaking to The

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Imaginate renamed Edinburgh International Children’s Festival for 2017 by Tim Bano

Imaginate Festival has announced that it will be renamed the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival as it reveals its 2017 programme. The name

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pleasance announces Named Project 33 pop-up for Edinburgh Fringe 2017 by Tim Bano

Pleasance Theatre Trust has commissioned a bespoke pop-up venue for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to be used alongside its 22 other

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jack Thorne and Vinay Patel win at Royal Television Society Awards 2017 by Tim Bano

Playwrights Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jack Thorne and Vinay Patel were all winners at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards. Waller-Bridge took home the

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Scottish cultural community leaps to defence of expelled US actor by Tim Bano

The creative community in Scotland has united behind a Glasgow-based American actor who has been forced to leave the country. Over 450

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McKellen to reprise Gandalf role in one-man charity show by Tim Bano

Ian McKellen is to star in a one-man show at London’s Park Theatre to raise money for the venue. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Central School of Ballet confirms move to South Bank in 2018 by Tim Bano

Central School of Ballet has announced that it will move to bespoke new premises on London’s South Bank next year. It has

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UK Theatre Awards eye Oliviers tie-up by Tim Bano

The UK Theatre Awards face a shake-up when their application and judging processes are reviewed later this year. One of the possibilities

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Monday, March 20, 2017

West Yorkshire Playhouse gets £25k support for refugee programme by Tim Bano

West Yorkshire Playhouse has received £25,000 for a series of initiatives providing support for refugees and asylum seekers. It is part of

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UK Theatre four-year plan: We’ll fight council cuts and promote diversity by Tim Bano

Improving diversity and protecting local authority funding are at the forefront of UK Theatre’s business plan for the next four years. The

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Janet Suzman to star in one-woman play at Manchester’s Home by Tim Bano

Janet Suzman will star in a revival of Martin Sherman’s one-woman play, Rose, in Manchester later this year. This is the first

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Lourdes Faberes: ‘All my friends were in Miss Saigon, but I can’t sing’ by Tim Bano

Lourdes Faberes grew up in the Philippines before moving to the UK, where she now lives. She is starring in a new

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Banbury Grand Theatre campaigners defeated as council approves flats proposal by Tim Bano

Plans to turn Banbury’s Grand Theatre into flats were approved by Cherwell District Council on March 16, despite strong opposition from campaigners.

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Oxford’s North Wall launches new writing festival by Tim Bano

A festival celebrating new writing will take place in Oxford next month. The inaugural Alchymy festival, based at the North Wall Arts

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