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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tracy Brabin: ‘I’ve had an amazing career – it’s a gift to get to have another one’ by Tim Bano

Real-life tragedy in Tracy Brabin’s hometown catapulted the former theatre and TV actor into the political spotlight. A year after she was

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Seagull review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘a manifesto’ by Tim Bano

It’s been a busy week for Simon Stephens with a show opening in the West End and now this new Chekhov adaptation

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hansel and Gretel review at V&A Museum of Childhood – ‘resourceful, accessible opera’ by Tim Bano

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is full of catchy ditties and an easy-to-follow plot. It’s already one of the most accessible operas

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Spektrix: Meet the innovators spearheading the ticketing tech revolution by Tim Bano

When two theatre-lovers set up a cloud-based ticketing platform 10 years ago, most venues were using outdated box-office technology. Tim Bano investigates

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Victory Condition review at Royal Court, London – ‘unsettling and beautiful’ by Tim Bano

Chris Thorpe is one of the sharpest philosophers and most beautiful poets in playwriting today. In Victory Condition those two talents meet,

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Labour of Love review at the Noel Coward Theatre, London – ‘light, political and nostalgic’ by Tim Bano

Few living playwrights get to see two of their new plays run concurrently in the West End. Fewer still can boast a

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jane Eyre review at Lyttelton, National Theatre, London – ‘very decent production’ by Tim Bano

Three years ago, when this adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel premiered in Bristol before transferring to the National, it stood on a

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Ramona Tells Jim review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘comic clarity’ by Tim Bano

Sophie Wu’s second play, Ramona Tells Jim, contrasts adolescent coming of age with what comes after the end of adolescence. In 1998,

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

35mm: A Musical Exhibition review at the Other Palace, London – ‘a hit and miss musical’ by Tim Bano

The concept behind Ryan Scott Oliver’s song cycle – 15 songs based on 15 photographs – is that each picture captures a

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Unknown Island review at the Gate Theatre, London – ‘playful and profound’ by Tim Bano

Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago hides a great deal of wisdom and complexity behind the simplicity of his short story, The Unknown Island.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Woyzeck in Winter review at Barbican, London – ‘intriguingly strange’ by Tim Bano

Georg Buchner’s unfinished 1836 play is one of bizarre, staccato episodes – like the army captain mocking foot soldier Woyzeck for his

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Actor and singer Rachel Lumberg: ‘I left drama school to do a show with Colin Firth and Minnie Driver’ by Tim Bano

After working with writer Tim Firth on several shows, including Calendar Girls, Rachel Lumberg is now playing the lead part in Take

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Follies review at the National Theatre, London – ‘not just triumphant, but transcendent’ by Tim Bano

Regularly topping lists of all-time best shows, Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 musical has spawned some of the composer’s biggest hits, songs employed with

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Artist and producer Shabnam Shabazi: ‘I was a political refugee from Iran, so I had a lot of stories’ by Tim Bano

After working as a director with Max Stafford-Clark and Ian Rickson, Shabnam Shabazi began to move into live art, creating a series of

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Ben Forster to host The Stage Debut Awards 2017 by Tim Bano

Ben Forster has been announced as the host of The Stage Debut Awards 2017. The actor and singer is playing the lead

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Sarah Lancashire pulls out of James Graham’s Labour of Love by Tim Bano

Sarah Lancashire has pulled out of the world premiere of James Graham’s Labour of Love “on doctor’s advice”. She will be replaced

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Douglas Henshall joins cast of Network at National Theatre by Tim Bano

Douglas Henshall will join the cast of Network at the National Theatre. He plays Max Schumacher in the production, alongside previously announced

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Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins to star in revival of serial killer play by Tim Bano

Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins are to star in a revival of Bryony Lavery’s play Frozen. The psychological thriller, which runs at

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tobacco Factory and Glasgow Citizens among recipients of Theatres Trust maintenance grants by Tim Bano

Six theatres have each received a share of almost £30,000 in the latest round of the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme. Administered

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Hamlet review at Park Theatre, London – ‘peculiar and pointless’ by Tim Bano

There’s vanity, and then there’s the Brandreth family Hamlet. Mercifully condensed to 90 minutes and incomprehensibly to three performers, the production takes

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Riz Ahmed, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson back free drama school audition scheme by Tim Bano

A new scheme has launched aimed at helping people from low-income backgrounds get into drama school. David Morrissey, Amanda Redman, Emilia Clarke,

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Girl from the North Country announces cast recording by Tim Bano

A cast recording of Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson musical Girl from the North Country will be released on September 29. The

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Petition launched to revive Plymouth’s ‘crumbling’ Palace Theatre by Tim Bano

A new petition urging Plymouth City Council to save the derelict Palace Theatre has attracted almost 3,500 supporters. It has been launched

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hannah Gadsby and John Robins named joint winners of Edinburgh Comedy Awards by Tim Bano

Hannah Gadsby and John Robins have jointly been awarded the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award for best comedy show. This is the first

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Welsh Assembly opens inquiry into alternative income for the arts by Tim Bano

The Welsh Assembly has launched an inquiry to investigate how the arts sector in Wales can increase non-public funding. Currently, £31.2 million

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Selina Thompson, Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava win in the final round of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2017 by Tim Bano

Selina Thompson’s Salt and Mouthpiece by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava have been recognised by The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2017 in the

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Designs for £31m creative district in Woolwich unveiled by Tim Bano

Architecture firm Bennetts Associates has been appointed to design a new £31 million creative district in London. The company has released initial

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mobile app launched to help actors self-tape auditions by Tim Bano

A new app has been developed to help actors record and submit self-taped video auditions. Shoot Me! takes users through the process

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Ticket buyers receive £112,000 in refunds following North Devon theatres’ closure by Tim Bano

More than 1,500 people who bought tickets for shows at two theatres in North Devon that closed suddenly have been repaid a

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Actor and writer Rosalind Blessed: ‘I don’t try to be the next Beckett, I just write what I know’ by Tim Bano

Growing up in a family of actors, Rosalind Blessed was never a stranger to the theatre world. Now she has written and

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Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist announced by Tim Bano

Spencer Jones, Mae Martin and John Robins are among the nominees for this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards. They have been nominated for

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