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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Wagatha Christie play faces plot twist after Rebekah Vardy trademark move by Vanessa Thorpe

Producers of West End show Vardy v Rooney say surprise legal move to trademark a pun will be referred to in script A big publicity boost for a West End show can come from the most unexpected…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Sunday, April 16, 2023

‘Our identity is being stolen’: survivors plead for halt to dramas about Grenfell by Mark Townsend and Vanessa Thorpe

Residents and members of bereaved families call on BBC and National Theatre to scrap productions The BBC and the National Theatre are facing rising hostility over two high-profile production…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, April 10, 2023

‘They are the crucial buyers’: theatres tap into the power of female readers by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

The Time Traveler’s Wife and Hamnet are among novels written, and largely read, by women coming to the British stage Female readers are the acknowledged force behind the market in publishe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36AM
Sunday, January 8, 2023

‘It’s my Mousetrap’: Michael Frayn on Noises Off, a farce to be reckoned with by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

The 1982 play stills pulls in crowds from Broadway to Helsinki, and is now returning to the West End for a fifth time. ‘I just can’t understand it,’ says its creator The arrival of a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:00AM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

‘It has added political resonance this year’: why Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol still strikes a chord by Vanessa Thorpe

Audiences can choose from a glut of Ebenezers this festive season, with the infamous miser a more pointed character than ever in these hard times This Christmas, whatever the weather, it wil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Saturday, November 12, 2022

British-born ballet star unites Russian exiles in a dance of defiance by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Xander Parish, who fled St Petersburg in March, talks about his performance this weekend with Russian and Ukrainian artistes When the dancer Xander Parish made his return to the London stage…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Saturday, August 27, 2022

Edinburgh festival’s funniest performers for 2022 are revealed by Vanessa Thorpe and Veronica Lee

Young Latina whose act tackles disability is among the winners at prestigious awards ceremony Both of the top prizes for being funny at the 2022 Edinburgh fringe festival have gone to foreig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM

Sam Campbell wins comedy award at Edinburgh festival fringe 2022 by Vanessa Thorpe

Australian comedian scoops £10,000 prize as Mexican-born American Lara Ricote is named best newcomer The top comedy prizes at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe have gone to foreign ta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

New musical tells the story of wartime hero Alan Turing by Vanessa Thorpe

Edinburgh Fringe show sets out to tell the tale of the code-breaker whose crucial work on German cyphers helped win the second world war From a social outcast to an object of national pity a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37AM
Sunday, July 31, 2022

‘It comes down to taste’: how the Edinburgh comedy awards find tomorrow’s funniest stars by Vanessa Thorpe

Nica Burns, driving force of the festival’s comedy prize, talks about the winners and losers in 40 years of the hugely influential event Comedians have a reputation for being tough: the st…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Saturday, July 2, 2022

Go on, gizza play: Boys from the Blackstuff lives again – on stage by Vanessa Thorpe

Alan Bleasdale works with Sherwood creator James Graham to revisit TV masterpiece When Boys from the Blackstuff went out on television four decades ago, it was hailed as a show that would s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54PM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Alexei Ratmansky: Russian cultural figures must oppose war in Ukraine by Vanessa Thorpe

Distinguished ballet choreographer takes issue with views of his friend, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov • Russia-Ukraine war – latest updates Russian artists and performers must not stay sil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Sunday, January 9, 2022

The last dance? Why prima ballerinas are turning away from the tutu by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Leading dancers and directors say they find the classic costume both physically and artistically restrictive The ballerina’s tutu remains a traditional object of desire for many young girl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

It’s a family show: actors with new babies job-share leading roles by Vanessa Thorpe

Demand is growing to allow flexible working for cast as well as crew in the theatre industry If disaster strikes in the theatre, an understudy replaces a leading actor, sometimes even during…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Dame blame game: now the joke’s on Boris Johnson as panto stars mock No 10 ‘party’ by Vanessa Thorpe

The woes of Britain’s government offer a rich seam of comedy and it’s being mined in theatres and on TVs across the country “Aren’t we all having fun? What about you in the back row?…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12PM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Antisemitism row forces Royal Court theatre to change name of character by Vanessa Thorpe

Criticism from David Baddiel and others prompts about-turn on play due to open this week Al Smith may not be the first British playwright to ask “What’s in a name?”, but this weekend h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

He played Martin Luther King. Next up: a fiery white rightwinger by Vanessa Thorpe

David Harewood cast as William Buckley in James Graham’s new play of fiery 1968 debates with Gore Vidal It was a battle royale fought between American political titans, and it played out o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Monday, September 20, 2021

Tantrum of the opera: how Michael Palin’s angry dad inspired new show by Vanessa Thorpe

Monty Python star has reinvented his play The Weekend as musical theatre Theatres are about to embark on a new “golden age” thanks to the combination of freshly enthused audiences and a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

The show can’t go on: Covid tracking app crippling theatres and venues by Vanessa Thorpe

While capacity crowds are now allowed, productions are being shut down by isolation rules as cast members are ‘pinged’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Wes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Historic London theatre to reopen after multimillion-pound restoration by Vanessa Thorpe

Hit musical Jersey Boys will be first show at the 630-seater Trafalgar theatre in the West End The curtain goes up on Monday on at least one piece of certain good news for the troubled West …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM

Edinburgh fringe performers feel ‘jilted’ as Covid closes venues again by Vanessa Thorpe

Only a handful of events will be staged this year as producers complain about ‘dithering’ by council and Scottish government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus cover…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Theatre newcomers get their chance to shine as London’s West End reopens by Vanessa Thorpe

Impresario Nica Burns is giving 23 young producers their big break with a showcase at top London venues When the curtains finally rise on West End stages again in May, should there really be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Sunday, March 28, 2021

Saved: portrait of the queen of dance who changed the course of ballet by Vanessa Thorpe

Donors contribute to buy painting of Tamara Karsavina, co-founder of the London ballet school A rare and valuable portrait of the Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina, Anna Pavlova’s great r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Monday, March 22, 2021

Outdoor shows and decoy audiences herald return of live theatre this summer by Vanessa Thorpe

Small, agile productions are preparing for a May start, as experts predict virtual events will outlast the pandemic Live entertainment is coming back in two halves, much like a traditional n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Carlos Acosta: ‘There’s a danger we’ll lose a whole generation of young dancers’ by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

The Cuban star talks about his battle to lift spirits at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the film he has made to rally performers as their stages stay dark When Carlos Acosta, considered one…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Sunday, January 24, 2021

From Oliver! to Golda… new life for long-lost Lionel Bart musical by Vanessa Thorpe

Songs from the composer’s doomed show about the Israeli stateswoman will make their debut online The self-taught musical genius Lionel Bart was the Londoner who first successfully challen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Monday, January 4, 2021

Cash for Cate? Struggling arts groups offer donors online access to stars by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

As Zoom fatigue sets in, organisations are seeking creative ways to bring art to patrons to keep them – and their wallets – engaged A concert from your favourite opera singer, delivered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Bryony Kimmings: ‘My opera is like Grayson Perry meets Gareth Malone’ by Vanessa Thorpe

The award-winning performance artist tells why she has penned a libretto starring single mums for a new BBC documentary Bryony Kimmings, the award-winning British performer behind a success…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Saturday, August 15, 2020

‘We must give black talent the stage’ says Young Vic's Kwame Kwei-Armah by Vanessa Thorpe

Playwright and director says BLM and the lockdown have prompted him to stage a financially risky season of black work British culture has been guilty of “hoodwinking” black people into t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Theatres saved from bulldozer by new rules in lockdown by Vanessa Thorpe

Communities secretary announces new planning rules forcing councils to take impact of Covid-19 into account Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Empty theatres a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Alan Ayckbourn: 'People went back to theatres after the plague, but they didn't have Netflix then, did they?' by Vanessa Thorpe

Britain’s most prolific playwright is producing and acting in his own audio play, but he holds out little hope for live theatre in the short term Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s mos…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

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