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Saturday, July 6, 2019

West End rediscovers the pure joy of farce (and missing trousers) by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Broad stage theatre comedy full of plot twists, puns and frantic action is finding a new audienceThe stage is set like a hotel bedroom where a scantily clad woman is hiding inside a wardrobe…

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National Theatre defends asking lesbians to leave bar by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Women claim staff did not ‘like the T-shirts we are wearing’ but NT says the action was ‘a result of a series of disturbances’ The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter w…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hamilton’s young star says Britain must confront its colonial past by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Jamael Westman explains how his role in the West End show has affected his politics as well as his careerThe swift rise to fame of Jamael Westman, leading man in the London cast of the hit m…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

New life for historic theatre as it faces up to ‘slave trade’ past by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Bristol’s Old Vic confronts its controversial 250-year-old past on its relaunch after a £25m faceliftOne of the oldest theatres in Europe, Bristol Old Vic, is finally to have a proper fro…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rose Matafeo wins Edinburgh best comedy show award by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

New Zealander’s show about sex and modern social mores scoops top comedy gongThe New Zealander Rose Matafeo has won the coveted best comedy show award at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.Her …

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Why does British theatre leave working-class actors waiting in the wings? by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Poorer drama students face an uphill struggle, with funding cuts and rising fees. But British theatre may be the loser unless more actors from a range of backgrounds take centre stageWhen Ir…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

What’s trickier than Brexit? Writing a TV drama about it by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Dramatists behind a C4 film and two plays about the referendum must contend with the way facts and key players in this divisive issue are still shiftingIt is the divisive issue that will com…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Stage hit celebrates the weatherman who prevented D-Day disaster by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Story of Scottish meteorologist James Stagg’s crucial intervention in Operation Overlord comes to the West End in tense drama PressureA tense historical drama celebrating the D-day interve…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shirley Porter’s London housing scandal to be relived on stage near Grenfell Tower by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Director of theatre near fire that killed 71 people picks play about gerrymandering in 1980s as debut productionA play about a notorious social housing scandal is to be staged in a new theat…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

London diners get immersed in the jazz age, Bombay style by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Actors reproduce lost world of ‘Indian noir’ in former art deco department store, which will afterwards become part of the Dishoom restaurant chainAmid clouds of cigarette smoke and the …

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Globe director Emma Rice embroiled in new funding controversy by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Rival arts organisations cry foul at award of £2m in Arts Council funding to her next theatrical venture, Wise ChildrenThe beleaguered stage director Emma Rice, who is to step down from run…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Theatreland reinvents the musical – with politics, porn and Meat Loaf by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

A singalong show about the collapse of Kids Company may seem unpromising, but productions like it are already proving big hits with audiencesFor many theatregoers a big night out on the town…

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Ute Lemper leaves the Weimar’s dark bars to bring positivity to her British audience by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Cabaret star hopes new show based on Paulo Coehlo’s work will inspire UK fansUte Lemper, the queen of dark and subversive cabaret, is known for her interpretation of the bleak songs of Kur…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dodie Smith’s classic bohemian romance hopes to capture hearts in musical revival by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Coming-of-age novel I Capture the Castle is adapted for the stageOne of Britain’s most popular romantic novels, Dodie Smith’s coming-of-age classic I Capture the Castle, beloved of write…

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

JB Priestley works enjoy remarkable renaissance by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Works of author and playwright once dismissed as voice of bygone era are now being brought to new audiences”Dated” and “unfashionably sedate”: some of the judgments on JB Priestley…

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

A summer of doomed romance: how West End fell in love with longing by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

From Tristan and Isolde to Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers are taking to the London stage. What makes the drama of thwarted desire so compelling?Whatever the temperature outside, the W…

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Is Denise Gough’s star turn the latest in theatre’s greatest ever performances? by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Her turn in new play Peoples, Places, Things is what the critics call a tour de force: the kind remembered long after the final curtainEvery two or three theatrical seasons a performance com…

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Calais refugee camp theatre stages a double encore by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

The makeshift stage on which A-list stars entertained migrants in Calais is now to be rebuilt in two locations, vow the two young British playwrights behind the schemeThe refugee theatre in …

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

New study exposes ‘class ceiling’ that deters less privileged actors by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Research reveals 73% of performers in British theatre and film are from middle-classA major academic study released to the Observer this weekend reveals the extent to which actors from relat…

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Theatre director’s magic wand turns Sleeping Beauty into a prince by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Bristol Old Vic show is latest theatrical production to use a gender swap to tackle stereotypesIt is the classic fairytale that has fired the imaginations of generations of young girls. But …

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

After a century of black British theatre, actors still struggle to take centre stage by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

As Lenny Henry prepares a major radio series on the history of black drama, we look at the triumphs – and travails – of its starsA tale long overdue, the story of the black actors, direc…

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Paul Merton's wife needed an actor to play a neurotic comic. She didn't have to look far by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Suki Webster's Edinburgh Fringe play explores the relationship between performers and their obsessive fans Continue reading...

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