Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Are Spotlight’s joining rules discriminatory? – your views, December 12 by The Stage

As a disabled actor and presenter, I have found it hard over the years to join Spotlight. However, because of changes to

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Theatre Royal Bath accused of ‘erasing’ British-based East Asian actors by flying in US cast by Giverny Masso

Director Michael Boyd has been accused of “erasing” British-based East Asian actors for the second time this year, after it emerged performers

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Scottish arts funding needs ‘urgent’ shake-up to be more artist-focused, say MSPs by Georgia Snow

Arts funding in Scotland needs to be urgently reassessed and should be more focused on individual artists, a parliamentary committee of MSPs

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The Wedding Singer starring Kevin Clifton to run at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre by Giverny Masso

Kevin Clifton is to star in The Wedding Singer at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre next year. Based on the 1998 film

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Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac to star in Pretty Woman: The Musical by Ruth Comerford

Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac will lead the cast of The Pretty Woman: The Musical in the West End, producers have confirmed.

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Lunchbox Theatrical: The inside story of how a global empire came crashing down by Giverny Masso

Under chief executive James Cundall, Lunchbox became a global powerhouse, with partners including the RSC and Really Useful Group, as well as

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Obituary: Nell Gifford – ‘co-founder of Giffords Circus’ by Michael Quinn

As a child, Nell Gifford dreamed of running away to join a circus. She went one better than that, co-founding her own

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Obituary: Niall Tóibín – a leading figure in Irish theatre by Michael Quinn

A leading figure in Irish theatre, Niall Tóibín was familiar to British audiences for spells with the National Theatre and television appearances

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Cinderella review at Theatre Royal Nottingham – ‘knockabout comedy’ by Pat Ashworth

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal has been ill-served by its pantos in the past, but this one is a corker. Madness and mayhem dominate

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I Can Go Anywhere review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘an absorbing, intelligent play’ by Fergus Morgan

“I can go anywhere for something new,” sings The Who’s Pete Townshend in the 1965 single Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere – the Mod

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Obituary: Tom Hodgkins – actor who established a long relationship with Manchester’s Royal Exchange by Michael Quinn

Born in Australia and raised in America, Tom Hodgkins came to the UK in his late teens and took a master’s in

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A Christmas Carol review at Derby Theatre – ‘spellbinding and beautiful seasonal show’ by Pat Ashworth

Oliver O’Shea’s revival of this show from 2014 sees Charles Dickens’ classic tale brought to life by a talented ensemble of actor-musicians.

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The Duchess of Malfi review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘Lydia Wilson is stunningly good’ by Natasha Tripney

Having worked wonders on Tennessee Williams’ under-appreciated and pretty flawed play Summer and Smoke, director Rebecca Frecknall works a similar magic on

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Cinderella review at Lichfield Garrick – ‘high production values’ by Neil Bonner

In this entertaining production, Cinderella sets off to the ball in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage that actually flies through the air. This,

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ALRA principal Adrian Hall: ‘Be real, be honest, be on time’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? Born in Uganda and raised in Liverpool, Southport and Staines, I started out as a

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Actor Grace Liston: ‘My first job taught me the importance of being in a supportive cast’ by John Byrne

I first performed A Christmas Carol in December 2017, in a production that toured castles and cathedrals all over the country. The

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National Theatre to slash Saturday rehearsals in move towards five-day weeks by Matthew Hemley

National Theatre productions will restrict 50% of their rehearsal periods to five days a week from next year, limiting the amount of

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A Christmas Carol: The Immersive Dining Experience review at The Windmill, Brighton – ‘dinner and Dickens’ by Bella Todd

There’s more gravy than grave in this version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – though one of the dining tables does conceal a

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David Benedict: Schlock and awe – my theatrical (dis)appointments in 2019 by David Benedict

While it’s possible to be disturbed, distressed and, sadly, disappointed by theatre, one cannot technically be turbed, tressed or appointed by it.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Obituary: Ian Cullen – dashing actor who found fame on stage and screen by Michael Quinn

Stage-struck from his debut in pantomime at the age of four, Ian Cullen found early tele­vision fame as a dashing David Balfour

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Joan of Leeds review at New Diorama, London – ‘irreverent, carnal, anarchic’ by Natasha Tripney

Breach made its name with a series of shows exploring the idea of re-enactment, most notably It’s True, It’s True, It’s True,

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Playwright Barrie Keeffe dies aged 74 by Ruth Comerford

Playwright Barrie Keeffe has died, aged 74. The news was confirmed by his agent Stephen Durbridge, at the Agency on December 10.

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Julian Clary added to London Palladium’s wall of fame by Georgia Snow

Julian Clary has been added to the London Palladium’s wall of fame, becoming the first performer to be added to the installation

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One Million Tiny Plays About Britain review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘a patchwork state of the nation’ by Julia Rank

Craig Taylor’s series of sketches was published in the Guardian several years before Britain became defined by Brexit. The stage version of

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Giffords Circus owner Nell Gifford dies aged 46 by Georgia Snow

Nell Gifford, the co-creator and owner of Giffords Circus, has died aged 46. Gifford, who had breast cancer, died on December 8

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Bloomsbury acquires drama publisher Oberon Books by Giverny Masso

Performing arts publisher Oberon Books has been acquired by Bloomsbury. Oberon Books will sit alongside Bloomsbury’s current theatre offering, which includes Methuen

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2019’s top advice from leading theatremakers by The Stage

“Trust your unconscious. As a young artist, especially a young director, you think you need to have everything figured out. Feed and

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The Snow Queen review at Park Theatre – ‘a charming way to introduce children to the theatre’ by Joe Holyoake

You could probably start a support group for parents who have been forced to watch Frozen hundreds of time over the years,

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Cinderella review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘inventive take on a familiar story’ by Joe Holyoake

Write a modern reinterpretation of a classic that switches the gender of key characters and you’d get queues outside the Young Vic.

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Singin’ in the Rain review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘music, glamour and charm’ by Julia Rank

Singin’ in the Rain is a fitting Christmas musical for a venue that’s surrounded by water. It wouldn’t usually be a compliment

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