Friday, June 14, 2019

Plenty review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘engaging, if chilly revival’ by Natasha Tripney

The title of David Hare’s 1978 play has never felt more ironic. Visible signs of the impact of austerity can be seen

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Edinburgh International Festival facing ‘accelerated decline’ due to planned 10% cut by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh International Festival is facing a 10% cut to its grant from the city council, prompting fears of “accelerated decline”. The planned

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Production news round-up: Once announces first UK tour and Singin’ in the Rain to be revived by The Stage

Musicals Folk musical Once has announced it will return later this year for a UK tour. This production premiered last year at

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The Flies review at the Bunker, London – ‘tedious, awkward and incoherent’ by Fergus Morgan

In 1943, a young Jean-Paul Sartre wrote The Flies (Les Mouches, in French), a retelling of the Electra myth designed as a

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Disused Manchester train depot to become large-scale cultural venue under new proposals by Georgia Snow

A former train depot in Manchester that has lain empty for more than 30 years could be brought back to life as

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Punchdrunk expands into TV production with Sky series starring Jude Law by Georgia Snow

Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk has announced a move into television, with a drama series written by Dennis Kelly and starring Jude Law.

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Fun Palaces showcase: How Joan Littlewood was inspired to bring pleasure to the people by Nick Smurthwaite

As well as directing work for the stage, the theatremaker was passionate about spaces for everyday recreation. Now these Fun Palaces are

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Nevill Holt Opera – ‘an enchanting evening’ by George Hall

Thus far, the 2019 country-house season has been partially stymied by the weather, which remains doggedly uncongenial for pastoral picnics or parkland

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Sharon Horgan, Richard E Grant and Sarah Lancashire cast in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film by Georgia Snow

Richard E Grant, Sharon Horgan and Sarah Lancashire have been cast in the big-screen adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The film

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Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray: ‘Poetry is stillness, drama is rupture’ by Natasha Tripney

Citysong, Dylan Coburn Gray’s Verity Bargate award-winning play, is coming to Soho Theatre. Natasha Tripney talks to the playwright about his inspirations,

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Ian McKellen announces West End dates for one-man show by Georgia Snow

Ian McKellen will bring his one-man show, which is being staged in celebration of his 80th birthday, to the West End later

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Matt Cardle, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Daniel Boys lead cast of Falsettos by Matthew Hemley

Matt Cardle, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Natasha J Barnes and Daniel Boys are to star in Falsettos at the Other Palace in London. They

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Kully Thiarai announces departure from National Theatre Wales by Georgia Snow

Kully Thiarai has announced she is stepping down as artistic director of National Theatre Wales after three years in the job. She

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Musical Theatre Academy investigated over safeguarding concerns by Matthew Hemley

The Musical Theatre Academy in London is being investigated by the Charity Commission over concerns about its safeguarding and governance arrangements. The

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The Future review at Battersea Arts Centre – ‘entertaining musical comedy about artificial intelligence’ by Ka Bradley

Anyone who has ever seen a TED Talk will be familiar with the mannerisms used by Little Bulb in its new show

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Once announces first major UK tour by Georgia Snow

Folk musical Once has announced it will return later this year for a UK tour. The musical ran in the West End

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Adam Cooper to star in revival of Chichester’s Singin’ in the Rain by Matthew Hemley

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Singin’ in the Rain is to return to London, with a run at Sadler’s Wells starring Adam

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The Secret Life of Bees review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘delicate and powerful’ by Nicole Serratore

Adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees is a coming-of-age story that portrays African-American faith and community with

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Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale review – ‘ambitious world-building’ by Rafaella Marcus

There’s something brilliant about sanctioned playtime – dress up, get a fake name, pretend you’re on a life or death mission, play

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Howard Sherman: Shakespeare ‘translations’ can be a gateway drug to the real thing by Howard Sherman

When the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced, in the autumn of 2015, that it would be commissioning translations of all of Shakespeare’s plays,

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Andrzej Lukowski: Newspaper theatre criticism is bloodied, but unlikely to disappear by Andrzej Lukowski

Let’s be clear: there is no upside or silver lining to the Evening Standard’s decision to let go of its theatre critics

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

National Theatre ‘still looking for right partner’ to take over Travelex cheap ticket scheme by Georgia Snow

The National Theatre has said it is still searching for a new sponsor for its £15 tickets scheme, after it announced last

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Robbie Williams to become co-owner of Liverpool stage school LMA by Georgia Snow

Robbie Williams has become a co-owner of Liverpool performing arts school LMA, investing in an expansion plan that will see it open

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Gwendoline Christie and Oliver Chris at Bridge Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

In early 2018, Nicholas Hytner scored the first big hit at his new Bridge Theatre with a star-studded promenade production of Julius

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National Theatre unveils plans to release NT Live shows on new digital education service by Georgia Snow

National Theatre Live productions from the past 10 years are to be made available online for education institutions around the world, as

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Lost Soul 2: Smigger’s Wrecked Head review at Royal Court Liverpool – ‘crowd-pleasing sequel’ by Catherine Jones

Dave Kirby’s 2006 play Lost Soul was an unashamed celebration of the middle-aged. Over the course of a decade its Motown-loving 50-something

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LJ Findlay-Walsh: ‘Work that shakes the foundations excites me’ by David Pollock

The artistic director of the Glasgow performing arts festival tells David Pollock about presenting the best of Scottish artists, cutting her teeth

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The Pope review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘compellingly performed character study’ by Natasha Tripney

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he was the first pope to do so in over 700 years. Screenwriter and novelist

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘wacky and ingenious’ by Jeremy Brien

Not exactly buy one, get one free. But an imaginative piece of Theatre Royal Bath summer season programming has linked next month’s

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UK Theatre and BECTU meet at Acas to resolve ongoing pay dispute by Matthew Hemley

UK Theatre and union BECTU have sought to resolve an ongoing dispute over pay by enlisting industrial arbitration service Acas. Both bodies

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Lenny Henry: ‘BAME TV workers fear the noose if they speak out on diversity’ by Georgia Snow

Lenny Henry has raised concerns that people from minority ethnic backgrounds working in broadcasting do not feel able to speak up about

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