Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rising cost of ‘antiquated’ digs poses risk to touring, warn theatre stars by Georgia Snow

The theatre digs system in the UK has become “antiquated and unsustainable”, theatre workers have warned, amid growing fears that the health

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Competition: Win tickets to see Jason Gardiner in Ruthless! The Musical by The Stage

How far would you go to get what you want? The ‘all-female’ camp killer cult classic finally makes its way to London

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Jessica Regan: Reviewers must stop comparing Irish actors to Mrs Doyle  by Jessica Regan

There aren’t many jobs where you get a round of applause at the end of your shift. Then again, the same could

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Mark Shenton: We need to accentuate the positive while agreeing to disagree by Mark Shenton

The great Broadway lyricist Johnny Mercer once came up with a sentiment that is still a great thing to live by, for

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Frozen review at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London – ‘struggles to fill the stage’ by Natasha Tripney

Bryony Lavery’s 1998 study of crime, punishment and people’s capacity to forgive is a tautly constructed chamber-piece. But it is not treated

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Regional theatre leader John Blackmore dies aged 77 by Michael Quinn

John Blackmore, who led flagship regional theatres in Manchester, Bolton, Newcastle, Leicester and Lancaster, has died at the age of 77. His

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Obituary: Violet Marriott by Antony Barlow

Violet ‘Vi’ Marriott had a remarkable career in the theatre, working alongside Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic and with Frank Dunlop

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Fund established to connect primary schools with arts organisations by Giverny Masso

A new fund of up to £750,000 a year has been launched to help primary school teachers use the arts in education.

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Bryony Lavery: ‘Age is a prime tool for any writer. You draw on the pain creatively’ by Nick Smurthwaite

At 70, the playwright Bryony Lavery continues to add to her repertoire of more than 50 plays. With Frozen, her biggest and

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Up ‘n’ Under review at Canada Water Cultural Space, London – ‘a spirited revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Following the fortunes of a struggling amateur rugby club, John Godber’s 1984 underdog tale gets a playful and accessible treatment in Fingersmiths’

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Performer and writer Fran Bushe: ‘Do I want to talk about my vagina on stage?; What will that mean for the future?’ by Giverny Masso

Comedian, writer and performer Fran Bushe will be taking an autobiographical show about her sex life to this year’s Vault Festival in

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Hamlet review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘epic and intimate’ by Nick Ahad

In the 50th anniversary year of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, current artistic director Elizabeth Newman has invited back previous holders of the role

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Where can I pursue drama training outside London? by Samantha Marsden

With standards to match London drama schools and lower living costs, there’s a lot to love about not training in the capital.

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Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2017: Winners in full by Georgia Snow

The cast of West End musical 42nd Street and Matthew Bourne’s long-time design collaborator Lez Brotherston are among the winners of this

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A Number review at the Other Room, Cardiff – ‘deftly directed and performed’ by Jafar Iqbal

Caryl Churchill’s A Number is, among many things, an exploration of whether love can be truly unconditional. Bernard discovers he is actually

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Playwright Stephen Beresford: ‘I went from zero to main stage. It was a fast lesson’ by Tom Wicker

After a ‘semi-feral’ childhood in Dartmouth, Stephen Beresford has never been one for the rule book. He bypassed fringe venues and in

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EastEnders actor Charlie Brooks joins cast of new Torben Betts play by Giverny Masso

EastEnders actor Charlie Brooks is to join the cast of the world premiere of Torben Betts’ Monogamy. Patrick Ryecart has also been

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Napoleon Disrobed review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘energetic and anarchic’ by Julia Rank

Based on a novel by Simon Leys, Napoleon Disrobed imagines a scenario in which the diminutive tyrant escapes from exile in St

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Flight review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘unfailingly clever’ by George Hall

When Jonathan Dove’s first full-scale stage work was premiered by Glyndebourne Touring Opera back in 1998, it would have been impossible to

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Course leader Mia Gordon: ‘Interdisciplinary experimentation should be central to all training’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre?  As a writer and a director. What is your best advice for drama students today? 

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Natalie Edward Yesufu: ‘You will get to your destination if you pursue your passion with tenacity’ by John Byrne

My first ever performance was in 2012 in New York in a play called Mae Jemison, performed in an elementary school. It

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The Green Room: What makes you angry about our industry? by Jon Dryden Taylor

Meet our panel: We have given our panellists pen-names and used stock images but their biographies reflect their real career details…​​​​ Albert

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This week’s best theatre shows: our critics’ picks (February 20) by The Stage

Natasha Tripney Don’t miss Frozen – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya star in a revival of

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Rob Halliday: Enjoy the calm in the eye of the technical rehearsal storm by Rob Halliday

As a kid, I was fascinated with the eye of the storm, the calm at the very centre of a raging hurricane.

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James Doeser: The Arts Council wants to know what you think, but will it listen? by James Doeser

Arts Council England is currently consulting on a strategic framework. Veterans of the cultural sector will remember the arts debate: a two-year

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Almeida for Free festival programme announced by Georgia Snow

The Almeida Theatre in London has unveiled the line-up for its second free festival for young people, which coincides with its production

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Air Time review at Vaults, London – ‘ambitious, but inaccessible’ by Fergus Morgan

I tried to engage, I really did, but Nik Wakefield’s solo show Air Time is one of those performance art pieces that

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Hip-hop theatre planned for Plymouth by Giverny Masso

More than £45,000 has been crowdfunded towards building what claims to be the UK’s first dedicated hip-hop theatre in Plymouth. Street dancing

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Monolog review at Chickenshed, London – ‘funny, poetic and heartbreaking’ by Stuart Gidden

Despite the curiously variant US spelling, the title sets us straight, Ronseal-style. However, an ‘s’ should really be added, as this production

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How Network’s stage management team runs the show while in the spotlight by Nick Clark

The National Theatre production is a technical tour de force, with a TV studio and restaurant operating live as the action unfolds.

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Southbank Centre pulls Daily Mail advertising after ‘homophobic’ column by Giverny Masso

London’s Southbank Centre has announced it will no longer advertise with the Daily Mail following a controversial column published by the paper.

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