Friday, January 24, 2020

London’s Old Vic creates interactive film to make building more accessible for first-time visitors by Georgia Snow

London’s Old Vic has created a 360-degree interactive film of its theatre to allow audiences to explore the space online before they

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Olivia Colman and Mark Gatiss among actors depicted in dream roles as part of art exhibition by Matthew Hemley

Actors including Olivia Colman and Mark Gatiss have been depicted in roles they wished they had played, as part of a new

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery to close after four years in West End by Matthew Hemley

Mischief Theatre’s production of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is to close after four years in the West End. The show

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Lullabies for the Lost review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘thoughtful play about mental health’ by Olivia Rook

Depression, miscarriage, self-harm, social anxiety and eating disorders; these are the trigger warnings for Rosalind Blessed’s new play Lullabies for the Lost,

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Comedian Paul Merton to make West End debut in Hairspray by Ruth Comerford

Comedian Paul Merton is to make his West End debut in the musical Hairspray. Merton, who will perform the part of Wilbur

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Uncle Vanya review at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘polished and lucid adaptation’ by Natasha Tripney

Uncle Vanya feels like such a natural fit for Toby Jones that it’s a wonder he hasn’t played the role before now.

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Jack Evans: For too long tap dance has been seen as a gimmick – let’s trust the art form to tell stories by Jack Evans

Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell performed some of the most popular tap dance routines on film. They were icons with

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Future of Edinburgh festivals at risk because of hard Brexit – MSP Gordon MacDonald by Matthew Hemley

The future of Edinburgh’s festivals is under threat from the government’s “current obsession with a hard Brexit”, according to MSP Gordon MacDonald.

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Gypsy and Roma theatremakers urge industry to address their representation on stage and screen by Georgia Snow

Theatremakers from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds have called on the industry to address their underrepresentation and challenge stereotypical portrayals of their

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Peeping Tom: Child review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘hugely inventive and mercilessly bleak’ by Anna Winter

The final instalment of Belgian dance theatre company Peeping Tom’s neurotically fraught family-based trilogy, Child (Kind) is the most daringly dark of

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Disabled actor Athena Stevens: ‘I have to crawl to the stage because of fringe venue’s lack of access’ by Ruth Comerford

Disabled actor and writer Athena Stevens has revealed how she has to crawl to the stage at a major London fringe venue

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Cameron Mackintosh to tackle lack of diversity in long-running musicals with dedicated workshop by Giverny Masso

Cameron Mackintosh has moved to address the number of minority ethnic actors appearing in musical theatre productions, amid pressure from South Asian

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Obituary: Terry Jones – Writer, director and actor who with Monty Python reshaped the course of British comedy by Michael Quinn

Terry Jones was first among equals in the era-defining ensemble that launched Monty Python’s Flying Circus on unsuspecting television viewers used to

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The Welkin review at the National Theatre, London – ‘ambitious, gripping and richly textured’ by Natasha Tripney

Lucy Kirkwood is a writer who continually tests and stretches herself, shifting from workplace satire to butcher-shop dystopia to an intense promenade

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Liam O’Dell: Access to theatre is a lottery for deaf people – it’s time to see more from venues by Liam O'Dell

Access to theatre for a deaf person like me is a lottery: an enjoyable night in the auditorium is down to chance

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Richard Jordan: Cynthia Erivo’s success shows that in theatre you never know what’s around the corner by Richard Jordan

Six years ago, British actor Cynthia Erivo was starring in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. The comedy musical based on

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

24 Hour Plays set to return as UK-wide talent development initiative by Georgia Snow

The 24 Hour Plays is to return to the British stage as a new talent development initiative, featuring a mentoring process led

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Freelance director Sophie Ivatts: ‘We are refusing to see the true costs of being freelance in theatre’ by Sophie Ivatts

The theatre industry is seen as progressive and inclusive, yet the freelances it depends on continue to be underpaid – to the

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The International College of Musical Theatre: Triple-threat training with a degree by Promoted Content

At the ICMT, musical theatre students can earn a bachelor’s degree while working, offering the best of both worlds For 10 years,

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God of Carnage review at Theatre Royal, Bath – ‘a caustic commentary on the modern family’ by Jeremy Brien

Yasmina Reza’s acerbic comedy of ill manners God of Carnage, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, was a highlight of the

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Redevelopment of fire-damaged Derby Assembly Rooms halted as estimated costs soar by Giverny Masso

The redevelopment of the fire-damaged Derby Assembly Rooms is set to be halted after estimated costs for the project increased by £6

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Colm Wilkinson launches Irish musical theatre training company by Georgia Snow

Musical theatre star Colm Wilkinson has launched a major new musical theatre training initiative in Ireland, which is being backed by performers

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: Diversity should be among key criteria for awarding drama school grants by Giverny Masso

Andrew Lloyd Webber has called for diversity to be placed alongside talent as part of the “key criteria” when awarding grants to

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Diary: Nottingham Playhouse goes nuts on health and safety by Tabard

There are certain risks associated with going to the theatre. These might include sore knees from the lack of leg space or

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Scenes With Girls review at the Royal Court, London – ‘smart new play about contemporary womanhood’ by Ava Wong Davies

Miriam Battye’s London Royal Court debut is a springy, if wobbly, exploration of contemporary womanhood. In an effort to extricate themselves from

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‘Natural talent’ – How The Stage reviewed Joe Longthorne 42 years ago by The Stage

November 16, 1978: In 1978, our then editor Peter Hepple wrote a review celebrating the emerging talent of entertainer Joe Longthorne, who

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Drama schools need to reflect the diversity of the UK population – your views, January 23 by The Stage

Lyn Gardner hits the proverbial nail on the acting profession’s head. Sadly, all too often, the aspiring but under-represented performer or technician

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Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer announces West End run by Giverny Masso

Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer has announced a run at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End. The autobiographical show about Gadd’s experience

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The Sunset Limited review at Boulevard Theatre, London – ‘great performances enliven Cormac McCarthy’s tedious play’ by Tim Bano

Although Cormac McCarthy is best known as a novelist, winning the Pulitzer for The Road in 2006, he has also written two

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Chapel Playhouse fringe theatre to close by Georgia Snow

North London fringe theatre the Chapel Playhouse is to close next month after a year of operation. The 70-seat theatre, in the

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