Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sadler’s Wells launches food and drink app to cut audience queues by Georgia Snow

Sadler’s Wells has launched an app allowing audience members to order food and drink so they can avoid queues. The mobile ordering

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‘EBacc arts fallout is a myth’ – former culture minister by Tim Bano

Former culture secretary Maria Miller has dismissed fears that the government’s controversial English Baccalaureate system is having a negative impact on arts

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James Graham’s This House to tour the UK by Tim Bano

James Graham’s This House will tour the UK from February 2018. The play, which looks at the fallout from a hung parliament

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How cuts are crippling Northern Ireland theatre by Michael Quinn

With funding slashed over the past decade, Michael Quinn looks at the consequences for Northern Irish arts organisations, from companies feeling the

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World Fringe Day: A new global theatre celebration by Nick Awde

Since the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was founded 70 years ago, hundreds of others have sprung up all over the world to capture

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Macbeth review at St Paul’s Church, London – ‘a vivid interpretation’ by Paul Vale

Iris Theatre’s season of plays at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden has grown both in popularity and ambition year on year.

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Production news round-up: Evita announces West End return and Laura Carmichael joins Apologia by The Stage

This week, Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael joins the cast of Apologia, alongside Stockard Channing, and Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita – starring

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Alligators review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘knotty and nuanced’ by Fergus Morgan

Andrew Keatley’s Alligators has serious bite. Revised and refined since its 2016 developmental run, Simon Evans’ production returns to the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs a tigh…

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Richard Warburton appointed Theatre in the Mill artistic director by Tim Bano

Richard Warburton is to replace Iain Bloomfield as artistic director of Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill. Bloomfield joined the University of Bradford,

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Writing diversity programme launches to shake up ‘painfully dull’ industry by Georgia Snow

A new organisation dedicated to championing unknown plays by culturally diverse writers has been launched. Beyond the Canon has been set up

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Dirty Work (The Late Shift) review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘bewildering, bleak, fascinating’ by Dave Fargnoli

Static, slow moving, and purely descriptive, Forced Entertainment’s text-based performance piece Dirty Work (The Late Shift) sounds like it might be aggressively

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Alexandra Palace Summer Festival: bold theatrical events to delight visitors of all ages by Promoted Content

Theatre with a family-friendly face is at the centre of this year’s Alexandra Palace Summer Festival. Now in its third year at

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Rebecca Kane Burton: ‘We need to make these historic West End theatres more inviting’ by Nick Smurthwaite

After beginning her career at English Heritage, the entertainment executive went on to manage events venues Alexandra Palace and the O2 during

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Libby Penn: Box office teams should not fear the rise of the machines by Libby Penn

Automated intelligent agents are changing the face of customer service. But, says ticketing chief Libby Penn, the nuanced, personal relationships that exist

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Racing Demon review at Theatre Royal, Bath – ‘a powerful revival’ by Mark Shenton

After an abortive side-trip to Sydney last year, Jonathan Church has returned to Britain and swapped the annual summer season he programmed

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London’s King’s Head extends flat-rate pay to creative teams by Giverny Masso

London’s King’s Head has become what is believed to be the first unfunded pub theatre to commit to a fair pay agreement

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Carnival Cruise Line unveils Carnival Studios by Promoted Content

With its new high-tech, 44,500 sq ft rehearsal space in South Florida, Carnival has further elevated its award-winning shipboard entertainment offerings… In

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Richard Jordan: Fail to think about the audience, and they will fail to think about you by Richard Jordan

As a 15-year-old in 1990 watching a preview of The Comedy of Errors from the balcony at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, I

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Obituary: Jill Martin by Michael Quinn

Jill Martin’s place in theatre history was secured in 2001 when she became the only actor to appear in all three West

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Mark Shenton: Unpaid theatre criticism will lead to a narrow pool of voices by Mark Shenton

He who pays the piper calls the tune. So goes the saying. And that maxim was going to be put to the

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Daniel Evans: London needs more rehearsal spaces to encourage growth by Daniel Evans

Good rehearsal rooms are like gold dust. Just recently, I realised how much I’ve taken for granted the huge contribution a good

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Winners of first Rural Touring Awards announced by Tim Bano

The winners of the inaugural Rural Touring Awards have been announced at the University of Nottingham as part of the annual National

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In The Stage newspaper this week: June 29 by The Stage

The Stage newspaper comes out once a week and is brimming with industry news, advice, analysis and reviews from all over the

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Ink at the Almeida Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

James Graham is having a busy 2017. His 2012 smash-hit This House finished its long-overdue West End run in February, his new comedy Labour of Love

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Obituary: Lyn James by Michael Quinn

In an era before Australian soap operas became a seemingly permanent fixture on televisions worldwide, Lyn James found herself as the star

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8 Minutes review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘fails to ignite’ by Rachel Elderkin

Eight minutes is the time it takes for a photon – the fundamental particle of visible light – to travel from the

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Stewart Pringle named Papatango New Writing Prize winner by Georgia Snow

Stewart Pringle has won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize for his play Trestle. In celebration of the award’s 10th anniversary, Papatango

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Diary: Airline’s plan to perform play to passengers is blue-sky thinking by Tabard

Tabard isn’t much of a traveller. On the rare occasion that getting on a long-haul flight has been necessary, it’s always the

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Lack of diversity has many causes – new material would help (your views, June 29) by The Stage

A reader’s letter, ‘Diversity must be embraced’ (Comment, June 1), commented on the lack of people of colour in audiences, as well

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Diary: Stage designer’s confession puts Grace under pressure by Tabard

Stage and costume designer Grace Smart recently confessed in an interview with The Stage that she once broke into a theatre at

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