Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sleeping Beauty review at Central Theatre, Chatham – ‘vibrant and fresh-feeling’ by Susan Elkin

A trumpet playing, narcoleptic good fairy (Nicola Bryan) sets the tone for Chatham’s traditional yet fresh pantomime. It’s a treat, featuring delightful

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Arts organisations spared in Scottish draft budget by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2018/19 has set out measures to protect funding for arts organisations, despite earlier warnings that subsidy

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London’s Royal Court to uncover next generation of northern playwrights by Georgia Snow

The Royal Court has set up a writers’ group specifically for playwrights in the north of England, in order to bridge what

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MPs to investigate drop in Lottery spend on good causes by Georgia Snow

A parliament inquiry is being launched into Lottery operator Camelot after it was revealed the company’s profits more than doubled during the

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Four arrested in crackdown on ticket touts by Giverny Masso

National Trading Standards has conducted a series of raids and arrested four people in a crackdown on ticket touts. Officers raided four

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London mayor Sadiq Khan pledges £500,000 for creative enterprise zones by Matthew Hemley

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged half a million pounds for 10 creative enterprise zones across the capital. The zones were

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Dick Whittington review at the Arts Centre, Hounslow – ‘good jokes’ by Susan Elkin

Now this is how you produce a decent local panto on a very low budget. With a cast of eight and a

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In pictures: Belleville starring Imogen Poots and James Norton by The Stage

Production images for Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse have been released. The play, by Amy Herzog, stars Imogen Poots and James Norton,

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Aladdin review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘not as sparkling as it might be’ by Thom Dibdin

Returning to Kirkcaldy for a second year, Imagine Theatre Ltd rubs its magic lamp and delivers an Aladdin which has all the requisite elements right down

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Cinderella review at Corn Exchange, Exeter – ‘genuinely funny’ by Rosemary Waugh

There are two pantomimes happening in Exeter this year and, like gloriously mismatched sisters, there’s room enough for the both of them.

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BBC training scheme for disabled talent secures auditions for all 32 participants by Matthew Hemley

A new BBC training scheme for disabled actors has resulted in all 32 participants securing auditions for work with the Corporation. Called

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Aladdin review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘remarkably joyless seasonal offering’ by Rosemary Waugh

Someone at Qdos Entertainment didn’t get the memo marked “it’s 2017” before staging Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome. Or indeed the ones

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Project supporting mothers working in the arts eyes £10k expansion by Giverny Masso

An organisation that supports mothers working in the arts plans to open 10 new regional hubs with investment it is seeking through

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BBC1 to broadcast London Palladium event honouring Bruce Forsyth by Matthew Hemley

Bruce Forsyth’s life and career is to be celebrated with a special event at the London Palladium that will be broadcast on

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Matthew Xia to leave Royal Exchange by Georgia Snow

Matthew Xia is to leave his post as associate artistic director at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Xia’s tenure at the theatre, where

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – ‘nuggets of gold’ by Thom Dibdin

There’s nuggets of gold in those there panto hills up Dunfermline Alhambra’s way, where a Wild West theme, an on-the-button cast, and about a zillion musical

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Beauty and the Beast review at Theatre Royal, Nottingham – ‘doesn’t hang together’ by Pat Ashworth

All the special effects in the world don’t compensate for a thin story, and there’s little more than a nod here to

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Great Expectations review at the Old Red Lion, London – ‘staged with inventive economy’ by Anna Winter

Writer and director Tom Crowley’s felicitous 21st century adaptation of Great Expectations turns Dickens’ beefy Bildungsroman into two hours of funny, gripping

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The Stage Awards shortlist: Regional theatre of the year by The Stage

The top theatre outside of the capital over the past 12 months. Theatres in the UK’s nations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

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Aladdin review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘the wrong sort of bad’ by Fergus Morgan

Northampton Royal and Derngate’s Aladdin claims it has “everything you could wish for in a panto”. As far as I can tell,

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FCUK’D review at the Bunker Theatre, London – ‘meaty and muscular’ by Fergus Morgan

On a white-lined square of astro turf, with autumn leaves piled in the corners and a streetlamp blinking pink overhead, Will Mytum

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Hackney Empire’s Clarie Middleton appointed second ever female principal of Rose Bruford by Matthew Hemley

Clarie Middleton has been appointed principal of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, becoming only the second woman to hold the

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Mark Shenton: What do we experts know? by Grace Wood

One of the most notorious, noxious statements of the pro-Brexit campaign was Michael Gove’s infamous declaration: “People in this country have had

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Richard Jordan: Timing is everything when current affairs can make or break plays by Richard Jordan

Venus in Fur, the hit Broadway show by US playwright David Ives, ended its first British run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last Saturday.

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The Stage Awards 2018: shortlist in full by The Stage

Read full story here Regional theatre of the year Birmingham Hippodrome Royal Exchange, Manchester Sherman Theatre, Cardiff London theatre of the year

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Nominees unveiled for The Stage Awards 2018 by Georgia Snow

The Bridge Theatre, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Sadler’s Wells are among the nominees for The Stage Awards 2018. A theatre show told

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dick Whittington review at the London Palladium – ‘Julian Clary is pantomime gold’ by Paul Vale

Last year, Qdos Entertainment brought pantomime back to the Palladium in grand style with its production of Cinderella. That show was a

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The Stage Awards shortlist: Theatre Building of the Year by The Stage

Theatre venues or any physical structure or space hosting theatrical performance are eligible for this award. The building or space must have

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The Stage Awards shortlist: International Award by The Stage

Any type of theatrical organisation or person is eligible for this award, which recognises work with an international element. This could be

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The Stage Awards shortlist: Sustainability Award by The Stage

This category recognises theatres or companies that have implemented significant environmental initiatives. Any organisation working in the sector is eligible and will

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The Stage Awards shortlist: London Theatre of the Year by The Stage

The top theatre in the capital over the past 12 months. Any venue based in Greater London is eligible. Judged on criteria

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