Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Norfolk’s 15th-century theatre ‘under threat’, claims campaign group by Giverny Masso

A campaign group has voiced concern over the future of one of England’s oldest working theatres – criticising the local council for

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Government disability champion vows to fight discrimination in theatre by Giverny Masso

The government’s new disability champion for the arts has revealed his plans to improve the “dismal” under-representation of disabled workers in theatre.

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National Theatre’s Nine Night announces West End transfer by Jamie Body

Natasha Gordon’s debut play, Nine Night, has announced a transfer to the West End following a run earlier this year at the

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Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding join NT Follies cast by Georgia Snow

Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding have been cast in Follies at the National Theatre, when the production returns for a second run

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Robin Hood review at Rack’s Close, Guildford – ‘a spirited cast’ by Dave Fargnoli

In a secluded copse of trees, Guildford Shakespeare Company have created a miniature Sherwood Forest, decorated with wanted posters and draped with

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The 39 Steps review at Menzieshill Community Centre – ‘a highly-talented ensemble’ by David Pollock

John Buchan’s 1915 classic spy novel The 39 Steps is no stranger to life on the stage, having been adapted as a

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Editor’s View: Billionaire’s £45m Haymarket purchase pushes theatre into realm of modern art by Alistair Smith

If you thought West End tickets were getting expensive, spare a thought for all the private equity firms, multimillionaires and billionaires out

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Leonard Blavatnik completes £45m purchase of Theatre Royal Haymarket by Georgia Snow

The West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket has been bought by billionaire businessman Leonard Blavatnik. The theatre, one of London’s oldest, has been

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Beirut review at Park Theatre, London – ‘claustrophobic Aids crisis allegory’ by Neil Dowden

Despite its title, Alan Bowne’s 1987 one-act play Beirut is set in a dystopian future America ravaged by a plague. New York

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Falstaff review at Garsington Opera, Buckinghamshire – ‘warmth and humanity’ by George Hall

Bruno Ravella’s staging of Verdi’s final opera Falstaff — based on The Merry Wives of Windsor — is set around the time

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Actor and coach Nicky Raby: ‘Make people-watching your number one hobby’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? School plays, a local dance school and youth theatre, and then National Youth Music Theatre.

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The Green Room: What should the theatre industry do to make auditioning easier? 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…​​​​​​​ Gary

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Burlesque performer Tempest Rose: ‘I had to learn how to entertain people sitting around me with my just my personality’ by John Byrne

My first burlesque job was in Kitten Club Burlesque Cabaret at underground burlesque club Volupte. I trained in musical theatre and had

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Taylor Mac: ‘Spending 24 hours on stage is the easiest part – getting the support is hard’ by Mark Shenton

Two years ago, Taylor Mac combined eight three-hour shows into a one-off event that saw the performer on stage for a full

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Andrzej Lukowski: Why isn’t Heathers inviting critics to review? by Andrzej Lukowski

There is a long and occasionally noble tradition of producers not inviting critics to shows. That is their right. Sometimes, there’s a

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Grace Smart: Without wider awareness that theatre design is open to anyone, we will never improve diversity by Grace Smart

Recently, I’ve attended lots of discussions about the current state of theatre design – from the Society of British Theatre Designers conference

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Mamzer Bastard review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘hauntingly melodic’ by Yehuda Shapiro

Mamzer, a Hebrew word, denotes a person born from a forbidden relationship. Yoel (countertenor Collin Shay) is a timid 21-year-old Hassid. On

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Emma Thompson and Caryl Churchill back ‘biggest ever’ anti-BP protest at RSC by Georgia Snow

The Royal Shakespeare Company has once again become the target of environmental activists, who have staged their largest protest to date against

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Ruth Jones to star in new comedy The Nightingales by Jamie Body

Ruth Jones will star in the UK tour of a new comedy The Nightingales, directed by Christopher Luscombe. 
As one of the

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Polarity and Proximity review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘power, elegance and virtuosity’ by Rachel Elderkin

George Williamson’s Embrace is the first product of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s commissioning programme for new works, Ballet Now. It makes for a

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Lady Eats Apple review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘an ambitious metaphysical triptych’ by Natasha Tripney

The work of Australian company Back to Back Theatre is co-created and performed by actors with learning disabilities. The dizzyingly ambitious Lady

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Clive Rowe to star in Hackney Empire’s 2018 pantomime by Jamie Body

Olivier award-winner Clive Rowe is set to return to the East End this Christmas as he makes his Hackney Empire comeback. Susie

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Producer Edward Johnson: ‘I love producing work for children and families’ by Giverny Masso

Edward Johnson is an associate producer at Adam Blanshay Productions, which helped bring Angels in America to Broadway. He tells Giverny Masso

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Poll: Should the standard evening start time for West End performances change? by The Stage

Last week, parents working in the West End raised concerns about the potential for evening performances to start earlier, and the knock-on

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Single Spies review at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – ‘intelligently handled’ by Stephen Longstaffe

Single Spies is, in large part, a deep dive into the culture which produced and protected the  Cambridge spy ring during the

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The Little Pony review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘an impassioned anti-bullying drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Inspired by recent high-profile bullying cases, The Little Pony revolves around 10 year old Timmy, whose talismanic attachment to a pink backpack

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Robert Hastie and Paulette Randall to direct plays in Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by The Stage

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its winter season for 2018/19 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. It is the first season in the Sam

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Deborah Shaw appointed chief executive of Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre by Georgia Snow

The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury has appointed Deborah Shaw as its chief executive. It is the first appointment the theatre has made

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Joel Gillman pulls out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest due to illness by Georgia Snow

Sheffield Theatres’ production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has lost its second leading cast member in the space of a

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In Search of Dinozord review at the Place, London – ‘haunting and harrowing’ by Anna Winter

Congolese dancer-choreographer Faustin Linyekula’s In Search of Dinozord is diffuse and difficult; a combination of movement, spoken word and song that together

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Katherine Kingsley: ‘Dusty went through very, very difficult times. I want to go there’ by Nick Smurthwaite

With a string of stellar performances already illuminating her CV, the actor tackles her most challenging role yet as Dusty Springfield. Nick

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