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Thursday, June 11, 2015

What I learned from Peter Cropper, the maestro of the Midlands | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

The Lindsay String Quartet leader introduced me to Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Shostakovich: precious indeed for a girl growing up in the PotteriesOn 29 May Peter Cropper died sud…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:20PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Do you know your Oedipus from your Antigone? – Greek theatre quiz by Charlotte Higgins and Matthew Fox

Are you a titan of the theatre or have the fates abandoned you? As the Almeida puts on a festival inspired by Dionysus, test your knowledge of Greek drama Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:43AM
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Unforgettable Ferri: age is no bar to artistry in the dance of life by Charlotte Higgins

Watching Alessandra Ferri in Wayne McGregor’s new Woolf Works was an out-of-joint experience – I didn’t know whether to feel old or youngThis week I went to the Royal Opera House to se…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:52AM
Monday, May 25, 2015

Royal Shakespeare Company prepares to open theatre after -112.8m revamp by Charlotte Higgins

Royal Shakespeare Theatre will open after three and a half years with major facelift, better seating and more ladies' loos

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58PM

How to beat the cuts, the National Theatre way by Charlotte Higgins

Cut some canny deals, fundraise like hell, share resources with others, and go for the bold, brave and new

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58PM

The Royal Shakespeare Company's most insulting production yet by Charlotte Higgins

The newly revamped Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon is full of surprises, not least a certain inviting chair that is roving around the theatre's public spaces. When I sat on …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58PM

Tori Amos, Mike Leigh and Stalin: the National Theatre's new programme by Charlotte Higgins

Artistic director Nicholas Hytner says only response to expected funding cuts is to be 'bullish in our programming'

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58PM

Theatre programmes, and what to do with them by Charlotte Higgins

I'm moving house - and staring my habit of amassing theatre, opera and concert programmes in the face

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58PM
Friday, May 22, 2015

Kill and counter-kill: why does the Oresteia still slay them? by Charlotte Higgins

This year, three theatres will rework Aeschylus’s tragic trilogy about a family’s gory reckoning and the difficult birth of democracy in ancient Greece. Charlotte Higgins wonders why it …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:00PM
Friday, May 1, 2015

Slummock and Limmer – what I’ve learned from Nicola Sturgeon’s favourite book by Charlotte Higgins

A thrilling heroine who’s tough and a survivor. Sunset Song is should be embraced south of the border Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:00AM
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Burned but unbowed: Battersea Arts Centre is already bouncing back by Charlotte Higgins

The London community has rallied round, and shows are going on. Even the theatre cat was found, hungry but healthy Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:19PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pop goes the festival: Fergus Linehan unveils his Edinburgh 2015 surprises by Charlotte Higgins

After 68 years, the Edinburgh international festival is finally embracing pop. Its new boss reveals why Franz Ferdinand and Sufjan Stevens will be rubbing shoulders with Lepage, McBurney –…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:11AM
Friday, March 6, 2015

Theatre: the nation’s debating chamber by Charlotte Higgins

Of all the artforms, theatre is the one most directly addressing our politics. From King Charles III and Posh to The Vote – to be staged on election night – this is a golden moment for p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:29AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Death becomes her: how Juliette Binoche and Ivo van Hove remade Antigone by Charlotte Higgins

How do you breathe new life into an ancient Greek tragedy? If anyone can, then it’s Juliette Binoche and Ivo van Hove. The actor and the director talk to Charlotte Higgins about the person…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:35PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nick Forbes: ‘We were whistleblowers for what austerity meant for the arts’ by Charlotte Higgins

After the Newcastle upon Tyne council leader dealt with cuts, the city’s theatre companies have been forced to adapt or die Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:41AM
Monday, October 21, 2013

Derry artists fear triumphal gains from City of Culture title will be squandered by Charlotte Higgins

The past year has been transformative for Derry but many see a lack of vision and ambition as threatening its arts legacyFeargal Murray, musician and Derry man, was back in his home city to …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:31PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rufus Norris is popular choice as National Theatre boss by Charlotte Higgins

Actors and staff greet news of appointment with standing ovation as departing head Sir Nicholas Hytner hails 'brilliant decision'When Rufus Norris's appointment to the most prominent job in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:22AM

Rufus Norris is new National Theatre artistic director by Charlotte Higgins

National Theatre announces that Rufus Norris will follow Nicholas Hytner as head of Britain's leading theatre companyRufus Norris, it was announced today, will follow in the footsteps of Lau…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

University of London's plan to sell rare Shakespeare plays condemned by Charlotte Higgins

Library plans to auction Shakespeare's first four folios to raise £3-5m for research collectionA proposal by the library of the University of London to auction a rare set of early printed e…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:41PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

England 'faces theatrical talent drain to Scotland as a result of arts cuts' by Charlotte Higgins

Head of Scottish National Theatre warns reduction in English arts funding will 'damage the DNA of the arts ecology' England risks a "talent drain" of artists taking advantage of a more welco…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:19PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kenneth Branagh to make stage debut in New York as Macbeth by Charlotte Higgins

After a string of sold-out performances at the Manchester international festival, Branagh will bring Macbeth to New YorkThe atmosphere was fraught and visceral, and audiences were so close t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:49AM
Friday, August 9, 2013

Sci-fi theatre sends audience out of this world by Charlotte Higgins

Leaving Planet Earth, one of Edinburgh international festival's most ambitious productions, to take off in disused quarryScience fiction is usually the preserve of film, with the endless pos…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:15PM
Thursday, July 18, 2013

National Theatre to stage play about phone-hacking scandal by Charlotte Higgins

Richard Bean, who wrote One Man, Two Guvnors, is 'nearly ready' to deliver drama set in tabloid newsroomThe phone-hacking scandal is not short of drama: Rupert Murdoch smeared with shaving f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Monday, July 15, 2013

Royal Ballet star Alina Cojocaru to join Tamara Rojo at English National Ballet by Charlotte Higgins

Royal's golden women to be reunited at other behemoth of the British classical dance sceneLast year, Tamara Rojo, the fiercely intelligent Spanish star of the Royal Ballet, jumped ship to be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37AM
Monday, July 8, 2013

Iron Lady writer to make her debut at Royal Court theatre by Charlotte Higgins

Abi Morgan's play The Mistress Contracts, based on 40 years of transcripts charting a real-life affair, will feature in Vicky Featherstone's first season as artistic directorAbi Morgan, the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:21AM
Monday, April 22, 2013

A new flavour for Edinburgh festival as Fergus Linehan is appointed director by Charlotte Higgins

Fergus Linehan, a former director of the Sydney festival, is to take over the Edinburgh international festivalFor the second time in a row, the Edinburgh international festival has looked to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Royal Court puts playwrights in charge for 'summer fling' by Charlotte Higgins

'Surprise theatre', nightly soap opera, readings by authors and children's week planned under new artistic directorThe Royal Court, Britain's most important theatre for new drama, which has …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:57AM
Friday, April 12, 2013

Theatre luminaries write to culture minister warning of arts cuts damage by Charlotte Higgins

Open letter calls on Ed Vaizey to respond to report showing evidence that British theatre is hurting as a result of funding cutsLuminaries of the theatre, including playwrights Sir Tom Stopp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:58AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sir Nicholas Hytner to step down as National Theatre artistic director by Charlotte Higgins

Director credited with giving National Theatre a golden decade of hits will leave along with closest colleague Nick StarrSir Nicholas Hytner, who has presided over what has been, by near uni…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:16AM
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Alex Beard, deputy director of Tate, to succeed Tony Hall as head of Royal Opera House by Charlotte Higgins

Alex Beard helped build Tate Modern, but has never worked in opera or dance. Now he is to take on one of Britain's most prominent arts jobs – boss of the Royal Opera HouseAlex Beard, deput…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Monday, March 4, 2013

Ill met by marionette: the puppet Midsummer Night's Dream by Charlotte Higgins

The team behind international hit War Horse are doing A Midsummer Night's Dream – with actors, puppets and flying gardening tools. Charlotte Higgins goes behind the scenes at rehearsalsTom…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:00PM