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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

'Theatres save lives – this is where you give blood, vote and cry' by Chris Wiegand

Mold’s Theatr Clwyd has not put on a show in months but remains vital for its community during the pandemic, delivering food and enabling young people’s creativity During lockdown, artis…

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Wait for date to fully reopen theatres spells disaster for panto season by Chris Wiegand

Culture secretary says he ‘does not want to give false hope’ to ailing industry, with timescale not expected before November Lockdown culture: the best theatre and dance online The cultu…

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

'Made it back!': Lloyd Webber unveils safety measures at London Palladium by Chris Wiegand

Theatre reopens at 30% capacity for Beverley Knight performance to showcase stringent hygiene methods Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The singer Beverley Kn…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Escape with Madame Kalamazoo! National Theatre launches children's story service by Chris Wiegand

The NT’s online platform offers personalised, interactive adventure tales for young children during the summer holidays The National Theatre has launched an online story service that will …

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Clint Dyer replaces Dominic Cooke to direct Bob Marley musical by Chris Wiegand

The conversation about race ‘has changed in theatre, as it has across society’, says original director of the show Get Up, Stand Up! Clint Dyer is to direct a new stage musical about Bob…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The play's afoot! Watermill reopens with outdoor Sherlock Holmes comedy by Chris Wiegand

The Berkshire theatre will ‘conjure some joy’ with a new version of The Hound of the Baskervilles performed by a cast of three On the trail of a devilish beast in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holm…

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Sheffield Theatres 'fighting for our future' with 29% of roles at risk by Chris Wiegand

The organisation – which comprises the Lyceum, Studio and Crucible theatres – will not fully reopen until spring 2021 York Theatre Royal also begins redundancy consultations Sheffield T…

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Mat Fraser: 'I’m hardcore – I want equality and I’m not going to stop' by Chris Wiegand

The American Horror Story star is backing a plan by Graeae to put deaf and disabled artists centre-stage around the UK Earlier this year, Mat Fraser found himself in Los Angeles pitching a T…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Andrew Scott to star in Old Vic's livestreamed play Three Kings by Chris Wiegand

New production with Fleabag and Sherlock actor will be performed to an empty auditorium, directed by Matthew Warchus One year on from his award-winning run in Noël Coward’s Present Laught…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Coronavirus leaves British theatre 'in danger of losing its Marcus Rashfords' by Chris Wiegand

Doctor Foster actor Prasanna Puwanarajah warns that many in a new generation of superb talent may be forced to leave the industry British theatre is at risk of losing its Marcus Rashford equ…

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40th-anniversary Educating Rita to open at cliffside Cornwall theatre by Chris Wiegand

Production starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson will resume at Minack theatre after coronavirus halted UK tour A 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s play Educating Ri…

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Into the unknown: London opening of Frozen musical delayed by Chris Wiegand

West End adaptation of Disney blockbuster at Theatre Royal Drury Lane pushed back six months by coronavirus The London stage version of Frozen has delayed its opening by almost six months as…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

UK tour for hit show Six and top music acts axed due to local lockdown concerns by Chris Wiegand

Producer Kenny Wax says drive-in shows would have provided vital work for theatre freelancers Concert series was to feature Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal and The Streets A major tour of the …

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Regent’s Park Open Air theatre to reopen with Jesus Christ Superstar by Chris Wiegand

Distancing, mandatory masks and one-way systems will be in place as first major London venue announces return of live theatre Regent’s Park Open Air theatre in London is to reopen next mon…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Chichester Festival theatre boss to join musical stars in outdoor concert by Chris Wiegand

Daniel Evans will perform with Omid Djalili, Gabrielle Brooks and Giles Terera in summer show previewing postponed South Pacific Chichester Festival theatre cancelled its scheduled summer pr…

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Donmar Warehouse to reopen with José Saramago installation Blindness by Chris Wiegand

The London theatre will present a socially distanced adaption of the Portuguese author’s novel, voiced by Juliet Stevenson The Donmar Warehouse in London is to reopen this summer for an im…

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

'We're delighted!' England's outdoor theatres prepare to open by Chris Wiegand

Theatres from have been given the go-ahead to open as lockdown restrictions lift further With a bright and dry weekend forecast, the weather is perfect for England’s outdoor theatres, whic…

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Birmingham Rep may make 40% of roles redundant amid Covid-19 crisis by Chris Wiegand

Despite emergency support funds, cuts may be needed for theatre to survive loss of income during coronavirus closure Birmingham Repertory theatre is considering cost-saving measures that may…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

'He's so strapping and virile': Patrick Stewart at 80 – by Shatner, McKellen, Tennant and more by Interviews By Chris Wiegand, Catherine Shoard and Toby Moses

Horse rides in stockings, rehearsals in deep freezes, fights in string vests ... as Patrick Stewart hits 80, friends from Harriet Walter to Brian Blessed pay tribute to the great actor Conti…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Honk if you're laughing: drive-in gigs aim to accelerate comedy industry by Chris Wiegand

While they wait for clubs to reopen, standups are returning to the stage in car parks, with audiences tuning in on the radio In his new Netflix special, US standup Dave Chappelle reflected o…

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sam Mendes launches fund for theatre workers hit by Covid-19 crisis by Chris Wiegand

Netflix makes initial £500,000 donation to the Theatre Artists Fund, designed to help workers ‘at breaking point’ The film and theatre director Sam Mendes has established an emergency …

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Arts union slams UK government for 'cultural vandalism' amid theatre crisis by Chris Wiegand

Head of Bectu says industry is in dire need of cash injection with 3,000 jobs at risk and vast freelance workforce unemployed The UK’s theatre industry has been hit by a “perfect storm…

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Designers to wrap empty UK theatres with message of hope by Chris Wiegand

Pink barrier tape reading ‘Missing Live Theatre’ will be attached to venues as part of an initiative for the ailing industry The easing of coronavirus restrictions means that England’s…

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap plots socially distanced West End reopening by Chris Wiegand

World’s longest-running show plans to welcome back reduced audiences in October as ‘first step in restoring live theatre’ Its record-breaking 67-year run in London was cut short in Mar…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Nuffield Southampton Theatres to permanently close as UK arts crisis deepens by Chris Wiegand

Acclaimed cultural institution, once named ‘regional theatre of the year’, announces closure with 86 roles made redundant Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), a major cultural institutio…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Manchester's Royal Exchange theatre says 65% of roles could be made redundant by Chris Wiegand

Illustrious venue says the government’s plans for the industry give them no ‘confidence or clarity to be able to restart any activities in the immediate future’ The Royal Exchange in M…

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Norwich theatre blasts 'idle' government as redundancy threatens half of workforce by Chris Wiegand

Theatre’s chief executive says government is standing by as vital industry is allowed to ‘fade into the dust’ More than half of the workforce at Norwich theatre are at risk of redundan…

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Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon launches summer season of online comedy by Chris Wiegand

The late-night hub is replacing its cancelled fringe programme with new virtual offerings alongside archive footage The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh’s uproarious palace of late-night comedy,…

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UK theatres reopen for fellowship, food and films – but not live plays by Chris Wiegand

Artistic directors say it’s a ‘civic duty’ to open up as their venues play a vital role for their communities beyond entertainment The easing of coronavirus restrictions means that fro…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

From Hamilton to Hairspray: feelgood musical anthems sung in lockdown by Chris Wiegand

Stars including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Neil Patrick Harris perform lyrics of hope and solidarity from home in these five videos Counting the minutes until you can stream the Hamilton film on…

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lungs: In Camera review – Claire Foy and Matt Smith mix the personal and planetary by Chris Wiegand

Old Vic, LondonIn a socially distanced stage production, performed to a Zoom audience, Duncan Macmillan’s play acquires new pertinence More than three months after UK theatres were closed …

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