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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Appoint people of colour to senior theatre roles, British Asian artistic director says by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Pravesh Kumar says more diverse voices are needed to bring about creative change Britain’s leading theatre companies must appoint more people of colour and from working-class backgrounds a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Covid outbreaks force string of West End cancellations by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

The Lion King, Life of Pi and the National’s Hex among shows affected during crucial festive season Coronavirus – latest updates West End shows including The Lion King have had to cancel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM
Friday, December 10, 2021

Beverley Knight scolds ‘rat-arsed’ theatregoers at London musical by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Soul singer posts tweet lambasting people she says disrupted The Drifters Girl show in London The soul singer Beverley Knight has lambasted raucous theatregoers who she said disrupted a perf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Betty Boothroyd musical to chart rise from dancer to Commons Speaker by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Betty! starring Maxine Peake views parliamentarian’s life through lens of drama group in Dewsbury village hall She was a working-class Yorkshire girl who first took to the stage in a high-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Royal Ballet dancer to auction world’s first ballet NFTs by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Natalia Osipova hopes to ‘broaden appeal’ of ballet by selling unique digital copies of performances She is one of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, dazzling audiences with performan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Punched: Sadie Frost appears in ‘no frills’ drama exploring domestic abuse by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Tracy-Ann Oberman, Donna Air and Annie Lennox will perform in the one-off fundraising West End drama Women’s experiences of domestic and sexual violence will be dramatised in a West End th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

And Breathe dominates Black British theatre awards by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Yomi Ṣode’s one-hander and Regent’s Park production of Romeo and Juliet win four awards each A one-man play about grief and a contemporary version of a Shakespearean classic have domin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Black talent takes centre stage at Lyric Hammersmith theatre by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Festival to celebrate black culture and creativity, with Lemn Sissay and Shingai as headline acts The Lyric Hammersmith theatre is launching its first festival celebrating black talent, cul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Panto’s back, oh yes it is: UK theatres hope for revival after Covid fallout by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Beneath the slapstick humour, venues remain anxious over fresh restrictions and lower ticket sales Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There were cheers and boo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Barbican commits to ‘radical transformation’ after race allegations by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Arts centre had over 120 claims, including racism, investigated in external review into its operations The Barbican centre has committed to “a radical transformation of culture and behavio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Sadler’s Wells to open hip-hop academy at new east London venue by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Diploma course will provide training in live performance and theatre production at an international standard One of the world’s most renowned dance institutions is to offer a two-year inte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM

‘Bit bonkers’: actors to perform in three plays in three Sheffield theatres at once by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trilogy to mark the 50th anniversary of the Crucible will have performers sprinting between stages Actors will simultaneously perform three plays in three theatres as part of an “ambitious…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Friday, November 5, 2021

Rankin reveals theatre’s backstage magicians: ‘Audiences would be shocked!’ by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

The photographer has brought directors, door keepers and technicians out of the shadows for a special exhibition celebrating the survival of the West End The backstage heroes of the West End…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Barbican to introduce diversity targets after racism claims by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

London arts centre vows to foster inclusive culture after allegations by staff of discrimination The Barbican arts centre in London has pledged to introduce diversity targets for its workfor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM

White handkerchief and a Derry play tell Bloody Sunday story by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Drama about those who died when soldiers opened fire on protesters will premiere on 50th anniversary For almost 50 years, the bloodstained white handkerchief held aloft by Father Edward Daly…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Hilary Mantel play to close amid Covid uncertainty by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company cancels planned extension of The Mirror and the Light in West End Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Royal Shakespeare Company ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Theatre in UK faces exodus of women after pandemic, study finds by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

More than 60% consider leaving jobs amid concerns that ‘safe’ work by men could be prioritised Leading women in British theatre have expressed concern that cash-strapped theatres could …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Eight candidates for the next UK city of culture announced by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Areas will receive £40,000 grants to support the next step of their applications to succeed Coventry Armagh City, Bradford, County Durham and Stirling are among the eight places in the UK l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

‘You’re in a new world’: refugee actors share their journey on stage by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

A new play touring England uses beds to reflect on experiences of former unaccompanied minors For most people, bed is a place of comfort, somewhere to recline and switch off. For others, it …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Saoirse Ronan says Kim and Kanye inspired Almeida Macbeth roles by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

‘Modern power couple’ Kardashian and West were helpful in interpreting Macbeths, says actor The four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and the Mare of Easttown’s James McArdle have sa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Barbican boss to step down after ‘institutional racism’ row by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Barbican denies Sir Nicholas Kenyon’s departure was prompted by claims organisation was ‘insidiously’ racist Sir Nicholas Kenyon, the Barbican’s managing director for 14 years, is to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New comedy The Green Room to explore obstacles for black writers by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Written by Yvvette Edwards and Irenosen Okojie, the ‘timely and clear-eyed’ play will be live-streamed in July The publishing industry’s lack of diversity is to be the focus of a new c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Friday, June 11, 2021

Barbican staff say it is ‘institutionally racist’ despite action plan by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Book details more than 100 instances of alleged prejudicial behaviour at the arts organisation The Barbican has been described as “institutionally racist” by its own staff, who have comp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

UK’s first all-black, all-female Shakespeare company aim to shine new light on Bard by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Mawa Theatre Company hope to make classic works accessible to diverse audiences The team behind the UK’s first all-black, all-female Shakespearean theatre company say it is planning to re-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

UK theatres promise to only cast trans actors in trans roles by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trans casting statement signatories pledge to cast trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers Several of the biggest theatres in the UK have pledged to only cast trans, non-bina…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Saturday, May 8, 2021

David Hare: Covid-hit UK theatre needs a John Osborne-inspired revolution by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Playwright mulls mass appeal of Osborne, who is being honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British theatre must tak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Plans for 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities ‘catastrophic’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Artists and musicians speak out against proposal by education secretary and Office for Students Artists and musicians have accused the government of neglecting the country’s “cultural n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Manchester international festival 2021 to feature work reflecting on pandemic by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay on grief adapted for theatre among lineup for mostly outdoor event A 42-metre sculpture of Big Ben made out of political books, a new film featuring Cillia…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

British theatre urged to 'completely rebuild' to improve diversity by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor behind Blackstage UK web series says pandemic offers opportunity to address structural racism in arts British theatre needs to be “completely rebuilt” in the wake of Covid-19 to ma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Actor loses tribunal claim over loss of Color Purple role after homophobic comments by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Seyi Omooba was sacked from lesbian part at Leicester theatre after homophobic post emerged An actor who sued a theatre and her former agents after she was sacked when a Facebook post resurf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Monday, February 15, 2021

Stars including Sir Ian McKellen urge changes to visa rules for artists by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Julie Walters among signatories to letter saying post-Brexit changes a ‘towering hurdle’ to working in Europe New visa rules for British artists, actors and theatre workers who want to w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33PM