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Monday, November 5, 2018

Matt Trueman: Austerity has left theatres in an impossible, contradictory position by Matt Trueman

A decade of austerity is, apparently, almost over. Believe it when you see it. Arts funding won’t go up any time soon.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Focus: Where next for cheap tickets at the National after ‘revolutionary’ Travelex scheme? by Matt Trueman

As the currency exchange firm ends its sponsorship of the National’s tickets scheme after 15 years, Matt Trueman looks at the colossal

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Emma Rice on Wise Children: ‘It’s about keeping your innocence while harnessing your power’ by Matt Trueman

For Emma Rice, the title of Angela Carter’s novel was the perfect expression of where she was post-Shakespeare’s Globe. She and the

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Playwright’s LSD Trip Becomes a Psychedelic Journey by Matt Trueman

The British playwright Leo Butler believes that taking acid can have beneficial effects. His new play explores how he thinks it can help.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Matt Trueman: Theatre is an optical illusion, but it can’t control how audiences will see the work by Matt Trueman

Sometimes I think blinking is the most important thing in theatre. Maybe more than anything else, artists need the ability to shut

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How the ICA is bringing performance back and wants to ‘set the agenda’ by Matt Trueman

After dropping live art a decade ago, the multidisciplinary venue’s performance programme is experiencing a renaissance under director Stefan Kalmar. He talks

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Nadia Fall: ‘Change is uncomfortable but you have to reinvent and not stagnate’ by Matt Trueman

As Theatre Royal Stratford East marks the start of a new era with The Village, a revamp of Lope de Vega’s classic

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Matt Trueman: Theatres have every right to trash legacies and embrace change by Matt Trueman

“Change is uncomfortable,” Nadia Fall tells me in this week’s big interview. She’s overseen quite a shake-up at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Move over Ivo van Hove: Europe's hottest theatre directors by Matt Trueman

The Belgian director has blazed his way into the British theatre scene. Who’s next? A French marathon man and an Austrian politico among othersSusanne Kennedy turns actors into avatars and…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

'Buildings tell stories': how the housing crisis inspired an Edinburgh show by Matt Trueman

Geoff Sobelle riffs on cramped city living in his festival production Home by building a two-up, two-down from scratch and inviting the audience insideWhen Geoff Sobelle went to lay a new ki…

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Matt Trueman: Sold-out Edinburgh Fringe shows may not be the best indicator of artistic success by Matt Trueman

‘Sold Out’ notices are springing up in Edinburgh. Show titles are being chalked on to venue blackboards and celebratory tweets are doing

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sixty chase scenes in 60 minutes: Edinburgh show re-enacts movie pursuits by Matt Trueman

Created by film classifier and artist Ming Hon, Chase Scenes explores Hollywood action clichesThe drums kick in and a pair of brown Reebok Classics pound the pavement on Princes Street. Ewan…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Designer Miriam Buether: ‘The most successful designs are those that don’t look like sets’ by Matt Trueman

The award-winning designer Miriam Buether is taking audiences into the heart of The Jungle at London’s Playhouse Theatre after last year’s sell-out

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Designer Chloe Lamford: ‘Theatre designers make more than an object – I design feeling’ by Matt Trueman

Working across genres and styles, the sought-after designer has become particularly known for her collage-based approach to new writing. She tells Matt

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Matt Trueman: We must embrace international work or risk sliding into insularity by Matt Trueman

Another London International Festival of Theatre has come and gone, and with it, some of the most inspiring theatre we’ll see all

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Dylan Moran tries his Irish luck at a standup routine in Russia by Matt Trueman

Black Books star claims to have become the first professional English-speaking comedian ever to perform in Russia after two St Petersburg gigs last weekDylan Moran, the Irish standup and sta…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gob Squad: The unruly Anglo-German theatre collective still evolving after 25 years by Matt Trueman

The Anglo-German theatre collective considers itself ‘a bit like a blob’ – ‘morphing’ to meet its members’ needs. Founder member Sarah Thom

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Maxine Peake's salute to female cyclist rolls on to Yorkshire stage for Tour by Matt Trueman

Leeds bike champion Beryl Burton's remarkable story will play in home city to coincide with Tour de France's opening stagesFor most actors, playing Hamlet would be enough for a single year …

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Matt Trueman: Going solo on stage may be nerve-racking, but you are far from being alone by Matt Trueman

This year’s Edinburgh Fringe programme has landed with a millennial pink plop, and, as usual, it’s stuffed with solo shows. Fringe runs

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bow wow: is there an art to the curtain call? by Matt Trueman

They might seem simply a way for actors to bask in audience appreciation, but is there something more going on at the

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spider-Man stuntman sues for $6m over injuries by Matt Trueman

Injuries allegedly caused by faulty rigging spark latest lawsuit to beset Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkEvery superhero needs a suit, but not the kind that beleaguered Broadw…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Matt Trueman: Actors who give themselves up on stage are the most watchable by Matt Trueman

The actor Alex Beckett, who died suddenly last month, was a pleasure to watch. I don’t mean that politely, but literally: watching

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Marat/Sade prompts audience walkouts at RSC by Matt Trueman

Scenes of 'filth and depravity' in Anthony Neilson's revival of notorious 60s play provoke mass exitsThe Royal Shakespeare Company's 50th anniversary revival of Marat/Sade in Stratford-upon-…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

He’s the Producer. She’s the Talent. Who Owns the Hit Record? by Matt Trueman

Joe Penhall’s new play, “Mood Music,” has real-world echoes in its story of a battle between a young singer-songwriter and her record producer.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Ferryman producer Caro Newling: ‘I’ve made some terrible mistakes just by falling in love with things’ by Matt Trueman

The theatrical impresario Caro Newling’s production company Neal Street, which she founded with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, boasts a vast portfolio

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A bunch of amateurs? Playwrights' astonishing am-dram experiences by Matt Trueman

David Eldridge, Simon Stephens and Alecky Blythe have all been moved by watching non-professional productions of their plays. They explain the appealDavid Eldridge’s romcom Beginning has j…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Matt Trueman: Audiences are like starlings – we react together by Matt Trueman

Have you ever seen a murmuration of starlings? If not, google it. Get it up on YouTube. It’s an extraordinary sight to

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Friday, March 9, 2018

HAMILTON may have the most Olivier Award nominations but winning is no dead cert! by Matt Trueman

Miranda may well start penning his speech but choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler has the misfortune to land in a year of super-duper dance theatre head to head with RANDY SKINNER's dazzling "…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Unicorn’s Purni Morell: ‘Theatre is an industry – unless we get rid of that, we’ll have no art’ by Matt Trueman

Purni Morell has been artistic director of London’s Unicorn Theatre for six years and in that time she has changed the shape

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Matt Trueman: Baz Bamigboye’s envious critics overlook hard journalistic graft by Matt Trueman

Some, it seems, have a Baz Bamigboye in their bonnet. Every Thursday night, regular as clockwork, the Daily Mail’s longstanding entertainment reporter

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring by Laura Collins-Hughes, Sopan Deb and Matt Trueman

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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