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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: West End performers offered interim payments until settlements secured by Matthew Hemley

West End performers have started to be offered interim payments following the closure of productions, The Stage understands, with some offered £350

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Coronavirus: Equity calls on government for a rescue package to tackle ‘unprecedented crisis’ by Matthew Hemley

Equity has vowed to argue the case for entertainment workers to the “highest levels of government”, as it outlines plans to secure

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Income at arts venues UK-wide falls by 92% year-on-year following closures by Matthew Hemley

Advance ticket sales and income at arts venues nationwide dropped by 92% year-on-year following Boris Johnson’s advice that theatres close, new data

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Coronavirus: Arts Council of Wales warns of ‘multi-million pound losses’ as it announces measures to aid sector by Matthew Hemley

The Arts Council of Wales has warned that theatre companies and venues face “multi-million pound losses” because of cancelled projects, as it

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Coronavirus: Charities join up to create one-stop advice site for industry by Matthew Hemley

Leading theatre charities have joined together to create a one-stop shop of advice for people affected by the closure of theatres around

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Coronavirus: Brighton Festival cancelled for first time in its history, as fringe is postponed by Matthew Hemley

The Brighton Festival, which was due to take place in May, has been cancelled for the first time since it was founded

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Coronavirus: Producers offer shows online as theatres go dark by Matthew Hemley

Productions including George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical version of The Wind in the Willows and The Habit of Art starring Matthew

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sister Act rehearsals postponed as producer urges other shows to stop immediately by Matthew Hemley

Rehearsals for the forthcoming production of Sister Act the Musical have been postponed, as producer Jamie Wilson urges other shows to stop

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Coronavirus: Theatres warn of permanent closures and cuts to jobs as shutdown begins by Matthew Hemley

Industry leaders have warned of the “perilous and uncertain future” faced by the theatre industry, with some cautioning that venues will shut

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Coronavirus: Drama schools move teaching online by Matthew Hemley

Drama schools including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, LAMDA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama are cancelling face-to-face teaching because of

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Young Vic cancels remaining performances of Nora by Matthew Hemley

All remaining performances of Nora at the Young Vic have been cancelled, with the theatre stating that the “health and wellbeing of

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Coronavirus: Arts Council England pledges support to compensate freelance workers for lost income by Matthew Hemley

Arts Council England has pledged to “refocus” some of its grant-giving programmes to compensate individual artists and freelance workers who lose earnings

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Edinburgh Fringe plans to run as normal in August despite coronavirus fears by Matthew Hemley

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have said they are optimistic the event will run as planned in August, but have outlined

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Equity’s minority members committee resigns en masse over Laurence Fox apology by Matthew Hemley

All nine members of Equity’s minority ethnic members committee have resigned in protest at the union’s decision to issue an apology to

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Equity apologises to Laurence Fox for tweets labelling him a ‘disgrace’ by Matthew Hemley

Equity has issued an apology to actor Laurence Fox for a series of tweets that labelled him a “disgrace” following his appearance

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tim Levy joins leadership team of Nick Starr and Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Company by Matthew Hemley

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr have appointed Broadway producer Tim Levy as co-director of their London Theatre Company, as the organisation prepares

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Matthew Hemley: Theatre needs to unite against coronavirus by Matthew Hemley

As we report today, coronavirus is already having a detrimental impact on theatres and performers. Actors are reporting losing work as shows

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Owen Calvert-Lyons appointed artistic director of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds by Matthew Hemley

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has appointed Owen Calvert-Lyons as its new artistic director and chief executive. He replaces Karen Simpson, who

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Fast-food chain to sponsor free tickets scheme at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre by Matthew Hemley

South London fast-food chain Morley’s Chicken is to pay for 40 local young people to see a new play at the Brockley

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More than 600 arts figures sign letter urging government to retain Creative Europe partnership by Matthew Hemley

Indhu Rubasingham, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Alistair Spalding are among more than 650 arts figures from across the UK who have signed a

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UK premiere of Something Rotten! forms part of Sean Foley’s first season at Birmingham Rep by Matthew Hemley

Sean Foley will direct the UK premiere of Broadway musical Something Rotten!, as part of his first season as artistic director of

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Sean Foley Q&A: the new artistic director of Birmingham Rep outlines his vision by Matthew Hemley

As Sean Foley announces his first season as artistic director of the Birmingham Rep, he tells Matthew Hemley about his vision for

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Drama Centre London to close following damning review by Matthew Hemley

Drama Centre London is set to close, as plans are revealed to end all of its acting provision at its current home

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Actors urge Boris Johnson to increase arts funding and put culture at the heart of the curriculum by Matthew Hemley

Actors are putting pressure on Boris Johnson to substantially increase funding for the arts to 0.5% of GDP, in a letter that

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Tyrone Huntley and Clare Halse join the cast of Hello, Dolly! by Matthew Hemley

Tyrone Huntley and Clare Halse have joined the cast of Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre. They will appear alongside Imelda Staunton,

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Robert Icke to direct UK tour of George Orwell’s Animal Farm by Matthew Hemley

Robert Icke is to direct George Orwell’s Animal Farm that will tour the UK. The production, which has not yet announced a

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Costumes worn by Victorian actor Ellen Terry to go on display in former Kent home by Matthew Hemley

Costumes worn by Victorian actor Ellen Terry will be displayed for the first time at her former home in Kent. The costumes

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Exclusive: RADA students allege safeguarding concerns and culture of ‘oppression’ by Matthew Hemley

RADA students have alleged a culture of “oppression” at the prestigious drama school, claiming they are exposed to safeguarding issues because senior

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Friday, February 28, 2020

West End landmark Angels Fancy Dress closes shop after 180 years by Matthew Hemley

Costumiers Angels is to leave the West End after 180 years, blaming increases to rents and business rates. While its shop on

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton to star in The Pillowman in the West End by Matthew Hemley

Martin McDonagh’s play The Pillowman is to have its first run in the West End, in a production starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

National Theatre of Scotland under fire for ‘failing’ to invest in Scottish talent by Matthew Hemley

Scottish actors have criticised a perceived decline in employment opportunities at the National Theatre of Scotland, which is facing pressure to reveal

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