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Friday, November 8, 2019

Ceiling collapse at Piccadilly Theatre caused by water leak, investigation finds by Matthew Hemley

An investigation into the collapsed ceiling at the Piccadilly Theatre has found the incident was caused by a “localised water leak”, with

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Royal Court to commission new plays in honour of former international director Elyse Dodgson by Matthew Hemley

London’s Royal Court Theatre is to commission a new play every other year in memory of its former international director, Elyse Dodgson.

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Piccadilly Theatre staff praised for ‘quick and professional’ actions to evacuate venue by Matthew Hemley

Theatre staff working at the Piccadilly Theatre on the night its ceiling collapsed have been praised for their “quick and professional actions”.

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Arifa Akbar to replace Michael Billington as Guardian’s chief theatre critic by Matthew Hemley

Arifa Akbar is to succeed Michael Billington as chief theatre critic at the Guardian. Former literary editor of the Independent, Akbar has

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Hope Mill to stage UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella by Matthew Hemley

Hope Mill Theatre is to stage the UK’s first fully-staged production of the Broadway version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Cinderella will be

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

ATG commits to paying backstage and front-of-house staff while Piccadilly Theatre remains closed by Matthew Hemley

Backstage and front-of-house staff from the Piccadilly Theatre will continue to be paid by Ambassador Theatre Group while the venue remains closed,

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Equity on Piccadilly Theatre: ‘Our members should not be working in unsafe venues’ by Matthew Hemley

Union Equity is to meet with theatre managers “as a priority” to discuss the safety of its members, following the partial collapse

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ATG confirms five people injured after plasterboard fell at the Piccadilly Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Ambassador Theatre Group – which owns the Piccadilly Theatre – has confirmed a section of plasterboard fell from the upper rear circle

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Theatregoers reveal ‘terrifying’ moment ceiling collapsed at Piccadilly Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Eyewitnesses have described the “terrifying” moment the ceiling fell in during a performance of Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre.

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Former culture minister Ed Vaizey to step down as MP to focus on the arts by Matthew Hemley

Former culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced he will not be standing in the forthcoming general election, stating he wants to focus

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Equity members vote in favour of minimum earnings requirement to stand for council election by Matthew Hemley

Performers and stage managers will need to provide evidence they have earned a minimum of £500 over a three-year period to stand

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Beverley Knight to star in Drifters musical by Matthew Hemley

Beverley Knight is to star in a new musical about singing group The Drifters. Knight will star as Faye Treadwell, the manager

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Amanda Huxtable named new artistic director of Eclipse Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Amanda Huxtable has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of black-led touring company Eclipse Theatre. Huxtable, a former artistic associate at

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Culture secretary Nicky Morgan to step down by Matthew Hemley

Culture secretary Nicky Morgan has announced she will not be standing in the forthcoming general election. The MP for Loughborough announced her

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Leicester’s Curve launches scheme to nurture UK arts leaders by Matthew Hemley

Curve in Leicester has launched a scheme aimed at nurturing the next generation of leaders in the arts. Through the Passport to

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Gavin Henderson to leave Royal Central School of Speech and Drama by Matthew Hemley

Gavin Henderson is to step down as principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama after 13 years in the

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Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace join Hairspray cast by Matthew Hemley

Lizzie Bea is to star as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical, with Marisha Wallace taking the role of Motormouth. They join

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

University of South Wales latest to axe arts degree as dance course is closed by Matthew Hemley

The University of South Wales has axed its dance degree, in a move described as “short-sighted” and devastating for students. It is

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Almeida unveils new playwrighting scheme as spring season is launched by Matthew Hemley

A new playwrighting scheme run by the Almeida Theatre in London is to give emerging and mid-career writers the chance to develop

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Online toolkit launched to help theatres across the UK improve on-stage diversity by Matthew Hemley

An online toolkit that aims to make the UK’s rehearsal rooms and stages more diverse has been launched, which its founders hope

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Iain Munro becomes permanent chief executive of Creative Scotland by Matthew Hemley

Iain Munro has been made chief executive of Creative Scotland on a permanent basis. He has been acting chief executive since Janet

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Madani Younis to leave Southbank Centre after less than a year by Matthew Hemley

Madani Younis is stepping down as creative director of the Southbank Centre after less than a year in the post. Younis, who

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Equity scraps dedicated post aimed at tackling bullying and harassment in the sector by Matthew Hemley

A post created by Equity two years ago to tackle bullying and harassment in the sector is being scrapped. The bullying, harassment and

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Drama Centre students break silence on course suspension and call for support from alumni by Matthew Hemley

Current students at Drama Centre London are calling on alumni to “fight for the value of conservatoire training”, as intake for the

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Stolen Royal Exchange van carrying Gypsy costumes is found by Matthew Hemley

Police have recovered a van carrying costumes for the Royal Exchange Theatre’s forthcoming production of Gypsy. The van was stolen on October

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Puppet designer withdraws unpaid placement on National Theatre show following exploitation accusations by Matthew Hemley

A freelance designer working on a National Theatre show has been forced to backtrack on plans to use volunteers on the project,

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Agency criticised for turning down actor with children claiming her opportunities would be ‘restricted’ by Matthew Hemley

An actor with two children seeking new representation has revealed how an agency turned her down because of her caring responsibilities, claiming

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Emma Rice to receive outstanding contribution prize at UK Theatre awards by Matthew Hemley

Emma Rice will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to British theatre at this year’s UK Theatre Awards. The industry body said

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Drama Centre advisory council resigns en masse as row over course suspension intensifies by Matthew Hemley

Members of an advisory council to Drama Centre London – including actor Helen McCrory and director Nikolai Foster – have resigned en

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Campaign group PIPA branches out into Scotland with plan for tailored research and events by Matthew Hemley

Support for parents working in Scotland’s performing arts sector is to be bolstered by a new programme of research and events aimed

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mobile nursery in double-decker bus launches for parents working in performing arts by Matthew Hemley

A mobile nursery based in a bus aimed at supporting parents working in the performing arts will launch next year, which its

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