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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Banning kids from Theatreland – 15 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

15 years ago (August 5, 2004): We reported on proposals by the Metropolitan Police to impose a blanket curfew on under-16s wishing

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Poll: Are actors being asked to prepare too much for auditions? by The Stage

In an interview with The Stage last week, Jenna Russell spoke about the changing nature of auditions, in which actors are increasingly

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Theatres could do more to help front-of-house staff – your views, July 25 by The Stage

I suppose these theatres could reduce their sales of alcohol to the inebriated and their sales of gargantuan food items in noisy

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Thwarted plans to launch Welsh national theatre – 50 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

July 24, 1969: Four decades ago, proposals for a national theatre for Wales stalled due to ongoing disagreements about the location and

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Poll: Do you think front-of-house staff wearing bodycams is a good idea? by The Stage

Reports of increasingly disruptive behaviour from audiences at West End venues has prompted some theatres to trial the use of body cameras,

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Production news round-up: Paul McCartney to write first musical and Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner to star in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by The Stage

This week’s production news includes Layton Williams and Shane Richie confirmed to star in the UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Farewell to Queen’s Theatre, soon to be renamed after Stephen Sondheim – your views, July 18 by The Stage

After nearly 43 years I am leaving the Queen’s Theatre. I would like to say it’s been an absolute pleasure and very

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Our critics picks the top shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 by The Stage

The Stage’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe review team pick the shows they are most looking forward to see when the world’s largest arts

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Production news round-up: Sister Act to return for UK tour and Amelie announces Other Palace transfer by The Stage

This week, Amelie announced a Christmas transfer to the Other Palace in London, a reworked version of Sister Act was confirmed –

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

West End theatres struggle under bombing: 75 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

July 13, 1944: London was suffering aerial bombardment from German V-1 rockets, otherwise known as doodlebugs, 75 years ago this week. The

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Young Vic ‘cannot treat people like this’ – your views, July 11 by The Stage

I feel for these two writers. It is a nasty position to be put in and creatively deflating. The love, passion and

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Poll: Would you find it useful for all theatres to post content warnings online to signpost potentially upsetting scenes? by The Stage

London theatre the Donmar Warehouse is piloting a scheme to give audience members warning of scenes in its productions that they could

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Selladoor’s plans for Greenwich are not a done deal – your views, July 4 by The Stage

Selladoor’s plans to launch its new south London venue are being presented as a done deal, but there has been no public

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Post-war press urged to ‘take theatre seriously’ – 100 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

July 3, 1919: Writing just after the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles that brought the First World War to an

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Poll: Should theatres offer refunds or alternative dates when a star can’t perform? by The Stage

Last week, the Southbank Centre issued an apology after it was accused of disrespecting understudies by appear. Dove Cameron, appearing in The

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Margaret Thatcher wields the axe with £1m cuts to the arts – 40 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

June 28, 1979: Following Margaret Thatcher’s election as prime minister, the new Conservative government passed its first spending review, resulting in a

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ATG boss Mark Cornell needs to look at his own theatres – your views, June 27 by The Stage

It’s taken Mark Cornell three years to realise: “Theatres need to look to cinemas to improve audience comfort”, arguing theatregoers are enduring

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Poll: Should theatres copy cinemas to improve audiences’ experience? by The Stage

Ambassador Theatre Group chief executive Mark Cornell has claimed theatres should look to cinemas to improve the experiences of theatregoers. He said

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

West End pay is still unfair – your views, June 20 by The Stage

I welcome positive changes to the Equity agreement. But I’d still like to see a change in the unfair tier structure in

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Heatwaves and ghostbusters – 30 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

June 22, 1989: Three decades ago the hot weather was causing big problems for theatre, with a “Mediterranean-style heatwave” blamed for a

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Poll: Would you be afraid to speak out about issues at work? by The Stage

Last week, actor Lenny Henry gave evidence to a parliamentary review on media diversity in which he warned that people from minority

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Production news round-up: Once announces first UK tour and Singin’ in the Rain to be revived by The Stage

Musicals Folk musical Once has announced it will return later this year for a UK tour. This production premiered last year at

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Old Vic set to be ‘the first theatre company to visit China’ – 40 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

 June 14, 1979: London’s Old Vic Theatre announced plans for an overseas tour of Hamlet to 12 cities, including landmark performances in

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Don’t charge shows for reviews – critics should be paid for by the publisher (your views, June 13) by The Stage

Reviewers are supposed to be employees of the publisher. Mumble is using the writers’ work to get traffic, which is monetisable. It’s

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Homelessness among actors not uncommon – your views, June 6 by The Stage

It was interesting to read about the performer sleeping under the bridge last week, but unfortunately for some of us closer to

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Nichola McAuliffe’s ‘extraordinary interlude’ as tabloid theatre critic – 15 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

June 3, 2004: Olivier-winning actor Nichola McAuliffe enjoyed a brief stint as a theatre critic for the Daily Mail. However, after a

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Top 10 theatre shows to see this summer by The Stage

Here comes the sun… and an eclectic spread of work covering giant ants, Luddites and Nico. Natasha Tripney and Tim Bano present

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How a heatwave ‘played the deuce with the theatrical business’ – 100 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

May 29, 1919: With summer approaching, some words of wisdom from The Stage, published 100 years ago this week when we reported

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How to stop immersive theatre being a threat to actors – your views, May 30 by The Stage

If immersive theatre is a threat to the actors, I have an idea: why not try putting it in a big room,

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Poll: Have you ever booked a show based primarily on star casting? by The Stage

Last week, Kimberley Walsh, who found fame with the pop group Girls Aloud and is now preparing to star in Big the

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Why are schools not taking up offers of theatre trips? (Your views May 23) by The Stage

In response to your story (School visits in sharp decline – leading theatres) my team – the South Devon Players Theatre and

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