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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Editor’s View: Will BAFTA casting director award lead to changes at Oliviers? by Alistair Smith

Five years ago, the Oliviers faced calls to introduce an award for musical directors; today, there are demands for a casting director

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Editor’s View: Could the arts really receive a BoJo boost? by Alistair Smith

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley holds out a friendly hand to the new prime minister, Boris Johnson, in his column

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Editor’s View: What does Grand Theft Auto have to do with theatre? by Alistair Smith

I suspect most commercial theatre producers aren’t big Grand Theft Auto fans, but I wonder whether some of them might have paused

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Editor’s View: Ushers are key to a good theatre experience by Alistair Smith

Our story about the trials of usher body cameras in the West End proved to be one of those rare industry stories

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Editor’s View: The row over Olivier Awards statuettes is a transatlantic culture clash by Alistair Smith

As with many aspects of British cultural life, the influence of America looms large in commercial theatre. The apparent split in opinion

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Editor’s View: The Stage Debut Awards need you in the hunt for gold by Alistair Smith

Two years ago, we launched The Stage Debut Awards. The concept was to recognise the best emerging talent in theatre before they

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Editor’s View: Tree authorship row underlines precariousness of young artists by Alistair Smith

The legal rights and wrongs of the dispute between the producers of Tree and the young writers who claim to have been

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Editor’s View: It’s time for drama schools to ditch audition fees by Alistair Smith

David Morrissey speaks obvious sense when he expresses concerns about the increasing difficulty of breaking into the acting profession for people from

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Editor’s View: ATG boss is right – audiences deserve better by Alistair Smith

Mark Cornell’s forceful words about audience experience mark a welcome intervention from the Ambassador Theatre Group boss. Since joining as ATG chief

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Editor’s View: Awards can herald change, but hard-won progress must prevail by Alistair Smith

Awards ceremonies can serve to signal, support and cement existing trends. This year’s Tony Awards were no different. New writing is in

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Editor’s View: Should artists pay to be reviewed? No by Alistair Smith

As August approaches and preparations for the Edinburgh Fringe swing into gear, another chancer emerges trying to squeeze a few pounds out

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Editor’s View: Russell Group’s U-turn should be the final nail in EBacc’s coffin by Alistair Smith

This is getting silly now. Back in 2017, I wrote that it was getting increasingly difficult to find anyone apart from schools

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Editor’s View: Performers’ lives have always been tough, but a West End actor living under a bridge should shame us all by Alistair Smith

Last September, a news story went viral about Geoffrey Owens – a former star of The Cosby Show – who was snapped

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Editor’s view: Does Sunday Times Rich List flag winds of change in West End? by Alistair Smith

Undertakings like the Sunday Times Rich List always have a finger-in-the-air quality. But, like that measurement technique, what they lack in accuracy

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Editor’s View: Bill Pullman and Wendell Pierce’s formative experiences underline London theatre’s global pull by Alistair Smith

Two American screen stars give big interviews in The Stage this week, with both Bill Pullman and Wendell Pierce talking insightfully about

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Editor’s View: Help us help young people Get Into Theatre by Alistair Smith

Nearly three years ago, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation approached The Stage to ask us to help with an embryonic idea that

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Editor’s View: West End musicals lead the way on diverse casting but there are still some major gaps by Alistair Smith

Our research into West End musical theatre casts makes for some refreshingly upbeat reading. This marks the first time that we have

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Editor’s View: We need to find ways to improve offstage diversity by Alistair Smith

Theatre has made, and continues to make, commendable strides in improving onstage representation. But, offstage – especially in technical departments – we

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Editor’s View: Can Kenny Wax’s speech prompt a frank debate on West End ticket prices and pay? by Alistair Smith

The 2019 Oliviers was a slick and celebratory evening containing only welcome surprises, well marshalled by host Jason Manford. I was delighted

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Editor’s View: What’s the point of season launches? Ask the Donmar Warehouse or the National Theatre by Alistair Smith

Season announcements are a hangover from the days when printed brochures dictated a theatre’s marketing strategy. Theatres revealed shows in batches to

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Editor’s View: Theatres must negotiate the murky waters of arts sponsorship with caution by Alistair Smith

The Sackler Trust’s decision to suspend its UK grants amid growing controversy has helped a few high-profile arts organisations avoid some extremely

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Color Purple casting row is complex: I can’t see a happy resolution for anyone by Alistair Smith

It is hard to see a route to a happy resolution in the case of Seyi Omooba, the young actor at the

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Editor’s View: Nimax’s theatre in the round joins a flood of more flexible West End spaces by Alistair Smith

Nimax’s new theatre on the site of the old Astoria will make an intriguing addition to London’s Theatreland. The Astoria was demolished

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Editor’s View: Is Selladoor purchase the last-chance saloon for Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre? by Alistair Smith

The latest chapter in the remarkable saga of the Broadway Peterborough emerged this week with the news that Selladoor Worldwide is to

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Editor’s View: Talawa’s new home at Fairfield Halls has been a long time coming by Alistair Smith

The appointment of Talawa as resident company at the soon-to-reopen Fairfield Halls in Croydon marks the end of a long journey for

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Editor’s View: Would Albert Finney have made it in today’s theatre climate? by Alistair Smith

Albert Finney’s death is a huge loss to stage and screen, but it has also served as a lightning rod for wider

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Editor’s View: We need joined-up plans to support arts in UK cities, not quick fixes like in Paris by Alistair Smith

With local authority support for arts funding falling off a cliff in recent years, councils and cultural organisations are looking at ways

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Editor’s View: Touring is already risky – venues, don’t make it worse by Alistair Smith

As recent events have shown, producing a commercial tour can be a tightrope walk. It has become blessedly rare for West End

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Editor’s View: Netflix sees computer games as a competitor – so should theatre by Alistair Smith

Netflix is often considered a rival to traditional screen entertainment produced by HBO, BBC or the Hollywood film studios. But the streaming

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Editor’s View: As Brexit saga gives consumer confidence a knock, theatre won’t emerge unscathed by Alistair Smith

News last week that Shakespeare’s Globe was looking at a substantial number of redundancies due to “a difficult financial year” followed similar

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Editor’s view: Lack of West End toilets shows theatres still falling short on audience experience by Alistair Smith

There is one figure who, for reasons of eligibility, is perennially absent from The Stage 100, our list of the most influential

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