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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

‘Nadine Dorries is terrible! That’s made my job easier’: Labour’s Lucy Powell on the Tories, culture war and BBC by Charlotte Higgins

As a teenager, the shadow culture secretary was always up for a party. Now she is expected to have a view on everything from the legacy of colonialism to the future of the licence fee. How i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

‘Adrenaline-fuelled’: Punchdrunk return with the horrifically timely siege of Troy by Charlotte Higgins

After almost a decade away, the world-conquering theatre rebels are back with The Burnt City, an epic take on the ultimate war story. We meet them at their cavernous new premises Punchdrunk,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

In times as troubled as these, can we still believe in tragedy? | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

Pandemics, the climate crisis and the algorithms used by tech giants feel too amorphous to squeeze into the dramatic form “What the American public wants is a tragedy with a happy ending,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Mark Rylance: ‘Theatre is a thousand times more enjoyable than film’ by Charlotte Higgins

The actor made a mere six movies in lockdown but it’s his own play and his return as Rooster Byron in Jerusalem that is getting him really excited Mark Rylance is dressed for rehearsals in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

An atmosphere of threat lingers over the arts - and it’s created by the government | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

A sign of a functioning society is its artists being free to create work that pushes against prevailing political tides Public funding for the arts in Britain has, since it began in the afte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

No 10 is marching through cultural institutions – and making a battleground of the arts | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

By interfering in appointments, the government is trying to shape museums and trusts in its own image When the chair of the National Maritime Museum, Charles Dunstone, wrote to the Departmen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Call the copse! The sudden flourishing of culture about trees by Charlotte Higgins

From a fake forest in central London to Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard told from the orchard’s point of view, writers, directors and artists are exploring the roots of nature Let me tell you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18AM
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘We won’t be bouncing back’ – the unsettling truth about the big reopening by Charlotte Higgins

Next week, after 14 months of closure and despair, the arts are reawakening. But the damage caused by Covid runs deep – and recovery is by no means assured “If we had to close down again…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Monday, March 15, 2021

When stages are dark, theatre lives on in your memories | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

Since last March I have been remembering a lifetime of plays. Each one has reminded me what we’re missing Theatre is an artform of the memory. A night at the theatre is a fugitive experien…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The cultural rescue package will set artists against institutions | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

The government’s Covid-19 response is opening up deep divisions. Theatres and museums get help but creatives are being cut loose The pandemic has deepened many fissures in British society.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Josie Rourke: 'I was fighting to put a period in a period movie' by Charlotte Higgins

Starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots is a historical epic with oral sex, menstruation and a diverse cast – thanks to the director making a bold move from cutting-e…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

'A thoroughly entertaining failure': the return of Muriel Spark's mega flop by Charlotte Higgins

Her savage send-up of the London intelligentsia was a box-office disaster. But could Doctors of Philosophy now be about to hit its prime?On Tuesday 2 October 1962, a play by Muriel Spark was…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Can an all-women Julius Caesar work? by Charlotte Higgins

The cast and director of a new Donmar Warehouse show tell Charlotte Higgins what a thrilling and liberating experience it has been tackling one of Shakespeare's great worksOn a table in the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:04PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

'People scoffed at it!' The unstoppable all-female Shakespeare uprising by Charlotte Higgins

Their Julius Caesar was met with applause – and derision. As Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham prepare to leave the Donmar, they reflect on how they changed the theatre landscape“Quite a se…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Monday, March 12, 2018

The Cherry Orchard review – Michael Boyd's exquisite Chekhov debut by Charlotte Higgins

Bristol Old VicThe former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company brings a mastery of mood to the Russian classicTime is advancing pitilessly on Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:17AM
Friday, February 16, 2018

Storm.1: Nothing Remains the Same review – a symphony of creation and ruin by Charlotte Higgins

Pafiliwn Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid, CeredigionNational Theatre Wales’s multimedia adaptation turns Ovid’s Metamorphoses into an environmental parable of cosmic scale and elemental powerThe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:44AM
Monday, September 25, 2017

TV's Front Row is a pulped and processed version of radio's. Why? by Charlotte Higgins

This low-interest, no-risk reboot of Radio 4’s long-running culture strand is yet another reminder of how terminally timid BBC TV always is with the artsFront Row, on Radio 4, is reliable,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer by Charlotte Higgins

Robert Icke’s production of trilogy by Aeschylus is to open at Trafalgar Studios after causing a sensation with audiences who were gripped by its family dramaThe Oresteia – three hours a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Thursday, November 10, 2016

The one where Medea saves her kids: lost classics of Greek tragedy by Charlotte Higgins

In his new book, Matthew Wright analyses the remaining evidence of hundreds of Athenian texts that, packed with sex, magic and happy endings, would give a radically different impression of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Friday, July 1, 2016

#Wearehere: Battle of the Somme tribute acted out across Britain by Charlotte Higgins

Men dressed as soldiers appear in cities, towns and villages in a poignant memorial to those killed in the first world war battle Waterloo station, London: 8am. “I’m here, under the big …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Monday, June 27, 2016

Artists are in shock after the vote, but we need them now more than ever | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

In the years to come, artists and intellectuals will venture across the rift to interpret the two halves of our divided kingdom to one other“We had a headache,” wrote Philip Pullman on T…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Katie Mitchell, British theatre’s queen in exile | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

Her champions regard Katie Mitchell as Britain’s greatest living stage director – but her critics see a vandal smashing up the classics. After staging her most ambitious work in Europe, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Do you know your Oedipus from your Antigone? – Greek theatre quiz by Charlotte Higgins and Matthew Fox

Are you a titan of the theatre or have the fates abandoned you? As the Almeida puts on a festival inspired by Dionysus, test your knowledge of Greek dramaIn Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, Clytemne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:52AM
Monday, February 1, 2016

Katie Mitchell, British theatre’s queen in exile by Written By Charlotte Higgins, Read By Ruth Barnes and Produced By Simon Barnard

Her champions regard Katie Mitchell as Britain’s greatest living stage director – but her critics see a vandal smashing up the classics. After staging her most ambitious work in Europe, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Katie Mitchell, British theatre’s queen in exile | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

Her champions regard Katie Mitchell as Britain’s greatest living stage director – but her critics see a vandal smashing up the classics. After staging her most ambitious work in Europe, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:04AM
Monday, November 23, 2015

Eleanor Bron: 'I didn't want to be like other little girls' by Charlotte Higgins

She satirised the 60s alongside Peter Cook and appeared onscreen in classics from Alfie to Women in Love. Bron talks Corbyn, ‘consorts’, and what the Beatles taught her about fameEleanor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06PM
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Alan Bennett: ‘I didn’t see the point of coming out' by Charlotte Higgins

Socialist, royalist, show-off, shy ... in life and in his fiction, Alan Bennett is a bundle of contradictions. He talks about the ‘totalitarian’ Tories, why he doesn’t go to the theatr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:57AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet reveals something rotten in the state of theatre | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

Usually I’m glad if Shakespeare is hot news. But the mania over the shifting of the ‘To be or not to be’ speech is just depressingCumberfever has reached critical levels, as previews f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer by Charlotte Higgins

Robert Icke’s production of trilogy by Aeschylus is to open at Trafalgar Studios after causing a sensation with audiences who were gripped by its family dramaThe Oresteia – three hours a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:34PM
Thursday, June 11, 2015

What I learned from Peter Cropper, the maestro of the Midlands | Charlotte Higgins by Charlotte Higgins

The Lindsay String Quartet leader introduced me to Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Shostakovich: precious indeed for a girl growing up in the PotteriesOn 29 May Peter Cropper died sud…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:20PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Do you know your Oedipus from your Antigone? – Greek theatre quiz by Charlotte Higgins and Matthew Fox

Are you a titan of the theatre or have the fates abandoned you? As the Almeida puts on a festival inspired by Dionysus, test your knowledge of Greek drama Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:43AM