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Friday, July 10, 2020

Birmingham Rep may make 40% of roles redundant amid Covid-19 crisis by Chris Wiegand

Despite emergency support funds, cuts may be needed for theatre to survive loss of income during coronavirus closure Birmingham Repertory theatre is considering cost-saving measures that may…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

'He's so strapping and virile': Patrick Stewart at 80 – by Shatner, McKellen, Tennant and more by Interviews By Chris Wiegand, Catherine Shoard and Toby Moses

Horse rides in stockings, rehearsals in deep freezes, fights in string vests ... as Patrick Stewart hits 80, friends from Harriet Walter to Brian Blessed pay tribute to the great actor Conti…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Honk if you're laughing: drive-in gigs aim to accelerate comedy industry by Chris Wiegand

While they wait for clubs to reopen, standups are returning to the stage in car parks, with audiences tuning in on the radio In his new Netflix special, US standup Dave Chappelle reflected o…

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sam Mendes launches fund for theatre workers hit by Covid-19 crisis by Chris Wiegand

Netflix makes initial £500,000 donation to the Theatre Artists Fund, designed to help workers ‘at breaking point’ The film and theatre director Sam Mendes has established an emergency …

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Arts union slams UK government for 'cultural vandalism' amid theatre crisis by Chris Wiegand

Head of Bectu says industry is in dire need of cash injection with 3,000 jobs at risk and vast freelance workforce unemployed The UK’s theatre industry has been hit by a “perfect storm…

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Designers to wrap empty UK theatres with message of hope by Chris Wiegand

Pink barrier tape reading ‘Missing Live Theatre’ will be attached to venues as part of an initiative for the ailing industry The easing of coronavirus restrictions means that England’s…

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap plots socially distanced West End reopening by Chris Wiegand

World’s longest-running show plans to welcome back reduced audiences in October as ‘first step in restoring live theatre’ Its record-breaking 67-year run in London was cut short in Mar…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Nuffield Southampton Theatres to permanently close as UK arts crisis deepens by Chris Wiegand

Acclaimed cultural institution, once named ‘regional theatre of the year’, announces closure with 86 roles made redundant Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), a major cultural institutio…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Manchester's Royal Exchange theatre says 65% of roles could be made redundant by Chris Wiegand

Illustrious venue says the government’s plans for the industry give them no ‘confidence or clarity to be able to restart any activities in the immediate future’ The Royal Exchange in M…

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Norwich theatre blasts 'idle' government as redundancy threatens half of workforce by Chris Wiegand

Theatre’s chief executive says government is standing by as vital industry is allowed to ‘fade into the dust’ More than half of the workforce at Norwich theatre are at risk of redundan…

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Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon launches summer season of online comedy by Chris Wiegand

The late-night hub is replacing its cancelled fringe programme with new virtual offerings alongside archive footage The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh’s uproarious palace of late-night comedy,…

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UK theatres reopen for fellowship, food and films – but not live plays by Chris Wiegand

Artistic directors say it’s a ‘civic duty’ to open up as their venues play a vital role for their communities beyond entertainment The easing of coronavirus restrictions means that fro…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

From Hamilton to Hairspray: feelgood musical anthems sung in lockdown by Chris Wiegand

Stars including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Neil Patrick Harris perform lyrics of hope and solidarity from home in these five videos Counting the minutes until you can stream the Hamilton film on…

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lungs: In Camera review – Claire Foy and Matt Smith mix the personal and planetary by Chris Wiegand

Old Vic, LondonIn a socially distanced stage production, performed to a Zoom audience, Duncan Macmillan’s play acquires new pertinence More than three months after UK theatres were closed …

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Government roadmap to reopen UK arts venues dismissed as 'meaningless' by Chris Wiegand

Plan announced by culture secretary Oliver Dowden lacks investment and timeframes say theatre unions and creatives Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It was pr…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Declan review – stinging tale of loss, loneliness and sexual discovery by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThe absence of an audience increases the sense of desolation in writer-performer Alistair Hall’s compelling monologue When Jimbo first meets Declan at his Nan’s birthday …

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Noah and the Peacock review – live lockdown theatre in fine feather by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThis Zoom show for families captures the buzz of theatre and asks the audience to dress up and make their own sound effects Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and da…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Lloyd Webber plans to trial Covid-19 safety measures at London Palladium by Chris Wiegand

Airlocks, infrared cameras and remote temperature-taking all part of plan adapted from The Phantom of the Opera production in South Korea Andrew Lloyd Webber will use the London Palladium to…

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A Midsummer Night’s Zoom: isolation dramas reframe Shakespeare by Chris Wiegand

Romeo and Juliet become online daters unable to meet in a new project that celebrates freelance creatives When the UK went into lockdown in March, a tempest of tweets shared the heartening (…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

'The heart of a community': campaign highlights human value of UK arts industry by Chris Wiegand

Public Campaign for the Arts stresses theatre’s benefits on community, education and mental health as ‘crunch time’ looms Culture in peril: how UK arts sector has been brought to its k…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Les Mis and Hamilton shut until 2021 as Cameron Mackintosh starts redundancy process by Chris Wiegand

West End producer also delays Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera as consultation over possible job losses begins Four of London’s most successful stage musicals will not reopen unti…

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Edinburgh international festival announces citywide Ghost Lights celebration by Chris Wiegand

The festival will roll out a series of ‘artistic interventions’ across the Scottish capital in August A series of “artistic interventions” has been announced by the Edinburgh interna…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Dave Chappelle addresses George Floyd killing in Netflix special by Chris Wiegand

Chappelle performs a surprise new set, entitled 8:46, before a socially distanced audience Comedian Dave Chappelle has released a blistering Netflix special in which he addresses the killin…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

National Theatre announces final free streams including Small Island by Chris Wiegand

The NT’s popular online initiative continues with the ambitious 2019 adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Windrush novel and four more shows The momentous stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Wind…

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Cats star Francesca Hayward on lockdown dancing and returning to the Royal Ballet by Chris Wiegand

The ballerina stars in a stylish short film made in isolation and is about to perform at the Royal Opera House after months away She has become one of the UK’s best known ballerinas thanks…

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Dancing in the streets: Royal Ballet stars rock to new Rolling Stones song by Chris Wiegand

Dancers perform outside locked-down venues in a film accompanied by Living in a Ghost Town and co-created by Mick Jagger’s partner, Melanie Hamrick Summer’s here and, with the UK’s art…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Matthew Bourne's company perform The Red Shoes from home by Chris Wiegand

Following the cancellation of its UK tour, the cast of Bourne’s acclaimed dance production perform it in their living rooms and gardens in a 12-minute lockdown film Hottest front-room seat…

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Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share 'Covid-19 windfall' with theatre by Chris Wiegand

Bumper takings for TV streaming services should be used to support performing arts industries, says Mendes as he outlines other rescue measures The director Sam Mendes has outlined a rescue …

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

National Theatre to stream The Madness of George III with Mark Gatiss by Chris Wiegand

Nottingham Playhouse revival of Alan Bennett’s play is the 11th production in the NT’s popular online initiative The National Theatre is to present Nottingham Playhouse’s revival of Al…

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Martin Luther King drama The Mountaintop performed to 'bring communities together' by Chris Wiegand

Roy Alexander Weise reunites actors from his 2016 production of Katori Hall’s play to raise funds for the legal costs of protesters Katori Hall’s acclaimed play The Mountaintop, set on …

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Working-class talent blighted by Covid-19 pandemic, says actor Michelle Collins by Chris Wiegand

Ian McKellen and Lesley Manville perform in fundraising videos organised by Collins for Equity’s benevolent fund for creatives The actor Michelle Collins has warned that the screen and sta…

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