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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Opening Night: John Cassavetes' unromantic ode to theatre is stunning by Chris Wiegand

Gena Rowlands plays an actor frustrated with her character in a backstage drama that kicks off our series on the ways cinema depicts theatre One of many tantalising theatre shows cancelled l…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Gerry Cottle, circus showman and Wookey Hole Caves owner, dies of Covid aged 75 by Chris Wiegand

Cottle toured the UK and internationally for decades, promoting a variety of acts, before developing attractions at the limestone caves in Somerset The circus showman Gerry Cottle has died o…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sir Robert Cohan, modern dance legend, dies aged 95 by Chris Wiegand

The choreographer and influential teacher was a pioneer of contemporary dance in the UK Tributes have been paid to the choreographer Sir Robert Cohan, a pioneer of contemporary dance in Brit…

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Playwright Mark Ravenhill: why I took up ballet after my mum died by Chris Wiegand

He tried dance to cope with grief – and found himself in a class with ‘25 mostly retired ladies’. It all fed into his new play, about his mother, his childhood and his obsession with J…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Snow Queen review – whirl through Scarborough's winter wonderland by Chris Wiegand

Available online Polly Lister plays umpteen parts in this spirited Hans Christian Andersen adaptation filmed at Stephen Joseph theatre A couple of Christmases ago, in Theresa Heskins’ prod…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Balthazar Snapdragon: Adventure Box review – magical distractions for lockdown by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineA special delivery from The Big Tiny uses a week’s worth of puzzles, tricks and activities to tell the story of witches, wizards and a postman They’ve done it again. Last…

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Shakespeare in a pandemic: ‘You can’t have Romeo and Juliet without touching!’ by Chris Wiegand

Perspex screens, CGI scenery and Covid tests before kissing … Sam Tutty and Emily Redpath reveal how they filmed a new Romeo and Juliet As the isolated teen in Dear Evan Hansen, Sam Tutty…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Sunset Boulevard review – Hollywood musical is milder than Wilder by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineAndrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the 1950 film is smartly staged by Leicester’s Curve, starring Ria Jones and Danny Mac When screenwriter Joe Gillis swerves into the dri…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

'We never looked back!' Filskit's fabulous 10-year adventure in theatre by Chris Wiegand

Their inventive family shows have covered the climate crisis, the brain and, now, the Covid-19 pandemic. The mischievous trio discuss their story so far When they began staging shows for chi…

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Tony-winning Broadway star Ann Reinking dies aged 71 by Chris Wiegand

Choreographer and Fosse collaborator starred as Roxie in Chicago and appeared on screen in Annie Ann Reinking, the Broadway star whose elegant style, mesmerising physicality and piercing gaz…

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Jack and the Beanstalk review – online panto is fee-fi-fo-fun by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineAn irrepressible Iain Lauchlan leads a trip to Prickly Bottom, where songs, toilet humour and Joe Wicks gags abound A good panto is for life, not just for Christmas. It’s t…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Can't get to the theatre this Christmas? Open an online advent calendar by Chris Wiegand

Until theatre lovers can experience that alchemy on stage again, this initiative is one way to brighten up the month for those who can’t visit a venue Never mind The Nutcracker – the mos…

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Cabaret's Joel Grey: 'Life is tough. But it's also beautiful' by Chris Wiegand

From winning an Oscar to starring opposite Rock Hudson – and coming out at 82, the theatre legend has done it all. But he came close to giving up acting to work on a hotdog stand “Shame …

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Monday, November 30, 2020

The snow must go on: top theatre shows to watch online this Christmas by Chris Wiegand

Andrew Lincoln is Ebenezer Scrooge and Mother Christmas steps into the spotlight ... there are plenty of festive treats to watch from your front room this winter The Legend of Moby Dick Whit…

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One Knight Only: what we learned about Judi, Maggie, Ian and Derek in their Zoom knees-up by Chris Wiegand

In an event for the theatrical charity Acting for Others, Dench, Smith, McKellen and Jacobi spoke about their highs and lows, superstitions and acting tips They are, according to their pal K…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Panto in a pandemic: honks not hisses and an unprecedented cow by Chris Wiegand

This season, pantomimes are shifting from the theatre to drive-ins and online. Two shows will still make a song and dance about it Iain Lauchlan has been putting on panto in Coventry for alm…

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Marry Me a Little review – Sondheim rejects live happily ever after by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThis lonely hearts revue with songs cut from Follies and other musicals is a carousel of regrets and rapture Breaking up is hard to do – not just in relationships. When a s…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Trevor Nunn to direct Lisa Dwan in Beckett's Happy Days by Chris Wiegand

Dwan will play Winnie in a 60th-anniversary revival of the play at Riverside Studios in London It is, perhaps, the perfect play for lockdown, as the heroine fills the hours between “the be…

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Reach for the Stars review – high-flying heroines take children to infinity and beyond by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThe Little Angel theatre’s inspirational show uses dance, rap and puppets to tell real and fictional tales about trailblazing female astronauts Before she became the first …

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

[Title of Show] review – peek behind the curtain for musical theatre geeks by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineJeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s characters deconstruct their own lines in a witty four-hander staged cleverly for streaming From Singin’ in the Rain to A Chorus Line, there …

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Play-Along Plink and Boo review – circus duo upend gender bias by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineBuild yourself a cosy den and make your own props for an imaginative, stereotype-busting home theatre experience that can’t be confined Taking children to the theatre alway…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Waiting in the wings: how a second lockdown halted theatre's comeback by Chris Wiegand

New shows from Manchester’s Hope Mill, London’s National Theatre and the Red Ladder touring company have all been cut short by Covid as venues close their doors once more Two of this aut…

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Rishi Sunak's UK furlough extension 'major step forward' for theatres, says Nica Burns by Chris Wiegand

Producer appeals to government to give venues advance notice about reopening following lockdown Leading theatre producer Nica Burns has praised chancellor Rishi Sunak’s extension of the fu…

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Richard Armitage: 'Theatre is hanging on by a thread' by Chris Wiegand

As he returns in a new film version of Uncle Vanya, the star remembers when Covid shuttered the West End and reflects on the arts crisis You were playing the doctor, Astrov, in Ian Rickson…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Royal Shakespeare Company says more than 150 roles at risk due to pandemic by Chris Wiegand

RSC aims to open its biggest Stratford theatre in December, but two other venues will remain closed until 2022 The Royal Shakespeare Company is to keep two of its theatres in Stratford-upon-…

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Michael Balogun replaces Giles Terera in new National Theatre show by Chris Wiegand

Terera has withdrawn from Death of England: Delroy at the Olivier theatre due to emergency surgery Giles Terera has withdrawn from the upcoming National Theatre production Death of England: …

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

10 UK theatre shows to see in October by Chris Wiegand

As plays return to the stage here are some of the best – from Rent in Manchester to James Graham’s Bubble in Nottingham Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s Death of England was a turbocharge…

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Carrie Hope Fletcher: 'The arts aren't viable? See how you feel without them!' by Chris Wiegand

The actor and author on starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, her Ballet Shoes sequel and the government response to theatre’s crisis More than six months have passed since the p…

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Mousetrap indefinitely postpones plans to reopen in London's West End by Chris Wiegand

The world’s longest-running play had been due to welcome socially distanced audiences next month but is now delayed ‘in view of uncertainty and with greater restrictions looming for Lond…

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Friday, September 25, 2020

The Play That Goes Wrong to return to London's West End – and risk a loss by Chris Wiegand

Producer of the Olivier award-winning hit says costs can ‘just about be covered’ when it restarts as a socially distanced production – but significant financial risks remain The hit fa…

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

'It's vital that theatres take risks': live stream of Sarah Kane play reopens Chichester by Chris Wiegand

The Crown’s Erin Doherty will star in Crave, staged for socially distanced audience and available online around the world Sarah Kane’s play Crave is to be livestreamed when it is staged …

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