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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

People in performing arts twice as likely to have depression, Equity finds by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actors’ union says Covid exacerbated contributory factors such as job insecurity and low pay People working in entertainment and performing arts are twice as likely to experience depressio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Giant puppet Little Amal to meet Ukrainian refugee children in Poland by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Model of 10-year-old Syrian girl that has become symbol of compassion will visit border town of Przemyśl Russia-Ukraine war: latest updates After last year’s 5,000-mile journey across Eur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Dave Chappelle attacked by man with replica gun at LA comedy festival by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Incident raises further questions over comedian safety after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at Oscars The comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked during a performance in Los Angeles, according t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Union demands compensation for Cinderella cast after sudden closure by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Equity says ‘sacking by press release’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End show caused pain and distress Current and future cast members of Cinderella must be compensated for their los…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM

Footage of racist violence traumatises black children, says author by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Claudia Rankine, whose latest play, The White Card, is to tour the UK, warns of negative effect on mental health Footage of violent racist incidents such as the murder of George Floyd is tr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Theatres need more plus-sized black actors, says Broadway and West End star by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Marisha Wallace wants to inspire young girls and call out lack of diversity as she takes on role in Oklahoma! A professional career in theatre was not always on the cards for Marisha Wallace…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

RSC to stage adaptation of animated fantasy film My Neighbour Totoro by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of celebrated Studio Ghibli movie will be first opening ‘of this scale’ in nearly 40 years The Royal Shakespeare Company is to stage an adaptation o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

‘Forgotten how to behave’: comics say audiences more abusive post-lockdown by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Comedians such as Nish Kumar say they have noticed a change since crowds have returned to clubs It was halfway through a show in Shrewsbury when Nish Kumar noticed an audience member being d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

National Theatre to stage The Odyssey in ‘epic, episodic’ retelling around UK by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Parts to be staged in Stoke, Doncaster, Trowbridge and Sunderland in 2023 using local writers and amateur casts before finale in London A retelling of The Odyssey, Homer’s epic story of en…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sex education theatre show for children cancelled after ‘violent threats’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

The Family Sex Show organisers receive abuse over UK production aimed at children as young as five A theatre show that promised to reimagine sex education by discussing the issue in a frank …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33PM
Monday, April 18, 2022

Charity Commission investigates actors’ fund over governance by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Dispute at Actors’ Benevolent Fund pitted Penelope Keith and other trustees against general secretary A charity that supports actors who are experiencing hardship due to old age, injury or…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Derry to mark 25 years of Good Friday agreement with John Hume musical by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Playhouse to stage Beyond Belief in 2023 to ‘say a proper goodbye’ to late SDLP leader who helped persuade IRA to give up arms A musical drama about the life of John Hume, one of the mai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM

Premiere of Mandela musical to be flagship for Young Vic in 2022 by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre’s chief hopes production gives younger people understanding of the price paid by radicals in the past The world premiere of a musical about the “young, sexy, radical” early lif…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Edinburgh international festival to feature tales of refugees and migration by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Festival’s 75th anniversary will include stage reimagining of The Jungle Book following Mowgli’s journey as a climate refugee An adaptation of The Jungle Book that reimagines the journey…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54PM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Ballet stars to raise humanitarian funds for Ukraine with London gala by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Ivan Putrov and Alina Cojocaru announce event featuring artists from Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet International ballet stars will take part in a charity gala …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Olivier awards: Cabaret and Anything Goes lead nominations by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Along with Life of Pi, the musical revivals are this year’s biggest contenders, with all four of their respective leads vying to win best actor or actress on 10 April Cabaret, the revival …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

Eminent writers urge Russian speakers to tell truth of war in Ukraine by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Use ‘all possible means of communication’ to directly contact Russian citizens, 17 signatories say Russia-Ukraine war: live news A group of eminent writers has appealed to Russian speake…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Royal Court Theatre apologises to Jewish community over character’s name by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre accused of perpetuating offensive stereotype in naming character Hershel Fink The Royal Court Theatre has apologised “unreservedly” to the Jewish community for naming a fictional…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:33PM

The show can’t go on: Russian arts cancelled worldwide by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Concerts, dance recitals and exhibitions have been postponed indefinitely after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine The Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted responses from the cultura…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Back to the Future and Frozen dominate WhatsOnStage awards by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Veteran Ian McKellen, who raised more than £1m for theatre charities and arts groups, also honoured The West End musical Frozen, the story of an ice queen and her fearless sister that capti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42PM
Thursday, February 24, 2022

Key workers to take centre stage at Almeida theatre in London by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Cycle of short plays will celebrate roles often underappreciated by those in positions of power Key workers will be literally centre stage in a new cycle of nine short plays celebrating role…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, February 21, 2022

New play to tell story of Brexit’s ‘bloody difficult women’ by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Cast says drama about Theresa May and Gina Miller is ‘reflection of our times’ It feels like a lifetime since Theresa May and Gina Miller were called “bloody difficult women” during …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Theresa May’s local council drops plan to abolish arts funding by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Windsor and Maidenhead council ditches proposal after outcry from residents and objections from ex-PM Windsor and Maidenhead council has ditched a plan to abolish arts funding after an outcr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

‘There’s a truth to it’: RSC casts disabled actor as Richard III by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Arthur Hughes says decision for 2022 production will allow lived experience to be ‘shown properly’ He is one of Shakespeare’s most reviled characters, distinguished by his “deformed,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

‘Shakespearean’ Donald Trump to be subject of play in blank verse by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

The 47th by Mike Bartlett stars Bertie Carvel as the ex-president making attempt to regain the White House The author of an acclaimed play about the future of the monarchy has taken on the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

‘Her thunder would not be stolen’: Damian Lewis speaks about loss of Helen McCrory by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor uses National Theatre tribute event to talk publicly for first time about wife, who died of cancer Damian Lewis has spoken publicly for the first time about the loss of his wife, Helen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM

RSC recruits amateurs from six regions as Shakespeare’s ‘people of England’ by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre company’s outreach scheme casts newbies and hidden young talent for spring production of Henry VI Part 2 The Royal Shakespeare Company is taking the innovative step of casting the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Taming of the crew: the bard meets Cunard in RSC cruise deal by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Royal Shakespeare Company signs three-year agreement for productions onboard Queen Mary 2 More than 400 years after Hamlet was performed by a ship’s crew anchored off west Africa in the fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Tamara Rojo to leave English National Ballet after 10 years as artistic director by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

The Spanish dancer will step down later this year, becoming artistic director at San Francisco Ballet, where her husband is a principal Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of English National…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Monday, January 10, 2022

Mystery of the second world war ‘trophy’ and the Royal Court founder by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

When George Devine’s family discovered a Japanese battle flag among his belongings, it led to a three-year quest for answers “I am not a man for soldiering, although I do tolerably well …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Appoint people of colour to senior theatre roles, British Asian artistic director says by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Pravesh Kumar says more diverse voices are needed to bring about creative change Britain’s leading theatre companies must appoint more people of colour and from working-class backgrounds a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM