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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Protest takes place outside Southwark Playhouse over use of puppet in autism play by Giverny Masso

Protesters rallied outside Southwark Playhouse this week to condemn the use of a puppet to portray an autistic child in a play

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Stage managers’ working conditions to be reviewed in effort to prevent ‘serious and chronic injury’ by Giverny Masso

Stage managers have complained of back issues and having to twist around ‘like contortionists’ to do their job at prompt desks, leading

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Playwright Madeline Gould: ‘I urge all creatives to investigate rural touring’ by Giverny Masso

With two shows at Vault Festival in London this year, writer Madeline Gould tells Giverny Masso about her passion for rural touring

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Disused 2,500-seat theatre in Eccles to be turned into flats by Giverny Masso

A disused 2,500-seat theatre in Salford is to be redeveloped into flats. The grade II-listed Crown Theatre in Eccles, which was built

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Production news round-up: New cast announced for Tina Turner musical and Maggie Smith to return to the stage in one-woman play by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes a new cast for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and a show at London’s Bridge Theatre

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Michael Frayn’s Noises Off to return to Lyric Hammersmith after 40 years by Giverny Masso

Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off is to return to the Lyric Hammersmith 40 years after it premiered at the London venue. The

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Graeae and Hijinx criticise ‘disappointing’ use of puppet in autism play by Giverny Masso

Leading theatre companies that work with disabled artists, including Graeae and Hijinx, have criticised the decision to use a puppet to portray

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BBC criticised for under-representation of British East Asian writers on TV series about Chinese family by Giverny Masso

Actor Lucy Sheen and playwright Inua Ellams are among the signatories of a letter slamming the BBC for the “unacceptable” shortage of

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New cast announced for Tina Turner musical by Giverny Masso

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ashley Zhangazha have been announced to join the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Obi-Melekwe will take

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Natalie Dormer and Richard E Grant among stars calling for casting director Olivier by Giverny Masso

Theatre and TV stars including Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer and Gemma Arterton have called for an Olivier award for casting directors,

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Jade Anouka: ‘Shakespeare needs more gender-swapped casting to stay relevant’ by Giverny Masso

Actor Jade Anouka has argued that there needs to be more openness in the casting of classical theatre in order for it

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

£8k playwriting award launched with London’s Finborough Theatre by Giverny Masso

An £8,000 playwriting award has been launched to “further the ambitions” of budding writers working in front-of-house, backstage, administrative and creative roles

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Royal Exchange, Home and Old Vic among recipients of Theatres Trust accessibility funding by Giverny Masso

The Theatres Trust has awarded its 100th grant to a consortium of theatres in Greater Manchester, including Home and the Royal Exchange,

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hamilton team wins at inaugural casting directors awards by Giverny Masso

The casting directors behind Hamilton have won an inaugural award in celebration of their work. Paul Wooller, Felicity French and Trevor Jackson

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Southwark Playhouse defends use of puppet to portray autistic child on stage in face of criticism by Giverny Masso

Southwark Playhouse’s artistic director has defended the decision to use a puppet to represent an autistic child in a forthcoming production at

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Movement director Shelley Maxwell: ‘Being open is good – there’s a wide rainbow of things we can do’ by Giverny Masso

Former dancer and choreographer Shelley Maxwell fell in love with movement direction after working on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet. She tells

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Production news round-up: Lynn Nottage’s Sweat announces West End transfer and Jodie Prenger to star in A Taste of Honey tour by Giverny Masso

Musicals Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will both return to Les Miserables in the West End later this year for a concert

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Pay dispute over Maidstone panto that collapsed ‘due to bad weather’ by Giverny Masso

Cast members, workers and suppliers involved with a collapsed pantomime in Kent claim they have been left tens of thousands of pounds

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Ethan Mechare: ‘Life as a Naked House Cleaner is my first one-man show – I find it exhilarating’ by Giverny Masso

After moving from Los Angeles to London in 2011, presenter and actor Ethan Mechare began a new career as a naked house

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Edinburgh Playhouse workers win tribunal against ATG over pay by Giverny Masso

Staff at the Edinburgh Playhouse have won a long-running dispute with the Ambassador Theatre Group over annual pay rises, after a tribunal

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Punchdrunk plans relocation to Greenwich creative district by Giverny Masso

Punchdrunk Theatre Company has announced plans to move from its current home in Tottenham, north London, to new premises in Greenwich. The

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Winners of the Olwen Wymark awards 2019 announced by Giverny Masso

Winners of the Olwen Wymark awards 2019, which recognise theatre figures for their support of new writing, have been announced. Artist and producer

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Birmingham City Council scales back proposed arts cuts by Giverny Masso

Birmingham City Council has scaled down proposed cuts to arts funding following a public consultation of its budget. It was announced in

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East London theatre company seeks new premises due to “unsustainable” rent hikes by Giverny Masso

Hackney Showroom in East London is to leave its current home due to “unsustainable rent increases” and move to new premises in

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sadiq Khan launches multimillion-pound scheme to boost affordable rehearsal spaces in London by Giverny Masso

London mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a major trust that aims to boost the number of affordable spaces for dance and theatre

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cities should establish tourist tax to fund the arts – report by Giverny Masso

A tourist tax that is ring-fenced for culture is one of the recommendations from an independent enquiry looking ways cities can grow

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Playwright/performer Coco Mbassi: ‘Just let people sing from their hearts’ by Giverny Masso

Having been a singer-songwriter since the age of 18, Coco Mbassi is presenting her first theatre work at London’s Ovalhouse this February,

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Royal Shakespeare Company to tour three productions in rep for first time by Giverny Masso

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to tour three productions in repertoire for the first time to six regional venues. Productions of As

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Off West End Theatre Awards 2019: the winners in full by Giverny Masso

The Off West End Theatre Awards 2019, which celebrate independent theatres in London, were announced at a ceremony at Battersea Arts Centre

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National Theatre’s Charlotte Bevan to receive special award for services to theatre casting by Giverny Masso

Charlotte Bevan, head of the National Theatre’s Creative Diversity Project, is to receive a special award for outstanding contribution to casting. She

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Tobacco Road director Roberta Zuric: ‘We like to call the show the Peaky Blinders of the stage’ by Giverny Masso

Roberta Zuric regularly works with Incognito Theatre Company, which focuses on creating physical theatre. Zuric tells Giverny Masso about Incognito’s latest show,

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