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Monday, January 29, 2024

‘In the face of great evil, you have to stand together’: new stage shows mark historic battle of Cable Street by Harriet Sherwood

The East End battle of 1936, when the community united to force back Oswald Mosley’s fascist forces, has inspired two theatre productions On a Sunday afternoon in October 1936, Ubby Cowan,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, December 17, 2023

Royal Albert Hall 12-seat private box offered for sale … at £3m by Harriet Sherwood

For the price, and £13,795 a year towards the venue’s upkeep, the owners will be able to attend events for the next 843 years If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present and h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32PM
Monday, November 27, 2023

Royal Court theatre launches digital archive of every play performed there by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

London venue’s online collection of performances dating back to 1956 will be free to use for writers, directors and the public The Royal Court has launched a free digital archive of every…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42AM
Thursday, October 5, 2023

Boards trodden by Shakespeare found under floor of Norfolk guildhall by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Oak floorboards discovered at St George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn, believed to be only surviving stage from Shakespeare’s time Boards trodden by the Bard have been discovered under laye…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:25AM
Monday, October 2, 2023

‘It’s ludicrous’: Ian McKellen sparks debate over trigger warnings in theatre by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

While many criticise content guidance in art and literature, others argue they help people make informed choices When a London theatre decided to warn potential audiences about strong langua…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37AM
Friday, September 22, 2023

Play with cast of disabled and autistic actors to open at London’s Royal Court by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Imposter 22 will run for three weeks at renowned Sloane Square theatre and comes after series of workshops A play performed by a professional cast of learning disabled and autistic actors is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Monday, September 18, 2023

Russell Brand shows postponed after allegations of sexual assault by Harriet Sherwood

Comedian’s one-man theatre shows in Windsor, Plymouth and Wolverhampton postponed, tour promoters say Russell Brand’s one-man shows have been postponed after allegations of sexual assaul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Friday, September 15, 2023

‘Who can afford them?’: theatregoers react to £395 tickets for Neil Simon play by Rupert Jones and Harriet Sherwood

Next year’s opening of Plaza Suite in West End, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, reignites affordability debate When Plaza Suite, Neil Simon’s witty commentary on love a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Lorna Rose Treen’s ‘stupid joke’ named funniest of the fringe by Harriet Sherwood

Comedian ‘blooming chuffed’ as she becomes the second woman to win the award in its 14 years A one-liner described by its author as “stupid” has topped the poll for best joke of the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43AM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Price of West End theatre tickets can be ludicrous, says David Tennant by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor says high prices are strangling next generation of theatregoers, as cheapest seats rise 13% in a year The price of West End theatre tickets can be ludicrous and risks strangling the ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

Royal Court theatre appoints New Diorama’s David Byrne as artistic director by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Byrne, who is also an award-winning playwright, said he would ‘shape a rejuvenating culture’ at one of London’s most prestigious theatres David Byrne, an award-winning playwright and d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

‘Hard to watch’: a play about Harold Shipman by the grandson of one of his victims by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Edwin Flay brings his one-man drama, in which he plays the GP and serial killer, to the Edinburgh fringe He was a big man with a bushy beard and a bowl of sweets on his desk for good boys an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:25AM
Friday, June 23, 2023

Britain’s ‘first professional Jewish panto’ to be staged in north London by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Pig will open during Hanukah in December at culture centre JW3 The corny gags, slapstick, cartoon baddies and singalongs beloved of traditional pantomime will…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:49AM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

Play about NHS creator Nye Bevan is among 12 new National Theatre plays by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

‘Epic and deeply personal’ Nye by Tim Price will star Michael Sheen and be directed by Rufus Norris A play charting the life of Nye Bevan and his battle to create the NHS is among 12 ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:43AM

Rufus Norris to step down as National Theatre leader in spring 2025 by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Director says past eight years ‘most challenging time in history’ for sector, but audience figures finally back at pre-pandemic levels Rufus Norris is to step down as director of the Nat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Friday, April 21, 2023

Musical about ‘first working-class model’ Twiggy to open in London by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Writer and director Ben Elton tells story of woman who was ‘most famous teenager in the world’ in the 1960s She was a teenager from Neasden when a photograph of her newly cropped hair ca…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Grenfell fire: National Theatre play to tell survivors’ stories by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Production is at centre of collaboration with west London community affected by 2017 disaster The National Theatre is to stage a verbatim play based on accounts by survivors and those bereav…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24AM
Sunday, March 12, 2023

Surviving copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio to go on show by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Events planned in UK and Ireland, including a British Library exhibition, to mark 400 years since complete works first published Four hundred years ago, a small band of William Shakespeare�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:44AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Fresh take on Shakespeare explores antisemitism via 1930s Cable Street by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

The Merchant of Venice 1936 among four plays to feature at RSC’s reopened Swan theatre this summer A new take on Shakespeare’s controversial play The Merchant of Venice, set in London’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:00AM
Friday, February 3, 2023

Vicky Featherstone to step down as artistic director of Royal Court by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Featherstone is latest high-profile figure to leave a major theatre in recent months The artistic director of the Royal Court, one of London’s most prestigious theatres, is stepping down a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Muddled policies putting UK’s lead in creative industries at risk, peers warn by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Report criticises indifference to sector’s potential and calls for new approach to address skills shortages UK politics live – latest news updates The UK risks losing its leading positio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:13AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

‘Ticket Bank’ to offer free access to London theatre shows by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Scheme will make 1,000 tickets available every week to those who cannot afford to pay for cultural activities Unsold theatre tickets are to be given to people struggling with the cost of liv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Hampstead theatre director quits after Arts Council 100% funding cut by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

The London venue known for nurturing Mike Leigh, Harold Pinter, Hanif Kureishi and Abi Morgan ‘can no longer continue solely as a new writing theatre’, says outgoing artistic director Ro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Monday, November 21, 2022

Theatre group pulls play from Sheffield venue staging Miss Saigon by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

New Earth Theatre said ‘damaging tropes, misogyny and racism’ in show contradict its values A touring theatre company has pulled a play from the Sheffield Crucible because of the venue�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Cancellation of award for playwright Caryl Churchill condemned by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Leading names of British theatre and film criticise decision not to give Churchill award because of her support for Palestinian rights Some of the leading names of British theatre and film h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

‘An acutely difficult time’: companies respond to Arts Council funding decisions by Harriet Sherwood, Chris Wiegand and Lucy Knight

In our third set of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding round, we hear from Eclipse in Leeds, Oldham Coliseum and Hexham’s Bloodaxe Books Organisation…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

Thrilled, relieved, perplexed: three Arts Council funding verdicts by Chris Wiegand, Imogen Tilden and Harriet Sherwood

In our second set of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding decisions, we hear from Balbir Singh Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia and Little Bulb Organisati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

RSC to stage play about plague death of William Shakespeare’s son Hamnet by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s novel will premiere at Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April A stage production of a poignant novel about the death of William Shakespeare’s son…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

ENO to relocate as arts funding is diverted away from London by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

English National Opera to create new base, possibly in Manchester, but will still manage Coliseum The English National Opera, one of the country’s cultural flagships, is to relocate outsid…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

‘It’s really desperate’: cost of living crisis spells bleak times for British arts venues by Esther Addley and Harriet Sherwood

Many in the UK’s creative sector are being hit hard by rising fuel costs and reluctant audiences When Sarah Munro was first appointed director of one of Britain’s biggest art galleries, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

V&A puts musical theatre centre-stage in new exhibition by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Eliza Doolittle’s sparkling dress is one of 100 items that celebrate ‘transformative power’ of musicals Weighed down by diamante, rhinestones, pearls, crystal beads, sequins and long, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM

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