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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 01:42PM
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
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Musical Tammy Faye tells gay icon’s life story with score by Elton John by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

Production opening in October portrays US evangelical star who challenged views on Aids and HIV The colourful life story of an American Christian superstar who became a gay icon because of h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07PM
Sunday, August 21, 2022

Pasta one-liner wins best joke award at Edinburgh festival fringe by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

West Midlands comedian Masai Graham, who works as a part-time care worker, wins title for second time A standup comedian who works part-time as a care worker on minimum wage has topped a po…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33PM
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Give rebranded Actors Centre back to actors, say Mark Rylance and others by Harriet Sherwood Arts and Culture Correspondent

London venue with long history of offering training and networking has become Seven Dials Playhouse For more than 40 years it was a place where actors – from legendary stars to those strug…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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