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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Arinzé Kene on playing Bob Marley: ‘You can’t just sit back and enjoy my work. I want you to be challenged’ by Lanre Bakare

The actor and playwright is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting faces of British theatre. Now he’s stepping into the shoes of Bob Marley in the new West End musical Get Up, Stand Up …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Peaceophobia: Muslim men who love their modified motors by Lanre Bakare

Mistaken for drug dealers? Monitored by police? A new play staged in a Bradford car park weaves stories of everyday racism, faith and petrolheads “I don’t go out, I don’t really go cl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Barbican boss to step down after ‘institutional racism’ row by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Barbican denies Sir Nicholas Kenyon’s departure was prompted by claims organisation was ‘insidiously’ racist Sir Nicholas Kenyon, the Barbican’s managing director for 14 years, is to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New comedy The Green Room to explore obstacles for black writers by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Written by Yvvette Edwards and Irenosen Okojie, the ‘timely and clear-eyed’ play will be live-streamed in July The publishing industry’s lack of diversity is to be the focus of a new c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Friday, June 11, 2021

Barbican staff say it is ‘institutionally racist’ despite action plan by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Book details more than 100 instances of alleged prejudicial behaviour at the arts organisation The Barbican has been described as “institutionally racist” by its own staff, who have comp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

UK’s first all-black, all-female Shakespeare company aim to shine new light on Bard by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Mawa Theatre Company hope to make classic works accessible to diverse audiences The team behind the UK’s first all-black, all-female Shakespearean theatre company say it is planning to re-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

UK theatres promise to only cast trans actors in trans roles by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trans casting statement signatories pledge to cast trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers Several of the biggest theatres in the UK have pledged to only cast trans, non-bina…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Monday, May 17, 2021

Back with a bang: UK theatre bets on bold reopening by Lanre Bakare

Theatregoers want to ‘get underneath the skin’ of societal issues, says National Theatre’s Clint Dyer Britain’s cultural institutions are at a crossroads moment, according to the Nat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Saturday, May 8, 2021

David Hare: Covid-hit UK theatre needs a John Osborne-inspired revolution by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Playwright mulls mass appeal of Osborne, who is being honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British theatre must tak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Plans for 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities ‘catastrophic’ by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Artists and musicians speak out against proposal by education secretary and Office for Students Artists and musicians have accused the government of neglecting the country’s “cultural n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Manchester international festival 2021 to feature work reflecting on pandemic by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay on grief adapted for theatre among lineup for mostly outdoor event A 42-metre sculpture of Big Ben made out of political books, a new film featuring Cillia…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

British theatre urged to 'completely rebuild' to improve diversity by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor behind Blackstage UK web series says pandemic offers opportunity to address structural racism in arts British theatre needs to be “completely rebuilt” in the wake of Covid-19 to ma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture by Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza Macdonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist Interviews By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Actor loses tribunal claim over loss of Color Purple role after homophobic comments by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Seyi Omooba was sacked from lesbian part at Leicester theatre after homophobic post emerged An actor who sued a theatre and her former agents after she was sacked when a Facebook post resurf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Monday, February 15, 2021

Stars including Sir Ian McKellen urge changes to visa rules for artists by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Julie Walters among signatories to letter saying post-Brexit changes a ‘towering hurdle’ to working in Europe New visa rules for British artists, actors and theatre workers who want to w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33PM
Monday, February 8, 2021

Actor’s homophobia made her commercially toxic, tribunal told by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Seyi Omooba is suing Leicester theatre and talent agency after being sacked for Facebook post on homosexuality A sacked actor who would have refused to play the role in which she had been ca…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06PM
Thursday, December 17, 2020

James Graham on his uplifting 2020 musical: 'We want to look forward' by Lanre Bakare

The playwright has collaborated with the Guardian and the National Theatre on a new short film, We Begin Again, looking back at – and beyond – this turbulent year How does a playwright a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Monday, December 14, 2020

'Christmas fiasco' as London move to tier 3 shuts West End theatres by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Industry figures warn of ‘catastrophic financial difficulties’ for capital’s venues and producers Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage West End theatres ar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48PM
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Theatre companies in tier 3 areas describe 'shock and heartbreak' by Lanre Bakare

Many venues and groups say stricter Covid restrictions means they will struggle financially Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Theatres and touring companies i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Sunday, October 25, 2020

New musicals win awards as virtual Oliviers honour theatre by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Newcomers joined stalwarts such as Matthew Bourne, who won his ninth award Newcomers and established theatre figures shared the honours at the Olivier awards this year in a ceremony which wa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Pantomime dames protest at Westminster over Covid theatre restrictions by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Arts workers draw attention to lack of panto season this year and demand more help Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hundreds of protesters– including about…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Government accused of 'ripping the heart' out of UK night-time economy by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Critics argue prioritising non-creative jobs will not be enough to save theatres and nightclubs Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has been accu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Play about Christopher Alder's death to be turned into film by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Writer Ryan Calais Cameron hopes film about black veteran dying in police custody will ignite conversation about racism A play about a notorious case of a black man dying in police custody i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Ambassador Theatre Group to lay off 1,200 casual staff in UK by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Biggest employer in UK theatre to terminate contracts at end of coronavirus furlough scheme Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Ambassador Theatre Group (AT…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Theatre Royal Plymouth proposes cutting entire creative team by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Critics say redundancy proposal ‘unfathomable’ and could damage future of theatre in the south-west The Theatre Royal Plymouth has been criticised for proposing to make its entire creat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12PM
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Plan to open England's theatres with reduced capacity 'not viable' by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Plans for 1 August reopening criticised by industry figures as not enough to keep many venues open Theatres and venues in England will be able to host socially distanced performances and gig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

'Creative activism' inspired by George Floyd at forefront of London arts festival by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Roy Williams’ 846, a collection of audio plays, will be performed at Greenwich+Docklands festival Artists need to engage in “creative activism” to help combat racism, according to the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

No joke: 77% of comedy venues in UK face closure within a year, finds survey by Lanre Bakare

Fears sector will be overlooked when £1.57bn emergency arts funding is allocated Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Three-quarters of British comedy venues f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12PM
Sunday, July 5, 2020

London theatre group to tell pandemic stories of black frontline staff by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Interviews to be turned into series of short plays to ensure contributions are not forgotten A series of short plays will tell the story of the Covid-19 crisis from the perspective of black …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12PM
Friday, July 3, 2020

National Theatre tells 400 casual staff they will lose their jobs by Lanre Bakare

Front of house and backstage teams told by email they will only be paid until the end of August as Covid-19 crisis forces more job losses The National Theatre has told its 400-strong team of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Black Theatre Collective calls for industry reform – not 'empty gestures' by Lanre Bakare

Newly formed group sends open letter to UK theatres , suggesting five measures to make the industry more inclusive More than 400 actors and theatre figures, including Paapa Essiedu, Clarke P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM

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