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Friday, June 21, 2024

The human need for arts in state schools | Letters by Letters

Readers respond to a call from theatre leaders to challenge the erosion and devaluation of artistic subjects I’m appalled to read about the erosion and devaluation of the arts in state sch…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18PM
Friday, May 19, 2023

The flaws in Nicholas Hytner’s plan to save the performing arts | Letters by Letters

Jamie Hale, Richard Eyre and Chris Hodgkins respond to the director’s proposals I read Nicholas Hytner’s article with interest (The arts in Britain are teetering on the brink. Here is my…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03PM
Saturday, November 12, 2022

James Roose-Evans was a talented director and wonderful friend | Letters by Letters

Readers on their memories of the founder director of the Hampstead theatre club As a theatre-obsessed teenager, I used to volunteer at the wonderful Hampstead theatre club in its early days …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Friday, September 23, 2022

Antisemitism claims at the Royal Court theatre | Letters by Letters

Caryl Churchill and Dominic Cooke defend the play Seven Jewish Children, and John Pelling recalls plays by Arnold Wesker and Bernard Kops In his article (Once even Jews would utter the word …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Jerry Sadowitz and the shifting boundaries of free speech | Letters by Letters

Readers on freedom of expression and hate speech, following the cancellation of the comedian’s Edinburgh fringe show In Brian Logan’s reasonable and informed article (Who went too far: J…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:33AM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

The threat facing humanities and the arts | Letters by Letters

Drama in schools gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues, says Catherine Griffin, while Sue Jackson points to the favouring of Stem subjects at the expense of humani…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Make theatres safe for vulnerable people | Letters by Letters

Kate Boulton feels shut out of performances where there is no mask-wearing due to Covid concerns. Plus a letter from Anthony Lawton I completely agree with the actor Liz Carr who has said …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:05AM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Streaming should be the future for theatre | Letters by Letters

Livestreams change the game for those who can’t access live theatre, writes Richard Lee, while John Warburton thinks all National Theatre productions should be broadcast by the BBC Larry E…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Equity must defend members’ interests | Letter by Letters

Tam Dean Burn says he and many other members of the union for actors and other creative workers have no confidence in the leadership of their Brexit-supporting general secretary I write in t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
Monday, March 9, 2020

Theatre culture was widespread in Britain even before the 1840s | Letters by Letters

Lionel Burman and Robert Leach shed more light on the country’s theatrical history, while Jean Baker extols the merits of joining the Society for Theatre ResearchMark Lewinski (Letters, 6 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Friday, January 31, 2020

Local theatres are worth fighting for | Letters by Letters

Geoffrey Bull laments the passing of regional theatre companies, while James Collett-White shares a success storyWhile admiring the spirited rearguard action to save buildings (Dozens of uni…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM
Monday, January 27, 2020

Singing the praises of musical theatre | Letter by Letters

As well as being innovative, musicals are labour-intensive and often take a long time to develop fully, says Jodi MyersIt was encouraging to see the case being made for public investment in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Let’s hear it for subtitles in theatres | Letter by Letters

Many theatres benefit from captioned performances so that everything on stage is made clear through subtitles, says Richard LeeThank you for challenging the myth that privately purchased hea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Freddie Jones: star of Hammer horror and Chekhov by Letters

Tributes to the film and stage actor, who died last week, from Anthony Roche and Jenifer ArmitageFreddie Jones was an actor of extraordinary gifts and I was saddened to read of his passing. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The arts have the power to change communities | Letters by Letters

Readers share their experiences of how the lack of funding has affected creative industriesI worked at the British Film Institute when Jennie Lee was the arts minister (This philistine gover…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon and other perspectives on race and identity | Letter by Letters

A black actor queries an outpouring of support for Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, who was accused of taking a theatre role meant for ethnic minoritiesThere has been an outpouring of support for An…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:04PM
Friday, November 16, 2018

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon’s story is not ‘black and white’ | Letters by Letters

Actors including Michaela Ewuraba Coel voice their support for the theatre director and say he has never misled anyoneThe media narrative of a white man adopting a black identity to claim fu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tricycle theatre has a bright future as the Kiln | Letter by Letters

As the theatre reopens this week, Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton urge ‘everyone who professes to have loved the Tricycle’ to support its new name and its artistic directorI appeared in D…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Keep Tricycle name for refitted theatre | Letters by Letters

Former artistic directors and board members call for a rethinkAs both the former artistic directors and all three previous chairs of the board, as well as 12 past board members of London’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sophocles’ stories are ours as well | Letters by Letters

Ancient tales ‘go to the dark core of human experience’, writes Harry EyresClaire Armitstead (Ancient tales are back in fashion – for telling it like it is, 16 July) is only partly rig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Don’t let the EU turn out the show lights | Letters by Letters

Bryan Raven adds his voice to the worry over a ban on much entertainment lighting, while Stephane Arditi says the directive can be amended. Plus letters from John Lincoln and Eleanor Levin, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Sunday, April 29, 2018

EU rule could leave theatres dark | Letters by Letters

The president of the Association of Lighting Directors warns that a new directive could make all existing equipment obsoleteI am writing to you as the president of the Association of Lightin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:04PM
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

To pee, or not to pee, RSC now has more cubicles for women | Brief letters by Letters

Loo queue view | Boris Johnson’s non-apology | Bottle deposit schemes | Plastic-free in France | Caned for passing the 11-plusWe are sorry for the inconvenience experienced by Gill Glover …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:53PM
Monday, March 26, 2018

Women not amused by lack of loos | Brief letters by Letters

Royal Shakespeare Theatre toilets | Women’s Aid | Karren Brady | MnemonicsRe your article “Time to end the queue for women’s loos” (G2, 22 March), when I visited the newly refur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:09PM
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Monty Python star Graham Chapman’s show-stopping feat | Letters by Letters

Directing Graham Chapman in The Dog Beneath the Skin left a lasting impression on Duncan Noel-Paton I was intrigued to read Michael Billington’s review of the seldom-performed The Dog Bene…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:16PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Why we loved the great Ken Dodd | Letters by Letters

Readers salute the vaudevillian comedian and singer, who died on Sunday aged 90I cried when I heard about Ken Dodd’s passing (Obituary, 13 March). What a legend! What is particularly sad i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:16PM
Monday, February 26, 2018

Emeritus professors going off at a tangent | Brief letters by Letters

David Edgar as Toad of Toad Hall | Time-loop tales | The Blockheads | Professorial absence | Remembering trigonometryThis is not David Edgar’s first sortie into acting (After half a centur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:22PM
Sunday, January 21, 2018

John Barton was the greatest mentor any Shakespearean actor could have | Letter from Jane Lapotaire by Letters

Jane Lapotaire had the privilege of learning sonnets under John’s guidanceJohn Barton (Obituary, 19 January) took me under his wing after my brain haemorrhage, taking me along to his maste…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:34PM
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

National Theatre is committed to touring | Letters by Letters

In the last year the National Theatre has toured six productions to 36 towns and cities across the UK, writes its director of communications Martin PrendergastWhile there was much to admire …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:27PM
Thursday, January 4, 2018

David Hare’s ideal venue is fine, but we want real theatres | Letters by Letters

Philippa Coughlan wants all towns and villages to have access to live drama, while Andy Billinge praises Liverpool’s EverymanI am a huge admirer of David Hare’s work and like him made Be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cancellation of Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a betrayal of the Royal Court’s history | Letters by Letters

Audiences can tell the difference between provocation and exploitation, writes Justin Sherin, while Patrick Kennedy suggests a braver theatre would have gone ahead with the productionThe Roy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54PM

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