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Good is no longer good enough. Arts Council England is changing its priorities ahead of its current strategic review. “Relevance is the
The son and grandson of journalists aims to complicate the “pantomime villain” he portrays in “Ink.”
Tom Mothersdale has played ‘lots of villains, lots of creeps’ and now he’s taking on the granddaddy of stage villainy: Richard III.
Rising designer Frankie Bradshaw has created deeply atmospheric onstage worlds for shows such as Orca and Sweat. She tells Matt Trueman how
From Enda Walsh’s disembodied voices to a Royal Court escape room, experimental theatre is being made without performers
‘I don’t know if it is theatre,” Enda Walsh says of his new s…
Every year, eyebrows are raised over the Olivier Awards’ eligibility criteria. What Theatreland’s top prizes boast in prestige, they sometimes seem to
Experimental playwright Eve Leigh is becoming an increasingly intriguing voice in UK theatre. She talks to Matt Trueman about her new play
The show Inside Bitch, made by women with experience of the penal system, dismantles Bad Girls stereotypes, while new play The Jumper Factory explores fear behind men’s bravado
Allow me, momentarily, to hold a candle for C Venues. Last week, the Scotsman revealed that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe operator had
He lit up An Octoroon, had a cult smash with Pomona and let loose deadly bunnies in Buggy Baby. Now the director is set to stun audiences with Peter Shaffer’s psychodrama Equus‘You have …
While German theatre design has no single defining aesthetic, its exponents are known for being less reserved than their British counterparts. They
Co-produced by Talawa Theatre and the Royal Court, Superhoe is a one-woman play bringing east London to west London. Matt Trueman meets
The Olivier winner has become the National Theatre’s go-to designer, creating the world of some of its most groundbreaking productions in the
As David Dimbleby called the result of the EU referendum, I was watching from a Travelodge toilet in Birmingham. How fitting. A
In a tough funding climate, arts organisations are seeking to boost their finances with private donations and corporate sponsorship. Matt Trueman warns
Last month, after more than eight years at the Royal Court, Chris Campbell left his job as literary manager to join indie
In two contrasting stagings of the novel, one renders it ridiculous while the other confronts the debate head onHeart of Darkness is, to use today’s parlance, problematic. More than 40 yea…
“There are two elephants in this room”, the Polish director Jan Klata said to the audience assembled at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in
With a series of well-received plays behind her, writer Moira Buffini deserves a heavyweight reputation but, as she tells Matt Trueman, she
A decade of austerity is, apparently, almost over. Believe it when you see it. Arts funding won’t go up any time soon.
As the currency exchange firm ends its sponsorship of the National’s tickets scheme after 15 years, Matt Trueman looks at the colossal
For Emma Rice, the title of Angela Carter’s novel was the perfect expression of where she was post-Shakespeare’s Globe. She and the
The British playwright Leo Butler believes that taking acid can have beneficial effects. His new play explores how he thinks it can help.
Sometimes I think blinking is the most important thing in theatre. Maybe more than anything else, artists need the ability to shut
After dropping live art a decade ago, the multidisciplinary venue’s performance programme is experiencing a renaissance under director Stefan Kalmar. He talks
As Theatre Royal Stratford East marks the start of a new era with The Village, a revamp of Lope de Vega’s classic
“Change is uncomfortable,” Nadia Fall tells me in this week’s big interview. She’s overseen quite a shake-up at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
The Belgian director has blazed his way into the British theatre scene. Who’s next? A French marathon man and an Austrian politico among othersSusanne Kennedy turns actors into avatars and…
Geoff Sobelle riffs on cramped city living in his festival production Home by building a two-up, two-down from scratch and inviting the audience insideWhen Geoff Sobelle went to lay a new ki…
‘Sold Out’ notices are springing up in Edinburgh. Show titles are being chalked on to venue blackboards and celebratory tweets are doing
Created by film classifier and artist Ming Hon, Chase Scenes explores Hollywood action clichesThe drums kick in and a pair of brown Reebok Classics pound the pavement on Princes Street. Ewan…