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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Understudy wins lead role as Margaret New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Matthew Hemley

Melissa Jacques, who has understudied the role of Margaret New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for over a year, is to take

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Actor steps into save Kiss Me, Kate with just two hours’ rehearsal by Matthew Hemley

An actor rehearsing at the Watermill Theatre stepped into save a different production with just two hours’ notice. Phoebe Fildes is currently

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Poll: Should organisations that do not commit to gender parity have funding withdrawn? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, director Julia Pascal said funding for theatres should be dependent on organisations committing to gender parity. Pascal – one of the

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Kay Mellor partners with Leeds Playhouse to launch £10k fellowship by Matthew Hemley

Kay Mellor and Leeds Playhouse have partnered on a new £10,000 fellowship, which will support playwrights working in the North. The recipient

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Bob Marley musical planned for 2020 by Matthew Hemley

A musical based on the life of singer Bob Marley is set to open in 2020. A workshop of the show, provisionally

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Stage Entertainment eyes international expansion with two new appointments by Matthew Hemley

Stage Entertainment has bolstered its creative team with two key appointments – including James Triner, who joins as international executive producer. Triner,

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Northern Broadsides artistic director unveils new community-led production model by Matthew Hemley

Northern Broadsides artistic director Laurie Sansom has unveiled a new production model, which will engage members of local communities to create work.

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Jac Yarrow to make panto debut at Birmingham Hippodrome by Matthew Hemley

Jac Yarrow’s follow-up role to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be in Birmingham Hippodrome’s pantomime. He will play the prince

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Richmond Theatre marks 120th anniversary with free-ticketing scheme by Matthew Hemley

Richmond Theatre is to mark its 120th birthday by giving away hundreds of free tickets to people who might not otherwise be

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YouTube star Joe Sugg: ‘Negativity around my Waitress casting spurs me on – I will prove people wrong’ by Matthew Hemley

YouTube star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Joe Sugg has defended his casting in the musical Waitress, claiming he has been spurred

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Opening of immersive horror show Variant 31 delayed for second time by Matthew Hemley

The opening of immersive horror show Variant 31 has been postponed for a second time. According to producers, the show – which

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Equity president: ’Casting directors must let actors know if they have got the job or not’ by Matthew Hemley

Equity president Maureen Beattie has called for an end to the “soul-destroying” practice of failing to tell actors they have not got

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Jerry Gunn leaves Rose Theatre Kingston as venue reveals review of leadership team by Matthew Hemley

Rose Theatre Kingston executive producer Jerry Gunn is to step down from the theatre, as the venue reveals plans to review its

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Labour’s Tom Watson:’No-deal Brexit would be disastrous for the arts and needs to be stopped’ by Matthew Hemley

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has warned of the “disastrous” consequences a no-deal Brexit would have for the arts, including touring and

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Matthew Hemley: Reviewers should not expect plus-ones – they’re a perk by Matthew Hemley

When the National Theatre announced plans in 2016 to take away critics’ plus-ones at its press nights, the move caused unrest among

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Stephen Schwartz: UK musical theatre performers are the best actors in the world by Matthew Hemley

Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz has hailed UK musical theatre performers as “the best actors in the world”, claiming that any snobbery aimed

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ENO ditches plus-ones for critics as it launches drive to find new voices among reviewers by Matthew Hemley

English National Opera is to scrap plus-ones to established reviewers, as it launches a new scheme aimed at developing new critical voices.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Nottingham Playhouse appoints Jake Orr as its first ever producer by Matthew Hemley

Nottingham Playhouse has appointed Jake Orr as its first producer. Orr will step down as producer at Theatre503, where he has been

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Ria Jones to make Royal Exchange debut as Momma Rose in Gypsy by Matthew Hemley

Ria Jones is to star as Momma Rose in the musical Gypsy at the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Jones’ credits include Evita

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Louise Jeffreys named deputy chair of English National Opera by Matthew Hemley

The Barbican’s outgoing artistic director Louise Jeffreys has been appointed deputy chair of English National Opera. She replaces Nicholas Allan in the

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Immersive production of Zorro the Musical to run at Hope Mill in Manchester by Matthew Hemley

An immersive production of Zorro the Musical is to run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. It will run from March

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘Forgotten’ plays by 11 British playwrights to be resurrected under new scheme by Matthew Hemley

Previously unpublished plays by 11 British writers – some of whom have not had their work performed for 30 years – are

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Cush Jumbo to host The Stage Debut Awards with presenters including Rosalie Craig and Mark Gatiss by Matthew Hemley

Cush Jumbo is to return as host of The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, for the second year running.

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‘Pay cut’ for actors in subsidised theatre follows tough negotiations by Matthew Hemley

Performers and stage managers working in subsidised theatre will see rates of pay increase by just 2% over the next three years,

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! set to return to London in 2020 by Matthew Hemley

Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! is being lined up for a second summer run in the West End. Producer Jamie Wilson

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10-seat caravan theatre to host new-writing festival by Matthew Hemley

A caravan that can seat 10 audience members is to host a festival of new writing, featuring work from writers including Abi

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Anthony Almeida wins Sir Peter Hall Director Award by Matthew Hemley

Anthony Almeida has won this year’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award, which will see him helm a full-scale production at Curve in

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Zoe Lyons to star in European premiere of An Act of God by Matthew Hemley

Comedian Zoe Lyons is to star in the European premiere of An Act of God. The play, by David Javerbaum, has previously

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Rep season at New Wimbledon Theatre cancelled after investor pulls out by Matthew Hemley

A rep season featuring six actors in plays by writers such as Laura Wade has been pulled, with producers blaming loss of

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rebecca Caine: Trend for belting in musical theatre has created a more generic sound by Matthew Hemley

Musical theatre star Rebecca Caine has claimed that a “fashion for belting” has led to a more generic sound in shows. Caine,

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Lena Dunham and Matthew Perry pen monologues for Old Vic event curated by Russell Brand by Matthew Hemley

Writers including Friends star Matthew Perry and Girls creator Lena Dunham have penned monologues about mental health and addiction, as part of

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