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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Kristin Scott Thomas, Nicola Walker and Jack Thorne feature in new National Theatre season by Matthew Hemley

Kristin Scott Thomas will star in Phaedra and Jack Thorne has written a new play as part of the National Theatre’s new

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Rufus Norris signs up for a further five years at National Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Rufus Norris has signed up for a further five years as director of the National Theatre, revealing that increasing the diversity of

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Poll: Should West End theatres follow Madonna’s lead and remove access to audience members’ phones during a show? by Matthew Hemley

Madonna has just ended a residency at the London Palladium, where audience members were required to place their phones in sealed pouches

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Arcola Theatre moves to producing model in bid to build audiences and nurture talent by Matthew Hemley

London fringe venue the Arcola Theatre has moved to an in-house producing model, which it says will help it nurture more up-and-coming

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Guildhall halves audition fees for acting courses in bid to level playing field for applicants by Matthew Hemley

Guildhall School of Music and Drama has slashed audition fees for its acting courses by almost 50%, in a move aimed at

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Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat team up as part of starry Chichester season by Matthew Hemley

Novelist Kate Mosse and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat are to make their full-length playwriting debuts at Chichester Festival Theatre, as part of

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lucy Briers and Hammed Animashaun win at Clarence Derwent Awards by Matthew Hemley

Lucy Briers and Hammed Animashaun have been named winners of this year’s Clarence Derwent Awards. The awards, which have been presented since

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RADA under fire for failing to address student concerns as partnership with diversity initiative is severed by Matthew Hemley

RADA has been accused of failing to address student concerns around “race, class, disability and sexual harassment”, as it emerges the drama

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Open mic night for musical theatre performers launches free showreel service by Matthew Hemley

An open mic night is offering musical theatres performers the chance to have their performances filmed for free, in a bid to

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Come from Away casting team win at second Casting Directors’ Guild Awards by Matthew Hemley

The casting team behind musical Come from Away were among the winners of this year’s Casting Directors’ Guild Awards. Pippa Ailion and

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Lewisham and Croydon named next London boroughs of culture by Matthew Hemley

Lewisham has been named London Borough of Culture for 2021, with Croydon to take the title in 2023, London Mayor Sadiq Khan

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Barbican named London’s most accessible venue for audiences by Euan’s Guide by Matthew Hemley

Arts centre the Barbican has been named the London’s venue of the year for audience accessibly by charity Euan’s Guide. The disabled

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Seyi Omooba legal action to begin in April as cases against theatre and agency merge by Matthew Hemley

A tribunal being brought against Curve in Leicester by Seyi Omooba – the performer removed from a production of The Colour Purple

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Sharon Watson named principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance by Matthew Hemley

Sharon Watson, artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, has been named new principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She takes

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Kat Rose-Martin named winner of £10k Kay Mellor Fellowship by Matthew Hemley

Writer Kat Rose-Martin is the recipient of the £10,000 Kay Mellor Fellowship, which will see her develop a production at Leeds Playhouse.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Mark Da Vanzo named chief executive of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse by Matthew Hemley

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse has appointed Mark Da Vanzo as its new chief executive. Currently managing director of the theatres, he begins

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Charles Dickens’ country home to host immersive production about author’s last days by Matthew Hemley

Charles Dickens’ country home will provide the location for an immersive, site-specific theatre production about the last days of his life. Dickens’

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Jaws play The Shark is Broken lands West End run by Matthew Hemley

The Shark is Broken – a play that goes behind the scenes of the film Jaws and was a hit at the

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Oldham Coliseum boss joins Albany Theatre in Coventry as new artistic director by Matthew Hemley

Former Oldham Coliseum artistic director Kevin Shaw has been appointed to run the Albany Theatre in Coventry. Shaw joined the venue this

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

TodayTix acquires Encore to create global ticketing platform by Matthew Hemley

Ticketing site TodayTix has acquired rival company Encore in a move it says will “establish a global ticketing platform” in both London

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Six director Lucy Moss breaks record to become youngest female director of a Broadway musical by Matthew Hemley

Lucy Moss, co-director of Six, has become the youngest female director to helm a Broadway musical. Rehearsals started for the Broadway production

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

StubHub ‘could face legal action’ for misleading customers on its website by Matthew Hemley

Ticket resale site StubHub has come under fire for misleading its customers and could face legal action if it does not make

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Secret Cinema to bring Disney films to life under major new partnership by Matthew Hemley

Immersive events company Secret Cinema has partnered with Disney, in a move that will bring many of Walt Disney Studios’ films titles

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Actor and presenter Nicholas Parsons dies aged 96 by Matthew Hemley

Actor and Just a Minute presenter Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96. Parsons made his West End stage debut

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Newcastle Theatre Royal boss to step down after 15 years by Matthew Hemley

Newcastle Theatre Royal chief executive Philip Bernays is to step down after 15 years in the post. He will leave at the

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies to embark on first UK tour by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies will embark on its first UK tour, opening at Curve in Leicester in September. It will

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Audience member saves Macbeth after actor pulls out due to injury by Matthew Hemley

An audience member stepped into save a production of Macbeth, after one of its leading actors suffered an injury. Emma Barclay was

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery to close after four years in West End by Matthew Hemley

Mischief Theatre’s production of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is to close after four years in the West End. The show

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Olivia Colman and Mark Gatiss among actors depicted in dream roles as part of art exhibition by Matthew Hemley

Actors including Olivia Colman and Mark Gatiss have been depicted in roles they wished they had played, as part of a new

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Future of Edinburgh festivals at risk because of hard Brexit – MSP Gordon MacDonald by Matthew Hemley

The future of Edinburgh’s festivals is under threat from the government’s “current obsession with a hard Brexit”, according to MSP Gordon MacDonald.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Equity’s minority ethnic members committee: ‘Equity damaged our credibility and removed our voice’ by Matthew Hemley

Equity’s minority ethnic members committee has accused the union of damaging its credibility and leaving it without a voice, after it admitted

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