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Monday, February 18, 2019

9 to 5 writer Patricia Resnick: ‘The musical has been called a period piece – but it’s more relevant now than ever’ by Matthew Hemley

9 to 5 creator Patricia Resnick has claimed the musical has more “resonance” post #MeToo, claiming the production had been considered a

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Amber Davies: ‘9 to 5 proves I am a talent and not just a Love Island star’ by Matthew Hemley

9 to 5 star Amber Davies has said she hopes her performance in the musical will prove her talent and help shake

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Poll: Do you think it’s fair for actors to be asked about their social media following during the casting process? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, The Stage reported on the rise of castings based on performers’ social media followings, with many claiming the move is

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Castings based on number of Instagram followers a ‘disheartening’ trend, actors warn by Matthew Hemley

Actors including West End star Hayley Tamaddon have criticised the rise of castings based on performers’ social media followings, claiming the move

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Venue giants AEG Facilities and SMG announce merger by Matthew Hemley

Venue operators AEG Facilities and SMG – which runs arenas in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle – have announced a merger, creating a

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Laurie Sansom appointed Northern Broadsides artistic director by Matthew Hemley

Northern Broadsides has named Laurie Sansom as its new artistic director and chief executive. He replaces Conrad Nelson, who was appointed to the

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Michelle Fairly and Irfan Shamji honoured at Clarence Derwent Awards by Matthew Hemley

Michelle Fairley and Irfan Shamji are the winners of this year’s Clarence Derwent awards. The awards, from union Equity, honour best supporting

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Cirque du Soleil acquires production company behind The Illusionists by Matthew Hemley

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has purchased The Works Entertainment, the company behind shows such as The Illusionists. The company said the

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Touring show makes history with job share for performers by Matthew Hemley

A role in a forthcoming stage version of CBeebies’ Twirlywoos is to be job shared between two performers with young children, marking

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Vicki Mortimer joins National Theatre board by Matthew Hemley

Theatre designer Vicki Mortimer has joined the board of the National Theatre, as part of a number of new appointments. She joins

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Hope Theatre artistic director Matthew Parker to step down by Matthew Hemley

Hope Theatre artistic director Matthew Parker has announced his intention to step down this year. Parker, who has run the north London

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Leading drama schools come together to offer joint audition at reduced rate by Matthew Hemley

Three London drama schools are offering aspiring performers the chance to audition for all of them on one day, for a flat

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Les Mis designer John Napier criticises plans to replace West End production with ‘fudged’ update by Matthew Hemley

Les Miserables designer John Napier has lamented plans to replace the current West End staging with a touring version, labelling the newer

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Designer John Napier: ‘Les Mis has gone backwards – it’s become formulaic, not radical’ by Matthew Hemley

After more than three decades in the West End, John Napier’s staging of Les Miserables is set to be replaced by the

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Night of the Living Dead stage show planned for London run by Matthew Hemley

A stage production based on George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is to run in a new immersive space in

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Theatre stars to offer industry insight in scheme aimed at opening access to arts by Matthew Hemley

A new initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between relaxed performances in the West End has launched, offering young people with

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Theatre stars to sell show memorabilia as part of first West End Flea Market by Matthew Hemley

West End shows will come together to sell props, photos and posters as part of a new event to raise money for

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Clive Owen and Lia Williams to star in Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana by Matthew Hemley

Clive Owen and Lia Williams are to star in Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana in the West End. The play,

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Peter Wilson Productions withdraws from plans to operate Arts Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Producer Peter Wilson has pulled out of a planned takeover of the Arts Theatre in London, blaming “inadequate” proposals for the venue’s

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David Grindrod, Drew McOnie and Arlene Phillips lined up for musical theatre discussion series at the Other Palace by Matthew Hemley

Casting director David Grindrod, choreographer Arlene Phillips and producer Danielle Tarento are among the names lined up to appear as part of

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West End to dim the lights in memory of producer Duncan C Weldon by Matthew Hemley

West End theatres will dim the lights tonight at 7pm as a mark of respect for producer Duncan C Weldon. Weldon’s death

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Actors Charlie Stemp and Jodie Jacobs to open up about mental health struggles in new initiative by Matthew Hemley

Performers Charlie Stemp and Jodie Jacobs will talk about their mental health struggles as part of a new initiative that aims to

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King’s Cross Theatre team to open second Troubadour venue in former BBC Media Village by Matthew Hemley

A new flexible performance venue from the team behind the King’s Cross Theatre is to open in west London this summer, based

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dance show set to the music of Sting to premiere at Sadler’s Wells by Matthew Hemley

Sadler’s Wells is to premiere a new dance production set to the music of Sting and choreographed by Kate Prince. Message in

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Daddy Long Legs musical and The 39 Steps form part of Barn Theatre’s new season by Matthew Hemley

Musical Daddy Long Legs and a stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion will form part of the Barn Theatre’s 2019

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Monday, January 28, 2019

ENO to appoint BAME choristers and directors as part of diversity drive by Matthew Hemley

English National Opera has launched what it describes as a “key step forward” in making the industry more representative, with plans to

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Paines Plough’s George Perrin and James Grieve announce departure after nine years by Matthew Hemley

George Perrin and James Grieve are stepping down as joint artistic directors of new writing theatre company Paines Plough after nine years.

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‘Game-changing’ study to monitor the arts’ impact on children from birth to adulthood by Matthew Hemley

A “game-changing” study will follow hundreds of children over the first 25 years of their lives, to monitor how their involvement with

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Mischief Theatre land year-long West End residency by Matthew Hemley

Mischief Theatre, the company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, is to take over the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for a year-long

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Miriam-Teak Lee to star in pop musical about Shakespeare’s Juliet by Matthew Hemley

Miriam-Teak Lee is to star in a new musical about Juliet from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, that will feature pop songs

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Stuart Piper signs Danielle Hope and Wayne Sleep to new ‘boutique’ agency by Matthew Hemley

Theatre agent Stuart Piper has revealed details of a new “boutique” company, which counts Danielle Hope and Wayne Sleep among its first

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