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Friday, November 22, 2019

Liverpool Everyman and Sherman Theatre to host producer placements as part of Stage One scheme by Matthew Hemley

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Colchester, Sherman Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have been selected as the host venues for Stage

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Bruntwood prize founder Michael Oglesby dies aged 80 by Matthew Hemley

Michael Oglesby, creator of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, has died aged 80. Oglesby, founder of Manchester-based property company Bruntwood, launched the

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Intimacy guidelines launched to assist directors working on nudity and simulated sex scenes by Matthew Hemley

Directors working on television scenes involving nudity or simulated sex are being urged to adopt best practice guidelines, described as the first

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Lloyd Webber theatres to tackle touts in landmark partnership with secondary site Twickets by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres has partnered with ethical secondary ticketing site Twickets, in a move that promises a “safer and more

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sean Mathias announced as artistic director of Theatre Royal Windsor by Matthew Hemley

Bill Kenwright has appointed Sean Mathias as the first artistic director of Theatre Royal Windsor, in a move that aims to make

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tara Arts founder Jatinder Verma steps down after 40 years by Matthew Hemley

Tara Arts founder Jatinder Verma is stepping down as artistic director after 40 years. Verma said it was an “exciting time for

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Riverside Studios to reopen following five-year redevelopment by Matthew Hemley

Riverside Studios in west London is set to reopen following a five-year redevelopment, which includes two theatres, television studios and a cinema.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Middlesbrough venue defends decision to programme Roy Chubby Brown by Matthew Hemley

A Middlesbrough venue has become embroiled in a row over freedom of expression after it announced controversial comic Roy Chubby Brown would

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Joe Murphy unveils inaugural season at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff by Matthew Hemley

Sherman Theatre artistic director Joe Murphy has unveiled his inaugural season at the venue, which includes Brad Birch’s An Enemy of the

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Killian Donnelly to star in The Phantom of the Opera tour by Matthew Hemley

Killian Donnelly is to star in the UK and Ireland tour of The Phantom of the Opera. The tour opens at Curve

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Immersive zombie show Variant 31 closes as producers grapple with technical issues by Matthew Hemley

Immersive zombie production Variant 31 has closed in its current form with immediate effect, as producers admit “ongoing technical issues” made the

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Ruthie Henshall and Jonathan Bailey to present shows on new musical theatre radio station by Matthew Hemley

Ruthie Henshall, Jonathan Bailey and Louise Dearman are lined up to present on a new radio station dedicated to musical theatre, which

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ArtsEd to hold Ireland auditions as part of commitment to diversify intake by Matthew Hemley

Arts Educational Schools London is to hold auditions in Ireland for the first time, as it seeks to break down barriers for

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘First of its kind’ physiotherapy service launches for injured musicians by Matthew Hemley

Musicians who have suffered an injury that prevents them from working will be able to access a new physiotherapy service, billed as

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Piccadilly ceiling collapse – how it unfolded and how the industry reacted by Matthew Hemley

A “localised water leak” caused part of the ceiling at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End to collapse mid-performance at Death

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Piccadilly Theatre confirms reopening following ceiling collapse by Matthew Hemley

The Piccadilly Theatre has confirmed it will reopen today (November 11), with performances of Death of a Salesman resuming. Ambassador Theatre Group,

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Young Vic bosses: Scratch performances of Death of a Salesman were miraculous by Matthew Hemley

Young Vic bosses have described the “miraculous” process of bringing three scratch performances of Death of a Salesman to their stage with

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Ceiling collapse at Piccadilly Theatre caused by water leak, investigation finds by Matthew Hemley

An investigation into the collapsed ceiling at the Piccadilly Theatre has found the incident was caused by a “localised water leak”, with

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Royal Court to commission new plays in honour of former international director Elyse Dodgson by Matthew Hemley

London’s Royal Court Theatre is to commission a new play every other year in memory of its former international director, Elyse Dodgson.

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Piccadilly Theatre staff praised for ‘quick and professional’ actions to evacuate venue by Matthew Hemley

Theatre staff working at the Piccadilly Theatre on the night its ceiling collapsed have been praised for their “quick and professional actions”.

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Arifa Akbar to replace Michael Billington as Guardian’s chief theatre critic by Matthew Hemley

Arifa Akbar is to succeed Michael Billington as chief theatre critic at the Guardian. Former literary editor of the Independent, Akbar has

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Hope Mill to stage UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella by Matthew Hemley

Hope Mill Theatre is to stage the UK’s first fully-staged production of the Broadway version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Cinderella will be

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

ATG commits to paying backstage and front-of-house staff while Piccadilly Theatre remains closed by Matthew Hemley

Backstage and front-of-house staff from the Piccadilly Theatre will continue to be paid by Ambassador Theatre Group while the venue remains closed,

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Equity on Piccadilly Theatre: ‘Our members should not be working in unsafe venues’ by Matthew Hemley

Union Equity is to meet with theatre managers “as a priority” to discuss the safety of its members, following the partial collapse

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ATG confirms five people injured after plasterboard fell at the Piccadilly Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Ambassador Theatre Group – which owns the Piccadilly Theatre – has confirmed a section of plasterboard fell from the upper rear circle

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Theatregoers reveal ‘terrifying’ moment ceiling collapsed at Piccadilly Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Eyewitnesses have described the “terrifying” moment the ceiling fell in during a performance of Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre.

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Former culture minister Ed Vaizey to step down as MP to focus on the arts by Matthew Hemley

Former culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced he will not be standing in the forthcoming general election, stating he wants to focus

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Equity members vote in favour of minimum earnings requirement to stand for council election by Matthew Hemley

Performers and stage managers will need to provide evidence they have earned a minimum of £500 over a three-year period to stand

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Beverley Knight to star in Drifters musical by Matthew Hemley

Beverley Knight is to star in a new musical about singing group The Drifters. Knight will star as Faye Treadwell, the manager

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Amanda Huxtable named new artistic director of Eclipse Theatre by Matthew Hemley

Amanda Huxtable has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of black-led touring company Eclipse Theatre. Huxtable, a former artistic associate at

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Culture secretary Nicky Morgan to step down by Matthew Hemley

Culture secretary Nicky Morgan has announced she will not be standing in the forthcoming general election. The MP for Loughborough announced her

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