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Monday, July 22, 2024

Photographer Magnus Hastings celebrates the artistry and pride of drag by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Queen, his biggest show to date, opens in Liverpool and features new commissions of the city’s drag performers As a child, Magnus Hastings loved stealing his sister’s clothes and wearing…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Imelda Staunton and Olivia Colman call for urgent political support for the arts by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Exclusive: Actors call for all parties to back investment as figures suggest 16% cuts since 2017 Imelda Staunton and Olivia Colman have called on all political parties to urgently invest in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

‘The war was not going to stop me’: amateur Ukrainian actors stage King Lear in UK by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Company performing Shakespeare classic formed of 12 members who moved to small Uzhhorod town during war Vyacheslav Yehorov was working at a film school creating art therapy for children when…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Play about England football team to return with potential for new final act by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Exclusive: Playwright James Graham says he will rewrite Dear England depending on outcome of Euros If the Three Lions lift the men’s Euros trophy this summer, they will have rewritten the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06AM
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

‘The level of hate was dangerous’: Michelle Terry on the backlash to her casting as Richard III by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe says much of the anger about a non-disabled actor playing the role has been misogynistic Michelle Terry, the artistic director of Shakespeare’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

‘Although I’m tetraplegic, I’ve started to feel normal’: Hanif Kureishi on staging The Buddha of Suburbia by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

As his coming-of-age rollercoaster hits the stage, the novelist talks about the boredom of hospitals, how Britain has changed since Buddha – and why shouting at his kids is a great way to …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

‘Don’t come if you are worried’: former RSC boss says he hates trigger warnings for plays by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Gregory Doran asks how content warnings could be issued for Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus It is a play renowned for its extreme physical violence, with scenes featuring execution, rape an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Sarah Jessica Parker and David Tennant among 2024 Olivier nominees by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Football drama Dear England receives nine nominations in a year that featured a string of celebrity castings• Complete list of nominations James Norton, Andrew Scott, Sarah Jessica Parker,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:32AM
Saturday, February 10, 2024

How working with Weinstein haunted playwright Jez Butterworth and inspired his work by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Highly anticipated new play is a post-#MeToo story about trials women endure to realise their dreams He has built a reputation as one of Britain’s most revered modern playwrights, but Jez …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:02AM
Sunday, February 4, 2024

‘One-off talent’: UK comedy composer Steve Brown dies aged 66 by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Hit composer scored TV and radio as well as the stage shows X-Factor and TONY! The British comedy composer Steve Brown, who collaborated with the likes of Harry Hill, Steve Coogan and Lenny …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Non-disabled Richard III actor to press on despite calls for recast by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Michelle Terry, who is also the Globe’s artistic director, says she will not alter her physicality for role The artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe has pushed on with playing Richar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Friday, January 19, 2024

Play about computing pioneer Ada Lovelace wins Women’s prize for playwriting by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Sarah Grochala’s Intelligence follows Lovelace’s attempts to be taken seriously as a scientist in 1840s London A play about the reincarnation of the Victorian computing pioneer Ada Lovel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Leading lights of UK stage call for Israeli release of Palestinian theatre group by Lanre Bakare and Nadia Khomami

Open letter signed by top playwrights, actors and directors demands Israel free members of Freedom theatre Israel-Gaza war – live updates Some of Britain’s most heralded playwrights, act…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24AM
Thursday, November 23, 2023

Dominic West becomes latest star to criticise soaring West End ticket prices by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor who played Prince Charles in The Crown said non-London crowds ‘have a real hunger for a good night at the theatre’ The actor Dominic West has extolled the virtues of regional theat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

‘Queen of Drury Lane’ Sarah Siddons celebrated in new play by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

April De Angelis comedy, to be premiered in Hampstead, explores life of actor at a time when married women were ‘legally dead’ She was known as the Queen of Drury Lane and the first trul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18PM
Friday, October 27, 2023

Candace Bushnell set to bring her one-woman show to West End for first time by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

The US author of Sex and the City will appear on stage in London in early 2024 before going on a UK-wide tour Candace Bushnell, the real-life Carrie Bradshaw, is bringing her one-woman show …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:55PM
Friday, September 22, 2023

‘There are dozens of Russell Brands’: female comedians say abuse is rife by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Many women working in industry say allegations only scratch the surface of its culture of misogyny “When I was 18 I had an incident with a powerful male comedian in his 30s,” says Lucy (…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:37AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Shaniqua Okwok says London drama school told her to act like ‘slave in chains’ by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor accuses Royal Central School of Speech and Drama of paying lip service to anti-discrimination pledges after 2015 incident The actor Shaniqua Okwok has criticised the Royal Central Scho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:37PM
Sunday, August 20, 2023

How impressionists keep audiences laughing in an age of social media celebrities by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Younger audiences may not recognise people comedians are impersonating but some performers say there’s still plenty to work with “If I see somebody become famous, and they’ve got trem…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:43PM
Friday, July 21, 2023

UK stars hold London rally in support of striking US actors by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Sucession star Brian Cox tells gathered members of Equity union ‘we are at thin end of horrible wedge’ Brian Cox, Imelda Staunton, Naomie Harris and Simon Pegg were among the British A-l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37AM
Friday, May 26, 2023

Universal credit system not working for artists, says Julie Hesmondhalgh by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Former Coronation Street actor calls for more support, as survey finds lack of safety net for self-employed creatives More financial support should be available to artists in the periods whe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Bristol Old Vic opens new season with celebration of culture and community by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

New artistic director Nancy Medina picks works about the power of belonging such as a queer coming-of-age story from Tarell Alvin McCraney and a musical version of David Nicholls’ Starter …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

London museum to use AI to let visitors walk on Shakespeare’s early stage by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Museum of Shakespeare in Shoreditch to open in 2024 on site of playhouse that staged earliest performances A London museum installation that uses the latest AI technology will allow theatre …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

My Neighbour Totoro nominated for nine Olivier awards by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Stage version of 1988 Japanese animation leads the pack while Standing at the Sky’s Edge has eight nominations My Neighbour Totoro, the new stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s beloved 19…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:16AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

‘Worst party in town’: abusive audiences force UK musicals to tone down ads by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Theatre operators and producers changing marketing strategy as rowdy behaviour escalates Popular musicals will be told to avoid phrases such as “best party in town” and “dancing in the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Sunday, February 12, 2023

Women dominate gender-neutral categories at WhatsOnStage awards by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

The Brits faced criticism for not nominating women in gender-neutral category but women reign in theatre awards chosen by public Women have dominated the gender-neutral performing categories…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:45PM
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

‘Once in a lifetime’: Ruth Wilson to star in 24-hour show The Second Woman at Young Vic by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Wilson to enact single, seven-minute scene on loop with 100 men to explore gender roles Ruth Wilson has called a new stage role in which she will perform the same scene repeatedly for 24 hou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:00AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Bafta rising star nominees include Naomi Ackie, Emma Mackey and Sheila Atim by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

The only Bafta award voted for by the British public, the five nominees are all actors from the UK and Ireland Naomi Ackie, who plays Whitney Houston in a new feature film about the late sin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:17AM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh to explore societal prejudices by playing Richard III by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Bridgerton actor, who will also direct the production, says she wants to talk about ‘body pathologising’ Was Richard III inherently evil? Or was he othered, excluded and pathologised bec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Tamara Rojo wades into bitter row over London arts funding by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Artistic director of English National Ballet decries Arts Council England move to divert money from capital One of the ballet world’s biggest stars has accused Arts Council England of “s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Arts funding cuts ‘cultural vandalism’, says Juliet Stevenson, at DCMS protest by Nadia Khomami Arts and Culture Correspondent

Actor joins demonstration over plans to slash £50m from arts bodies in London as part of levelling-up agenda Recent cuts to arts funding are part of “an agenda of cultural vandalism” th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM

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