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Today’s cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was not a case of if but when. Though disappointing, this decision was certainly not
We should be grateful that Ian McKellen’s 80th birthday occurred in 2019 and not 2020. To celebrate, he toured the length and
The impact of Covid-19 cannot be compared to any previous crisis that has ever affected theatre and the arts. In the coming
The emotional investment in theatre can perhaps be seen at its most raw from those producing and performing at a fringe festival.
Last week, Lyn Gardner wrote about the support and encouragement needed for young producers. She is absolutely right, but it is important
Even though it’s only the second month of the year, The Prince of Egypt, which opened at the Dominion Theatre this week,
Last week, Paul Woolf, chief executive of Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre, announced to the media that his venue had “taken the step to
“To Frank and Alex… at last, people are holding hands in the theatre again! All my love, David Merrick.” This was the
The past week has been dramatic as the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global health emergency. In London, anxiety around it
In January, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed by the sheer weight of adverts – whether on posters, in newspapers, or bursting
Six years ago, British actor Cynthia Erivo was starring in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. The comedy musical based on
David Byrne made an announcement to the audience before his Broadway show, American Utopia. He told them that he believed they would
It is less than a month since the movie adaptation of Cats opened in the UK. Getting the original West End stage musical on in 1981
It may not go down as a vintage year in British theatre, but it would be wrong to simply write-off 2019. When there aren’t productions
“Because we can, can, can…” master of ceremonies Zidler sings to his audience in the hit musical Moulin Rouge. It could be
For enthusiasts of world theatre, the work funded by one country’s arts council will have repeatedly caught the eye in recent years.
Today across the US, friends and families will be gathering around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a time of coming together,
Ever felt as if theatre shows are like London buses? You wait around for ages and then three come along at once.
Just over a week ago, & Juliet began previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Once a major new West End musical would have
‘Last money in, first money out’ is a phrase often heard in commercial theatre when producers are struggling to reach the necessary
A life in the theatre teaches the art of survival. In a career often driven by highs and lows, where fortunes can
Already one of the hottest West End tickets for next spring is the stage adaptation of the popular BBC2 comedy Upstart Crow.
The past decade has seen the arrival, and extraordinary rise, of a British theatre phenomenon in the form of Mischief Theatre from
When it comes to theatre’s awards season and best-of-the-year round-ups, I’ll be looking closely to see if Faith, Hope and Charity is included
Last week, my colleague David Benedict questioned the use of the words ‘the Musical’ as a necessary addition to any musical title
“No way, this is a total bomb.” “RIP to the dignity of real cats everywhere.” Those two remarks could have been taken from the
During his time as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, Sam Mendes led a number of programming initiatives. The one I felt offered
The marketing of Les Misérables the staged concert, which opened last month at London’s Gielgud theatre, describes it as the “dream cast”,
It’s been a big summer for revivals of classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicals in London. Regent Park Open Air
On the first day of the Edinburgh Fringe, I was stopped in the street by Maddie the Fortune Teller Flyerer. She definitely gets
“Nice to see you to see you…nice,” Frank Skinner says as he opens his comedy set at the Edinburgh Fringe. “Well, it’s