All stories by Vanessa Thorpe on BroadwayStars

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Carlos Acosta: ‘There’s a danger we’ll lose a whole generation of young dancers’ by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

The Cuban star talks about his battle to lift spirits at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the film he has made to rally performers as their stages stay dark When Carlos Acosta, considered one…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:06AM
Sunday, January 24, 2021

From Oliver! to Golda… new life for long-lost Lionel Bart musical by Vanessa Thorpe

Songs from the composer’s doomed show about the Israeli stateswoman will make their debut online The self-taught musical genius Lionel Bart was the Londoner who first successfully challen…

Linked From The Guardian at 03:36AM
Monday, January 4, 2021

Cash for Cate? Struggling arts groups offer donors online access to stars by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

As Zoom fatigue sets in, organisations are seeking creative ways to bring art to patrons to keep them – and their wallets – engaged A concert from your favourite opera singer, delivered …

Linked From The Guardian at 03:48AM
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Bryony Kimmings: ‘My opera is like Grayson Perry meets Gareth Malone’ by Vanessa Thorpe

The award-winning performance artist tells why she has penned a libretto starring single mums for a new BBC documentary Bryony Kimmings, the award-winning British performer behind a success…

Linked From The Guardian at 11:06AM
Saturday, August 15, 2020

‘We must give black talent the stage’ says Young Vic's Kwame Kwei-Armah by Vanessa Thorpe

Playwright and director says BLM and the lockdown have prompted him to stage a financially risky season of black work British culture has been guilty of “hoodwinking” black people into t…

Linked From The Guardian at 01:24PM
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Theatres saved from bulldozer by new rules in lockdown by Vanessa Thorpe

Communities secretary announces new planning rules forcing councils to take impact of Covid-19 into account Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Empty theatres a…

Linked From The Guardian at 04:12AM
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Alan Ayckbourn: 'People went back to theatres after the plague, but they didn't have Netflix then, did they?' by Vanessa Thorpe

Britain’s most prolific playwright is producing and acting in his own audio play, but he holds out little hope for live theatre in the short term Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s mos…

Linked From The Guardian at 07:03AM
Sunday, April 19, 2020

'It's a horrible time': why Simon Russell Beale fears for future of theatres by Vanessa Thorpe

The star speaks of his panic about the uncertainty of reopening and his sorrow for struggling young actors Simon Russell Beale, one of Britain’s leading Shakespearean actors, has spoken of…

Linked From The Guardian at 05:42AM
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Guardian to stream Hampstead theatre shows during shutdown by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Acclaimed productions will be available to watch on Guardian site as coronavirus outbreak continues Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Guardian website is…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:54PM
Sunday, March 8, 2020

‘For casting purposes I was born in the wrong skin’ – Noughts and Crosses star Paterson Joseph by Vanessa Thorpe

Many black actors leave Britain to find fame, but the Londoner’s BBC lead role follows years of acclaimed work on stage and screen Related: Noughts & Crosses author hits back at race-b…

Linked From The Guardian at 07:48AM
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Tom Stoppard reveals that Leopoldstadt may be his last play by Vanessa Thorpe

The acclaimed dramatist, 82, says he is too old to follow up the work inspired by the fate of his recently discovered Jewish familySir Tom Stoppard, Britain’s most celebrated living playwr…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:03AM
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Real-time polling station play The Vote returns for election night by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss and Nina Sosanya star in James Graham and Josie Rourke’s theatrical experiment The play The Vote, a theatrical experiment broadcast live on television on electi…

Linked From The Guardian at 03:48PM
Saturday, July 6, 2019

West End rediscovers the pure joy of farce (and missing trousers) by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Broad stage theatre comedy full of plot twists, puns and frantic action is finding a new audienceThe stage is set like a hotel bedroom where a scantily clad woman is hiding inside a wardrobe…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:54PM

National Theatre defends asking lesbians to leave bar by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Women claim staff did not ‘like the T-shirts we are wearing’ but NT says the action was ‘a result of a series of disturbances’ The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter w…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:54PM
Saturday, June 22, 2019

From the fringe to Broadway, Tudor musical Six is now a global hit by Vanessa Thorpe

After an Edinburgh debut just 12 months ago, Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow tell of the whirlwind success of their musical about Henry VIII’s wivesTwelve months can be a long time, especially i…

Linked From The Guardian at 11:24AM
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Ex-prisoner’s remixed Othello targets new audiences by Vanessa Thorpe

Hip-hop, grime and urban violence take centre stage in a new production of the Shakespeare tragedyModern street slang, words such as fam, peng, fleek and hench, should be dropped into Shakes…

Linked From The Guardian at 05:33PM
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Kurt Weill opera silenced by Nazis to be heard again after 80 years by Vanessa Thorpe

Comic work by German composer has been reinterpreted for modern audiencesGerman composer Kurt Weill is ranked high among the best of the 20th century and his music remains popular outside th…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:30AM
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hamilton’s young star says Britain must confront its colonial past by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Jamael Westman explains how his role in the West End show has affected his politics as well as his careerThe swift rise to fame of Jamael Westman, leading man in the London cast of the hit m…

Linked From The Guardian at 05:00AM
Saturday, March 16, 2019

’Allo ’allo? Fake accents strike duff note as actors keep it real by Vanessa Thorpe

Whether it’s Russian or simply ‘northern’, directors face new hurdles in the casting of ‘authentic’ speaking rolesWhen Scottish film star Sean Connery delivered his lines in the 19…

Linked From The Guardian at 12:00PM
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tracy Ann Oberman: why I want to play ‘difficult’ Shylock by Vanessa Thorpe

Star who is taking legal action on antisemitic trolling will take role in Merchant of Venice that shifts setting to London’s East EndTracy Ann Oberman, the actress at the centre of a legal…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:00AM
Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘Not a terrorist again!’: Typecast actors applaud manual to boost role diversity by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

A new book helps BAME actors shrug off stereotypes and show their real talentsNeed a convincing member of a street gang for a TV show? Or a suspected terrorist for a police interrogation sce…

Linked From The Guardian at 03:06PM
Sunday, September 9, 2018

New life for historic theatre as it faces up to ‘slave trade’ past by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Bristol’s Old Vic confronts its controversial 250-year-old past on its relaunch after a £25m faceliftOne of the oldest theatres in Europe, Bristol Old Vic, is finally to have a proper fro…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, August 27, 2018

‘Fun, daft, geeky’: Edinburgh’s top comedy winner by Vanessa Thorpe and Veronica Lee

Rose Matafeo’s take on twentysomething life is toast of the FringeNew Zealander Rose Matafeo has won the coveted best comedy show award at the Edinburgh festival fringe. Steve Coogan, one …

Linked From The Guardian at 06:18AM
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rose Matafeo wins Edinburgh best comedy show award by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

New Zealander’s show about sex and modern social mores scoops top comedy gongThe New Zealander Rose Matafeo has won the coveted best comedy show award at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.Her …

Linked From The Guardian at 10:06AM

British choreographer and mime Lindsay Kemp dies by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Correspondent

Influential avant garde creative force who worked with David Bowie dies in Italy, aged 80Lindsay Kemp, the experimental British choreographer and mime, who made his name in the 1960s and col…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:04AM
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Funny bones run in the family as fringe plays host to comic dynasties by Vanessa Thorpe

This year’s Edinburgh festival features many young standups with parents – from Mark Steel to Gyles Brandreth – who blazed the same trailAmong the many voices booming out across comedy…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, July 13, 2018

The Observer Profile: Simon Russell Beale by Vanessa Thorpe

He's probably the most notable stage actor around, a master of the classics who seems to be making Shakespeare's greatest characters his own. Next on the agenda is Macbeth at London's Almeid…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:24PM
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Why does British theatre leave working-class actors waiting in the wings? by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Poorer drama students face an uphill struggle, with funding cuts and rising fees. But British theatre may be the loser unless more actors from a range of backgrounds take centre stageWhen Ir…

Linked From The Guardian at 03:54AM
Saturday, June 30, 2018

What’s trickier than Brexit? Writing a TV drama about it by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Dramatists behind a C4 film and two plays about the referendum must contend with the way facts and key players in this divisive issue are still shiftingIt is the divisive issue that will com…

Linked From The Guardian at 11:54AM
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Life with JB Priestley, by the woman he trusted most of all by Vanessa Thorpe Observer Arts and Media Editor

Lost memoir reveals playwright’s vanities and key friendshipsFrom the haunting theatricality of An Inspector Calls, to the comic charm of The Good Companions and When We Are Married, the b…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:32AM
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Banned sex play Spring Awakening now a teenage hit by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

Written in the 1890s, censored in the 1960s, tale of young desire Spring Awakening is back on stage as a musicalA story once banned from the British stage due to its celebration of adolescen…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:42PM

All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes