Sunday, December 15, 2019

Theatres to report on socio-economic background of workforce under new Arts Council rules by Georgia Snow

Regularly funded arts organisations in England will be required to report on the socio-economic background of their employees from next year, under

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Production news round-up: Immersive Doctor Who announced and Alexandra Burke to star in My Best Friend’s Wedding by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes the announcement of an immersive Doctor Who experience and news that Alexandra Burke is to star in

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Swive [Elizabeth] review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘a potent study of women, power and patriarchy’ by Natasha Tripney

“How can I be a head of a country and yet subject to a husband?” A reasonable question posed by Queen Elizabeth

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘dazzling’ by Neil Norman

Imagine a cross between Giselle and The Wizard of Oz. Death by dancing and scarlet footwear. Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of Powell and

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Equity’s Paul Fleming: Abolish the arts councils and give funding power to the workers by Giverny Masso

Senior Equity official Paul Fleming has called for the “abolition of the arts councils”, arguing that current funding structures are “not fit

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Inua Ellams’ Three Sisters at the National Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Chekhov’s Three Sisters has been lifted from its Russian roots and transplanted all over the world over the last century or so.

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The Signalman review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘a heavy-handed adaptation’ by Olivia Rook

At this time of year, it’s a bold decision to stage an obscure Charles Dickens short story over his festive morality tale,

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Cinderella review at Fairfield Halls, Croydon – ‘Tim Vine on top form’ by Paul Vale

Before its extensive renovation, Fairfield Halls presented its pantomime in the proscenium-arched Ashcroft Theatre. It was an ambitious move upon reopening to

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Guys and Dolls review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘a classy interpretation’ by Francesca Peschier

Guys and Dolls is stuffed full of iconic images of 1920s America. There are dames, gangsters, dice games and more fedoras than

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The Cat in the Hat review at Turbine Theatre, London – ‘charming central performance’ by Anna James

Adapting popular picture books for the stage must seem like a home run, but sometimes what works because of sparse words, cleverly

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Merry Christmas, Carol review at Royal Court Liverpool – ‘touching seasonal tale’ by Catherine Jones

Charles Dickens’ perennially popular festive novella has been endlessly retold and reworked since it was published more than 175 years ago. In

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Aladdin review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘infectiously enjoyable panto-musical’ by Dave Fargnoli

Powered along by a blazingly charismatic actor-musician ensemble, Aladdin is the latest in a string of annual rock‘n’roll pantos from Peter Rowe,

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Sleeping Beauty review at Venue Cymru, Llandudno – ‘intermittently enchanting’ by Holly Morrison Peckitt

There are moments in Venue Clwyd’s Sleeping Beauty capable of entrancing both adults and children alike. The set design, elegantly lit by

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Future of immigration system is “immediate and urgent priority” for arts following election by Giverny Masso

Industry bodies have highlighted the biggest issues for the arts following the general election result – with Equity stating it is “extremely

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What does a Conservative majority mean for the arts? by Georgia Snow

Following the Conservative Party’s win in this week’s general election, we look at what the party has offered in its manifesto to

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Not Too Tame’s Jimmy Fairhurst: ‘We’ve had to be a bit more entrepreneurial, a bit more Del Boy’ by Lyn Gardner

Theatre company Not Too Tame tends to play pubs and clubs rather than traditional theatre spaces. Founder Jimmy Fairhurst tells  Lyn Gardner

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Teenage Dick review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘a riveting performance by Daniel Monks’ by Tim Bano

Instead of staging Richard III as a vehicle for some able-bodied actor to show off how great they are by playing the

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Howard Sherman: This is why Stephen Sondheim is in all our movies now by Howard Sherman

Earlier this week, Vulture – part of New York Magazine – ran a feature headlined: ‘Why is Stephen Sondheim Karaoke in All

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry – ‘smartly staged’ by Simon Fallaha

The Millennium Forum’s smartly staged version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs successfully repackages the famous fairytale for a Derry-Londonderry audience.

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Equity to elect new general secretary as Christine Payne confirms departure by Georgia Snow

Equity general secretary Christine Payne will retire next year, with a new leader taking over the role from October 2020. The union

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New script-reading company RoughHewn aims to make dramaturgy accessible to all by Giverny Masso

A new script-reading company has been launched with the aim of making dramaturgy more accessible to playwrights at all levels. Directors and

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Kali Peacock: Why we turned to food banks to distribute theatre tickets by Kali Peacock

When Underwired Productions put on our first ever show last year, The Lost Toys’ Big Christmas Adventure!, we were determined to make

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Aladdin review at Hull New Theatre – ‘slick, high-energy pantomime’ by Will Ramsey

In Hull New Theatre’s version of Aladdin, dancer and actor Jake Canuso rarely stands still. Sporting “magical cha-cha heels” he shows off

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Dick Whittington review at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – ‘tired and creaky pantomime’ by Dave Fargnoli

There is a fine line between maintaining fondly remembered traditions and rehashing a tired format. Marking the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s 125th anniversary,

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears review King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Andy Gray’s triumphant return’ by Thom Dibdin

Andy Gray, the uncrowned King of the King’s pantomime, returns to the stage in some style in Alan McHugh’s circus pantomime, directed

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A Kind of People review at Royal Court, London – ‘fiercely relevant if frustrating’ by Ava Wong Davies

Everyone loves a party. Gary and Nicky are throwing one for Mark at their flat – except Gary’s boss, Victoria, has tagged

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The Tailor of Gloucester review at Salisbury Playhouse – ‘Christmas treat for tots’ by Lesley Bates

This is the third collaboration by musical theatre veteran Glyn Kerslake and Wiltshire Creative artistic director Gareth Machin on a Christmas-themed show

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Akademi to create South Asian dance archive with V&A by Georgia Snow

South Asian dance company Akademi has been given nearly £100,000 to create an archive of its 40 years of work. The archive

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘panto-by-numbers’ by Thom Dibdin

There is a pleasing female focus in this year’s pantomime at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre, with four of the six named characters played

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Sleeping Beauty at York Theatre Royal – ‘slightly lacklustre’ by Catherine Love

This year marks a new era for the York Theatre Royal panto. Well, sort of. Beloved, long-running dame Berwick Kahler may have

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil – ‘rich performances’ by Jeremy Brien

Disney Cruise Line performer Kathryn Nash brings a welcome injection of trans-Atlantic pizzazz into this strictly traditional West Country pantomime. Based in

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