Thursday, June 27, 2019

Education secretary Damian Hinds: Arts are not being squeezed out of schools by Georgia Snow

Education secretary Damian Hinds has denied that creative arts are being forced out of schools, claiming culture is being delivered “at large

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Charlotte Geeves appointed executive director of Bristol Old Vic by Giverny Masso

Bristol Old Vic has announced Charlotte Geeves as its new executive director. Currently chief executive of Henley Festival, Geeves will take up

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Rebecca Caine cast in UK premiere of Preludes by Dave Malloy by Matthew Hemley

Rebecca Caine is to star in the UK premiere of Preludes, a musical by Dave Malloy about composer Rachmaninoff. Caine, who was

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The Hunt review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘complex, harrowing, unmissable’ by Tim Bano

On its release in 2012, Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm’s film about a teacher falsely accused of abusing a child was pretty

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Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment donates £300,000 to expand education charity Masterclass by Giverny Masso

Theatre Royal Haymarket’s new owner Access Entertainment is to donate £300,000 to support the venue’s in-house education charity Masterclass. Run independently from

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Richard Jordan: Why are audiences fine with classical actors ‘giving it a go’ in musicals? by Richard Jordan

Many classical actors have a long-running fascination with starring in a musical. Producers, theatres and directors also find this idea appealing: the concept

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Have London’s venues left middlebrow plays without a home? by Andrzej Lukowski

In 2007, Dominic Cooke said he intended to stage ‘middle-class dramas’ at London’s Royal Court – but where is that fare now?

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Unleashed review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘radiantly danced’ by Anna Winter

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Unleashed is a gripping mixed bill of works by established and emerging female choreographers. Like English National Ballet’s recent

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Meet the man who brings the drama (and acrobats) to Glastonbury by Adam Bloodworth

Haggis McLeod has been programming Glastonbury’s non-music performance for three decades and is one of the few to work directly with festival

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Incoming Festival: ‘Supporting emerging theatre is about putting your money where your mouth is’ by Ava Wong Davies

Incoming Festival was started by two critics Eleanor Turney and Jake Orr. They tell Ava Wong Davies about supporting mid-career artists, engaging

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Tunbridge Wells council puts £90m theatre complex on ice after objections by Georgia Snow

A £90 million council scheme for a new theatre and office complex in Tunbridge Wells has been put on hold after facing

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Derby and Bradford theatres to pilot scheme to develop new work and boost local talent by Matthew Hemley

Derby Theatre and Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill have been selected to pilot a £3 million scheme that aims to developing local

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Kings Theatre in Portsmouth announces £4 million renovation proposals by Giverny Masso

Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre has announced proposals for a £4 million renovation. The project would see three neighbouring shop units demolished to make

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Diary: Boris Johnson domestic row – we have all the answers (apparently) by Tabard

The Stage has unwittingly found itself at the centre of a media storm over the Boris Johnson domestic disturbance. Tabard should explain.

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Hamlet review at St Paul’s Church, London – ‘conceptual excess’ by Julia Rank

To celebrate a decade of presenting Shakespeare at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, Daniel Winder’s Iris Theatre is staging Hamlet. The

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Margaret Thatcher wields the axe with £1m cuts to the arts – 40 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

June 28, 1979: Following Margaret Thatcher’s election as prime minister, the new Conservative government passed its first spending review, resulting in a

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ATG boss Mark Cornell needs to look at his own theatres – your views, June 27 by The Stage

It’s taken Mark Cornell three years to realise: “Theatres need to look to cinemas to improve audience comfort”, arguing theatregoers are enduring

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Careers Clinic: How do I prep a ‘topical’ show in advance? by John Byrne

A friend and I started a sketch group last year, which has now grown to five people and started to build a

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Dear West End Producer: ‘Should I do ‘big’ monologues for auditions (Lady Macbeth, Fleabag, Victoria Wood) or obscure ones?’ by @westendproducer

Is it a good idea to do “big” monologues for auditions (e.g. Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Fleabag, anything Victoria Wood), or better to

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Council plans to demolish Kenneth More Theatre and build 900-seat venue by Giverny Masso

Plans have been announced to demolish a 358-seat theatre in Ilford and replace it with a 900-seat performing arts venue. The venue

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Laura Wade’s The Watsons transfers to London by Matthew Hemley

Laura Wade’s The Watsons is to transfer to the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. The play, adapted from the unfinished novel by

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens – ‘breezy open-air Shakespeare’ by Dave Fargnoli

Now in its fourth year, outdoor touring company Shakespeare in the Squares is taking a breezy, easy-going Dream on a circuit of

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Actor Paula Wilcox: ‘Never be afraid to ask intelligent questions’ by John Byrne

I was coming up for A levels and applying to university and drama schools and writing to loads of reps to get

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The Green Room: Do you suffer from impostor syndrome? by Jon Dryden Taylor

Meet our panel: We have given our panellists pen-names and used stock images but their biographies reflect their real career details…​​​​​​​​​​ Gary

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Guildhall’s Martin Connor: ‘Every theatre professional needs to maintain a sense of humour’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I was an actor for several years and, after a long West End run, I

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Tom Stoppard to premiere new play Leopoldstadt at West End’s Wyndham’s in 2020 by Georgia Snow

Tom Stoppard has announced he will premiere a new play in the West End next year, directed by Patrick Marber. Leopoldstadt, which

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Obituary: James Supervia – ‘charismatic dancer, choreographer and actor’ by Michael Quinn

In a diverse career, the charismatic dancer, choreographer and actor James Supervia danced for Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev, appeared in pantomime,

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Editor’s View: It’s time for drama schools to ditch audition fees by Alistair Smith

David Morrissey speaks obvious sense when he expresses concerns about the increasing difficulty of breaking into the acting profession for people from

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Actor David Morrissey: ‘I have to choose roles that challenge me – really frighten me’ by Tim Bano

In his four-decade stage and screen career, David Morrissey has played everyone from Mark Antony and Gordon Brown to a hangman and

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David Benedict: When it comes to musicals, the place is the thing by David Benedict

Over an eye-widening 32 seasons, Kirstie and Phil have consistently reminded us of the importance of location, location, location. What they have

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