Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Choreographer Alan Lucien Oyen: ‘Pina Bausch’s legacy is what’s most important to the company’ by Nick Awde

Norwegian Alan Lucien Oyen was understandably nervous about devising a new piece with the late, iconic choreographer’s dance company. Nick Awde learns

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Bodies review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘stiff, cerebral, dated’ by Dave Fargnoli

Two smug and self-regarding middle class couples wring their hands over their past infidelities in Bodies, James Saunders’ rambling meditation on the

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Counting Sheep review at the Vaults, London – ‘propulsive and kinetic’ by Natasha Tripney

Counting Sheep, an immersive show about the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, is the headline production at this year’s Vault Festival. Its changed shape

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What should I do if my child wants to be a performer? by Samantha Marsden

Does your child have the talent and commitment to pursue a performing career? Samantha Marsden talks to child actors, parents, casting directors

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Protest takes place outside Southwark Playhouse over use of puppet in autism play by Giverny Masso

Protesters rallied outside Southwark Playhouse this week to condemn the use of a puppet to portray an autistic child in a play

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Gently Down the Stream review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a touching intergenerational romance’ by Paul Vale

Forty years on from Bent, renowned playwright Martin Sherman, now celebrating his 80th year, wanted to examine the changing face of the

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Tonya Nelson appointed Arts Council England’s first director of arts technology and innovation by Matthew Hemley

Arts Council England has created a new role to support the cultural sector work with new technologies. Tonya Nelson has been named

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Brexit could increase opportunities for Irish actors, says entertainment accountancy firm by Georgia Snow

Irish actors could benefit from more work in the EU after Brexit as those with UK passports become less desirable, according to

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All in a Row review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘a sensitive play marred by a wrong-headed decision’ by Fergus Morgan

Alex Oates’ All in a Row is an uncomfortable show, in two different ways. Firstly, on a dramatic level: its presentation of

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True Blood actor Denis O’Hare: ‘Being a theatre geek is not really nerdy – it’s still got sex appeal’ by Hugh Montgomery

Best known in the UK for television series such as American Horror Story, actor Denis O’Hare has always had a passion for

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Grace Smart: Theatres may favour house cats, but designers are feline left out by Grace Smart

Cats. Not the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but the domestic-pet-turned-furry-internet-phenomenon. They’re cute, they’re loveable, and they’re the hot new theatre accessory to

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Come From Away review at Phoenix Theatre, London – ‘moving, uplifting and life-affirming’ by Tim Bano

Before jet engines, aircraft travelling across the Atlantic from Europe had to stop for fuel on Newfoundland, an island on Canada’s most

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Un Ballo in Maschera review at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – ‘spectacular, ghoulish flair’ by Steph Power

When censors forbade the onstage depiction of regicide, Verdi was forced to relocate his 1859 Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)

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Props maker Andy Bubble on the ice cream van he built Julie Hesmondhalgh for Mother Courage by Chris Bartlett

He started out creating fireballs, now he’s designed a moving ice-cream van for Mother Courage. Royal Exchange props expert Andy Bubble tells

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Miss Julie review at Perth Theatre – ‘power and precision’ by David Pollock

Directed by up-and-coming young Scottish-based director Shilpa T-Hyland, who is under 30 and engaged on the project through winning Perth Theatre’s first

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9 to 5 writer Patricia Resnick: ‘The musical has been called a period piece – but it’s more relevant now than ever’ by Matthew Hemley

9 to 5 creator Patricia Resnick has claimed the musical has more “resonance” post #MeToo, claiming the production had been considered a

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West End Come from Away cast: ‘Politicians should see our show’ by Georgia Snow

Rachel Tucker and other cast members from the musical Come from Away have appealed to politicians to attend the show, arguing that

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Stage managers’ working conditions to be reviewed in effort to prevent ‘serious and chronic injury’ by Giverny Masso

Stage managers have complained of back issues and having to twist around ‘like contortionists’ to do their job at prompt desks, leading

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The Magic Flute review at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – ‘moralising and mirth’ by Steph Power

Only Mozart could so deftly have celebrated the Age of Enlightenment through an opera spanning moral philosophy, high drama, fairytale romance –

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Playwright Madeline Gould: ‘I urge all creatives to investigate rural touring’ by Giverny Masso

With two shows at Vault Festival in London this year, writer Madeline Gould tells Giverny Masso about her passion for rural touring

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[Title of Show] review at Above the Stag, London – ‘warm, witty meta-musical’ by Paul Vale

Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s autobiographical musical gains perspective with age. Originally written in 2004, it’s a quirky, navel-gazing piece that touched

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Mydidae review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘captivating performances’ by Natalie Douglas

David and Marian’s bathroom is spacious and sumptuous. His and hers sinks and a roll-top bath hint at the couple’s outward prosperity.

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Much Ado About Nothing review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a delicious battle of wits’ by Natalie Douglas

In Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice and Benedick are at “merry war”. Director Conrad Nelson takes the concept of wartime amusement and

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Government to continue funding for Creative Europe projects in no-deal Brexit scenario by Georgia Snow

Projects funded by Creative Europe will continue to receive support from the government if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

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Amber Davies: ‘9 to 5 proves I am a talent and not just a Love Island star’ by Matthew Hemley

9 to 5 star Amber Davies has said she hopes her performance in the musical will prove her talent and help shake

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Disused 2,500-seat theatre in Eccles to be turned into flats by Giverny Masso

A disused 2,500-seat theatre in Salford is to be redeveloped into flats. The grade II-listed Crown Theatre in Eccles, which was built

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Come from Away writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein: ‘Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it’s better’ by Mark Shenton

The events of September 11, 2001 shook the world, but had a particular effect on husband and wife Irene Sankoff and David

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Don Quixote review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a joyful experience’ by Anna Winter

Cervantes’ nudnik knight-errant is back. Carlos Acosta’s 2013 production of Don Quixote for the Royal Ballet is a big, bold, irresistible gift

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Poll: Do you think it’s fair for actors to be asked about their social media following during the casting process? by Matthew Hemley

Last week, The Stage reported on the rise of castings based on performers’ social media followings, with many claiming the move is

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Princess and the Hustler review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘heartfelt and timely’ by Ben Kulvichit

Set against the backdrop of the Bristol bus boycott in 1963, this homegrown play from Bristol playwright Chinonyerem Odimba is the second

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Further casting announced for The Light in the Piazza by Georgia Snow

Further casting for the forthcoming London production of The Light in the Piazza has been announced, with performers including Rob Houchen and

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