Friday, April 3, 2020

Dancers on the impact of Covid-19: ‘It has blown my mind how much this industry has pulled together’ by Rachel Elderkin

As the UK reels from the effects of Covid-19, dancers face not just the loss of their jobs and income but the

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Coronavirus: Oxford Playhouse launches commissioning fund to support artists by Matthew Hemley

Oxford Playhouse has revealed a new programme of work to encourage creativity during the coronavirus outbreak, including the launch of a new

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Coronavirus: Arts Council of Wales announces £7m emergency fund by Georgia Snow

The Arts Council of Wales has unveiled its £7 million rescue package to help protect the Welsh cultural sector against the impacts

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Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be streamed on YouTube by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals are to be screened on a new YouTube channel called The Shows Must Go On. The concept is

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Coronavirus: LW Theatres commits to paying staff and confirms no planned redundancies by Matthew Hemley

LW Theatres has committed to paying all staff – including those employed on a show-by-show basis – and has confirmed no redundancies

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Coronavirus: 209k households tune in to watch National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors stream by Georgia Snow

More than 200,000 households tuned in live to the first National Theatre at Home screening last night, which also attracted more than

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Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 4, Arlene Phillips by The Stage

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a

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Coronavirus: New dates announced for Hairspray at London Coliseum by Giverny Masso

New performance dates have been announced for Hairspray at the London Coliseum – after the musical was postponed due to the Covid-19

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Howard Sherman: Why the shutdown could have a bigger effect on US not-for-profit theatres by Howard Sherman

The ongoing litany of delays, postponements and cancellations in the US’ not-for-profit theatres is not unique, as venues and countless performing companies

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Coronavirus: Competition invites over-70s to write plays during isolation by Giverny Masso

A new national competition has been launched for over-70s to encourage people with no professional experience in the arts to create new

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Coronavirus: Actors Centre announces festival for drama graduates with cancelled showcases by Giverny Masso

The Actors Centre has announced a week-long festival to provide a platform for graduates who had their showcases cancelled due to the

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Leicester Curve launches campaign to find #RainbowsofHope drawings for Wizard of Oz set design by Georgia Snow

Leicester’s Curve is asking children who have taken part in the nationwide Rainbows of Hope campaign to submit their drawings as inspiration

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Coronavirus: Nick Hern Books launches free play-reading initiative for lockdown by Georgia Snow

Theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is launching a play text discussion group that will run throughout the coronavirus shutdown, offering one free

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Coronavirus: Northern Broadsides to offer nine £1,000 commissions to theatremakers responding to pandemic by Giverny Masso

Northern Broadsides is offering nine commissions, each worth £1,000, for theatremakers wishing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly aimed at those

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Richard Howle: Ticketing companies have borne the brunt of Covid-19 cancellations by Richard Howle

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. It’s not as if we didn’t see it coming. Granted, I don’t think many anticipated

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Coronavirus: Harriet Harman pushes chancellor to ensure theatre workers are not left behind during crisis by Georgia Snow

Harriet Harman is calling on the chancellor to ensure that people working in theatre do not get left behind by the government’s

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Coronavirus: Belarus Free Theatre launches fairytales campaign and opens up archive online by Giverny Masso

Will Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Juliet Stevenson are taking part in a fairytale-inspired campaign called #LoveOverVirus, which forms part of the celebrations

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Talent agency under fire for ‘cruel’ April Fool’s casting prank by Matthew Hemley

A talent management company has come under fire for calling on its clients to self-tape an audition for a non-existent job as part

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Birmingham Royal Ballet to stream performances and classes from dancers’ living rooms by Georgia Snow

Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced plans to stage an adapted version of The Dying Swan, performed during isolation, as part of the

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Theatre Royal Stratford East commissions virtual play celebrating key workers by Matthew Hemley

Key workers are being urged to share their stories with Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of a virtual play being created

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Coronavirus: Edinburgh Fringe venues vow to return ‘better than ever’ after 2020 cancellation by Georgia Snow

Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue operators have pledged to return with renewed purpose in 2021 following the news of this year’s cancellation, as

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The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – These Hills Are Ours by Lyn Gardner

In a new weekly feature, Lyn Gardner will spotlight a show that should have opened this week – but has been forced

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Theatres should host an NHS celebration after the coronavirus pandemic – your views, April 2 by The Stage

The NHS is at the centre of the crisis we face in the UK and last week the nation applauded its workers.

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Editor’s View: Do whatever you need to do to survive this crisis by Alistair Smith

Theatre is a sector full of obsessives. For almost everyone working in this business, it is more than a job – it

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Coronavirus: Newcastle Theatre Royal boss postpones retirement to lead venue through outbreak by Matthew Hemley

Newcastle Theatre Royal chief executive Philip Bernays has postponed his planned retirement so he can “lead the organisation through this difficult time”.

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Coronavirus: ATG outlines plans for theatre staff during shutdown by Giverny Masso

Ambassador Theatre Group has outlined its plans for the period of theatre closures due to the coronavirus – which will see the

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Coronavirus: Theatres can claim gift aid on donated ticket costs, government confirms by Georgia Snow

Theatres will be able to claim gift aid when audiences agree to donate the cost of their cancelled tickets rather than request

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Coronavirus: Edinburgh Festival Fringe cancelled by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, along with all of the city’s August festivals, will not take place in 2020 because of coronavirus, it

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Coronavirus: New initiative will assemble artists to create micro-operas by Giverny Masso

A new initiative has been set up to assemble teams of artists from across the world to create mini-operas that will be

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When producers looked beyond the West End during wartime – 81 years ago in The Stage by The Stage

As the Second World War moved into its third week, restrictions on theatres were relaxed, but producers looked to shift their focus

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Natalie Ibu: ‘We should be paying artists now to imagine the new world after coronavirus’ by Natalie Ibu

As theatres stand dark across the UK and creatives find new ways of making work online, artistic director Natalie Ibu questions whether

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