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Micro-commissioning scheme launched for D/deaf and disabled artists in Coventry

A new initiative has been launched to provide micro-commissions to D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in Coventry and Warwickshire Read full article: Micro-commissioning scheme launched for ...→

Coronavirus: Tees Valley launches taskforce to aid cultural recovery

Spearheaded by Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, a taskforce has been created to secure the futures of the arts and tourism in the area, which together are worth [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Tees Valley launches taskfo...→

Snapped up: shows from this week in years gone by

Snapped up: shows from this week in years gone by

Meaghan Martin and Adrian Richards in The Actor’s Nightmare, which opened on July 19, 2019, at Park90, Park Theatre.... Shiva Fallahi in Amid the Clouds, which [...] Read full article: Snapped up: shows from this week in year...→

Private-hire theatre company launches Deliveroo-style service

Private-hire theatre company launches Deliveroo-style service

Theatre company Revels in Hand has announced plans to offer socially distanced performances on demand Read full article: Private-hire theatre company launches De...→

Coronavirus: Outdoor theatre to return from July 11

Outdoor performances have been given the go-ahead to restart from July 11, as part of a series of new announcements by government about the ways in which theat [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Outdoor theatre to return f...→

Burn Bright’s Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley launch Connect initiative

Connect is an initiative for female-identifying writers that will include panel discussions and networking events. Its peer-to-peer networking event for writer [...] Read full article: Burn Bright’s Tori Allen-Martin and Sara...→

Catherine Kodicek – Let's build on this momentum to create a better arts sector

How can we harness our new-found activism, cooperation and passion for the arts to make theatre better? asks Catherine Kodicek Read full article: Catherine Kodicek – Let's build on this ...→

Coronavirus: Government promises ‘imminent’ detail on roadmap timings

Further details on when theatres will be able to reopen will be published imminently, the culture secretary has promised, as he says he wants arts organisation [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Government promises ‘immine...→

Gemma Bodinetz to step down from Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse after 17 years

Gemma Bodinetz to step down from Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse after 17 years

"However, 17 years is a long time and every artistic organisation needs fresh thinking and new energy."... She added: "The pandemic and world events, including [...] Read full article: Gemma Bodinetz to step down from Liverpo...→

Peter Bazalgette: Euphoria over £1.57bn boost will soon fade without a plan to reopen

The government’s cash boost has thrown the sector a lifeline. Now to the serious business of distribution and the greater challenge of getting the performing a [...] Read full article: Peter Bazalgette: Euphoria over £1.57bn ...→

Streaming service Marquee TV to co-commission recordings of performing arts work

Streaming platform Marquee TV has begun co-commissioning new recordings of performing arts work for audiences on demand Read full article: Streaming service Marquee TV to co-commi...→

Logistics of reopening theatres – your views, July 8

Readers question the government’s inconsistency of approach to reopening live events, demand more support for the circus industry and pay tribute to Ian Holm's [...] Read full article: Logistics of reopening theatres – your v...→

How US venues are opening their doors to support Black Lives Matter

How US venues are opening their doors to support Black Lives Matter

Like their British counterparts, US theatres are unable to stage performances. But the Open Your Lobby campaign enabled them to help protesters and stand up fo [...] Read full article: How US venues are opening their doors to...→

Coronavirus: At-risk theatres praise Arts Council funding 'lifeline'

Venues including Manchester’s Royal Exchange, the Lighthouse in Poole and Theatre Royal Plymouth have praised emergency funding from Arts Council England as an [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: At-risk theatres praise Art...→

How do I stand out in the online noise?

Careers adviser John Byrne offers his advice for standing out in the crowded online marketplace Read full article: How do I stand out in the online noise?...→

Circus performers march on Downing Street warning sector could collapse in two weeks

Circus performers have marched on Downing Street to deliver a letter to the government which warns that the sector could collapse in as little as two weeks wit [...] Read full article: Circus performers march on Downing Stree...→

New festival to support emerging artists missing out on EdFringe

The two-week Virtual Collaborators Festival has been launched to support emerging artists following the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe due to Co [...] Read full article: New festival to support emerging artists...→

Coronavirus: The Show Must Go On campaign launches face masks

The Theatre Support Fund has created a face mask to raise money for its campaign to help theatre workers in need during the pandemic Read full article: Coronavirus: The Show Must Go On campaig...→

Obituary: Louis Mahoney

Obituary: Louis Mahoney

Actor, activist and Equity vice president, who was one of the first black actors to appear at the RSC and is best known for his TV roles in Doctor Who and Fawl [...] Read full article: Obituary: Louis Mahoney...→

Horrible Histories' Neal Foster: ‘It may not be conventional or ideal, but it will be an event’

Horrible Histories' Neal Foster: ‘It may not be conventional or ideal, but it will be an event’

Having staged Horrible Histories for 15 years, the Birmingham Stage Company artistic director and actor talks about the novel approach to reviving the hit show [...] Read full article: Horrible Histories' Neal Foster: ‘It may...→

First night highlights: shows that opened in years gone by

First night highlights: shows that opened in years gone by

A scene from The Rake’s Progress, which opened at the Royal Opera House on July 7, 2008.... Rosalie Craig in Miss Julie, part of a double bill that opened at t [...] Read full article: First night highlights: shows that opene...→

Coronavirus: 'A seismic step forward' – theatre wakes to news of £1.57bn package

Nicholas Hytner has hailed the government’s £1.57 billion investment package in culture as "a much better plan than anyone expected", as the sector continues t [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: 'A seismic step forward' – ...→

Coronavirus:  Theatre leaders welcome 'vital' £1.57bn emergency package

Coronavirus: Theatre leaders welcome 'vital' £1.57bn emergency package

Theatre and arts leaders have welcomed the government’s £1.57 billion cultural investment package, expressing relief that the sector is receiving much needed s [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Theatre leaders welcome 'v...→

Coronavirus: Scottish government announces £10m 'lifeline' for theatres

The Scottish government has announced a £10 million dedicated fund for performing arts venues, staff and freelancers, as it calls for more support on a UK leve [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Scottish government announc...→

Coronavirus: Royal Albert Hall could go bust next year without support

The Royal Albert Hall could be forced to shut permanently by March next year if it doesn’t receive urgent financial support, its boss has warned.... The venue [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Royal Albert Hall could go ...→

Coronavirus: The Mousetrap to reopen in October with social distancing

Coronavirus: The Mousetrap to reopen in October with social distancing

The Mousetrap will return to the West End in October, with plans for a socially distanced staging of the show. Read full article: Coronavirus: The Mousetrap to reopen in ...→

Coronavirus: Coventry 2021 moves start date to May

Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture has pushed its start date until May 2021, with organisers pledging to reimagine the programme in response to the challeng [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Coventry 2021 moves start d...→

Coronavirus: Nuffield Southampton Theatres to close permanently

Nuffield Southampton Theatres is to close permanently - making 86 staff redundant - after failing to secure a potential buyer to meet conditions set by stakeho [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Nuffield Southampton Theatr...→

Coronavirus: Arts centres demand to be at heart of sector’s recovery

More than 100 local arts centres across the UK are appealing to the government for a range of measures they believe will help them kickstart the cultural secto [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Arts centres demand to be a...→

Ben Duke: I’m a convert to no-frills rural touring – it deserves our respect

Rural touring is often considered the poor relation of London’s theatre scene, but what it lacks in glamour it makes up for in community spirit – and it might [...] Read full article: Ben Duke: I’m a convert to no-frills rur...→

Coronavirus: MPs push Boris Johnson to commit to theatre support

Prime minister Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure to support theatre through the coronavirus crisis, as multiple MPs pressed him on the government’s r [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: MPs push Boris Johnson to c...→

Arts Council reopens rolling funding programme after Covid-19 suspension

Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants funding programme will reopen on July 22 with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021 Read full article: Arts Council reopens rolling funding pro...→

Crunch time: the nation’s funded theatres on their struggle to survive

Crunch time: the nation’s funded theatres on their struggle to survive

Venues supported by the UK’s arts councils have continued to connect with their communities despite losing box office income during the shutdown. Their leaders [...] Read full article: Crunch time: the nation’s funded theatre...→

Painting showing first gay kiss in British theatre acquired by gallery

A series of paintings including works showing the first gay kiss and drag ball in British theatre have been acquired by Pallant House Gallery in Chichester Read full article: Painting showing first gay kiss in Briti...→

Dear West End Producer: 'What does #dear mean?'

This week, West End Producer reveals why he enjoys using the word ’dear’ – it has many uses, as an adjective and a noun, and it is also the perfect word to use [...] Read full article: Dear West End Producer: 'What does #dear...→

Why put The Da Vinci Code on stage? It’s a mystery to me…

Why put The Da Vinci Code on stage? It’s a mystery to me…

Anyone remember the West End musical Out of the Blue? You’re forgiven if you don’t since it opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1995 on November 23… and close [...] Read full article: Why put The Da Vinci Code on stage? It’s...→

Coronavirus: ATG begins redundancy consultations

Ambassador Theatre Group is preparing to make a series of redundancies among its staff, which will affect 5% of its total UK workforce. Read full article: Coronavirus: ATG begins redundancy consu...→

Musical theatre competition launched by Jodie Steele Associates

A national competition has been launched by Jodie Steele Associates to give musical theatre singers the chance to perform a solo at the Other Palace in London Read full article: Musical theatre competition launched by ...→

Northern Ireland and Covid-19: 'England-centric, unrepresentative DCMS taskforces won’t cut it'

Northern Ireland’s arts sector has remained resilient in the face of Covid-19, with artists and organisations pulling together to ensure its survival. Jane Coy [...] Read full article: Northern Ireland and Covid-19: 'England-...→

How can theatre work online?

This week in Green Room the panel answer the question:How can theatre work online? Read full article: How can theatre work online?...→

Coronavirus: Broadway to stay closed for rest of 2020

Broadway theatres will remain closed for the rest of this year, with shows expected to return on a rolling basis in early 2021.  Read full article: Coronavirus: Broadway to stay closed for...→

Sharon D Clarke and Noma Dumezweni to star in Black Lives Matter theatre event

Sharon D Clarke and Noma Dumezweni to star in Black Lives Matter theatre event

Sharon D Clarke, Noma Dumezweni and Clive Rowe are to take part in a live-streamed theatre event in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.... Turn Up!, wh [...] Read full article: Sharon D Clarke and Noma Dumezweni to st...→

‘Children’s theatre doesn’t have a voice in the wider sector’

‘Children’s theatre doesn’t have a voice in the wider sector’

Under-appreciated and underfunded, children’s theatre appears to have been forgotten during lockdown. Lyn Gardner speaks to artists to hear how they are coping [...] Read full article: ‘Children’s theatre doesn’t have a voice...→

Sleepless musical aims to open with socially distanced audience in August

Sleepless musical aims to open with socially distanced audience in August

A new musical based on the film Sleepless in Seattle has announced it plans to open with a socially distanced audience in August.... Sleepless, which stars Jay [...] Read full article: Sleepless musical aims to open with soci...→

Coronavirus: Women more likely to leave sector due to pandemic, PIPA warns

Women are disproportionately more likely to leave the arts industry as a result of the pandemic, campaign group Parents and Carers in Performing Arts has warne [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Women more likely to leave ...→

Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 7, Paul Chahidi

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and m [...] Read full article: Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 7, Paul Ch...→

Coronavirus: Horsecross Arts begins redundancy consultations with 120 staff

Horsecross Arts, which runs Perth Theatre and Concert Hall, has begun redundancy consultations with three quarters of its 168 staff as a "painful last resort”. Read full article: Coronavirus: Horsecross Arts begins redu...→

Ian McKellen to star as Hamlet in ‘age-blind’ production

A new version of Hamlet starring Ian McKellen in an “age-blind” production will begin rehearsing next week, marking what is thought to be the first major play [...] Read full article: Ian McKellen to star as Hamlet in ‘age-b...→

Judi Dench backs new children’s playwriting contest

Judi Dench is backing a new children’s playwriting competition launched by the BBC’s One Show and the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Merseyside Read full article: Judi Dench backs new children’s playwrit...→

Review: Talking Heads – episodes 7-12

Review: Talking Heads – episodes 7-12

Talking Heads round two brings six more slices of delicately delivered depression, courtesy of Alan Bennett Read full article: Review: Talking Heads – episodes 7-12...→

Coronavirus: Jermyn Street Theatre to remain closed until 2021

Jermyn Street Theatre in London will remain shut until 2021 due to a lack of information about the reopening of venues from government. Read full article: Coronavirus: Jermyn Street Theatre to re...→

Coronavirus: Half of Newcastle Theatre Royal staff facing redundancy

Almost half of Theatre Royal Newcastle’s staff are facing redundancy, as the venue deals with the “devastating” impact of the pandemic. Read full article: Coronavirus: Half of Newcastle Theatre R...→

Judi Dench to star in online concert celebrating 'legendary' stage door keeper

Judi Dench to star in online concert celebrating 'legendary' stage door keeper

Judi Dench, Beverley Knight, Imelda Staunton and Chita Rivera are to appear as part of an online concert celebrating the 40-year career of the stage door manag [...] Read full article: Judi Dench to star in online concert cel...→

Coronavirus: £9 million needed to save Off-West End theatres – report

Coronavirus: £9 million needed to save Off-West End theatres – report

An investment of about £9 million is needed to save 100 Off-West End theatres, a report has claimed.... The figure has been calculated by OffWestEnd.com, which [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: £9 million needed to save O...→

Theatre can’t count on help from government

Editor Alistair Smith says if theatre is to re-emerge from the crisis, it will do so in spite of government, rather than thanks to it Read full article: Theatre can’t count on help from governm...→

Theatre 2021: ‘Back soon... back better’

Theatre 2021: ‘Back soon... back better’

As theatres remain closed with little prospect of returning to business as usual, The Stage has asked changemakers across the industry how the sector can remak [...] Read full article: Theatre 2021: ‘Back soon... back better’...→

Coronavirus: Video campaign reveals public's support for the arts

Members of the public are sharing videos about how much they value the arts as part of a campaign for government support to save the sector post Covid-19 Read full article: Coronavirus: Video campaign reveals publ...→

Dear West End Producer: ‘Who is Boris Johnson’s acting coach?’

This week, West End Producer looks at Boris Johnson's acting career and considers who is responsible for his meteoric rise to fame Read full article: Dear West End Producer: ‘Who is Boris Jo...→

What will technical training look like in the autumn term?

As drama schools prepare to reopen their doors in September, the heads of technical training at GSA and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland tell Sarah Lambie t [...] Read full article: What will technical training look like i...→

Coronavirus: ENO expects redundancies when reserves run dry in October

English National Opera will have used up all its reserves by October and will be forced to consider redundancies if support is not offered, chief executive Stu [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: ENO expects redundancies wh...→

Coronavirus: 100-plus jobs at risk in Theatre Royal Plymouth redundancy plans

Coronavirus: 100-plus jobs at risk in Theatre Royal Plymouth redundancy plans

More than 100 jobs at Theatre Royal Plymouth are at risk, as the venue confirms it is beginning redundancy consultations. Read full article: Coronavirus: 100-plus jobs at risk in Th...→

Arts Council England to introduce Latin American tick box on diversity forms

Arts Council England has committed to introducing a Latin American tick box on its diversity monitoring forms, following years of campaigning by Latinx advocac [...] Read full article: Arts Council England to introduce Latin ...→

Coronavirus: Birmingham Rep confirms staff redundancy consultations

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced it is beginning redundancy consultations that could affect up to 40% of staff, due to the Covid-19 pandemic Read full article: Coronavirus: Birmingham Rep confirms sta...→

Brighton Open Air Theatre to reopen on July 25

Brighton Open Air Theatre has announced it will reopen on July 25 after the government gave the green light for outdoor performances to resume Read full article: Brighton Open Air Theatre to reopen on J...→

Culture in Lockdown: Vanessa Kirby – 'The imagination grows in silence. I didn’t realise that until now'

Culture in Lockdown: Vanessa Kirby – 'The imagination grows in silence. I didn’t realise that until now'

Actor Vanessa Kirby tells Fergus Morgan about the culture she has been enjoying in lockdown, from listening to Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail podcast to rewatchin [...] Read full article: Culture in Lockdown: Vanessa Kirby – 'Th...→

This Independence Day became the Hamilton Holiday – will this usher in a new era of live-capture theatre?

Based on analytics and the anecdotal evidence of social media, last weekend was less the Fourth of July than the Hamilton Holiday, an unprecedented achievement [...] Read full article: This Independence Day became the Hamilto...→

Coronavirus: 77% of comedy venues could close within a year, report warns

The first UK-wide survey of the comedy industry suggests a serious threat to its ecosystem, with artists warning that they may have to leave the industry becau [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: 77% of comedy venues could ...→

Film adaptation of Gecko's Institute to be broadcast on BBC Four

Film adaptation of Gecko's Institute to be broadcast on BBC Four

Gecko has announced a film adaptation of its theatre show Institute which will be broadcast on BBC Four.... Directed by Gecko’s artistic director Amit Lahav, t [...] Read full article: Film adaptation of Gecko's Institute to ...→

Coronavirus: Theatres eligible for Sunak's VAT reduction

The government has announced that value added tax for theatres and circuses will be reduced from 20% to 5% until January 2021 Read full article: Coronavirus: Theatres eligible for Sunak...→

Richard Jordan We need award ceremonies – they give the industry a voice

Award ceremonies may not feel relevant in light of the pandemic, but it is important to recognise excellence and talent, says Richard Jordan Read full article: Richard Jordan We need award ceremonies ...→

Gemma Bodinetz is stepping down from her role as artistic director at Liverpool  [...]

Gemma Bodinetz is stepping down from her role as artistic director at Liverpool [...]

Gemma Bodinetz is stepping down from her role as artistic director at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres after 17 years.... During her time at the Playh [...] Read full article: Gemma Bodinetz is stepping down from her...→

Coronavirus: MPs and peers demand £1.57bn rescue package advances diversity

Members of the all-party parliamentary group for creative diversity, co-chaired by Chi Onwurah and Deborah Bull, have urged the government to ensure that its e [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: MPs and peers demand £1.57b...→

Rebuilding theatres after the Second World War – 75 years ago in The Stage

Rebuilding theatres after the Second World War – 75 years ago in The Stage

This week 75 years ago, The Stage published extracts from then Arts Council president John Maynard Keynes’ speech about funding the revitalising of theatre aft [...] Read full article: Rebuilding theatres after the Second Wor...→

Kultur club: How Germany has led the way in supporting the arts in lockdown

Kultur club: How Germany has led the way in supporting the arts in lockdown

Germany has been praised for its fast response to coronavirus, having pledged billions in aid to support the country’s cultural sector. But, as ITI Germany dir [...] Read full article: Kultur club: How Germany has led the way...→

Actor Halema Hussain: 'I was passionate about the first play I was cast in'

Actor Halema Hussain tells John Byrne how her first job renewed her hunger for acting after years of being told she'd only be cast for her ethnicity lowered he [...] Read full article: Actor Halema Hussain: 'I was passionate ...→

Judi Dench and David Tennant to appear in RSC online conversation series

Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, Adjoa Andoh and David Tennant will appear in an online conversation series from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read full article: Judi Dench and David Tennant to appear i...→

Dear West End Producer: ‘What does the government ‘roadmap’ mean for UK theatres?’

This week, West End Producer talks about the the culture secretary’s ’roadmap’ for theatres and explains why more clarity is vital Read full article: Dear West End Producer: ‘What does the g...→

David Benedict: Video footage? For real theatrical authenticity, it’s a painting for me

David Benedict: Video footage? For real theatrical authenticity, it’s a painting for me

Searching for evidence of the forgotten musical version of John Osborne’s 1960s play A Patriot for Me, David Benedict discovers that you cannot rely on the int [...] Read full article: David Benedict: Video footage? For real ...→

Elliot Clay actor and composer

Elliot Clay actor and composer

Elliot Clay was on tour in India with Million Dollar Quartet just before lockdown started. He talks to Giverny Masso about the musical Millennials, which he ha [...] Read full article: Elliot Clay actor and composer...→

Coronavirus: Theatres lit up in emergency red to warn of threat to events industry

Theatre Royal Plymouth, the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House were among more than 500 buildings lit up in "emergency red" last night to draw attentio [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Theatres lit up in emergenc...→

Coronavirus: Panto boss gives Dowden deadline to save crucial festive season

Britain’s most prolific pantomime producer has warned of the grave impacts for theatres if the vital Christmas season is lost, appealing to government to provi [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Panto boss gives Dowden dea...→

Editor's View: Emergency investment is hugely welcome, but clarity on reopening is crucial

The culture secretary has responded to the arts sector's concerns with a much-needed cash injection, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith – now we must make su [...] Read full article: Editor's View: Emergency investment is h...→

Coronavirus: Leading restaurants warn London is a 'ghost town' without theatres

Restaurant owners have warned that central London is a "ghost town" while theatres remain shut, and that many business are at risk of closure due to the lack o [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Leading restaurants warn Lo...→

Kate Maltby: Depression is rife in the arts – it’s vital to look after ourselves

The tragedy unfolding in our arts industries is heartbreaking for everyone involved, says Kate Maltby, but to join the sector fightback, we must invest in gett [...] Read full article: Kate Maltby: Depression is rife in the a...→

Coronavirus: Netflix kickstarts Sam Mendes’ theatre freelancer fund with £500K

Coronavirus: Netflix kickstarts Sam Mendes’ theatre freelancer fund with £500K

Theatre and film director Sam Mendes is spearheading the creation of an emergency fund for theatre workers in need of urgent support due to the coronavirus pan [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Netflix kickstarts Sam Mend...→

Coronavirus: 250 front-of-house staff at National Theatre made redundant

All front-of-house casual workers at the National Theatre have been made redundant, resulting in the loss of 250 jobs Read full article: Coronavirus: 250 front-of-house staff at...→

Panto ‘rivalry’ in Portsmouth as theatres programme same show

A small Portsmouth theatre has said it is "shocked and disappointed" that a larger venue in the city has announced the same pantomime, fearing it will split au [...] Read full article: Panto ‘rivalry’ in Portsmouth as theatre...→

Coronavirus: The Stage begins redundancy consultations

Theatre industry publication The Stage has begun redundancy consultations with staff as a result of the Covid-19 crisis Read full article: Coronavirus: The Stage begins redundancy...→

UK venues to be wrapped in pink tape in ‘missing live theatre’ campaign

Venues across the UK from the National Theatre to Manchester’s Royal Exchange will be wrapped in pink tape reading “missing live theatre” as part of a campaign [...] Read full article: UK venues to be wrapped in pink tape in ...→

Coronavirus: Worthing theatre staff latest to face redundancy

Staff working for the Pavilion and Connaught theatres in Worthing are facing redundancy, as the trust behind them warns its venues may never reopen without act [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Worthing theatre staff late...→

RADA admits institutional racism and vows to address students' 100-page plan

RADA has admitted to being “institutionally racist” as it agrees to work with students on a 100-page plan they have submitted to the school, created in respons [...] Read full article: RADA admits institutional racism and vow...→

Coronavirus: Royal Exchange forced to put 65% of staff at risk of redundancy

The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester has announced it could have to make up to 65% of its permanent staff redundant, claiming it has been left with no othe [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Royal Exchange forced to pu...→

Coronavirus: UK-wide protests planned to call on government to support the arts

A series of peaceful protests are being planned around the UK to highlight the lack of government support for the arts industry during the pandemic Read full article: Coronavirus: UK-wide protests planned to...→

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland arts sector boosted by £4m funding package

A £4 million emergency funding package has been announced for the arts in Northern Ireland, described by the communities minister as “a major lifeline” for the [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Northern Ireland arts secto...→

The best quotes from industry insiders over the last week, including Jude Kelly, Winsome Pinnock, David Eldridge and more

“We need to strengthen the idea that all of our arts buildings have two things to do. They are there to put on the great entertainment and great searching inve [...] Read full article: The best quotes from industry insiders o...→

Editor's View: We need a ‘New Deal’ for the arts – with concrete proposals

Editor's View: We need a ‘New Deal’ for the arts – with concrete proposals

if the prime minister wishes to emulate Franklin J Roosevelt’s New Deal programme, he would do well to address the threat of widespread unemployment in the art [...] Read full article: Editor's View: We need a ‘New Deal’ for ...→

Peter Docherty

Set and costume designer, who worked at venues including the Royal Opera House, Apollo Victoria and Wyndham’s Theatre in a career spanning more than half a cen [...] Read full article: Peter Docherty...→

James Graham and Jack Thorne share Theatre Royal Plymouth stories for campaign

Playwrights James Graham and Jack Thorne have shared their stories about the Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of a campaign to the government to demonstrate the [...] Read full article: James Graham and Jack Thorne share Theat...→

Anansi the Spider Re-spun

Anansi the Spider Re-spun

A joyful, lively adaptation of Anansi the Spider stories reworked for the web by the Unicorn Theatre Read full article: Anansi the Spider Re-spun...→

My first audition was the first and last time I’ve been cast for my singing

Theatre and film actor Kevin Leslie tells John Byrne about his first job playing Dick Whittington during panto season at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne Read full article: My first audition was the first and last...→

Eve Leigh: The rise of digital theatre is a chance to remove access barriers

The formal and political possibilities of mainstream theatre embracing the digital space are thrilling – it’s also a chance to remove access barriers, says pla [...] Read full article: Eve Leigh: The rise of digital theatre i...→

Coronavirus: Circuses 'face end of the road' without green light to reopen

The Association of Circus Proprietors has criticised the government for failing to include circuses in the list of businesses allowed to reopen on July 4 Read full article: Coronavirus: Circuses 'face end of the r...→

Coronavirus: ‘Theatre is to UK what Venice is to Italy’ – Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has become the latest high-profile figure to call for major investment to prevent the arts from collapsing. Read full article: Coronavirus: ‘Theatre is to UK what Veni...→

Musical Six to play drive-in venues across UK

Musical Six to play drive-in venues across UK

Musical Six is to be performed at drive-in venues across the UK from August.... The production will play eight shows a week at 12 open air sites as part of the [...] Read full article: Musical Six to play drive-in venues acro...→

Michael Volpe: Remodelling the live audience experience is key to opera’s post-pandemic revival

If opera companies are to survive the pandemic, they need to rethink expenditure and managing audience expectations, says Opera Holland Park founder Michael Vo [...] Read full article: Michael Volpe: Remodelling the live audi...→

Coronavirus: The Grinning Man face masks go on sale for charity

Designer Jon Bausor is releasing limited edition face masks usingartwork from The Grinning Man to raise money for charity, to coincide with Bristol Old Vic's l [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: The Grinning Man face masks...→

Coronavirus: Government roadmap falls ‘woefully short’ - industry leaders

Coronavirus: Government roadmap falls ‘woefully short’ - industry leaders

A five-step plan to reopen theatres has been branded meaningless and falls “woefully short”, industry leaders have claimed Read full article: Coronavirus: Government roadmap falls ‘w...→

Luke Wright: ‘My Twitter gigs started because I didn’t like crossing things out of my diary’

Luke Wright: ‘My Twitter gigs started because I didn’t like crossing things out of my diary’

With live performances cancelled during the pandemic, poet Luke Wright has turned to nightly gigs on Twitter to keep his creative juices flowing. He tells Ferg [...] Read full article: Luke Wright: ‘My Twitter gigs started be...→

Howard Sherman: Theatre has often silenced Black voices – there is much to make up for

Black voices have always mattered, but the theatre often failed to hear them, or silenced them. There’s so very much to make up for and to celebrate, says Howa [...] Read full article: Howard Sherman: Theatre has often silenc...→

Coronavirus: Future of King’s Head secured through £120k fundraising

A fundraising campaign to protect the King’s Head Theatre in Islington has succeeded in reaching its £100,000 target, securing its immediate future Read full article: Coronavirus: Future of King’s Head secur...→

Sally Dexter

Sally Dexter

Sally Dexter is playing a female Scrooge at Wilton’s Music Hall. She talks to The Stage about finding a home at the National and working with Pinter Read full article: Sally Dexter...→

Coronavirus: Lowry to support 200-plus staff with launch of own retention scheme

The management team of the Lowry in Salford has pledged to support the venue’s 200-strong contracted employees during the coronavirus pandemic Read full article: Coronavirus: Lowry to support 200-plus s...→

Coronavirus: Culture secretary under pressure as redundancies hit theatres

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden is under renewed pressure to announce a package to support theatre following news of redundancies at venues including Theatre R [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Culture secretary under pre...→

Producing a play in lockdown presents unexpected challenges

Producer Richard Jordan is producing a play in Norway, where theatres are beginning to open again, but there are still many unexpected challenges Read full article: Producing a play in lockdown presents un...→

Half of small charity-run venues could go bust in three months – Theatres Trust

The trust has announced measures to help struggling venues, including the Theatres Trust Skills Bank, which will match theatres with experts offering free advi [...] Read full article: Half of small charity-run venues could g...→

Royal Court commits to series of anti-racism measures

London’s Royal Court Theatre has committed to ensuring that 45% of its cast and creative teams are people of colour each year, as part of a series of measures [...] Read full article: Royal Court commits to series of anti-ra...→

Theatre 2021: Steve Tompkins on… a Green New Deal

Theatre 2021: Steve Tompkins on… a Green New Deal

Architect Steve Tompkins says the theatre industry must act to tackle the climate crisis, expanding public understanding of the emergency, sparking debate and [...] Read full article: Theatre 2021: Steve Tompkins on… a Green...→

Coronavirus: Theatres rule out reopening in July

Some of the UK’s biggest theatres have ruled out reopening in July - despite being given the green light to do so - claiming the move would be economically dam [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Theatres rule out reopening...→

Coronavirus: ENO to reopen London Coliseum with socially distanced productions

English National Opera is planning a socially distanced season of "stripped-back" productions, with every other row empty and audiences spaced with a two-seat [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: ENO to reopen London Colise...→

David Benedict: At last, some good news for musicals (just not on stage)

David Benedict: At last, some good news for musicals (just not on stage)

For those of us fervently wishing for the return of musicals, it’s hard to have anything but a long face, but there is some good news, albeit not on stage, say [...] Read full article: David Benedict: At last, some good news ...→

Scottish sisters to create UK's 'first drive-in variety show'

Scottish sisters to create UK's 'first drive-in variety show'

Three Scottish sisters have launched a fundraising campaign to create what they believe to be the UK's first drive-in variety show. Read full article: Scottish sisters to create UK's 'first d...→

Coronavirus: Government urged to put environment at heart of cultural renewal

Actor Mark Rylance is among the supporters of a letter urging the government to put environmental sustainability at the centre of its cultural renewal strategy Read full article: Coronavirus: Government urged to put env...→

The Phantom of the Opera to remain closed for

Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed that The Phantom of the Opera will require “a period of extended closure” to undertake maintenance work to the show’s set. Read full article: The Phantom of the Opera to remain close...→

Coronavirus: Arts sector urged to commit to diversity after pandemic

Coronavirus: Arts sector urged to commit to diversity after pandemic

A new campaign has been launched urging creative businesses to make a commitment to diversity and inclusion during recovery from the pandemic, as new data reve [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Arts sector urged to commit...→

New Adventures announces emerging dance artists for 2020 development scheme

Matthew Bourne’s company has confirmed the dancers appointed for the latest iteration of its development scheme Overture, which recruits dancers and dance teac [...] Read full article: New Adventures announces emerging dance ...→

Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 8, Es Devlin

Designer Es Devlin is the latest theatremaker to be interviewed for Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible Read full article: Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 8, Es Devl...→

Coronavirus: Government publishes detailed advice for Covid-safe theatremaking

Coronavirus: Government publishes detailed advice for Covid-safe theatremaking

Detailed guidance on how theatres can stay Covid-safe while making work and resuming live performance has been published by the government.... The extensive ad [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Government publishes detail...→

Paul W Fleming elected as Equity general secretary

Paul W Fleming has been elected Equity’s general secretary, promising to deliver "a radically different future" for the industry Read full article: Paul W Fleming elected as Equity general...→

My Best Friend's Wedding musical pushes opening to September 2021

The new stage adaptation of My Best Friend’s Wedding has delayed its opening until September next year, producers have confirmed.  Read full article: My Best Friend's Wedding musical pushes ...→

David Loumgair: Creative industries’ recovery must prioritise social mobility

As the industry ponders an uncertain future, theatremaker David Loumgair argues that systemic socio-economic inequality urgently needs to be addressed so peopl [...] Read full article: David Loumgair: Creative industries’ rec...→

Joe Hill-Gibbins to step down from Headlong after four months

Joe Hill-Gibbins is stepping down as Headlong’s artistic director, less than four months after he was appointed.  Read full article: Joe Hill-Gibbins to step down from Headl...→

Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber delays Cinderella opening until March 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber has delayed the opening of his and Emerald Fennell’s new Cinderella musical by six months until April 2021. Read full article: Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber delays ...→

Ell Potter actor and writer

Ell Potter actor and writer

As well as creating her own work – with shows including Hotter and Fitter – Ell Potter also narrates audio books. She tells Giverny Masso about the latest book [...] Read full article: Ell Potter actor and writer...→

Arts Council to focus reopened grant scheme on supporting freelance artists

Arts Council England has said it will prioritise artists and individuals when it reopens its grant programme again this month, amid concerns the government's b [...] Read full article: Arts Council to focus reopened grant sch...→

The Green Room: Which shows are most important to you?

This week, our panel of theatre workers discuss which shows have been most important to them throughout their careers Read full article: The Green Room: Which shows are most imp...→

Playwright Camilla Whitehill: 'Trust your gut and be honest'

Arts Emergency volunteer mentor Camilla Whitehill talks about how she became a playwright and offers her advice to students and theatremakers Read full article: Playwright Camilla Whitehill: 'Trust you...→

Coronavirus: 'Most at risk' arts organisations offered ACE funding lifeline

Sadler’s Wells, Battersea Arts Centre, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Theatre Royal Plymouth are among the arts organisations granted emergency funding to pre [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: 'Most at risk' arts organis...→

Erica Whyman: The rescue package gives us hope: let’s use it to rebuild theatre together

We will need radical solutions to truly value our artists, says director Erica Whyman, but collaboration between theatre workers at all levels is key to the in [...] Read full article: Erica Whyman: The rescue package gives u...→

Creation Theatre: ‘Zoom lets us do things we couldn’t in the real world’

Creation Theatre: ‘Zoom lets us do things we couldn’t in the real world’

While many theatre companies are making the switch to digital in lockdown, few are doing so with the same relish as Oxford-based Creation Theatre, with the nex [...] Read full article: Creation Theatre: ‘Zoom lets us do thing...→

Coronavirus: £1.57bn must help freelancers and independent sector – theatre figures

Theatre figures and organisations are urging the government to ensure its support package reaches all areas of the industry, including freelancers and the inde [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: £1.57bn must help freelance...→

Natasha Tripney: The government's rescue package brings relief, but not gratitude

While the £1.57 billion arts package does feel as if a heavy weight has been lifted, The Stage reviews editor Natasha Tripney explains why she does not feel ob [...] Read full article: Natasha Tripney: The government's rescue...→

Coronavirus: Dowden – 'end to social distancing for theatres still some way off'

Oliver Dowden has cast doubt on hopes that theatres may reopen for Christmas pantomimes this year, warning that staging performances without social distancing [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Dowden – 'end to social dis...→

Coronavirus: Government commits to £1.57bn emergency investment in UK culture

Coronavirus: Government commits to £1.57bn emergency investment in UK culture

Theatre and the performing arts will have access to a £1.57 billion government investment package designed to help the culture and heritage sectors survive the [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Government commits to £1.57...→

Coronavirus: Open air theatres call on government to allow reopening

Outdoor theatres have called on the government to allow them to reopen, labelling it “ludicrous” that they cannot operate when pub gardens are due to reopen to [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Open air theatres call on g...→

Coronavirus: industry redundancies as they unfold

Coronavirus: industry redundancies as they unfold

As BECTU warns that the total number of job losses so far is 3,000 and counting, The Stage rounds up what the industry knows so far Read full article: Coronavirus: industry redundancies as th...→

Culture in Lockdown: James McArdle – 'I had to Zoom with a Hollywood director from my teenage bedroom'

Culture in Lockdown: James McArdle – 'I had to Zoom with a Hollywood director from my teenage bedroom'

Actor James McArdle tells Tim Bano about returning to his family home in Glasgow for lockdown, binge-watching documentaries and working on a short with Rona Mu [...] Read full article: Culture in Lockdown: James McArdle – 'I ...→

Exclusive: 3,000 theatres jobs at risk under current redundancy plans

Almost 3,000 theatre jobs are at risk under current redundancy plans in the sector, which has been described by BECTU as “cultural vandalism beyond repair”. Read full article: Exclusive: 3,000 theatres jobs at risk u...→

400 sign Black Lives Matter letter urging theatres to commit to inclusivity

Paapa Essiedu, Miriam-Teak Lee and Giles Terera are among more than 400 signatories of a letter to theatres calling for “urgent actionable reform” to make the [...] Read full article: 400 sign Black Lives Matter letter urgin...→

Coronavirus: Noël Coward Foundation donates £65,000 to support organisations

The Noël Coward Foundation has awarded £65,000 to help organisations including London’s Bush Theatre and Manchester’s Royal Exchange during the pandemic Read full article: Coronavirus: Noël Coward Foundation dona...→

Coronavirus: Study to probe how online shows can be monetised

The University of Exeter is conducting research to help small and mid-sized theatre companies monetise online work and ensure actors get paid Read full article: Coronavirus: Study to probe how online s...→

Race equality consultancy launched to advise drama schools

Former members of Equity’s Race Equality Committee have set up a new consultancy that will advise drama schools on how to support black and ethnic minority stu [...] Read full article: Race equality consultancy launched to ad...→

A roadmap to nowhere – your views, July 1

Readers criticise the government's five-step plan for reopening theatres and offer alternative practical measures to save the industry Read full article: A roadmap to nowhere – your views, July ...→

Kerry Ellis and Alice Fearn to star in West End musical Drive-in event

Kerry Ellis and Alice Fearn to star in West End musical Drive-in event

Kerry Ellis, Alice Fearn and Jon Robyns are to star in a new West End Musical Drive-In event.... Launching on July 25, performances will take place on a stage [...] Read full article: Kerry Ellis and Alice Fearn to star in W...→

Coronavirus: More than 100 jobs at risk as Norwich Theatre begins redundancy talks

More than 100 employees at Norwich Theatre are facing redundancy, as it warns that the “scale of ongoing financial loss is no longer sustainable” Read full article: Coronavirus: More than 100 jobs at risk ...→

Is it too late to pivot from stage to screen?

Careers adviser John Byrne suggests it is helpful to view yourself as an ’actor’, rather than as a ’stage actor’ or a ’screen actor’ Read full article: Is it too late to pivot from stage to sc...→

Coronavirus: Ian McKellen to match donations up to £40,000 in fundraising campaign

Ian McKellen will match donations from the public of up to £40,000 as part of a new fundraising campaign to help backstage and front-of-house workers in need d [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Ian McKellen to match donat...→

Andrew French – Actor

Andrew French – Actor

Due to appear as Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale with the Royal Shakespeare Company when theatres closed, Andrew French tells Giverny Masso about his education [...] Read full article: Andrew French – Actor...→

Punchdrunk announces partnership with Pokémon Go creator Niantic

Punchdrunk has announced a partnership with the gaming company behind Pokemon Go to create a "groundbreaking new form of entertainment" Read full article: Punchdrunk announces partnership with Po...→

Coronavirus: Cirque du Soleil cuts 3,500 jobs to stave off bankruptcy

Cirque du Soleil has announced plans to cut nearly 3,500 jobs as part of a business restructure to avoid bankruptcy. Read full article: Coronavirus: Cirque du Soleil cuts 3,500...→

Coronavirus: Norwich Theatre Royal postpones 2020 pantomime

Norwich Theatre Royal has become the latest venue to cancel its Christmas show this year, claiming the risks of staging it are too great Read full article: Coronavirus: Norwich Theatre Royal postp...→

Through the lens: this week in years gone by

Frances Barber in Antony and Cleopatra, which opened June 5, 2006 at Shakespeare’s Globe.... Kathryn Evans and Oliver Brenin in 42nd Street, which opened July [...] Read full article: Through the lens: this week in years gon...→

Troubadour Wembley Park launches graduate performance course

London Theatre Runway is aimed at aspiring professional performers who have recently graduated or those already working in the industry Read full article: Troubadour Wembley Park launches graduat...→

Lyn Gardner: With artistic teams decimated, what theatre will there be left to go back to?

Lyn Gardner: With artistic teams decimated, what theatre will there be left to go back to?

As Theatre Royal Plymouth announces the redundancy of its entire artistic team, Lyn Gardner says with no artists – especially freelances – what kind of theatre [...] Read full article: Lyn Gardner: With artistic teams decimat...→

Coronavirus: 41% of lighting workers unsure if they will return post-Covid

More than 40% of lighting professionals say they are not sure they will return to the industry following Covid-19. Read full article: Coronavirus: 41% of lighting workers uns...→

Coronavirus: MPs call for urgent support package for theatres

MPs have called for an urgent financial support package for theatre during a debate in parliament, as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport conf [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: MPs call for urgent support...→

Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code to become stage play

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is to become a stage play,making its world premiere on a UK Tour in 2021. Read full article: Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code to become ...→

Hairspray reschedules dates for second time at London Coliseum

Hairspray reschedules dates for second time at London Coliseum

Hairspray the Musical starring Michael Ball has rescheduled its dates at the London Coliseum for a second time. Read full article: Hairspray reschedules dates for second t...→

Coronavirus: Roadmap revealed for reopening of theatres

Coronavirus: Roadmap revealed for reopening of theatres

A five-step roadmap to get theatres reopened has been revealed by the culture secretary Oliver Dowden, who claims it provides a “clear pathway back” Read full article: Coronavirus: Roadmap revealed for reopen...→

Hope Mill Theatre launches playwriting prize and Jonathan Harvey online event

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has launched a new £5,000 online playwriting prize and announced an evening in celebration of writer Jonathan Harvey Read full article: Hope Mill Theatre launches playwriting p...→

Coronavirus: Chairs of theatres issue rallying call to save theatre

Chairs of theatres and arts organisations from across the UK have signed an open letter urging people to lobby their MPs for support to prevent the sector coll [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Chairs of theatres issue ra...→

Kevin McNally and Phyllis Logan among judges for new writing festival

Writers are being encouraged to submit plays that can be performed with social distancing for a new theatre festival. Read full article: Kevin McNally and Phyllis Logan among ju...→

Coronavirus: Judi Dench fears theatres may not reopen in her lifetime

Coronavirus: Judi Dench fears theatres may not reopen in her lifetime

Judi Dench has warned that theatres that have been closed because of coronavirus may not reopen in her lifetime Read full article: Coronavirus: Judi Dench fears theatres m...→

Review: Talking Heads

Review: Talking Heads

Magnificent but miserable remake of Bennett’s classic monologues, with directors including Nicholas Hytner, Marianne Elliott, Jonathan Kent and Jeremy Herrin Read full article: Review: Talking Heads...→

Coronavirus: Leicester’s Curve cancels 2020 Christmas show

Coronavirus: Leicester’s Curve cancels 2020 Christmas show

Leicester’s Curve has announced the cancellation of its Christmas show The Wizard of Oz.... The production, produced in partnership with the Really Useful Grou [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Leicester’s Curve cancels 2...→

Jobs at risk as LAMDA begins restructuring plan

Drama school LAMDA is preparing to undergo a significant restructuring that will include redundancies, in a move that could impact more than 90 roles. Read full article: Jobs at risk as LAMDA begins restructuri...→

Theatre 2021: Michael Coveney on… subsidised theatre

Michael Coveney looks at what the new face of subsidised theatre may look like after the crisis. He explains why the NT and the RSC are victims of their own su [...] Read full article: Theatre 2021: Michael Coveney on… subsid...→

Don’t forget theatre PRs – your views, June 24

Don’t forget theatre PRs – your views, June 24

A letter from theatre PRs and marketing specialists, fond memories of Ian Holm and worries over low pay and the continuing coronavirus lockdown Read full article: Don’t forget theatre PRs – your views, J...→

Coronavirus: Scottish arts force needed to aid economic recovery – report

Coronavirus: Scottish arts force needed to aid economic recovery – report

A "National Arts Force" of freelance workers in the culture sector should be set up in Scotland, according to an advisory group to the Scottish government on e [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Scottish arts force needed ...→

Careers Clinic: Should I use a green screen in my self-tape?

Careers adviser John Byrne advises on the use of technology, particularly green screen, when making a showreel or self-tape Read full article: Careers Clinic: Should I use a green scr...→

Coronavirus: Guildhall creates online drama resources for nursing students

Free drama-based online learning resources have been created to help for nursing students, through a partnership between Kingston University and Guildhall Scho [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Guildhall creates online dr...→

Obituary: Ian Holm

Obituary: Ian Holm

Distinguished stage and screen actor Ian Holm was known for his Shakespearean acting, who was made famous by roles in films Alien and The Lord of the Rings  Read full article: Obituary: Ian Holm...→

Culture in Lockdown: Monica Dolan – 'It’s been really busy'

Culture in Lockdown: Monica Dolan – 'It’s been really busy'

Actor Monica Dolan tells Tim Bano about her busy lockdown schedule including working with Alan Bennett, releasing film Days of the Bagnold Summer, and featurin [...] Read full article: Culture in Lockdown: Monica Dolan – 'It’...→

Coronavirus: Trafalgar Studios begins redundancy consultations

Trafalgar Entertainment has become the latest West End operator to propose redundancies among its staff Read full article: Coronavirus: Trafalgar Studios begins re...→

Micro-commissioning scheme launched for D/deaf and disabled artists in Coventry

A new initiative has been launched to provide micro-commissions to D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in Coventry and Warwickshire Read full article: Micro-commissioning scheme launched for ...→

New Adventures announces emerging dance artists for 2020 development scheme

Matthew Bourne’s company has confirmed the dancers appointed for the latest iteration of its development scheme Overture, which recruits dancers and dance teac [...] Read full article: New Adventures announces emerging dance ...→

Brighton Open Air Theatre to reopen on July 25

Brighton Open Air Theatre has announced it will reopen on July 25 after the government gave the green light for outdoor performances to resume Read full article: Brighton Open Air Theatre to reopen on J...→

Snapped up: shows from this week in years gone by

Snapped up: shows from this week in years gone by

Meaghan Martin and Adrian Richards in The Actor’s Nightmare, which opened on July 19, 2019, at Park90, Park Theatre.... Shiva Fallahi in Amid the Clouds, which [...] Read full article: Snapped up: shows from this week in year...→

Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 8, Es Devlin

Designer Es Devlin is the latest theatremaker to be interviewed for Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible Read full article: Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 8, Es Devl...→

This Independence Day became the Hamilton Holiday – will this usher in a new era of live-capture theatre?

Based on analytics and the anecdotal evidence of social media, last weekend was less the Fourth of July than the Hamilton Holiday, an unprecedented achievement [...] Read full article: This Independence Day became the Hamilto...→

Coronavirus: Outdoor theatre to return from July 11

Outdoor performances have been given the go-ahead to restart from July 11, as part of a series of new announcements by government about the ways in which theat [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Outdoor theatre to return f...→

Paul W Fleming elected as Equity general secretary

Paul W Fleming has been elected Equity’s general secretary, promising to deliver "a radically different future" for the industry Read full article: Paul W Fleming elected as Equity general...→

Film adaptation of Gecko's Institute to be broadcast on BBC Four

Film adaptation of Gecko's Institute to be broadcast on BBC Four

Gecko has announced a film adaptation of its theatre show Institute which will be broadcast on BBC Four.... Directed by Gecko’s artistic director Amit Lahav, t [...] Read full article: Film adaptation of Gecko's Institute to ...→

Catherine Kodicek – Let's build on this momentum to create a better arts sector

How can we harness our new-found activism, cooperation and passion for the arts to make theatre better? asks Catherine Kodicek Read full article: Catherine Kodicek – Let's build on this ...→

Richard Jordan We need award ceremonies – they give the industry a voice

Award ceremonies may not feel relevant in light of the pandemic, but it is important to recognise excellence and talent, says Richard Jordan Read full article: Richard Jordan We need award ceremonies ...→

Gemma Bodinetz to step down from Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse after 17 years

Gemma Bodinetz to step down from Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse after 17 years

"However, 17 years is a long time and every artistic organisation needs fresh thinking and new energy."... She added: "The pandemic and world events, including [...] Read full article: Gemma Bodinetz to step down from Liverpo...→

Joe Hill-Gibbins to step down from Headlong after four months

Joe Hill-Gibbins is stepping down as Headlong’s artistic director, less than four months after he was appointed.  Read full article: Joe Hill-Gibbins to step down from Headl...→

Coronavirus: MPs and peers demand £1.57bn rescue package advances diversity

Members of the all-party parliamentary group for creative diversity, co-chaired by Chi Onwurah and Deborah Bull, have urged the government to ensure that its e [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: MPs and peers demand £1.57b...→

Streaming service Marquee TV to co-commission recordings of performing arts work

Streaming platform Marquee TV has begun co-commissioning new recordings of performing arts work for audiences on demand Read full article: Streaming service Marquee TV to co-commi...→

Ell Potter actor and writer

Ell Potter actor and writer

As well as creating her own work – with shows including Hotter and Fitter – Ell Potter also narrates audio books. She tells Giverny Masso about the latest book [...] Read full article: Ell Potter actor and writer...→

Kultur club: How Germany has led the way in supporting the arts in lockdown

Kultur club: How Germany has led the way in supporting the arts in lockdown

Germany has been praised for its fast response to coronavirus, having pledged billions in aid to support the country’s cultural sector. But, as ITI Germany dir [...] Read full article: Kultur club: How Germany has led the way...→

How US venues are opening their doors to support Black Lives Matter

How US venues are opening their doors to support Black Lives Matter

Like their British counterparts, US theatres are unable to stage performances. But the Open Your Lobby campaign enabled them to help protesters and stand up fo [...] Read full article: How US venues are opening their doors to...→

Judi Dench and David Tennant to appear in RSC online conversation series

Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, Adjoa Andoh and David Tennant will appear in an online conversation series from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read full article: Judi Dench and David Tennant to appear i...→

How do I stand out in the online noise?

Careers adviser John Byrne offers his advice for standing out in the crowded online marketplace Read full article: How do I stand out in the online noise?...→

Playwright Camilla Whitehill: 'Trust your gut and be honest'

Arts Emergency volunteer mentor Camilla Whitehill talks about how she became a playwright and offers her advice to students and theatremakers Read full article: Playwright Camilla Whitehill: 'Trust you...→

David Benedict: Video footage? For real theatrical authenticity, it’s a painting for me

David Benedict: Video footage? For real theatrical authenticity, it’s a painting for me

Searching for evidence of the forgotten musical version of John Osborne’s 1960s play A Patriot for Me, David Benedict discovers that you cannot rely on the int [...] Read full article: David Benedict: Video footage? For real ...→

New festival to support emerging artists missing out on EdFringe

The two-week Virtual Collaborators Festival has been launched to support emerging artists following the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe due to Co [...] Read full article: New festival to support emerging artists...→

Erica Whyman: The rescue package gives us hope: let’s use it to rebuild theatre together

We will need radical solutions to truly value our artists, says director Erica Whyman, but collaboration between theatre workers at all levels is key to the in [...] Read full article: Erica Whyman: The rescue package gives u...→

Coronavirus: Theatres lit up in emergency red to warn of threat to events industry

Theatre Royal Plymouth, the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House were among more than 500 buildings lit up in "emergency red" last night to draw attentio [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Theatres lit up in emergenc...→

Obituary: Louis Mahoney

Obituary: Louis Mahoney

Actor, activist and Equity vice president, who was one of the first black actors to appear at the RSC and is best known for his TV roles in Doctor Who and Fawl [...] Read full article: Obituary: Louis Mahoney...→

Coronavirus: £1.57bn must help freelancers and independent sector – theatre figures

Theatre figures and organisations are urging the government to ensure its support package reaches all areas of the industry, including freelancers and the inde [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: £1.57bn must help freelance...→

Editor's View: Emergency investment is hugely welcome, but clarity on reopening is crucial

The culture secretary has responded to the arts sector's concerns with a much-needed cash injection, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith – now we must make su [...] Read full article: Editor's View: Emergency investment is h...→

First night highlights: shows that opened in years gone by

First night highlights: shows that opened in years gone by

A scene from The Rake’s Progress, which opened at the Royal Opera House on July 7, 2008.... Rosalie Craig in Miss Julie, part of a double bill that opened at t [...] Read full article: First night highlights: shows that opene...→

Coronavirus: Dowden – 'end to social distancing for theatres still some way off'

Oliver Dowden has cast doubt on hopes that theatres may reopen for Christmas pantomimes this year, warning that staging performances without social distancing [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Dowden – 'end to social dis...→

Kate Maltby: Depression is rife in the arts – it’s vital to look after ourselves

The tragedy unfolding in our arts industries is heartbreaking for everyone involved, says Kate Maltby, but to join the sector fightback, we must invest in gett [...] Read full article: Kate Maltby: Depression is rife in the a...→

Coronavirus:  Theatre leaders welcome 'vital' £1.57bn emergency package

Coronavirus: Theatre leaders welcome 'vital' £1.57bn emergency package

Theatre and arts leaders have welcomed the government’s £1.57 billion cultural investment package, expressing relief that the sector is receiving much needed s [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Theatre leaders welcome 'v...→

Coronavirus: Open air theatres call on government to allow reopening

Outdoor theatres have called on the government to allow them to reopen, labelling it “ludicrous” that they cannot operate when pub gardens are due to reopen to [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Open air theatres call on g...→

Coronavirus: 250 front-of-house staff at National Theatre made redundant

All front-of-house casual workers at the National Theatre have been made redundant, resulting in the loss of 250 jobs Read full article: Coronavirus: 250 front-of-house staff at...→

Coronavirus: Royal Albert Hall could go bust next year without support

The Royal Albert Hall could be forced to shut permanently by March next year if it doesn’t receive urgent financial support, its boss has warned.... The venue [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Royal Albert Hall could go ...→

Culture in Lockdown: James McArdle – 'I had to Zoom with a Hollywood director from my teenage bedroom'

Culture in Lockdown: James McArdle – 'I had to Zoom with a Hollywood director from my teenage bedroom'

Actor James McArdle tells Tim Bano about returning to his family home in Glasgow for lockdown, binge-watching documentaries and working on a short with Rona Mu [...] Read full article: Culture in Lockdown: James McArdle – 'I ...→

Coronavirus: The Stage begins redundancy consultations

Theatre industry publication The Stage has begun redundancy consultations with staff as a result of the Covid-19 crisis Read full article: Coronavirus: The Stage begins redundancy...→

Coronavirus: Coventry 2021 moves start date to May

Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture has pushed its start date until May 2021, with organisers pledging to reimagine the programme in response to the challeng [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Coventry 2021 moves start d...→

400 sign Black Lives Matter letter urging theatres to commit to inclusivity

Paapa Essiedu, Miriam-Teak Lee and Giles Terera are among more than 400 signatories of a letter to theatres calling for “urgent actionable reform” to make the [...] Read full article: 400 sign Black Lives Matter letter urgin...→

Coronavirus: Worthing theatre staff latest to face redundancy

Staff working for the Pavilion and Connaught theatres in Worthing are facing redundancy, as the trust behind them warns its venues may never reopen without act [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Worthing theatre staff late...→

Coronavirus: Arts centres demand to be at heart of sector’s recovery

More than 100 local arts centres across the UK are appealing to the government for a range of measures they believe will help them kickstart the cultural secto [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Arts centres demand to be a...→

Coronavirus: Royal Exchange forced to put 65% of staff at risk of redundancy

The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester has announced it could have to make up to 65% of its permanent staff redundant, claiming it has been left with no othe [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Royal Exchange forced to pu...→

Coronavirus: MPs push Boris Johnson to commit to theatre support

Prime minister Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure to support theatre through the coronavirus crisis, as multiple MPs pressed him on the government’s r [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: MPs push Boris Johnson to c...→

Race equality consultancy launched to advise drama schools

Former members of Equity’s Race Equality Committee have set up a new consultancy that will advise drama schools on how to support black and ethnic minority stu [...] Read full article: Race equality consultancy launched to ad...→

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland arts sector boosted by £4m funding package

A £4 million emergency funding package has been announced for the arts in Northern Ireland, described by the communities minister as “a major lifeline” for the [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Northern Ireland arts secto...→

Kerry Ellis and Alice Fearn to star in West End musical Drive-in event

Kerry Ellis and Alice Fearn to star in West End musical Drive-in event

Kerry Ellis, Alice Fearn and Jon Robyns are to star in a new West End Musical Drive-In event.... Launching on July 25, performances will take place on a stage [...] Read full article: Kerry Ellis and Alice Fearn to star in W...→

Painting showing first gay kiss in British theatre acquired by gallery

A series of paintings including works showing the first gay kiss and drag ball in British theatre have been acquired by Pallant House Gallery in Chichester Read full article: Painting showing first gay kiss in Briti...→

Is it too late to pivot from stage to screen?

Careers adviser John Byrne suggests it is helpful to view yourself as an ’actor’, rather than as a ’stage actor’ or a ’screen actor’ Read full article: Is it too late to pivot from stage to sc...→

Peter Docherty

Set and costume designer, who worked at venues including the Royal Opera House, Apollo Victoria and Wyndham’s Theatre in a career spanning more than half a cen [...] Read full article: Peter Docherty...→

Why put The Da Vinci Code on stage? It’s a mystery to me…

Why put The Da Vinci Code on stage? It’s a mystery to me…

Anyone remember the West End musical Out of the Blue? You’re forgiven if you don’t since it opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1995 on November 23… and close [...] Read full article: Why put The Da Vinci Code on stage? It’s...→

Andrew French – Actor

Andrew French – Actor

Due to appear as Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale with the Royal Shakespeare Company when theatres closed, Andrew French tells Giverny Masso about his education [...] Read full article: Andrew French – Actor...→

Anansi the Spider Re-spun

Anansi the Spider Re-spun

A joyful, lively adaptation of Anansi the Spider stories reworked for the web by the Unicorn Theatre Read full article: Anansi the Spider Re-spun...→

Musical theatre competition launched by Jodie Steele Associates

A national competition has been launched by Jodie Steele Associates to give musical theatre singers the chance to perform a solo at the Other Palace in London Read full article: Musical theatre competition launched by ...→

Coronavirus: Cirque du Soleil cuts 3,500 jobs to stave off bankruptcy

Cirque du Soleil has announced plans to cut nearly 3,500 jobs as part of a business restructure to avoid bankruptcy. Read full article: Coronavirus: Cirque du Soleil cuts 3,500...→

My first audition was the first and last time I’ve been cast for my singing

Theatre and film actor Kevin Leslie tells John Byrne about his first job playing Dick Whittington during panto season at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne Read full article: My first audition was the first and last...→

How can theatre work online?

This week in Green Room the panel answer the question:How can theatre work online? Read full article: How can theatre work online?...→

Coronavirus: Norwich Theatre Royal postpones 2020 pantomime

Norwich Theatre Royal has become the latest venue to cancel its Christmas show this year, claiming the risks of staging it are too great Read full article: Coronavirus: Norwich Theatre Royal postp...→

Coronavirus: Circuses 'face end of the road' without green light to reopen

The Association of Circus Proprietors has criticised the government for failing to include circuses in the list of businesses allowed to reopen on July 4 Read full article: Coronavirus: Circuses 'face end of the r...→

Sharon D Clarke and Noma Dumezweni to star in Black Lives Matter theatre event

Sharon D Clarke and Noma Dumezweni to star in Black Lives Matter theatre event

Sharon D Clarke, Noma Dumezweni and Clive Rowe are to take part in a live-streamed theatre event in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.... Turn Up!, wh [...] Read full article: Sharon D Clarke and Noma Dumezweni to st...→

Troubadour Wembley Park launches graduate performance course

London Theatre Runway is aimed at aspiring professional performers who have recently graduated or those already working in the industry Read full article: Troubadour Wembley Park launches graduat...→

Musical Six to play drive-in venues across UK

Musical Six to play drive-in venues across UK

Musical Six is to be performed at drive-in venues across the UK from August.... The production will play eight shows a week at 12 open air sites as part of the [...] Read full article: Musical Six to play drive-in venues acro...→

Sleepless musical aims to open with socially distanced audience in August

Sleepless musical aims to open with socially distanced audience in August

A new musical based on the film Sleepless in Seattle has announced it plans to open with a socially distanced audience in August.... Sleepless, which stars Jay [...] Read full article: Sleepless musical aims to open with soci...→

Coronavirus: 41% of lighting workers unsure if they will return post-Covid

More than 40% of lighting professionals say they are not sure they will return to the industry following Covid-19. Read full article: Coronavirus: 41% of lighting workers uns...→

Coronavirus: The Grinning Man face masks go on sale for charity

Designer Jon Bausor is releasing limited edition face masks usingartwork from The Grinning Man to raise money for charity, to coincide with Bristol Old Vic's l [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: The Grinning Man face masks...→

Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 7, Paul Chahidi

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and m [...] Read full article: Seven Stages Podcast: Episode 7, Paul Ch...→

Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code to become stage play

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is to become a stage play,making its world premiere on a UK Tour in 2021. Read full article: Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code to become ...→

Luke Wright: ‘My Twitter gigs started because I didn’t like crossing things out of my diary’

Luke Wright: ‘My Twitter gigs started because I didn’t like crossing things out of my diary’

With live performances cancelled during the pandemic, poet Luke Wright has turned to nightly gigs on Twitter to keep his creative juices flowing. He tells Ferg [...] Read full article: Luke Wright: ‘My Twitter gigs started be...→