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Australian live entertainment company buys minority stake in ATG

Australian live entertainment and ticketing firm TEG has bought a minority stake in Ambassador Theatre Group, it has been reported, in a move to help the theat [...] Read full article: Australian live entertainment company bu...→

Howard Sherman: Arts educators are embracing technology, but nothing beats in-person contact

Howard Sherman: Arts educators are embracing technology, but nothing beats in-person contact

For the teaching of theatre, the current solutions aren’t even second best – they’re a useful stopgap, but unless students are together in a room they can’t tr [...] Read full article: Howard Sherman: Arts educators are embra...→

Trafalgar Entertainment preparing for further redundancies

Trafalgar Entertainment is preparing for a fresh round of redundancies, which will impact its subsidiary companies Stagecoach and London Theatre Direct Read full article: Trafalgar Entertainment preparing for fu...→

Full reopening plan needed to prevent arts' collapse, DCMS Committee chair warns

The government must acknowledge the "dire prospects" facing the cultural sector and urgently provide a date for theatres to reach Stage Five of the reopening r [...] Read full article: Full reopening plan needed to prevent ar...→

22% of Lyric Hammersmith Staff facing redundancy

A consultation period has begun at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, which is expected to see almost a quarter of its staff made redundant. Read full article: 22% of Lyric Hammersmith Staff facing re...→

Richard Jordan: Producers are taking risks to secure the future of commercial theatre

Launching a new musical is a precarious business at any time, but with Sleepless at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Michael Rose also deserves credit for poin [...] Read full article: Richard Jordan: Producers are taking ris...→

Culture in lockdown: Emma Rice – ‘Running has been the only thing that has cleared my mind’

Culture in lockdown: Emma Rice – ‘Running has been the only thing that has cleared my mind’

The director talks about enjoying exercise during lockdown, finding humour in David Nicholls’ novel Us and preparing to broadcast Romantics Anonymous from Bris [...] Read full article: Culture in lockdown: Emma Rice – ‘Runnin...→

Pub chain Fuller's to host and fund production of The Tempest

Pub chain Fuller's has partnered with a theatre company to allow it to tour a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest without any financial risk Read full article: Pub chain Fuller's to host and fund prod...→

Obituary: Brian Astbury

Obituary: Brian Astbury

Brian Astbury was an acclaimed theatre director, who launched South Africa's first interracial theatre venue and led courses at LAMDA, Mountview and East 15 Read full article: Obituary: Brian Astbury...→

Migrant workers must be protected in culture’s Covid recovery – action plan

Migrant workers must be protected in culture’s Covid recovery – action plan

A 12-step plan detailing how the cultural sector can recover from Covid-19 and protect migrant workers has been published by organisations including Migrants i [...] Read full article: Migrant workers must be protected in cul...→

MIF pledges to help 10,000 unemployed young people into creative industries

Nearly 10,000 unemployed young people are set to benefit from training and workshops with cultural organisations, under plans announced by Manchester Internati [...] Read full article: MIF pledges to help 10,000 unemployed yo...→

Out of Joint to 'redefine' new writing strategy with group development model

Out of Joint is abandoning the traditional commissioning model and forming a collective of theatre artists and creatives who will collaboratively develop its n [...] Read full article: Out of Joint to 'redefine' new writing s...→

Sarah Frankcom: ‘Change doesn’t happen through talking, it happens by doing’

Sarah Frankcom: ‘Change doesn’t happen through talking, it happens by doing’

Sarah Frankcom is leading one of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK. She talks about undergoing a process of ‘unlearning’ for staff and students Read full article: Sarah Frankcom: ‘Change doesn’t happen t...→

Choreographer Gary Clarke: 'As a child, I had passion and drive. Adding technique gives you longevity'

From humble beginnings in Grimethorpe, choreographer Gary Clarke has carved out an impressive career in dance. He tells Kate Wyver about his ‘bonkers’ new 15-m [...] Read full article: Choreographer Gary Clarke: 'As a child, ...→

Maisey Bawden: ‘TV work was a shock to the system but I loved the buzz’

Having trained in musical theatre, Maisey Bawden landed a role in Sky One’s You, Me and the Apocalypse. For anyone starting out, she recommends diving in headf [...] Read full article: Maisey Bawden: ‘TV work was a shock to t...→

Theatres exempt from 10pm curfew, government confirms

Theatres in England operating under stage four of the reopening roadmap will be able to continue, despite the stricter restrictions announced today by prime mi [...] Read full article: Theatres exempt from 10pm curfew, govern...→

Green Room: What are you most proud of in your career?

Green Room: What are you most proud of in your career?

Welcome to our weekly discussion forum for key issues facing those working in theatre and the performing arts. This week, we ask: What are you most proud of in [...] Read full article: Green Room: What are you most proud of i...→

Charity issues diversity recommendations for theatres using audio description

Theatres are being urged to make their audio descriptions more inclusive and detailed when referring to diversity on stage, as part of a series of recommendati [...] Read full article: Charity issues diversity recommendations...→

Salford’s Lowry to become court in partnership with Ministry of Justice

Salford’s Lowry to become court in partnership with Ministry of Justice

The Lowry in Salford is to become a temporary court that will hear criminal cases alongside tribunals, as the venue moves to safeguard its future with addition [...] Read full article: Salford’s Lowry to become court in partn...→

ATG lays off further 500 staff as it prepares for 2021 reopenings

ATG lays off further 500 staff as it prepares for 2021 reopenings

Ambassador Theatre Group is to lay off a further 500 members of staff, as it prepares for the reality of not reopening its venues until next year Read full article: ATG lays off further 500 staff as it pre...→

Creatives including Shelley Maxwell set up production company

Creatives including movement director Shelley Maxwell and composer Clement Ishmael have set up a new production company Read full article: Creatives including Shelley Maxwell set ...→

Garfield Weston Foundation launches £25m Covid culture fund

The foundation has established a £25 million fund to support the cultural sector through the coronavirus crisis, with organisations able to bid for up to £2 mi [...] Read full article: Garfield Weston Foundation launches £25m...→

Arts universities could lose millions in international fees – research

Arts universities could lose millions in international fees – research

Major UK arts universities could lose an estimated £100 million in international student fees if coronavirus significantly affects enrolment, according to new [...] Read full article: Arts universities could lose millions in...→

Axed Cameron Mackintosh workers claim impresario ‘failed moral duty to staff’

Axed Cameron Mackintosh workers claim impresario ‘failed moral duty to staff’

Former front-of-house workers for Cameron Mackintosh’s theatre empire claim the company and impresario have failed in their moral duty to support them Read full article: Axed Cameron Mackintosh workers claim im...→

Most UK arts organisations hope to present in-person shows by December – report

Most UK arts organisations hope to present in-person shows by December – report

Almost three quarters of UK arts organisations expect to return to in-person performances by the end of the year, a news study by TRG Arts has revealed Read full article: Most UK arts organisations hope to prese...→

Mayflower takeover of Nuffield Southampton Theatres approved

Southampton's Studio 144, formerly part of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, is set to reopen next year Read full article: Mayflower takeover of Nuffield Southampt...→

Kingston's Rose Theatre announces reopening plans

Kingston’s Rose Theatre will reopen for live performances from the end of October, with productions including Educating Rita starring Stephen Tompkinson and ch [...] Read full article: Kingston's Rose Theatre announces reopen...→

Pay freeze and lay-off clause in Covid-19 contract changes for backstage workers

Backstage workers will see their pay frozen and have contracts that provide for lay-offs in relation to further Covid-19 restrictions, under temporary contract [...] Read full article: Pay freeze and lay-off clause in Covid-1...→

Who’s in the running? Meet nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2020

Who’s in the running? Meet nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2020

With the virtual ceremony for The Stage Debut Awards 2020 in association with Access Entertainment on September 27 fast approaching, we introduce you to our ex [...] Read full article: Who’s in the running? Meet nominees for ...→

Rambert to premiere dance work on new digital platform

Contemporary dance company Rambert will premiere its latest production this month on a new online platform dedicated to widening audiences for the company’s wo [...] Read full article: Rambert to premiere dance work on new di...→

Producer Nur Khairiyah: 'I want to open up spaces for other Asian diaspora artists'

Producer Nur Khairiyah: 'I want to open up spaces for other Asian diaspora artists'

Producer Nur Khairiyah talks to The Stage about setting up Rumah Fest to celebrate artists from the Asian diasporas, and how this was forced to move online due [...] Read full article: Producer Nur Khairiyah: 'I want to open ...→

Drive-in La Bohème: ‘This is unlike any opera staged before’

Drive-in La Bohème: ‘This is unlike any opera staged before’

From putting creatives in bubbles to directing behind Perspex screens, designer Chloe Lamford and director PJ Harris tell Theo Bosanquet about redesigning Pucc [...] Read full article: Drive-in La Bohème: ‘This is unlike any ...→

Culture can be catalyst for high-street regeneration – Arts Council England

Cultural organisations can play a key role in revitalising and regenerating town and city centres, according to two new reports Read full article: Culture can be catalyst for high-street ...→

Cameron Mackintosh: Support commercial sector to power industry's recovery

Cameron Mackintosh has said more government support should be made available for the large-scale commercial sector, claiming this would be more beneficial for [...] Read full article: Cameron Mackintosh: Support commercial s...→

Touring companies warn of threat to future as they unite for nationwide project

Touring companies warn of threat to future as they unite for nationwide project

Headlong, Graeae, Slung Low, Kneehigh and Paines Plough are among dozens of touring organisations that will collectively tour to locations in England, Scotland [...] Read full article: Touring companies warn of threat to futu...→

Liam Neeson: Northern Ireland’s £33m emergency funding must be spent on the arts

Hollywood star Liam Neeson has called on the Northern Ireland executive to ensure the £33 million emergency funding allocated to it in July is spent on the reg [...] Read full article: Liam Neeson: Northern Ireland’s £33m eme...→

Obituary: Diana Rigg

Obituary: Diana Rigg

Actor who enjoyed a long and distinguished career that encompassed popular TV, film and classical theatre, with roles ranging from Game of Thrones’ Olenna Tyre [...] Read full article: Obituary: Diana Rigg...→

Stopgap to mainstay: how digital is pushing theatre into new territory

While theatremakers initially responded to the Covid crisis by creating film versions of staged shows, they are increasingly exploring digital techniques to mo [...] Read full article: Stopgap to mainstay: how digital is push...→

Review: Pop-up Opera

Light-hearted but soulful performances in Scottish Opera’s free outdoor show Read full article: Review: Pop-up Opera...→

'Gumtree for the arts' platform launched in Scotland

The website, called Circular Arts Network, allows artists to give away or sell materials, equipment and studio furniture and to exchange skills Read full article: 'Gumtree for the arts' platform launched...→

Equity apologises to former committee members involved in Laurence Fox row

Incoming Equity general secretary Paul W Fleming has issued an apology to former members of its Race Equality Committee who resigned en masse in March Read full article: Equity apologises to former committee me...→

Lyn Gardner: Theatre needs to rock the boat and hold the government to account

Lyn Gardner: Theatre needs to rock the boat and hold the government to account

If theatre wants to be seen as an art form that is radical, political and on the side of equality and social justice, then pointing out the government’s inadeq [...] Read full article: Lyn Gardner: Theatre needs to rock the b...→

Rob Halliday: Sleepless' LAMP test shines a light on just one option to bring theatre back

It’s time to throw open the doors to ideas on how to enable venues to reopen, says Rob Halliday – this would be a really bad time for a not-signing-the-Beatles [...] Read full article: Rob Halliday: Sleepless' LAMP test shine...→

Kwame Kwei-Armah backs Seat Out to Help Out calls

Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has supported proposals for a Seat Out to Help Out scheme Read full article: Kwame Kwei-Armah backs Seat Out to Help ...→

Scotland delays planned reopening of theatres until October

The planned reopening date for theatres in Scotland has been pushed back by three weeks until October 5 Read full article: Scotland delays planned reopening of the...→

Agent Will Marsh

Agent Will Marsh

Agent Will Marsh tells Matthew Hemley how he has turned his boutique agency Orlando Gray Management into a go-to company for musical theatre talent Read full article: Agent Will Marsh...→

Theatres Trust objects to Derby Assembly Rooms demolition without replacement

Theatres Trust objects to Derby Assembly Rooms demolition without replacement

The Theatres Trust has objected to proposals to demolish Derby’s fire-damaged Assembly Rooms until the local council commits to providing a suitable replacemen [...] Read full article: Theatres Trust objects to Derby Assembly...→

Global day of action to highlight plight of live events workers

Live events industries from around the world are to join together next week in a mass protest against the lack of financial support from respective governments Read full article: Global day of action to highlight plight...→

Sonia Friedman: chancellor 'outrageous' to suggest theatre not viable

Producer Sonia Friedman has hit back at chancellor Rishi Sunak for implying theatre was not ’viable’, describing it as “an almighty blow and a huge insult” Read full article: Sonia Friedman: chancellor 'outrageous' ...→

The Stage launches journalism internship for under-represented talent

The Stage is offering an internship to a trainee journalist from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background, after being awarded funding from Creative Access Read full article: The Stage launches journalism internship...→

2020 Black British Theatre Awards to be broadcast on Sky Arts

Nominations have been announced for the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts and hosted at London’s Young Vic theatre Read full article: 2020 Black British Theatre Awards to be ...→

Theatre won’t be fixed by cutting costs around the people who make it

As designers return to their model boxes and theatre makes moves to return, Grace Smart says the only way to fix its peeling paint is to put people first Read full article: Theatre won’t be fixed by cutting costs ...→

Performers shouldn't have to push through pain, theatre must break the injury cycle

Personal trainer and performance coach Tome Levi says, as theatres reopen, production companies need to prioritise the physical safety of their performers Read full article: Performers shouldn't have to push throug...→

Barn Theatre bolsters digital offering with new hire

Barn Theatre bolsters digital offering with new hire

The Cirencester venue has appointed Ryan Carter as its first creative director of digital content, alongside Beth George as producer Read full article: Barn Theatre bolsters digital offering w...→

Save live performances and spread joy – your views, September 23

This week, readers of The Stage discuss the life-affirming joy of watching live performance, holding the government to account, mass testing in theatres and en [...] Read full article: Save live performances and spread joy – ...→

Royal Ballet announces return to Covent Garden stage

The Royal Ballet will return to the Royal Opera House’s stage next month for a celebratory performance of highlights for its dance repertory Read full article: Royal Ballet announces return to Covent ...→

Kate Wasserberg: Theatre risks losing a generation of writers – we had to try something new

Artistic director Kate Wasserberg explains how Out of Joint has questioned its purpose in the face of the Covid crisis and responded with Stockroom, a radical [...] Read full article: Kate Wasserberg: Theatre risks losing a ...→

Circus owners: 'Brexit is going to be a big problem, but circuses thrive in a recession'

With many circuses sustained by performers and backstage crew from outside the UK, Brexit is a cause for concern. But as the UK’s leading circus directors tell [...] Read full article: Circus owners: 'Brexit is going to be a ...→

Anthony Lau announced as Sheffield Theatres associate artistic director

Anthony Lau has been announced as the first recipient of a new associate artistic director residency in partnership with Sheffield Theatres Read full article: Anthony Lau announced as Sheffield Theat...→

Streaming service launched to help theatres go digital

Streaming service launched to help theatres go digital

A streaming service has been developed to help arts organisations capture and share performances digitally Read full article: Streaming service launched to help theat...→

OffWestEnd.com launches award for achievements during Covid-19

OffWestEnd.com has launched an award to recognise the achievements of independent and fringe theatre organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic Read full article: OffWestEnd.com launches award for achiev...→

One in three musicians on brink of leaving industry, union claims

A third of musicians are thinking about leaving the industry altogether, as the sector's union makes an urgent call on government to protect its talent Read full article: One in three musicians on brink of leavi...→

Review: Augmented Chinatown 2.0 –

Review: Augmented Chinatown 2.0 –

A mixture of audio tour, interactive art and fiction podcast set in London's Chinatown, that is a nimble response to the new possibilities of theatre as well a [...] Read full article: Review: Augmented Chinatown 2.0 –...→

Kate Maltby: Now that we’re used to isolation, is space theatre’s final frontier?

The recent socially distanced show Blindness at Donmar Warehouse played with a sense of discomfort in shared spaces – but will theatres be bold enough to push [...] Read full article: Kate Maltby: Now that we’re used to isol...→

Panto dames to march on Westminster in call for action to save theatre

Pantomime dames will march through London on September 30, as they join fellow creatives in highlighting the plight facing the theatre industry and its workers Read full article: Panto dames to march on Westminster in c...→

Birmingham Rep postpones Nativity! The Musical until 2021

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has postponed its planned run of Nativity! The Musical until next year due to ongoing questions over when shows can resume without [...] Read full article: Birmingham Rep postpones Nativity! The M...→

Outdoor festival to encourage visitors back to West End

Westminster City Council has partnered with cultural organisations in the area to launch a four-day outdoor arts festival Read full article: Outdoor festival to encourage visitors b...→

Theatre503 announces major new writers development programme

Anna Jordan, Jasmine Lee-Jones and Simon Stephens are to lead masterclasses as part of a new writers programme from Theatre503 Read full article: Theatre503 announces major new writers d...→

Andrzej Lukowski: Post-Covid, resilient critics can prove their worth in the theatre ecology

Reviewers have always performed the function of providing a physical link between a potential attendee and a show. Andrzej Lukowski says that now, with audienc [...] Read full article: Andrzej Lukowski: Post-Covid, resilient ...→

The Stage Debut Awards 2020: Best composer or lyricist – meet the nominees

With the virtual ceremony for The Stage Debut Awards 2020 in association with Access Entertainment on September 27 fast approaching, we introduce you to our ex [...] Read full article: The Stage Debut Awards 2020: Best compos...→

Leeds Playhouse and Imitating the Dog to collaborate on Covid-safe touring show

Leeds Playhouse and theatre company Imitating the Dog are co-producing the premiere of a new play, which will tour later this year. Read full article: Leeds Playhouse and Imitating the Dog to...→

Seat Out may not help out, the demand is already there – your views, September 16

This week, readers of The Stage discuss the benefits of a proposed ’Seat Out to Help Out’ scheme, the feasibility of reopening by Christmas and why we should c [...] Read full article: Seat Out may not help out, the demand is...→

Review: Letters – 'stilted and awkward'

Review: Letters – 'stilted and awkward'

Gate Theatre’s compelling concept about written communication gets lost in a Zoom-based lockdown show that fails to deliver Read full article: Review: Letters – 'stilted and awkward'...→

Guidelines for inclusion of disabled people in post-Covid arts sector launched

A new guide outlining seven principles for the inclusion of disabled people in a post-Covid arts world has been launched by organisations including Ramps on th [...] Read full article: Guidelines for inclusion of disabled peo...→

Julia Farino: 'I decided to share my experiences to help other actors navigate the industry'

Singer, actor and author Julia Farino has written a book called Surviving Hollywood. She offers her advice for students and graduates Read full article: Julia Farino: 'I decided to share my exp...→

Green Room: How should people who are working address the fact most people aren’t?

Welcome to our weekly discussion forum for key issues facing those working in theatre and the performing arts. This week, we ask: How should people who are wor [...] Read full article: Green Room: How should people who are wo...→

Editor’s View: The West End is inching back to life – but it still needs support

The reopening of West End theatres is cause for celebration says The Stage editor Alistair Smith, but producers need more help from the government to insure ag [...] Read full article: Editor’s View: The West End is inching b...→

Arts workers march to DCMS in protest over job cuts

Arts and culture workers have marched to Whitehall in protest against the mass redundancies taking place in the sector. Read full article: Arts workers march to DCMS in protest ov...→

Review: Songs of Friendship – initially emotional audio adaptations of James Rowland's storytelling cycle

Review: Songs of Friendship – initially emotional audio adaptations of James Rowland's storytelling cycle

Initially emotional audio adaptations of James Rowland’s storytelling cycle, comprising hit 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Team Viking and follow-ups A Hundred Dif [...] Read full article: Review: Songs of Friendship – initially ...→

Royal Welsh College music student convicted of raping woman

Benjamin Williams Stacey was convicted at Cardiff Crown Court of raping a woman after she had passed out at his student house following a night out Read full article: Royal Welsh College music student convic...→

ENO confirms London Coliseum reopening with socially distanced opera

English National Opera will reopen the London Coliseum for the first time since lockdown with Mozart’s Requiem, which it is hoped will help audiences reflect u [...] Read full article: ENO confirms London Coliseum reopening w...→

Review: Fidelio – 'genuinely eloquent'

Review: Fidelio – 'genuinely eloquent'

Garsington makes something genuinely eloquent out of its socially distanced Fidelio, directed by Peter Mumford and starring Katherine Broderick Read full article: Review: Fidelio – 'genuinely eloquent'...→

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students call for overhaul to tackle racism

Incoming Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students have demanded that the college does more to implement structural change around tackling racism and discrimina [...] Read full article: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students...→

Leeds Playhouse and Opera North pool resources for reopening project

Leeds Playhouse and Opera North pool resources for reopening project

Leeds Playhouse will reopen its theatre next month with Connecting Voices – a joint programme with Opera North that aims to find innovative ways to reintroduce [...] Read full article: Leeds Playhouse and Opera North pool res...→

Howard Sherman: As theatre is rethought, flawed playwright submission fees must go

Playwright submission fees are a regressive tax on creatives – they must be relegated to the past, says Howard Sherman Read full article: Howard Sherman: As theatre is rethought,...→

h Club London to close permanently

London’s h Club has annunced it is closing permanently as a result of Covid-19 and "other extenuating circumstances" Read full article: h Club London to close permanently...→

Government considering 'Seat Out to Help Out' scheme proposal

A proposal for a ’Seat Out to Help Out’ scheme to subsidise the cost of venues operating with a reduced capacity due to social distancing has been put forward [...] Read full article: Government considering 'Seat Out to Help...→

Summer Strallen launches online platform with classes by West End and Broadway stars

Performer Summer Strallen is launching an online platform that will offer virtual classes and Q&As with West End and Broadway stars, including Kerry Ellis and [...] Read full article: Summer Strallen launches online platform...→

Sarah Brigham: As Derby Theatre reopens its doors, community will be at the heart of our work

Derby Theatre’s reopening event – Derby Rises – is a chance for our community to take centre stage and mark the beginning of theatre coming back to life, says [...] Read full article: Sarah Brigham: As Derby Theatre reopens ...→

Catherine Kodicek: Improved working conditions would be something to celebrate, not Brexit

If the government wants to recapture the optimism of the 2012 Olympics, says Catherine Kodicek, £120 million towards fairer working structures might be a bette [...] Read full article: Catherine Kodicek: Improved working cond...→

‘Seriously deteriorating’ Brighton Hippodrome sold to new owner

Brighton Hippodrome, which has been ranked the most at-risk theatre building in the UK for the past five years, has been sold to local developer Matsim Propert [...] Read full article: ‘Seriously deteriorating’ Brighton Hippo...→

Black British Theatre Awards 2020: nominations in full

Black British Theatre Awards 2020: nominations in full

Miriam-Teak Lee, Roy Alexander Weise, Paapa Essiedu and Tobi Kyeremateng have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards (@theB [...] Read full article: Black British Theatre Awards 2020: nomin...→

Chichester Festival Theatre announces reopening plans

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced reopening plans, with a season of ’eclectic drama, music, cabaret and comedy’ Read full article: Chichester Festival Theatre announces re...→

Actor David Morrissey: ‘I have to choose roles that challenge me'

Actor David Morrissey: ‘I have to choose roles that challenge me'

In his four-decade stage and screen career, David Morrissey has played everyone from Mark Antony to the villainous governor in a zombie drama. Now about to app [...] Read full article: Actor David Morrissey: ‘I have to choose...→

72 actors to perform all 24 books in The Odyssey over 12 hours online

All 24 books of Homer’s The Odyssey are to be performed live over 12 hours, with a cast of 72 actors Read full article: 72 actors to perform all 24 books in The...→

Nimax takes over West End playhouses – 15 years ago in The Stage

Nimax takes over West End playhouses – 15 years ago in The Stage

This week, 15 years ago, The Stage reported on Nimax taking over the running of four West End playhouses from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres Read full article: Nimax takes over West End playhouses – 1...→

Obituary: Barbara Jefford

Obituary: Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford was a much-loved and respected stage actor, known for her gritty classical roles as Phèdre, Cleopatra, Volumnia, Hedda Gabler and Lady Macbeth Read full article: Obituary: Barbara Jefford...→

David Benedict: Unlike for the Debut Awards nominees, first roles aren’t always auspicious

David Benedict: Unlike for the Debut Awards nominees, first roles aren’t always auspicious

As former winner Miriam-Teak Lee prepares to present The Stage Debut Awards 2020, David Benedict remembers the famous performers whose first appearances might [...] Read full article: David Benedict: Unlike for the Debut Awa...→

Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essential to evolve throughout your career’

Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essential to evolve throughout your career’

Career coach Kate Mara works at the BRIT School in London and runs a private practice through livelihoods.co. She offers her advice to students and graduates Read full article: Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essenti...→

Actor portraits to be showcased in virtual exhibition

A series of portraits of actors including Glenn Close, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Judi Dench and Paapa Essiedu is to be showcased in an online exhibition Read full article: Actor portraits to be showcased in virtu...→

Neal Street Productions founds TV and film writing bursary

Neal Street Productions founds TV and film writing bursary

Neal Street Productions has launched a £100,000 bursary scheme to support five emerging writers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds create new wo [...] Read full article: Neal Street Productions founds TV and fi...→

'Festival of Brexit' urged to reallocate £120m budget to pandemic recovery

'Festival of Brexit' urged to reallocate £120m budget to pandemic recovery

Organisers of the ’festival of Brexit’ are being urged to reallocate the event’s budget towards the cultural sector’s Covid-19 recovery Read full article: 'Festival of Brexit' urged to reallocate...→

Review: La Bohème – 'exuberant drive-in staging'

Review: La Bohème – 'exuberant drive-in staging'

PJ Harris’ drive-in staging for English National Opera provides an exuberant contemporary take on Puccini’s classic Read full article: Review: La Bohème – 'exuberant drive-in ...→

Lyn Gardner: This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly

Lyn Gardner: This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly

With many freelancers contemplating leaving the industry, funders must seize this moment for change and support individual artists or risk losing them forever Read full article: Lyn Gardner: This crisis is a chance to ...→

From Mark Rylance to Mel C: shows from years gone by

London-based photographer Tristram Kenton selects his favourite images from shows that opened this week over the past two decades Read full article: From Mark Rylance to Mel C: shows from y...→

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Project Hush

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Project Hush

Lyn Gardner talks to Bridget Keehan, director of Project Hush, which was due to open at the Rhydymwyn Valley tunnels in Wales. She also looks at a significant [...] Read full article: The Empty Space: What should have opened...→

Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre saved from closure

The venue has been saved from permanent closure after being acquired by the team behind Wigan arts venue the Old Courts Read full article: Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre save...→

Theatres faced with challenge to build viable digital audience, analysis suggests

Eight out of 10 audience members would consider engaging with culture digitally in future, a major study has revealed, but researchers have expressed fears aro [...] Read full article: Theatres faced with challenge to build v...→

Eclipse Theatre calls for more action to support black artists

Eclipse Theatre calls for more action to support black artists

Black-led theatre company Eclipse has issued the industry with a call to action, pushing for more funding and better support for black and minority ethnic arti [...] Read full article: Eclipse Theatre calls for more action to...→

High Court insurance test case could 'clear the way' for theatre claims

The Financial Conduct Authority has won a landmark coronavirus insurance test case, which it is hoped will facilitate payouts for theatres forced to close duri [...] Read full article: High Court insurance test case could 'cl...→

Boris Johnson: Mass testing to allow theatres to reopen is a ‘long way off’

The prime minister has admitted plans for mass testing that would allow theatres to reopen without social distancing are unlikely to be in place soon, having p [...] Read full article: Boris Johnson: Mass testing to allow the...→

Aladdin pantomime criticised for 'casual racism'

A pantomime production of Aladdin has come under fire for "casual racism" with two white actors being cast as 'The Chinese Policemen' in an all-white cast Read full article: Aladdin pantomime criticised for 'casual...→

The Portal podcast: 'We have to think that one day we’ll do this in front of an audience'

The Portal podcast: 'We have to think that one day we’ll do this in front of an audience'

Creating an immersive podcast in lockdown, which captures the club culture of the 1990s, has presented challenges for writer and composer Martin Green, directo [...] Read full article: The Portal podcast: 'We have to think th...→

Clowning around: shows that opened in years gone by

Clowning around: shows that opened in years gone by

London-based photographer Tristram Kenton selects his favourite images from shows that opened this week between 1999 and 2019 Read full article: Clowning around: shows that opened in ye...→

Busking initiative launched to bridge gap until performers can return to stage

Performers are being urged to busk in a nationwide event aimed at bridging the gap before they can return to work in venues Read full article: Busking initiative launched to bridge ga...→

Actor Andrew Linnie: 'Going straight from drama school into a West End show was intimidating'

Actor and musical director Andrew Linnie tells John Byrne how his first job in The Commitments in the West End taught him to stay fresh in a long-running show [...] Read full article: Actor Andrew Linnie: 'Going straight fro...→

David Benedict: Bennett's dark dramas prove the exceptions that suit both stage and screen

David Benedict: Bennett's dark dramas prove the exceptions that suit both stage and screen

Talking Heads, Alan Bennett’s dark monologues, are a masterclass in retaining impact and intimacy across dramatic formats, says David Benedict Read full article: David Benedict: Bennett's dark dramas pr...→

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre

The Stage speaks to industry leaders and professionals from every aspect of theatre each week in our exclusive and in-depth big interviews. Read full article: Emily Lim: the rising star putting the n...→

Nimax chief Nica Burns reveals further West End reopening plans

Nimax chief Nica Burns reveals further West End reopening plans

Nimax chief executive Nica Burns has outlined details of plans to reopen her six West End venues, as she reiterates calls for a government-backed insurance sch [...] Read full article: Nimax chief Nica Burns reveals further W...→

C-o-n-t-a-c-t extends London run by six weeks

Immersive outdoor show C-o-n-t-a-c-t has extended its run for six weeks, adding a fourth London location to its performances. Read full article: C-o-n-t-a-c-t extends London run by six ...→

How Shakespeare helped ratify the US Constitution

Before the US Constitution was ratified, its defenders used the language of Shakespeare to make their case. Kevin J Hayes explains how the greatest leaders of [...] Read full article: How Shakespeare helped ratify the US Co...→

Six to reopen in West End with transfer to Nimax's Lyric Theatre

Six will transfer to the Lyric Theatre in November, becoming the first musical to reopen in the West End since lockdown. Read full article: Six to reopen in West End with transfer ...→

New York Times' Ben Brantley to step down

Ben Brantley, the New York Times’ longstanding co-chief theatre critic, is stepping down after 24 years Read full article: New York Times' Ben Brantley to step dow...→

Court proceedings issued against Royal Welsh College in alleged sexual assault claim

Two former acting students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama have issued court proceedings against the drama school, claiming it failed to adequate [...] Read full article: Court proceedings issued against Royal W...→

Government considering 'Seat Out to Help Out' scheme proposal

A proposal for a ’Seat Out to Help Out’ scheme to subsidise the cost of venues operating with a reduced capacity due to social distancing has been put forward [...] Read full article: Government considering 'Seat Out to Help...→

Sonia Friedman: chancellor 'outrageous' to suggest theatre not viable

Producer Sonia Friedman has hit back at chancellor Rishi Sunak for implying theatre was not ’viable’, describing it as “an almighty blow and a huge insult” Read full article: Sonia Friedman: chancellor 'outrageous' ...→

Summer Strallen launches online platform with classes by West End and Broadway stars

Performer Summer Strallen is launching an online platform that will offer virtual classes and Q&As with West End and Broadway stars, including Kerry Ellis and [...] Read full article: Summer Strallen launches online platform...→

Howard Sherman: Arts educators are embracing technology, but nothing beats in-person contact

Howard Sherman: Arts educators are embracing technology, but nothing beats in-person contact

For the teaching of theatre, the current solutions aren’t even second best – they’re a useful stopgap, but unless students are together in a room they can’t tr [...] Read full article: Howard Sherman: Arts educators are embra...→

Catherine Kodicek: Improved working conditions would be something to celebrate, not Brexit

If the government wants to recapture the optimism of the 2012 Olympics, says Catherine Kodicek, £120 million towards fairer working structures might be a bette [...] Read full article: Catherine Kodicek: Improved working cond...→

The Stage launches journalism internship for under-represented talent

The Stage is offering an internship to a trainee journalist from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background, after being awarded funding from Creative Access Read full article: The Stage launches journalism internship...→

Black British Theatre Awards 2020: nominations in full

Black British Theatre Awards 2020: nominations in full

Miriam-Teak Lee, Roy Alexander Weise, Paapa Essiedu and Tobi Kyeremateng have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards (@theB [...] Read full article: Black British Theatre Awards 2020: nomin...→

2020 Black British Theatre Awards to be broadcast on Sky Arts

Nominations have been announced for the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts and hosted at London’s Young Vic theatre Read full article: 2020 Black British Theatre Awards to be ...→

22% of Lyric Hammersmith Staff facing redundancy

A consultation period has begun at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, which is expected to see almost a quarter of its staff made redundant. Read full article: 22% of Lyric Hammersmith Staff facing re...→

Chichester Festival Theatre announces reopening plans

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced reopening plans, with a season of ’eclectic drama, music, cabaret and comedy’ Read full article: Chichester Festival Theatre announces re...→

Performers shouldn't have to push through pain, theatre must break the injury cycle

Personal trainer and performance coach Tome Levi says, as theatres reopen, production companies need to prioritise the physical safety of their performers Read full article: Performers shouldn't have to push throug...→

Culture in lockdown: Emma Rice – ‘Running has been the only thing that has cleared my mind’

Culture in lockdown: Emma Rice – ‘Running has been the only thing that has cleared my mind’

The director talks about enjoying exercise during lockdown, finding humour in David Nicholls’ novel Us and preparing to broadcast Romantics Anonymous from Bris [...] Read full article: Culture in lockdown: Emma Rice – ‘Runnin...→

72 actors to perform all 24 books in The Odyssey over 12 hours online

All 24 books of Homer’s The Odyssey are to be performed live over 12 hours, with a cast of 72 actors Read full article: 72 actors to perform all 24 books in The...→

Barn Theatre bolsters digital offering with new hire

Barn Theatre bolsters digital offering with new hire

The Cirencester venue has appointed Ryan Carter as its first creative director of digital content, alongside Beth George as producer Read full article: Barn Theatre bolsters digital offering w...→

Obituary: Brian Astbury

Obituary: Brian Astbury

Brian Astbury was an acclaimed theatre director, who launched South Africa's first interracial theatre venue and led courses at LAMDA, Mountview and East 15 Read full article: Obituary: Brian Astbury...→

Obituary: Barbara Jefford

Obituary: Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford was a much-loved and respected stage actor, known for her gritty classical roles as Phèdre, Cleopatra, Volumnia, Hedda Gabler and Lady Macbeth Read full article: Obituary: Barbara Jefford...→

Royal Ballet announces return to Covent Garden stage

The Royal Ballet will return to the Royal Opera House’s stage next month for a celebratory performance of highlights for its dance repertory Read full article: Royal Ballet announces return to Covent ...→

MIF pledges to help 10,000 unemployed young people into creative industries

Nearly 10,000 unemployed young people are set to benefit from training and workshops with cultural organisations, under plans announced by Manchester Internati [...] Read full article: MIF pledges to help 10,000 unemployed yo...→

Sarah Frankcom: ‘Change doesn’t happen through talking, it happens by doing’

Sarah Frankcom: ‘Change doesn’t happen through talking, it happens by doing’

Sarah Frankcom is leading one of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK. She talks about undergoing a process of ‘unlearning’ for staff and students Read full article: Sarah Frankcom: ‘Change doesn’t happen t...→

David Benedict: Unlike for the Debut Awards nominees, first roles aren’t always auspicious

David Benedict: Unlike for the Debut Awards nominees, first roles aren’t always auspicious

As former winner Miriam-Teak Lee prepares to present The Stage Debut Awards 2020, David Benedict remembers the famous performers whose first appearances might [...] Read full article: David Benedict: Unlike for the Debut Awa...→

Circus owners: 'Brexit is going to be a big problem, but circuses thrive in a recession'

With many circuses sustained by performers and backstage crew from outside the UK, Brexit is a cause for concern. But as the UK’s leading circus directors tell [...] Read full article: Circus owners: 'Brexit is going to be a ...→

Choreographer Gary Clarke: 'As a child, I had passion and drive. Adding technique gives you longevity'

From humble beginnings in Grimethorpe, choreographer Gary Clarke has carved out an impressive career in dance. He tells Kate Wyver about his ‘bonkers’ new 15-m [...] Read full article: Choreographer Gary Clarke: 'As a child, ...→

Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essential to evolve throughout your career’

Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essential to evolve throughout your career’

Career coach Kate Mara works at the BRIT School in London and runs a private practice through livelihoods.co. She offers her advice to students and graduates Read full article: Kate Mara: ‘Lifelong learning is essenti...→

Anthony Lau announced as Sheffield Theatres associate artistic director

Anthony Lau has been announced as the first recipient of a new associate artistic director residency in partnership with Sheffield Theatres Read full article: Anthony Lau announced as Sheffield Theat...→

Theatres exempt from 10pm curfew, government confirms

Theatres in England operating under stage four of the reopening roadmap will be able to continue, despite the stricter restrictions announced today by prime mi [...] Read full article: Theatres exempt from 10pm curfew, govern...→

Neal Street Productions founds TV and film writing bursary

Neal Street Productions founds TV and film writing bursary

Neal Street Productions has launched a £100,000 bursary scheme to support five emerging writers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds create new wo [...] Read full article: Neal Street Productions founds TV and fi...→

OffWestEnd.com launches award for achievements during Covid-19

OffWestEnd.com has launched an award to recognise the achievements of independent and fringe theatre organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic Read full article: OffWestEnd.com launches award for achiev...→

Green Room: What are you most proud of in your career?

Green Room: What are you most proud of in your career?

Welcome to our weekly discussion forum for key issues facing those working in theatre and the performing arts. This week, we ask: What are you most proud of in [...] Read full article: Green Room: What are you most proud of i...→

Salford’s Lowry to become court in partnership with Ministry of Justice

Salford’s Lowry to become court in partnership with Ministry of Justice

The Lowry in Salford is to become a temporary court that will hear criminal cases alongside tribunals, as the venue moves to safeguard its future with addition [...] Read full article: Salford’s Lowry to become court in partn...→

'Festival of Brexit' urged to reallocate £120m budget to pandemic recovery

'Festival of Brexit' urged to reallocate £120m budget to pandemic recovery

Organisers of the ’festival of Brexit’ are being urged to reallocate the event’s budget towards the cultural sector’s Covid-19 recovery Read full article: 'Festival of Brexit' urged to reallocate...→

Creatives including Shelley Maxwell set up production company

Creatives including movement director Shelley Maxwell and composer Clement Ishmael have set up a new production company Read full article: Creatives including Shelley Maxwell set ...→

Lyn Gardner: This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly

Lyn Gardner: This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly

With many freelancers contemplating leaving the industry, funders must seize this moment for change and support individual artists or risk losing them forever Read full article: Lyn Gardner: This crisis is a chance to ...→

Arts universities could lose millions in international fees – research

Arts universities could lose millions in international fees – research

Major UK arts universities could lose an estimated £100 million in international student fees if coronavirus significantly affects enrolment, according to new [...] Read full article: Arts universities could lose millions in...→

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Project Hush

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – Project Hush

Lyn Gardner talks to Bridget Keehan, director of Project Hush, which was due to open at the Rhydymwyn Valley tunnels in Wales. She also looks at a significant [...] Read full article: The Empty Space: What should have opened...→

Birmingham Rep postpones Nativity! The Musical until 2021

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has postponed its planned run of Nativity! The Musical until next year due to ongoing questions over when shows can resume without [...] Read full article: Birmingham Rep postpones Nativity! The M...→

Axed Cameron Mackintosh workers claim impresario ‘failed moral duty to staff’

Axed Cameron Mackintosh workers claim impresario ‘failed moral duty to staff’

Former front-of-house workers for Cameron Mackintosh’s theatre empire claim the company and impresario have failed in their moral duty to support them Read full article: Axed Cameron Mackintosh workers claim im...→

Theatres faced with challenge to build viable digital audience, analysis suggests

Eight out of 10 audience members would consider engaging with culture digitally in future, a major study has revealed, but researchers have expressed fears aro [...] Read full article: Theatres faced with challenge to build v...→

Mayflower takeover of Nuffield Southampton Theatres approved

Southampton's Studio 144, formerly part of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, is set to reopen next year Read full article: Mayflower takeover of Nuffield Southampt...→

Eclipse Theatre calls for more action to support black artists

Eclipse Theatre calls for more action to support black artists

Black-led theatre company Eclipse has issued the industry with a call to action, pushing for more funding and better support for black and minority ethnic arti [...] Read full article: Eclipse Theatre calls for more action to...→

Pay freeze and lay-off clause in Covid-19 contract changes for backstage workers

Backstage workers will see their pay frozen and have contracts that provide for lay-offs in relation to further Covid-19 restrictions, under temporary contract [...] Read full article: Pay freeze and lay-off clause in Covid-1...→

Boris Johnson: Mass testing to allow theatres to reopen is a ‘long way off’

The prime minister has admitted plans for mass testing that would allow theatres to reopen without social distancing are unlikely to be in place soon, having p [...] Read full article: Boris Johnson: Mass testing to allow the...→

Andrzej Lukowski: Post-Covid, resilient critics can prove their worth in the theatre ecology

Reviewers have always performed the function of providing a physical link between a potential attendee and a show. Andrzej Lukowski says that now, with audienc [...] Read full article: Andrzej Lukowski: Post-Covid, resilient ...→

Who’s in the running? Meet nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2020

Who’s in the running? Meet nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2020

With the virtual ceremony for The Stage Debut Awards 2020 in association with Access Entertainment on September 27 fast approaching, we introduce you to our ex [...] Read full article: Who’s in the running? Meet nominees for ...→

Rambert to premiere dance work on new digital platform

Contemporary dance company Rambert will premiere its latest production this month on a new online platform dedicated to widening audiences for the company’s wo [...] Read full article: Rambert to premiere dance work on new di...→

The Portal podcast: 'We have to think that one day we’ll do this in front of an audience'

The Portal podcast: 'We have to think that one day we’ll do this in front of an audience'

Creating an immersive podcast in lockdown, which captures the club culture of the 1990s, has presented challenges for writer and composer Martin Green, directo [...] Read full article: The Portal podcast: 'We have to think th...→

Seat Out may not help out, the demand is already there – your views, September 16

This week, readers of The Stage discuss the benefits of a proposed ’Seat Out to Help Out’ scheme, the feasibility of reopening by Christmas and why we should c [...] Read full article: Seat Out may not help out, the demand is...→

Drive-in La Bohème: ‘This is unlike any opera staged before’

Drive-in La Bohème: ‘This is unlike any opera staged before’

From putting creatives in bubbles to directing behind Perspex screens, designer Chloe Lamford and director PJ Harris tell Theo Bosanquet about redesigning Pucc [...] Read full article: Drive-in La Bohème: ‘This is unlike any ...→

Guidelines for inclusion of disabled people in post-Covid arts sector launched

A new guide outlining seven principles for the inclusion of disabled people in a post-Covid arts world has been launched by organisations including Ramps on th [...] Read full article: Guidelines for inclusion of disabled peo...→

Cameron Mackintosh: Support commercial sector to power industry's recovery

Cameron Mackintosh has said more government support should be made available for the large-scale commercial sector, claiming this would be more beneficial for [...] Read full article: Cameron Mackintosh: Support commercial s...→

Actor Andrew Linnie: 'Going straight from drama school into a West End show was intimidating'

Actor and musical director Andrew Linnie tells John Byrne how his first job in The Commitments in the West End taught him to stay fresh in a long-running show [...] Read full article: Actor Andrew Linnie: 'Going straight fro...→

Green Room: How should people who are working address the fact most people aren’t?

Welcome to our weekly discussion forum for key issues facing those working in theatre and the performing arts. This week, we ask: How should people who are wor [...] Read full article: Green Room: How should people who are wo...→

Touring companies warn of threat to future as they unite for nationwide project

Touring companies warn of threat to future as they unite for nationwide project

Headlong, Graeae, Slung Low, Kneehigh and Paines Plough are among dozens of touring organisations that will collectively tour to locations in England, Scotland [...] Read full article: Touring companies warn of threat to futu...→

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre

The Stage speaks to industry leaders and professionals from every aspect of theatre each week in our exclusive and in-depth big interviews. Read full article: Emily Lim: the rising star putting the n...→

Obituary: Diana Rigg

Obituary: Diana Rigg

Actor who enjoyed a long and distinguished career that encompassed popular TV, film and classical theatre, with roles ranging from Game of Thrones’ Olenna Tyre [...] Read full article: Obituary: Diana Rigg...→