Author Archives: mkmswain

UK arts leaders in despair: ‘By the time we’re allowed to reopen, we may be too decimated to do so’

Just weeks ago, Oliver Dowden announced Operation Sleeping Beauty – the panto-styled aim to get our beleaguered cultural venues refilling by Christmas. But, following the Prime Minister’s unveiling of strict new Covid-19 guidelines, it now looks like the sector will be left … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Opera Holland Park’s James Clutton

The Director of Opera at OHP talks mounting concerts with Covid safety measures, why opera is for all, and plans for 2021. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Private Lives, Zoom

Back in June, Lockdown Theatre raised £35,000 for the Royal Theatrical Fund with A Bit of Waiting for Godot, starring RTF president Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin and Joanna Lumley. Their second outing, on Sunday, was Act I of Noël Coward’s … Continue reading

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What socially distanced theatre looks like: Actors share their experience

Theatres are slowly starting to reopen in the UK, with social distancing policies in place. Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and new musical Sleepless: A Musical Romance at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre are two currently running shows going to … Continue reading

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Katherine Ryan interview

I spoke to the comedian about her stand-up, podcast and new Netflix series The Duchess. Read my full The i Paper interview here

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The best immersive shows to see in London right now

From a socially distanced outdoor play and a Covid-influenced 1984 to Sherlock, The Great Gatsby and Doctor Who adventures. Read my full London Theatre article here

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Your guide to socially distanced theatre in London

From safety guidelines to outdoor theatre, immersive shows and celebrity appearances. Read my full London Theatre article here

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How London theatres are keeping audiences safe during reopening

From social distancing and masks to livestreaming and pop-up spaces. Read my full London Theatre article here

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Three Kings, Old Vic: In Camera

The world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s new hourlong play, livestreamed to home audiences in four performances as part of the Old Vic’s In Camera series, was postponed a couple of times due to Andrew Scott undergoing minor surgery. Thankfully, the actor has … Continue reading

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Where to see outdoor theatre in the UK

My round-up of al fresco goodies, from Regent’s Park to the Minack. Read my full London Theatre article here

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