Category Archives: Journalism

The Play That Goes Wrong lives up to its name: how Tier 3 closed the last big theatre show standing

While the rest of British theatre was plunged into the doom and gloom of Tiers 3 or 4 before Christmas, miraculously, Theatre Royal Bath remained open. “Most of Somerset went into Tier 3 – somehow, Bath managed to stay in tier 2,” … Continue reading

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: ‘Theatres had to close, but the vaccine will make things dramatically better’

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who famously took part in a trial for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, was delighted to hear that it’s been approved for use in the UK. “It’s great news. I’m thrilled. Everybody was pretty optimistic about it earlier in the … Continue reading

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Dull girl power speeches and wild sex do not make Bridgerton a feminist triumph

“We’re seeing this Regency romance through a feminist lens,” proclaimed actor Regé-Jean Page, who plays the hunky-but-tortured Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s bodice-ripper Bridgerton, in a recent interview. Co-star Phoebe Dynevor has also thrown around the F word, saying that … Continue reading

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Best dance in 2021

My picks for the new year – from The Great Gatsby to The Car Man. Read my full The i Paper article here

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Manchester theatre head: Easter warnings are ‘frightening’

“The big frustration is that it’s really difficult to find a logic in all of this,” says Roy Alexander Weise, joint artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, of the current situation facing his sector. Read my full … Continue reading

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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet online

It’s a tough year for our festive favourite, with the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s (BRB) Nutcrackers all obstructed by the Government’s tier restrictions. But, 2020 style, it’s a pivot to digital for BRB, who live-streamed their production from Birmingham Rep … Continue reading

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‘What does ‘Spring’ mean exactly?’: London’s theatre chief on Tier 4 purgatory

The recent swathe of theatre openings – and almost immediate closures – has knocked the confidence of many in the industry. How can you invest in a show when so many factors are out of your control? Read my full Telegraph interview … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Fringe faces the future: why a 2021 cancellation would be a ‘national tragedy’

Looming on the horizon is a huge decision for the arts industry: whether or not to proceed with an in-person Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2021. The world’s largest arts festival, which in 2018 featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in … Continue reading

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Park Theatre chief Jez Bond brands the Government’s strategy and Tier 4 ‘disastrous’

“It’s pretty disastrous.” That’s the view of Jez Bond, artistic director of London’s Park Theatre, of these last few weeks of Government decision-making, which have seen several regions plunged into first Tier 3 and then Tier 4 – meaning their theatres are … Continue reading

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