Category Archives: Theatre

Will the show go on – or not? How Tier 3 will affect London theatres into 2021

The Government’s decision to move London into Tier 3 is devastating for the capital’s theatres. Around 30 venues had reopened, with producers taking a major financial risk – only to be forced to close again, with ticket-holders losing out on their … Continue reading

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Why is Oliver Dowden ‘coming to the theatre one week and watching us close the next’?

London’s abrupt move into Tier 3, meaning that theatres have had to close their shows with very little notice, has decimated a slowly recovering sector. Producer Kenny Wax had just reopened his musical, SIX, at the Lyric Theatre in the … Continue reading

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‘There is no evidence at all of theatres spreading Covid’: fury in London at Tier 3

The lights will have to dim in the West End yet again, thanks to the Government’s decision to plunge the capital into Tier 3 – just as London’s theatres were beginning to reopen. Arts leaders are understandably apoplectic. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Breakin’ Convention: Social DisDancing, Sadler’s Wells, review: meet our future Olympic champions

Following the recent announcement that breakdancing is joining the Olympics in 2024, all eyes are on productions like Social DisDancing. Is this a world-class discipline? And will it, as hoped, attract a youthful demographic? Read my full Telegraph review here

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Oliver Dowden should be saving the arts, not nit-picking The Crown

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden recently asked Netflix to add a disclaimer informing viewers that The Crown is not wholly factual – a request that the streaming giant firmly denied. Now Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles in the hit series, has labelled Dowden’s … Continue reading

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The West End is slowly reviving – the Government must not kill it with Tier 3

This past week has seen a miraculous rebirth: West End theatres opening their doors, and delighted audiences returning in (safely distanced) droves. Christmas entertainment is saved! Read my full Telegraph article here

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‘A phenomenon for decades’: should the Arts Council fund breakdancing?

It has been announced this week that breakdancing will joining the Olympics, making its competitive debut at the 2024 Paris Games – and bringing this popular dance form global attention. Read my full Telegraph article here

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‘A quarantine exemption means we can attract world-class talent’: the Royal Opera House returns

Yesterday, the Royal Opera House announced its big comeback in January 2021: a revival of Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca, starring the revered soprano Anna Netrebko. This will be the first fully staged opera at Covent Garden since the March lockdown. … Continue reading

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‘Our members saved us’: how Glyndebourne’s loyal patrons helped plug a £7 million hole

The recent news about an imminent vaccine rollout is “an extremely promising development,” says Sarah Hopwood, managing director of Glyndebourne. “For us, and for the arts in general, it’s critical from every angle. Read my full Telegraph interview here

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Beverley Knight: ‘I’m a black Fairy Godmother, for all the little girls who look like me’

Beverley Knight is already the Queen of British Soul. This year, she’s set to add the title of Queen of Christmas. Read my full The i Paper interview here

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