Category Archives: Theatre

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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The theatre where Christmas is saved – thanks to ‘the Morecambe and Wise of Weston-super-Mare’

Christmas has been cancelled for most of Britain’s theatres, thanks to the Government’s tightening of tier restrictions, with venues all having to close if placed into tiers 3 and 4. But amidst the slew of bad news for the West … Continue reading

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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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