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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s vaccine joy: ‘Phantom will return in June’

Today’s news about the UK approving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is a hugely positive step for the theatre industry, believes Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Of course, I’m slightly biased towards the Oxford vaccine, since I’ve been on that myself – and had no side effects whatsoever. … Continue reading

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‘The vaccine is a start, but it’s not a magic wand’

Is the very welcome news that the Pfizer vaccine could be available next week, following UK approval, the light at the end of a long tunnel for the decimated arts industry? A swift vaccine roll-out might mean that venues could reopen earlier … Continue reading

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Arts leaders have barely heard from Oliver Dowden – how did he find time to watch The Crown?

The government’s new tiers system is wreaking havoc on the theatre industry. And what is Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s major priority? Picking a fight with Netflix over labelling The Crown a work of fiction. Read my full Telegraph article here

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‘No notice, no proper details’: the little bookshop fearing a second lockdown

“We feared a second lockdown might happen, but we wanted it earlier,” says Jonathan Main, owner of independent Bookseller Crow on the Hill in London’s Crystal Palace. “Locking down again during our second-busiest sales month of the year? Bad news.” … Continue reading

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Public cash for billionaires? The questions hanging over Oliver Dowden’s Cultural Recovery Fund

This week saw some succour for the arts. The award of £257 million in grants to British organisations has finally been announced. This money will come from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and it’s designed to tide businesses over … Continue reading

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The government’s attitude to Fatima and the arts will put them on the wrong side of history – they just don’t know it yet

The latest tone-deaf salvo from our government to the creative sector is a CyberFirst campaign (belatedly removed after an outcry), one part of which depicts a ballet dancer called Fatima. The text reads: “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it … Continue reading

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Theatre in crisis: ‘British culture is world-beating – why leave us behind?’

The Government’s new jobs plan has been met with despair – and fury – from many in the arts world. “Theatre has been viable for thousands of years,” points out leading producer Sonia Friedman. “Yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor that our industry is … Continue reading

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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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The Last Five Years, The Other Palace Digital

A musical featuring two people who are physically separated? Jason Robert Brown’s work is a shutdown natural – as this new digital theatre version demonstrates. Lauren Samuels and Danny Becker, who play doomed lovers Cathy and Jamie, recorded their parts entirely in isolation, with Samuels (previously … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Kumiko Mendl

The Artistic Director talks 25 years of Yellow Earth Theatre. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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