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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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‘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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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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‘Online gigs aren’t the same’: one comedian’s journey from stage to supermarket tills

“My first day working in the supermarket,” the comedian Lauren Pattison remembers, “was a year ago to the day that I’d been doing stand-up at Sydney Opera House.” Read my full Telegraph interview here

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‘To call arts freelancers “lazy” is dangerous’: the comedian packing Amazon boxes

It was meant to be a busy 2020 for comedian Will Duggan. “I was the tour support for Sofie Hagen, so I had all those gigs booked in, seven months of work, plus I was getting ready for the Edinburgh Festival. … Continue reading

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‘There’s not much funny about delivering for a supermarket’: the comic taken off stage by lockdown

“The whole year was timed out,” recalls comedian Steve Shanyaski of March 2020. “I was supporting John Bishop on tour, I had gigs lined up. Then lockdown happened and my whole diary turned white. I’ve never experienced anything like it … Continue reading

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British comedians in lockdown: ‘They’re in Amazon warehouses and Sainsbury’s vans’

Few stand-up comedians are laughing these days, with Covid-19 decimating their industry. So raise a glass to Kiri Pritchard-McLean, who has been providing much-needed gigs for her fellow comics, and raising thousands for charity, via her online “pub”, The Covid … Continue reading

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West End Frame Show

Had the pleasure of joining Andrew Tomlins on his popular industry podcast once again, discussing the Olivier Awards and Black British Theatre Awards. Listen to the West End Frame Show here

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Bubble, Nottingham Playhouse Online

James Graham, our go-to chronicler of modern history, follows up his dramatisations of Brexit, coalition government and the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheating scandal with this swift appraisal of Covid-19 lockdown. Set in his home county, it’s performed for … Continue reading

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First Date, Crazy Coqs Online

With live, in-person dating now on the critical list in our tiered land, the very premise of this American musical comedy seems transgressive. Mind, we might feel better about our solo Netflix viewing, given how woefully the titular rendezvous begins. Read my full The … Continue reading

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