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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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What the tier system means for your Christmas trip to the theatre

Theatre is back – or is it? Fuelling existential uncertainty akin to a Beckett play, Boris Johnson has announced a more draconian tier system post-lockdown – but without specific details of how it will apply to entertainment venues, or which tiers they will … Continue reading

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Nicola Adams’ ruthless Covid axing is the beginning of the end for Strictly 2020

After landing in the dreaded dance-off last week, Nicola Adams confronted the terrible possibility of leaving Strictly Come Dancing. Now, the worst has happened, but for a completely different reason: her professional partner, Katya Jones, has tested positive for Covid-19, taking them … Continue reading

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‘Theatres need timelines based on evidence – you can’t turn it on and off like a tap’

Becoming the new president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) during a global pandemic might feel a bit like taking the wheel of the Titanic. But producer Eleanor Lloyd, who was elected by her fellow SOLT members a couple of … Continue reading

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Lazuli Sky, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells

“Finally, we’re back where we belong!” exclaims Carlos Acosta, introducing his belated premiere commission as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), and the first socially distanced production at Sadler’s Wells. What a way to mark World Ballet Day. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Six’s ruined reopening: ‘The cast moved and got tested – then I had to break the news on Zoom’

It’s been three times unlucky for Six in 2020. The British musical had to close its US production on what would have been opening night, as Broadway shuttered; local outbreaks scuppered its summer drive-in tour; and, now, the second lockdown has put back … Continue reading

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Socially Distanced Strictly

This year’s show looks very different with Covid regulations, but the spirit remains the same. Read the full Dancing Times article 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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Strictly Speaking: The Launch Show

I must begin on an earnest note: what a minor miracle it is to have this sliver of sequinned normality back on our screens. Thank you, thank you to everyone on Team Strictly whose tireless work allowed us to forget … 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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