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Strictly is more gruelling than anyone imagines – as Robert Webb just found out

The actor has withdrawn from the competition on health grounds. But he’s far from the first – or last. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Like the rest of us, Strictly must learn to live with Covid

Series 19 of Strictly had a fab-u-lous first competitive show on the weekend, but the new battle in the ballroom was swiftly overshadowed by the grim news that pop singer Tom Fletcher and his professional partner Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid. … Continue reading

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Finally, tourists can return to the West End – and Theatreland can flex its economic muscle

After a less-than-liberating Freedom Day was pulverised by the pingdemic, the theatre industry sorely needed some good news. So, three cheers for the government’s announcement that England will drop restrictions for the fully vaccinated in August and also reopen its borders, without quarantine, … Continue reading

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‘Justin Bieber has been so supportive of the NHS’: the Covid nurse aiming for a Christmas number one

Five years ago, pop star Justin Bieber faced surprising competition in the race for the Christmas number one: a choir formed of doctors, nurses and staff from the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Bieber eventually threw his weight behind their … Continue reading

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How are Britain’s cathedral choirs preparing for a Covid Christmas?

For many, the official sound of Christmas is a cathedral choir in full voice, leading us in traditional music and favourite carols. But it’s been a tough year for choristers, with lockdowns and tier restrictions hampering their work. Three leading … 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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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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‘Galleries are safe, but visitors need to feel that’: can the Royal Academy survive without funding?

Axel Rüger, secretary and chief executive of the Royal Academy, is “cautiously optimistic” about this week’s vaccine news. “We live in hope every day that this vaccine will work.” Read my full Telegraph article here

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Can the Tate galleries survive in an era of mass Covid fear?

There are very few winners in the Government’s draconian new tier system, which has forced closures of arts venues in the new Tier 3 and placed capacity caps on those in Tiers 1 and 2. But Helen Legg, director of … Continue reading

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