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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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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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BWW Interview: Opera Holland Park’s James Clutton

The Director of Opera at OHP talks mounting concerts with Covid safety measures, why opera is for all, and plans for 2021. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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The West End Frame Show

I guest host the popular theatre podcast to discuss the Government’s rescue package, Hamilton, documentaries and more. Listen to the podcast here

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The Haystack, Hampstead Theatre

With counter-terrorism an urgent concern – and specifically how best to find, track and use the data of suspected threats, without sacrificing our privacy and civil liberties – it’s excellent timing for a meaty drama about the surveillance state. And the … Continue reading

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A Very Expensive Poison, Old Vic

How theatre should, or should not, be addressing Brexit is a constant topic of conversation. But while Lucy Prebble’s phenomenal new work – a combination of horror, espionage thriller, love story and satire, with dazzlingly theatrical framing – doesn’t centre … Continue reading

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Hansard, National Theatre

Can any fictional political tale top the latest dramatic entry in the Brexit Chronicles? Actor Simon Woods has a good crack at it with his debut play, featuring the powerhouse pairing of Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan and sure directorial … Continue reading

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Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre

This highly anticipated new play from 84-year-old Alan Bennett premieres at the Bridge, continuing his long-standing relationship with Nicholas Hytner. It’s an exciting get, and there are wonderful flashes of Bennett wit, wisdom and stirring empathy, but also polemical outbursts and baggy … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Lizzy Connolly

The actress discusses a new stage adaptation of TV classic The Twilight Zone. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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