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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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‘This is how loss feels’: how a Netflix animation about grief became a global phenomenon

One of the year’s most unlikely phenomena on the video-sharing app TikTok saw 50 million people – and counting – recording themselves crying while watching a 12-minute animation. Not since the heart-wrenching opening sequence of Up have viewers been so undone … Continue reading

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‘A phenomenon for decades’: should the Arts Council fund breakdancing?

It has been announced this week that breakdancing will joining the Olympics, making its competitive debut at the 2024 Paris Games – and bringing this popular dance form global attention. Read my full Telegraph article here

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‘A quarantine exemption means we can attract world-class talent’: the Royal Opera House returns

Yesterday, the Royal Opera House announced its big comeback in January 2021: a revival of Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca, starring the revered soprano Anna Netrebko. This will be the first fully staged opera at Covent Garden since the March lockdown. … Continue reading

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‘Our members saved us’: how Glyndebourne’s loyal patrons helped plug a £7 million hole

The recent news about an imminent vaccine rollout is “an extremely promising development,” says Sarah Hopwood, managing director of Glyndebourne. “For us, and for the arts in general, it’s critical from every angle. Read my full Telegraph interview here

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Beverley Knight: ‘I’m a black Fairy Godmother, for all the little girls who look like me’

Beverley Knight is already the Queen of British Soul. This year, she’s set to add the title of Queen of Christmas. Read my full The i Paper interview 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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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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