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Andrew Lloyd Webber: ‘Theatres had to close, but the vaccine will make things dramatically better’

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who famously took part in a trial for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, was delighted to hear that it’s been approved for use in the UK. “It’s great news. I’m thrilled. Everybody was pretty optimistic about it earlier in the … Continue reading

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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … 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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Edinburgh Fringe faces the future: why a 2021 cancellation would be a ‘national tragedy’

Looming on the horizon is a huge decision for the arts industry: whether or not to proceed with an in-person Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2021. The world’s largest arts festival, which in 2018 featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in … Continue reading

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Park Theatre chief Jez Bond brands the Government’s strategy and Tier 4 ‘disastrous’

“It’s pretty disastrous.” That’s the view of Jez Bond, artistic director of London’s Park Theatre, of these last few weeks of Government decision-making, which have seen several regions plunged into first Tier 3 and then Tier 4 – meaning their theatres are … Continue reading

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Will the show go on – or not? How Tier 3 will affect London theatres into 2021

The Government’s decision to move London into Tier 3 is devastating for the capital’s theatres. Around 30 venues had reopened, with producers taking a major financial risk – only to be forced to close again, with ticket-holders losing out on their … 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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‘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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