Tag Archives: theatre

First Date, Crazy Coqs Online

With live, in-person dating now on the critical list in our tiered land, the very premise of this American musical comedy seems transgressive. Mind, we might feel better about our solo Netflix viewing, given how woefully the titular rendezvous begins. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon, Original Theatre Online

It’s 50 years since the near-fatal Apollo 13 mission, and 25 years since the Tom Hanks-led movie of “Houston, we have a problem” fame. Now, the Original Theatre Company brings us Torben Betts’s new one-hour online play, pegged to our “age of … Continue reading

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What the Constitution Means to Me, Amazon Prime

When Heidi Shreck was 15, she travelled around the US giving debate speeches about the Constitution to win scholarship money for college. This electrifying, Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated play resurrects that teenage self, while demonstrating how the founding document has failed … Continue reading

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Roundup: Check Out These Socially Distanced Shows

Hurrah for the green shoots in our beleaguered industry. Lots of venues are mounting new shows and bringing back our favourites over the next few weeks and months – albeit with social distancing and safety measures in place. Here are … Continue reading

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Burn, Old Vic Online

The Old Vic has recently announced it is sticking with digital productions until at least spring 2021. That means more live-streamed work from its empty auditorium, including the upcoming return of A Christmas Carol, a Remembrance Day piece, and this new Sheila Atim … 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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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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Theatre in crisis: ‘British culture is world-beating – why leave us behind?’

The Government’s new jobs plan has been met with despair – and fury – from many in the arts world. “Theatre has been viable for thousands of years,” points out leading producer Sonia Friedman. “Yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor that our industry is … 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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