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‘There is no book of rules’: how theatres aim to safeguard child actors
Children on stage can intensify the jeopardy in difficult dramas, but how it will affect them is a matter of growing concern for the industry

David Jays

13, Dec, 2021 @7:52 PM

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Indecent proposal: the queer Yiddish play that led to an obscenity trial and a Broadway hit
At university, director Rebecca Taichman and playwright Paula Vogel were both drawn to Sholem Asch’s 1907 sensation God of Vengeance. Their show about its controversy now hits London

David Jays

14, Sep, 2021 @12:10 PM

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‘I can’t speak a word of French!’ – Jenna Russell on playing Edith Piaf
The musicals sensation is starring as the troubled French chanteuse in the bawdy biodrama Piaf. How will she hit the high notes when she can’t speak the language?

David Jays

18, May, 2021 @2:16 PM

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How to become an outstanding actor: tips from Kenneth Rea, teacher to the stars
The mentor to some of Britain’s top performers believes the best acting comes from a childhood sense of playfulness – and is fraught with danger

David Jays

29, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit
New visa rules, taxes and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organisations must now overcome to tour Europe

David Jays

24, Feb, 2021 @6:30 AM

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'Anything can happen at the seaside': the troupe who kept Britain grinning
Tony Lidington spent 30 years with the anarchic Pierrotters. He recalls trading songs for mackerel – and lifting spirits with a little lockdown flea circus

David Jays

29, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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'Blind optimism': Who would open a theatre in 2020?
With the industry on its knees and audiences running scared, a handful of creatives have pushed on with planned new venues, determined to rise to the current challenges of making theatre

David Jays

14, Oct, 2020 @11:50 AM

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Somewhere: the aching sound of West Side Story's plea for utopia
Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s ballad, which yearns for a safe place where love abounds, reflects 50s America and endures today

David Jays

26, Mar, 2020 @8:43 AM

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'I want to protect and prepare them': why student shows attract starry directors
Three drama school productions highlight the appeal for established names in sharing passion projects with actors flexing their performance muscles

David Jays

11, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'I can hear them three floors away!' The theatres where you don't have to behave
You’re meant to shut up, keep still and pay attention at the theatre – but what if that’s a problem? We examine the rise of ‘relaxed’ spaces where anything goes

David Jays

26, Feb, 2020 @6:00 AM

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You still hear the people sing: Les Mis protest anthem blazes from France to China
The defiant lyrics to the classic Les Misérables track are reverberating through uprisings in Hong Kong and China

David Jays

13, Feb, 2020 @1:17 PM

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'My surname was an albatross': Ed Stoppard on starring in his dad's new play
The playwright’s son used to find it excruciating when people called him ‘Tom’. Now he’s embracing his heritage in the deeply personal family drama Leopoldstadt

David Jays

28, Jan, 2020 @12:14 PM

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