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Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
From live streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

25, Feb, 2021 @7:52 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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London venue plans ignored rest of UK | Letter
Letter: The axing of a concert hall project in the capital is no great loss, there are world-class facilities in other parts of the country, writes Julie Berrow


22, Feb, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Carlos Acosta: ‘There’s a danger we’ll lose a whole generation of young dancers’
The Cuban star talks about his battle to lift spirits up at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the film he has made to rally performers as their stages stay dark

Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and media correspondent

20, Feb, 2021 @9:00 PM

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On my radar: Brett Anderson's cultural highlights
The Suede frontman on his latest musical discoveries, the brilliance of Michael Clark and the enduring appeal of mudlarking by the Thames

Brett Anderson

20, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture
Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown

Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza MacDonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

18, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Freddie Opoku-Addaie: 'Dance festivals capture the imagination'
The new artistic director of Dance Umbrella is the first black artist to hold the post. He plans to call time on tick-box diversity – and use the pandemic to remodel his industry

Lyndsey Winship

18, Feb, 2021 @11:07 AM

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Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra review – an engrossing celebration of artistic creation
Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin’s beguiling documentary deepens the already magical experience of watching the Indigenous dance company perform

Luke Buckmaster

17, Feb, 2021 @2:40 AM

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The #QueertheBallet movement: 'it's more than a man lifting a woman in a tutu'
Adriana Pierce is empowering queer female and non-binary performers whose relationships have been excluded from classical dance

Emily Dixon

10, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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If It Were Love review – a dance doc powered by the exuberance of youth
Patric Chiha’s film follows a troupe rehearsing a major production and draws its charm from the carefree energy of its performers

Peter Bradshaw

08, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Dancing Nation review – a powerful reminder of what we're missing
Botis Seva’s BLKDOG, Matthew Bourne’s Spitfire and Shobana Jeyasingh’s Contagion are just three highlights in this celebration of UK dance-making

Sarah Crompton

07, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Inspire the kids: the best culture for children in lockdown
Actors, authors, musicians and Observer critics share tips for filling the after‑homeschool hours

07, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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