David Lan

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Meet Little Amal, the puppet girl refugee about to walk 8,000km
Later this month, a giant puppet will trek from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester, in a moving-theatre show of solidarity with asylum seekers

Claire Armitstead

04, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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David Lan: In the age of apartheid, theatre resisted
The theatre director and writer looks back at the spirit of protest that fuelled daring dramas staged in South Africa 50 years ago

David Lan

26, May, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Young Vic to livestream all future productions, says artistic director
Kwame Kwei-Armah says theatre can never go back to being something that can only be experienced by physically being there

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

06, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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New year arts: Observer critics pick the culture to get us through to spring
From laughter punches to legendary artists, rock and romance to drama and dance… our writers on culture to light up the months ahead

03, Jan, 2021 @9:30 AM

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'The National's Olivier theatre needs bodies and music – it’s a modern cathedral'
Michael Longhurst, Rebecca Front, Nathaniel Martello-White and more discuss the theatres that have inspired and challenged them

Compiled by Chris Wiegand

20, Jul, 2020 @9:00 AM

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As If by Chance by David Lan review – a glowing memoir
From guerrilla warfare in Zimbabwe to drama at the Young Vic, the playwright and stage director captures a varied life well lived

Oliver Soden

26, Mar, 2020 @9:00 AM

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In brief: As If By Chance; Swimming in the Dark; Plume – reviews
A memoir by the Young Vic’s artistic director, a love affair in 1980s Poland, and the trials of a hard-drinking London hack

Alexander Larman

23, Feb, 2020 @10:30 AM

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On my radar: David Lan’s cultural highlights
The theatre director on Madonna’s Madame X tour, the film-maker who reminds him of Tolstoy and why he always wears black jeans

David Lan

09, Feb, 2020 @10:00 AM

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How the Young Vic's David Lan dared to put the world centre-stage
Lan, who ran the theatre for 18 years, reached out to bold, dynamic directors from across the globe – and they repaid him with spectacular shows

Michael Billington

06, Feb, 2018 @12:03 PM

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Kwame Kwei-Armah named new artistic director of Young Vic
Award-winning British playwright, who is currently director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, will take over role next year

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

26, Sep, 2017 @3:45 PM

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Young Vic artistic director David Lan to step down after 18 years
Lan, who oversaw productions by Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell and Joe Wright, praises ‘best job in the world’

Hannah Ellis-Petersen Culture reporter

12, Jun, 2017 @12:47 PM

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Katie Mitchell, British theatre’s queen in exile | Charlotte Higgins
The long read: Her champions regard Katie Mitchell as Britain’s greatest living stage director – but her critics see a vandal smashing up the classics. After staging her most ambitious work in Europe, can she make a triumphant return home?

Charlotte Higgins

14, Jan, 2016 @6:00 AM

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