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West End actors demand pay rise after theatre producers' 13.5% tax break

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Helen Mirren is about to reprise her Oscar-winning role as Elizabeth II in ‘The Audience’

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The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn which has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

Gaza crisis: Tricycle Theatre will not host UK Jewish Film Festival while it receives Israeli embassy funding

The festival said the demands were "unacceptable"

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The rising popularity among young Muslim women of lacing up their boxing gloves and getting into the ring will be explored in a new show to hit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jane Fonda sings anti-war songs by a North Vietnam anti-aircraft gun in Hanoi, in 1972

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West End audiences outstripped those on New York’s Broadway by 20 per cent, a new report claims

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The roof might be falling in at some venerable venues but London has supplanted New York as the most significant theatre capital in the world, a new report claims.

London-based American critic Blanche Marvin as a young actress

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A scene from 'Titus Andronicus' at the Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre takes out 100 audience members with its gory Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus, the “grotesquely violent” Shakespearean tale of revenge, has 14 deaths, many violently bloody, as well as rape and mutilation.

Sir Ian McKellen calls for a living wage for actors

Star said actors deserve the same economic recognition as low-paid workers

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