The top 20 of The Stage newspaper’s recently published “power list” of the 100 most influential people in British theatre made for fascinating reading. Most of the usual suspects were there, but many of them found themselves paired with another name for their entry. For it’s not only the artistic directors, the Nick Hytners and Gregory Dorans, who are celebrated but their all-important executive directors, the men and women who oversee every aspect of an organisation except what goes on its stages. Without executive directors, no contracts would be written, no money raised and no ambitious building projects undertaken.
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Friday 20 July 2012
Although he had toyed with the idea before, Alan Ayckbourn did not feel ready to bring science fiction fully into his work until his 34th play. A quarter of a century later and now on his 76th play, Surprises, the writer is a well-established exponent of the form.
Wednesday 06 June 2012
As the Group of Seven major economies (G7) held an emergency conference call about the Eurozone crisis yesterday, Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, called for a robust contingency plan for Greece to exit the single currency.
Monday 28 May 2012
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has warned against letting unsupervised children use inflatables at the seaside after a man drowned while trying to rescue two children at a beach in West Sussex.
Friday 25 May 2012
John Birch was organist and master of the choristers at Chichester Cathedral, where he served from 1958-80, then at The Temple Church, London, until 1997, following in the footsteps of George Thalben-Ball, Walford Davies and EJ Hopkins. He was only the fourth organist there since 1841.
Friday 11 May 2012
Streets ahead of the competition
Saturday 05 May 2012
There's an Inca mask from Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun; the bench that Laurence Olivier once sat on in Uncle Vanya; and a delicate Patrick Procktor watercolour of a theatre on green lawns shadowed by a golden oak.
Wednesday 02 May 2012
With their chunky, textured brush strokes, Roz Hall's artworks wouldn't be out of place hanging alongside some of the great Impressionists at one of the world's esteemed galleries.
Friday 20 April 2012
Left-leaning David Hare's new play is based on his days as a scholarship boy at public school. Michael Coveney meets him
Friday 20 April 2012
How does left-leaning playwright David Hare make a return to the stage with a play based on his days as a scholarship boy at public school? Michael Coveney asks him.
Friday 06 April 2012
Caryl Brahms, an astute critic and a funny writer, said that characters in Chekhov always harked back to their beginnings but learnt no lesson from their past; they were content to sit around the samovar and talk.
Monday 26 March 2012
Keith Vaughan died forgotten, but a new retrospective salutes his contemporary relevance, says Adrian Hamilton
Monday 26 March 2012
He committed suicide forgotten, but Keith Vaughan is a master, says Adrian Hamilton
Thursday 23 February 2012
An ambulance service has spent £400,000 on three vehicles designed to transport obese patients weighing up to 50 stones.
Sunday 15 January 2012
He was distant and shy. And then one night 25 years ago, Lucian Freud bounded up to Richard Cork and began a remarkable friendship
Monday 14 November 2011
The consecration of women as Church of England bishops is all but inevitable after a vote count across the country found overwhelming support for what is often described as "shattering the stained glass ceiling".
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British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history
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