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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Thursday 19 May 2011
She Loves Me dates from the same year – 1963 – as "She Loves You", but that's about it all it shares with the Beatles' hit song. This Broadway musical, a firm favourite with buffs of the genre, is set in a Hollywood notion of 1930s Budapest and boasts a tight, witty book by Joe Masteroff and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick that are full of those comic quirks and hypermetrical skids that are present in normal speech but get ironed out in show songs. Jerry Bock's delectably tuneful score is a tribute to an era (which was just about to vanish) when it was possible to be achingly romantic and killingly funny in the same number.
Friday 06 May 2011
As the Southbank Centre launched its celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain this week, it seems fitting to recall the secret history of one of Britain's most important textile designers, who came to prominence during the festival.
Wednesday 30 March 2011
Friday 25 March 2011
Robin and Lucienne Day were the most glamorous, influential design couple in post-war Britain.
Thursday 17 March 2011
Smooth as one of the silk handkerchiefs that peeped out of his blazer pocket, Clark Rockefeller talked his way into Manhattan society by pretending to be a scion of a famous oil dynasty. Then everything went wrong. After a messy divorce, he kidnapped his daughter and led police on a six-day manhunt before being arrested on his way to an upmarket yachting marina in Baltimore.
Thursday 16 December 2010
So he has succeeded where Vince Cable and George Osborne failed?
Thursday 28 October 2010
To most of us, the image of a young person going off to study music at university conjures up pictures of piano or violin master-classes, and students grappling with some of the more demanding passages of a Chopin or Mozart piece.
Thursday 21 October 2010
Out of adversity comes opportunity is an apt way, albeit cliched, to describe the career of Danielle Hodson.
Sunday 17 October 2010
Saturday 11 September 2010
Sunday 22 August 2010
On the agenda: Chichester International Film Festival; Cornish Kneehigh theatre company; Net-a-Porter; Monocle Mediterraneo; Great British Beer Festival; Underage Festival
Sunday 01 August 2010
Tuesday 27 July 2010
An inquest will be held today into the death of a "fantastic" 16-year-old girl who died after slipping underneath a train.
Sunday 25 July 2010
Sunday 25 July 2010
Competitors set off from the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester on a 10,000-mile journey to Mongolia.
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