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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Tuesday 20 July 2010
The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Vaudeville, London<br/>Aspects of Love, Menier Chocolate Factory, London<br/>The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound, Minerva, Chichester
Sunday 18 July 2010
Wednesday 14 July 2010
This pairing of one-act plays about the vicarious participation of critics in the theatre business was last seen on the vast Olivier stage 25 years ago; it works much better in the compact Minerva, though Jonathan Church and Sean Foley's joint production seems over-anxious to be funny.
Saturday 10 July 2010
Q. I took out private car insurance with Sureterm Direct in April for a car that we had looked at on the internet, arranging insurance to drive it home. When we went to collect the vehicle it was not as described, so we declined to buy it. Sureterm had also arranged finance with Close Premium Finance. We cancelled the insurance and purchased another vehicle two weeks later. Sureterm again arranged the insurance and advised that a new direct debit would be arranged. Close Premium Finance attempted to apply the direct debit on 16 May, but the direct debit had been cancelled along with the insurance – we presume by the broker, as we had not done this. I received a letter from Close on 19 May, stating that no payment had been received. It said that unless a payment was made by 3 June it would take further action.
Saturday 03 July 2010
You can't guarantee that art galleries and museums will boast wonderful eating facilities. In 1988, the Saatchi brothers wrote an ad campaign describing London's Victoria & Albert Museum as "an ace caff with quite a nice museum attached" but few people were impressed with either the slogan or the food. Maybe, after two hours of inspecting Last Suppers, still-life dead pheasants and fruit portraits by Arcimboldo, the last thing the art-lover wants is a hearty lunch. And in many galleries, you won't get one.
Sunday 13 June 2010
After the Dance, NT Lyttelton, London<br/>Love Story, Minerva, Chichester<br/>The Fantasticks, Duchess, London
Sunday 13 June 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
To the surprise of many observers, the powerful Treasury Select Committee will be chaired by Andrew Tyrie, the Tory MP for Chichester and a former special adviser to Nigel Lawson and John Major.
Friday 11 June 2010
Like Andy Williams singing the famous song, I'm in a quandary: "Where do I begin?" Well, yes, to tell the story of how great a love can be, but also to tell how composer Howard Goodall has clinically drained off the romantic excess of Erich Segal's 1970 movie script and produced a brisk, ever-so-polite chamber oratorio.
Tuesday 01 June 2010
Friday 21 May 2010
In the early days of a new hung parliament, the Prime Minister is beset by myriad problems: the cabinet is split, the national debt is rising, the Lancaster House convention is a catastrophe and the new oil pipeline deal with Kumranistan depends on the Turks joining the EU. There's worse to come: the pipeline deal, and a huge dollar loan, further hinges on the material whims of the Kumranistan foreign minister, a weekend guest at Chequers, being properly indulged. And his whim of choice is an under-age sexual partner for the night. "Is he gay?" asks an aide. "If only it were that simple," shoots back the PM.
Tuesday 18 May 2010
Women Beware Women, NT Olivier, London<br/>Ruined, Almeida, London<br/>Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death, Minerva, Chichester
Sunday 02 May 2010
Sunday 21 March 2010
Tuesday 22 December 2009
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama