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 October 2009
Doctors and health officials were on a mission today to find a way to safely move a 70-stone man more than 150 miles.
Tuesday 22 September 2009
Ben Hur, O2 Arena, London<br/>Judgement Day, Almeida, London<br/>Separate Tables, Festival Theatre, Chichester
Sunday 20 September 2009
Saturday 01 August 2009
The newcomer to Goodwood should leave the main road and instead approach from the hamlet of Charlton, huddled in the valley below. Your car creeps up the steep, narrow lane until, rounding a turn, you catch your breath. The grandstands are suddenly disclosed upon the horizon, like an elegant galleon riding some swollen, green sea.
Monday 27 July 2009
After what's happened in the past few years, no-one should be surprised if our theatre comes up with a compelling tragedy of modern capitalism: the collapse of Enron, America's seventh largest corporation, going from $70bn (£42.5bn) of building plants and gas and electricity supplies to bankruptcy in just 24 days, is the signature story of the age.
Thursday 02 July 2009
As the television scriptwriter of Cranford, Heidi Thomas has anatomised damped-down friendships, budding romance and marital "getting along" with some finesse. And her sharp-eyed writing made more than was there, perhaps, of cultural collisions and imminent tragedy.
Monday 29 June 2009
Apologia, Bush, London<br>Everything Must Go, Soho, London<br>Oklahoma! Festival Theatre, Chichester
Sunday 28 June 2009
Saturday 13 June 2009
A German-born man who emigrated to the US more than 30 years ago only to take on a series of increasingly unlikely aliases, including that of Clark Rockefeller, was convicted yesterday of trying to kidnap his seven-year-old daughter. He was jailed for four to five years.
Tuesday 09 June 2009
Schiller's verse drama of a fallen idol, rarely seen here, deserves to be much better known, especially in such a thrilling production as this one by Angus Jackson – this season's associate director – who gets better all the time.
Wednesday 20 May 2009
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Alice Eve is flitting from table to table at the Electric, a private members' club in Notting Hill Gate. A social butterfly in flight, the British actress is waving at everybody in sight with a dreamlike, old-fashioned and polite air about her. She greets the waiter as if he is the kindest person on the planet, rocking her head slightly from side to side as she talks to him.
Friday 17 April 2009
Tuesday 14 April 2009
Madame de Sade, Wyndhams, London<br>Kafka's Monkey, Young Vic, London<br>The Last Cigarette, Minerva, Chichester
Sunday 22 March 2009
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
- 1 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 3 Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'