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 05 July 2012
Almost 50 theatres in Britain teeter on the brink of closure, and a leading preservation group has urged developers and local councils to step in and save them
Tuesday 19 June 2012
At last, says Holly Williams, an evening of drama has arrived on stage to give us all visions of a brighter future
Nina Conti: a Ventriloquist's Story, BBC4, Sunday
Dead Boss, BBC3, Thursday
Louis Theroux: Twighlight of the Porn Stars, BBC2, Sunday
Sunday 17 June 2012
A ventriloquist at a career crossroads lets her dummy show the way – to poignant effect
Sunday 17 June 2012
Like other indigenous families, the Lovetts sent their sons to war but were thrown off their own land when they returned
Thursday 14 June 2012
A six-hour Gatsby drama? It's not such a great evening out
The Simon Day Show, Radio 4, Thursday
A Straight Question, Radio 4, Wednesday
Saturday Classics, Radio 3, Saturday
Sunday 10 June 2012
Welcome back, Mr Day. It's never less than a bracing ride
Saturday 09 June 2012
Before it went truly intergalactic – before the squillion-selling "trilogy" of five books, before the comics, the computer games, the endless quoting, the TV series and the (decent) film version – Douglas Adams's wry sci-fi opus The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy started out as a fairly low-key Radio 4 series.
Tuesday 05 June 2012
The wettest April for over a century proved to be anything but a washout for the entertainment industry, new figures have revealed.
Sunday 03 June 2012
Last week, continuing my rolling tour, annoying the British public for my new hidden- camera show, we rolled into Stratford-upon-Avon. As everyone knows, this is one of the UK's major tourist destinations (one of the reasons we were filming there). As the cameras rolled, however, I couldn't help feeling a little sorry for the international visitors. To put it bluntly, there isn't much to see in Stratford. Visitors wander around trying to ignore the expensive temptations of every retail chain in existence, while occasionally stumbling upon an old house that Shakespeare was supposed to have been born in or sampled his first doughnut in. Other than that, there are a couple of statues and the opportunity to brave the homicidal swans and go for a boat ride on the river Avon.
Chariots of Fire, Hampstead Theatre, London
Children's Children, Almeida, London
In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play), Ustinov Studio, Bath
Sunday 27 May 2012
How do you make a 100-metre dash work on a small stage? With some difficulty – but this timely production is racing towards bigger things
Tuesday 22 May 2012
As Posh makes its West End debut, Laura Wade tells Alison King why her play about public school boys behaving badly is more relevant than ever
Saturday 19 May 2012
Wednesday 16 May 2012
There’s domestic drama at Brighton's Theatre Royal where the stage is filled with a large window, behind which twinkles an invitingly lit dining room. This is the setting for Interiors, first seen at Edinburgh’s Traverse in 2009 and now, thankfully, revived.
Monday 14 May 2012
Eight of the capital's best-known theatres are teaming up for the greatest show in town. By David Lan
Monday 14 May 2012
Eight of London's theatres are teaming up for the greatest show in town
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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