Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s sweet royal wedding seating plan revealed

Sharing details of the couple’s intimate reception at Frogmore House, Finding Freedom authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie write: “At precisely 7:30 p.m., the group, in their black-tie finery, was ushered into the custom-built marquee erected in front of the seventeenth-century mansion, finding their spots at one of twenty tables named for various foods with […]

RADA students demand George Bernard Shaw’s name be dropped from drama school’s theatre because of playwright’s support for eugenics and fascism

In their submission to RADA on June 29, the students said: ‘What black people experience with an education that is filtered through imperialism, colonialism, white supremacy and a westernised history, is not solved by shoehorning in black texts, or making Hamlet black. 

Six West End theatres will reopen next month with temperature checks, face masks and more legroom as seats are removed to improve social distancing

The venues will use the following measures:The audience will be socially distanced with seats removed, giving patrons more legroom.Patrons will have fill out a health questionnaire before they arrive. if you feel unwell before the play, Nimax will offer you a refund or a change of date until 10am on the day of the performance. Temperature checks […]

Not just for Christmas: panto cancellations threaten theatres’ future

Pantomime, Worthington stresses, is at the heart of the theatre ecology. He quotes the title of a book about Salisbury Playhouse: Putting on Panto to Pay for the Pinter. The Christmas box-office bounty enables regional theatres to stage a variety of other work. Those venues are themselves inseparable from the more prominent, better-funded organisations in […]

Revamped Rotorua theatre to be central North Island’s sole 1000-seat venue

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The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need

Live theatre demands proximity. Put bluntly, any form of social distancing is practically and economically disastrous. And that’s hoping audiences will return. A recent survey of 86,000 theatregoers reveals that less than 20% would come back to venues in the short term. But at Royal & Derngate, we’re starting to see tiny shoots of hope […]

Paresh Rawal on his new role as Chairman of the National School of Drama: I plan to open more theatres, encourage and nurture talent

Says Paresh Rawal, about his new role as Chairman of the National School of Drama. On Thursday, Paresh Rawal was appointed Chairman of the National School of Drama (NSD). The two-time National Award-winner and Padma Shri awardee is thrilled with the new responsibility, given that he has been doing professional theatre since ’72. “I will […]

‘Scary situation’: delay to lockdown easing forces costly theatre cancellations

The Hippodrome, which intends to keep the cast in town, will now take a significant financial hit at the box office. The theatre stages its circus spectacular 13 times a week, so at least 26 performances will be affected by the delay, which is set to be a fortnight or longer. Jay hopes customers will […]

Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share ‘Covid-19 windfall’ with theatre

The director Sam Mendes has outlined a rescue package for theatre during the coronavirus crisis and warned that if the performing arts are not protected, “an ecosystem this intricate and evolved cannot be rebuilt from scratch”. Mendes’ suggested measures, outlined in a long article for the Financial Times, have been applauded by key figures in […]

Boris’s mass COVID testing moonshot ‘to cost £100BILLION’: PM’s plan to get life back to normal is forecast to cost almost as much as entire NHS budget – as experts warn it may not even be possible

Asked whether he had abandoned his stated ambition to have the country back towards normality by Christmas, Mr Johnson said: ‘Whether we are going to get things back to normal at all by Christmas, I’m still hopeful, as I’ve said before, that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives […]