Not just for Christmas: panto cancellations threaten theatres’ future

Though it is only August, pantos take months to prepare and many venues and producers have been unable to commit to spending money on shows that might be scrapped. Theatr Clwyd in Mold, the Tron in Glasgow and Sheffield Theatres are among those that have already postponed their pantos until next year. On Monday, Canterbury’s […]

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

It is vital that this helps fund the freelancers who form 70% of theatre’s workforce, a third of whom do not qualify for the Treasury’s income-support schemes. Many will have no option but to leave the theatre entirely and I can’t overstate that without their crucial talents all efforts to save our venues will be […]

Holiday in Cornwall: our insider’s guide to the best beaches, where to stay, cheap eats and the best things to see and do

7. Places you’ve seen on TV TV Shows filmed in Cornwall We’ve got this far without much mention of the P word. Yes, Poldark. If anything has caused an influx of visitors to our fair shores in the past couple of years it’s the Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson effect.

Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber tells MPs the air in his theatres is ‘purer than outside’ as he calls for help for industry

More from Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial in bid to help theatres reopen Coronavirus: Phantom of the Opera to close ‘permanently’ in the West End UK rich list: Lloyd Webber takes £20m COVID hit – as Rihanna could become ‘first music billionaire’ New Cinderella musical: Andrew Lloyd Webber teams […]

Sarah Millican 2018 UK tour – Control Enthusiast dates, venues, ticket prices and info

February Fri 9 – The Hafren, Powys Sat 10 – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Sun 11 – Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen Wed 14 – Stafford Gatehouse, Stafford Thu 15 – Beck Theatre, Hayes Fri 16 – The Grove Theatre, Dunstable Sat 17 – The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford Sun 18  – Peterborough Cresset Theatre, Peterborough Wed […]

Govt aims to have full audiences back in theatres in time for pantomime season

Writing in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, Mr Dowden said: “We need to start filling seats in much larger numbers – not just for the audiences, not just for the venues and livelihoods who depend on them, but for the entire urban economy, too. Theatre is a lynchpin of London’s West End and its absence is […]

Coronavirus: How Christmas could be different this year

“The run-up to Christmas is going to be a nightmare,” said Nick, adding: “It’s no fun for a turkey farmer at the best of times but this year we really are on tenterhooks – it’s a lucky turkey producer that gets this Christmas right rather than a clever one.”

Alastair Campbell on the ‘populist virus’ and why Bill Shorten lost

“I don’t believe you combat the populism of the right with a populism of the left,” he says. “What I fear is too many people on what you would say is the progressive side of politics, I think, have learned the wrong lessons about the [global financial] crash. I think there is a feeling that, […]

I’m Covid vulnerable: dare I do my bit to save our cinemas?

Were I still in my salad days, these measures would have left me well-satisfied. However, even the most elaborate of safeguards can’t wholly get the better of SARS-CoV-2. The canny virus refuses to confine itself to the droplets we exhale and the surfaces on to which these fall. Those chunky globules, if not trapped by […]

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap plots socially distanced West End reopening

When it does, the theatre will reduce its capacity of 550 by around two-thirds, depending on the size of household groups attending. The plans have been put together in compliance with stage four of the the government’s five-point “roadmap” for the return of live theatre performances. Stage four will see “performances allowed indoors/outdoors (but with […]