“Lack of professional attitude and practices” plaguing theatres

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23 Jun 2017

Systemic failures in recruitment and professional development are leading to skills shortages and a damaging lack of diversity among theatre workers, according to a new report.

Drama UK replacement launches

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16 Jun 2017

The Federation of Drama Schools aims to make recruitment more accessible and diverse, and help students identify high-quality training.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of an American scheme now running in the UK.

Keeping the tourists busy

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08 Jun 2017

Millions of tourists flock to see Shakespeare’s England, but they don’t all have time to catch a play. Geraldine Collinge explains how the RSC has extended its offer beyond theatre. 

Job Ladder – Gina Fletcher

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01 Jun 2017

Fundraising from trusts and foundations is a more sociable job than you might think. Development Manager Gina Fletcher takes us through the steps of her rewarding career.

If I were 22: Simon Stephens

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31 May 2017

Don’t worry if you’re not doing what you love just yet, but stay open to opportunity and risk, advises the BRIT School’s Simon Stephens.

London theatres join forces to support creatives

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30 May 2017

Theatre makers in the capital are the focus for a new network aiming to improve working practices and support for artists. 

My Gurus – Patrick Collier

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18 May 2017

Producer Patrick Collier names the inspiring, perceptive and – occasionally – annoying people who have guided his working life.

Keeping theatre accessible

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27 Apr 2017

Recent controversy at Shakespeare’s Globe made little mention of a key point raised by Dominic Dromgoole: the importance of £5 tickets. Nicky Goulder says the incoming artistic director should fight to keep them.

A front-of-house facelift

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24 Apr 2017

Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is a listed building but its front-of-house areas were in need of a facelift. Adrian Jackson explains how making the theatre more welcoming also made the bars more profitable.

Upstairs at the Pen and Wig

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24 Apr 2017

Presenting social issue dramas and storytelling events in a pub in Newport is reaching audiences looking for entertainment rather than art. Julie Benson tells the story.

The value of live theatre

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20 Apr 2017

As drama is downgraded in our schools, Fiona Banks explains why it is essential for young people to see theatre live on stage.

Too many surcharges

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13 Apr 2017

Fed up with venues adding unjustifiable fees on to tickets for its shows, Birmingham Stage Company is taking drastic action. Neal Foster explains why producers should follow suit.

Simpler subscriptions

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13 Apr 2017

Interest in a Swedish theatre’s subscription scheme was plummeting until it reworked it to reward frequent and early bookings. Jenny Bång outlines the changes it made.

Who is really winning?

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13 Apr 2017

Does dynamic pricing actually benefit theatre producers or audiences? Steve Rich isn’t convinced.

My Gurus – Deborah Sawyerr

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06 Apr 2017

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s new Executive Director, Deborah Sawyerr, reflects on those that inspire and support her.

New network aims to connect every theatre in Europe

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31 Mar 2017

The EU-backed Theatron project is hoping to have its funding extended to launch a new network to continue connecting theatre professionals across Europe.

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