Outdoor performances given green light for July 11

10 Jul 2020

Indoor performance pilots with the London Symphony Orchestra will shape further reopening plans amid concerns about the safety of singing, brass and wind instruments.

A better space

Chairs and tables in the atrium at Bristol Old Vic
09 Jul 2020

Covid has given us a chance to imagine a new kind of future for our theatres, but without big goals we will be hostages to fortune rather than agents of change. Alan Dix shares his wish list.

Scottish Government announces financial life raft for Edinburgh Fringe

a group of costumed street performers at Edinburgh Fringe
16 Jun 2020

Scotland appears to be the first country in the UK to make a direct Government loan to ensure a cultural organisation can survive the current financial crisis.

The pivot to digital: catching up and moving forward

image of a woman on a MacBook Air screen with an explosion behind her
10 Jun 2020

As live-to-digital capture, broadcast and live-streaming are embraced more widely in the rush to build up work online, emerging technologies and creative approaches are also bringing new experiences in very different ways. Marcus Romer explains.

When music is no longer the afterthought

Clod Ensemble - On The High Road performance
27 May 2020

For many years ‘music for theatre’ wasn’t even recognised in the Olivier or Evening Standard awards, but the tide is turning. Paul Clark sees the increasing confidence and ambition of sound and music, even in ‘well-made plays’.

Local venues could be key to keeping audiences engaged

Back to Blackbrick
22 May 2020

Rural touring could win back audiences first, as confidence in village hall venues is higher than for other types of auditorium, research finds.

Inquiry lays bare the impending collapse of the cultural sector ecology

audiences at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
22 May 2020

Commercial operators reveal eye-watering losses and other non-subsidised organisations sit on the brink of ruin in the absence of financial support from the Government for those ineligible for existing emergency funding streams.

Why student theatre will lead the way forward for the rest of us

a girl standing on stage in a spotlight
20 May 2020

The energy, invention and will to survive shown by young companies will replenish and rekindle our industry says James Phillips, but unless the industry finds a way of nurturing them, a career in theatre will only be available to the children of the wealthy.

Fears grow that ‘risk aversion’ will undermine new work

open book with a pencil on top plus a mug and a laptop all displayed on a desk
14 May 2020

New guidelines have been drawn up to protect playwrights whose future work is under threat, existing work is being streamed free, and who are under pressure to accept digital work for low rates.

Artists with learning disabilities deserve critical review: we can all help make that happen

Spectra performance company
30 Apr 2020

Theatre critics don’t engage with the work of artists with learning disabilities, but it’s time to change that and we can all play our part. Bella Todd puts forward 8 ways for bringing about that change.

When the audiences go, what happens to the buildings left behind?

Pigeons walking around the South Bank
01 Apr 2020

While our concert halls, theatres, galleries and museums sit empty, dedicated teams take centre stage to make sure venues are ready for our return. Kieron Lillis explains the challenge facing the National Theatre.

My Gurus: Putting the business in showbusiness

16 Mar 2020

Theatre producer Hannah Elsy reflects on the people who taught her to focus on the details without forgetting the big picture. 

When your audience is also part of the crew

A photo of a village hall with tables of people sitting down
12 Mar 2020

Working with rural communities to stage small-scale performances is good for the arts, the environment and local people, writes Sophie Motley.

Shaking things up with Shakespeare

A photo of a man and a woman holding each other
12 Mar 2020

Community productions across England are transforming attitudes to theatre among audiences with little experience of the artform, finds Jonathan Knott.

Where are all the women? Gender parity ‘has still not been reached’

27 Feb 2020

Researchers and representatives of women in theatre say Arts Council England ‘doesn’t push’ on gender as much as other protected characteristics.

Theatre company resists venue's ‘licence to change’ clause 

21 Feb 2020

If enacted it would allow the host theatre to refund ‘offended’ ticket buyers at the touring company’s expense.

From chip shop to theatre lab

A diverse group of people gathering for a show at the Shop Front Theatre
13 Feb 2020

Creating a theatre inside an empty shop challenges top down hierarchical systems and provides a safe space for conversations, says Julia Negus.

Exit interview: 'Theatre is diverse by its very nature'

16 Jan 2020

Outgoing Tara Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma looks back on 40 years of championing diversity on and off stage. Is the fight finally over?

My Gurus: ‘it is always about the work’

09 Jan 2020

Jimmy Fairhurst, Artistic Director of Not Too Tame, talks about the eclectic mix of people who have inspired his career as a working-class artist. 

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

A photo of a young man on a stage leaning against another actor
05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

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