A play for the nation

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14 Jan 2016

The RSC’s Dream 16 will involve 18 professional actors, 14 amateur casts and 58 groups of schoolchildren. As rehearsals begin, Erica Whyman explains why she is both excited and daunted.

Finding an audience

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13 Jan 2016

It’s not easy to find an audience for contemporary devised theatre in an area with low arts engagement, but Nancy Barrett did it. She tells us how.

Nurturing a new generation

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06 Jan 2016

Wendy Gadian explains why finding the right funder was key to helping the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama support emerging musical directors.

How to… produce a play

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23 Dec 2015

Tim Johanson takes a break from producing theatre shows in London and New York to share his top tips for producing a hit play. 

If I were 22: David Jubb & Tobi Kyeremateng

David Jubb and Tobi Kyeremateng
11 Dec 2015

Battersea Arts Centre’s Artistic Director David Jubb offers advice to those just starting their careers, whilst his colleague Tobi Kyeremateng shares tips that she has recently put into practice.

Shakespearean theatre of the north planned for Prescot

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11 Dec 2015

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is supporting plans for a £19m Jacobean playhouse in Prescot which would form a “Shakespearean triangle” with Stratford and London.

If at first you don’t succeed…

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10 Dec 2015

The National Theatre isn’t shy about re-approaching a foundation that has previously turned it down. Emily Horn and Bryony Mills explain why.

Competing against the rest

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10 Dec 2015

Deborah Larwood reveals how Sheffield Theatres secured foundation funding for an access project and shares her top fundraising tips.

New local pride

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03 Dec 2015

Why would a theatre want the hassle and financial risk of producing its own productions rather than just presenting touring shows? John Baker explains why – and how – the Marlowe Theatre is doing both.

Job Ladder – Paula Rabbitt

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03 Dec 2015

From a receptionist in Glasgow to Communications Manager at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Paula Rabbitt tells us about her career.

Kick starting a play

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01 Dec 2015

How do you encourage new writing on a shoestring budget? Joe Sumsion reveals how The Dukes’ new scheme is doing just that.

Do we need more distributors of public arts funding, report asks

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20 Nov 2015

New research investigating the connections between subsidised and commercial theatre finds a symbiotic relationship with public funding at the heart of its success. 

Up in the clouds

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19 Nov 2015

Revenues are growing, and staff and customers are happier since Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre moved its box office to a cloud-based system, reports Libby Penn.

Tour bookers get helping hand with new online services

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17 Nov 2015

New online resources aim to streamline tour booking for theatre companies and help venues widen their programming.

Meeting Shakespeare

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12 Nov 2015

Georghia Ellinas reveals how Shakespeare’s Globe helps teachers to explore the full relevance of the Bard’s plays to young people.

If I were 22 – Ian Nicholson

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09 Nov 2015

Portsmouth boy turned director Ian Nicholson trained at CSSD, NT Studio and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in clown – but what would he tell himself if he could do it all again?

Growth for regional theatres as ticket prices rise

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04 Nov 2015

More theatre goers enjoyed a greater choice of productions in 2014, according to the first comprehensive analysis of sales data from UK Theatre venues.

Photodiary: A week with Michaela Nutt

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02 Nov 2015

You might know what a development associate’s job description includes, but what does a week in their life actually look like? Michaela Nutt reveals all.

If I were 22 – James Phillips

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30 Oct 2015

The playwright behind ‘McQueen’, James Phillips, shares his advice to the younger generation, from gambling to remembering that it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.


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