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Notre Dame and the culture it inspired – from Matisse to the Muppets

It mesmerised Proust, terrified Homer Simpson and gave us the Hunchback – Guardian critics celebrate Paris’s gothic masterpiece at the heart of the modern imaginationAs Notre Dame Cathedral’s majestic spire tumbled into the inferno on Monday night, live newsreaders around the world decried the tragic loss of this 12th-century marvel. The great timber roof – nicknamed “the forest” for the thousands of trees used in its beams – was gone, the rose windows feared melted, the heart of Paris destroyed...
Tags: Art, Books, Games, Music, Television, Film, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Television & radio, Heritage, Paris, Stage, Notre Dame


Europe's unflinching tales of #MeToo and xenophobia land in London

A Piece of the Continent, a festival celebrating the unifying influence of European theatre, includes dramas about patriarchy, dogmatism and dementiaAs Britain seeks to finalise its divorce from the EU, an inaugural festival celebrates the best of European theatre and its influence on the UK. A Piece of the Continent was created by the Actors Centre as a response to Brexit and the idea of putting a picket fence around Britain’s creative life. It shows that culture is at its greatest when it cros...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Theatre, Eu, Society, World news, Culture, Britain, Stage, Dementia, Puppetry, Brexit, Francois, Angele, MeToo Movement


Geoffrey Rush wins at least $850,000 in defamation trial against News Corp's Daily Telegraph – live

Justice Michael Wigney hands down his verdict after actor sued Sydney’s Daily Telegraph over allegations of sexual harassment. Follow all today’s developments• The background to the Geoffrey Rush case 6.31am BST Justice Wigney’s full judgment is, as he said, over 200 pages long. It begins with multiple quotes of King Lear. Justice Wigney's judgment in the Geoffrey Rush case begins with multiple long quotes of King Lear. The full judgment is over 200 pages long. He told the court to read it a...
Tags: Media, Theatre, Australia news, Culture, Stage, Sydney, Australian media, News Corporation, Sexual Harassment, Daily Telegraph, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Wigney, News Corp s Daily Telegraph, Wigney


Geoffrey Rush News Corp defamation case verdict handed down – live

Justice Michael Wigney hands down his verdict after actor sued Sydney’s Daily Telegraph over allegations of sexual harassment. Follow all today’s developments• The background to the Geoffrey Rush case 5.33am BST Wigney has said that he is “not satisfied on the balance of probabilities” that the incidents the Daily Telegraph’s lawyers alleged, actually occurred.Norvill’s evidence was not credible, nor was the fellow actor Mark Leonard Winter, who backed Norvill. 5.28am BST Geoffrey Rush ...
Tags: Media, Theatre, Australia news, Culture, Stage, Sydney, Australian media, News Corporation, News Corp, Sexual Harassment, Daily Telegraph, Rush, Geoffrey Rush, Eryn Jean Norvill, Norvill, Mark Leonard Winter


Pah-La review – fascinating Tibetan drama sets theatre ablaze

Royal Court, LondonAbhishek Majumdar’s play launches a philosophical inquiry into non-violence and defying oppressionA special virtue attaches to playwrights who take us into unfamiliar territory. In his last play at this address, The Djinns of Eidgah, Abhishek Majumdar explored the human cost of the Kashmir conflict. The setting for his new one is Tibet and, while it would be easy to pick holes in his technique, he offers a philosophical inquiry into the nature of non-violence and the tactics r...
Tags: Tibet, China, Theatre, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Royal Court theatre, Kashmir, Buddhist, Deng, LondonAbhishek Majumdar, Eidgah Abhishek Majumdar, Deshar


Renowned Russian director Serebrennikov freed from house arrest

Court orders release of theatre and film director on trial over embezzlement chargesA Russian court has ordered the release from house arrest of the renowned film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is on trial on embezzlement charges.On Monday, a Moscow city court judge overturned a decision by a lower tribunal last week to extend his arrest for three months, Serebrennikov’s lawyer said. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Film, Russia, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Moscow, Kirill Serebrennikov, Serebrennikov


White Porgy and Bess cast ‘asked to say they identify as African-American’

Hungarian singers allegedly signed paper to bypass stipulation of all-black castThe Hungarian State Opera has come up with a dubious way around a stipulation that George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess be performed by an all-black cast: it is allegedly asking its white, Hungarian singers to sign a paper saying they identify as African-American.The company first put on the opera a year ago, leading to a spat with the Gershwin estate, which stipulates the opera should only be performed by a black ...
Tags: Europe, Music, Race, Theatre, World news, Culture, Hungary, Stage, Classical Music, Opera, Gershwin, George Gershwin, Bess


White Porgy and Bess cast ‘told to say they identify as African-American’

Hungarian singers allegedly signed paper to bypass stipulation of all-black castThe Hungarian State Opera has come up with a dubious way round a stipulation that George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess be performed by an all-black cast: it is allegedly asking its white, Hungarian singers to sign a paper saying they identify as African-American.The company first put on the opera a year ago, leading to a spat with the Gershwin estate, which stipulates the opera should only be performed by a black c...
Tags: Europe, Music, Race, Theatre, World news, US news, Culture, Hungary, Stage, Classical Music, Opera, Gershwin, George Gershwin, Bess


Scary Bikers review – John Godber saddles up for a bumpy Brexit ride

Trafalgar Studios, LondonIn his funny and perceptive two-hander, Godber and his wife play a quarrelsome couple on a tandem trip to EuropeAlthough it dominates our lives, Brexit has so far made surprisingly few appearances on stage. It is, however, a key topic – along with grief and cycling – in this humane, funny and perceptive two-hander written by John Godber and performed by him and his wife, Jane Thornton. This is certainly the first play I’ve seen that seeks to explain why so many people vo...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Florence, Carol, Brexit, Don, Pontefract, John Godber, Trafalgar Studios, Godber, Jane Thornton


The $500m Shed: inside New York's quilted handbag on wheels

This puffed-up cultural citadel was meant to be an endlessly evolving, telescopic arts complex. But the glistening billionaires’ playground rising up beside it had other plansIt seems fitting that the cultural centre of New York’s latest luxury private development should look like a quilted Chanel handbag. Rearing up at the northern end of the High Line on Manhattan’s reborn West Side, the Shed presents a 10-storey wrapping of puffed-up diamond cushions to passersby, standing as the gaudy gatewa...
Tags: Music, New York, Design, US, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Manhattan, Michelin, Regeneration


A Palestinian boy with a gun to his head asked if I was OK. I still think about him | Tariq Jordan

On a bus in the West Bank, fearing for our life, this 13-year-old boy taught me the true power of empathyAs an actor and storyteller, I always felt that I was an extremely sympathetic person. That was a source of pride. But a couple of years ago I realised my sympathy was, in fact, pointless. It was devoid of any value whatsoever. My sympathy allowed me to merely sit as a spectator in the arena of human struggles. It achieved little for others. What I needed was to re-engage with something I had...
Tags: Israel, Theatre, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, Stage, Israel Defence Forces, Tariq Jordan


How a 13-year-old Palestinian boy showed me the power of empathy | Tariq Jordan

On a bus in the West Bank, confronted by soldiers, I learned that sympathy was not enoughAs an actor and storyteller, I always felt that I was an extremely sympathetic person. That was a source of pride. But a couple of years ago I realised my sympathy was, in fact, pointless. It was devoid of any value whatsoever. My sympathy allowed me to merely sit as a spectator in the arena of human struggles. It achieved little for others. What I needed was to re-engage with something I had forgotten how t...
Tags: Israel, Theatre, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, Stage, Israel Defence Forces, Tariq Jordan


The shock of the nude: Brazil's stark new form of political protest

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at São Paulo’s international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be differentIf ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be São Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can waste a month per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Cia. Les Commediens Tropicales step in front of the moving vehicles o...
Tags: Politics, Americas, Theatre, World news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Brazil, Banksy, Political theatre, Sao Paulo, Avenida Paulista, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Cia Les Commediens Tropicales


'England became smaller and bigger': what 'home' means in Brexit Britain

Headlong theatre company’s latest production, Acts of Resistance, plugs into people power in four communities across the countryIn the days after the EU referendum, Headlong theatre company’s artistic director Jeremy Herrin was struck by the dividing lines fracturing the UK. “It was just a massively clear exposure that the country was in disagreement,” he says, “and the old party lines – north/south, working class/middle class, Tory/Labour – all of those divides seemed to be foxed completely by ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, England, Theatre, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Stage, Brexit, Bristol Old Vic, Brexit Britain, Herrin, Jeremy Herrin


La Scala opera house to return Saudi donation of €3m after outcry

Human rights groups and Italian politicians decry deal to give €15m over five yearsThe prestigious La Scala opera house in Milan has decided to return around €3m (£2.6m) to Saudi Arabia following a backlash against a plan that would have seen the Gulf state’s culture minister become a board member.The plan, orchestrated by Alexander Pereira, La Scala’s chief executive and artistic director, was unanimously rejected by the board after it drew widespread criticism from human rights groups and Ital...
Tags: Europe, Milan, Saudi Arabia, Theatre, World news, Culture, Italy, Stage, Arts funding, Gulf, La Scala, Alexander Pereira La Scala


Albert Finney: the most almighty physical screen presence | Peter Bradshaw

Finney was the face of the vibrant new wave of working-class postwar British cinema, and maintained a fierce vitality in his distinguished later performances Albert Finney dies aged 82From moon-faced youth to weatherbeaten later years, Albert Finney was an almighty force on screen: a clenched fist of physicality, a battering ram of uningratiating power, almost priapic with defiant confidence, with the battle-readiness of a prop forward or sumo wrestler. His presence was very different from the l...
Tags: Film, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Britain, Stage, Salford, Peter Bradshaw, Albert Finney, Finney, Terence Stamp, Peter O'Toole Tom Courtenay


'Playable shows are the future': what Punchdrunk theatre learned from games

When one critic hailed the company’s immersive show ‘game of the year’, founder Felix Barrett explored video games’ non-linear storytelling. Now he spies a new frontier for the stageThere is a head-scratching moment at the beginning of the popular farming simulator video game Stardew Valley, where you wonder, “What now?” Newly installed on your late grandfather’s dilapidated farm, you’re given no instructions on how to turn the business’s fortunes or what to explore in the neighbouring town.This...
Tags: Games, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Game culture, Immersive theatre, Role playing games, Punchdrunk, Felix Barrett, Stardew Valley, Faust Punchdrunk


What, no samovars? Roman Abramovich presents a Chekhov for Russia's meltdown

The Cherry Orchard has been given an absurdist reboot – with blood transfusions, a beach party and a bed-hopping sex maniac. And thanks to Chelsea’s oligarch, it’s coming to BritainOh my goodness, what have they done to The Cherry Orchard? The grand ball has become a beach party. Madame Ranevskaya has a noose around her neck. The entire ensemble are receiving blood transfusions. And Lopakhin has become a sex maniac who begins the play in bed with the maid. There isn’t a samovar in sight – or eve...
Tags: Europe, UK, Russia, Theatre, World news, Culture, Britain, Chelsea, Stage, Moscow, Roman Abramovich, Barbican, Anton Chekhov, Chekhov, Cherry Orchard, Viktoriya Isakova


The schoolgirls who warned of Rwanda's genocide

Katori Hall’s play Our Lady of Kibeho is the story of three friends who insisted that they were visited by the Virgin Mary and told of the horror that lay aheadThe 16-year-old schoolgirl Alphonsine Mumureke said she was in the cafeteria of the Catholic boarding school Kibeho College, Rwanda, when she heard a voice “soft as air and sweeter than music”. She saw a beautiful woman – neither white nor black – floating above the floor in a flowing seamless dress, with a veil that covered her hair. She...
Tags: Education, Africa, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Catholicism, Stage, Schools, Catholic, Rwanda, Virgin Mary, Katori Hall, Kibeho, Alphonsine Mumureke, Kibeho College Rwanda


Hamilton in Puerto Rico: a joyful homecoming ... but it's complicated

Musical is dividing residents on island where creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spent childhood summersJavier Ortiz likes to look on the bright side in San Juan, the pretty and gritty capital of Puerto Rico. “I’m an optimist,” he says. “I’m the owner of a bookstore, so I have to be.”Ortiz has survived not only the onslaught of Amazon but also Hurricane Maria, which forced him to close for 10 days then manage the store without electricity – running a cash machine off a battery – for two months. Now, as ...
Tags: Amazon, Americas, Theatre, World news, US news, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Hamilton, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Ortiz, Lin Manuel Miranda, Hurricane Maria


Samuel Beckett rejected as unsuitable for the Nobel prize in 1968

Newly released papers show the committee chairman’s doubts in 1968 whether a prize for the Irish author would be in the spirit of the awardSamuel Beckett won the Nobel prize for literature in 1969, but newly released archives reveal that just a year earlier, the secretive committee that selects the winners had raised serious concerns about whether his writing was consistent with the spirit of the award.In the words of Alfred Nobel’s will, the honour goes to an author who has written “the most ou...
Tags: Books, Theatre, Culture, Awards and prizes, Stage, Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize In Literature, Beckett, Swedish Academy, Alfred Nobel, Anders Osterling


Ireland's national theatre accused of deserting Irish talent

More than 300 actors, directors and designers say the Abbey theatre is wreaking ‘devastation’ by buying in and co-producing showsThe Abbey theatre in Dublin has staged some of Ireland’s greatest plays but is now at the centre of an unwanted drama after it was accused of wreaking artistic “devastation” on the country’s theatrical community.In an open letter published on Monday a roll-call of Irish talent including actors Aidan Gillen and Ruth Negga said the country’s national theatre had gutted i...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, World news, Culture, Ireland, Stage, Dublin, Aidan Gillen, Ruth Negga


Theatre in Australia: #MeToo has put power relationships centre stage

Four female theatremakers talk about how power tussles in the industry have played out for them – and what needs to change Only a handful of #MeToo stories have surfaced in Australia, thanks in large part to the country’s defamation laws – but many of the allegations that have made it to the public originated in the theatre.Well before the hashtag went viral, two Australian actors, Eryn Jean Norvill and Sophie Ross, canvassed the anonymous experiences of theatremakers across the country. (Norvil...
Tags: Australia, Women, Theatre, Australia news, Culture, Stage, Rush, STC, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Ross, MeToo Movement, Eryn Jean Norvill, Norvill


Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written wit...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Film, Race, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Britain, US politics, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Manhattan, West End


Giant bronze statue for Devon takes shape in tiny Welsh village

The seven-metre high sculpture Messenger depicts a crouching young female actor A huge bronze sculpture depicting a young female actor about to spring into action is taking shape in a foundry in a Welsh village ahead of its installation in front of a Devon theatre next spring.Theatre Royal Plymouth announced on Monday that it had commissioned the £500,000 piece, Messenger, as part of a £7.5m regeneration project. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Wales, Theatre, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Stage, Devon, Plymouth, Theatre Royal Plymouth


Death threats and denunciations: artists fear Bolsonaro's Brazil

Some have employed security guards. Others have fled. With Jair Bolsonaro about to take power, many artists in Brazil fear the censorship and intimidation they now endure will only get worseWagner Schwartz received the first death threat two days after lying naked on the floor of a museum in São Paulo. It was October 2017 and the Brazilian artist had invited members of his audience, which included children, to adjust his body: move a limb, roll him over, that kind of thing. This was for a dance ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Gender, Activism, Protest, Religion, Americas, Theatre, Society, World news, Transgender, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, Stage, LGBT rights


Don DeLillo on Trump's America: 'I'm not sure the country is recoverable'

He has spent half a century dissecting America’s dreams and nightmares. Now the great novelist is imagining what his ‘deluged’ country will be like three years from todayWhenever he’s able to separate himself from the distractions of daily life, from family obligations and the rolling thunder of 24-hour news, Don DeLillo taps out a few pages of his latest book. He writes out of habit and because he’s in the grip of an idea that won’t let him rest. He’s constructing a story set around the next co...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Stage, Don DeLillo, Donald Trump, Trump


To See the Face of God

Director Trevor Nunn said that Les Misérables is a show about God. And it is.It's also a show about the nobility of the human spirit, faith, redemption, and other spiritual concepts. Religion and spirituality -- as well as the distortion of it and the lack of it -- informs most of the action of the show.Jean Valjean sings in Act II, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Valjean and Inspector Javert both believe fervently in God, but they believe in very different Gods. Javert beli...
Tags: Themes, London, Religion, Theatre, Stage, Broadway, God, Theater, Musical, Les Miserables, Lucifer, Sweeney Todd, Scott Miller, Trevor Nunn, Dolittle, Jean Valjean


Director Neil Armfield denies telling Geoffrey Rush he was being 'creepy'

King Lear director has ‘no memory’ of Rush’s allegedly inappropriate behaviour towards female co-starGeoffrey Rush was never told he was being “creepy” during a scene of King Lear with female co-star Eryn Jean Norvill, the director of the play has told a Sydney court.Neil Armfield led the 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear at the centre of Rush’s defamation case against the Daily Telegraph. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Theatre, Australia news, Stage, Sydney, Australian Film, Rush, Lear, Geoffrey Rush, Daily Telegraph Continue, King Lear, Neil Armfield, Eryn Jean Norvill


Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams: 'I'm still petrified of my peers'

Her role as Arya Stark won her millions of fans but left her bullied at school. Now the 21-year-old is making her stage debut, starring in a Marvel horror – and finally getting her fingernails paintedMaisie Williams is wearing big round glasses, leopard-print boots and a baker boy hat, all of which makes her look like she’s just stepped out of Carnaby Street in 1969. As she sips a massive cup of herbal tea, she explains she is trying to cut down on coffee. “I drink a lot,” she says. “Like, you l...
Tags: London, Celebrity, Women, Theatre, America, Life and style, Society, Culture, Television & radio, Williams, Stage, Game Of Thrones, Young People, Shakespeare, Maisie Williams, Arya Stark



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