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Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit

New visa rules, taxes and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organisations must now overcome to tour EuropeBrexit or Covid? Hardly a cheerful choice, but when I ask Colette Hansford, executive producer at Hofesh Shechter Company, which will be most decisive for UK theatre and dance companies, she doesn’t hesitate. “Brexit will have the bigger impact because it’s a long-term restriction. We’re a flexible, dynamic sector and can work our way out of Covid – but...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Theatre, European Union, UK News, World news, Dance, Culture, Foreign Policy, Stage, Ballet, Classical Music, Akram Khan, Brexit, Hofesh Shechter


'That is our job in theatre – I'm gonna make you love me!' Noma Dumezweni meets Harriet Walter

The stars of stage and screen chat about playing witches, seeing ghosts and stepping into another legend’s shoesThey have enjoyed huge success on TV with The Undoing and Killing Eve, respectively, but Noma Dumezweni and Harriet Walter started out on stage. They met in 1999, when Dumezweni played a witch and understudied Walter as Lady Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The pair caught up to discuss Dumezweni’s role as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, theatre ghosts ...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Harry Potter, Royal Shakespeare Company, Black Lives Matter, Walter, Noma Dumezweni, Hermione Granger, Noma, Lady Macbeth, Harriet Walter, Dumezweni


Equity must defend members’ interests | Letter

Tam Dean Burn says he and many other members of the union for actors and other creative workers have no confidence in the leadership of their Brexit-supporting general secretaryI write in the name of 140 Equity trade union members who support the letter sent to the prime minister (Stars including Sir Ian McKellen urge changes to visa rules for artists, 16 February). The post-Brexit situation we face working in Europe is disastrous, with a shift from no visa regulations across the EU to individua...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Theatre, Eu, European Union, Culture, Budapest, Foreign Policy, Stage, Acting, Ian Mckellen, Brexit, Tam Dean Burn


On my radar: Brett Anderson's cultural highlights

The Suede frontman on his latest musical discoveries, the brilliance of Michael Clark and the enduring appeal of mudlarking by the ThamesBorn in Sussex in 1967, Brett Anderson founded alternative rock band Suede in 1989 with then-girlfriend Justine Frischmann and childhood friend Mat Osman. Billed by Melody Maker as “the best new band in Britain”, Suede released five albums including their self-titled debut and Coming Up, before disbanding in 2003. Anderson went on to front the Tears and release...
Tags: Books, Music, Dance, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Stage, Classical Music, Autobiography and memoir, Sussex, Anderson, Brett Anderson, Justine Frischmann, Michael Clark, Charles Hazlewood, Melody Maker


‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdownThere have been many notable nightclubs in film history. The Blue Angel in the Marlene Dietrich movie; the Copacabana in Goodfellas, accessible to privileged wiseguys via the kitchen; the Slow Club in Blue Velvet, with the emotionally damaged star turn Isabella Rossellini singing the song of the same name. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Games, Music, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Stage, Dance music, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Goodfellas, Carol Ann Duffy, Isabella Rossellini


'A critic said my stomach was a warning to us all!' Simon Callow meets Derek Jacobi

The theatre legends look back at working with Laurence Olivier and Peter O’Toole, the pain of biting reviews, the joy of a good run – and the agonies of being miscastDerek Jacobi and Simon Callow first met at the Old Vic in London. Jacobi was treading the boards with Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole and other greats in the fledgling National Theatre company; the younger Callow was working at the box office. Prolific as ever through this lockdown year, both are juggling an assortment of stage and ...
Tags: London, Theatre, Culture, Stage, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare, Simon Callow, Simon, Laurence Olivier, Vic, Peter O'Toole, Jacobi, Derek Jacobi, Callow, Laurence Olivier Peter O'Toole


Stars including Sir Ian McKellen urge changes to visa rules for artists

Julie Walters among signatories to letter saying post-Brexit changes a ‘towering hurdle’ to working in EuropeNew visa rules for British artists, actors and theatre workers who want to work in Europe after Brexit are a “towering hurdle” that must be urgently addressed, according to an open letter signed by stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Julie Walters and Patrick Stewart.In the letter from the performing arts union Equity, some of the biggest names in British theatre have implored the prime min...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Theatre, Eu, European Union, UK News, Culture, Stage, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Brexit, Ian McKellen Julie Walters


Uppercase Print review – a fierce denunciation of Ceaușescu's Romania

Radu Jude dramatises the case of a disenchanted teenager turned in to the secret police in 1980s Romania in this chilling work of filmed theatreThe anger and despair in this Romanian filmed theatre work are kept in check by its ice-cold manner: it is spoken throughout in the kind of deadened official style that Ceaușescu-era apparatchiks might have used for reports on wrongdoers and dissidents, and the style that these same people might have used to defend themselves, and convince their politica...
Tags: Europe, Books, Film, World news, Culture, Stage, Film adaptations, Poland, Romania, Radu Jude, Ceausescu, Drama films, Period and historical films, Gianina Cărbunariu, Mugur Călinescu


The #QueertheBallet movement: 'it's more than a man lifting a woman in a tutu'

Adriana Pierce is empowering queer female and non-binary performers whose relationships have been excluded from classical danceShortly after Adriana Pierce joined Miami City Ballet, someone watched her train and made an assessment: “Is Adriana a lesbian? Because she looks like one.” The comment propelled Pierce into exacting self-scrutiny: “I was like, does my dancing look gay? Do I look different? I am different – is that OK?”Pierce, who left the company after seven seasons to focus on choreogr...
Tags: Gender, World news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Ballet, LGBT rights, Pierce, Adriana, Bridge Street, Miami City Ballet, Catskill New York, Adriana Pierce, Remy Young, Sierra Armstrong


Jean-Claude Carrière, screenwriter of Cyrano de Bergerac and Belle de Jour, dies aged 89

Hailed as France’s finest screenwriter, Carrière won many awards in a six-decade movie career – and for the stage penned a memorable Mahabharata for Peter BrookCelebrated French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who penned some of the most memorable movies of the past half-century, including The Tin Drum and Cyrano de Bergerac, has died at the age of 89. Carrière, best known for his work with Luis Buñuel and Miloš Forman, died in his sleep late Monday at his home in Paris, his daughter, Kiara C...
Tags: Europe, Books, Film, France, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Paris, Stage, Film adaptations, Festivals, Oscars, Cannes film festival, Peter Brook, Gerard Depardieu, Afp


‘How many husbands have I had? Not enough!’ Vanessa Redgrave meets Miriam Margolyes

They have been friends for 50 years. With theatres closed, they reflect on the joy – and hidden drama – of a life in actingTheatres around the UK have been kept dark by Covid, and it could be months before they are able to open. So we’re celebrating the stage by bringing together some of our greatest actors to share highs and lows from their careers, what they have learned from performing and how they feel about theatre’s precarious future. Vanessa Redgrave and Miriam Margolyes, mates for 50-odd...
Tags: UK, Theatre, Culture, Italy, Stage, Ikea, Vanessa Redgrave, Chekhov, Miriam Margolyes, Chris Wiegand, Barbara Windsor The Guardian


Actor’s homophobia made her commercially toxic, tribunal told

Seyi Omooba is suing Leicester theatre and talent agency after being sacked for Facebook post on homosexualityA sacked actor who would have refused to play the role in which she had been cast as a lesbian because it was against her Christian beliefs made herself “commercially toxic” and her continued employment would have forced the show’s cancellation, a tribunal has heard.Seyi Omooba was due to play Celie in a production of The Color Purple at the Curve theatre, Leicester, but was removed from...
Tags: Facebook, Religion, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Christianity, Stage, Leicester, Employment tribunals, Celie, Seyi Omooba


Miranda Richardson's teenage obsessions: 'I rescued a kestrel and became fascinated by birds of prey'

With the release of her new film Rams, the actor remembers her love of westerns and John Wayne, playing male parts at her all girls’ school and the thrill of frightening humourI grew up in Southport, Lancashire, with a cinema about 50 yards from my house. So Saturday mornings were spent with The ABC Minors: the Saturday cinema club with the theme song set to the tune of Blaze Away by Abe Holzmann, a red ball bouncing over the lyrics so you could sing along. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Abc, Theatre, Culture, Stage, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, Miranda Richardson, Southport Lancashire, Abe Holzmann


Cornwall to stage rare performance of 14th century Ordinalia cycle

One of British Isles’ oldest works of drama to be performed for only third time in 300 yearsA medieval amphitheatre in the far south-west of Cornwall is to be the spectacular venue in the autumn for a rare rendering of one of the British Isles’ oldest works of drama.Hundreds of professional and amateur actors and backstage workers will be involved in putting on the 14th century Ordinalia cycle – three plays that tell the story of the creation, the passion and the resurrection. Continue reading.....
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Stage, Cornwall, Isles


Toyah Willcox: 'My mother always wanted me altered in some way. I was never right'

The singer and actor has had a productive pandemic – and gone viral from her kitchen. She talks about escaping her childhood, sexual harassment and persuading her rock star husband to dress in a tutuOf all the celebrity offerings that have come out of the pandemic, the gloriously weird videos made by Toyah Willcox and her husband, Robert Fripp, are surely the most compelling. It is possible, within each short clip, to cycle through every feeling from wanting to cover your eyes while being unable...
Tags: Music, Television, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Punk, Stage, Derek Jarman, Worcestershire, King Crimson, Willcox, Robert Fripp, Fripp, Toyah Willcox, Swan Lake Fripp


Hal Holbrook, Deep Throat in All the President's Men, dies aged 95

Distinguished actor was also famed for portraying American icons Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, and had long career in film and TVHal Holbrook, an award-winning actor acclaimed for his one-man portrayal of American literary legend Mark Twain and whose film work included portraying the mysterious Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, has died at the age of 95.Holbrook died on 23 January at his home in Beverly Hills, California, the New York Times reported. His death was confirmed late on Monda...
Tags: Books, Television, Film, Culture, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, New York Times, Stage, Oscars, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Beverly Hills California, Holbrook, Deep Throat, Joyce Cohen, Hal Holbrook Deep Throat


Birds (Or How to Be One) review – flighty avian-themed drama-doc

Babis Makridis takes to the sky with an experimental and sometimes difficult to watch manifesto inspired by Aristophanes’s play The BirdsTwo-thirds of the way into this experimental Greek docu-fiction, one of the wandering souls featured – apparently watching footage from the film – loses his rag. “This is not about birds. It’s about us being crazy as loons. Come on Babis, I’m a customer here, too, I need to understand.” With director Babis Makridis showing all the confrontational strangeness of...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Film, Animals, World news, Birds, Culture, Wildlife, Stage, World cinema, Aristophanes, Babis Makridis, Documentary films, Makridis


Billie Piper: ‘I know about dysfunctional relationships – what it costs to be a woman’

After 25 years in the limelight, the actor says she is finally finding her voice as an actor, writer and now director. Does life imitate art?The first thing Billie Piper says to me is, “It’s in your lined paper book, Eugene, I already sent it to them,” because she’s trying to home school her children while also roaming around her house to escape them and find a better phone signal. We’re already on to our third kind of tech in an attempt to video chat. “I’m just so strung out,” she says, sitting...
Tags: Family, Music, Television, Film, Women, Doctor Who, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Parents and parenting, Chris Evans, Piper, Tallulah, Eugene


The Quarantine Stream: Derek DelGaudio’s ‘In and of Itself’ is a Mystifying, Soul-Stirring Experience

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself Where You Can Stream It: Hulu: The Pitch: Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself is a new kind of lyric poem. It tells the story of a man fighting to see through the illusion of his own identity, only to discover that identity itself is an illusion. An intimate and powerful exploration of what it mea...
Tags: Movies, New York City, Los Angeles, Features, Stage, Hulu, Penn, Frank-Oz, Derek DelGaudio, DelGaudio, Featured Stories Sidebar, In and Of Itself, Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself, David Blaine David Copperfield


After Audition: Takashi Miike's rehearsal-room shocker Over Your Dead Body

Continuing our series on the best films about theatre, a 200-year-old Japanese ghost story takes centre stage in a movie merging reality and fantasyThe prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is best known for his 1999 horror film Audition, in which a widower advertises a role in a fake movie production, intending to choose a wife from those who apply. The backdrop of the screen industry suggests that his casual misogyny is symptomatic of a wider social disease. Fifteen years later, Miike relea...
Tags: Japan, Film, Theatre, World news, Dance, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Takashi Miike, Horror Films, Miike, Kosuke, Miyuki, Oiwa, Yotsuya Kaidan


A key, a casket and the hunt for Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón's bones

Dogged detective work and radar scans of a church wall may help find the last resting place of the great playwrightThe death of Pedro Calderón de la Barca – soldier, priest and one of the finest dramatists Spain has produced – continues to prove almost as turbulent and unpredictable as his long and improbable life.Four centuries after Calderón died in Madrid aged 81, researchers believe they could be close to finding his remains, thanks to the deathbed testament of a priest, a key long guarded b...
Tags: Theatre, Spain, Culture, Stage, Archaeology, Madrid, Barca, Calderon, Pedro Calderón


Sworn enemies: the real story of Old Bailey clash that ruined Oscar Wilde

Playwright’s grandson reveals letter that tells of deep loathing felt for Wilde by lawyer in libel trialHe was the brilliant lawyer whose brutal 1895 cross-examination of Oscar Wilde in one of the most famous trials in British history led to the Irish dramatist’s imprisonment for homosexuality, and to his ultimate ruin. Now a previously unpublished letter reveals that Sir Edward Carson’s attack on Wilde in the Old Bailey was partly personal – a loathing that went beyond his job in defending the ...
Tags: Books, Television, Documentary, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Television & radio, Stage, LGBT rights, Oscar Wilde, Carson, Bailey, Wilde, Edward Carson


Judi Dench: 'In my mind's eye I'm six foot and willowy and about 39'

At 86 and in lockdown, the actor finds herself in the rare position of not working. Instead, she talks about theatrical ghosts, her friendship with Harvey Weinstein and definitely not being a national treasureIt’s all go for Judi Dench, stuck at her house in deepest Surrey. What a freewheeling week; she is beside herself with excitement. Yesterday, she explains, she received her Covid vaccine. This required a trip to the village and was the first time she had left home since she can’t remember w...
Tags: Television, Film, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Harvey Weinstein, James Bond, Judi Dench, Surrey, Philomena, Dench, Shakespeare In Love, Blithe Spirit, Notes on a Scandal


Anthony Head’s teenage obsessions: ‘The Rocky Horror Show ignited something in my core’

The Buffy and Gold Blend actor, who stars in the new film School’s Out Forever, on his love for Judi Dench, Lord of the Flies – and playing Dr Frank-N-FurterMy parents were desperate for me to like classical music, but I just couldn’t buy into the length of the pieces. Then they played me Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber and it was so beautiful, I cried. My school music teacher, Mr Vassal, asked for our favourite composers; I said Samuel Barber and he laughed at me. But eventually everyone ca...
Tags: Music, Musicals, Film, Theatre, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Judi Dench, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Acting, Buffy, Paul Newman, Samuel Barber, Anthony Head, Frank N FurterMy


Thornton Wilder's Our Town is America's answer to Shakespeare

The Pulitzer-winning drama, set in the small town of Grover’s Corners, has a beating heart that will resonate through the yearsIt is frequently called the quintessential American play, but if productions of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer prize winner Our Town focus on its “American-ness”, they’re missing the point.Much as the Russian-set, Jewish-themed Fiddler on the Roof became an international hit in numerous languages, Our Town has lasted as one of the most produced US plays in the global mo...
Tags: Theatre, US, America, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, New Hampshire Continue, Grover, Thornton Wilder, Our Town


Reginald D Hunter | This much I know

The comedian, 51, on gambling with criminals, a surprise daughter, and needing to cryThere’s no greater hell than being an asshole with morals. My tendency to over-analyse makes me slow to act; I question whether I’m doing the right thing constantly.I inherited my father’s welcoming nature – he loves to tell jokes and stories; reasonableness is his default position. But I also got my mother’s violent rage. It’s rare that I lose my temper, but when I do I become every bit the devil of her. Contin...
Tags: Comedy, Life and style, Culture, Stage, Reginald D Hunter


Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, of Siegfried & Roy, dies aged 81

The surviving member of duo Siegfried & Roy has died of cancer in Las Vegas after his magic partner died last yearGerman news agency dpa is reporting that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the duo Siegfried & Roy, has died in Las Vegas at age 81. The New York Times is also reporting Fischbacher’s death. According to the Times, Fischbacher’s publicist said the cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Dpa said Thursday that Fischbacher’s sister, a nun who lives in Munich, con...
Tags: World news, US news, Culture, Munich, New York Times, Stage, Magic, Roy, Las Vegas, Times, DPA, Siegfried, Siegfried Roy, Fischbacher, Siegfried Fischbacher, Dolore


New year, new look: How to revamp spaces for a fresh start in 2021

Whether you're looking to reboot your personal space, office space or latest listing, these 10 tips will help you clear out the old, ring in the new and enjoy a fresh sense of renewal.
Tags: Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Stage, Workspace, Teams, Agent, Declutter, Refresh, Select, Staging, Redecorate, Agent Appreciation Month, Antoinette Fargo, Theme-month-202101


Tim Rice: 'Evita was a bonkers idea'

As the great songwriter prepares to take Jesus Christ Superstar on a 50th birthday tour, he talks about penning hits, his idea for a new musical – and drinking from Lloyd Webber’s Georgian wine glassesTim Rice had a hunch the Oscar was in the bag. After all, he and Elton John had been responsible for three of the five nominations in the best song category. But, as he walked on stage that night in 1995, after Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King won, the tall, slightly awkward-looking...
Tags: Music, England, Hollywood, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Elton John, West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Middlesex, Rice, Compton, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita


Split in two: magicians to celebrate 100 years of sawing people in half

London based Magic Circle’s event, streamed on Facebook, will feature David Copperfield, Debbie McGee and more One hundred years ago next weekend, an English magician called Percy Thomas Tibbles literally and laboriously sawed through a sealed wooden box which contained a woman.It was a sensation and has since become one of the best known magic tricks, performed with all manner of tools and varying degrees of blood - always involving someone cut in half and nearly always with them miraculously p...
Tags: Facebook, London, UK News, Culture, Stage, Magic, Magic Circle, David Copperfield Debbie McGee, Percy Thomas Tibbles