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Before advertising formally for a new artistic director, Shakespeare’s Globe held workshops for four months. Photo: John Wildgoose

“It’s a bit like replacing a football manager at the top of his game,” says Nigel Hugill, chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, on...
Lenny Henry in Educating Rita at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Actors are only human – though what they do sometimes seems superhuman. Seeing Ralph Fiennes in the National's recent Man and Superman, for instance,...

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Sarah Frankcom will direct Maxine Peake in Caryl Churchill’s 1994 play, The Skriker, which features at this year’s Manchester International Festival . Photo: Jonathan Keenan

This week, as summer finally, belatedly erupts, it’s a good thing that there’s a rich and varied array of open air work taking place...
Christopher Lee

Darkly, dangerously glamorous as both vampires and villains, Christopher Lee was one of the most distinctive screen actors of his generation. And one of...

After the US Supreme Court made historic rulings in favour of gay marriage throughout the country and upheld affordable health care on June 26,...
Sofia Fomina and Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell. Photo: Clive Barda

There’s a steadily growing unease that the visual and dramatic standards of the Royal Opera’s recent productions in no way match their broad musical...
Jill Hyem on location for Tenko

Jill Hyem was an actress and writer who co-created the popular radio serial Waggoner’s Walk and later became a prominent television writer, best known...

It's not a coincidence that this musical by David Leddick and Andrew Sargent has its UK premiere on the weekend of the London Pride...

Playwright James Rushbrooke has won this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize. The award is presented to a production that has not previously been performed professionally....

Now in its tenth year, Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree has toured the world and won an Obie for its performances Off-Broadway. Last seen...
A scene from Unearthed at the New Vic

This fascinating double-bill is part of a five-week festival of plays, talks and exhibitions inspired by the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard – the...
A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Even the most gifted designer would struggle to create a setting for Shakespeare’s sylvan fantasy half as stunning as the Savill Garden, a hidden...
Detail from the cover of Polly Teale's Mermaid play text

Moving Sites: Investigating Site Specific Dance Performance, edited by Victoria Hunter This scholarly tome from Routledge presents a series of essays on various aspects of...
Sarah Frankcom will direct Maxine Peake in Caryl Churchill’s 1994 play, The Skriker, which features at this year’s Manchester International Festival . Photo: Jonathan Keenan

“Alot of things have come together in Manchester recently,” says Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the city’s Royal Exchange Theatre. “There’s a confidence and...