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As the dapper, unflappable and bowler-hatted John Steed, Patrick Macnee became one of the most recognisable and iconic actors of his generation, the equivalent,...

See a magical new opera based on a much loved story at the Royal Opera House, courtesy of Welsh National Opera. JM Barrie's classic children's tale...
A conference control position: one of the best things about showcalling events is the quality of the technical crews

“Events, dear boy, events” was prime minister Harold Macmillan’s reply when asked what caused him greatest concern in his job. Stage managers taking on...
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...
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...
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...
Gurinder Chadha. Photo: Graham Barclay

Stage musicals are frequently made out of successful film properties – heading to the West End next is Kinky Boots, bringing the world of...
Andrew Pollard

Andrew Pollard starred in the Hull Truck/New Vic co-production of The Ladykillers at both theatres – a play that he suggested to the New...
Deborah Bestwick

When Deborah Bestwick took over as artistic director of the radical south London theatre and youth arts organisation Ovalhouse, her plan was to stay...

Surely, no ocean-going holiday company is so aptly named as Carnival Cruise Lines, for which live entertainment is a high priority and a signature...
Festival director Olivier Py has had to manage bad weather, industrial action, cuts to the budget and the loss of venues over his two-year stewardship

While it may be best known to casual tourists for its broken bridge, Avignon’s place in the theatre world is assured by its annual...
The Stage Critic Search 2015

In April, The Stage launched a nationwide competition to find the UK’s best undiscovered theatre critics, with an open call-out to any aspiring critics...