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By the time you’ve read this ‘The World’s No 1 Pickpocket’ (Time Out) could have stolen the most valuable thing you own. It’s time...
JC Sound and Lighting's work on Liminal at the Arcola Tent, London. Photo: Ambra Vernuccio

The UK theatre and entertainment industry boasts the best sound, lighting and special effects designers in the world, which means the suppliers and installers...
The Sunshine Gang, a musical commissioned by the Musical Theatre Academy in 2012

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Far too often the process of creating new musicals is regarded as less significant than the penning of straight plays,...
Will Swenson as Javert and Ramin Karimloo as Valjean in the 2014 production of Les Miserables on Broadway. Photo Michael Le Poer Trench

Famed for bringing shows such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon to the London stage, producer Cameron Mackintosh is also credited with marketing musicals...
Eileen Essell (centre) with Rosie Cavaliero and Michelle Gomez in BBC2's 2006 comedy Feel the Force. Photo: BBC/Alan Peebles/Catherine Bailey

Few actors find themselves being acclaimed as “a spectacular find” at the age of 84. Producer Sue Vertue’s hailing of Eileen Essell as such followed...

After five years as an assistant with the BBC, Barry Newbery cut his teeth as a fully fledged television designer in 1962 on the...

Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist food or the ladies. But he gets more than he bargains for when he attempts...
Maria Friedman. Photo: United Artists

The Stage newspaper comes out once a week and is brimming with industry news, advice, analysis and reviews from all over the UK. Here...

Regularly seen on old-time variety bills and in summer shows and pantomime, comedian Don Smoothey reckoned that the high point of his career was...

As ‘The ‘Bird’ With the Feathers’, Lee Stevens was one of the most popular and hard-working female impersonators in a generation of high-profile theatrical...
Manchester's Home. Photo: Paul Karalius

Home in Manchester has been formed by the merger of Cornerhouse art gallery and cinema and the Library Theatre Company, and officially opens this...
Sylvia Young, founder and principal of the Sylvia Young Theatre School, with some of her pupils

Sylvia Young’s motherly and self-deprecating manner belie the razor-sharp mind, grit and determination that led her to found what has become Britain’s most successful...