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The Stage’s most popular long reads in 2018

Clockwise from top left: London's West End, Caryl Churchill, interactive theatre and casting directors. Photos: Shutterstock/Marc Brenner/David Monteith-Hodge/Scarlet Page
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1. A breakdown of West End tickets show they may not be the rip-off many theatregoers think

Think West End tickets are overpriced? Why a breakdown of the costs proves they’re not a rip-off

2. Casting directors reveal the secrets of their trade from dos and don’ts in the audition room to how they made it in the industry

What do casting directors look for in auditions? Theatre’s hidden talent spotters reveal the secrets of their trade

3. Industry leaders tell Lyn Gardner how theatrical disasters spurred them to success

Fail again, fail better: theatre’s high-flyers on flops and fiascos

4. Caryl Churchill turned 80 in September. David Benedict and playwrights she influenced celebrate theatre’s ‘ultimate playwright’

Caryl Churchill at 80 – celebrating UK theatre’s ‘ultimate playwright’

5. Artistic directors reveal how running a theatre is about more than just art

Bins, bogs and beer: why running a theatre is about more than art

6. What makes a great actor?

What makes a great actor?

7. Is British theatre failing the working class?

Lyn Gardner: Is British theatre guilty of failing the working class?

8. A year on from #MeToo how much really changed in the theatre?

A year on from #MeToo, how much has theatre really changed?

9. Is there an art to the curtain call?

Bow wow: is there an art to the curtain call?

10. Has immersive theatre grown too big, too quickly?

Is immersive theatre growing up or growing too big, too quickly?

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