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In The Stage newspaper this week: September 24

Dominic Cooke. Photo: Manuel Harlan Dominic Cooke has criticised the ‘liberal intelligentsia’ for being too elitist. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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The Stage newspaper comes out once a week and is brimming with industry news, advice, analysis and reviews from all over the UK. Here are some of the highlights from the September 24 issue. Find out where to buy your copy here

The Big Interview: Dominic Cooke

The Olivier award-winning director talks to Mark Shenton about returning to the theatre for the first time since leaving the Royal Court two years ago and why he needed a break.

Insight: Beating the crowd to secure investment for new theatre

American Psycho at London’s Almeida Theatre, starring Matt Smith, right, was partly financed through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Tristram Kenton
American Psycho at London’s Almeida Theatre, starring Matt Smith, right, was partly financed through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Tristram Kenton

In this age of austerity, producers need to be ‘tooled up’ on which types of finance can work best for their projects. Sean Egan looks at the myriad opportunities, from enterprise schemes to tax relief and crowdfunding.

When theatre toes the conformist line

Michael Coveney asks where the new theatrical firebrands of the likes of David Hare and Howard Brenton are going to come from, when so many playwrights seem to be sticking to a set agenda.

Barney Norris: ‘I’m extending a conversation into the heartland of the enemy’

Playwright Barney Norris talks to Natasha Tripney about how growing up in a village has made him want to tell stories that don’t usually get told, strike out against right-wing xenophobia and make people say ‘I love you’.

Michael Feinstein. Photo: AJ Mast
Michael Feinstein. Photo: AJ Mast

Michael Feinstein: ‘I still have a career because I constantly adapt what I do’

Internationally acclaimed entertainer Michael Feinstein tells Mark Shenton about his lifelong mission to preserve and celebrate the great American songbook, ahead of his latest appearance in London’s West End.

Laura Wade: ‘I enjoy work that has truth and muscularity’

Laura Wade started writing plays in her bedroom in her teens but, by her own admission, took a while to find her writing voice. As the acclaimed playwright brings Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet to the stage, she talks to Natasha Tripney about her journey.

International: Iranian theatre back from the shadows

Daedalus and Icarus by Homayoun Ghanizadeh
Daedalus and Icarus by Homayoun Ghanizadeh

After playing second fiddle to cinema, Iranian theatre is beginning to increase its profile. Nick Awde explores the country’s vibrant arts scene.

Backstage: A trip to the Amazon rainforest to capture the perfect sound

Top sound designer Gareth Fry faced the challenge of his career when working on Complicite’s Encounter, from travelling halfway round the world to bringing new technology into the arena of theatrical soundscapes.

The Archive: Theatre Royal Nottingham celebrates 150 years

The iconic theatre has survived two world wars, periods of major restoration, and the threat of demolition. As it celebrates its 150th birthday, Nick Smurthwaite delves into its rich history and finds it is thriving now as never before and continues to attract some of the biggest stars and leading theatre companies.


Stephanie Street ‘We need support, if we are to give our best’
Paul Clayton ‘I’ll hang up my hat the day the stress disappears
The Green Room What we’d like to see from the BBC review
Dear West End Producer
 ‘Producers can form the whole show’
Susan Elkin Applauding the entrepreneurs
Careers Clinic Where to source new writing
Daniel Dingsdale Secret Cinema is like performing to children
Tom Clutterbuck ‘Maybe I should set up a support group’

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