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In The Stage newspaper this week: July 7

Christopher Hampton. Photo: Dave Bennet
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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 July 7 issue. Find out where to buy your copy here

The Big Interview: Christopher Hampton

With a glut of his adaptations, including the current run of Florian Zeller’s The Truth, gracing the West End,
the celebrated writer talks to Nick Smurthwaite about the highs and lows of his career, his fascination with language and why he owes his success to the domestic servant who worked for his family in Egypt.

What can theatre learn from the £4.2bn video games sector?

By the End of Us by Block Stop at the Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Blockstop
By the End of Us by Block Stop at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Blockstop

Fusing interactive gaming with entertainment traditionally requiring a passive audience may not be an obvious move, but the results could create big winners, both financially and creatively. Lee Anderson investigates…

James Doeser: Brexit is just the start of the war on culture

Despite the arts being wholeheartedly in favour of remaining in the EU the UK population voted for Brexit. James Doeser fears for the future of the sector not just from funding cuts but in a climate of philistinism.

So and So Arts Club: The self-help club for actors that’s gaining ground

Participants in Sheffield's A Dream. Photo: Mark Douet
Participants in Sheffield’s A Dream. Photo: Mark Douet

Four and a half years ago, Sarah Berger formed the So and So Arts Club to help actors find work. Simon Tait finds out how it has expanded to help members collaborate, increase contacts and gain experience.

Sheffield serves up Shakespeare for, by and with the people

The latest offering from Sheffield People’s Theatre is Chris Bush’s Shakespearean mash-up, featuring a cast of 80 local residents. Matt Trueman talks to the team behind the production about the value of mass participation.

The Union: The national theatre of fringe musicals moves home

Nearly 20 years ago, Sasha Regan opened a theatre in a derelict building under railway arches in Southwark on a shoestring budget. As the theatre prepares to relocate, a venture that will quadruple its rent, Mark Shenton finds out what the future holds for the popular fringe venue.

International: Rimini Protokoll, Germany

Remote X, Moscow, 2015. Mike Vonotkov
Remote X, Moscow, 2015. Mike Vonotkov

Rimini Protokoll has put non-performers on global stages for more than a decade. As it comes to the UK, the collective tells Matt Trueman about its new form of documentary theatre.

Backstage: The actors putting tech centre stage

While some performers blanch at the thought of handling technical tasks, others are not only grasping the nettle, they’re also bringing it on stage. Tech-savvy performers tell Jo Caird why this offers audiences something extra.

The Archive: Golf society has arts down to a tee

The Stage Golfing Society was formed in 1903 as a way of keeping actors out of the pub. Nick Smurthwaite looks at how it has evolved over the last century to encompass the whole entertainment industry.


Maggie Brown ‘Live events can bring us together’
Richard Jordan ‘Where’s the UK’s answer to Hamilton?’
Paul Morris ‘With collaborative theatre there’s nowhere to hide’
Landi Oshinowo ‘I’ve learned my trade on the job’
The Green Room Have you ever been in a flop?
Careers Clinic Should I promote my pop career?
West End Producer The key to successful ball changes…
Rob Halliday ‘Social division is clearer to touring staff’

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