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In The Stage newspaper this week: November 17

Julian Fellowes. Photo: Carnival/ITV/Nick Briggs
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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 November 17 issue…


The Big Interview: Julian Fellowes

With six series of Downton Abbey under his belt, the award-winning writer has two West End musicals opening this week. He tells Mark Shenton how he made the switch from acting to writing, before achieving success in Hollywood and going on to adapt well-loved classics into glittering stage shows.

James DoeserAre ticket giveaways for teens the best use of arts funding?

A state-funded scheme in Italy will give all its young citizens hundreds of euros to spend on culture. It’s enough to make Brits envious and, says James Doeser, could have profound implications for UK cultural policy.

Jeremy Irvine: ‘Movies are great, but you should always come back to the theatre’

Jeremy Irvine in rehearsal for Buried Child. Photo: Serge Nivelle
Jeremy Irvine in rehearsal for Buried Child. Photo: Serge Nivelle

Jeremy Irvine shot to Hollywood fame from humble beginnings. While playing a tree for the RSC, he auditioned for the film of War Horse and landed the lead part. Mark Shenton finds out what has brought him back to the stage.

Jonathan Suffolk: ‘Once you’ve worked at the NT, you always have high standards’

After working at the National Theatre in the 1990s as a sound technician, Jonathan Suffolk is now its technical director. Nick Smurthwaite finds out what’s involved in heading up a team of 350.

International: Made in China: staging Shakespeare in Shanghai

Yang Zi Yi as Helena, Yan Wen as Puck and  Liu Peng as Oberon. Photo: Yin Xuenfeng
Yang Zi Yi as Helena, Yan Wen as Puck and
Liu Peng as Oberon. Photo: Yin Xuenfeng

For UK company Gecko, this year’s celebrations of two great playwrights was an unmissable chance for cross-border collaboration. Its creative leaders tell Eleanor Turney about working with Shanghai theatremakers to devise an extraordinary take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Backstage: Budding technicians at Covent Garden

For 10 years, the Royal Opera House has been training young apprentices. Nick Smurthwaite finds out how it has helped diversify the workforce.

The Archive: British Library conjures up Victorian magic

Four Victorian illusionists and a comedian are the focus of a new exhibition, There Will Be Fun. Nick Smurthwaite finds out how their work revolutionised theatrical magic.


Matt Trueman TV has a debt to theatre
Jodi Myers Arts boards must be more open to artists
Lasana Shabazz ‘I was running workshops at 18’
Careers Clinic I’ve been in prison. Can I get a job?
The Green Room Is there enough careers advice about backstage?
West End Producer ‘Fingering skills are highly regarded in theatre’
Tom Clutterbuck A jack of all trades is as needed as a master of one

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