In The Stage newspaper this week: April 20

Kerry Michael in rehearsals. Photo: Richard Davenport
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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 April 20 issue…


The Big Interview: Kerry Michael

As the artistic director of London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East counts down his final productions before stepping down later this year, he tells Natasha Tripney what he has learned during his 12-year tenure, why the audience comes first and why deeds speak louder than words in the quest to entertain, push boundaries and tackle debates.

Paul Roseby: Why can’t the arts be afforded the same prestige as sports?

Members of the National Youth Theatre performing at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Theatre and sport command the same disciplined team-building skills, yet the arts are not granted equal respect or status. Paul Roseby says it’s time to empower a new generation of cultural heroes.

Brexit be damned: how Mackintosh plans to make inroads to Europe with Music Theatre International

Cameron Mackintosh (second left) with Bert Fink, Sean Gray, Freddie Gershon and Drew H Cohen at the recent launch of Music Theatre International (Europe) in London. Photo: Dan Wooller

The money-spinning success of musical theatre has extended far beyond Broadway and the West End –
and Cameron Mackintosh has his sights firmly on global markets. Mark Shenton looks at how the producer’s new European arm of theatrical licensing agency MTI will bolster the future of its vast catalogue of musicals.

Edward Hogg: ‘Being in a punk band was all I wanted – I didn’t act till I was 18’

Edward Hogg: Photo: Robert Workman

Having made his stage debut more than a decade ago, the Yorkshire-born actor is finally playing one of Shakespeare’s original star-crossed lovers in a dark and twisted staging of Romeo and Juliet. He tells Georgia Snow about maintaining self-confidence, reacting to criticism and working with Daniel Kramer.

Rash Dash: The physical theatre duo pushing boundaries and creating chaos

Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland with their The Stage Edinburgh award 2016. Photo: Alex Brenner

RashDash was formed by two graduates eager to make their own theatre. Catherine Love finds out how the pair have gone on to work at the National Theatre, win awards for their Edinburgh shows and hone their anarchic style.

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts: Taiwan’s arty answer to Hyde Park

It doesn’t open its doors until 2018, but the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) is already forging intercultural collaboration between the island nation and the rest of the world. Nick Awde looks at the newest addition to the country’s pioneering national performing arts structure.

Backstage: Are wireless mics under threat?

Paul O’Grady in Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena’s Cinderella in 2015. Photo: James Watkins

With space under pressure on the radio frequencies that wireless microphones use, Kevin Hilton investigates the upcoming changes to allocations and the effect this may have on the entertainment industry.

42nd Street: The musical coming back a star

Clare Leach and Michael Howe in the original West End production of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1984. Photo: Featureflash

As a youngster in the US in 1980, the show played to just 300 people on its opening night. As it returns to London, Al Senter finds out how it became an international hit.


Matt Trueman Have critics lost their bite?
Andrzej Lukowski ITV’s Oliviers were impressive
West End Producer How to cope with the stress of headshots
Dean Nolan ‘Liverpool Everyman rep company is my training’
Katie Bonna ‘It’s important to arrive at some form of activism’
Careers Clinic Should I be suspicious of my agency?
The Green Room What do you think of UK theatre criticism?

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