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In The Stage newspaper this week: January 12

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 January 12 issue…

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The Big Interview: Giles Croft

After 18 years at the helm of Nottingham Playhouse, the artistic director tells Mark Shenton why he has decided to step down, but not before one of his biggest directorial successes, The Kite Runner, completes its West End transfer.

What’s ahead for Hull in its year as City of Culture?

Back to Ours which will take place at various venues around the city

As the UK’s second City of Culture, Hull has seen substantial investment in its arts buildings and development within its cultural organisations. Michael Quinn looks at whether 2017 could enhance the future of its theatre.

Which shows will be this year’s big hits?

Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones in Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. Photo: Joan Marcus

Our lead critics pick the productions to look out for over the next 12 months

Stuart Slade: ‘Nothing is off-limits, but I would never do gags that are just cruel’

After two acclaimed plays at London fringe venue Theatre503, former TV producer Stuart Slade has built a reputation for his darkly comic treatment of traumatic themes. As BU21 transfers to Trafalgar Studios, he tells Natasha Tripney about his sources of inspiration and how running a theatre company has shaped his writing.

The Bunker: ‘We’ll fill the gap between pub theatres and subsidised venues’

In just nine months, an underground car park in Southwark was converted into a spacious studio theatre.
Its founders tell Matt Trueman how they scrambled to get the intrepid new fringe venue up and running.

Hamlet brushes up on the lingo

Theatre workers have long used a range of witty, irreverent and occasionally baffling phrases to describe what goes on in the industry. Adam Jacot de Boinod examines the rich and diverse theatrical language to describe what happens on and off stage, illustrated by Harry Venning.

International: Kurt Egelhof –‘I had to become a hard-arse to make it in this neck of the woods’

Louise Maskell in The Grinning Man – costume desihn by Jean Chan. Photo: Simon Annand

Dismayed by the dearth of anything but state-sanctioned or commercial work in South Africa, actor, author and activist Kurt Egelhof has taken matters into his own hands and established an independent venue in Cape Town. He tells Nick Awde of his divided country and why his work seeks to purge audiences of their repressive histories.

Young designers to watch in 2017

Throughout the country, a fresh generation is taking theatre design by storm, working across set, costume, lighting and video projection. Matt Trueman profiles six designers whose upcoming projects promise to invite audiences into surprising and exhilarating new worlds this year.

The Archive: Jus’ like that – Tommy Cooper’s magic on show

A new exhibition of memorabilia at the Victoria and Albert Museum is testimony to the late, great comic’s attention to detail. Cooper biographer John Fisher tells Nick Smurthwaite about his instinctive gift for humour.


Jenny Sealey Making auditions accessible is simple
Daniel Evans This year I vow to read more plays
Kate Prince ‘I wanted to give hip hop dancers a platform’
Careers Clinic  Do I need an English showreel?
The Green Room What are your new year resolutions?
West End Producer After a 15 year careers break am I now a craptor?’

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