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In The Stage newspaper this week: July 6

Jamie Hendry and Julian Fellowes (author of the show's book) at The Wind in the Willows rehearsal. Photo: Marc Brenner/Jamie Hendry Productions
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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 6 special issue which focusses on musicals…

The Big Interview: Jamie Hendry

He’s in his early 30s, but Jamie Hendry has been producing in the West End for 10 years and now his personal project, The Wind in the Willows, is set to open at the Palladium. He tells Mark Shenton about his hopes to change the established old boys’ network rules for funding and marketing and to create new business models.

James Doeser: Was last week’s NPO round the prelude to a funding revolution?

Carefully examine Arts Council England’s national portfolio funding announcement and you’ll discover revealing insights about the state  of subsidy – and the nation – today, says James Doeser.

Laurence Connor: ‘Les Mis at the O2 was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done’

Laurence Connor
Laurence Connor

The actor turned director has reworked the biggest musicals in the world, from Miss Saigon to Jesus Christ Superstar. He tells Mark Shenton how Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber transformed his career.

Tom Deering: ‘No one is interested in making a musical any more’

As Committee, the verbatim musical about the demise of Kids Company, opens at London’s Donmar Warehouse, its composer tells Matt Trueman about the joy of conducting and the challenge of writing his first score for a musical.

Musicals in Europe: Big in Europe: how musicals are thriving on the continent

Mary Poppins is currently being staged in Stuttgart. Photo: Deen van Meer
Mary Poppins is currently being staged in Stuttgart. Photo: Deen van Meer

Musical theatre is flourishing in Europe and continues to grow in popularity whether crowds are flocking to a replica production of a West End or Broadway hit or a homegrown blockbuster. Lisa Martland reports.

LAMDA redevelopment:  ‘It’s jaw-dropping for new students when we bring them here’

Principal Joanna Read and her pupils test one of the studio’s semi-sprung floors. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Principal Joanna Read and her pupils test one of the studio’s semi-sprung floors. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

The future looks bright with the opening of LAMDA’s £28 million extension, which has trebled the school’s floor space. Paul Hoggart is shown around.

Plus more opinion, advice and interviews…

Mark Shenton Are critics giving British musicals a fair hearing?
Lyn Gardner ‘Don’t use NPO funding to compete’
Maggie Brown ‘TV keeps feeding dreams of fame-hungry youngsters’
Pravesh Kumar Where is the next big BAME musical?
West End Producer How do I make a success of Edinburgh?
Adam Lenson ‘Medicine wasn’t for me so I switched to directing’
Izuka Hoyle My dream role is Cruella de Vil’
Careers Clinic How can I improve my audition skills?
The Green Room How is an actor in a musical different?

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