In The Stage newspaper this week: March 16

Declan Donnellan. Photo: Johan Persson
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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 March 16 issue...

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The Big Interview: Declan Donnellan

The Olivier award-winning director and Cheek by Jowl artistic director tells Michael Coveney how his company is fuelled by productions that work across borders and languages, what inspires him about Russian theatre and why he always needs the help of an assassin.

Matilda tops tours – but where are the other musicals?

Touring productions can extend the life and profitability of a successful production. David Brownlee sifts through Arts Council England’s touring data to see which companies have capitalised on this model – and where.

Inua Ellams: ‘I started writing before I had the right to live and work in the UK’

Inua Ellams in An Evening With an Immigrant. Photo: Oliver Holms

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams is touring An Evening With an Immigrant while working on
Barber Shop Chronicles, his third show for the National Theatre. He tells Catherine Love about the autobiographical inspiration for his work, which engages audiences nationwide with its topical subject material
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Great stage debuts

Daniel Radcliffe in Equus at the Gielgud Theatre, London. Photo: Uli Weber

While some performers, writers or directors take a few years to hit their stride, others become stars overnight. As The Stage Debut Awards launch, Mark Shenton looks back at those who made an immediate impression.

Michelle Collins‘If it wasn’t for Cindy Beale, I doubt I’d be where I am now’

Her EastEnders role propelled her to fame, but Michelle Collins has since worked across TV and theatre, with roles including a musical tour and a new two-hander. She tells Nick Smurthwaite why a lack of training spurred her on.

The dark side of Russian theatre’s latest boom

A scene from Yevgenia Berkovich’s (top right) production of Lyuba Strizhak’s Marina at the Gogol Centre, Moscow, in 2015. Photo: Irina Polyarnaya

Buildings are being rejuvenated, new writers are flourishing and diverse directors are emerging. Is Russian theatre blossoming? John Freedman warns that the growth is masking censorship, marginalisation and attacks on art in the name of morality.

Tal Yarden: ‘We are using cinematic tools to allow actors a greater intimacy’

Tal Yarden has designed video sequences for Hamlet at the Almeida, starring Andrew Scott. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Through his work with Ivo van Hove, video designer Tal Yarden has pioneered a fusion of film and theatre that he’s now applied to the Almeida’s Hamlet. He tells Nick Smurthwaite about ‘reshaping’ the theatrical experience.

Plus...

Maggie Brown 'Grayson Perry is finding a new audience on TV'
Andrew Haydon 'Polish theatre crisis trumps Brexit'
Lourdes Faberes 'My 'tiger mum' groomed me for law'
West End Producer Has twitter forced actors to become a brand?
Careers Clinic Am I too different for commercials?
The Green Room Have you ever switched agents?
The Stage Scholarships Razzamataz Theatre Schools
Jess Gow Stage managers have a lot to learn from each other

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