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In The Stage newspaper this week: October 12

Dominic Dromgoole. Photo: Helena Miscioscia
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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 October 12 issue...

The Big Interview: Dominic Dromgoole

After 11 years at Shakespeare’s Globe, a tenure rounded off by sending Hamlet around the world, its former artistic director continues to conquer new territories, following up a foray into film production by staging a series of classic plays in the West End. Starting with A Woman of No Importance, he tells Mark Shenton why he’s a risk-taker.

James Doeser: Arts’ top tier remains dominated by the privileged few

While those at the top are keen to present the sector as meritocratic, recent research shows that talented young people are still held back from progressing in the creative industries. James Doeser investigates.

Spektrix: Meet the innovators spearheading the ticketing tech revolution

When two theatre-lovers set up a cloud-based ticketing platform 10 years ago, most venues were using outdated box-office technology. Tim Bano investigates how the system they created has revolutionised ticketing, marketing and fundraising – helping more than 300 organisations across the country engage with their audiences.

Nikki Amuka-Bird: ‘I’ve been longing to do Ibsen. It is a rite of passage’

Nikki Amuka-Bird in rehearsal at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Nikki Amuka-Bird in rehearsal at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Nikki Amuka-Bird was brought up on classic films and learned to love theatre at drama school. The celebrated star of stage and screen tells Nick Clark about finally being cast in an Ibsen play and working with Kwame Kwei-Armah.

The Voice of Black Opera: How diversity is helping to build opera’s artistic strength

Abigail Kelly stars in the OperaUpClose production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Photo: Christopher Tribble
Abigail Kelly stars in the OperaUpClose production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Photo: Christopher Tribble

The vision of a British opera industry that is as ethnically diverse as Team GB at the London and Rio Olympics may not be that far off, as black opera singers in the UK shape the contribution to the genre. Yehuda Shapiro looks at how opera is catching up with other areas in the performing arts when it comes to diversity on stage.

Farnham Maltings: Providing a global platform for artists to showcase their work

The thriving multi-arts hub continues to help theatremakers forge long-term collaborative relationships with their peers around the world through sharing ideas and practices. Home to the Arts Council-supported House and Caravan projects, Farnham Maltings director Gavin Stride tells Nick Awde about its evolving theatre programme.

Specs appeal: how caption glasses could ‘transform’ theatre

The National Theatre has unveiled new smart glasses for hearing-impaired audiences. Developed over three years, the glasses flash the dialogue as the actors say it. Nick Clark tried out the ‘transformational’ eyewear.

Plus more opinion, advice and interviews...

Mark Shenton It's time we spoke up about assault in our own industry
Lyn Gardner Theatremakers must see others' work
Daniel Evans Big auditoriums can provide a welcome challenge
Alistair Bambridge Now's not the time to clamp down on tax relief
The Green Room What skills would you like to add to your CV?
West End Producer 'Will I always be poor working in this industry?'
Careers Clinic How do I leave a hit show?
Victoria Melody 'I made my dad's funeral into a performance piece'
Florencia Cordeu 'The most convenient way to keep in touch was with cassettes'

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