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In The Stage newspaper this week: September 21

Jeremy Herrin in rehearsals for The Absence of War. Photo: Marc Douet Jeremy Herrin. Photo: Mark Douet
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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 September 21 issue…

The Big Interview: Jeremy Herrin

Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin has been one of the hardest-working directors in recent years. He tells Mark Shenton about his love of the rehearsal room, his work to improve industry colleagues’ wages and why working on the critically mauled Common was actually ‘pretty amazing’

We meet The Stage Debut Award winners 2017

The winners of our inaugural Debut Awards tell us how it feels to receive an accolade so early in their stage careers in their own words.

The Stage Debut award winners, clockwise from left: Lekan Lawal, Katherine Soper, Rosie Elnile, Samuel Thomas, Abraham Popoola, Miriam-Teak Lee, Grace Molony and Dan Gillespie Sells.
The Stage Debut award winners, clockwise from left: Lekan Lawal, Katherine Soper, Rosie Elnile, Samuel Thomas, Abraham Popoola, Miriam-Teak Lee, Grace Molony and Dan Gillespie Sells. Photo: Alex Brenner

Michael Coveney: Run down? Hardly. West End theatres are in great shape

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane auditorium from the royal box. Photo: Peter Dazeley
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane auditorium from the royal box. Photo: Peter Dazeley

Forty years ago, establishing the Theatres Trust provided the impetus to revitalising the crumbling West End Theatres and ensure their futures. Michael Coveney reveals how these playhouses are now fit for purpose.

The opera exhibition singing up a storm to open the V&A’s huge new space

Highlighting seven landmark works in seven cities, the museum is presenting a wealth of artefacts and embracing technology to bring opera to life. Its curator tells George Hall how the exhibition aims to engage diverse audiences with an art form often seen as rather rarified.

The Tale, Torbay’s site-specific festival: Where art walks on the wild side

Philip Hoare at the Torbay Museum, from where The Tale starts. Photo: Paul Blakemore
Philip Hoare at the Torbay Museum, from where The Tale starts. Photo: Paul Blakemore

During the course of two weekends, 10 miles of South Devon coast is being transformed by several site-pecific performances. Amber Massie-Blomfield explores The Tale and how it is bringing the arts to the great outdoors.

Dublin Theatre Festival celebrates durability

Girl Song by Emma Martin. Photo: Luca Truffarelli
Girl Song by Emma Martin. Photo: Luca Truffarelli

The Irish capital’s arts festival has mirrored the expansion and evolution of its host city over the past 60 years. Eleanor Turney finds artistic director Willie White in buoyant mood and determined to continue sating appetites with a programme that reflects the pressing issues.


Plus more opinion, advice and interviews…

Mark Shenton Identifying new talent is vital to our industry
Lyn Gardner Theatres need to commit to gender quotas
Matt Trueman Time to look at stage fright in a new way
Susan Elkin Why children are being let down in theatres
The Green Room Tips for best agent relationships
Mathias Dingman ‘Ballet needs to foster new audiences
Lee Newby ‘Labour of Love is my West End breakthrough’
The Stage Scholarships Barbara Speake Stage School winners

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