OPINION

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How many drama school shows do casting directors and prospective agents actually see? When I’m at these shows I am usually saddened by the...
Evelyn Hoskins, centre, in Carrie The Musical at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Tristram Kenton

"Musicals do not get written - they get rewritten." It's a familiar expression in musical theatre production. But tinkering with a musical does not necessarily...
Michael White in 1979

Lots of people call themselves producers nowadays. There were so many names above the title for the original Broadway incarnation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,...
Arthur Smith

For the veteran comedian, certain shows and festivals occur often enough that they become a small personal tradition. Edinburgh in August is naturally my...
Shakespeare's Globe in London. Photo: Lance Bellers/Shutterstock

There have been many threatened strikes in Theatreland over the years, but few have ever come to fruition. The last full-blown theatre strike was...
Drama Studio London Stage Combat Class. Photo: Martin Richardson

Not all drama schools are created equal, and no two are alike. The variation across the 18 schools accredited by Drama UK is so...

Shakespeare's Globe starts the British summer unnaturally early in April nowadays (and keeps it going unnaturally late to October), but really it is the...
James Mason (pictured here in North by Northwest) was a working class actor who did not attend drama school

Setting the record straight on DaDAs I welcome Susan Elkin’s piece “The real barrier isn’t funding” (April 30), which redresses the recent media myth that...
Hamlet-week-21-2015-clowning

I’ve done quite a lot of the jobs in theatre over the years (as I think most of us have), but there are a...
Geoff Leesley, Celia Robertson, Emma Hook and Suzan Sylvester in The Flannelettes at the King's Head Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

It's an eclectic mid month with musicals, zombies, balancing acts, one day festivals and thought-provoking political pieces jostling for your theatrical buck. Get ready...
Antony Sher as Falstaff. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Having celebrated theatre’s grip on our memories last time out, I want to consider the opposite. What if the past proves a pitfall? I’ve just...