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British theatre urged to 'completely rebuild' to improve diversity

Actor behind Blackstage UK web series says pandemic offers opportunity to address structural racism in arts

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Theatres 'ready to fight' after year 'from hell'

"We were walking innocently into the future with no idea what was coming," says Nica Burns, chief executive of Nimax Theatres.


Minack Theatre announces first programming of 2021

The outdoor venue plans to welcome visitors from April


Durham and Sunderland theatre festival serves up bite-size online performances

Amateur theatre festival moves online with a free programme of one-act plays while an online fundraiser is out to secure its post-lockdown return to normal

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Iconic North East gangster film Get Carter turns 50

The moment Michael Caine stepped off that train in Newcastle, the spotlight brought the North East and its many wonderful locations into sharp focus.


The Prince of Egypt to reopen at London’s Dominion Theatre in July!

New musical The Prince of Egypt had its London premiere in early 2020 just before lockdown saw the curtain come down.

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Death Drop to reopen at London’s Garrick Theatre this May!

Death Drop is back to slay another day! The smash-hit sensation is set to sashay back to the West End’s Garrick Theatre from 19 May. 


Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan's new movie confirms UK release date as it skips cinemas

The film will now land on digital platforms across the nation on Friday, March 26.


£774k grant unveiled to help pandemic-hit Globe Theatre restoration

The listed building is one of 22 to get a share of a £13.5m pot of cash to help schemes affected by covid


Digital concert revival of GATSBY A MUSICAL returns due to popular demand

The recent concert revival of Gatsby A Musical, filmed at Cadogan Hall, will return online from 11-14 March due to popular demand.


Portsmouth Christmas panto season to resume in summer

A theatre which had its Christmas pantomime season cut short by coronavirus restrictions has rescheduled the shows for the summer..


Whoopi Goldberg pulls out of Sister Act after postponement

Whoopi Goldberg has pulled out of the London stage version of her musical Sister Act, after its opening was postponed from this summer.


Newcastle's Tyne Theatre welcomes West End performers for a virtual show this February

Musical theatre stars - including a local talent - will be helping to support the struggling Tyne Theatre and Opera House through a live-streamed performance


Emma Stone Looks Completely Unrecognizable As A "Punk Rock" Version Of Cruella De Vil

You can call Emma Stone Cruella de Vil! Today, Disney shared the first movie poster of Stone dressed up as the fashionable villain in the upcoming film Cruella.


Wendi Peters to star in ‘You Are Here’ UK premiere

The musical will open at Southwark Playhouse in April both in person or as a livestream.


New open-air theatre being built in Thorington – with season featuring Into the Woods and Shakespeare

A new theatre in Suffolk.  


The Phantom of the Opera West End home redesign details revealed in planning application

New information has been revealed for a redesigned auditorium at The Phantom of the Opera's home, Her Majesty's Theatre.



Although the Oz books by author L. Frank Baum are well known, one could argue that the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz left such a strong legacy that it kept the number of later Oz movies to a relative minimum, including The Wiz , Return to Oz and 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful 

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A Hollywood film and a cunning plan: how Britain got its vaccine rollout right

In a small way at least, the 13.5 million people already given a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain have Gwyneth Paltrow to thank. Kate Winslet, Matt Damon and Jude Law played a part, too.


Miriam Margolyes fears for the future of the theatre industry.

The 79-year-old actress - who played Professor Sprout in the 'Harry Potter' film series - has admitted she's not sure whether the industry will ever be able to make a full recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.  

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North East delight at £2m boost from Weston Culture Fund

Sage Gateshead, Live Theatre, Northern Stage and Seven Stories are among those celebrating awards from the fund set up in response to the devastating impact Covid has had on creative arts

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Darlington Hippodrome Announces Valentine's Day Events

Whether it's a musical theatre hit, an intimate drama or side-splitting comedy, Darlington Hippodrome has something for that special someone in your life this Valentine's Day.

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Full casting announced for musical film ‘In Pieces’

The film will raise money for LGBT Foundation.