Andrew Panteleone Manzi

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Tight budgets can lead to ‘safe’ programmes. Daniel Evans of Sheffield Theatres and Elizabeth Newman at the Octagon in Bolton have the right approach<p>“Audiences crave a challenge,” said Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, writing about the audience’s enthusiastic response to the …

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Frantic Assembly Masterclass: Learning to Fly

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Split-second timing adds drama to election night

On 7 May, churches, school halls, and back rooms of community centres will be turned into polling stations, staffed by council workers and volunteers.<p>A church polling station is the backdrop for a real-time play for theatre and TV, called The Vote, staged at the exact moment in which the action is …

From tripe-visaged rascal to ass-head… William Shakespeare may have been born 450 years ago today (or thereabouts) but he sure knew how to put someone down in style. David and Ben Crystal, authors of the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, help you work out which insults to use and …

Top 10

Inside 'Wolf Hall,' Broadway's 8-hour binge

Perhaps you had to mentally prepare yourself for the 179-minute <i>Wolf of Wall Street</i>. Maybe you did some light stretches and not-so-light snack …

Henry Viii

Everyman, National Theatre, review: 'Chiwetel Ejiofor shines'

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in a modern-day, slick but slight reworking of the 15th-century morality play Everyman<p>Judgement day at the National. The first production in the post Nick Hytner era to be directed by the new guy in charge, Rufus Norris, has landed: a fresh version of the 15th-century …

The Theatre

Rice will follow Mark Rylance and Dominic Dromgoole in top job at the theatre when she takes over in April 2016<p>The job description demanded “visionary and charismatic leadership”, the ability to “command respect and loyalty”, the confidence to take risks and – oh yes – “a knowledge and love of the …

William Shakespeare

Derek Jacobi to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet - aged 77

Sir Derek Jacobi is to take on the role of Shakespeare's Mercutio, starring opposite lead actors in their 20s<p>He has already shocked theatreland with a surprise return to the West End, to star in a season of five plays directed by himself.<p>Now the latest twist in <b>Sir Kenneth Branagh's extraordinary</b> …

Judi Dench

Fever Dream: Southside, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, review: 'a failed blancmange'

Douglas Maxwell's socio-political fantasy lacks coherence, says Mark Brown<p>Glasgow's Southside is a truly fascinating place. The final destination, over more than a century, for many and varied groups of refugees and migrants, from Jews fleeing Czarist Russia, to people from the post-independence …

The Arts

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

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Why the Brits are ruling Broadway

The British received 31 nominations in this year's Tonys. Matt Wolf explains our conquering stage presence<p>After a drought, a deluge. Last year, there wasn’t a single British play nominated for a Tony Award as the Broadway season’s best with a total of 31 nominees. This season, by contrast, one can …

Wolf Hall

New play stages the 'temporary lives' on zero-hours contracts

You've seen the stats: 2.7m jobs, 600,000 workers, on zero-hours contracts. Some say it suits them, allowing flexibility and control, but 16% don't get the hours they need to make ends meet and one-in-four would like more work.<p>But facts and figures can't do feelings. "We get a lot of dry economic …

The 2015 Tony Nominations Are Announced Today

The 2015 Tony Awards nominees will be announced today at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel at 8:30am. The announcements, which will be …

Photograph: Joan Marcus/AP<p>Something Rotten! has 10 Tony nominations.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/28/1430227121617/3e03112d-bb9e-490e-8b8d-f53d3fd40b6a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Joan Marcus/AP<p>Something Rotten! has 10 Tony …

Wolf Hall

Beautiful Thing | Review | Theatre

Jonathan Harvey’s iconic 90s play about love blossoming between two young boys on a Thamesmead estate has lost none of its relevance or humour over …

Photograph: Joan Marcus<p>‘Taymor’s command of lighting, sound and projections is unparalleled’ … Grounded.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/27/1430130128013/8bc50023-8573-4c3a-879a-75d981576bb2-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Joan Marcus<p>‘Taymor’s command of lighting, …

Anne Hathaway

William Shakespeare: 11 things you didn't know about the Bard

<b>To mark the anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the RSC's Artistic Director Gregory Doran presents some startling facts about Britain's most famous playwright:</b><p><b>1. Shakespeare caused an air crash</b><p>On October 4th 1960 a Lockheed Electra aeroplane setting off from Boston Airport stirred up a flock of …