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'The church of the lost cause': inside Kneehigh's wild Cornish home

To create The Tin Drum, the theatre company spent two weeks tucked away in a cluttered rural retreat where they eat, run and rehearse together – just don’t call it a commune, says artistic director Mike Shepherd<p>‘We’re not a bunch of bloody hippies,” Mike Shepherd growls by way of introduction. …

London

Broadway Training, Gangnam Style

When most Americans think of Korean pop music, colloquially called K-pop, what comes to mind is usually Psy’s “Gangnam Style” — a high-octane fusion of rap verses, techno beats and pop hooks, complete with an ultrabright music video and hypersynchronized dance moves. But the playwright Jason Kim is …

Digital Media

It's time the UK's top theatres committed to gender quotas

It’s terrific that the for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summer 2018 season, the directorial line-up will be all female for both the main stage and …

Diversity

Find theatre stressful? Then you could be just what the BBC is looking for

London Letter: New ‘Front Row’ hosts have outraged actors and directors

News (Ireland)

Shakespeare Solos: watch the third set of films

Leading actors perform key Shakespeare speeches from Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear and As You Like It in our video series to mark the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death<p>Damian Lewis, Julius Caesar<p>‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’<p>Damian Lewis performs Antony’s lines from …

Marian Seldes Documentary Comes Under Fire for 'Abuse' of the Late Actress

Tony-winner and premiere actress of the American stage Marian Seldes, passed away in 2014, but only now is a documentary short being released, which …

Entertainment

Confirm or Deny: Judi Dench

<b>Maureen Dowd: You’re bored with playing queens?</b><p>Judi Dench: Yup, a bit.<p><b>You fear hordes of schoolchildren.</b><p>Confirm. I’m uneasy about gangs of schoolchildren. When we did “Notes on a Scandal,” the very first day was in a school and I was surrounded by children and I don’t know, it was frightening. (She …

Judi Dench

Judi Dench Is Having a Ball of Time Promoting Her New Movie

Certain as the sun, Dame Judi Dench is back playing a British monarch this fall — specifically Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears’s <i>Victoria and Abdul</i>. …

Judi Dench

How the Unflappable Fred Astaire Survived the Fifties

The first half of the fifties were a pivotal moment for Hollywood musicals. The genteel tux-and-tie choreography of the thirties had given way to Gene Kelly’s scrappier, more athletic brand of drawn-out (and often pretentious) modern ballets. Kelly’s vision, in the form of musicals like <i>Singin’ in</i> …

West Side Story

In collaboration with<p>The inspiration behind the story<p>Teens & New York<p>Then and now<p>The social impact of West Side Story<p>The original production<p>Behind …

Richard Francis Burton, Shakespeare, and the search for the source of the Nile

On their travels into the interior of the African continent, European explorers like Richard Burton brought Shakespeare with them.<p>This excerpt from</i> …

Books

The Top 10 Most-Produced Plays of the 2017-18 Season

<b>In the October 2017 print issue of American Theatre,</b> we run 46 pages worth of listings in the magazine, of productions running in 2017-18 season at …

Top 10

The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2017-18 Season

<b>This year, when I finished calculating the Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights list for 2017-18,</b> and saw who was at the top, I let out a laugh. “Of …

Playwrights

Irma Mostly Spared Florida Stages, But Not Their Bottom Line

<b>Sun as hot as a klieg light pounded down from blue skies worthy of a cyclorama this week</b> as Florida theatres struggled to find a comparatively normal …

Weather

Thinking Shakespeare with Barry Edelstein

From the <i>Shakespeare Unlimited</i> podcast series. Published September 19, 2017. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This episode <i>Speak The</i> …

Julius Caesar

Noted Broadway showman selling massive UWS mansion

It was the deal of a lifetime. Broadway producer and director Bill DeSeta worked with Jackie Chan and ran the city’s oldest rock club, the Bitter …

Manhattan

Public Theater and the Shakespeare Society Form Public Shakespeare Initiative

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/public-theater-shakespeare-society-initiative_82472.html<p>TheaterMania.com<p>article<p>Fall …

The Theatre

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps seeing Sleep No More during visits to NYC

If Mike Pence can attend <i>Hamilton: An American Musical</i>, then apparently Benjamin Netanyahu can slip on a mask for some immersive theater. According to …

Israel

The Playwright Lauren Yee Wins the Kesselring Prize

Lauren Yee has won the National Arts Club’s 2017 Kesselring Prize, awarded to emerging playwrights since 1980. She will receive $25,000 and two-week residency at the club.<p>Her play “In a Word,” in which a child’s disappearance haunts a mother, ran Off Broadway this summer to critical acclaim. Alexis …

The Theatre

The Must-See Broadway Art ‘Gallery’ Hidden in the Heart of Times Square

With paintings inspired by Wicked, In The Heights, and more, the Wall of Fame at Tony’s Di Napoli Italian restaurant is a treasure trove of original …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Comment on David Lister: Why are theatre programmes so completely useless? by Ken Parry

I agree! It is also ridiculous (and a missed opportunity for engagement) that theatres have not moved to digital programmes. The few companies that …

The Theatre

An Interview with Rachel Bay Jones

Written by Victoria Myers<p>Photography by Jacqueline Harriet<p>June 5th, 2017<p>In the last fifty years, the overworked, “doing the best she can,” single mom …

Parenting

Comment on US director Bartlett Sher: ‘Trump’s presidency is ghastly, but I won’t flatter him by staging it’ by Theresa L Bernard

Do you need a huge capital to start off your business proposal or expansion? Have you lost hope and you think there is no way out, and your financial …

The Arts

The 10 Greatest Broadway Musicals of Hal Prince’s Influential Career, Ranked

Compiling a ranking of the ten best Broadway musicals that have been touched in some small way by the incomparable director and producer (and, let us …

Stephen Sondheim

Moisés Kaufman on Marrying Art and Life

The playwright and director Moisés Kaufman lives with his husband, Jeffrey LaHoste, in what Mr. LaHoste puckishly calls the smoked fish belt. Murray’s Sturgeon Shop, Barney Greengrass and Zabar’s are all just a cherry stone’s throw away from the rental the men have shared since 1989, soon after …

Oscar Wilde

Final Bow: Final Bow: Corey Cott Prepares for Life as a Bandstand Veteran

Cott measures his Broadway run in visits from war heroes, old piano teachers, and a brand-new baby boy.

How we made West Side Story

‘I wanted to be the first guy to use a four-letter word in a musical – but the line ended up as “krup you” instead’<p><b>Stephen Sondheim, lyricist</b><p>I was at a party with Arthur Laurents who was about to write a musical with Leonard Bernstein based on Romeo and Juliet. I asked who was doing the lyrics and …

Stephen Sondheim

Medicine in Shakespeare's time - Shakespeare & Beyond

Few Elizabethans were wealthy enough to afford a licensed physician. Instead, they would rely on the knowledge of a local “wise woman,” with her home …

Medicine

From Shakespeare to Irma: the storm as story

It was odd to think about Shakespeare during a hurricane, but the Bard knew his storms. From "King Lear" to "The Tempest," where there was a Will, …

William Shakespeare

Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K. Brown, John Lithgow Win 2017 Emmy Awards

The 2017 Emmy Awards were presented on September 17 in a ceremony hosted by Stephen Colbert.<p>This year's list of winners featured a host of Broadway …

Awards