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NEWS: Stiles and Drewe launch new musical mentorship award

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A new annual award to support and develop new musical theatre writing is being offered by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have announced today [8 February 2016] that they are to offer an annual award to help support and develop new musical theatre writing in the UK. For its first three years, the award will be fully funded by ...

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NEWS: Dominic Cooper to return to the West End in The Libertine

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Dominic Cooper, star of Mamma  Mia! and The History Boys is to return to the stage this year to play debauched 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester in award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged masterpiece The Libertine, it’s been announced today [29 January]. Full casting has yet to be announced for The Libertine which will be directed by the ...

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INTERVIEW: Harry Melling on becoming a handyman

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Many will remember actor Harry Melling as Harry Potter's obnoxious spoiled cousin, Dudley, but 16 years on and with a raft of West End plays under his belt (including one he wrote himself), the 26-year-old has moved on and is embracing new challenges, including that of actor-puppeteer in Moritz von Stuelpnagel's risqué comedy, Hand to God. Melling took time out of rehearsals ...

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INTERVIEW: Lisa Maxwell

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For those who think an actor’s life is glamourous, think again. You may be about to play one of the biggest names in 20th Century showbiz but pressures of rehearsals still mean you have to grab lunch on the fly as you get a much-needed break. Glen Pearce caught up with Lisa Maxwell, who is taking on the iconic role ...

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16 FOR 2016: Jemima Levick

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With roots dating back to the 1930s, Dundee Rep Theatre opened in 1982 and houses the Dundee Rep Ensemble, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rep Creative Learning. Dundee Rep  has established a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost theatre companies, performing at home and touring nationally and internationally. The Scottish powerhouse created the musical Sunshine On Leith, featuring the music ...

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INTERVIEW: Alexandra Da Silva

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  The World Goes Round - The Songs of Kander & Ebb transfers to the St James Theatre and The Reviews Hub‘s John Roberts caught up with Alexandra Da Silva just before the start of rehearsals Where did your love of musical theatre come from?  Everyone has that special show or moment that happens to them at some point in their life, ...

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16 For 2016: Neil McPherson

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Big isn't necessarily better and the 50-seat Finborough Theatre has set about proving that over and over again for the last 35 years. Founded in 1980, the bijou London venue presents plays and musical  theatre focused on new writing, as well as rediscovering neglected works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The theatre came under threat in 2015 as the ...

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16 For 2016: Jenny Sealey

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Our series 16 for 2016, talking to Artistic Directors about the highlights and challenges of the last year, and the year ahead continues with Jenny Sealey of Graeae Theatre Company. Sealey joined Graeae as Artistic Director in 1997, she co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings and is recognised as one of the leading voices on accessibility in ...

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