Theatre

Meet The Czar Of The World’s Biggest Theatre Empire

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“Few producers will criticize Sir Howard [Panter], … given that his company holds the keys to 40 theaters and has plans for more in Asia and Australia.” That company – Ambassador Theatre Group – is about to open its own Broadway house, the Lyric (formerly the Foxwoods Theater).

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New Playwrights Will Never Defeat Romeo & Juliet – But Can They At Least Get A Hearing?

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“I get it. Dead people work for cheaper than those of us who breathe air. And they’ve got more name recognition and audience draw. Plus, they won’t show up to rehearsal with script changes or input. There’s no need to spend money ‘developing’ their plays. Their work is finite. Frozen forever in perfection.”

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How Should Theatre Deal With Works In Translation?

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“Good surtitles are a real art. One issue with surtitles is positioning. Poorly sited surtitles are like trying to hold a conversation in a room where a TV is on. However much you try not to look at them, your eye is constantly drawn towards them, even if you speak the language.”

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How The Belarus Free Theatre Keeps On Battling A Stalinist Regime

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In Belarus, the KGB attends Free Theatre shows, sometimes just to scare the performers. Other times, the evenings end in arrests. Criminal cases brought against the company drove four members to permanent exile in London. But they never cease their work. … The company now functions as a two-pronged operation: In England they perform with a rotating ensemble of British and Belarusian actors, and in Belarus they continue to write, develop and rehearse new material.”

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“Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies” Plays Headed To Broadway

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Broadway and London producers are in talks about a New York run of the hit British play Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, based on the historical novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII and his adviser Thomas Cromwell … Both plays are running in repertory in London’s West End, where they have enjoyed critical acclaim and record-breaking ticket sales.”

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Partying With The Hedheads

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Those are the superfans of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Sarah Larson joins them for an old-style (as in 1990s) punk concert with the Hedwig band – called The Angry Inch for the show but, when on their own, performing under the name Tits of Clay.

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Study: Few Brits Are Exposed To Theatre When They’re Young

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“Results of the first wave of a ‘tracking study’ conducted by King’s College London’s Culture and Major Events Consortium, commissioned by KCL as part of its Culture at King’s programme, showed that 46% of respondents went to the theatre as children, compared with 86% who went to libraries and 75% who visited museums and art galleries.”

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RSC To Stage Forgotten Play By John “‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore” Ford For First Time In Four Centuries

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The revenge tragedy Love’s Sacrifice, “published in 1633 during the reign of Charles I and hardly performed since, was chosen out of 16 works proposed by four academics for the [RSC's] Scholars Pitch programme,” in which experts nominate a neglected play from Shakespeare’s era for revival.

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Rome’s Pathological Theater (It’s A Real Place) To Become A University

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“Changing people’s perceptions of mental illness has been a longtime mission for Dario D’Ambrosi, an Italian avant-garde actor and author. For the past five years, he has led Teatro Patologico, or the Pathological Theater, an innovative drama school here that offers classes to people with mental disabilities. Now Mr. D’Ambrosi is trying to turn his school into a full-fledged university.”

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UK Government Hopes Tax Relief Will Revitalize Touring Theatre

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“The major new tax relief scheme was confirmed by the government earlier this year and means that from Monday, touring shows can apply for 25% relief and non touring productions will be eligible for a 20% tax credit on qualifying production costs. It will apply to plays, musicals, opera, ballet, dance and circus shows and is expected to bring in up to £120 million for touring and commercial productions in future years. It is expected to benefit around 250 production companies a year.”

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Syrian Refugee Take On “The Trojan Women” Scuttled As U.S. Denies Performers Visas

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“It had the potential to be one of the most galvanizing cultural events of the season: a dozen Syrian women, refugees from that besieged country, performing in Washington a version of a 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy revised to include their own harrowing stories. But now the … State Department rejected the women’s applications for entertainers’ visas for the performances … because it is not convinced that the women would leave.”

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Statistician Creates Algorithm That Predicts Broadway Hits

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Suspecting there’s a golden ratio that might help explain “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Lion King” or “Wicked,” mathematician Marc Hershberg gave it a go, crunching the numbers as part of his graduate studies in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

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Report: UK Theatre Audiences Believe Ticket Prices Are Reasonable

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The report authors said that while audiences were price sensitive, they were more concerned about value rather than price: “Audiences are willing to pay more for particularly excellent work, but are frustrated by unexplained extra fees or when they pay more for substandard work. They also appreciate the excellent value of the lower prices of amateur productions.”

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Rescue Plan For Philadelphia Theatre Co.

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“Civic leaders have stepped in with a provisional plan to bring Philadelphia Theatre Company back from the brink of financial collapse, and, possibly, secure its long-term viability. … Certain key changes in leadership are required. … Funds will be doled out as certain conditions are met.”

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