Drama Schools “Can’t Teach You How To Act” Says Derek Jacobi

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“I think you’re an actor before you go in – they teach you all the other things that you need you to lose or acquire. But they can’t teach you how to act. … The attitude nowadays seems to be to get famous quickly, to get ‘celebrity’ quickly, to get known quickly … without actually learning your job.”

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Jez Butterworth Downsizes After “Jerusalem”

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The River is a different beast: eighty minutes to Jerusalem‘s three hours and contemplative where the earlier play was raucous, turning on the intimacies of a couple rather than the carnival-like energy of a cast of fourteen.” What’s more, as the playwright says, the star of the show is arguably a dead sea trout.

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A New York Theatre Offers A Better Deal For Playwrights

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The company, Playwrights Horizons, announced on Tuesday that it has started covering roughly 50 percent of the health care premiums for its writers during the season in which their works are produced. The theater is also paying the writers for “preproduction activities,” like rehearsals and meetings with the directors, designers and producers.

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“Macbeth” Yanked From Turkish State Theater After Gov’t Officials Actually See The Play

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A group of officials from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism attended the production in Ankara last Tuesday and reportedly stalked out without applauding; the play was promptly replaced on the schedule. Last month the now-former director of Turkey’s State Theaters resigned, complaining of censorship by the Culture Ministry.

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Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater Calls It Quits

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“Having received no offers for a takeover, the organization that occupies the Prince Music Theater on Friday terminated its lease with the owners of the building on Chestnut Street just west of Broad Street. American Music Theater Festival, founded in 1984, also intends to dissolve. The future of the building is uncertain.”

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Why Would Harvey Fierstein, Of All People, Write A Show About The 1899 Newsboys’ Strike?

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“Kids love it” – his brother’s kids, specifically, loved the Disney movie – “so I had that affinity. I got stuck with the story, and there was little I could change, but, as the strike happened during the time of the women’s struggle to vote, I began thinking about my own recent turn of the century.”

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You Had A Better Chance Of Seeing The UK’s National Theatre In Detroit Than In Non-London Great Britain

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“It is crucial that the NT, with its £17.5m of annual public investment, is seen to be reaching all theatregoers in the UK, not merely those who live within easy reach of London’s South Bank. That means the NT needs to make available much larger parts of its repertoire to theatre lovers in all parts of the country.”

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What It Takes To Make A New Musical In 2014

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“I realized that I had talked Matt into something insane and that we just couldn’t do this on our own. That it’s so much bigger than a play. That’s the main thing I have learned working on musicals. With a play you can invite your friends over to your house to hear it and make a pizza, but with a musical that is just not possible.”

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What It’s Like To Be Naked Onstage

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“Theater is about effective illusion. There are hundreds of ways of staging the application of a condom without being pornographic — heck, the whole scene could take place in pitch dark — but a lot of those solutions will vaguely disappoint the audience, who will conclude we couldn’t figure out how to fake it cleverly, or we didn’t have the courage to go further with it.”

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Why Are Scary Clowns Stalking Around Britain and France?

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“From city to city, people dressed up like circus escapees have been roaming the streets, getting into mischief, and generally scaring the bejeesus out of passers-by. Apart from young children and acute coulrophobics, the spooky-clown epidemic has been taken more or less in a spirit of fun. Until last week, that is.”

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London Theatre Critic Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

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“Mark Shenton, former theatre critic of the Sunday Express, has lost his employment tribunal against the paper for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination.” The panel ruled that Shenton was, under UK employment law, a freelancer rather than an employee.

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Backstage Workers’ Union To London’s West End: Make A Better Offer Within Ten Days Or We Strike

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“BECTU has been in talks with the Society of London Theatre since July over pay, and wants a deal that includes London living wage – £8.80 – as a minimum for workers on three pay grades that are below that rate, with a 6% rise for all of its other members.” The theatres’ latest offer, a 1.8% raise, was rejected by 97.8% of voters.

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