Tags : Theatre Features

London Theatres Prepare To Open Doors, Whilst Other Cities Suffer

New Coronavirus regulations in England mean that London theatres will be allowed to reopen, while many other areas must keep their doors closed. The capital has been categorised a Tier 2 area, meaning indoor entertainment venues can reopen from 2ndDecember. However, cities like Manchester and Birmingham will face harsher restrictions as part of Tier 3. This […]Read More

The Indiependent’s Theatre Christmas Gift Guide

2020 has been a bleak year, and we’re all desperately in need of some Christmas cheer! With less than a month to go until the big day, there’s not long to finish buying all of your presents. Whether you’re searching for a gift for a theatre-lover, or looking for inspiration for your own wish list, there’s […]Read More

What Can Britain Learn From Theatres in South Korea?

As another lockdown means that we have to stay inside, waiting for the Coronavirus infection rate to drop, so too must theatre fans resign themselves to be away from the beloved auditoriums for a little longer. It’s a sad fact, especially since we were so close to new productions. The National Theatre was set to […]Read More

The Stage Debut Theatre Awards 2020

At a time when many theatre lovers have been starved of live entertainment, The Stage has swooped in to give us a much needed dose of all things theatre. The Debut Awards, the only celebration on the UK theatre scene to congratulate breakthrough talent, will be live-streamed for free viewing on Sunday 27th December.  If […]Read More

Aladdin Pantomime Accused Of Racism: We Can Do Better

A pantomime production of Aladdin has come under fire this week, with many accusing the directors of “casual racism” after they cast two white people as ‘The Chinese Policemen’ in an already all-white cast. The production, set to run at the Forum Theatre in Billingham from 1st December, put up posters of the pantomime, showing […]Read More

An Open Letter To Oliver Dowden

Dear Mr Dowden, Oliver – if you will.  I’m writing to you because, well, I have some questions. A few days ago, you expressed that you wanted theatres open by Christmas. You floated the idea of offering mass testing to audiences and therefore being able to scrap social distancing measures. Now, I feel like I’ve […]Read More

Liverpool’s Free Theatre: Making The Arts Accessible

The pleasure of a trip to the theatre, with its limited tickets and overpriced ice-creams, is often an expensive hobby that leaves working-class communities behind. This exclusivity is not helped by the fact that, over the last decade, the arts have been consistently neglected on a national level. From creative arts subjects being culled in […]Read More

Saving British Theatre: Can ‘Seat Out To Help Out’ Do

The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme finished at the end of August (although some businesses have extended their involvement with the scheme) and it was a huge success. The latest statistics show that diners claimed 100 million meals and it gave the hospitality industry, as well as the economy more generally, a much-needed […]Read More

Waiting In The Wings For An Industry To Return

Since the theatre industry’s final curtain call on 16th March 2020, the West End and other theatres across the UK have yet to fully reopen. Performers and crew members have been left waiting in the wings until theatreland can properly be resumed and enjoyed. We are yet to fully understand the overall effects of the […]Read More