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  1. April 13, 2014

    Almeida Theatre and ‘Chimerica’ star in Olivier awards

    The stage play Chimerica dominated Sunday night’s Olivier Awards, winning in five categories, including best new play and...

  2. March 26, 2014

    Channel 4’s Tessa Ross to take over at National Theatre

    The National Theatre has announced that Tessa Ross, the controller of film and drama at Channel 4, will become its new chief...

  1. March 25, 2014

    BBC expands arts coverage with links to cultural organisations

    The BBC has promised to build closer links with other cultural organisations, as it unveiled plans to increase coverage of...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Theatre tax breaks win ovation from arts groups

    George Osborne handed theatres a significant tax break in the Budget, bringing relief to an industry that has been under...

  3. February 5, 2014

    National Theatre loses its Starr

    Nick Starr is thinking about his legacy. He is about to step down after a decade as executive director of the National...

  4. December 5, 2013

    Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

    Under Nicholas Hytner, the National Theatre has developed a strong reputation for not-quite-alternative Christmas...

  5. October 23, 2013

    Microsoft, Burberry and leaders who linger

    If you are an American prisoner on death row, you should pray that your state governor loses the next election. Lame duck...

  6. October 20, 2013

    Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK – review

    It is becoming an inadvertent tradition that Royal Shakespeare Company supremos set the seal on their appointment by...

  7. October 15, 2013

    New National Theatre director defends public subsidy

    The man named on Tuesday as the next director of the National Theatre has defended public subsidies for theatre, arguing it...

  8. April 12, 2013

    ‘Cultural entrepreneurs’ tackle funds squeeze

    A quiet revolution is taking place at the top of some of the UK’s most important arts institutions. This week Sir Nicholas...

  9. July 18, 2012

    Timon of Athens, National Theatre (Olivier), London

    It would be impossible to review this play in 2012, much less to do so on these pages, without giving due consideration to...

  10. April 18, 2012

    One Man, Two Guvnors, Music Box Theatre, New York

    American audiences might be forgiven for thinking that One Man, Two Guvnors, the Richard Bean play nominally inspired by...

  11. December 23, 2011

    Why we smart with ignorance

    We live in a world that is startlingly incomprehensible. Collateralised debt obligations and credit default swaps, arcane...

  12. November 22, 2011

    One Man, Two Guvnors, Adelphi Theatre, London

    Having played at the National Theatre, where it originated, and jogged round the country on tour, you might expect One Man,...

  13. June 24, 2011

    The Diary: Nicholas Hytner

    An afternoon of wincing embarrassment spent reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s Black Snow in preparation for a play by John Hodge...

  14. May 27, 2011

    One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London

    Reviewing a Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Servant of Two Masters in 2000, I remarked that two and three-quarter...

  15. May 6, 2011

    Play for laughs

    Most of us, confronted with a big red button that says “Do Not Touch”, give it a wide berth. Not playwright Richard Bean....

  16. November 23, 2010

    Don Carlo, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Agonies projected: Marina Poplavskaya Nicholas Hytner is a brilliant theatre director. But the demands of opera are quite...

  17. October 28, 2010

    Travelex chief puts £10m into theatre

    Lloyd Dorfman, chairman of the foreign exchange specialist Trav­elex, has donated £10m to the National Theatre and urged...

  18. October 26, 2010

    Arts Council defers pain of cuts for a year

    Arts bodies will be spared the full pain of public spending cuts for a year after Arts Council England, the funding body,...

  19. July 9, 2010

    Arts cuts could mark end of an era

    The past decade has seen the UK’s arts scene thrive as never before, with rising audiences, flourishing box offices and...

  20. April 29, 2010

    Penguin chief to chair the National

    John Makinson, chief executive of Penguin, the publishing company, was appointed yesterday as chairman of the Royal National...

  21. March 12, 2010

    A higher class of comedy

    Put Simon Russell Beale on the Olivier stage, and its problems of configuration and communication vanish. He makes the space...

  22. March 11, 2010

    London Assurance, National Theatre (Olivier), London

    Ebullient: Fiona Shaw as Lady Gay Spanker Put Simon Russell Beale on the Olivier stage, and its problems of configuration...

  23. January 22, 2010

    Boyle returns to theatre roots

    Danny Boyle, the Oscarwinning film-maker, is to make his directorial debut at the National Theatre with a new production of...

  24. December 31, 2009

    Selected new year honours

    Jenson Button and Ross Brawn celebrate after Button clinched the F1 world championship in October – both have now been...

  25. November 19, 2009

    The Habit of Art

    If Alan Bennett had written a play about W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten we would probably have welcomed it and slipped...

  26. September 23, 2009

    National rides to riches with West End transfers

    War Horse has been highly acclaimed as one of the most moving theatrical productions of recent years. Now the adaptation of...

  27. September 22, 2009

    National Theatre rides to riches

    War Horse has been highly acclaimed as one of the most moving theatrical productions of recent years. Now The play was...

  28. August 29, 2009

    Playwrights make drama out of financial crisis

    The global recession may have had many disastrous consequences, but it has also inspired dramatists to attempt to explain...

  29. August 28, 2009

    Playwrights make drama out of crisis

    The global recession may have had many disastrous consequences, but it has also inspired dramatists to attempt to explain...

  30. July 17, 2009

    Dramatists respond to crucial world events

    In April this year, Lisa Goldman, artistic director of London’s Soho Theatre, sat down to commission 10 plays. A year’s...

  31. June 16, 2009

    A queen without command

    While one could scarcely say that Racine was all the rage on the London stage, there has certainly been more of the...

  32. June 15, 2009

    A queen without command

    Phèdre National Theatre, London While one could scarcely say that Racine was all the rage on the London stage, there has...

  33. June 5, 2009

    Crimes and congratulations

    When political and economic turmoil is all around, it is the duty of cultural institutions to remind us that nothing in...

  34. May 16, 2009

    Best of British theatre to be seen live around the world

    It is hardly a typical, feelgood night out at the movies: a 17th century tragedy by a French playwright, performed in free...

  35. May 15, 2009

    British theatre to be seen around world

    It is hardly a typical, feelgood night out at the movies: a 17th century tragedy by a French playwright, performed in free...

  36. February 14, 2009

    Reviews

    One could not accuse Nicholas Hytner of timidity. With England People Very Nice , the artistic director of London's...

  37. February 7, 2009

    England People Very Nice

    A big play on a big subject from Richard Bean. His starting point is Bethnal Green and he follows a pair of star-crossed...

  38. January 15, 2009

    National Theatre bucks the trend

    The theory that cash-strapped consumers turn increasingly to the arts to seek solace from the bracing realities of the...

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