Lisa Nandy official portrait

Culture Secretary Lisa Nandy

Philip Fisher considers whether the 13th culture secretary in under 15 years will be a breath of fresh air for the arts sector.
Angela Rayner at Glyndebourne

Into the Unknown

Will a new government be good for the arts? It can't be worse than the old!
Thangam Debbonaire with Caroline Dearnley, first cellist of the Britten Sinfonia

Cultural Envy

Philip Fisher considers an article by John Kampfner lambasting arts ministers and wonders what the post-election future might hold.
The Broadway Cruise

Something Completely Different

For those who want to indulge their love of musical theatre, The Broadway Cruise might be just the (expensive) ticket.

A Brighter Future for the Arts?

As Equity and the Labour Party issue their pre-election wish lists, Philip Fisher considers whether anything is likely to change in the near future.
The Stylish Kids in the Riot

Stylish Kids in Brighton

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti finds herself interviewing playwright Fraser Dodds following a scheduling mishap in Brighton.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter Casts a Long Spell

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is getting into the Broadway record books. However, it cannot yet compare with London perennials.
The Lowry

Lowry launches 2024–26 Artist Development scheme

The Lowry makes a callout for six independent artists or companies based in the North of England to take part in a £40,000 development project.
Students at RADA

Sunak Attack on Arts

Rather than concentrating on the country's real problems, Rishi Sunak is once again indulging in culture wars.
David Troughton as Gloucester in King Lear

The Trigger Warnings Controversy

Some stars have been asking whether trigger warnings are necessary...
George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck

Star Casting Hits the Jackpot

Even by recent standards, the news that George Clooney is to make his Broadway debut is something special, but is it good for the theatre community?
Sheridan Smith in Opening Night

Did Brexit Close Opening Night?

Composer and lyricist Rufus Wainwright has alleged that Brexit is partially responsible for the closure of Opening Night. Is he right?
Mark Ravenhill

Playwriting 101 from Mark Ravenhill

Leading playwright Mark Ravenhill is offering an invaluable weekly course in playwriting. Even better, it is currently available free of charge.
Dame Helen Mirren in Phèdre

Ton Up for NT Live

Philip Fisher celebrates an NT Live milestone.
Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear in Macbeth at the National Theatre

Shakespeare Top 20

What are the most popular Shakespeare plays of this millennium?
Francesca Amewudah-Rivers

Keep Racism Out of Theatre

A rare West End outing for Shakespeare has been blighted by racist hate crime.
Novello Theatre Balcony View

An Affordable Night Out

Are "cheap" theatre seats a good idea?
Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck: where are all the female ballet choreographers?

Rachel Nouchi talks to New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck about her creative process, choreographing on pointe and the gender gap in ballet companies.
Ryan Fletcher and Emun Elliott

Discoveries: Black Watch: when the Edinburgh Fringe took on the world

In the latest of a series of discoveries, Philip Fisher enthuses about the best Edinburgh Fringe show ever.
Sir Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer’s Vision for Culture and a Canadian Success Story

Could Sir Keir Starmer learn an important lesson about the arts from Stratford Festival, Ontario?

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