The Cast of the Tyne Theatre's Aladdin

Can I go to a panto mummy?

Philip Fisher is completely baffled by the government's latest regulations for theatres.
NT #LightItInRed

Emergency, What Emergency?

Philip Fisher is unimpressed by Arts Council England's failure to distribute over half of the Cultural Recovery Fund.
Marlowe Theatre

Arts Council England – what are they waiting for

Last week ACE awarded £18.7 million to eight organisations in the second round of grants over £1 million. There is still money in the pot which would be better being distributed.
Sydney Harbour


Conservative MP Jake Berry’s remarks that northern communities prefer football to opera, ballet and theatre can be dismissed as nonsense but reflect an attitude that may deter, or limit the enjoyment of, potential theatregoers.
Everybody is Talking About Jamie

A Half-Full Cup

The vaccine could be theatre's saviour after a desperate year.
Creative Scotland allocates first tranche of Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

Scotland's Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

£11.75 million of Scotland's £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund has been allocated by Creative Scotland.
Tarrin Callender as Dick Whittington and Kat B as Uncle Vincent, The Cat

Some Hope Amidst the Agony

Philip Fisher spots some rays of light in the latest coronavirus legislation.
Max Weitzenhofer and Nica Burns

Insurance—The Missing Link

Philip Fisher reviews some recent developments and suggests that with coronavirus returning at worrying levels, theatres badly need an insurance scheme to protect against forced closures.
Panto 2020: the season in stats

Panto 2020: the season in stats

Simon Sladen brings you Pantoland's vital statistics in a season where less is more.
Arts Council England - responsible for allocating a proportion of the government's Cultural Recovery Fund

Arts Council England: £75 million divided by 35

This week £75 million from the Culture Recovery Fund was shared out between thirty five cultural organisations and venues.
David Toole OBE

David Toole OBE obituary

Vera Liber pays tribute to dancer David Toole OBE, 31 July 1964 to 16 October 2020.
Watermill Full House Appeal

Arts Council England fiddling while England burns

This week, we take a look at a series of public funding announcements that may prove a mixed blessing.
Arts Council England - responsible for allocating a proportion of the government's Cultural Recovery Fund

Second round of CRF funding from Arts Council England

The Arts Council has announced the second round of funding in which £76,654,621 of Culture Recovery Fund grants is assigned to 589 organisations.
The Odyssey Online from Jermyn Street

The Future of Theatre

Philip Fisher takes a look at how coronavirus has widened the scope of theatre delivery.
Josh Benson in York Theatre Royal's 2020 touring pantomime

Panto Season 2020: Oh Yes It Is!

Simon Sladen looks forward to Panto Season 2020 and explores how COVID-19 has affected the Industry. (Updated 28/10/20)
Arts Council England

Arts Council England First Round Funding

The top 20 winners and a breakdown by region of the initial distribution of the Arts Council's £825m share of the Cultural Recovery Fund.
The impact of the Cultural Recovery Fund on the Arts and Culture sector

Could it be magic?

The Arts Council-commissioned CEBR report, which attributes an expedited recovery for the cultural sector to government funding, has left National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti contemplating the power of magic.
Talking Heads at The Bridge

Please Close Us Down!

Boris Johnson might be the next Feydeau or Frayn, judging by the problems that theatres might suffer under his latest cunning plan.
Oliver Dowden

Saving panto? Huh!

While a small part of the theatre industry celebrates Operation Sleeping Beauty, Peter Lathan is far more cynical.
Pantoland at the Palladium

Operation Sleeping Beauty: Pantoland's Kiss of Life?

Simon Sladen reports on the National Lottery initiative to purchase pantomime tickets to seats unable to be sold due to 'social distancing' under Operation Sleeping Beauty.