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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.
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?
Dame Helen Mirren in Phèdre

Ton Up for NT Live

Philip Fisher celebrates an NT Live milestone.
Francesca Amewudah-Rivers

Keep Racism Out of Theatre

A rare West End outing for Shakespeare has been blighted by racist hate crime.
Laura Donnelly in The Hills of California


Philip Fisher wishes that the Olivier judges were more adventurous.
Annie McNamara and Sullivan Jones in Slave Play on Broadway

Casting Dilemmas

Controversy has surrounded the announcement that Jeremy O Harris's Slave Play is coming to London. First it was casting, and then culture wars.
Alexander Campbell

Campbell brings new vigour to RAD

The Royal Academy of Dance last week announced that Royal Ballet Principal Alexander Campbell will be following Gerard Charles as its new Artistic Director.
Arts Council England

Has Arts Council England Passed its Sell-By Date?

Arts Council England has been forced into a massive climbdown over censorship and is now going to be subject to a governmental review.
Gemilla Shamruk as Iman in Conversations with My Father

Palestine play taken off Rota

Keith Mckenna wonders why a piece he reviewed positively was removed from Chickenshed's latest evening of short plays.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag at Underbelly

Discoveries: Fleabag

It is always fun to spot a star long before they become famous. In the first of the series, Philip Fisher remembers seeing Phoebe Waller-Bridge before she became a household name.
Arthur Hughes as Richard III

Is Michelle Terry fit to play Richard III?

A controversy has been raging about whether an able-bodied actor should ever again play Richard III.
Russell Maliphant Dance Comapny

Maliphant’s world and the arts funding Vortex

Russell Maliphant’s most recent choreographic work, Vortex, is on BBC4 on Sunday, after an unusual year in which he was awarded an OBE.
Equity & MU members who work at the ENO with supportive London Assembly members outside City Hall

Is a strike at ENO the tip of the iceberg?

Following swathing pay cuts and redundancies, ENO staff are poised to strike.
Elvis Presley

The Cult of the (Artificial) Personality

After reality TV, we are seen to be overrun by 'reality' on stage.
Protect the Heart of the Arts

“Alas, poor country!”

COVID is on the warpath again. Theatres and theatregoers need greater protection.
Caroline Quentin in Jack Absolute Flies Again on National Theatre at Home

Fun for the Holidays

Philip Fisher recommends five online sources for exciting theatre viewing.

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