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Phoebe Waller Bridge in Fleabag

Fringes: Edinburgh and Beyond

In July and August, Fringe theatre comes into its own of a phenomenon that may make little commercial sense but can be a fantastic launchpad.
Oldham Coliseum

Good News for Once … But Also Bad

Sadly, good news in the Budget this week was soon tempered by much worse from the north-west.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham Coliseum Theatre – RIP

It was inevitable that following harsh cuts by Arts Council England, some theatres would close. Oldham Coliseum is the first but is unlikely to be the last.
First Breath

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's…

A reviewer checks out First Breath—a light sculpture projected into the sky at The Factory, the new base of The Manchester International Festival.
Baroness Stowell

Culture v. Money

Philip Fisher comments on a damning report from the House of Lords Communications Committee and a belated funding offer to ENO.
Rory Mullarkey

A wintry collaboration with schoolchildren in Newcastle

Anna Ambelez talks to playwright Rory Mullarkey, whose Wintry Tales is running at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Protest outside English National Opera

The Future of Opera Lies in a Car Park

The chief executive of Arts Council England believes that opera should be relegated to car parks. Is he right?
English National Opera's Coliseum

The Arts Under Fire from Arts Council England

A recent round of funding from Arts Council England threatens the futures and jobs of many in the industry.
Simon Russell Beale and Zoë Wanamaker in Much Ado About Nothing

The Best UK Theatres

Philip Fisher tries to engender some controversy by picking his favourite UK theatres.

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