Theatre News 8-15 April 2016

‘Poverty porn’: how middle-class theatres depict Britain’s poor (The Guardian, 15 April)

Plays such as Boy, Re:Home and Yen serve up downtrodden lives for wealthy audiences – and can verge on cultural tourism.


Royal Exchange commissions leading female playwrights for B!rth international festival (What’s On Stage, 14 April)

Playwrights from China to Kenya will come together to explore global healthcare issues at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Drama in the age of Prevent: why can’t we move beyond Good Muslim v Bad Muslim? (The Guardian, 13 April)

Article about the cancellation of National Youth Theatre’s Homegrown

Sir Arnold Wesker, British playwright, dies aged 83 (BBC News, 13 April)


Arnold Wesker has died aged 83. The writer, whose 42 plays included Chicken Soup With Barley, Roots and I’m Talking About Jerusalem, died on.on Tuesday evening after a long illness

City of London Festival collapses amid ‘sudden’ funding black hole (The Stage, 13 April)

An arts festival that has been running in London for 53 years has closed down due to a “sudden and significant” plunge in finances.

Monster Raving Loony to get London premiere (What’s On Stage, 12 April)

A London transfer has been announced for James Graham’s play Monster Raving Loony. The production, which originally opened in Plymouth in February, will run at the Soho Theatre from May to June 2016.

RSC’s Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist and more arrive in London (Royal Shakespeare Company, 11 April)


Four shows from Stratford-upon-Avon’s summer season will play at the Barbican. Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (Love’s Labour’s Won) will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited West End Season.


 Freddie Fox to star in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Southwark (What’s On Stage, 8 April)

Freddie Fox has been announced to lead the cast of Simon Evans‘ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Southwark Playhouse.


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