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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre faces potential closure

It goes without saying that not all beloved businesses and locales will still be open once we get back into the world at large. Small restaurants are shuttering up, galleries are completely reliant on online exhibits, and theatres are cancelling their summer seasons and beyond. While it might first seem that it’s smaller, independent companies […]

National Theatre’s Frankenstein brandishes heart in times of solitude

Numerous independent theatre performers are using the current context of quarantine and social isolation to create new and resonant pieces of work, then sharing them through streaming platforms in innovative ways that still contain some essence of “theatre”. But there are also many theatre companies that have archival footage of countless shows that have been […]

At a church in Sussex, an unexpected gem: a reproduction of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes

A pilgrimage to the Vatican can be the chance of a lifetime for millions of people around the world, for those who are religious and irreligious alike. Over the course of a year, the religious and historic city attracts more than six million visitors, which has even prompted the city to consider visitor caps for […]

‘Music in the Tuileries Gardens’ to travel to Ireland ahead of Brexit

Since about 1959, Music in the Tuileries Gardens, an 1862 painting by Édouard Manet, has traveled back and forth between the National Gallery in London and Dublin’s Hugh Lane gallery as part of a sharing arrangement. Those arrangements were slightly altered in 1993 but the painting has continued making its journey back and forth between […]

Shakespeare In The Park- the past and future of the outdoor bard

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”, to quote the Bard, and all the shorter when you start to plan what to do with that all too fleeting flick of time. Get out to the beach as much as possible, go for a road trip, have a few barbecues, and maybe finally get out […]

Theatrical trigger warnings and culpability

I recently had an article come to my attention, discussing London theatre company The Donmar Warehouse and their decision to begin listing warnings for potentially triggering content in their performances. While theatrical trigger warnings are by no means new (are advisories of violence, nudity, and staged smoking not the same concept under a different name?), […]

The Cost Of Keeping The Ghost Lights On – Theatres In Jeopardy

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. This adage is even more true when the resounding squeak is emitted by a three-storey high wheel constructed from painstakingly carved ebony and lush velvet. Such is the situation amongst many theatres in the western world- most needing financial support, and all, both grand institutions and smaller independent locations, […]