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NEWS: Amber Riley & John Boyega compete for Best West End Debut in The Stage’s new awards

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Anthony Boyle, Audra McDonald, Amber Riley, John Boyega and The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells are amongst the nominees in The Stage’s inaugural Debut Awards. Public voting continues until 10 September 2017 for the Best West End Debut winner.






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NEWS: The Stage launches extensive Debut Awards to discover stars of tomorrow

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The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, has today announced The Stage Debut Awards, a new awards to recognise the best breakthrough actors and creatives in theatre. Anyone over the age of 16, making their professional theatre debut in the UK, is eligible for numerous categories across plays and musicals.






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Recognising the value of Britain’s fringe theatre

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My letter below was published in The Stage today

Dear Sir

I read with interest the very detailed British Theatre Repertoire Report 2014 (May 12) and the trends that it highlights.It is disappointing to note, however, that the only theatres surveyed for the report were the members of the Society of London Theatres and UK Theatre.In London alone there are approximately 80 Off-West End venues, the great majority of which are not affiliated to SOLT, and which have therefore been excluded from the report.Off-West End venues not only offer theatre at ticket prices that are typically far below SOLT-staged productions, they also provide an organic base from which, occasionally, shows can springboard up to a more commercial SOLT venue.Additionally, Off-West End productions offer outlets in which emerging artists are often discovered, and established artists can hone their skills.The quality of many Off-West End productions is not in question. By way of example only, the Arcola and the Southwark Playhouse theatres frequently mount shows that garner four-star and five-star ratings in Britain’s mainstream national press, and which can play to packed houses with queues around the block.As and when the next report on the British Theatre Repertoire is published, it needs to be more inclusive.Jonathan Baz






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Year in Review: The best of the best of #theatre2015 round-ups

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After my two-week Christmas roadtrip in the US, I’m finally back at my desk and able to catch up on all the 2015 UK theatrical year round. Have you been keeping up in my absence? Fear not either way, because once again, I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you an essential overview.






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The Mates welcome criticism, especially of ourselves

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Terri Paddock today responded to Megan Vaughan’s recent article in The Stage on MyTheatreMates’s “damaging business practices” – and here she explains why, however fallacious, she welcomes Megan’s harsh criticism. This is a full version of Terri’s piece – as well as links to the two articles for The Stage.