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Putting profits before people? Where is the original Phantom of the Opera we were promised?

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When The Phantom of the Opera was unloaded from the Her Majesty’s Theatre last year, it produced the forlorn sight of the original Phantom chandelier resting on the pavement outside the theatre instead of poised over the proscenium from which it famously comes crashing down over the heads of those seated in the stalls.

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Deserving talent: When will disabled arts & artists make a substantial cross-over to the mainstream?

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It’s peculiar that disabled arts and artists are yet to make a substantial cross-over, at least in British theatre. Yes, there was one happy incidence of this at the Donmar Warehouse, when gay disabled actor Daniel Monks starred in their production of Teenage Dick in 2019.

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‘Thoughtful, punky & fun’: SAVING BRITNEY: PROLOGUE – Old Red Lion Theatre (Online review)

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Uncertainty can sometimes provoke creativity. When the opening of Shereen Roushbaiani’s one-woman show, Saving Britney, at the Old Red Lion theatre was cancelled in January, its creators David Shopland and Roushbaiani, put together this online performance as a kind of taster for the live show, which now opens in May.

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NEWS: Alexandra Burke cast as The Narrator in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium

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Alexandra Burke will return to the West End this summer in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running at the London Palladium from 1 July (gala night is 15 July) to 5 September 2021. Burke joins Jac Yarrow who is back in the title role and Jason Donovan who returns as Pharaoh.

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NEWS: Heathers The Musical announces a return to the West End & new UK tour dates

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Producers Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills have announced that Heathers the Musical will make its return to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from 21 June 2021 for a strictly limited until 11 September, while simultaneously launching its new touring production from 28 July, opening at Leeds Grand Theatre for three weeks, before heading off across the UK.

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NEWS: Vault Creative Arts announces a development programme for new, early & mid-career artists

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VAULT Creative Arts, producers of VAULT Festival, the UK’s leading independent showcase of live performance, has announced an ambitious programme of new opportunities to find, nurture and support writers, directors, and live performance makers at a time when opportunities have been greatly diminished.