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Government Invests in Arts
06 Jul
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Phil Willmott

BREAKING NEWS. The UK. Government Announce a £1.57 Billion Investment in the Arts

Government Invests in Arts The Government announced fresh fudge last night (why 10.30pm on a Sunday?) with another statement entirely lacking in commitment to a schedule BUT at least they're pledging £1.57 billion investment to "protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions".

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My White Best Friend
06 Jul
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Phil Willmott

THE ROYAL COURT: Still Setting the Agenda in Lock Down

My White Best Friend One of the concerns about UK Theatre whilst the country was in lockdown (and theatres are still in lockdown) is that we would miss out on playwrights responding to these extraordinary times.

The Royal Court is of course London’s premiere new writing venue and typically they’ve ensured that this won’t happen.

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Theatres closed until further notice
06 Jul
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Phil Willmott

How to Lobby to Save Theatre and a Sobering Reminder of Why You Should

Theatres closed until further notice The fine people at the PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS have added two templates from which you can pick, personalise and send to your MP, making the case for a financial rescue package from the Government to save the theatre industry.

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Zac Hamilton Wancke
06 Jul
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Phil Willmott

Les Mis Cast Member Zac Hamilton Wancke Has a New Way With Old Songs

Zac Hamilton Wancke I like to try and keep up with careers of the actors I direct and recently noticed a new you tube channel from Zac Hamilton Wancke which promotes striking new versions of musical theatre related material.

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Ian McKellen
30 Jun
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Phil Willmott

An Ian McKellen HAMLET Could Mean a Fresh Start for an Outer London Venue

Ian McKellen In a very shrewd move veteran producer, Bill Kenwright, has asked director Sean Mathias to take a turn as Artistic Director of his venue, the Theatre Royal Windsor.

It’s shrewd for two reasons.

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