The Show Must Go On!

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Theatre Support Fund

Here I am in front of the boarded-up Apollo Victoria Theatre. Like countless others, it’s wearing the livery of its COVID-closure: the stillness, the suspension, like a breath held, waiting for audiences to return.

“The Show Must Go On!” is the campaign logo of The Theatre Support Fund+, set up in the wake of the March 2020 theatre closures to support Acting for Others, the Fleabag Support Fund and the NHS COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. You can get more information about the campaign here.

The Globe around the globe

News of the existential crisis facing theatre and the arts general in the UK has crossed The Channel.

Here, good friend Anthony Bellanger @a_bellanger uses the case of The Globe @The_Globe to paint a stark portrait of the challenges we face. Thoroughly recommended.

Hard times

At the start of 2018 I was delighted to re-join Northern Broadsides, playing Gradgrind in Deborah McAndrew’s slick and dynamic adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times. The author’s commentary in the novel was pared down to a minimum, leaving the narrative fully exposed, with all if its intrigue, heartbreak and comedy. I was on the road with an exceptional team of performers, under the musical direction of Bex Hughes and all moulded into vibrant coherence by Conrad Nelson.