In all his forms

Simon Tait on how the Royal Shakespeare Company’s plans for marking the death of its inspiration on the 400th anniversary this month are both contemporary
and a credit to the bard

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Why the hell not?

Storme Toolis burst onto the national scene three years ago in BBC TVs New Tricks, one of the few disabled actors to appear on screen whose disability is not a feature of the plot. now the 23-year-old has taken on one of the most demanding roles in the shakespearean canon – in a production of which she is creative director and which is the subject of a forthcoming television documentary

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AI Profile: Northern Soul - Barrie Rutter

Barrie Rutter first played Macbeth on the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s birth, so it’s fitting that here he is again on the stage at Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse, some 52 years later, strutting his stuff as Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives on the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death.

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Passing By: ENO time like old times

Antony Thorncroft, a fan for 50 years, advises English National Opera to abandon its shock tactics and look to its laurels to survive

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My Story: Peter O'Neill...

... is the founder and director of Belfast’s Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics. He is also the creator of the city’s Comedy Festival, now in its fifth year. in his day time job, he is the Northern Ireland manager of the Alliance for Useful Evidence based with Nesta

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The Word: The shadow over our museums

Stephen Deuchar
The shadow over our museums

The Art fund cannot give direct help to every museum and gallery under threat, says its director Stephen Deuchar, but will lobby to stop closures and crises

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Dance: Anniversary waltz

Two of england’s leading dance organisations celebrate birthdays this year. AI joins the party at Phoenix and Dance City

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Havens you can trust

Dea Birkett finds that museums have another purpose for which they are not funded, but from which millions have benefitted.

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Bacc to the future

The row over the government’s attitude to arts in schools shows no signing of abating, writes Patrick Kelly

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Sweat, not sequins

Circus has entered a
new age, led by the roundhouse’s biennial Circusfest, the fifth of which takes place next month. Simon Tait reports

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Real time opera

Greener
Greener

A new kind of opera starts its public life at the CAST in Doncaster next month, before opening at the Hackney Empire. it is called Clocks 1888: The Greener, and its creators are Brolly

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Local story in a national narrative

AI Profile: Jennifer Scott, director, Holburne Museum, Bath

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