Simon Tait's Diary

Wet June, flaming November

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PASSING BY... Should we trust critics?

Antony Thorncroft, a former critic himself, wonders if reviews still have the authority they once had

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DEA BIRKETT: Back from the edge

Dea Birkett looks at how the once disgraceful theatre form burlesque became respectable – and now needs rescuing again

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SUMMER THEATRE: The Grand central

MY STORY        Ruth Eastwood is the chief executive of one of the great theatres in the country, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, where it has dominated the seaside resort. This summer, the grand is marching into the town

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SUMMER THEATRE: Saving the life of theatre

Rebecca Morland, interim director of the Theatres Trust, looks to the future as the trust celebrates its 40th birthday

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SUMMER THEATRE: Oxford’s beacon

The Oxford Playhouse will reopen in August with a new look and its own new play. AI talks to the theatre’s chief executive, Louise Chantal

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SUMMER THEATRE: A civic tongue for the arts

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is embarking on its most comprehensive inquiry to date, looking at what the arts do for our communities and creating a blueprint for the future from what it finds

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SUMMER THEATRE: Scratching at museums

In an Arts Council-funded enterprise, Battersea Arts Centre is lending its unique theatre approach to museums as they seek new ways to address audiences

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REFERENDUM: Brexit Britain and the arts

Even if you didn’t believe the Creative Industries Federation poll before the vote, which showed that 96% of those surveyed were in favour of staying, then the reaction of the sec- tor since June 23 would make it clear.

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AI's pick of the best to come

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PASSING BY... How the elite stole the arts

Antony Thorncroft wonders how our culture ceased to be popular - at our expense

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