MUSEUM OF THE YEAR: Back in circulation

The V&A was the surprise winner of this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year award and there was even more surprise when it was announced that the prize money would be spent on reviving the museum’s circulation department, four decades after it was closed. But Simon Tait discovers that the plan is designed to benefit the regions as well as the V&A

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DEA BIRKETT: The real Fringe

p>This year at Edinburgh, Dea Birkett finds that theatre has given up on merely imitating life...

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AI Profile: Adventure in Liverpool

Francesco Manacorda, artistic director, Tate Liverpool

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BRITISH COUNCIL Art Connects Us

Following the EU referendum result, Graham Sheffield, director of arts at the British Council, writes an open letter on the likely consequences

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Patrick Kelly's back page

AI's pick of what's to come

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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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