From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UK

With the reopening of indoor venues delayed, it’s open season for outdoor performances with companies heading out into the sunshineIf you want to watch live theatre in the UK, you currently have two options: go online or into the great outdoors. With s…

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‘I’ve had men rub their genitals against me’: female comedians on extreme sexism in standup

For years, sexual predators have infested the live comedy scene. But female comedians are demanding action. Is this British standup’s #MeToo moment?‘If this was a normal office where, on your first day, someone higher up than you goes: ‘Here’s a list o…

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Fleabag producer unveils Shedinburgh fringe festival streamed from sheds

With this year’s Edinburgh festival cancelled, performers including Sara Pascoe, Deborah Frances-White and Gary McNair will be broadcasting live from the tiniest of venuesIt started as a throwaway pun. With the Edinburgh festival cancelled by Covid-19,…

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‘It stank of fags and booze and we loved it’ – theatres that made us, from Glasgow to Soho

In the final part of our series, UK arts figures give the lowdown on the precious places that nurtured their careers‘I’ve wrestled, climbed the walls and got a black eye there’Robert Softley Gale is the artistic director of Birds of Paradise.Laura Carm…

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‘We had illicit snogs backstage!’ Love letters to theatres

Kerry Godliman, Genevieve Barr, James Graham and more share memories of the theatres that changed their livesKerry Godliman’s new podcast, Memory Lane, is released by Entale in August. Read more about the White Bear.Hannah Khalil is under commission to…

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Edinburgh festival fringe sets stage for summer of online shows

Organisers prepare for ‘weird’ visitor-free season including weekly variety performanceEdinburgh festival fringe is preparing for a “weird” visitor-free summer with a package of online initiatives including variety shows streamed every Friday.The world…

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No joke: 77% of comedy venues in UK face closure within a year, finds survey

Fears sector will be overlooked when £1.57bn emergency arts funding is allocated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree-quarters of British comedy venues face closure within a year without financial support, according to a su…

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Honk if you’re laughing: drive-in gigs aim to accelerate comedy industry

While they wait for clubs to reopen, standups are returning to the stage in car parks, with audiences tuning in on the radioIn his new Netflix special, US standup Dave Chappelle reflected on the drive-in comedy shows that have sprung up while clubs are…

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Our comedy industry is in crisis – the government must act now to save it | Romesh Ranganathan

UK venues are in peril and standups can’t make a living if clubs are closed. Without support, we’ll lose talent as well as theatres I have fond memories of playing Southampton’s Nuffield theatre, which is now closing due to the pandemic – a fate likely…

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Edinburgh’s Gilded Balloon launches summer season of online comedy

The late-night hub is replacing its cancelled fringe programme with new virtual offerings alongside archive footage The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh’s uproarious palace of late-night comedy, has announced a season of work to replace its cancelled fringe p…

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