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March 22, 2020 Susan Elkin

Over and out – for now

Until four years ago I wrote three columns a week for The Stage –  one in print and two online. This theatre...

March 15, 2020 Susan Elkin

Why gatherings of 500+?

It’s hard to think of anything to write about theatre which is not Coronavirus-related so here goes – with the caveat that...

March 1, 2020 Susan Elkin

In praise of off-beat venues

I’m coming to the conclusion that I almost prefer the quirky originality of small, often unsung, venues to the grandiloquent glitziness of,...

February 23, 2020 Susan Elkin

Quality should override gender

Isn’t it odd how “gender-blind” casting and the not-enough-good-roles-for-women issue still vexes the profession and yet many amateur companies have little choice?...

February 16, 2020 Susan Elkin

Theatre should not be funded by ice cream

Nobody knows for certain (although several journalists have made rigorous efforts to find out) how the tradition of buying and eating ice...

February 9, 2020 Susan Elkin

Carols for All?

I’ve been reading play versions of A Christmas Carol – as you do, in February, obviously. And it strikes me that for...

February 2, 2020 Susan Elkin

Bags of officiousness

Are we actually convinced that a perfunctory glance inside the bags of theatre goers is keeping anyone safe? As I’ve said before...

January 26, 2020 Susan Elkin

Stop surcharging theatre tickets

Theatre ticket prices are loaded with extras and they shouldn’t be. If a seat is priced at, say, £50, then that’s what...

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