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Struggling artists bring smiles in war-weary Yemen

Sanaa - Yemeni men, women and children filled a hall earlier this month in rebel-held Sanaa, laughing and clapping as actors took to the stage with comic relief for their war-wracked country.

Turkey's ailing theatres fear politics at play in virus funding

Istanbul - Asmali Sahne, an independent theatre in Istanbul, applied for desperately needed state funds as it tries to survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but its request was turned down.

Musical interlude: London stage creeps back to life

London - Claire Hutton is excited about stepping foot in a theatre for the first time since the coronavirus brought the curtain down on live shows in London in March.

Russian court finds director Serebrennikov guilty of fraud

Moscow - A Moscow court on Friday convicted acclaimed Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov of fraud, after a case that supporters saw as a test of artistic freedom in Russia.

The next stage: UK theatres adapt to social distancing

London - London's West End has traditionally drawn people from all over the world to see its shows but theatres have been forced to reinvent themselves because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Albania protesters clash with police over theatre demolition

Tirana - Albanian police on Sunday clashed with protesters including opposition supporters angry over the demolition of the national theatre and detained nearly 40 people.

Paris Opera ballet dancers hang up shoes in pension-reform protest

Paris - When tens of thousands of French workers downed tools and took to the streets in protest against pension reform last Thursday, in their midst was a seemingly unlikely group of aggrieved picketers: ballet dancers from the Paris Opera.

Review: Soulpepper rides a streetcar to success with bold new remount Special

Toronto - What a work of art “A Streetcar Named Desire” is. Brutal yet sensitive; poetic and tragic, but loaded with raw, frightening energy – Tennessee Williams’ classic play is no less powerful now than it was in 1947, even as norms have changed.

Russian judge halts detained theatre director's fraud trial

Moscow - A Russian judge on Wednesday halted the embezzlement trial of acclaimed theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, whose detention had attracted international attention and calls for his release everywhere from Hollywood to Cannes.

Review: New Soulpepper staging lights few real sparks in Pinter classic Special

Toronto - Harold Pinter is one of those playwrights whose work should be tough to screw up. His 1977 masterpiece “Betrayal” is deceptively simple and rich in dry, smart dialogue with a meaty level of subtext that actors love to chew on.

Review: Reza’s ‘Art’ loses little of its bite in new Soulpepper remount Special

Toronto - It’s easy to satirize modern art, especially if you don’t get it. It’s harder to turn a disagreement on art into a funny, biting examination of male fragility. The latter achievement is why Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play “‘Art’” holds up well.

Brazil's new performing arts chief in anti-left 'crusade'

Rio De Janeiro - Creating a "cultural war machine" in Brazil's performing arts is renowned theater director Roberto Alvim's mission as he seeks to eradicate progressive ideas from the stage.

For Russian director, facing trial, art is 'resistance'

Avignon - For Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov some one-and-a-half years of house arrest and a serious court case have been no obstacle to artistic creation.

Tony winner Rupert Holmes talks Broadway, recognition, technology Special

New York - Tony winner Rupert Holmes chatted with Digital Journal about his forthcoming award, the "Albert Bergeret Living Legacy of Gilbert and Sullivan Award," that he will be receiving next week, on June 12, by The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘August: Osage County’ is a must-see powerhouse Special

Toronto - Now this is why we go to live theatre. Soulpepper’s explosive new production of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” makes you feel as if you’re being smacked on the head a hundred times with the Frying Pan of Truth. In the best way.

French 'yellow vest' protesters upstage top theatre awards

Paris - A group of protesters from the anti-government "yellow vest" movement upstaged France's top annual theatre awards, surging onto the stage to denounce the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

Secretive British billionaire Barclay sues over French play

Caen - A court in northern France on Monday was to begin hearing a case brought by one of the secretive Barclay brothers, who own the Daily Telegraph and the Ritz Hotel, claiming he was defamed in a play by a French writer.

Review: McCraney’s ‘Brothers Size’ rocks the stage with spectacle, heart Special

Toronto - Director Barry Jenkins received much of the credit for the brilliance of the Oscar-winning 2016 film “Moonlight”. But Tarell Alvin McCraney, on whose unpublished 2003 play the movie was based, is himself a distinctive creative voice to behold.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Copenhagen’ is a challenging yet rewarding debate Special

Toronto - So why did Werner Heisenberg meet with Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in 1941 – and what were the historical consequences? What was Heisenberg’s real purpose? Why did their friendship end? And did Heisenberg have anything on his conscience?

Russian director Serebrennikov freed from house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday ordered the release from house arrest of renowned film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov who is on trial on embezzlement charges.

Russian director Serebrennikov freed from house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday ordered the release from house arrest of renowned film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov who is on trial on embezzlement charges, local news agencies reported.

Review: Second City’s latest is big on physical humour, short on politics Special

Toronto - Second City’s “Walking on Bombshells” immediately grabs your attention with its bold set: a realistic replica of the subway walls at Osgoode Station. Not only is it familiar, it also pumps you up to expect some savage satire of the TTC.

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

London - Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday.

Review: New Second City holiday revue lacks chemistry, edge of past shows Special

Toronto - The holidays are a time of disappointment for some, from kids who get nothing but clothes from Santa to single adults spending the season alone. This year, some Second City fans in Toronto might feel seasonal letdown by the company’s new revue.

Russian director Serebrennikov attends closed hearing in fraud case

Moscow - The trial of Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov began Wednesday with a closed hearing, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe.

New theatre comedy dramatises Brexit break-ups

London - Friends shunned, lovers torn apart and emotions exploding: a new play running in London this month tackles the very personal divisions in British society caused by Brexit.

John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls talks about 20th anniversary tour Special

New York - John Rzeznik, the lead singer and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls, chatted with Digital Journal about their 20th anniversary tour of their seminal album "Dizzy Up the Girl."

Review: Alice Cooper spectacular at Beacon Theatre in New York City Special

New York - On September 6, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper headlined the historic The Beacon Theatre in New York City for a great turnout of rock fans.

Review: Second City’s all-female revue delivers laughs, strong message Special

Toronto - What a shameful myth, that women can’t be funny. Anyone who believes so is not only a moron, but also out of touch. From Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett to Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Saunders, Kate McKinnon and more, ladies bring the laughs.

Ukraine teens pen plays to bridge war divide

Kiev - A boy flees his war-scarred hometown, leaving his mother behind. A gay youth struggles for acceptance from his parents. A gang harasses a young black footballer.
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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles ...
Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre through mid-November.
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A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
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The magnificent ceiling inside the Harold Pinter Theatre. It is a Victorian ear theater, once called the 'Comedy Theatre'.
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Things get crazy in Soulpepper's "August: Osage County", as Barbara (Maev Beaty) confronts her mother (Nancy Palk) at a family funeral dinner.
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The visually striking set of Soulpepper s  Copenhagen . From left: Diego Matamoros  Kawa Ada and Kyr...
The visually striking set of Soulpepper's "Copenhagen". From left: Diego Matamoros, Kawa Ada and Kyra Harper.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke, Erich Bergen and Company.
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A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
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The cast of "Full House: The Musical!", currently running in Toronto.
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Dorine (Oyin Oladejo), right, confronts the deceitful Tartuffe (Diego Matamoros) in Soulpepper's production of Moliere's classic comedy "Tartuffe", running in Toronto.
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Diego Matamoros (left) and Gregory Prest put on their Capra hats in Soulpepper's live radio-play adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life".
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The ornate ceiling at Wyndham's Theatre in London. The theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960.
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Inside the Royal Court Theatre, London.
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A shot of the stage for the 'Lady Day' production, recreating a nightclub from the 1950s.
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Romeo (David Patrick Flemming) borrows love’s light wings to o’erperch a wall or two to visit Juliet (Rachel Cairns) in Canadian Stage's "Romeo and Juliet".
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