31 March - Stronger together
31 March - Recipients announced for final £35m of Culture Recovery Fund
31 March - More vital support given to over 300 cultural organisations to survive beyond pandemic and protect jobs
31 March - Are we entering a 'golden age' for trade unions?
One group of workers that were particularly badly hit by Covid-19 were freelancers. They more often lost their work more quickly than salaried employees, and had a harder time getting government support.
30 March - Josette Bushell-Mingo: 'The future of arts training must be on our terms'
Giving the opening keynote address to The Stage’s Future of Theatre conference, the actor, director and principal of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama spoke of the challenges facing the training sector and why it must transform to inspire and foster co-creation. Here is her speech in full
30 March - Musicians' charity offers grants to tackle EU touring "red tape"
29 March - Put designers in the room where it happens
For the first time ever, designer Grace Smart is in the rehearsal room every day and the experience has been revelatory, both creatively and from a work-life balance.More shows should put designers in the room where it happens, she says.
29 March - How to refill theatres
28 March - Theatres should be queuing up to support lockdown community projects
What happens to grassroots arts projects set up in lockdown now theatre and the government are behaving as if the pandemic is over?, asks Lyn Gardner. Many are struggling and venues that want to do community work should support existing projects instead
27 March - Impact of Covid-19 on theatre 'widely understated' in public discourse – report
24 March - In-person theater is back. A lost generation of artists chose not to return with it
The impact of COVID-19 on the American theater industry is immeasurable: the terrible loss of life, the indefinite cancellation of productions, the sudden stop in hard-earned livelihoods. The industry touted it as an intermission of sorts and, two years later, a majority of theaters nationwide are resuming in-person programming. But many of those who sustain the scene have since pivoted away from the stage.
23 March - Sunak's Spring Statement a 'flop' for creative workers – Equity
22 March - It's time theatres recognised more ways captioning can increase inclusivity
While it’s understood that captioning is one of the best ways of making theatre more accessible to D/deaf audiences – not every person with hearing loss knows British Sign Language – we’re less quick to recognise how captioning can make a show more accessible to a wider range of people.
22 March - Levelling up won't fix social mobility in the arts
21 March - Backstage workers can’t speak up as bad-faith players go unpunished
An article that ran in The Stage last week challenging the mantra ‘the show must go on’ sent shockwaves throughout the costume community, not least because it was refreshing to see the concerns of costume folks raised equally alongside other backstage crafts, actors and directors.
21 March - Fewer ethnically diverse creatives are employed, study finds
21 March - Theatre ticketers will need a heroic solution to cost-of-living crisis
Ticketing staff have weathered the storm of cancellation upheaval caused by the pandemic, but the tight squeeze on people’s finances will require greater flexibility from the industry in the battle for punters, says ticketing expert Richard Howle
18 March - UNBOXED 2022 working on 'a recipe for failure'
16 March - Rufus Norris defends Netflix remarks as he warns of ‘craft drain’
National Theatre director Rufus Norris has defended comments he made about the threat streaming services such as Netflix pose to theatre, adding the issue is leading to a “huge craft drain” in the sector.
16 March - Lottery favourite promises more money for the arts
16 March - Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch scraps artistic director model
16 March - Advance theatre bookings in 2021 in line with pre-pandemic – analysis
Sales patterns for advance theatre bookings in the UK were almost identical in 2021 than in the year before the pandemic, according to new analysis that also indicates a robust ticket-sales revival last year.
15 March - Panic attacks and poor pay: Allan Clayton on the real life of an opera star
15 March - England's biggest theatres lost fifth of staff in 2020, figures reveal
14 March - Recipients announced for Wales Cultural Recovery Fund third round
Theatr Clwyd, Wales Millennium Centre and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are among the organisations to receive grants totalling nearly £4.2 million as part of the third round of Arts Council of Wales’ Cultural Recovery Fund.
14 March - For theatre workers' sake, we need to stop saying the show must go on
11 March - Eight theatres to share £120k to become greener
11 March - Female playwrights sidelined into studios, warn writers and producers
Plays written by women are being sidelined into studio spaces because they are perceived as risky, particularly after the pandemic, industry figures including producer Ellie Keel and writer Karis Kelly have warned.
10 March - Recovery is an active process – theatre’s needs time and focus
As theatre begins to open up again post-lockdowns, Newcastle Live Theatre’s Jack McNamarasays the industry needs to put recovery first before rushing into things – he gives his tips for organisations to help artists get back on their feet
10 March - Drama schools still have questions to answer
If the Diversity School Initiative’s announcement last year that it was disbanding was an encouraging sign of the progress that had been made by the UK’s drama schools, its farewell report – published this week – is a reminder of just how far schools still have to travel.
09 March - Missing audiences present major challenge to arts income
08 March - Fio launches development scheme targeting under-represented Welsh talent
A new development programme for directors and producers from under-represented backgrounds is being launched in Wales.
Theatre company Fio will pay 10 directors and 10 producers from across the country to attend monthly sessions over the course of a year.
08 March - Theatres told not to work with Russian state-backed counterparts for a year
08 March - Drama school students report racism, casting bias and widespread harassment
05 March - Broadway vaccination and mask requirement to remain through at least April
03 March - The rules have lifted, but theatre's Covid problems are far from over
For almost two years, we waited for the moment that all Covid restrictions were lifted. However, when it finally happened in England last Thursday, all I could think was this: is theatre prepared?
03 March - Whether you like it or not, Dorries is having a profound impact on the arts
01 March - Funds to support freelancers and organisations detailed by Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland has released details of the two funds – for creative freelancers and cultural organisations – which will disburse its share of the Scottish government’s Omicron business support.