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Helen McCrory tribute: ‘One of the great actors of her generation’

As the worlds of stage and screen mourn the effervescent star, our chief theatre critic looks back on a career - and life - that positively blazed

UK

Helen McCrory was a Titan of British theatre. But I knew her as a mum

Evening Standard editor Emily Sheffield pays tribute to Helen McCrory who has passed away aged 52 from cancer

Culture

‘Extraordinary’: Helen McCrory’s life on stage remembered

Although she would win wide fame as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise, McCrory was first and foremost a stage actress

Comment

Talking Point: Are you in favour of Covid passports for events?

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London

Exclusive: Two thirds of Londoners back Covid passports

An Evening Standard poll reveals that 67 per cent of people would use Covid passports if it meant they could go to the theatre, concerts and big sporting events

Future Theatre Fund

Empty chairs, empty stages: a year of London’s closed theatres

This time last year, the PM told theatres to close their doors. Nick Curtis charts a choppy year for the capital’s stages

Theatre

The Band Plays On at Sheffield Crucible review: a musical lifeline

With music from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Jarvis Cocker, this show of monologues is both bracing and uplifting

Future Theatre Fund

Meet the 12 recipients of the Future Theatre Fund

The Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund was conceived to give the next generation of theatrical stars a leg up at a time when the industry sorely needs all the help it can get. Here Nick Curtis meets the 12 award recipients

Future Theatre Fund

‘It means the world’: our 12 Future Theatre Fund talents are named

The successful recipients were told the life-changing news by our Theatre Fund panel members

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to writer Travis Alabanza

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

Environment

Mark Rylance on the future of theatre, family and saving the planet

The actor speaks about how the pandemic is an opportunity to spend time with family and think about our impact on the planet

Future Theatre Fund

My 21st-century touchstone play: theatre stars on life-changing shows

We asked London’s theatre stars about the shows that left them feeling completely electrified

Theatre

The Color Purple - At Home review: This will make you miss musicals

With its bluesy score and big emotions, the Curve’s musical of Alice Walker’s classic novel is worth a watch

Theatre

Barnes’ People review: More from this master monologue-writer, please

Cleverly captured as a hybrid of live performance and film, these monologues are even better than Alan Bennett’s

Future Theatre Fund

What theatre means to me: musical theatre star Samantha Barks

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

Future Theatre Fund

What theatre means to me: Kiln’s Indhu Rubasingham

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

Future Theatre Fund

From the National to Netflix: how theatre created our biggest TV stars

Fleabag, Quiz and The Crown all started life on stage – but with theatres still closed, a vital talent pipeline is in danger of short-circuiting

Theatre

Sian Clifford interview: We just don’t have strategies for grief

After winning a Bafta last year for Fleabag, the world is Sian Clifford’s oyster – but she wants to help save the theatre industry first

Theatre

Shook writer Samuel Bailey on why theatre needs to keep taking risks

Samuel Bailey’s debut play Shook was a huge word-of-mouth success – and he wants to continue putting masculinity under the spotlight

Future Theatre Fund

What theatre means to me: musical star Aimie Atkinson

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

Theatre

West End stars on the best musical numbers to sing in the shower

As the BBC celebrates musical theatre, we asked London’s biggest stars of the stage to reveal which song they love to sing in the shower

Future Theatre Fund

The 50 best plays of the 21st century

The last two decades have been full of extraordinary theatre – it’s a thrilling indication of what’s ahead of us when doors reopen

Insider

My London: Lynette Linton

The artistic director of the Bush fills up at Mr Falafel, does her shopping in Stratford and says the best cocktails are at her own theatre

Theatre

The Poltergeist review: Acting so powerful it’s like being there

Joseph Potter’s ferocious performance makes this online show worth watching

Future Theatre Fund

What I wish I’d known... theatre’s biggest stars share their advice

Thinking of entering the TikTok Breakout Star Award as part of our Future Theatre Fund? We’ve got some A-list advice for you…

Future Theatre Fund

Everything you need to know about our Future Theatre Fund

If you’re trying to break into the theatre industry, find out how the fund could help you

Future Theatre Fund

The show must go viral: how TikTok got theatrical

Young performers have turned to the video-sharing app to showcase their talent. Amelia Tait talks to them

Theatre

How the Old Vic Theatre navigated the choppy waters of 2020

From shutdown to a pioneering streaming series, artistic director Matthew Warchus explains how the Old Vic came back from the brink

Theatre

Overflow review: Fiercely relevant – and a fun night out

The Bush Theatre reopens with a show that reminds us how brilliant live performance can be

Dance

Breakin’ Convention: How hip hop is helping people to reconnect

The wildly popular hip hop dance festival is back - in real life - and bringing people together at Sadler’s Wells

UK

Nicole Kidman funds bursary for women in UK theatre industry

Kidman says she is ‘thrilled’ to be able to support artists to ‘help sustain the theatre for tomorrow’

Future Theatre Fund

Sadiq Khan applauds our theatre fund as ‘helping hand’ for the arts

Mayor says the pandemic ‘poses an existential threat to our cultural life’ 

Future Theatre Fund

We have a duty to safeguard the futures of young creative talent

The National Youth Theatre has been the training ground for some of our biggest Netflix stars 

Theatre

Potted Panto and Turbine’s Cinderella review: Panto is back

From a filthily camp Cinders to joyful slapdash fun, Nick Curtis salutes the return of panto

Theatre

How the Almeida turned life in 2020 into a piece of theatre

Choosing a play to stage under social distancing restrictions felt impossible – so the Almeida decided to make a new one

Theatre

All the London theatre shows that are still going ahead in 2020

The end of the second lockdown means that theatres in London can open their doors again