The start of something new: Award winners and High School Musical on stage
In this week’s issue of The Stage:
Photos from last weekend’s Stage Awards for Acting Excellence party
Matthew Hemley looks at TV broadcasters’ shifts in attitude towards drama at this year’s Edinburgh TV festival. Meanwhile, columnist Maggie Brown looks at some of the announcements Channel 4 made at the festival.
Mark Shenton looks at the current state of touring theatre and applauds those producers who are still trying to deliver high-quality product in a difficult market
Disney’s High School Musical has become a cultural and marketing phenomenon, winning audiences as a TV movie, chart-topping CD and best-selling live show. Disney executive Steve Fickinger talks about the success of the brand and why the company will continue to licence the live musical to as many school and amateur groups as possible. And Jeff Calhoun, who directs the 2008 UK tour of High School Musical - Live on Stage!, talks about the stage show and the forthcoming ice dance spin-off
The corporate/after-dinner speaking gig can be a highly lucrative one. Mark Ritchie looks at the best in the business and discovers what they’ve got that wins the audience over
Award-winning author Mark Haddon is bringing the story of a teenager and his Down’s syndrome brother, played by Nicholas Hoult and Tommy Jessop, to BBC1 in an attempt to get more roles writtenfor disabled actors. Mary Comerford finds out more
Steven Ayckbourn talks to Sarah Leese about his debut play, leaving the Californian cult he was in for 12 years, and the expectations placed on him as the son of Britain’s most performed playwright
Hilary Vernon-Smith, the National Theatre’s head of scenic design, who recently won the Young Vic Award for inspiring a younger generation to follow in her steps, talks to Nick Smurthwaite about why she chose her career path and encouraging students into the industry
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