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Posted by Jonah's Jottings on 13th Oct 07 Posted by

Jonah’s Jottings Number 43 of 45

So I’ve been silent for a few months. Sorry if you’ve missed me, but there were reasons to do with a loss of faculties. Anyway, you could have e-mailed to say you love me…

Posted by Jonah's Jottings on 12th Oct 07 Posted by

Jonah’s Jottings Number 42 of 45

One of the most comforting experiences in a lifetime spent making plays happens when a stranger approaches and asks one to direct “our next production”. Somehow they’ve heard that one is halfway competent, they’ve believed the rumour and they’re desperate. Imagine the boost it gives one’s ego.

Posted by Jane on 23rd Jan 07 Posted by
Costumes, Organisations Tags

In the middle of last week a garage/store that Garden Suburb Theatre maintain in Finchley was broken into and a huge number of valuable costumes were stolen. They are asking all societies to keep an eye open in case anyone tries to off load these for sale.

Posted by Jane on 07th Nov 06 Posted by
London, Musicals Tags

The new musical WICKED has become London’s top grossing musical, with record-breaking attendance figures and ticket sales.

Posted by Jane on 17th Oct 06 Posted by

“The nil starting rate of corporation tax has been removed. From 1 April 2006 all companies with taxable profits are liable to tax at a rate of at least 19% (Section 26, Finance Act 2006)” H M Revenue and Customs.

This new tax is of particular interest to Amateur Theatre Organisations, there are exceptions, but not enough. The link above goes to the relevant H M Revenue page of information. There is also a discussion going on in the forum about this.

Posted by Jane on 26th Sep 06 Posted by
London, Performance Tags

Despite a campaign to keep the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden open, it looks now like it will have to close. High profile actors are still trying to keep the Museum open but it looks like the contents of the Museum wil be moved to an existing Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. The Independent Online carries a fuller story.

Posted by Jane on 01st Sep 06 Posted by
People, Television Tags

Trevor Nunn (who has directed musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber) has publically spoken out against the “reality” TV show “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria”. Trevor Nunn will be directing Ian McKellen in King Lear at the RSC in March 2007 and says he has no plans to run “auditions” for any of his shows in the style of the TV programme.

Posted by Jane on 09th May 06 Posted by
General, Rest of the World Tags

Dublin and London have got together and produced a new advert highlighting the similarities between the two Cities. However, this is not for television, but for the theatre. The advert will run for three minutes and will premiere at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre before touring to Hamburg, New York and Pittsburgh.

Posted by Jane on 14th Mar 06 Posted by
People Tags

Harold Pinter was presented with the Europe Theatre Prize this week and used the occasion to talk politics. More information about this can be found on thestageonline.

Posted by Jane on 01st Mar 06 Posted by
People Tags

Sir Alan Ayckbourn has suffered a stroke and is currently in Scarborough Hospital in North Yorkshire. The 66 year old playwright joked that he hoped “to back on my feet, or at least my left leg, as soon as possible”.