If you’re reading this, you probably have an early memory of going to the theatre, or perhaps taking your child to see a show. Getting children to engage in culture like seeing plays or musicals from a young age seems important, but why? Research published last month by Encore Tickets, with Birkbeck University, crunched the numbers, and found that experiencing theatre improved social tolerance, led to better academic performance, and kickstarted positive social change. Click here to read more.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is on another roll right now. The undisputed King of the West End musical has just seen his 1971 show Jesus Christ Superstar win this year's Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical (for the summer revival at the Open Air Theatre that has now announced it is to return there in 2017) and The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 30th anniversary in the West End last month. Read more