News archive from 20 March 2014

Review: La Traviata by the Welsh National Opera at Birmingham Hippodrome

David McVicar’s WNO production of La Traviata draws gasps even before a word has been sung. The curtain rises on a living tableau from Manet or Winterhalter; a crowded, bustling world of tailcoats and ballgowns, jewelled colours and glittering...


Tributes paid after photographer Willoughby Gullachsen dies

Tributes have been paid to a photographer who started out on his star-studded career because his hands were ‘too big’. Willoughby Gullachsen, who has died aged 92, spent more than 70 years as a renowned photographer – in the process capturing 189...


A bevy of women behaving very badly in Birmingham

Be prepared to meet a bevy of fallen women when Welsh National Opera brings its spring season to Birmingham Hippodrome next week. David Pountney, the company’s artistic director, is pursuing the idea of collective themes for each seasonal offering,...


Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer 'almost blinded' in attack

A Birmingham Royal Ballet star was almost blinded after he was attacked by a gang of thugs. Dominic Antonucci – a favourite with audiences at the Birmingham Hippodrome – was beaten and robbed after being set upon in broad daylight during the company’s...


Behind the scenes of Matthew Bourne's all-male production of Swan Lake

The Swan Room. It sounds like an ornate restaurant in an upmarket hotel, where elegant ladies take afternoon tea. But not when it refers to a makeshift dressing room for the male dancers in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Then it’s probably the most...


World's best set to hot-foot it to Birmingham

Egypt, Lebanon, South Africa, Canada and Switzerland are just some of the countries from which dancers will flock to Birmingham for a major festival. There will even be the chance to learn how to perform the traditional Maori war dance of the Haka,...


Theatrical delights head to the Midlands

A green witch, the Fonz, musical miners, poignant soldiers and a dishwashing David Essex are just some of the theatrical highlights of 2014. Midland audiences have much to look forward to, as acclaimed musicals and plays are staged in theatres across...


Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Birmingham Hippodrome

This year’s panto spectacular follows the usual pattern: ear-splitting music, lighting which burns your eyeballs with its in-your-face intensity, and one sparkly production number after another. It is occasionally droll, rarely hugely funny and it all...


Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: An architect's view of an evolving city

It’s often said that cities are mankind’s greatest invention. They bring social order, well-being, cultural stimulation and economic prosperity. Cities are built on values and ideals and as society changes over time, layers of history are forged....


Gok Wan makes his panto debut in Birmingham

Growing up in the Midlands with a Chinese father and an English mother, Gok Wan experienced the best of both cultures. While he learned everything there is to know about Chinese food from his chef father, there were certain English traditions the...


Review: The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome

When the curtain goes up on The Nutcracker, Christmas rolls into the city. Sir Peter Wright’s production of the time-honoured classic is just about the best on the planet, and with its abundance of magic has never been surpassed. Sir Peter has an...

Yellen: ‘US rates rise next year’

Yellen: ‘US rates rise next year’

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen last night signalled that the US central bank could begin raising short-term rates six months after it halts its bond purchases, around the end of this year. That was the clearest indication to date of when the Fed...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
Zara owner Inditex pins hopes on Easter

Zara owner Inditex pins hopes on Easter

Inditex, the world's biggest fashion retailer and owner of the Zara chain, saw annual profits growth grind to a halt as it revamped its flagship stores and expanded its global reach. The group added a further 331 stores, taking its total to 6,340 in...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
Comment: Bank looking both ways as it crosses road

Comment: Bank looking both ways as it crosses road

MARK Carney's changes to the internal workings of the Bank of England certainly show, to use a North American phrase, that he can walk and chew gum simultaneously. They amount to a cultural and operational shake-up at the Bank – one being undertaken...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Business
Co-op delays results as board starts to take shape

Co-op delays results as board starts to take shape

The embattled Co-operative Group said yesterday that it was delaying the publication of its annual results as it unveiled a shake up of senior management. Figures widely expected to reveal losses of £2 billion had been due to be published next...

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