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Twelve months on, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown for England, she is cautiously preparing to re-open them from mid-May.(Pixabay)

Raising the curtain again: London theatres prepare to re-open a year on

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 06:15 PM IST
A year ago, Burns shut the doors to her six theatres, where shows like "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child" and "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" played to crowds in London's West End, as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.
Movies from other large studios are expected to continue generating ticket sales, long after their premieres.(Pixabay)
Movies from other large studios are expected to continue generating ticket sales, long after their premieres.(Pixabay)

Theaters kick off 2021 with hopes of erasing worst year ever

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 09:04 AM IST
Two-thirds of domestic theaters are closed, and the few new, small-budget movies that do come out in limited fashion are unlikely to drum up enough demand for venues to financially justify reopening.
The ninth annual Prototype festivals opens Friday night with the world premiere of “Modulation,” a self-guided digital work for distanced times by 13 composers exploring isolation, identity, and fear.(Unsplash)
The ninth annual Prototype festivals opens Friday night with the world premiere of “Modulation,” a self-guided digital work for distanced times by 13 composers exploring isolation, identity, and fear.(Unsplash)

Opera and theater's Prototype Festival pushed mostly online

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 05:19 PM IST
One of the world’s top festivals of contemporary opera and theater has shifted format because of the coronavirus pandemic.
File photo: A worker wearing PPE kit sanitises a movie theatre.(PTI)
File photo: A worker wearing PPE kit sanitises a movie theatre.(PTI)

Mixed response to Tamil Nadu allowing 100% seating in theatres

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:21 PM IST
While some movie goers welcomed the move, experts are worried that people gathered inside an enclosed space will lead to further spread of the virus.
Theatres will have to be cleaned and sanitised as per the standard operating procedures released by the government(PTI)
Theatres will have to be cleaned and sanitised as per the standard operating procedures released by the government(PTI)

Kerala to reopen theatres from today: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:08 PM IST
Theatres will only be allowed to run on 50% occupancy, meaning only 50% of available seats will be available for bookings. This has created contention among theatre owners who have asked the government to increase seating capacity to 80%
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has a jam-packed 2021
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has a jam-packed 2021

Ayushmann Khurrana: Content landscape has been changed by the pandemic, the industry has to make superlative cinema to pull people back to the theatres

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 01:24 PM IST
2020 saw Khurrana play the role of a gay man on screen in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. He also had a direct-to-digital release with Gulabo Sitabo.
Hrithik Roshan watched Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 with his sons on Wednesday.
Hrithik Roshan watched Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 with his sons on Wednesday.

Gal Gadot thanks Hrithik Roshan for watching Wonder Woman 1984 in a theatre: ‘So glad you enjoyed’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Gal Gadot has thanked Hrithik Roshan for sharing an appreciation tweet for her. Hrithik watched her film Wonder Woman 1984 with his whole family on Wednesday.
India is central to the economic and geopolitical thinking of Asia and global economics and politics(ANI)
India is central to the economic and geopolitical thinking of Asia and global economics and politics(ANI)

Decoding India’s latest diplomatic push in the West Asian theatre | Opinion

By Kabir Taneja
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 10:25 AM IST
While successfully balancing relations between Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia power blocks, New Delhi’s affinity for this Gulf outreach is rooted in geopolitical and geo-economic realities
When Alkazi initiated his own Theatre Unit in 1954, he began to revolutionise Indian theatre.(Gajanan Nirphale)
When Alkazi initiated his own Theatre Unit in 1954, he began to revolutionise Indian theatre.(Gajanan Nirphale)

Ebrahim Alkazi: Colossus of modern theatre and arts in India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 04:09 PM IST
A master of contemporary Indian theatre and one of the best post independence directors. He had directed over 50 plays which includes Tughlaq, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Andha Yug and more.
Filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan’s Marathi film Bittersweet will be premiered at the prestigious Busan Film Festival at the end of this month.
Filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan’s Marathi film Bittersweet will be premiered at the prestigious Busan Film Festival at the end of this month.

Ananth Mahadevan hails theatres reopening: Smaller films that didn’t get space earlier can be the saviour

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Filmmaker and actor Ananth Mahadevan says it was time that theatres opened up and is hopeful that things will work out fine.
The Karnataka government issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Thursday for cinema halls.(REUTERS)
The Karnataka government issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Thursday for cinema halls.(REUTERS)

Movie theatres in Bengaluru to resume operations from Friday: Know about the guidelines

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 07:01 PM IST
After six months of closure due to the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Centre allowed cinema halls to open from Thursday as part of Unlock 5.0.
Prabhjot Singh has conceptualised, designed, produced and directed a digital interactive play, The Perfect Match.
Prabhjot Singh has conceptualised, designed, produced and directed a digital interactive play, The Perfect Match.

Theatre director Prabhjot Singh: It is time for theatre and performing arts to revisit and re-imagine for the digital format

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:37 AM IST
Theatre director and producer Prabhjot Singh says while he would love to do theatre in physical space because that is the core of theatre, the digital space has helped him and his team reach a level where they are able to earn, get a sustainable amount amid this pandemic.
Jalabala Vaidya has directed and played the protagonist in the play The Cabuliwala.
Jalabala Vaidya has directed and played the protagonist in the play The Cabuliwala.

Now streaming: Theatrical plays

Hindustan Times | By Karishma Kuenzang
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 09:16 AM IST
Since the pandemic has stopped us from going to the theatre, a mother-daughter duo have taken it upon themselves to bring it to us!
Both actor Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi and Amitabh Bachchan’s Gulabo Sitabo released directly on OTT platforms.
Both actor Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi and Amitabh Bachchan’s Gulabo Sitabo released directly on OTT platforms.

Time for OTT releases Gulabo Sitabo, Shakuntala Devi, Gunjan Saxena- The Kargil Girl to be back in theatres?: Industry experts debate whether it is a viable option for theatres

Hindustan Times | By Rishabh Suri
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 06:06 PM IST
Even as many films release directly on OTT platforms for now, can they be released in theatres once they reopen, to test waters? We talk to filmmakers and experts to understand it.
31 January 1994 -EBRAHIM ALKAZI. HT ARCHIVE
31 January 1994 -EBRAHIM ALKAZI. HT ARCHIVE

Alkazi: A guiding light of theatre in India

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao & Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 03:03 PM IST
Teacher. Director. Idol. Man with a fiery temper. These are the facets we know. Days after his passing, we spoke to former students for a more intimate take on the trailblazing former head of the NSD.
With Ebrahim Alkazi’s passing, it is truly the end of a theatre era in India, writes Nandita Puri.
With Ebrahim Alkazi’s passing, it is truly the end of a theatre era in India, writes Nandita Puri.

Remembering Ebrahim Alkazi: The man who shaped Indian theatre and its finest actors

Hindustan Times | By Nandita Puri
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 09:58 AM IST
The theatre maestro who finetuned performances to create legends out of actors.
Tahira feels that the passion for theatre, writing and acting kept all her friends together
Tahira feels that the passion for theatre, writing and acting kept all her friends together

Of 19-year-old friendship, theatre and Buddhism

HT Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 01:16 AM IST
On Friendship Day, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana talks about 19 years of solid friendship with friends from college, founding a theatre group in Chandigarh and Buddhism.
Actor Siddhanth Kapoor ‘s film Chehre is also headed for a direct-to-OTT release
Actor Siddhanth Kapoor ‘s film Chehre is also headed for a direct-to-OTT release

Siddhanth Kapoor on OTT vs theatres: People shouldn’t be in a hurry, araam se ghar baith ke TV pe dekho

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Actor Siddhanth Kapoor feels that he understands the uncertainty with regards to reopening of theatres as well as the risks involved.
Ancient marble statues are seen outside the Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus next the ancient theatre of the site.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Ancient marble statues are seen outside the Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus next the ancient theatre of the site.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Ancient Greek theatres revived amid Covid-19 pandemic

Epidaurus, Greece | By Associated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 08:26 AM IST
Live concerts and events have been mostly cancelled in Greece this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the Culture Ministry allowed the Epidaurus Theater in southern Greece and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to host performances under strict safety guidelines.
Actors Juhi Chawla and Angad Bedi aren’t sure if people would rush back to theatres anytime soon after they re-open.
Actors Juhi Chawla and Angad Bedi aren’t sure if people would rush back to theatres anytime soon after they re-open.

Are people ready to go back to theatres? While Juhi Chawla and Angad Bedi are unsure, Arjun Mathur won’t mind if a film needs a big screen experience

Hindustan Times | By Rishabh Suri
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 08:49 PM IST
Even as the trade waits for the movie theatres to re-open and the audience to trickle back, would the people be willing to go? We talk to actors such as Juhi Chawla and Angad Bedi, and get the experts’ opinion on how does the scenario look like.
Filmmaker Anurag Basu lauds OTT platforms for its wider reach.
Filmmaker Anurag Basu lauds OTT platforms for its wider reach.

Anurag Basu: There is a transparency of money with OTTs but not with theatres

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 01:57 PM IST
Director Anurag Basu’s latest film Ludo is headed the OTT way and he feels this is the time to adapt and go for the best available option.
Anurag Kashyap says people should have watched and supported his films if they did not want him to get ‘starstruck’.
Anurag Kashyap says people should have watched and supported his films if they did not want him to get ‘starstruck’.

‘Should’ve watched my films in theatres then’: Anurag Kashyap reacts after fan says he made great films but got ‘starstruck’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 06:41 AM IST
Anurag Kashyap has reacted to a Twitter user who said that the director got ‘starstruck’ after his great bunch of films.
Actor Ratna Pathak Shah says she misses performing in front of a live audience .
Actor Ratna Pathak Shah says she misses performing in front of a live audience .

Ratna Pathak Shah: When things clear up, everyone will be so fed up of the OTT that they’d happily go back to the theatres

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 10:33 PM IST
Due to the pandemic, just like film releases, the theatre industry has also gone digital. While actor Ratna Pathak Shah agrees that the online platforms have brought a lot of new people into the business, her big fear with the web is that she does not like plays going online.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says both sides need to lend an ear to each other instead of standing at loggerheads
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says both sides need to lend an ear to each other instead of standing at loggerheads

Madhur Bhandarkar on films releasing on OTT platforms: Why should producers be deprived of a good deal?

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 07:14 PM IST
Weighing in on the OTT versus theatrical release of films debate, the filmmakers feels that there are films that are ready for release, but since theatres aren’t open, the producers have to take a call now
As per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs, shops in markets will continue to remain shut, while in rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls, are allowed to open.(ANI)
As per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs, shops in markets will continue to remain shut, while in rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls, are allowed to open.(ANI)

Gyms, theatres, casinos, pools to remain shut in Goa: Official

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The order comes a day after the Centre allowed neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those located in residential complexes, in urban areas to open during the ongoing lockdown.
As provided under the Act, schools and colleges in Pune and neighbouring twin industrial towns of Pimpri and Chinchwad will remain closed till further orders(HT PHOTO)
As provided under the Act, schools and colleges in Pune and neighbouring twin industrial towns of Pimpri and Chinchwad will remain closed till further orders(HT PHOTO)

Theatres, gyms to be shut in Mumbai, 5 other cities in Maharashtra over coronavirus

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 10:56 PM IST
The closure order will come into effect from Friday midnight, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, announcing that the government has invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 to tackle the virus outbreak.
A still from Syndicate of Seducers, a Spanish zarzuela set to be performed by a largely Indian cast.(Philippe Engel)
A still from Syndicate of Seducers, a Spanish zarzuela set to be performed by a largely Indian cast.(Philippe Engel)

Enjoy a Spanish musical extravaganza at Bombay’s Royal Opera House

Hindustan Times | By Cherylann Mollan
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 10:41 PM IST
A zarzuela performance, a first of its kind for the city, is being staged today. It’s a form of musical theatre that originated in Madrid and combines music, drama and comedy.
Amitabh Bachchan shared a throwback picture from the shoot of Amar Akbar Anthony.
Amitabh Bachchan shared a throwback picture from the shoot of Amar Akbar Anthony.

Amitabh Bachchan shares throwback to Amar Akbar Anthony, recalls film ran for ‘25 weeks in 25 theatres in one city’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Amitabh Bachchan shared a throwback picture of his iconic film, Amar Akbar Anthony, with a fascinating trivia associated with it. Read it here.
Piyush Mishra returned to theatre this year with his musical, Gagan Damama Bajyo; location courtesy: Prithvi Theatre(Brahms Dirsipo)
Piyush Mishra returned to theatre this year with his musical, Gagan Damama Bajyo; location courtesy: Prithvi Theatre(Brahms Dirsipo)

Dear 2020: Piyush Mishra’s open letter to the coming year

Hindustan Times | By Piyush Mishra
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2019 11:05 PM IST
I want artists to become more responsible and not use their creative freedom to peddle soft-porn
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