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When is An Amateur NOT An Amateur? (or… When is A Pro NOT a Pro?)
Sardines’ Editor, Paul Johnson, takes a look at the ever-murky grey area between the amateur and professional sectors, and asks some important questions.

Defying Gravity
Scott Hope of Blue Chilli Flying shares his vast experience with amateur theatre societies and dispels the big myth that this is one special effect beyond the financial and technical reaches of most groups.

West End Live 2018
We look back to June’s record-breaking free weekend of musical theatre, featuring a myriad of the biggest West End shows – attended this year by some 80,000 people.

The 10 People You Will Meet in Community Theatre
Donna Peterson, a professional actress, gives her tongue-in-cheek take on the American community theatre scene. How much do you agree with?

National Theatre’s Public Acts
A report on the National Theatre’s Public Acts initiative, featuring a cast of over 200, which launches with Shakespeare’s Pericles in its Olivier Theatre at the end of August.

Your News
Our regular newspaper-style pages filled with all kinds of news items, articles, celebrations & recognitions etc. Send your stories – large or small – to

Matt Terry – Madagascar (cover story)
Paul Johnson sits down with Matt Terry, who has just opened as Alex the Lion in the brand-new UK tour of Madagascar the Musical. The X Factor winner talks about the familiar surroundings of musical theatre.

Ray Quinn’s Summer Holiday
We talk with the star of the current UK tour of Summer Holiday the Musical, Ray Quinn, about the show’s popularity with amateur companies, as well as his career, ice-skating and taking on Cliff’s iconic role in 1963.

I’ll Be in My Trailer! – Lance Ellington
We chat with the voice of the BBC’s big Saturday night flagship show, Strictly, during which time the singer gave us a valuable insight and advice on how to handle the pressure of participating in such a high-profile show.

Richard James
In his regular column for Sardines, Richard, currently touring the country in the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, looks at the richness that live theatre brings to the lives of young people all over the country.

Once More into The Breach…
Susan Elkin talks with talented director, Chris Cuming, about his recent production at the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival – Henry V, his career and his regular work with community theatre societies.

One Step Beyond! – Twist and Turn
Our regular feature about going that extra mile… Ex-NODA CEO, Tony Gibbs, talks to Paul Johnson about his brand-new musical being showcased at The Other Palace studio theatre in London in October.

RSC – Big Directors Weekend
Ian Wainwright invites Sardines to Stratford-upon-Avon to spend a couple of days with some of the RSC’s actors and directors, who are welcoming amateur theatremakers to see how the organisation puts on a production.

Have You Met Your Match?
Member of the Frank Matcham Society, Chris Abbott, profiles the legendary theatre designer and archtect and looks at examples of his work still open to the public around the country.

Strike Up the Band!
Our regular round-up, news and gossip of what the professional musical theatre industry has to offer us now, over the coming months and further down the road.

New Plays, Books & Musicals
New titles from Samuel French’s, Nick Hern Books, Oberon Books, Music Theatre International, R&H Theatricals Europe, Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Lazy Bee Scripts… among others.

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