James Barber may not be a familiar name to those outside the industry, but he was as great a star as any of those who performed upon his stage at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. His sudden death a few weeks ago, at just 59-years-old, left a tremendous void at the theatre where he was director for 26 years. His legacy is one of the values and dedication that are the essence to a life well lived in the theatre.
Stomp ends its run at the Ambassadors Theatre in January 2018. Photo: Steve McNicholasLast Saturday, two productions closed in the West End, but with differing fortunes. The first was the long-running Stomp. After 15 years in the West End, it finally wrapped up its run at the Ambassadors Theatre. Over at the Dominion, the Broadway transfer of the George and Ira Gershwin musical An American in Paris was putting away its dance shoes after just nine months in London.
We are a nation obsessed with lists. The end of the year brings out the annual countdowns featuring everything from gaffes to triumphs in the past 12 months. I am a sucker for a good list and find they bring back many memories of the past year. They not only raise a smile, but also give pause for thought. In recent weeks, The Stage been awash with reviews of 2017 and today the ‘annual list season’ is completed with the publication of The Stage 100.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".