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Less football, more theatre pleads Boyle

Danny Boyle. Picture: AP

Danny Boyle. Picture: AP

British towns and cities would be more enriched if the love of “Wetherspoon’s and Walkabout pubs and Mario Balotelli and John Terry” was replaced with the “sense of wonder” people can get at their local theatre, Danny Boyle said yesterday.

The creative talent behind the Olympics opening ceremony was joined by artistic directors from theatres up and down the country who fear arts cuts will rob the UK of its cultural prowess.

At London’s National Theatre, its director Sir Nicholas Hytner said he was “delighted” to have Boyle present, before the guest reflected on how his career began in one of the country’s regional theatres.

“I was an usher when I was at school and I’d watched the plays there standing at the back, and the sense of wonder you got from the theatre ... was extraordinary and I got the bug really,” Boyle said.

 

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