30/12/05 - Theatre in the South West 2005
Pete Wood looks back at a year of theatre in the Bristol/Bath area.
29/12/05 - Review of 2005
Peter Lathan looks back at some significant happenings in British theatre
27/12/05 - North East Theatre in 2005
Peter Lathan looks back at twelve months of North East theatre.
27/12/05 - London Theatre in 2005
In a five part article, Philip Fisher looks back at theatre in the capital
27/12/05 - 2005 in the North West
David Chadderton looks back at a year in theatre in the North West of
27/12/05 - 2005 in York and Leeds
J D Atkinson looks back at the year in theatre in York and Leeds.
22/12/05 - Submitting Press Releases to
Why a considerable number of press releases sent to us don't get used!
18/12/05 - Remembering Arthur Miller
Philip Fisher reviews then tribute to Arthur Miller edited by Christopher
15/12/05 - Obedience, Struggle and Revolt
Philip Fisher reviews the book of political lectures and essays by David
11/12/05 - An Apology for Pantomime? No
The enduring popularity of the only theatrical form invented in Britain.
06/12/05 - Kenneth Branagh
Philip Fisher reviews the biography by Mark White.
06/12/05 - T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide
to the Business of Creativity
Ged Quayle reviews a guide to business for creatives by David Parrish.
04/12/05 - The RSC Newcastle Season: a
Peter Lathan looks back at the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2005 Newcastle
27/11/05 - The Royal Shakespeare Company;
2004 - 2005
Peter Lathan looks at the RSC's annual report for the financial year
2004 - 2005.
20/11/05 - The Actor and the Target
A book review: Philip Fisher looks at Declan Donnellan's advice to actors.
17/11/05 - A Brief History of the BTG
17th November is the BTG's birthday. Peter Lathan looks back at four
07/11/05 - Christopher Marlowe: Poet
Philip Fisher reviews the book by Park Honan.
31/10/05 - Grease Is the Word!
Grease has been voted the most popular musical. Vote in our poll
to choose the BTG readers' number one musical.
30/10/05 - Charlotte the Play
A follow-up to Philip Fisher's review of the book by Kathryn Shevelow:
details of a play by Frederic Mohr.
27/10/05 - The Essential Shakespeare
Philip Fisher reviews the audio-book from the Royal Shakespeare Company
and the British Library.
23/10/05 - Charlotte
Philip Fisher reviews Kathryn Shevelow's book about Charlotte Charke,
daughter of Colley Cibber and collaborator with Henry Fielding.
16/10/05 - The Shakespeare Schools Festival
A look at this exciting and groundbreaking event.
12/10/05 - Untold Stories
Philip Fisher reviews Alan Bennett's new autobiographical book.
09/10/05 - Talawa's Judicial Review
Public funding bodies such as Arts Council England must be transparent
in their dealing with their clients.
03/10/05 - Shakespeare the Biography
Philip Fisher reviews Peter Ackroyd's new biography of William Shakespeare.
02/10/05 - So You Want to be an Actor?
Philip Fisher reviews the book by Prunella Scales and Timothy West.
02/10/05 - Amateur Theatre Websites (2)
The second part of our annual survey, looking at design and content.
25/09/05 - Amateur Theatre Websites
The first part of our annual look at amateur theatre websites, with
some advice for webmasters about making their sites attractive to vistors.
18/09/05 - Getting the Message Across
How one theatre company keeps itself afloat and hones its skills by
producing short shows for commercial and public sector clients.
13/09/05 - Olivier
Philip Fisher reviews the authorised biography of Laurence Olivier by
11/09/05 - The Monsterists
A look at a group of playwrights who are trying to change the face of
04/09/05 - No Adults Please, We're Arden
The Arden Youth Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees has no adult involvement
of any kind.
03/09/05 - A Tribute to Blanche Marvin
Philip Fisher pays a tribute to a great lady of the theatre.
02/09/05 - The BTG Links Pages
We've just started checking every one of the links we list. Boy, is
it hard work!
- The Fringe Blog - Sort Of! (Continued Again)
And ends for this year.
21/08/05 - The Fringe Blog - Sort Of! (Continued)
The Edinburgh Fringe musings continue.
14/08/05 - The Fringe Blog - Sort Of!
Not exactly a blog, but editor Peter Lathan's musings about his days
at the Edinburgh Fringe.
07/08/05 -The Next Three Weeks
Because of the Edinburgh Fringe, the pattern of updates to the BTG will
change for the next two weeks. Here are the details.
06/07/05 - The Oxford Dictionary of
A book review by Philip Fisher.
24/07/05 - Edinburgh in August
A personal guide to Edinburgh for first-time Fringe visitors.
10/07/05 - Those Bombs
A response to the terrorist attacks of 7th July.
03/07/05 - The Rough Guide to Shakespeare
A book review by Philip Fisher.
22/06/05 - The Long-Lasting Appeal of Blood
What is it that makes Willy Russell's Blood Brothers so popular
22 years on?
19/06/05 - The Lure of the New
Is theatre concentrating too much in new writing?
12/06/05 - Soap Box: Morality Has No Place
Soap Box is a new forum intended to tackle the big issues in society
and the arts. Philip Fisher summarises the first debate.
01/06/05 - Alexander Awareness Week
The Alexander Technique has helped actors and musicians achieve their
performance potential for over a hundred years. Jill Sharp investigates
the Alexander phenomenon and interviews an experienced teacher of the
29/05/05 - Strength in Depth
Britain's theatre has strength in depth, but it needs encouragement
23/05/05 - The Art of the Actor
A review of the book by Jean Benedetti.
22/05/05 - Theatre in the Digital Age
The challenges to theatre presented by modern digital technology.
15/05/05 - What's a Critic For?
What is the job of the theatre critic?
12/05/05 - Who Wrote Don Quixote?
Steve Orme reviews the book by Francis Carr, of Shakespeare Authorship
08/05/05 - So What Now, Mr Blair?
What will Labour's third term mean for the arts?
05/05/05 - An Introduction to Stage Lighting
Peter Lathan reviews a 2 DVD set introducing stage lighting, aimed at
schools and colleges but useful for anyone intereted in the subject.
01/05/05 - Vote, Vote, Vote for... ?
With the general election this week, we look at what the parties say
about the arts in their manifestos.
24/04/05 - Youth Theatre: Getting It Right?
Why do so many youth theatres not teach basic stagecraft?
22/04/05 - These Are The Times
Ray Brown reviews Trevor Griffiths' screenplay about the life of Thomas
17/04/05 - Unsung Heroes
The importance of the work of those who run our theatres.
15/04/05 - Peter Brook and the Way of
Philip Fisher reviews Michael Kustow's new book about Peter Brook.
10/04/05 - Affordable Tickets
Are theatre tickets too expensive?
04/04/05 - A Pocket Guide to Ibsen Chekhov
Philip Fisher reviews the book by Stephen Unwin and Michael Pennington.
03/04/05 - Bollocks, Mr O'Toole!
An open letter to Peter O'Toole about his criticism of contemporary
29/03/05 - The BTG and SEO
How the BTG reacts to requests for links and approaches from search
engine optimisation specialists.
28/03/05 - Fanny Kemble: A Reluctant
Philip Fisher reviews Rebecca John's biography of the nineteenth century
27/03/05 - A Report Which All Will Welcome
Why the whole theatre world will welcome the report on theatre from
the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
21/03/05 - Freedom of Expression: The
More contributions to the debate on theatre censorship and the Behzti
and Jerry Springer protests.
21/03/05 - The Faber Books of Monologues
Philip Fisher reviews two books of monologues for actors looking for
audition pieces: one book for men, the other for women.
18/03/05 - Jerry Springer the Opera
and Freedom of Expression
A reaction to the attempts by Christian fundamentalists to prevent the
tour of Jerry Springer the Opera from going ahead.
13/03/05 - August Strindberg: Painter,
Peter Lathan looks at the exhibition at Tate Modern.
08/03/05 - Primo Time
Philip Fisher reviews Antony Sher's book about preparing his one-man
07/03/05 - A Geographical Advantage
Why the geography of Britain gives young British actors and directors
a big advantage over their American counterparts.
27/02/05 - Pinter in the Theatre
Philip Fisher reviews a new book on Harold Pinter's work.
24/02/05 - Bezhti (Dishonour)
Philip Fisher reviews Bezhti (Dishonour), the script, and examines
the furore the production caused.
20/02/05 - Welcome to the Theatre
Why (and how) we should make theatres more welcoming.
13/02/05 - Awards, Awards and Yet More
Has the British public become so celebrity-obsessed that it is fascinated
by watching people they'll never see in the flesh accepting awards for
shows they'll never go to watch even if they come to a theatre near
06/02/05 - The West End Now
Some thoughts about the West End inspired by the income and attendance
figures for 2004 just released by the Society of London Theatre.
30/01/05 - Exciting!
An exciting time for theatre in Scotland as the key personnel of the
National Theatre of Scotland are announced
17/01/05 - Midlands Theatre in 2005
Stve Orme looks back over the last year.
16/01/05 - Theatre Funding: What Will 2005
We prophesy a tough year in prospect
14/01/05 - Shakespeare Drowns in Venice
J.D. Atkinson looks at Michael Radford's film of The Merchant of
Venice, starring Al Pacino.
12/01/05 - North East Theatre in
Peter Lathan's review of the year.
11/01/05 - 2004: Theatre in York
J.D. Atkinson looks back.
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