31/12/06 - The BTG: from 2006 to 2007
The British Theatre Guide: where it was in 2006 and where it's going
27/12/06 - 2006: The Theatrical Year
Philip Fisher takes a look back at London theatre in the last twelve
27/12/06 - 2006: The Year in the North
Peter Lathan takes a look back at the theatre year in the North East
17/12/06 - In Defence of Pantomime
Peter Lathan defends pantomime against its detractors and takes a brief
look at its long history.
13/12/06 - "Critics are Parasites
Philip Fsher reports on the last Soapbox Debate at the Menier Chocolate
13/12/06 - Looking Back - Playwrights
at the Royal Court
Philip Fisher reviews the book of interviews with Royal Court playwrights,
edited by Harriet Devine.
10/12/06 - Touring a Panto: the Reality
The reality of touring a pantomime round working men's clubs.
04/12/06 - Blackpool?
Blackpool is not the place for the Theatre Museum: Covent Garden is.
26/11/06 - Getting a Panto on the Road
BTG editor Peter Lathan is directing a touring panto this year. He describes
19/11/06 - Manchester v Edinburgh?
What sort of threat does the forthcoming Manchester International Festival
pose to Edinburgh?
12/11/06 - Too Many Musicals?
Philip Fisher ponders whether the West End is seeing a surfeit of musicals.
05/11/06 - Two Views on the Censorship
Two newspaper stories about censorship and the arts and their implications.
29/10/06 - A Blind Spot in Our Theatre
Diasbaility and theatre in the UK.
29/10/06 - Godot in the Primary
How a theatre company worked on Waiting for Godot with two classes
of eight-year olds.
29/10/06 - Theatre Is Better Than Film
Philip Fisher reports on the Soapbox debate at the Menier Chocolate
29/10/06 - The Employment Equality (Age)
We look at the new legislation which came into effect on 1st October.
26/10/06 - Performances of Mourning
in Shakespearean Theatre and Early Modern Culture
A book review by J D Atkinson.
25/10/06 - Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith:
History, Religion and the Stage
J D Atkinson reviews Jean-Christophe Mayer's book.
23/10/06 - From Performance to Print
in Shakespeare's England
J D Atkinson reviews the book edited by Peter Holland and Stephen Orgel.
19/10/06 - Acting From Shakespeare's
J D Atkinson reviews Don Weingust's book.
17/10/06 - Shakespeare and Cognition
J D Atkinson reviews Shakespeare and Cognition - Aristotle's Legacy
and Shakespearean Drama by Arthur F Kinney.
12/10/06 - Shakespeare and Elizabethan
J D Atkinson reviews a new book edited by Stuart Gillespie and Neil
10/10/06 - The Arden Shakespeare Hamlet
J D Atkinson reviews two volumes of the Arden Shakespeare, based on
three different versions: the first and second Quartos and the First
10/10/06 - Ellen Terry
Philip Fisher reviews the biography by Joy Melville.
25/09/06 - Waiting for Godot / En Attendant
Philip Fisher reviews a bilingual version of Waiting for Godot.
24/09/06 - We Have Been here Before
Some thoughts on the RSC's new campaign to improve the teaching of Shakespeare
21/09/06 - Into the Woods
Philip Fisher reviews Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner's novek for
18/09/06 - The Faber Companion to Samuel
A book review by Philip Fisher.
17/09/06 - The Actors' Yearbook 2007
Peter Lathan reviews the book which is an essential for any actor's
12/09/06 - Shakespeare and Co
Philip Fisher reviews the book by Stanley Wells.
04/09/06 - Angus McBean: Portraits
Philip Fisher looks at the exhibition of theatrical portraits by Angus
McBean at the National Portrait Gallery.
03/09/06 - The Future of the Edinburgh
How can the Edinburgh Fringe retain its position as one of the leading
festivals in the world?
23/08/06 - The Popular Culture of Shakespeare,
Spenser and Jonson
J D Atkinson reviews the book by Mary Ellen Lamb.
19/08/06 - Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality:
Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism
J D Atkinson reviews the book by Alan Sinfield.
19/08/06 - My 2006 Fringe
Peter Lathan looks back at his week at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe.
18/08/06 - Dramatists and their Manuscripts
J D Atkinson reviews the book Dramatists and their Manuscripts in
the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood - Authorship,
Authority and the Playhouse.
18/08/06 - Arnold Wesker: Chicken Soup
A BBC World Service World Book Club programme on Arnold Wesker at the
Edinburgh Book Festival.
06/08/06 - Radioactive Duologues
Philip Fisher reviews the book of audition pieces for radio by Marina
Caldarone and Marilyn Le Conte.
06/08/06 - Here We Stand
Philip Fisher reviews Colin Chamber's study of the relationship between
politics and the artist.
06/08/06 - Why Is That So Funny?
Philip Fisher reviews John Wright's book on the nature of physical comedy.
28/07/06 - Musicals v Plays in the West
Peter Lathan looks at the balance between musicals and plays in the
West End and in London generally, and draws some conclusions.
19/07/06 - The Avignon Festival 2006: A
Jackie Fletcher reports on her first week at the Avigon Festival.
26/07/06 - The Avignon Festival 2006: A
The second week of the Festival, including five reviews.
06/08/06 - The Avignon Festival 2006: A
Five more reviews.
27/06/06 - The Avignon Festival 2006: A
Jackie Fletcher concludes her coverage with more reviews and a final
18/07/06 - The BTG at the Edinburgh Book
David Chadderton explains why the BTG is covering events at the 2006
Edinburgh Book Festival.
16/07/06 - Weekend Stage Schools
Peter Lathan argues for accreditation and regulation of weekend stage
13/07/06 - The Bernard Shaw Collection
Philip Fisher introduces the BBC's DVD collection of George Bernard
09/07/08 - One Principle Out of the Window
Peter Lathan explains why he is sacrificing one of his principles and
is directing a profit-share production.
08/07/06 - Various Voices: Prose, Poetry,
Philip Fisher reviews the collection of the non-dramatic writings of
02/07/06 - Have Theatre, Will Travel...
Torch Theatre Artistic Director Peter Doran looks forward to the
part both he and his company will play in the long awaited revival of
English language theatre in Wales.
25/06/06 - Tricks of the Trade
Philip Fisher reviews the book by Dario Fo.
22/06/06 - Not the World Cup!
Test your Shakespearean knowledge - and avoid the World Cup for a time!
11/06/06 - John Osborne - A Patriot
Philip Fisher reviews John Heilpern's biography of John Osborne.
11/06/06 - Sunday Theatre?
Sunday opening for theatres is bound to come, but there are problems
to be solved first.
28/05/06 - Our Mission - and We've Chosen
to Accept It
A restatement of what the BTG is all about.
25/05/06 - A Room with a View
Kevin Catchpole tells the story of a newly opened amateur theatre, the
Salisbury Studio Theatre.
23/05/06 - Sir Henry Irving - A Victorian
Actor and His World
J D Atkinson reviews Jeffrey Richards' book about the world of the first
22/05/06 - Shakespeare Goes to Paris
- How the Bard Conquered France
J D Atkinson reviews the book by John Pemble.
19/05/06 - Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics
J D Atkinson reviews the book by Gabriel Egan, part of the Accents
on Shakespeare series.
15/05/06 - The Stage Gets a Makeover
Philip Fisher looks at the revamp of the industry newspaper and talks
to its managing director Catherine Comerford.
08/05/06 - Decision day for the Theatre
Ian Herbert, former publisher of Theatre Record and president
of the International Association of Theatre Critics, considers the Victoria
and Albert Museum's "consultation" over the future of the
Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.
07/05/06 - A Short History of the Edinburgh
2006 sees the sixieth Edinburgh Fringe. We take a look back at its history.
16/04/06 - Young People and the Arts
Thoughts on the work of children and young people in the arts, based
on three recent events - one lcoal, one regional and one national.
16/04/06 - Thin Ice
Philip Fisher reviews the novel about the acting profession by Alan
16/04/06 - Will and Me
Philip Fisher reviews Dominic Dromgoole's book about his lifelong love
05/04/06 - Solving the Problem of Maria
Some thoughts on the BBC reality TV show which sets out to find a performer
to play Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber's revival of The Sound of Music.
02/040/06 - A Passion for Performance
Philip Fisher reviews the photographic exhibition of Performing Arts
in the 20th Century at the National Theatre.
26/03/06 - Pride!
The continuing war between the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh
19/03/06 - Self-Sufficiency and Theatre
Despite its superficial attractiveness, the latest suggestion from the
DCMS that major companies should get increased grants in the short-term
so as to become self-sufficient in the long-term is seriously flawed.
12/03/06 - Searching for Shakespeare
And finding so much more. Philip Fisher takes a look at some theatre-related
exhibitins at the National Portrait Gallery
12/03/06 - What? Move the Theatre Museum
our of the West End?
Some outraged thoughts on the possibility of the Theatre Museum being
moved to South Kensington.
05/03/06 - Is It That Time Already?
It's time to start planning for the Edinburgh Fringe!
22/02/06 - Pride of Place Theatre Festival
Jill Sharp looks forward to the Pide of Place Theatre Festival in Ipswich
and Woodbridge in spring 2006
20/02/06 - The Year of the Jouncer
Philip Fisher reviews the second of playwright Simon Gray's autobiographical
19/02/06 - The Warbling Wives of Windsor
Inspired by the RSC's planned production of Merry Wives the Musical,
J.D. Atkinson looks at the Wives' operatic history.
19/02/06 - The QCA Drama Guidelines
Parts of the draft guidelines issued by the Qualifications and Curriculum
Authority are a total over-reaction.
12/02/06 - New Audiences
Initiatives to attract new audiences for theatre are all very well,
but how do we prevent them having no more than a short-term effect?
11/02/06 - The Smoking Diaries
Philip Fisher reviews Simon Gray's autobiographical book.
03/02/06 - All Our Creative Futures II
The opposition's victory in the Welsh Assembly over the plans to fund
some arts organisations directly should be a wake-up call to the Scottish
30/01/06 - Playing the Audience
Philip Fisher reviews the book by James B Nicola, director of New York's
22/01/06 - All Our Creative Futures
Thoughts on last week's statement on the arts in Scotland by the Scottish
Executive's culture Minister Patricia Ferguson.
15/01/06 - No Freebies Please, We're Professionals
Should actors accept unpaid or profit-share work to build up their CVs?
08/01/06 - An "Act of Poltical Vindictiveness"
The decision to advertise the job of ACW chair is just one small step
along a dangerous road: if the WAG can't abolish the organisation, it
will gain control of it, beginning with putting its man in the chair.
03/01/06 - The Best of This, That and the
John Thaxter looks back at twelve months of London Theatre.
02/01/06 - Theatre in the Midlands in 2005
Stve Orme looks back at a year of Midlands theatre.
02/01/06 - Making the Most of the Arts
Ged Quale reviews the guide to managing participatory projects by Gerri
02/01/06 - My 2005
Ged Quayle looks back at a year of theatre in Liverpool.
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