David Chadderton

Editor / north west editor

E-mail: david@britishtheatreguide.info

David Chadderton is from Manchester. He took over as BTG editor from founder Peter Lathan in 2012 after covering the north west as regional editor for a number of years. He is also a founder member of the Manchester Theatre Awards panel.

David has devised and taught youth group, school and college drama and theatre classes for more than 25 years, principally with Mainstream Theatre Arts but also at Buxton Opera House, lots of primary and secondary schools and on the distance learning degree course of leading drama school Rose Bruford College, from which he obtained his BA (hons). He also has an MA in scriptwriting from University of Glamorgan.

He has written and directed a large number of scripts, mainly for young people's theatre and theatre-in-education, and written two books, Practical Drama and The Theatre Makers, both published by Studymates. He has written for a number of theatre, scriptwriting and education publications and spoken about theatre on local and national radio and TV and had his own weekly radio show about theatre on Canalside Community Radio for more than three years.

Latest reviews

Jane Horrocks and Wrangler in Cotton Panic!, Tristram Kenton

Cotton Panic!

Co-creators: Jane Horrocks (performer & music), Nick Vivan (writer), Stephen Mallinder (music), Phil Winter (music), Ben Edwards (music) (Manchester International Festival at Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Timothy Connor as Pulcino and Charlotte Hoather as Uccellina, James Glossop


Composed by Lliam Paterson (Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable at The Grafton Centre, Hyde).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Nina Hoss, Jonathan Keenan

Returning to Reims

Based on the memoir by Didier Eribon in a version by the Schaubühne (Schaubühne Berlin, MIF, HOME Manchester and Théâtre de la Ville at HOME Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

What if Women Ruled the World, Tristram Kenton

What if Women Ruled the World?

Yael Bartana (artist), Abi Morgan (writer) (Manchester International Festival at Mayfield, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

The cast of Fatherland, Manuel Harlan


Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens (Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Jessica Baglow,

First Words

Charlotte Joseph, Shauna Mackay and Ian Townsend (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Kenneth Alan Taylor, Joel C Fildes

The Father

Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Hannah Mook and Ross McCaffrey, Chris Payne


Powder Keg (Powder Keg and Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton