David Chadderton

Editor / north west editor

E-mail: david@britishtheatreguide.info

David Chadderton is from Manchester and currently lives in Cheshire East. 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 20 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

The Suppliant Women chorus,

The Suppliant Women

Aeschylus, new version by David Greig (Actors Touring Company, Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Paul Auster's City of Glass, Jonathan Keenan

City of Glass

Paul Auster, adapted by Duncan Macmilan (59 Productions, HOME and Lyric Hammersmith at HOME Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Colin Connor and Katy Cavanagh, Jonathan Keenan


David Rudkin (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice), Johan Persson

Funny Girl the Musical

Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart, revised book by Harvey Fierstein (Menier Chocolate Factory at Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Kathryn Hunter and Temesgen Zeleke, Jonathan Keenan

The House of Bernarda Alba

Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Jo Clifford (Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

David Birrell as Frank and Jessica Baglow as Rita, Richard Davenport

Educating Rita

Willy Russell (Octagon Theatre Bolton & Derby Theatre at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Ben Adams as Aladdin, Phil Tragen


Eric Potts (First Family Entertainment at Opera House, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Kaisa Hammarlund as Charity Hope Valentine, Richard Davenport

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Field (Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Lewis Smallman as Billy Elliot and Ensemble, Alastair Muir

Billy Elliot the Musical

Book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John (Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions at Palace Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton