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

Simon Armstrong (Sir Toby Belch), Jonathan Keenan

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

The cast of Spring and Port Wine, Joel C Fildes

Spring and Port Wine

Bill Naughton (Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Michael Peavoy and Phoebe Pryce, Richard Davenport

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew from the novel by Anne Brontë (Octagon Theatre Bolton and York Theatre Royal at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

The Commitments, Johan Persson

The Commitments

Roddy Doyle (Phil McIntyre Entertainments Limited at Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

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