Features

Nadine Dorries MP

Introduction to New Culture Minister Nadine Dorries

Philip Fisher has done some research into the woman who we would like to think might be the saviour of the arts.
Rowan Atkinson as Fagin

The Next Hurdle

Shows may gradually be opening but theatre finances could still be a concern.
The Ghost Light burning at Northern Stage

Back in a theatre—at last!

Peter Lathan talks about his return to theatre after so many months.
Company

Good News for Once

Philip Fisher reports on the long-awaited re-opening of Broadway theatres.
Tropicana - Best Solo LGBTQI Act from Scene Alba Magazine

Edinburgh is back, up and down

A bit of an Edinburgh round-up from National news editor Sandra Giorgetti.
Jamael Westman with West End cast of Hamilton

A Slow and Painful Recovery

Philip Fisher worries about the recovery and wonders whether the most successful shows could suffer the most.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A Mixed Picture

Philip Fisher reviews some new developments on a troubled theatre scene.
Summer Holiday: The Musical

Tourists

While many theatres have finally managed to reopen, there are still many hurdles ahead, especially when the big producers rely so heavily on tourist trade.
James Conway in rehearsal

ETO's James Conway previews return to live performance

World-renowned director on Handel, touring, online opportunities, uncooperative cinema chains, and hints for the future.
Springsteen on Broadway

The Double Vaccination Conundrum

As if producers didn't have enough headaches, they might soon have to decide whether to demand double vaccinations from staff, actors and the paying public.
Rishi Sunak and a Purple Cow

Events Insurance – Better Late than Never

The latest announcement from the "Too Little, Too Late" Party heralds the long-awaited introduction of events insurance. It probably covers theatres but the details are sketchy to say the least.
Edinburgh Fringe 2021

Numbers speak volumes – what's to see at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti previews some of the shows on offer at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.
Lament for Sheku Bayoh at EIF 2021

Edinburgh Festival 2021 and Beyond

As August approaches, lovers of the arts inevitably turn their thoughts to the Scottish capital.
See It Safely

How safe are North East theatres after “Freedom Day”?

Peter Lathan looks at what precautions NE theatres are taking after the removal of COVID restrictions. (Updated on 29/7. Further update on 30/7)
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella

“Woe, Woe and Thrice Woe”

Political chaos is spreading its net into theatres.
Alive in Wonderland

Personal Responsibility or Community Responsibility As a Person?

As if theatres didn't have enough problems, Boris Johnson's Terminus Day could really be the end.
Come From Away

Favourite soundtracks from the musicals

What are your favourite show soundtracks? Philip Fisher opens the debate.
Sea Change

Not Drowning but Waving—Dancing in ‘Sea Change’

After a lengthy rehearsal period, a reviewer has the chance to dance in Sea Change—the opening ceremony of the 2021 Manchester International Festival.
Alan Cumming in The Scottish Play

Test and Superspreader Events

As Terminus Day approaches, we review the current state of play for the events industry.
Matt Hancock

Forget an Orwellian future, 1984 is here

The Government seems more concerned about PR than supporting the arts, threatening the futures of many theatres.