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The logo for the new museum

Showtown museum dedicated to Blackpool's entertainment heritage

Showtown—Blackpool’s first-ever museum, set to open next year—had a suitably-showbusiness launch.
Elizabeth McGovern in God of Carnage

Touring News – January 2020

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the first tour from Cardiff's The Other Room with a trio of dystopian dramas, a gender-swapped classic Faustus: That Damned Woman and the last of Luke Wright's trilogy The Remains of Logan Dankworth.
Gabriela Garcia (Maria) and Andy Coxon (Tony) in West Side Story at the Royal Exchange

2019: musicals trump serious drama in Manchester

Manchester reviewer David Cunningham gives a detailed account of his top theatre visits of 2019, with some comments about the intrusive security policies of some theatres.
Passionate People. Passionate Places.

The best of North East theatre in 2019 (according to me)

NE editor Peter Lathan selects his “best of…” in the North East for 2019.
Passionate People. Passionate Places.

North East theatre in 2019 – a review

NE editor Peter Lathan looks back over a year of theatre in the North East, from Teesside in the south to the Scottish Border in the north, and from the coast in the east to the Pennines in the west.
David Ricardo-Pearce in The Last Yankee at Bolton Library

Review of the Year 2019 - The North West Stage

David Chadderton looks back on his 2019 in North West theatre.
Wise Children from Wise Children

Our reviewers' picks of 2019

Some of BTG's regular reviewers pick out their favourite theatre productions of the year.
Aisling Loftus and Leah Harvey in Small Island

Review of the Year 2019 - The London Stage

Philip Fisher gives his summary of the London theatre scene in 2019.
The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Manchester Opera House

Christmas in the North West

A look at the pantos, musicals, family shows and other theatre productions that will be playing in the North West over the festive period.
Kneehigh’s Ubu! A Singalong Satire

Touring News – December 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in December including Kneehigh’s political singalong Ubu! A Singalong Satire and two arena-sized adaptations, David Walliams's Grandpa’s Great Escape Live and Scrooge—The Funny Family Spectacular.
From The Child’s Christmas by Evelyn Sharp (1906)

North East pantos & Christmas shows 2019–2020

A listing of all the 2019–2020 professional pantos and Christmas shows in the North East, with dates, times, prices and where to buy tickets.
Gecko (rehearsal image)

Touring News – November 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the seasonal classic A Christmas Carol using Dickens's original script and Shook, the winning work of the Papatango New Writing Prize, which gets its début production.
Extraordinary Wall of Silence

Touring News: October 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in October including Acephalous Monster from American performance artist Ron Athey, Fibres which tours Scotland and Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop In Cardiff)/Cer I Grafu… Sori… Garu! which tours Wales.
The Home:this is not a bidet

There's No Place Like Home—with added urine

Reporter Sandra Giorgetti stayed at Christopher Green's The Home for 48 hours to experience life in a care home. Her stream-of-consciousness-journal is a personal insight into life in a place we call home, but which couldn't be further from our understanding of the word.
Neil Edwards (in the cap) leading a scripting session for The Murderess

Shooting Fish: shooting a bullseye for young people's creative needs

A visit to see Shooting Fish's latest production of The Murdereress prompted an inquiry into their creative process. The result is the revelation of an inspiring method of engaging with and drawing out the best in young people.
The Border

Touring News – September 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the bumper crop of tours that take to the road in September including classics from all periods, musicals and plays on current hot topics male mental health and Brexit.
It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

Edinburgh in August

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the theatre festivals taking place in Edinburgh this month.
Still No Idea

Touring News – August 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the classics Two Trains Running and The Entertainer and newer works Toast and Still No Idea.
The Incident Pit by Chris Leicester

Touring News – July 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including Scottish Youth Theatre's political piece about Brexit, technology and capitalism Act Of Repair, and Emma Rice's adaptation of Mallory Towers for her company Wise Children.
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More questions than answers: thoughts on censorship

Triggered by the attention given last year to half a century of The Theatres Act, National News Editor and London Reviewer Sandra Giorgetti offers a think piece on the many faces of censorship.