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Showtown museum dedicated to Blackpool's entertainment heritage
Showtown—Blackpool’s first-ever museum, set to open next year—had a suitably-showbusiness launch.
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
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.
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.
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.
Review of the Year 2019 - The North West Stage
David Chadderton looks back on his 2019 in North West theatre.
Our reviewers' picks of 2019
Some of BTG's regular reviewers pick out their favourite theatre productions of the year.
Review of the Year 2019 - The London Stage
Philip Fisher gives his summary of the London theatre scene in 2019.
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.
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
Scrooge—The Funny Family Spectacular
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.
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
the winning work of the Papatango New Writing Prize, which gets its début production.
Touring News: October 2019
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in October including
from American performance artist Ron Athey,
which tours Scotland and
Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop In Cardiff)/Cer I Grafu… Sori… Garu!
which tours Wales.
There's No Place Like Home—with added urine
Reporter Sandra Giorgetti stayed at Christopher Green's
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.
Shooting Fish: shooting a bullseye for young people's creative needs
A visit to see Shooting Fish's latest production of
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.
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.
Edinburgh in August
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the theatre festivals taking place in Edinburgh this month.
Touring News – August 2019
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the classics
Two Trains Running
and newer works
Still No Idea
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
for her company Wise Children.
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.