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Rob McClure in Mrs Doubtfire

Theatre post-COVID

The economy is tanking, but we we must all hope that theatres buck the trend.
Carrie Hope Fletcher as Cinderella, Laura Baldwin as Adele, Victora Hamilton-Barritt as The Stepmother and Georgina Castle as Marie

Midnight Comes Early for Cinderella

The closure of two major London shows is worrying for an ailing industry, while the insensitivity shown towards some Cinderella performers is an unnecessary embarrassment.
Seeta Patel for Something then, Something now at The Lowry in 2015

What is the Point of Theatre Critics? (part two)

Philip Fisher wrote a piece addressing this question. Now, Martin Thomasson has written a supplement to Philip’s article.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences

What is the Point of Theatre Critics?

As critics come under the microscope, Philip Fisher makes a case for their value.
Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre

What makes us keep coming back?

Philip Fisher muses on the joys of theatregoing.
Homeground from HOME Manchester

Theatres during lockdown—across the UK

Following the Critics’ Circle lockdown theatre award, David Chadderton looks at what theatres were doing beyond London and the South East.
Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) Tom Larkin (Tiger Head) - Life Of Pi (2021)

The Olivier Awards – Views from My Seat

For the first time, Sandra Giorgetti got the chance to attend the Olivier Awards, ticking off an item from her bucket list.
Hamlet – Jordan Mah, Amaka Umeh and Graham Abbey

As Good As It Gets

Philip Fisher is fired up by the most exciting new season announcement that he can recall seeing in decades.
Peter Lathan with parents at his graduation

Peter Lathan 22 April 1943–9 April 2022

Philip Fisher looks at the life of BTG founder Peter Lathan, who died on 9 April 2022.
Channel 4

Channel 4—The Tip of a Worrying Iceberg?

Philip Fisher worries that if Channel 4 is sold off, this could have seriously damaging effects on UK theatre production.
SS Great Britain meets Anything Goes cast

Next stop for Anything Goes... Bristol!

"A pleasure machine from beginning to end"—Anything Goes tours to Bristol Hippodrome.
Gillian Lynne Theatre

Naming Theatres

As Broadway launches its James Earl Jones Theatre, we ponder theatre naming conventions and lack of diversity in London.
Paul Rhys, Sinead Matthews and Company in Master and Margarita

Ukrainian Culture

Ukrainian culture is far richer than most of us realise. Here are a few suggestions for those interested in the topic.
Verdi's very British Falstaff from Glyndebourne in 2009

Old wine in new bottles

Modern productions of opera: the good, bad and ugly of Regietheater.
The two crews (theatre crew and touring crew) meet and introduce themselves at the start of the day

A day in the life of Theatre Royal Brighton

Photographer Danny Fitzpatrick spent the day at Theatre Royal Brighton as it reopened post-COVID with Footloose the Musical.
The Play That Goes Wrong

Comedy Tonight

After two years of incessant bad news, why is the West End almost completely bereft of comedies?
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler's Booth—exclusive excerpt

An excerpt from award-winning American author Karen Joy Fowler's novel Booth about the theatrical family that spawned one of the USA's most famous assassins.
Matilda the Musical


Philip Fisher considers whether adaptations can ever be as good as something in its creator's chosen medium.
Simon Callow, Kerry Ellis, Denis Lawson and Bonnie Langford preparing for Anything Goes

Time to Hope or Another False Dawn?

Philip Fisher looks forward with a mixture of optimism and pessimism about UK theatre this year.
Radio Play Revival

Radio Play Revival

Philip Fisher discovers an impressive new podcast series from America.