Features

Witness for the Prosecution

Four More Weeks of Pain?

Philip Fisher takes a hard look at the impact of the cancellation of Freedom Day and reports on four different approaches.
The Jack Studio Theatre

[Comm]unity is Strength

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti talks to Jack Studio Theatre artistic director Kate Bannister on the venue's reopening this week.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella

Could Andrew Lloyd Webber be swapping Cinderella for Midnight Express?

Lord Lloyd Webber has announced that he will open Cinderella on 25 June, even if that means breaking the law and a potential prison sentence.
The new front of the Octagon building

Back in a theatre... at last

David Chadderton gives an account of his first visit to a theatre in more than 14 months, that still wasn't certain the day before the performance.
Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger

National Theatre Together - Press Conference 4 June 2021

Philip Fisher reports on announcements from the National Theatre that promise an optimistic future.
Octagon Bolton

A Chain of Moral Dilemmas

Our editor's trip to Bolton has become mired in political controversy.
Am Dram: A Musical Comedy

Curve season launch

After 430 days, 'dark', Curve Theatre, Leicester has launched its new season at a special event.
Free Thinking

Theatre Criticism

Philip Fisher ponders the future of theatre criticism following a debate on Radio 3.
Phantom of the Opera

Three days to go

Philip Fisher looks forward to the reopening of theatres and wonders why Lord Lloyd Webber has been forced to remortgage his house.
National Theatre Pericles

Theatre’s New Normal

Is Boris Johnson's plan that theatres will open at 100% capacity from mid-June realistic?
Tron Theatre

Social distancing headaches

Philip Fisher reports on the latest position on social distancing in Scottish theatres and contrasts it with the stance of the UK government.
RSC Garden Theatre

Is Outdoors the New Indoors?

Philip Fisher takes a look at outdoor offerings for summer 2021 including some new venues.
Dame Helen Mirren in Phèdre

National Theatre at Home

Philip Fisher reviews the National Theatre's new online video library.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Philippa Soo in Hamilton

Guinea Pigs

Philip Fisher looks into his crystal ball to consider theatre visiting over the next few months.
Best Girl

Best Girl is back

The return of a 2019 Fringe favourite in a new format for online audiences.
Arts Council England publish Cultural Recovery Fund - Second Round of Grants

CRF2 unpacked

A second round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund was announced last week in which £26 million has been awarded to more than two thousand organisations.
Nicolle Smartt, Persephone, Talking Gods

A voice from the past, a message for the present

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti talks to the team behind Talking Gods, a series of plays created and filmed by Arrows & Traps Theatre Company at her local venue, the Jack Studio Theatre.
Shakespeare's Globe

The demise of the interval

It may initially seem inconsequential but the announcement by Shakespeare's Globe that it is ditching the interval could have wider implications.
Online content consumption - research published

To paywall or not to paywall, that is the question

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti looks at a recent report on consumption of online content.
UK Passport

The Week of the Passport

Philip Fisher looks at two different issues that may require 'passports' to resolve.