Henry Winkler as Captain Hook

"I just love the energy created in the theatre"

Simon Sladen talks to Henry Winkler about his pantomime career.
Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth at MIF

Review of the Year - the north west stage

Editor David Chadderton gives his review and highlights of north west theatre in 2013.
The newly opened Birmingham REP

Review of the Year - the Midlands stage

Midlands Editor Steve Orme gives his review and highlights of the Midlands stage in 2013.
Rory Kinnear as Iago, Adrian Lester as Othello in Othello at National Theatre

Review of the Year - The London Stage

London editor Philip Fisher gives his review and highlights of the London stage in 2013.
Leave the childhood horse out of it. National Theatre's War Horse on tour

Yes, but is it good?

Nathan Gabriel follows up his recent feature Yes, but is it art? with the thorny question of whether something is "good"—and how "good" can differ from "like".
The Edward Curtis Project

After The Island: EcoCentrix and Invisible Postcolonial Realities

In response to reviews suggesting that Athol Fugard's Apartheid era drama The Island is no longer timely, Melissa Poll offers a Canadian rebuttal based on EcoCentrix: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts.
Asa Elliott, Su Pollard and Chris Jarvis in 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Bournemouth Pavilion (2012)

Panto: "It's all about the detail"

Simon Sladen speaks to Chris Jarvis all about his pantomime career, CBeebies and the great Danny La Rue.
Back L-R: Melli Bond (Creative Director), Charlie Ward (Park Theatre Associate), Jez Bond (Artistic Director), Amy Lumsden (Assistant to the Directors), Sarah Rutherford (Writer in Residence). Front: Nouska Hanly (Press & PR Manager), Hazel the Dog

"Rattigan or Ibsen wouldn't write like that...": Jez Bond of Park Theatre on panto

Simon Sladen speaks to Jez Bond, Artistic Director of Park Theatre and co-writer of this year's Christmas show Sleeping Beauty
L-R: Emma Donald, Ron McAllister and Julian Hirst

"Look, it's a man with a wig on!"

Simon Sladen speaks to South Hill Park, Bracknell about their 2013 pantomime Snow White.
Rufus Norris in rehearsal

Rufus Norris: the right man for the National job?

Philip Fisher reflects on the National Theatre's big announcement to day of the person to take over from Nicholas Hytner.
Heartbreak Productions Dracula sinks its fangs into UK tour

UK Dracula tour gets its teeth into Whitby

Heartbreak Productions director Peter Mimmack on an open-air version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, performed in Whitby Abbey with a new take on the 1897 classic.
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100 Years of Criticism: Key Changes

A report on the Critics' Circle Centenary Conference.
State of Play

State Of Play: Theatre UK—a few thoughts

Sandra Giorgetti writes her initial thoughts on reading the report from Ticketmaster UK following an online survey on theatregoing habits.
James Earl Jones as Benedick in the Old Vic production of Much Ado About Nothing

How old are Beatrice and Benedick?

Robert Tanitch does some research.
Brighton Hippodrome, at the top of the list among Britain's endangered theatres

Theatres at Risk: a new endangered list is announced

Report on Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk Register launched on 19 September 2013.
English Touring Theatre

The Best Play Ever

Thanks to the ingenuity of English Touring Theatre, we will soon know the title of the most popular ever play in English. The mouth waters at the prospect.
Blythe Duff in Ciara at the Traverse

Preview of some Edinburgh Fringe highlights

Just some of the performances that may be worth seeing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.
But is it art? Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Robert Wilson's The Old Woman at the Manchester International Festival 2013

Yes, but is it art?

Nathan Gabriel, Assistant Professor of Theatre & Season Coordinator at University of Louisiana, Lafayette, speculates on a question that frequently occurs to reviewers, students and general audiences.
Sean Holmes - speech to the Critics Circle

Secret Theatre at the Lyric

Sean Holmes keeps the new Lyric Hammersmith season under his hat and challenges the status quo.
Grassroots Shakespeare London Producer and Artistic Director Siobhan Daly with Assistant Artistic Director Boris Mitkov

Doing Without a Director – That’s Grassroots Shakespeare’s Choice

Howard Loxton interviews Siobhan Daly, Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Grassroots Shakespeare London, who founded a company that goes back to “original practices” and directs itself.