British Theatre Guide
News, reviews, features and podcast on theatre across the UK
Robin Noel Pemberton-Billing: 5 April 1929-18 November 2012
Phil Butterworth was one of five Loughborough students who approached their tutor in 1966 with the idea to create a new theatre in Bolton, Lancashire. The tutor, Robin Pemberton-Billing who died this week at the age of 83, spearheaded the project to build the Octagon Theatre and was its first artistic director. Phil recalls the achievements of his former tutor.
From Nice to Nasty: Shane Lynch looks forward to his first season as a Panto Villain
Simon Sladen speaks to Boyzone’s Shane Lynch about playing Abanazar in
at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks.
Playwrights Jake Brunger and Hannah Rodger at the Pleasance
Producer James Quaife interviews playwrights Jake Brunger and Hannah Rodger.
“Colour, glitter, laughter, a Giant and damn good costumes!”
Simon Sladen speaks to Phil Lowe, Nicola Downing and Richard Foxton, the Creative Team behind Harrogate Theatre's 2012 pantomime
Jack and the Beanstalk
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde
Philip Fisher reports on a new exhibition with a Shakespearean twist at Tate Britain
“Fun, laughter and everyone having a flipping good time enjoying themselves”
Simon Sladen speaks to the cast of '
Jack and the Beanstalk
' at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
A Cultural History of English Pantomime, ca. 1820 – 1910
Simon Sladen speaks to Professor Jeffrey Richards (co-investigator) and Dr Peter Yeandle (research associate) at the conclusion of their three year-long pantomime research project.
Lenny Henry puts stand-up on hold for acting
Lenny Henry has warned his multitude of fans that his new tour may be the last opportunity to see him doing stand-up for some time – because acting has now become the biggest part of his career.
Director Sean Tobin on The Perfection of 10 in Singapore
Australian director Sean Tobin talks about directing new writing showcase
The Perfection of 10 at the Esplanade
Carol Tambor Paintings at C ECA
New Yorker Carol Tambor, who is best known for endowing an award for the best Fringe show, has a hidden side.
Nigel Charnock 1960-2012
A huge loss to the contemporary dance world, performer, choreographer and director Nigel Charnock died late on 1 August at St Christopher's Hospice in South London.
The Other Perspective: Romanian Theatre in London 4-11 July
Cristina Catalina introducees a unique opportunity for Londoners to put a finger on the pulse of contemporary Romanian theatre.
Delivering Sustainable Theatres
A report on the Theatres Trust 2012 Conference held at Stratford Circus on 12 June 2012.
Inaugural Manchester Theatre Awards event
Leading figures from Manchester's theatres gathered on Friday 18 May for the presentation of the inaugural Manchester Theatre Awards.
Tough as old boots Gwen Taylor comes home
Gwen Taylor who is back on stage in her home city for the first time in 14 years returns to Derby on a high.
Dukes takes Lancashire Witch Trial play on tour for 400th anniversary
A grim part of the country’s history is the focus of a play being toured by Lancashire’s own producing theatre this summer.
University and Derby LIVE split; Arts Council decision beckons
Two-and-a-half years after forging a partnership described as “unique”, the University of Derby and Derby LIVE have gone their separate ways.
Jean-Norman Benedetti, 1930-2012
Current principal of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance reflects on the life of former principal and leading Stanislavski scholar Jean Benedetti.
West End Weekend
A report on the "Heart of the West End" conference held at the Haymarket Theatre on 25-26 April 2012
Two voices, one stage: producing a double whammy of new work
Corinne Salisbury, co-producer of two new plays being presented in rep at the Tristan Bates Theatre, considers the merits of pairing plays together, and chats to the writers about comparisons and contrasts.