Nominations for the 2014 Awards

Olivier Award Nominations 2014

A full list of the nominations for this year's awards
Panto season 2013

Panto News: February 2014

With Panto Season 2013 set to finish in less than a week, it's time for Simon Sladen to begin another year of panto blogging...
A Chorus Line - winner of the Best Ensemble Performance and Best Actress in a Musical Award for Scarlet Strallen

WhatsOnStage Awards

All the winners and the runners up in the 2014 Awards
Snooks Brothers Bank

Hijinx Theatre - Pods

Hijinx, award-winning specialists in inclusive theatre, has developed a collection of comic, one-act pieces, available to tour on a pick’n’mix basis, and showcased them in Cardiff.
Max Stafford-Clark

A Howl of Rage: Max Stafford-Clark's Plague Year

Howard Loxton reports from a platform presentation to launch of the publication of Max Stafford-Clark’s new book A Journal of the Plague Year.
Rebecca Hall in Machinal directed by Lyndsey Turner at American Airlines Theatre, New York

Where Have All the Americans Gone – British Directors are Conquering Broadway

Philip Fisher speculates on the current British invasion of Broadway.
Joe Caffrey and Eva Quinn in Wet House at Live Theatre

Theatre in the North East

North East editor Peter Lathan gives his review and highlights of theatre in the North East in 2013.
The Body of An American

January in London

'Hola' to mops, monologues and derelict public toilets.
Happy Days – A New Musical will open at the Churchill Theatre Bromley on 14 January and then tour

Touring news

Happy Days, birthdays, Believers and railways.
The third part of the Dundee trilogy, Sunday Mornings on Dundee Law

More news from north of the border

With Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games and 2014 being The Year of Homecoming Scotland, residents and visitors alike will have an eye on what the arts are offering in the area.
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.