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Alexander Campbell

Campbell brings new vigour to RAD

The Royal Academy of Dance last week announced that Royal Ballet Principal Alexander Campbell will be following Gerard Charles as its new Artistic Director.
Royal Court

The Demise of Artistic Excellence?

Philip Fisher fears that, due to financial pressures, artistic excellence is being sacrificed in favour of safe programming.
Arts Council England

Has Arts Council England Passed its Sell-By Date?

Arts Council England has been forced into a massive climbdown over censorship and is now going to be subject to a governmental review.
Gemilla Shamruk as Iman in Conversations with My Father

Palestine play taken off Rota

Keith Mckenna wonders why a piece he reviewed positively was removed from Chickenshed's latest evening of short plays.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag at Underbelly

Discoveries: Fleabag

It is always fun to spot a star long before they become famous. In the first of the series, Philip Fisher remembers seeing Phoebe Waller-Bridge before she became a household name.
Arthur Hughes as Richard III

Is Michelle Terry fit to play Richard III?

A controversy has been raging about whether an able-bodied actor should ever again play Richard III.
WGGB

Don’t Blame the Playwrights

We all know who is to blame for the financial crisis afflicting many theatres—and it is not writers.
Russell Maliphant Dance Comapny

Maliphant’s world and the arts funding Vortex

Russell Maliphant’s most recent choreographic work, Vortex, is on BBC4 on Sunday, after an unusual year in which he was awarded an OBE.
Equity & MU members who work at the ENO with supportive London Assembly members outside City Hall

Is a strike at ENO the tip of the iceberg?

Following swathing pay cuts and redundancies, ENO staff are poised to strike.
New Wolsey Theatre

Another Year, Another Crisis

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, there is a new funding disaster facing some theatres.
Elvis Presley

The Cult of the (Artificial) Personality

After reality TV, we are seen to be overrun by 'reality' on stage.
Tracy-Ann Oberman and the cast of The Merchant of Venice 1936

Our reviewers' picks of 2023

Some of BTG's regular reviewers pick out their favourite theatre productions and moments of the year.
Jonathan Slinger as Eddie in A View from the Bridge at the Octagon

North West theatre in 2023

BTG Editor and North West Editor David Chadderton looks back on his 2023 in North West theatre.
Protect the Heart of the Arts

“Alas, poor country!”

COVID is on the warpath again. Theatres and theatregoers need greater protection.
Caroline Quentin in Jack Absolute Flies Again on National Theatre at Home

Fun for the Holidays

Philip Fisher recommends five online sources for exciting theatre viewing.
The Stage's UK Theatre of the Year, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Northern Ireland theatre highlights in 2023

A round-up of the Top 10 theatre shows in Northern Ireland in 2023.
Indhu Rubasingham

Indhu Rubasingham is perfect for the National

From spring 2025, Indhu Rubasingham will bring her knowledge and experience to the National Theatre as only its seventh director.
London Coliseum

ENO Succeeding Where HS2 Failed

ENO confirms move to Manchester. Does it make sense?
Conflict at Mint Theatre

In Defence of Playwrights

Philip Fisher considers the conflict between supporters of directors and writers as the moving force behind the best productions.
Protests in support of Gaza

Palestinian company appeals to international theatre-makers

Ashtar Theatre has called on theatre-makers around the world to perform The Gaza Monologues on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

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