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Gillian Lynne Theatre

Naming Theatres

As Broadway launches its James Earl Jones Theatre, we ponder theatre naming conventions and lack of diversity in London.
Paul Rhys, Sinead Matthews and Company in Master and Margarita

Ukrainian Culture

Ukrainian culture is far richer than most of us realise. Here are a few suggestions for those interested in the topic.
Verdi's very British Falstaff from Glyndebourne in 2009

Old wine in new bottles

Modern productions of opera: the good, bad and ugly of Regietheater.
The two crews (theatre crew and touring crew) meet and introduce themselves at the start of the day

A day in the life of Theatre Royal Brighton

Photographer Danny Fitzpatrick spent the day at Theatre Royal Brighton as it reopened post-COVID with Footloose the Musical.
The Play That Goes Wrong

Comedy Tonight

After two years of incessant bad news, why is the West End almost completely bereft of comedies?
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler's Booth—exclusive excerpt

An excerpt from award-winning American author Karen Joy Fowler's novel Booth about the theatrical family that spawned one of the USA's most famous assassins.
Matilda the Musical

Adaptations

Philip Fisher considers whether adaptations can ever be as good as something in its creator's chosen medium.
Simon Callow, Kerry Ellis, Denis Lawson and Bonnie Langford preparing for Anything Goes

Time to Hope or Another False Dawn?

Philip Fisher looks forward with a mixture of optimism and pessimism about UK theatre this year.
Radio Play Revival

Radio Play Revival

Philip Fisher discovers an impressive new podcast series from America.
Kit Harington in Rehearsal as Henry V

Kit Harington’s Henry V Fails to Reach Agincourt

Philip Fisher reports on another high-profile postponement and ponders the way forward.
Tina Stowell Chair of the The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee

Funding the BBC – have your say

The BBC receives £3.6 billion from the licence fee. The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee is asking if the time has come to change that.
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson

A Muse for Our Times

Boris Johnson might just be the saviour of British theatre—if only as an inspiration for satire.
Creative Coalition Festival 2022

Creative Coalition Festival 2022

Philip Fisher reports on some keynote speeches from the second Creative Coalition Festival.
Immersive theatre

Getting immersed in Immersive theatre

A reviewer wonders if audiences can ever really win with Immersive theatre.
Falstaff from Staatsoper Hamburg

Dramox TV brings world theatre into our homes

Dramox TV is a new online project and offers a wide range of theatre, dance and opera productions from around the world.
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson

Redemption or a Knockout Punch

Philip Fisher fears that removing Plan B measures will do theatres no favours.
Alexandra Gilbreath and Sir Antony Sher in The Winter's Tale

From A Sad Tale to Spring Awakening

Philip Fisher looks forward to a return to normality sooner rather than later and reminds us of the pleasures that theatre can bring.
Tia Bannon and Danielle Vitalis in Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (which should have been at Under the Radar)

Theatre in Crisis?

Philip Fisher reports on the latest news from the front line and sees little to generate optimism in the short term.
Go!

North East theatre after Christmas

Peter Lathan looks at when North East theatres are restarting after the holiday period.
Peter Pan

Review of the Theatre Year... 2022

Rather than shedding tears over another disastrous year, Philip Fisher travels in time this week with a fantasy look back on the year to come.