Jordan E Cooper in Ain't No Mo'

The Indomitable Spirit of Theatre

You just can't keep theatrical folk down, even in the teeth of a cost-of-living crisis.
Peter Pan’s Labyrinth

Bawdy Beauties and Blue Beasts

We can't stop London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti going in search of seasonal smut, so here is her round-up of saucy Cinders and big nights out with Dick.
Roxana Silbert

Arts Council England Claims Its First Victim

Hampstead Theatre has announced the departure of its Artistic Director Roxana Silbert following the loss of its funding.
Fenella Fielding

Fenella Fielding: Actress

Robert Tanitch reports on a new exhibition celebrating the life of Fenella Fielding.
It's Behind You

Support Our Theatres

Philip Fisher suggests that if the government and Arts Council England won't support our theatres then we need to.
Matt Daines and Damian Williams in Cinderella

Can Culture Afford to Turn down a Sinister Prince Charming?

If the government and Arts Council England will not support the cultural sector, the alternatives might be even less palatable.
Protest outside English National Opera

The Future of Opera Lies in a Car Park

The chief executive of Arts Council England believes that opera should be relegated to car parks. Is he right?
The first performance played by the theatre on 9 April 2022

Theatre of War

Elena Frantseva of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre from Kyiv, Ukraine tells the extraordinary story of how the theatre survived war and prepared for a UK tour.
English National Opera's Coliseum

The Arts Under Fire from Arts Council England

A recent round of funding from Arts Council England threatens the futures and jobs of many in the industry.
Le Malade Imaginaire

Remember COVID-19?

With COVID-19 making a comeback and flu also a concern, Philip Fisher wonders whether UK theatres should be trying harder.
Towards a Poor Theatre

Does the Future Lie in Poor Theatre?

Tough times lie ahead and Poor Theatre might offer the best way forward.

Proposal for an Epic New Play

Every critic yearns to write their own blockbuster. Could this be the one?
Simon Russell Beale and Zoë Wanamaker in Much Ado About Nothing

The Best UK Theatres

Philip Fisher tries to engender some controversy by picking his favourite UK theatres.
Metropolitan Opera House

The Best Theatre Outside the United Kingdom

In the first of a two-part feature, Philip Fisher nominates theatres that are the best of their type in assorted categories.
Kwasi Kwarteng

Is Crazy Kwasi’s Mad Budget Good for Theatres?

Philip Fisher tries to find some good news for theatres as the country plunges into another financial crisis.
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Edinburgh 2022 reflections

David Chadderton reflects on his own experience of the first post-COVID Edinburgh Festivals.
12 Last Songs

Do you have the time?

A reviewer samples 12 Last Songs, a performance art event in which non-actors demonstrate their skills and answer questions about their occupations over 12 hours.
Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey

New Direction at the RSC

It is all change at the RSC as Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey become Artistic Directors designate.
Theatre World Annual 1951–1952

The Last Time We Had a King

Philip Fisher takes us for a trip down memory lane.
Michelle Donelan official UK Parliament portrait

Michelle Donelan: The New Culture Secretary

Philip Fisher reflects on a highly dramatic week and attempts to size up the new culture secretary.