British Theatre Guide
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The Virtual Theatre of My Dreams
Philip Fisher imagines the perfect shows for online viewing.
Remembrance of theatre past (7–9): when punks came to Sunderland
Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment features the night the punks came to Sunderland Empire, a rather odd photo job and a few Green Room conversations.
Othniel Smith: 1962-2020
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Wales Co-Chair Manon Eames pays tribute to Othniel Smith, Secretary of the WGGB Welsh Committee for over 20 years as well as BTG's Cardiff reviewer.
Let’s not confuse theatres with Theatre
Peter Lathan responds to the suggestion that theatres may not be able to re-open until 2021.
Philip Fisher considers what may happen to theatres in the near future and slightly further on.
The gardener shot my colleagues: two decades of reviewing the RSC
Colin Davison looks back on twenty years or more of reviewing the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford: the highlights, some low points, and a nod to his critical heroes.
Remembrance of theatre past (4–6): National Youth Theatre, ballerinas and footballers
Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment focuses on his time at Sunderland Empire and features the National Youth Theatre, a major failure as a photographer and a “contest” between ballerinas and footballers.
David Cunningham looks at the online offerings from Shakespeare's Globe and compares them with his visits to the venue soon after it opened.
A Great Night Out: Burn This—an unforgettable production with a personal prologue
Philip Fisher remembers a night out in a Portakabin with John Malkovich and Juliet Stevenson.
Thank you for the music
Sandra Giorgetti tries to keep track of the tracks available online during the current health crisis.
A Great Night Out: a top night at the opera
Simon Thomas picks his highlights from nearly half a century of opera-going.
National Theatre Collection on Drama Online
Philip Fisher reviews a fantastic resource for school and college students.
Remembrance of theatre past (1–3): stories from Sunderland Empire
Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This first instalment comprises three stories from his time at Sunderland Empire.
Lamentations of an isolated theatrical
Peter Lathan explores how well (or otherwise) he is living with isolation.
‘King & Country’ and other epics
David Cunningham hopes, when the theatres reopen, that their response will be some epic drama of substance in reaction to the trauma that we have all experienced.
A Taste of Honey or Absolute Hell?
Philip Fisher responds to David Cunningham's lack of enthiusiasm for online theatre productions with sympathy but also a request to, at least, reconsider.
A Great Night Out: David Tennant in Hamlet at the RSC
Theatres and producers are constantly looking at new ways of getting people through the doors for the first time as well as attracting younger audience members. In 2008, the Royal Shakespeare Company spectacularly achieved this: by offering David Tennant the part of Hamlet.
Philip Fisher rounds up some of the best online theatre and opera offerings, many of which are free to view.
A Great Night Out: a life-changing trip to Covent Garden
Georgina Wells on the night an early Christmas present for a teenager became a lifelong obsession.
A Great Night Out: my top theatre pick of the last 50 years
Simon Thomas remembers some of the greats he has seen in half a century of theatre-going, but Gambon comes out tops.