British Theatre Guide
News, reviews, features and podcast on theatre across the UK
The best of NE theatre in 2017 (according to me)
Peter Lathan discusses the North East theatre productions he felt were the best in 2017.
Review of the Year - The London Stage
Philip Fisher reviews the theatrical year in London in 2017, "the best year in living memory for new plays on the London stage".
Touring News – December
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the handful of tours that take to the road this month—the anniversary tour of
The War Of The Worlds
Shrek The Musical
and Common Ground's comedy
Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance
Touring News – November 2017
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in November including David Hoyle’s
, Libby Liburd’s
and the musical adaptation of Kay Mellor's television hit
North East pantos and Christmas shows 2017 - 2018
A listing of all professional pantomimes and children's Chrisrmas shows in the North East.
Touring News – October 2017
Sandra Giorgetti looks at tours that take to the road next month including solo show
performed on and touring by barge and shows for families including
, a new Peppa Pig adventure,
for pre-teens and
Edinburgh 2017: figures and awards
Sandra Giorgetti reports on the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which this year marked their 70th anniversaries.
Touring News – September 2017
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in September including anti-arms trade show
, Graeae's punk musical
Reasons to be Cheerful
and the contemporary re-imagining of
as a genderless, stateless transgressive LGBTQ figure.
Touring News – August 2017
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month: Forced Entertainment's
amongst a bevy of big musicals including enduring hits
, with a thriller and a farce for company.
New musical Different For Girls comes to East Riding Theatre
This September, new musical
It’s Different for Girls
at East Riding Theatre is inspired by Hull group Mandy and the Girlfriends, the first all-girl beat group in the UK to play all their own instruments.
Edinburgh Book Festival theatre-related events
As always, Edinburgh International Book Festival features a number of events of interest to theatre enthusiast, as well as a growing number of theatre-style performances.
Touring news - July 2017
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the acclaimed
And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet
and a quintet of Gilbert and Sullivan operette.
Touring news - June 2017
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including award-winning Hassan Abdlrazzak's
And Here I Am
, part of this year's Shubbak Festival, and Oily Cart's multi–sensory show for young people with disabilities
Brighton Festival 2017
This year's Brighton Festival—England’s largest arts festival—runs from 6 to 28 May. Recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest is its guest director celebrating the theme of Everyday Epic.
Touring news - May
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road during May including the return of acclaimed
Every Brilliant Thing
from Paines Plough and the site-specific
playing in cemeteries and parks.
Reporter Sandra Giorgetti takes a personal look at how the fourth centenary of Shakespeare's death has been marked.
Touring News – April
Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including solo drag king show
and screen to stage musicals
The Addams Family
, The Who's
Footloose: The Musical
Alphabetti Newcastle: Bye Bye Basement!
Peter Lathan reflects on Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre as it leaves its basement venue.
Panto News: February 2017
In his first column of the year, Simon Sladen reflects on Panto Season 2016 and looks forward to the year ahead.
WhatsOnStage Awards 2017
Half A Sixpence
carry away multiple accolades in this year's Whatsonstage Awards.