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.
Charlie Russell Aims To Please

Edinburgh Festival Fringe at 75

Sandra Giorgetti is an unreliable narrator looking back on this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Matthew Borderick and Nathan Lane in The Producers

Promoting Shows

Philip Fisher offers some tips about getting your show reviewed.
I, Joan

Is Joan of Arc a They/Them?

Shakespeare's Globe finds itself caught up in culture wars thanks to new "queer" Joan of Arc.
Kathryn Hunter as King Lear

I Want My Money Back!

As theatres and patrons struggle financially, we take a look at customers' rights what we can reasonably expect in return for our money.
Matthew Baldwin as Mother Goose at Above The Stag Theatre

RIP Above the Stag

Philip Fisher laments the closure of a London fringe theatre and wonders whether this is a one-off event or the start of a trend.
The top of the Royal Mile at Fringe time in 2006

Visiting the Edinburgh festivals

David Chadderton has a few pointers for anyone visiting Edinburgh this August—or any August.
Black Watch

The Joys of Edinburgh in August

As the Edinburgh festivals reopen, Philip Fisher explains their attraction.
Soho Place Theatre

Green Shoots

In both London and New York, new ventures offer hope for a vibrant future.
Tash Brown

Reimagining the Theatre Archive

The Royal Court Theatre’s project to transform its theatre archive raises questions about what has been remembered, what has been ignored and what has been forgotten.

If It Looks Too Good to Be True…

One of Boris Johnson's final flourishes makes theatres look charitable—if you don't look too closely at the small print.
The Play That Goes Wrong

Crystal ball gazing

The UK theatre scene has undergone a great shock over the last two years. What might it look like going forward?

Are you sure?