Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora with Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty

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.
Michael Gambon in the 1980 National Theatre production of The Life of Galileo

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.
Online theatre shows on BTG

Ain't nothing like the real thing

David Cunningham explains why the online world can never make up for what he personally is currently missing from live theatre.
The Courtyard of Durham Castle

A Great Night Out: How I learned to love Shakespeare (at age 14)

Peter Lathan reveals how Shakespeare suddenly stopped being boring for him when he was 14.
Faye Castelow and Adrian Scarborough in Leopoldstadt

Alternative Olivier Awards

Philip Fisher picks his own Olivier Awards from the shortlists.
Tasha Sheridan

A Great Night Out: Mamma Mia! Prince of Wales Theatre

Giles Woodforde on an afternoon that showed that critics sometimes get it spot on—even if they don't remember doing it.
Rishi Sunak

One-star review for government's aid for self-employed workers

Sandra Giorgetti gives the government's aid for self-employed workers a one star review.
Bottom and the Mechanicals, from an edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream from 1874

A Great Night Out: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Towneley Hall

Martin Thomasson remembers the feeling, if not some of the details, of first 'getting' comedy in Shakespeare.
Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster and Asmeret Ghebremichael

Getting Your Musicals Fix

Philip Fisher provides some ideas for those desperate to feed their musicals addiction.
Marquee TV, Digital Theatre and Globe Player

Established services for streaming British theatre, opera and ballet

While a lot of groups and individuals have put work online since the theatres closed, some long-established paid services already exist where you can see productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare's Globe and more.
Joseph Milson, Dervla Kirwan and Simon Russell Beale in Mr Foote's Other Leg

The Play’s (Not) the Thing

Philip Fisher introduces his new weekly column with some thoughts about the consequences of current theatre closures.
Outrageous Fortune

Touring News – March 2020

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in March including Sophie Woolley’s solo show Augmented, Welsh-language piece Tylwyth and the second instalment of Katie Arnstein’s trilogy, It’s A Girl!, Sexy Lamp.
Michael Billington

Michael Billington on Stage

Rufus Norris interviews the doyen of critics, Michael Billington at the National Theatre, with contributions from four star actors.
Rufus Norris

National Theatre Press Conference February 2020

Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger round-up recent developments at the National Theatre and announced their programme for 2020–21.
Critics' Circle Winners

The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2019

Philip Fisher reports on The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2019.
Bradford Odeon

Theatres at Risk

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has published the 2020 Theatres at Risk Register.
Simone Saunders Chizzy Akudolu and Polly Frame: I Think We Are Alone (rehearsal image)

Touring News – February 2020

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month which includes more than the usual number of shows for younger audiences.
The logo for the new museum

Showtown museum dedicated to Blackpool's entertainment heritage

Showtown—Blackpool’s first-ever museum, set to open next year—had a suitably-showbusiness launch.
Elizabeth McGovern in God of Carnage

Touring News – January 2020

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the first tour from Cardiff's The Other Room with a trio of dystopian dramas, a gender-swapped classic Faustus: That Damned Woman and the last of Luke Wright's trilogy The Remains of Logan Dankworth.
Gabriela Garcia (Maria) and Andy Coxon (Tony) in West Side Story at the Royal Exchange

2019: musicals trump serious drama in Manchester

Manchester reviewer David Cunningham gives a detailed account of his top theatre visits of 2019, with some comments about the intrusive security policies of some theatres.