Features

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.
Passionate People. Passionate Places.

The best of North East theatre in 2019 (according to me)

NE editor Peter Lathan selects his “best of…” in the North East for 2019.
Passionate People. Passionate Places.

North East theatre in 2019 – a review

NE editor Peter Lathan looks back over a year of theatre in the North East, from Teesside in the south to the Scottish Border in the north, and from the coast in the east to the Pennines in the west.
David Ricardo-Pearce in The Last Yankee at Bolton Library

Review of the Year 2019 - The North West Stage

David Chadderton looks back on his 2019 in North West theatre.
Wise Children from Wise Children

Our reviewers' picks of 2019

Some of BTG's regular reviewers pick out their favourite theatre productions of the year.
Aisling Loftus and Leah Harvey in Small Island

Review of the Year 2019 - The London Stage

Philip Fisher gives his summary of the London theatre scene in 2019.
The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Manchester Opera House

Christmas in the North West

A look at the pantos, musicals, family shows and other theatre productions that will be playing in the North West over the festive period.
Kneehigh’s Ubu! A Singalong Satire

Touring News – December 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in December including Kneehigh’s political singalong Ubu! A Singalong Satire and two arena-sized adaptations, David Walliams's Grandpa’s Great Escape Live and Scrooge—The Funny Family Spectacular.
From The Child’s Christmas by Evelyn Sharp (1906)

North East pantos & Christmas shows 2019–2020

A listing of all the 2019–2020 professional pantos and Christmas shows in the North East, with dates, times, prices and where to buy tickets.
Gecko (rehearsal image)

Touring News – November 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the seasonal classic A Christmas Carol using Dickens's original script and Shook, the winning work of the Papatango New Writing Prize, which gets its début production.