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The Play That Goes Wrong

A plea to Boris Johnson

Philip Fisher suggests that it is time for the government to provide pandemic cancellation insurance to arts venues.
Charity single, "I Dare You" - released on Tuesday

Not just another day?

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti thinks about Tuesday's lockdown anniversary.
Umihiko Miya in Seven Streams of the River Ota

A Terrible Year

Philip Fisher reflects on a year that nobody could have imagined at the beginning of 2020 but sees signs of hope going forwards.
Rishi Sunak

Budget news and blues

Philip Fisher runs through some Budget highlights that are relevant for those in the cultural sector.
Luke Treadaway with Paul Ritter in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Another Blow for the National Theatre

Despite its proclamations, the government is doing the National Theatre and so many in the entertainment industry very few favours.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester


Philip Fisher considers what the government's new "irreversible" policy might mean for theatres.
London Playwrights’ Workshop

The road to hell is paved with adverbs

Sandra Giorgetti has her mind boggled by the array of online workshops that keep the creative juices flowing and the grey matter going in an otherwise gloomy winter landscape.
The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong

Challenging ourselves

As the tedium continues, Philip Fisher describes adventure as a remedy for the lockdown blues.
Evita at Regent's Park

What will theatre look like in the near future?

Philip Fisher fears that economics will override art in the short term.
Royal Mile street performers

Will Freelance Woe Never End?

Philip Fisher fears that the worst is still to come from many freelance artists and support staff.
EU Flag

Brexit’s hidden burden

Philip Fisher looks at yet another impediment to the arts.
NT #LightItInRed

Rethinking the Business Model

Philip Fisher suggests that producers will need a new strategy to survive.
Screenshot from Estella Scrooge

A Ray of Light

At the end of a shocking week, Philip Fisher enthuses about the future of online theatre.
Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Roger Bart as Doc Brown in Back to the Future

North West theatre in 2020

David Chadderton summarises a year of both devastation and impressive innovation in North West theatre.
James Mack Victoria Blunt and Rosalind Lailey in The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Watermill Theatre Garden

BTG reviewers' reflections on 2020

Instead of their usual selections of the best theatre they have seen in the past year, our reviewers give their personal reflections on an unusual year in theatre.
Pearl Mackie as Ashley and Jessica Raine as Morgan in Bubble from Nottingham Playhouse

Midlands theatre in 2020

Steve Orme summarises the year in theatre in the Midlands.
Sharlene Cruz, Dylan Gelula and Sophie Kelly-Hedrick in Hunter Theater Project's Macbeth

When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Philip Fisher looks ahead with some trepidation to a time when theatre can return to, at the very least, a new normal.

NE theatre in 2020, as seen from our house (mainly)

Peter Lathan tries to cheer himself up by taking a light-hearted look at the theatre year in the North East but finds it’s not that easy.
Tom Stoppard

Gift ideas for the strangest Christmas in living memory

Philip Fisher suggests some timely gift ideas for theatre lovers, while highlighting some of the best offerings of a limited year.
Umihiko Miya in Seven Streams of the River Ota

At Last

For official reports on the final funding allocation from the Culture Recovery Funds, including belated loans for the National Theatre and the RSC.