Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein

National Theatre Collection on Drama Online

Philip Fisher reviews a fantastic resource for school and college students.
A modern photo of Sunderland Empire

Remembrance of theatre past (1–3): stories from Sunderland Empire

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This first instalment comprises three stories from his time at Sunderland Empire.
The interior of Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

Lamentations of an isolated theatrical

Peter Lathan explores how well (or otherwise) he is living with isolation.
A messianic David Tennant as Richard II in 2013

‘King & Country’ and other epics

David Cunningham hopes, when the theatres reopen, that their response will be some epic drama of substance in reaction to the trauma that we have all experienced.
James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors

A Taste of Honey or Absolute Hell?

Philip Fisher responds to David Cunningham's lack of enthiusiasm for online theatre productions with sympathy but also a request to, at least, reconsider.
David Tennant as Hamlet

A Great Night Out: David Tennant in Hamlet at the RSC

Theatres and producers are constantly looking at new ways of getting people through the doors for the first time as well as attracting younger audience members. In 2008, the Royal Shakespeare Company spectacularly achieved this: by offering David Tennant the part of Hamlet.
NT at Home

Online Theatre

Philip Fisher rounds up some of the best online theatre and opera offerings, many of which are free to view.
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.