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Alphabetti Theatre interior

Support your local theatres—please

Amid all the concern for the dangers to West End theatres and the major national companies brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Lathan makes a plea that local theatre throughout the UK should not be forgotten.
Anton Lesser in Julius Caesar

Remembrance of Theatre Past (15–17): More on the Tynewear Theatre Company

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment looks at his time with the Tynewear Theatre Company at Newcastle Playhouse and Newcastle Theatre Royal and how it came to an end.
Kevin Whately in Lewis

Remembrance of Theatre Past (12–14): Tynewear Theatre Co

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment looks at his time with the Tynewear Theatre Company at Newcastle Playhouse.
The cover of Frank Ifield's "I Remember You"

Remembrance of theatre past (10–11): panto in Sunderland

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment features the stars of many pantos at the Sunderland Empire, plus some stories about panto chorus boys.
Slade at the Empire (composite of two pics)

Remembrance of theatre past (7–9): when punks came to Sunderland

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment features the night the punks came to Sunderland Empire, a rather odd photo job and a few Green Room conversations.
Coronavirus Theatre Club

Let’s not confuse theatres with Theatre

Peter Lathan responds to the suggestion that theatres may not be able to re-open until 2021.
The NYT (NE) production of Henry V

Remembrance of theatre past (4–6): National Youth Theatre, ballerinas and footballers

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment focuses on his time at Sunderland Empire and features the National Youth Theatre, a major failure as a photographer and a “contest” between ballerinas and footballers.
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.
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.
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.