David Chadderton

National Editor / North West Editor

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David Chadderton is from Manchester. He took over as BTG editor from founder Peter Lathan in 2012 after covering the north west as regional editor for a number of years. He was a founder panellist for the Manchester Theatre Awards until it was disbanded in 2018. He currently teaches on the online Theatre Studies BA at Rose Bruford College and has been teaching drama for Mainstream Theatre Arts since 1991.

He has written two books for drama education: Practical Drama (2002 and 2006) and The Theatre Makers (2008), both published by Studymates. He also has a BA (hons) in Theatre Studies from Rose Bruford College and an MA in scriptwriting from University of Glamorgan.

He has written and directed scripts for young performers and young audiences, from pantomimes and dance shows to theatre-in-education programmes. Besides BTG, he has written for a number of publications and appeared as a specialist on local and national radio and TV, plus he produced and presented his own weekly theatre show on a community radio station in East Cheshire for more than three years. He is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the Critics’ Circle.




Tracy-Ann Oberman and the cast of The Merchant of Venice 1936

Our reviewers' picks of 2023

Some of BTG's regular reviewers pick out their favourite theatre productions and moments of the year.
Jonathan Slinger as Eddie in A View from the Bridge at the Octagon

North West theatre in 2023

BTG Editor and North West Editor David Chadderton looks back on his 2023 in North West theatre.
Pete Ashmore and Anne-Marie Piazza in Brief Encounter at Bolton Octagon

Our reviewers' picks of 2022

Some of BTG's regular reviewers pick out their favourite theatre productions of the year.
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Edinburgh 2022 reflections

David Chadderton reflects on his own experience of the first post-COVID Edinburgh Festivals.
The top of the Royal Mile at Fringe time in 2006

Visiting the Edinburgh festivals

David Chadderton has a few pointers for anyone visiting Edinburgh this August—or any August.
Homeground from HOME Manchester

Theatres during lockdown—across the UK

Following the Critics’ Circle lockdown theatre award, David Chadderton looks at what theatres were doing beyond London and the South East.
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler's Booth—exclusive excerpt

An excerpt from award-winning American author Karen Joy Fowler's novel Booth about the theatrical family that spawned one of the USA's most famous assassins.
Anna X

BTG reviewers' reflections on 2021

At the end of another disrupted year, our reviewers look back on their theatrical experiences and reflections of 2021.
Liverpool Theatre Fest at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church

North West theatre in 2021

David Chadderton summarises a mixed year in North West theatre as theatres have opened with both the work we loved before the pandemic and new innovations.
The new front of the Octagon building

Back in a theatre... at last

David Chadderton gives an account of his first visit to a theatre in more than 14 months, that still wasn't certain the day before the performance.

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