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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 has been teaching theatre, from primary schools and youth groups up to undergraduate, for more than 30 years and has written two books on the subject: 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 currently teaches undergraduates at Rose Bruford College and drama workshops for Mainstream Theatre Arts.

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.




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.
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.
The opening night of Victor Hugo's Hernani at the Comédie-Française on 25 February 1830

Look back with caution, and context

David Chadderton enters into the game of fantasy historical theatre recordings, but sounds a note of caution to anyone delving into the past in this way for pleasure or for research that context is everything.
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.
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.