Steve Orme

Midlands Editor

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Steve Orme was one of the first four contributors to the British Theatre Guide, posting his initial review in November 2002 – a touring production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest when it stopped off at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Steve had been a freelance journalist for a number of years, writing for radio and television as well as newspapers.

His life changed in 1988 when he met Sue. They were soon married and found they shared a passion for theatre.

Steve's research for a television documentary fuelled a fascination with the Bard. He scripted and produced The Shakespeare Enigma, about the Shakespeare authorship controversy, and also produced and directed a modern, condensed version of Macbeth which was taken up by an American educational distributor.

Steve now works part-time lecturing broadcast journalism students at Nottingham Trent University.

His first play, What’s Your Poison?, about the supposed serial killer Dr William Palmer, is being produced by Derbyshire-based Rumpus Theatre Company and will go on tour in autumn 2023.

Steve has also self-published his first novel Storm Deaths which combines his two other interests: crime writing and basketball.





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.
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.
Patrick Driver, Michael Mears and Emma Lowndes in Northampton Royal and Derngate’s co-production of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed

Review of the Year - The Midlands Stage

Prestigious awards, increased ticket sales and stunning productions were the hallmarks of 2016 for theatre in the Midlands while 2017 will bring the end of an era as well as a huge amount of optimism.
Jonathan Firth as Jack Manningham and Tara Fitzgerald as Bella Manningham in Gaslight at Northampton Royal and Derngate

Review of the Year - The Midlands Stage

What an amazing year 2015 was for theatre in the Midlands. Record figures, a prestigious award and premières galore made it a year to remember.
The newly opened Birmingham REP

Review of the Year - the Midlands stage

Midlands Editor Steve Orme gives his review and highlights of the Midlands stage in 2013.
Conrad Nelson and Lenny Henry in Othello

Lenny Henry puts stand-up on hold for acting

Lenny Henry has warned his multitude of fans that his new tour may be the last opportunity to see him doing stand-up for some time – because acting has now become the biggest part of his career.
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Tough as old boots Gwen Taylor comes home

Gwen Taylor who is back on stage in her home city for the first time in 14 years returns to Derby on a high.
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University and Derby LIVE split; Arts Council decision beckons

Two-and-a-half years after forging a partnership described as “unique”, the University of Derby and Derby LIVE have gone their separate ways.
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The Midlands Stage 2008

Steve Orme gives his overview of theatre in the Midlands in 2008.

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