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Alistair Smith is editor of The Stage. Having joined the publication on staff in 2004, he has also held the roles of reporter, news editor, opinion editor, deputy editor and print editor at The Stage and has written for publications ranging from The Guardian to Hello! Magazine. He is also the author of two major industry reports (the London Theatre Report and the Theatre Workforce Review) and was a founder of the My Theatre Matters! campaign.
Next Monday, 455 days on from his first Covid briefing, the prime minister will make an announcement determining the future of the theatre industry. Let’s hope he has learned some lessons and finally offers the sector clarity or insurance, says Alistair Smith
Cameron Mackintosh’s plan to revamp Phantom may be commercially sound, but his response to musicians who lost their livelihoods shows that being right isn’t everything – sometimes it is more important to be kind, says Alistair Smith
Representation on theatre stages has improved in recent years, but writing about the art form has not evolved at the same rate, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith – it’s time to start a conversation about criticism and race
The allegations against producer Scott Rudin will have ramifications on both sides of the Atlantic. For the West End, it will be a major test of the assurances it made to its workforce in the wake of the Me Too movement, says, says Alistair Smith
Historically, the commercial sector has treated the West End as a zero-sum game, but will its key players now start thinking about it as an interconnected ecosystem in which everyone benefits from growth as the industry rebuilds itself? asks Alistair Smith