Alistair Smith

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Biography

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.

Recent Articles

Government recovery fund aims to retain status quo, not freelance workforce

Government recovery fund aims to retain status quo, not freelance workforce

While the emergency arts funding is clearly designed to protect prestigious institutions until March next year, how can the theatre industry ensure its freelance workers survive? asks The Stage editor Alistair Smith
Christmas is off. Is this the final nail in the coffin?

Christmas is off. Is this the final nail in the coffin?

The culture secretary’s announcement that the government will give no indication of when theatres can fully reopen until November is a disaster for the sector, says The Stage’s editor
Andrew Lloyd Webber is leading from the front in the fight to save theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber is leading from the front in the fight to save theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber is increasingly leading the way in getting theatres back open, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith – praise should be given where it is due
What was it like to attend the pilot event at the London Palladium?

What was it like to attend the pilot event at the London Palladium?

Staggered entry, temperature checks and social distancing – The Stage editor Alistair Smith describes how it felt to watch the first live performance at a West End theatre for more than four months
Theatre urgently needs clarity on full reopening or panto will be cancelled

Theatre urgently needs clarity on full reopening or panto will be cancelled

Festive productions support theatres throughout the rest of the year, provide employment to tens of thousands and develop the audiences and workforce of the future, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith
Rescue funding is a delicate balance – people and institutions need each other

Rescue funding is a delicate balance – people and institutions need each other

Distributing the government’s £1.57 billion funding will be a difficult balancing act, which must recognise the interdependence of institutions and individuals, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith
Emergency investment is hugely welcome, but clarity on reopening is crucial

Emergency investment is hugely welcome, but clarity on reopening is crucial

The culture secretary has responded to the arts sector’s concerns with a much-needed cash injection, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith – now we must make sure this money is spent wisely and reaches those who really need it
We need a ‘New Deal’ for the arts – with concrete proposals

We need a ‘New Deal’ for the arts – with concrete proposals

If the prime minister wishes to emulate Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal programme, he would do well to address the threat of widespread unemployment in the arts sector, says The Stage’s editor
Government's latest bodge has left theatre in the dark yet again

Government's latest bodge has left theatre in the dark yet again

Editor Alistair Smith says if theatre is to re-emerge from the crisis, it will do so in spite of government, rather than thanks to it
Without government action, redundancies will devastate theatre

Without government action, redundancies will devastate theatre

Unless government steps in and provides clear guidance and support, redundancies will continue to devastate our industry
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