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Alistair Smith

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

Scott Rudin claims pose major test for West End

Scott Rudin claims pose major test for West End

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
Will the West End’s key players follow Liverpool’s lead to win back audiences?

Will the West End’s key players follow Liverpool’s lead to win back audiences?

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
Is Trafalgar Entertainment set to become ATG Mark II?

Is Trafalgar Entertainment set to become ATG Mark II?

Trafalgar Entertainment’s acquisition of HQ Theatres has echoes of ATG’s rapid expansion 20 years ago – what does it mean for British theatre? asks Alistair Smith
It is time to bring theatre out of the Victorian era – our outdated models do not support freelancers

It is time to bring theatre out of the Victorian era – our outdated models do not support freelancers

Theatre is out of time and out of sync with its own workforce – the Big Freelancer Report shows it’s time we moved out of the Victorian era and modernised our outdated models and institutions, says editor Alistair Smith
Theatre will never be truly diverse without sustainable careers

Theatre will never be truly diverse without sustainable careers

The UK’s drama training sector has made progress in increasing the diversity of its student cohort, but the industry will remain an unviable option for many unless more is done to make theatre a sustainable career for all, says Alistair Smith
Timeline: Theatre and Covid-19

Timeline: Theatre and Covid-19

Alongside our in-depth analysis of the momentous effect of coronavirus on the theatre sector, these key dates plot the progress of the industry from the first lockdown to the latest roadmap
Covid-19 a year on: How have theatres fared in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Covid-19 a year on: How have theatres fared in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

While all venues across the UK started closing on March 16, the devolved nations took a markedly different approach to reopening from England. Key figures from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland tell Alistair Smith how their varying public health responses to the pandemic had a knock-on effect on the way cultural institutions were able to operate
365 days later: The inside story of theatre’s darkest year

365 days later: The inside story of theatre’s darkest year

A year on from the mass shutdown of the UK’s theatres, The Stage editor Alistair Smith looks back on the events of a tumultuous 12 months and talks to key figures at the heart of the sector’s attempts to survive and bounce back
Change won’t be easy, but are we finally ready to address the industry’s issues?

Change won’t be easy, but are we finally ready to address the industry’s issues?

During the past year, theatre has woken up to some of the endemic challenges it faces. But instead of returning to how things were before, is the industry ready to change? asks Alistair Smith
Is history repeating itself with the V&A and the Theatre Museum collection?

Is history repeating itself with the V&A and the Theatre Museum collection?

The loss of Covent Garden’s Theatre Museum in 2006 was a disgrace – the V&A’s proposed cuts, which it is feared could jeopardise the collection, would be yet another significant diminution, says Alistair Smith
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