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

Help us celebrate the stars of the future

Help us celebrate the stars of the future

Amid all the bad news our sector is facing, The Stage Debut Awards 2020, in association with Access Entertainment, will be a joyous occasion. Join us on September 27 to celebrate and support the talent of tomorrow
The West End is inching back to life – but it still needs government support

The West End is inching back to life – but it still needs government support

The reopening of West End theatres is cause for celebration, but producers need more help from the government to insure against the risks of putting on shows
Show openings are a welcome return, but they’re not a sign of recovery

Show openings are a welcome return, but they’re not a sign of recovery

The producers, venues and companies of Sleepless and Beat the Devil should be applauded, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith, but these productions do not yet signal a wider renaissance of the sector
The arts training sector must work together to address student welfare

The arts training sector must work together to address student welfare

Recent allegations against Ballet West have highlighted the fragmented nature of complaints procedures at training institutions across the performing arts. It’s time for sector-wide action to ensure no one falls through the gaps, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith
Theatres have reopened? No they haven’t – this is barely a step forward

Theatres have reopened? No they haven’t – this is barely a step forward

Editor Alistair Smith says theatres are not all open, as some press reports would have you believe – "saying theatres have reopened is a bit like saying students have received their A-level results"
There are personal tragedies behind all the numbers

There are personal tragedies behind all the numbers

Since lockdown we have seen many figures measuring the losses in theatre, but we mustn’t forget the personal tragedies behind the numbers, says editor Alistair Smith
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
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