Alistair Smith

Mr 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

Heed producers’ warnings of touring challenges ahead

Heed producers’ warnings of touring challenges ahead

Without theatre producers we would have no shows, so when they call for funding – government and Arts Council England need to listen, says editor Alistair Smith
What shows will audiences want when theatre returns?

What shows will audiences want when theatre returns?

While onscreen shows are the only option right now, it’s not too long before we’ll be able to rediscover the electrifying sense of being in the moment that can only live performance can provide, says The Stage editor Alistair Smith
There will be a huge appetite for theatre post-Covid

There will be a huge appetite for theatre post-Covid

There will be a desire for the live experience post-pandemic – theatre must be ready to satisfy it when the floodgates are finally allowed to open
The Stage Awards winners 2021

The Stage Awards winners 2021

Our annual UK-wide theatre awards have been reimagined to recognise the extraordinary achievements of teams up and down the country in arguably the most challenging year the industry has ever faced. The Stage editor Alistair Smith explains why it was so important for these awards to continue
The government’s inconsistent actions have failed the theatre industry

The government’s inconsistent actions have failed the theatre industry

Mismanagement by those in power has brought theatre to its knees, says Alistair Smith– to protect the sector, the government must now underwrite an insurance scheme, better support freelancers and stop messing theatre about with ever-changing restrictions
The West End may be open, but the road to recovery is long

The West End may be open, but the road to recovery is long

While Theatreland’s limited reopenings are a cause for celebration, venues in much of the UK are still shuttered and the future remains uncertain as the industry looks to rebuild itself post-Covid
Will the National Theatre find streaming success? It must

Will the National Theatre find streaming success? It must

When it streamed shows free of charge during the lockdown, National Theatre at Home revealed a global online appetite – now it needs to be a financial success as well as a ratings winner
Copy of Ever-changing Covid restrictions leave theatres and freelancers in dire straits

Copy of Ever-changing Covid restrictions leave theatres and freelancers in dire straits

The changes to the Covid restrictions have the potential to play havoc with planned Christmas productions and have damaging consequences says editor Alistair Smith
Ever-changing Covid restrictions leave theatres and freelancers in dire straits

Ever-changing Covid restrictions leave theatres and freelancers in dire straits

The changes to the Covid restrictions have the potential to play havoc with planned Christmas productions and have damaging consequences says editor Alistair Smith
Theatre managements face tough choices in Lockdown 2.0

Theatre managements face tough choices in Lockdown 2.0

The industry’s big employers are grappling with impossible decisions during the second lockdown, says Alistair Smith – but the least they can do is communicate sensitively with their workers
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