David Benedict has been a daily columnist and theatre editor on the Independent, arts editor of the Observer and chief London critic of Variety (2006-2014). He is currently writing the authorised biography of Stephen Sondheim and is a regular guest on the BBC. Read David's columns for The Stage every Wednesday.
Cameron Mackintosh said The Phantom of the Opera would "permanently shut down", but Andrew Lloyd Webber reassured fans it would reopen "as soon as possible" – what is going on with the hit musical? asks David Benedict
When theatres reopen, David Benedict is considering forming the Taste Patrol to guide best practice in commercial theatre, and has a number of suggestions of things we don’t want to see when shows return
Sometimes watching the film adaptation of a play can be far more satisfying than watching a theatre production on screen. David Benedict offers up some of his favourite screenplays that began life on a stage
Searching for evidence of the forgotten musical version of John Osborne’s 1960s play A Patriot for Me, David Benedict discovers that you cannot rely on the internet, but old-fashioned paint and canvas can be far more suggestive
The irony of playwright and activist Larry Kramer’s death during a pandemic hasn’t been lost on anyone familiar with his 1985 polemic about the AIDS epidemic. The play spoke to many and its priceless anger is a fitting epitaph, says David Benedict