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.
Covid forced theatremakers into second-best. Making online work for freelancers and staff, creating an income stream and holding on to audiences was absolutely vital but, secretly, I found almost every theatre online dispiriting, says David Benedict
Though an actor may seem perfect for a role on paper, that doesn’t always translate to success on stage, says David Benedict – sometimes a left-field choice of performer can lead to electrifying results
As the Menier Chocolate Factory is set to revive Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus, David Benedict looks at the great British theatre staple of farce – often snubbed by the high-minded, but, at its best, a box-office guarantee
As he looks forward to Emma Rice’s reimagining of Wuthering Heights, David Benedict casts an eye over some of the good – and less well received – musical adaptations of Emily Brontë’s novel, from Bernard J Taylor to Kate Bush