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.
Herbert Kretzmer’s reputation will be happily secured by the all-conquering smash hit, while the late lyricist’s work on Anthony Newley’s bizarre 1969 musical with a title too long for here should mercifully prove an obscure footnote to a celebrated career
Arts jobs are viable, but Operations Moonshot and Sleeping Beauty and the delay on the £1.57 billion culture rescue package – promised three months ago – show the government is not, says David Benedict
It takes an eye-widening amount of staff to deliver a show such as the NT’s acclaimed production of Follies. Where will those highly skilled theatreworkers go now that their careers have been flattened?, asks David Benedict