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.
While arts reviews are getting shorter and fewer in media outlets that regard them as elitist, informed criticism in sport is everywhere, says David Benedict. Let’s follow Gary Lineker’s lead when theatre returns, and fight for more post-play analysis
Theatre is failing to make a case for itself as an industrial success story and a vital income-generator for government, says David Benedict, if companies opened up the books the evidence would be more clear