Nick Smurthwaite

Nick Smurthwaite

Biography

Nick Smurthwaite has been writing about the performing arts for The Stage and other leading publications for more than 30 years.

Recent Articles

Noël Coward – Recalling the Master 100 years on from his first West End play

Noël Coward – Recalling the Master 100 years on from his first West End play

As an exhibition exploring Noël Coward’s art and style and celebrating the centenary of his West End debut prepares to open, Nick Smurthwaite finds the playwright lives on through his legacy as, generations on, theatre lovers can still enjoy the fruits of his wit and imagination with ongoing revivals and reinventions of his best work
Gyles Brandreth: ‘Theatres need to open before my audience shuffles off their mortal coil’

Gyles Brandreth: ‘Theatres need to open before my audience shuffles off their mortal coil’

For more than 50 years, writer, actor and former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in theatre. Now he has compiled a book of ‘authenticated’ anecdotes from the likes of Donald Sinden and Judi Dench. He tells Nick Smurthwaite some of his best yarns and why he would reopen theatres now
Away with the fairies: 50 years on from Peter Brook’s iconic Dream

Away with the fairies: 50 years on from Peter Brook’s iconic Dream

In 1970, director Peter Brook boldly reimagined Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, doing away with a conventional pastoral setting in favour of a brightly lit white box. Nick Smurthwaite finds out how Brook took the show from concept to stage and created one of the most seminal productions of the 20th century
Legacy of a legend: how the Lynne and Land Foundation supports dance talent

Legacy of a legend: how the Lynne and Land Foundation supports dance talent

Launched last year, the Gillian Lynne and Peter Land Foundation continues the work of choreographer Gillian Lynne, whose widower Peter Land explains how the fund is helping students in need through the pandemic
Horrible Histories' Neal Foster on drive-in theatre: ‘It may not be ideal, but it will be an event’

Horrible Histories' Neal Foster on drive-in theatre: ‘It may not be ideal, but it will be an event’

Having staged Horrible Histories for 15 years, the Birmingham Stage Company artistic director and actor talks about the novel approach to reviving the hit shows in lockdown: drive-in performances
How agents are offering guidance during the Covid-19 crisis

How agents are offering guidance during the Covid-19 crisis

As Covid-19 continues to fuel uncertainty about the future of the arts industry, some agents have found themselves fielding more questions from clients than they have answers for, with a noticeable shift in emphasis from a facilitative to a therapeutic role
Stephen Rebbeck

Stephen Rebbeck

When his hopes of becoming a professional athlete were dashed, Stephen Rebbeck signed up to his local college: Rose Bruford. Now RSC technical director, he tells The Stage about working with a young Daniel Day-Lewis, how the company is coping with the coronavirus and why he never tries to tell his team how to do their jobs
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