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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

Technician of genius: the man who redefined the role of sound designer

Technician of genius: the man who redefined the role of sound designer

David Collison has worked alongside some of the biggest names in British theatre, from Peter Hall to Maggie Smith. As the sound designer publishes a new memoir, Nick Smurthwaite uncovers Collison’s greatest challenges and successes
Spooky! Theatre’s most famous ghosts captured in a haunting new book

Spooky! Theatre’s most famous ghosts captured in a haunting new book

Company manager Nick Bromley has compiled the most intriguing theatre ghost stories. He tells The Stage of some famously phantasmic apparitions and things that go bump in the footlights
Joan of archive: British Library gets Littlewood treasure trove

Joan of archive: British Library gets Littlewood treasure trove

Earlier this month it was announced that the archive of Theatre Royal Stratford East – home to Joan Littlewood’s celebrated Theatre Workshop – was moving to the British Library. Actors from the company tell Nick Smurthwaite about the collection
Kenneth More: the 1950s film star whose first love was theatre

Kenneth More: the 1950s film star whose first love was theatre

A celebrated actor in his day, Kenneth More worked on everything from Hollywood blockbusters with Jayne Mansfield to early Alan Bennett shows and BBC TV’s The Forsyte Saga. Nick Pourgourides tells Nick Smurthwaite about his new biography
Celebrating the centenary of a pioneering British ballet institution

Celebrating the centenary of a pioneering British ballet institution

Founded to standardise ballet teaching across the UK, the Royal Academy of Dance has an illustrious history. While events including a display at the V&A are on hold, it is pressing ahead with plans for its new era
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
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