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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

Terence Rattigan: The rise, fall and rise again of a 20th-century great

Terence Rattigan: The rise, fall and rise again of a 20th-century great

Derided by critic Kenneth Tynan as representing everything wrong with theatre, the playwright fell out of fashion in the 1960s before a resurgence in popularity in recent decades. Amid new revivals of his work, Nick Smurthwaite looks at his enduring appeal, a new discovery and attempts to give him a fitting resting place
The Two Character Play: reviving the work Tennessee Williams considered his best since Streetcar

The Two Character Play: reviving the work Tennessee Williams considered his best since Streetcar

Tennessee Williams’ early work made him a household name, but the US playwright’s success faltered later in life. Sam Yates, who is directing a revival of The Two Character Play – which Williams regarded as his best work since A Streetcar Named Desire – tells Nick Smurthwaite about giving the play the airing it deserves at the very venue at which it premiered in 1967
When Stan Laurel understudied Charlie Chaplin: Bringing the pre-fame legends to life on stage

When Stan Laurel understudied Charlie Chaplin: Bringing the pre-fame legends to life on stage

Before achieving cinematic fame, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel briefly worked together in music hall, an episode recounted in Told by an Idiot’s latest show. Creator Paul Hunter tells Nick Smurthwaite about evoking their world with silent storytelling
Michael Pennington

Michael Pennington

The acclaimed actor, director and writer has published a new memoir, In My Own Footsteps. Looking back on his career, he tells us about playing his hero Chekhov, and the return of his solo Shakespeare show Sweet William
Emperor Nero: The Roman ruler who set the stage for public performance

Emperor Nero: The Roman ruler who set the stage for public performance

The British Museum’s new exhibition shows a different side to Nero, who became known as the ‘actor-emperor’ because of his star turns, and support for drama and the arts. Curator Thorsten Opper tells Nick Smurthwaite about Rome’s cultural revolution
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
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