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Chris Bartlett

Chris Bartlett

Biography

Chris is a freelance feature writer, reviewer and playwright, and former chief sub-editor at The Stage. He has been reviewing for The Stage since 1999

Recent Articles

Oldham Coliseum in lockdown: ‘I’m not sure ‘normal’ is something we should ever return to’

Oldham Coliseum in lockdown: ‘I’m not sure ‘normal’ is something we should ever return to’

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic, Oldham Coliseum’s artistic director Chris Lawson tells Chris Bartlett about fundraising efforts during Covid and the theatre’s community work
Ipswich’s New Wolsey in lockdown: ‘We needed to keep working. It was our way of staying sane’

Ipswich’s New Wolsey in lockdown: ‘We needed to keep working. It was our way of staying sane’

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic, the New Wolsey’s artistic director Peter Rowe and chief executive Sarah Holmes tell Chris Bartlett about the power of collaboration
Cirencester's Barn Theatre in lockdown: 'We had a breakthrough year'

Cirencester's Barn Theatre in lockdown: 'We had a breakthrough year'

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic and going dark, the Barn Theatre’s artistic director Iwan Lewis tells Chris Bartlett how the Cirencester venue has had a breakthrough year
Hope Mill Theatre in lockdown: 'Our ambition is still there and it's driving us on'

Hope Mill Theatre in lockdown: 'Our ambition is still there and it's driving us on'

In the latest in our series on how UK venues have coped during the pandemic, Joseph Houston of Manchester’s Hope Mill says he was stunned by the generosity of its audiences and why he’s thrilled to be planning the return of live musicals
Barnes’ People

Barnes’ People

Peter Barnes’ collection of monologues are a mixed bag, but Adrian Scarborough’s restrained, unhurried performance manages to rise above the artificiality of the form
The Stephen Joseph Theatre in lockdown: 'The team is nimble – that’s helped us adapt and create'

The Stephen Joseph Theatre in lockdown: 'The team is nimble – that’s helped us adapt and create'

In a new series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic and going dark, Stephen Joseph’s artistic director Paul Robinson tells Chris Bartlett why lockdown hasn’t dimmed creativity at the Scarborough theatre
Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown

Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown

Charles Court Opera’s 14th Christmas collaboration with London’s King’s Head Theatre is a well-mounted online retelling that embraces the technology available with bravado
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Lawrence Batley Theatre’s evocative Christmas production, featuring Gyles Brandreth as the voice of Scrooge, skilfully uses new technology to tell a timeless tale
A Funny Thing Happened in Isolation

A Funny Thing Happened in Isolation

Mockumentary from the Royal Exchange Elders Company that is an amiable and irreverent reminder of what we’ve been missing since the UK’s theatres closed their doors
The Last Quiz Night on Earth

The Last Quiz Night on Earth

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