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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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Riotous remix – first staged by Filter and the Lyric Hammersmith in 2011 – is the perfect show to mark Home’s return to live theatre after an enforced gap
Curtain Up: Theatre by the Lake – ‘We’ve been on quite a journey’

Curtain Up: Theatre by the Lake – ‘We’ve been on quite a journey’

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues are reopening, after closure due to the pandemic, Theatre by the Lake’s artistic director Liz Stevenson tells Chris Bartlett why its full reopening is delayed until October and how the CRF was a lifeline
Chester Storyhouse on reopening: ‘We’re lucky to have a community that isn’t taking us for granted’

Chester Storyhouse on reopening: ‘We’re lucky to have a community that isn’t taking us for granted’

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic, Storyhouse’s artistic director Alex Clifton tells Chris Bartlett about moving online and why we shouldn’t be returning to normal post pandemic
Bolton Octagon in lockdown: ‘We’re champing at the bit to get back to staging work’

Bolton Octagon in lockdown: ‘We’re champing at the bit to get back to staging work’

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic, Bolton Octagon’s artistic director Lotte Wakeham tells Chris Bartlett about creating the Octagon Future Fund and setting up socially distanced test events
Watford Palace Theatre in lockdown: ‘We all live to make theatre together, so to be idle for so long is horrible’

Watford Palace Theatre in lockdown: ‘We all live to make theatre together, so to be idle for so long is horrible’

In the latest in our series looking at how UK venues have coped since the onset of the pandemic and going dark, Watford Palace Theatre’s artistic director Brigid Larmour tells Chris Bartlett about supporting freelancers and working on hybrid projects
Whodunnit at the Coliseum?

Whodunnit at the Coliseum?

Oldham Coliseum and Front Room Productions’ well-mounted interactive experience lacks narrative twists but delivers on period detail
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
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