Kate Maltby is a widely published writer and critic. She is chair of the Critics Circle (Drama Section), London theatre critic for the New York Review of Books online and deputy chair of Index on Censorship.
Performers nationally have risen admirably to the challenge of creating theatre during the pandemic, says Kate Maltby – but giving out prizes could end up rubbing the tragedy of the past year in the faces of those who’ve been unable to work
For three decades, Sharon D Clarke has garnered critical acclaim for her dramatic and musical roles on stage and screen. She explains how the UK’s mishandling of the Covid-19 crisis mirrors the Windrush scandal and why she is hopeful that the sector is finally beginning to address racism
The recent socially distanced show Blindness at Donmar Warehouse played with a sense of discomfort in shared spaces – but will theatres be bold enough to push us outside our comfort zones?, asks Kate Maltby
James Graham is right to call for a culture of theatre “with the spirit of localism at its heart”, says Kate Maltby, but a wider, "common culture" matters too – and we’re missing those exciting national talking points