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Kate Maltby

Kate Maltby

Biography

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. 

Recent Articles

Now is not the time to celebrate with awards – let’s hold off until 2022

Now is not the time to celebrate with awards – let’s hold off until 2022

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
I miss theatre buildings: the crowd, the sweets, and most of all the promise of an empty stage

I miss theatre buildings: the crowd, the sweets, and most of all the promise of an empty stage

When we walk into a theatre, the empty stage is an offer and a promise, says critic Kate Maltby. It matters that society reserves some buildings just for telling stories
Calling out prejudice is vital – but not at the expense of valid criticism

Calling out prejudice is vital – but not at the expense of valid criticism

While performers have every right to complain about reviews, critics must feel able to ask incisive questions about the quality of performances, says Kate Maltby
Sharon D Clarke

Sharon D Clarke

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
Theatre’s digital future is to be welcomed, but it does raise questions

Theatre’s digital future is to be welcomed, but it does raise questions

Online advances such as the National’s At Home streaming service deserve our support, says Kate Maltby, yet teething problems of the digital theatre age need addressing
The success of 15 Heroines shows that producers should still be taking risks

The success of 15 Heroines shows that producers should still be taking risks

At a time when producers are afraid to take risks, Jermyn Street Theatre’s 15 Heroines is to be applauded, says Kate Maltby
As theatre begins to renew itself, we must work out how critics engage with it

As theatre begins to renew itself, we must work out how critics engage with it

As theatre begins to renew itself, we must all think hard about what critical engagement will look like when our first priority will be to support an industry we love, says Kate Maltby
Now that we’re used to isolation, is space theatre’s final frontier?

Now that we’re used to isolation, is space theatre’s final frontier?

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
Localism is vital, but so too is theatre’s national conversation

Localism is vital, but so too is theatre’s national conversation

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
Now is a time for development – let’s not rush to completion

Now is a time for development – let’s not rush to completion

Now is a time for development and recovery in the industry. Theatre is a work in progress – let’s not rush to completion, says Kate Maltby
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