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

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
Depression is rife in the arts right now – it’s vital to look after ourselves

Depression is rife in the arts right now – it’s vital to look after ourselves

The tragedy unfolding in our arts industries is heartbreaking for everyone involved, says Kate Maltby, but to join the sector fightback, we must invest in getting ourselves healthy and functional
To save the arts, this is the language the Tories understand

To save the arts, this is the language the Tories understand

Historically the arts sector and the Conservative Party have not been the best of friends. To save our industries, every arts leader now needs to be able to talk Tory, says Kate Maltby
Careers are fragile – we must be careful not to force out talent

Careers are fragile – we must be careful not to force out talent

It’s unlikely that critics will become soft touches when restrictions relax, but lockdown has shown us that careers are fragile and we must be careful not to force out talent, says Kate Maltby
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