OPINION

Sarah Frankcom will direct Maxine Peake in Caryl Churchill’s 1994 play, The Skriker, which features at this year’s Manchester International Festival . Photo: Jonathan Keenan

This week, as summer finally, belatedly erupts, it’s a good thing that there’s a rich and varied array of open air work taking place...

After the US Supreme Court made historic rulings in favour of gay marriage throughout the country and upheld affordable health care on June 26,...
Before advertising formally for a new artistic director, Shakespeare’s Globe held workshops for four months. Photo: John Wildgoose

“It’s a bit like replacing a football manager at the top of his game,” says Nigel Hugill, chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, on...
Lenny Henry in Educating Rita at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Actors are only human – though what they do sometimes seems superhuman. Seeing Ralph Fiennes in the National's recent Man and Superman, for instance,...
The Broadway cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Joan Marcus

Alex Sharp’s recent Tony award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time should bring hope to the heart of everyone who...
Patti LuPone and Michael Urie in Shows for Days. Photo: Joan Marcus

Patti LuPone leads a theatre in Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days Douglas Carter Beane has written a steady string of witty plays and musicals...
Scene from Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre, London. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Even critics – especially critics – are prone to moments of self-doubt. Have we got it right? What will others think? Not that it's...
The University of Birmingham

On June 5, in the austere Quaker setting of the George Cadbury Hall, Birmingham, something magical, vital and yet totally unsung happened. I was...
Unicorn artistic director, Purni Morell. Photo: Manuel Harlan

I’d hazard a guess that the vast majority of us who work in and around theatre were first introduced to theatregoing while we were...
Lily Bevan will be presenting her debut solo comedy show Pheasant Plucker at the RADA Festival.

Most drama schools are quiet at this time of year. The students have gone off to earn their rent for next term and most...
Rory Kinnear in The Trial

The week ahead brings Rory Kinnear to the Young Vic and David Suchet to the West End, plus 10 brand new plays to the...
The Apollo’s temporary ceiling during Let the Right One In in 2014, after refurbishment work following the partial ceiling collapse

Let’s join forces on theatre safety I have been following the story of the collapsed ceiling and found your article ‘ABBT issues advice to avoid...