OPINION

Catherine Tate and Timothy West in The Vote. Photo: Johan Persson

I am not a member of that endangered species called critics. But on election night I was anchored to my sofa till 10pm, watching...
Casting directors and agents prefer to see contemporary plays, with students playing close to their own ages

Gaping hole in Hescott’s analysis Thomas Hescott makes some sound points – and some not so sound (‘Student Showcases are a complete waste of time...
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Keeping the show on the road means taking responsibility for others' lives as well. Photo: Yarygin/Shutterstock

It was when I backed into the lamppost that I thought to myself, “I really should have taken that driving refresher course”. This was...
Opera North's production of Carousel. Photo: Alastair Muir

Will musicals save the fortunes of opera companies? Is this the reason we seem to be seeing a host of them creeping into the...

There’s an adventurous feel to this week’s fringe picks and also a criminal element. While detectives aged seven to 13 are solving crime in...
Rufus Bonds Jr, Nicola Hughes and Phillip Boykin in Porgy and Bess at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Following on from the first instalment of my personal favourite musicals of all time (numbers 41-50), today I chalk up another 10 classics that...
Whose work do you prefer? Lloyd Webber photo: Lucy Sewill, Sondheim photo: Catherine Cooper

With The Stage pulling focus on all things musical theatre, and Mark Shenton putting together a list of his favourite musicals of all time,...
Geoffrey Streatfeild and Samuel Barnett in The Beaux' Strategem. Photo: Manuel Harlan

There are fewer big openings in London this week because of the bank holiday though these include new shows at the Donmar and National. On...
A scene from Into the Woods at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2010. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

As we wallow in all things musical theatre this week (including a special musical theatre issue of the newspaper, out on May 28), I...
Jane Maudsley

Jane Maudsley trained as a mezzo soprano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, read music at the University of Sheffield, is a highly respected...
Siobhan McCarthy and Jeremy Secomb in Sweeney Todd Harrington's Pie and Mash. Photo: Tristram Kenton

To coincide with The Stage's musical theatre issue (out on May 28), I am compiling a personal guide to my 50 favourite musicals of...