criticism

The fortnightly compendium of newspaper theatre reviews was launched in 1981 and has recently joined the digital age. Nick Smurthwaite discovers how it has...

“Bring me the head of Yael Farber, and while you're at it, a side order of whoever commissioned this dross,” was Matt Trueman’s opening line of his WhatsonStage review...

For the first time in ages, I'm no longer turning to the arts pages first. Although I usually make sense of life through the...

Only a small handful of actors are critic proof. These are the performers who can be cast in almost any production and sell tickets even...

When Lyn Gardner’s theatre blogs were cut by the Guardian earlier this year, the move was met with uproar from the theatre community. Theatres from...

I recently wrote about the chorus of one-star reviews for The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios and The Braille Legacy at Charing Cross Theatre (which...

Last week's opening of Obsession at the Barbican was rough for me: I was mightily relieved that I wasn't reviewing it myself, as it...

New York theatre has lost two of its leading critics in one week amid concerns from commentators that theatre coverage in the city is...

It is not a critic's job to inflict pain on theatremakers and actors who fall short of our standards of theatrical excellence. The box...
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