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Tim Bano

Tim Bano

Biography

Tim Bano is joint lead critic for The Stage. He has also written for the Guardian and Time Out, and has worked as a producer on BBC Radio 4.

Recent Articles

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jac Yarrow has only got better in this uber-theatrical production also starring Jason Donovan and Alexandra Burke that returns to administer a dose of joy to the West End
Fairfield Halls: how renovating the flagship venue turned into a £70 million fiasco

Fairfield Halls: how renovating the flagship venue turned into a £70 million fiasco

After repeated delays and a massive overspend, when Fairfield Halls reopened six months before Covid hit, it was unfinished. With the venue still virtually dormant, Tim Bano investigates how inexperience and mismanagement failed the community and plunged Croydon Council into crisis
Hamlet

Hamlet

Ian McKellen entertains and entrances as Hamlet in an otherwise confused and chaotic production
Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Immersive experience set in the Doctor Who universe features committed actors and an impressive set but lacks plot
Hushabye Mountain

Hushabye Mountain

Underpowered, live-streamed revival of Jonathan Harvey’s play at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre
Amélie the Musical

Amélie the Musical

Audrey Brisson charms in this impressive actor-muso adaptation of the French film
Tourist trap or tradition? Reopening the world’s longest-running play

Tourist trap or tradition? Reopening the world’s longest-running play

Agatha Christie’s surprise success The Mousetrap clocked up 67 years in the West End before a pandemic finally ended its run. As the show reopens this month, producer Adam Spiegel and cast members tell Tim Bano about the whodunnit’s long history and why it continues to attract audiences
Shows reopening: Tim Bano’s picks of the upcoming season

Shows reopening: Tim Bano’s picks of the upcoming season

The Stage’s joint lead critic selects highlights from the productions opening in the West End and beyond this year
Does the UK's holiday-park boom offer welcome opportunity for performers?

Does the UK's holiday-park boom offer welcome opportunity for performers?

With holidays abroad increasingly expensive and subject to tight restrictions, UK resorts are making a comeback and, with them, their live shows. Managers and agents tell Tim Bano how they are kicking out kitsch, embracing digital formats – and central heating – and coping with social distancing
The Sorrows of Satan

The Sorrows of Satan

Luke Bateman and Michael Conley’s musical is a sharp and witty take on the Faust story
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