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    Critics’ Circle Award winners: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?

Critics’ Circle Award winners: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?

The annual best of lists are always a good indication of who’s likely to triumph at the Critics’ Circle Awards, which were presented this afternoon at the Delfont Room in the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Understandably so as it’s critics who, by and large, draw up those lists and critics only – […]

  • Lucy Fleming, Roberta Taylor, Olivia Llewellyn and Tessa Bell-Briggs in As Good a Time as Any
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    As Good a Time as Any for … ‘Women of a Certain Age’ as people not Product

As Good a Time as Any for … ‘Women of a Certain Age’ as people not Product

Since producing and hosting a post-show debate last month on “Women in the Arts” at Trafalgar Studios, I’ve been thinking a lot about gender inequality in theatre, and particularly in casting. And two recent plays I’ve seen have brought the subject of into even sharper focus for me – both highlighting the problem and […]

  • Christina Bianco joined fellow Forbidden Broadway co-stars Damian Humbley and Anna-Jane Casey in daring to go bare
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    Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

On Monday, we announced on MyTheatreMates.com the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards.

The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]

Watch & listen: Talking #Oliviers on Sky and Resonance FM

What were your red carpet memories from this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards?

A week before this year’s event on Sunday 12 April 2015, having been quietly dropped from the media invitation list since leaving WhatsOnStage, I wasn’t planning to get very involved in the furore this year – apart from, of course, watching the highlights […]

  • The Curtain Up presenters and poster boys Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews on London's Resonance FM
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    Curtain Up podcast on MyTheatreMates and The Father: When projects converge

Curtain Up podcast on MyTheatreMates and The Father: When projects converge

I had a curious but highly enjoyable afternoon this past Friday, when I dropped in on lovely chappies Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews, presenters of the weekly Curtain Up show on London radio station Resonance FM.

Initially, I’d been invited in to talk about the launch of the My Theatre Mates website as well as the […]

A funny thing happened on the way to the (theatre) Forum

In the years that I ran WhatsOnStage, the site’s Discussion Forum, a.k.a. “The Board”, was often the bane of my life.

Producers would pull me aside on press nights to complain about it – insiders were revealing secrets about their shows that they shouldn’t be, they lamented; competitors were dishing dirt on their shows and […]

  • Theatre Mates: Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock. Photo: Peter Jones
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    What am I up to next? Let’s start with some Mates recognition

What am I up to next? Let’s start with some Mates recognition

I was touched and heartened by the outpouring to the news last week that I finally won my unfair dismissal claim against the new owners of WhatsOnStage. Amongst many of those responses was a very frequent question: what am I up to next?

First, let me please assure you, apart from litigation, I have been […]