My frenetic night live-tweeting the 2016 #OlivierAwards

After my frustrated efforts to both attend and tweet from the Olivier Awards nominations announcement back in February, I concluded that it was impractical to even attempt to attend this year’s ceremony and stand a chance of covering it with my various theatre media hats on. So instead I booked myself – thanks very much […]

  • Clockwise from top left: Matt Henry in Kinky Boots, John Heffernan in Oppenheimer, Greg Hicks and Peter Bourke in Clarion, Derren Brown in Miracle and Noma Dumezweni in Linda
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    Year in Review: More Top 10 #theatre2015 lists from me and my Mates

Year in Review: More Top 10 #theatre2015 lists from me and my Mates

After rounding up various publications’ #theatre2015 highlights yesterday, it’s time to reflect on my own year in the stalls (well, mainly in the stalls, occasionally in the dress circle).

I don’t pretend for a minute that these lists are definitive of the theatregoing year overall; they represent only my personal opinions on the shows I’ve […]

How to handle criticism (unless you’re an actor)

Most actors don’t read their reviews – or, at least, most actors say they don’t read their reviews.

And when it comes to stage acting, I can see their point. Critics review a single performance, one night. After reviews are published, the actors have still got to go out onstage every night and critical words […]

  • 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 – […]

  • 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 […]

  • Our Also Recognised Awards partner Mike Dixon demonstrates Musical Direction in action
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    Press pass: Embracing My Theatre Mates and the Also Recognised Awards + lots of thanks

Press pass: Embracing My Theatre Mates and the Also Recognised Awards + lots of thanks

 

For all the planning and preparation I’ve been doing with Mark Shenton over the past few months, even I am a little taken aback by the response to our launch yesterday of MyTheatreMates.com and the Also Recognised Awards, including the UK’s first-ever award for Best Musical Direction.

I couldn’t be more delighted, and, on the […]