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The Critics’ Circle Centenary Conference: Being Criticised – The Industry View

THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE CENTENARY CONFERENCE: BEING CRITICISED Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Nica Burns (producer, Nimax), Jonathan Church (artistic director, Chichester Festival Theatres), David Eldridge (playwright), Hattie Morahan (actress) discuss what it’s like to be on the receiving end of critical appraisals, good, bad and downright ugly.

The Critics’ Circle Centenary Conference: How Did It Start?

THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 100 YEARS OF CRITICISM Historical session on the theme of How did it start? With Frances Hughes, Chair of the Irving Society, on criticism a century ago and Nicholas de Jongh, critic and playwright, on critics and censorship. Chair: Ian Herbert.

The Critics’ Circle Centenary Conference: The Future of Criticism

28 September 2013

in Criticism, Directors

THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 100 YEARS OF CRITICISM Lyn Gardner (Guardian) hosts a discussion on the subject of What Next? with Michael Coveney (Whatsonstage.com), Kerry Michael (artistic director, Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Matt Trueman (freelance critic).

Critic Benedict Nightingale’s Great Moments in the Theatre

INTERVIEW: BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE The former critic of The Times talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, Great Moments in the Theatre (Oberon), which comprises accounts of more than 100 significant first nights from theatre history, from Aeschylus’s The Oresteia to Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

Edinburgh Fringe 2012: critical roundup

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2012: CRITICAL VERDICT Philip Fisher joins Mark Fisher (Scotland on Sunday) and Lyn Gardner (Guardian) to talk about offerings at the Traverse, International Festival and the remainder of the Fringe.

Review of the Year 2010

REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2010 Join Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) as they assess the highs and lows of the reviewing year, from Matilda at the RSC to Julie Andrews at the O2 Arena. Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Playwright Moira Buffini updates Greek tragedy

3 September 2010

in Feminism, Greek Drama, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: MOIRA BUFFINI The playwright talks to Heather Neill about her latest play, Welcome to Thebes (National), which takes the stories of Antigone, Theseus and Eurydice and sets them in a contemporary war-torn African state. Recorded at the National Theatre.

John Caird reveals the secrets of directing

22 March 2010

in Books, Directors

DIRECTING SPECIAL Director John Caird talks to Philip Fisher about his new book, Theatre Craft: A Director’s Practical Companion from A to Z (Faber), a huge volume of practical knowledge about the art of theatre directing, as well as about a career that has taken him not only to great heights with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, but also around the globe.

West End Review: July 2009 (2/2)

WEST END REVIEW (2/2) Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Jerusalem (Royal Court), The Mountaintop (Trafalgar Studios) and Sister Act (Palladium). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

West End Review: May 2009 (2/2)

WEST END REVIEW (2/2) Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) invites critics David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) to assess The Observer (National Theatre), When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida) and Grasses of a Thousand Colours (Royal Court). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

West End Review: March 2009

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) joins guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) to assess Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), Plague over England (Duchess Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic) and Burnt by the Sun (National Theatre); plus a tribute to the late Natasha Richardson. Recorded at the National Theatre.

West End Review: December 2008 (2/2)

5 December 2008

in Musicals, Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW (2/2) Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) consider Neil LaBute’s In a Dark Dark House (Almeida), David Hare’s Gethsemane (National) and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, revived by Trevor Nunn at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Nick Hern on theatre publishing (2/2)

4 July 2008

in Books, International, New Writing

FOCUS ON PUBLISHING (2/2) Theatre book publisher Nick Hern, whose company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, talks to Aleks Sierz about the highs and lows of the business.

Playwright Neil LaBute talks about Fat Pig

INTERVIEW: NEIL LABUTE The top American playwright and director talks to Philip Fisher about his controversial new play, Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios), his career in film, the joys and perils of New York theatre, and his upcoming Reasons To Be Pretty on Broadway.

West End Review: April 2008

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) asks David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) to share their verdicts on Gone with the Wind (New London), Fram (National), Harper Regan (National) and Small Change (Donmar). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Right to reply: defending the Polish play

20 March 2008

in International, Playwrights

RIGHT TO REPLY The Soho Theatre’s Paul Sirett, co-translator of Dorota Maslowska’s A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians, defends the play against critical brick-bats, and asks why British reviewers have a problem with foreign writers. Aleks Sierz quizzes.

Robert Tanitch on the London stage

23 October 2007

in Books, Theatre buildings

INTERVIEW: ROBERT TANITCH The critic and writer talks to Philip Fisher about his latest, lavishly illustrated book, The London Stage in the Twentieth Century (Haus Publishing), his other publications about the stars of screen and stage, and his own plays.

Reviewers on Reviewing (2/2)

REVIEWERS on REVIEWING (2/2) Journalist Uchenna Izundu continues to quiz Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Jane Edwardes (Time Out) and Lyn Gardner (Guardian) about the business, and art, of theatre criticism.

Reviewers on Reviewing (1/2)

REVIEWERS on REVIEWING (1/2) Journalist Uchenna Izundu quizzes Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Jane Edwardes (Time Out) and Lyn Gardner (Guardian) about the business, and art, of theatre criticism. Where did they start and how can other people get in on the act?

Soap Box Debate: Critics Are Parasites and Eunuchs

8 December 2006

in Criticism, Reviews and Roundtables

SOAP BOX DEBATE: CRITICS ARE PARASITES AND EUNUCHS Actor Mike McShane and Nick Hackworth, deputy art critic of the Evening Standard, propose the motion; Evening Standard theatre critic Nicholas de Jongh and Sarah Kent, former art critic for Time Out, oppose. Rachel Halliburton hosts. Excerpt. Sound quality: moderate.

West End Review: September 2006

WEST END REVIEW The Alchemist (National), Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic), Piano/Forte (Royal Court) and Wicked (Apollo). Mark Shenton (Sunday Express), Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Aleks Sierz (Tribune) and Matt Wolf (Bloomberg) discuss.

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