I currently write two regular monthly columns on theatre: one for Prospect Magazine as their theatre critic, and one for The Stage, drawing in part on my experience as Chair of the Drama Section of the UK Critics’ Circle.

Prior to the pandemic, I was the New York Review of Books‘ resident London theatre critic, and I had previously spent several years as the junior theatre critic at The Times, reviewing for that paper two or three times a week. I have also contributed theatre reviews to The Spectator, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. As a theatre programme obsessive, I regularly contribute programme notes to theatre and opera venues, and welcome inquiries about potential work in this area.

As Critics’ Circle Chair, I organise our prestigious annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, the only awards made in British theatre purely on the basis of professional theatre critics’ votes, and without any input from vested interests within the industry. We successfully relaunched in April 2022 after the Covid-19 pandemic with a ceremony at London’s Ham Yard Hotel. I also maintain an active interest in arts philanthropy. I can date the moment I fell in love with theatre to a Joanna Laurens production at the Gate Theatre, W11. Consequently, I founded a Young Supporters’ Network at the Gate and have sat on their Development Working Group, which means that this is the only venue at which I now exclude myself from reviewing.

Theatre That Changed My Life, Week 4: This England : The Histories (2000-1)

Posted on May 3, 2020 | 0 comments

    Before Covid, we talked endlessly in the public sphere about ‘Englishness’. But before Brexit, before the Irish backstop, before the Scottish IndyRef, even before the opening of the devolved Scottish and Welsh parliament buildings, the Royal Shakespeare Company was the first place that...

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Theatre That Changed My Life, Week 3: Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (1998)

Posted on Apr 26, 2020 | 0 comments

I promised that for every week that theatres remained closed, I’d write a post in tribute to a piece of life-changing theatre. But this week, we’ve reached Sunday, and I still haven’t posted anything. There is a reason: I’ve had to spend a lot of this week visiting hospitals to have some serious...

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Theatre That Changed My Life, Week 2: Joanna Laurens’ The Three Birds (2000)

Posted on Apr 18, 2020 | 0 comments

  Last week, I started this series by writing about the National Theatre. Panto aside (yuck), when you’re taken for the first time as a young person you’re often taken to the big theatres: the NT and the RSC were the two powerhouse portals in the late 90s. By contrast, I’m going to write about a...

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Theatre That Changed My Life, Week 1: Nunn’s Merchant of Venice (1999)

Posted on Apr 7, 2020 | 0 comments

“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile”. So says Shakespeare’s Brutus to Cassius, in Julius Caesar. The Globe has repurposed this quotation as a defiant strapline for its online response to the Coronavirus crisis: its website and social media images now declare “if when we meet again, why, we...

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Character assassination? The theatre takes on Trump

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 | 0 comments

written for the Financial Times, 16 June 2017 “Who is it in the press that calls on me?” Amid the roar of spectators a blond, coiffed demagogue picks out a heckler in the crowd, his overlong red tie swinging below his waist as he bestrides the stage. This is Julius Caesar, Roman general and title...

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Protests push much-needed philanthropy away from the arts

Posted on May 20, 2017 | 0 comments

written for the Financial Times, 20 May 2017 If you went down to the British Museum last weekend, you were in for a big surprise. Activists from the Art Not Oil group popped up in the museum’s Great Court to stage a performance protest against BP’s sponsorship of its exhibitions. Sporting glittering...

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