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Monday, April 6, 2020

Kate Maltby: Theatre is a live art, but we can try to replicate the shared experience online by Kate Maltby

What a difference a month makes. In my last column I celebrated the gathering of (largely) old-time theatre critics to celebrate Michael

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Kate Maltby: Theatre criticism is in trouble but it should still be optimistic by Kate Maltby

Two weeks ago, the Critics’ Circle gathered to toast Michael Billington. If you feel like you’ve heard a lot about him recently,

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Kate Maltby: We need more shows that put women centre stage, not just their bodies by Kate Maltby

In 2015, we got to see Rufus Norris’ first year of programming as artistic director of the National Theatre. The centrepiece revival

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Kate Maltby: Shaming people on social media is not the best way to punish poor theatre behaviour by Kate Maltby

On December 29, Bianca Del Rio, who is starring in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, reached the end of her tether and took

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Kate Maltby: Jonathan Miller’s legacy will continue to influence generations to come by Kate Maltby

When I was 13, my mother took me to see Trevor Nunn’s production of The Merchant of Venice at the National Theatre.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Kate Maltby: Producers cannot justify charging full price for preview tickets by Kate Maltby

Just over two years ago, I went to see Dear Evan Hansen in New York. The show tells the story of a

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Kate Maltby: Stop putting lazy scenes of sexual violence against women on stage by Kate Maltby

In January 2017, Natasha Tripney wrote a list titled: “Five things I’d like to see in theatre in 2017.” Top of the

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Critic Kate Maltby: Ignore the sensationalist headlines and have sensible conversations by Kate Maltby

Sometimes, when I want to cry, I look up the latest arts stories coming out of Britain’s major news outlets. Not the

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Kate Maltby: It’s okay not to be okay at the Edinburgh Fringe by Kate Maltby

Who doesn’t have a great time at Edinburgh? Surely you made an appearance at The List Festival Party/the book festival in the

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Kate Maltby: Theatre has much to lose when newspapers cut specialist critics by Kate Maltby

It’s been more than a fortnight since Evening Standard critics Henry Hitchings and Fiona Mountford revealed on Twitter that they were being

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Kate Maltby: Imposing outdated dress codes will make theatre more exclusive by Kate Maltby

This week’s manufactured theatre controversy arrives courtesy of the Sunday Telegraph. Its front cover featured 90-year-old Daphne Selfe, billed as “the world’s

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Kate Maltby: Why is the theatre industry accepting money from the anti-LGBT+ Saudi regime? by Kate Maltby

There are plenty of battles still to be won in Britain by the LGBT+ community and its allies. Recent homophobic protests outside

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Edward II review – Marlowe's murky drama of love, murder and a hollow crown by Kate Maltby

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonNick Bagnall’s production ably draws out the parallels with Shakespeare’s Richard II and the cast speak the verse beautifullyThere seems to be blood on an …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ralegh: The Treason trial review – out of favour and up for the chop by Kate Maltby

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThis atmospheric recreation of Sir Walter Raleigh’s show trial set off many modern echoes and featured strong performances from Simon Paisley Day and Nathali…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Model Apartment review – Diana Quick lifts up tale of broken American dreams by Kate Maltby

Ustinov, BathDonald Margulies’ exploration of a couple living with the lingering trauma of the Holocaust is profoundly touching Max and Lola reckon they deserve a nice retirement. Both sur…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Madness of George III review – Mark Gatiss delivers a tour de force by Kate Maltby

Nottingham PlayhouseGatiss and Adrian Scarborough are electric together in a technically striking outing for Alan Bennett’s modern classicFrom The League of Gentleman to Sherlock’s smirk…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Mysteries review – six plays reveal the state of the nation by Kate Maltby

Royal Exchange, ManchesterFor this earnest but often profound cycle of plays, Chris Thorpe and Sam Pritchard quarried local experience around the UK‘There’s communities – what we have …

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Don Carlos review – Tom Burke strikes out with Schiller's tale of intrigue and incest by Kate Maltby

Exeter Northcott theatreThe actor and director Gadi Roll launch their new company with the drama set in the 16th-century Spanish courtSchiller’s 18th-century drama has long lent itself to …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Brexit stage right: why are plays about the EU referendum so awful? by Kate Maltby

Julie Burchill has co-written a laboured drama about Brexit set in a London book club, following other referendum-themed duds. Is the problem that – like Brexit itself – they’re just t…

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