Founded in 1996 to connect the theatre industry with a mass consumer audience, WhatsOnStage.com is the UK’s biggest and best dedicated theatre website. It is ranked number 1 in the UK by Alexa and number 2 by Hitwise amongst all performing arts websites, and named one of the top 100 arts tweeters by The Times. In addition to ticketing, WhatsOnStage.com is the trusted source for theatre information and editorial content. The website comprises a listings database of some 5,500-plus performances nationwide at any time, unrivaled theatre news, reviews, photos, interviews, gossip, blogs and features, as well as video, user-generated content and lively discussion boards. The audience represents the country’s most avid theatregoing and arts-loving demographic available online.

WhatsonStage founded and presents the annual WhatsOnStage Awards. Now in their 13th year, the WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major UK theatre awards decided across by the public, with over 60,000 people voting each year. The company also runs the WhatsOnStage Theatre Club and hosts year-round events to major new West End productions, including post-show Q&As with the stars and creatives, which enhance the theatregoing experience for all involved.

WhatsOnStage Ltd was acquired in January 2013 by TheaterMania.com, Inc., the leading US-based theatre content, ticketing and services company. The merger of these two renowned theatre brands forms the first dedicated transatlantic digital theatre media group, serving the world’s two great theatre capitals, London and New York, and markets throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Under our new ownership, the WhatsOnStage.com website was relaunched in June 2013. Major investment has been made in the new site, which is based on a robust, scalable platform that has been custom-built for theatre ticketing, show listings and content. This platform has been developed by TheaterMania and road-tested to huge success in the Broadway and nationwide US markets.


  • Theo Bosanquet, Editor

    Theo Bosanquet


    Since graduating with a degree in Drama from Bristol University in 2004, Theo has worked as an assistant theatre director (with companies including NTC, Nuffield Southampton and Eastern Angles) script editor ...

  • Ben Hewis

    Ben Hewis

    Content and Features Editor

    Having been involved in theatre from a young age, Ben graduated with a degree in Drama and Theatre from Middlesex University in 2007...

  • Rosie Bannister

    Rosie Bannister

    Content Manager

    After finishing her degree at UCL, Rosie made the natural step from chemistry to theatre... She worked on numerous shows during her degree as production and/or stage manager, as well as being treasurer ...

  • Michael Coveney

    Michael Coveney

    Chief Critic

    One of the country’s most respected drama critics, Michael has written about theatre for over three decades, as editor of Plays and Players, and as staff critic on the Financial Times, Observer and Daily Mail. His books ...

  • Catherine Love

    Catherine Love

    Contributing Editor

    Catherine is a freelance theatre critic and arts journalist whose work has appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Stage, Time Out and Exeunt. Since graduating with a degree in English ...

  • Scott Purvis

    Scott Purvis

    Scotland Editor

    Scott has been reviewing theatre for WhatsOnStage Scotland since 2008, covering hundreds of productions within Scotland. Since then, he has earned an Honours degree in English Literature ...

  • Daniel Meyers

    Daniel Meyers

    North East Editor

    Dan is a passionate theatre writer, practitioner and reviewer. Over the years he has (mostly) enjoyed performances in a vast variety of venues from a portacabin in Edinburgh to the streets of York ...

  • Glenn Meads, North West Editor

    Glenn Meads

    North West Editor

    Glenn has covered the Manchester theatre scene for Whatsonstage.com since 2001. Since then he set up and edited whatsonstage.com/Manchester which has led to the current northwest site. ...

  • Simon Tavener

    Simon Tavener

    Central Editor

    Simon has been in and around theatres for over 25 years. An active director and reviewer, he occasionally treads the boards as well. His particular passions are Shakespeare and musical theatre.

  • Kieran Johnson

    Kieran Johnson

    Birmingham Editor

    Kieran is from Birmingham and has recently completed a degree at Staffordshire University in journalism. He has a passion for local theatre in and around Birmingham and after completing a work experience placement ...

  • Anne Morley Priestman

    Anne Morley Priestman

    South East Editor

    Anne caught the theatre-going bug initially through visits to Stratford, London and Paris from Jersey after the wartime Occupation. In the 1960s she began reviewing plays for The Stage and over the next 20 years wrote regularly ...

  • Simon Cole

    Simon Cole

    South West Editor

    An experienced webmaster and designer, Simon joined the regional Whatsonstage.com editorial team in 2010, after an on-off relationship with the theatre spanning 20 years. ...

  • Keith McDonnell

    Keith McDonnell

    Opera Editor

    Keith has been passionate about opera since a teenager, and has been an avid opera-goer and fan for the last twenty-five years. He first started reviewing opera in 1996 ...

  • Mark Valencia

    Mark Valencia

    Opera Editor

    Mark Valencia has worked in arts journalism for more than thirty years — initially as a broadcaster, subsequently in print as a writer & translator for review publications and record companies ...