MEET THE WHATSONSTAGE TEAM

  • Sita McIntosh, Chief Operating Officer

    Sita McIntosh

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sita started her career in theatre in 1989 working for a company called Mentor Advertising as the PA to the Managing Director. That was an amazing feat given that she had no experience, couldn't type, do shorthand or operate a word processor (as it was in those days) but blagged the job due to an unfathomable love of theatre and endless patience standing in returns queues to watch some amazing classics including Ian Charleson and Julie Walters in Fool For Love, Pauline Collins in Shirley Valentine and the original production of Les Miserables at the Barbican Theatre (in the gallery for a fiver). Over the next 26 years, her career has meandered through Ticketmaster, Stoll Moss Theatres, McCabe's, Freelancer, Waterstones, Motherhood, See Tickets, Ticketmaster (again) before landing at the door of WhatsOnStage in 2014.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    The Gift of the Gorgon with Dame Judi Dench

    Favourite cereal:
    Sugar Puffs

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Martin Luther King, Nat King Cole, God (to see if s/he really exists/turns up).

  • Daisy Bowie-Sell, Managing Editor

    Daisy Bowie-Sell

    Managing Editor

    After graduating with a degree in English from University of East Anglia in 2006, Daisy moved to London and worked as a casting assistant, an editorial assistant for Ambit magazine and an editor at a theatre publishers whilst also writing freelance for several websites. She did an MA in journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, before working on the arts desk of the Daily Telegraph and subsequently as deputy theatre editor at Time Out. She joined WhatsOnStage in 2015.

    What's your favourite ever production
    Jerusalem, starring Mark Rylance.

    Favourite cereal:
    Porridge, with strawberry jam on top.

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Rosa Luxemburg, Freddie Mercury and David Lynch.

  • Peter Gibbons, Product Manager

    Peter Gibbons

    Product Manager

    Peter trained at Bournemouth University and graduated with a degree in Interactive Media Production in 2011. While working as a freelancer, he began interning as a web designer at WhatsOnStage a few months after graduating, and became a full time employee early in 2012. Since then, he has had several different responsibilities and is now the Product Manager. In addition to WhatsOnStage, Peter also works as a photographer.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Menier Chocolate Factory's The Color Purple

    Favourite cereal
    Jordans Super Nutty Granola

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Lady Gaga, John Lasseter, J. J. Abrams

  • Chris Doyle, Digital Sales Manager

    Chris Doyle

    Digital Sales Manager

    After studying Law at the University of Surrey, Chris moved into a retail role at Waitrose head office, before heading to Austria for 6 months working for TUI Travel. Upon returning to the UK in 2013 Chris began working for Reed Business Information in advertising sales for the Recruitment Media team, before joining WhatsOnStage in July 2015. At the same time Chris works as a trombonist and conductor, currently working with two charitable organisations in Central London and regularly plays for am dram pit orchestras around the South East.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Newsies

    Favourite cereal:
    A bacon sandwich... [I absolutely hate cereal!]

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Alan Menken, Richard Branson, Simon Rattle

  • Ben Hewis, Deputy Editor

    Ben Hewis

    Deputy Editor

    Having been involved in theatre from a young age, Ben graduated with a degree in Drama and Theatre from Middlesex University in 2007. In December 2012, Ben combined his love of theatre and digital content, launching theatre blog Livetheatre.co. A year later, Ben joined us as Content and Features Editor, responsible for developing our Features coverage and multimedia content.

    What's your favorite ever production?
    Punchdrunk's Faustus

    Favourite cereal:
    Lucky Charms

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Shakespeare, Larry Olivier, Jedward

  • Dan Hunt, Theatre Club Manager

    Dan Hunt

    Ticketing Manager

    Dan has been on the committee of the Society of Box Office Managers for three and a half years, serving ticketing professionals in London and further afield.

    Dan has been working in Customer Service and Ticketing for just over 10 years, having worked at Birmingham Hippodrome, RADA and ATG.

    In 2012 Dan was the first Theatre & Ticketing manager of the St. James Theatre, Central London's newest theatre in over 30 years which under his leadership was shortlisted for the UK's most welcome theatre after only 6 months of being open, at which point Dan moved to become the Visitor Experience Manager at the Southbank Centre before joining WhatsOnStage.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Mary Poppins

    Favourite cereal:
    Cornflakes....with warm milk (Don't knock it!)

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Bette Midler, Walt Disney and Julie Andre

  • Emily Cole, Events Manager

    Emily Cole

    Events Manager

    After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a degree in Theatre and Performance, Emily took some time out to go travelling. Since returning to London life she completed a traineeship with the City of London Festival and worked Front of House at various London theatre's until she joined WhatsOnStage in June 2015.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Complicite's A Disappearing Number

    Favourite cereal:
    Frosted Wheats

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Louis Theroux, Chris Hemsworth, Judi Dench

  • Alun Hood, Theatre Club Manager

    Alun Hood

    Theatre Club Manager

    Alun first fell in love with theatre aged eight, from the front stalls of the Prince Edward (when it was still called the London Casino), watching Susannah York and Ron Moody as Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Years later, he studied Drama and English at University of London.

    He has worked all his professional life in theatre, and is still an avid playgoer, having seen over 3,000 stage productions, between London, the regions and internationally.

    He is thrilled to be joining the WhatsOnStage team full time having been a reviewer and a contributor of blogs over the last few years.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Either the original Les Miserables at the Barbican, or Declan Donnellan's original National Theatre staging of Angels in America.

    Favourite cereal:
    Porridge with coconut oil, Manuka honey and peanut butter.

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Patti LuPone, Harvey Fierstein and Tonya Pinkins

  • Will Longman, Editorial Assistant

    Will Longman

    Editorial Assistant

    After studying journalism at the University of Lincoln, Will joined the WhatsOnStage team as the new Editorial Assistant. Having previously worked part-time as a football referee, Will was taken on for work experience at the company in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has worked freelance for WhatsOnStage, covering events such as the 2016 Olivier Awards, and Phantom of the Opera’s 12,000th performance celebrations. During his time at university, Will was ‘Highly Commended’ at the Midlands Media Student awards for Online Innovation, and will now assist the company’s editorial team.

    What's your favourite ever production?
    Matilda

    Favourite cereal:
    Crunchy Nut

    Three dream dinner party guests:
    Matt Bellamy, Tim Minchin, Rachel Riley

  • Sarah Crompton, Joint Chief Critic

    Sarah Crompton

    Joint Chief Critic

    Sarah Crompton is one of Britain's most respected writers and broadcasters, commentating on all aspects of culture and the arts. Her work appears in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, The Times, the Observer, British Vogue, Intelligent Life, and the Evening Standard among others. She is a regular contributor to the BBC's Front Row and Saturday Review and is much in demand as a chair and host of events, both interviews and discussions.

    She was previously the Arts Editor in Chief of the Daily Telegraph, and a contributor to BBC2's The Review Show. She also wrote a sports column for many years. Her first book was Sadler's Wells: Dance House, a study of the recent creative history of Sadler's Wells. She was a long-serving judge on the South Bank Show awards and has also been on the panel to choose the Art Fund Museum of the Year. She is a trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

    Born in Manchester, she was educated at Hertford College, Oxford, and University College, Cardiff, before beginning her career on the Coventry Evening Telegraph. She worked for women's magazines and the Telegraph Magazine before taking up the post of Arts Editor.

    In recent years, she has specialised in chairing Q&As and discussions for a variety of organisations including BAFTA, the Old Vic, the Arts Council, Sadler's Wells, English National Ballet and the Hay Festival.

  • Matt Trueman, Critic

    Matt Trueman

    Joint Chief Critic

    An award-winning critic and arts journalist, Matt joined WhatsOnStage in January 2015. He has written for a range of publications, including the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Financial Times and the Independent, as well as the New Statesman, Time Out, the Scotsman and the Stage. He is also Variety's Chief London Critic, co-editor of Theatre Voice and writes about theatre for Whitacker's Almanack. Matt is a five-time winner of the Allen Wright Award for arts journalists under 30 covering the Edinburgh Fringe festival, and a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama.

  • Holly Williams, Staff Critic

    Holly Williams

    Staff Critic

    Holly Williams is a theatre critic, and arts and features writer. Having worked in various capacities at the Independent and Independent on Sunday since 2010, she is now a freelance journalist, and has written for the TLS, the Evening Standard, Time Out, the New Statesman, the Guardian, Fest and Exeunt. She was awarded a Special Commendation in the Allen Wright Award for arts writing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, and shortlisted in 2014.

    Williams grew up in Wales, studied a BA and MA at York, and cut her journalistic teeth on the Brecon & Radnor Express before moving to London. She has written for WhatsOnStage since 2015, becoming a staff writer in 2016.

  • WhatsOnStage Reviewers

    We also have a team of writers covering shows for us across the country.

    London writers

    Regional writers

    • Andy Plaice (Leicester/the Midlands)
    • Diane Parkes (Birmingham)
    • John Campbell (Bath/Bristol)
    • James Willstrop (Harrogate/Leeds/York)
    • Karen Bussell (Plymouth/Exeter)
    • Kris Hallett (Bristol/Bath)
    • Mandy Martinez (Manchester)
    • Max Cooter (Brighton/Chichester)
    • Mel West (Basingstoke/Southampton/Newbury)
    • Michael Davies (Northampton, Leicester, Stratford-Upon-Avon)
    • Ron Simpson (Yorkshire/Manchester/Nottingham/Derby)
    • Simon Thompson (Edinburgh/Glasgow)
    • Su Carroll (Plymouth/Exeter/Truro)

    We are always on the lookout for regional reviewers. If you are interested and are based in an area of the UK not mentioned above, please send an email to [email protected]