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MICHAEL COVENEY

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 include a history of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre and biographies of Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Michael joined Whatsonstage.com in April 2006. He provides overnight reviews of all London openings and gives more insights into the life of Theatreland in his personal blog. Beyond Whatsonstage.com, Michael also regularly contributes to the Independent, Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Prospect and BBC Radio’s Front Row. He was born in London and educated at St Ignatius College and Worcester College, Oxford.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

A View From the Bridge (Young Vic)A View From the Bridge (Young Vic)
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Michael Coveney: Moments to savour on and offstage at the Olivier AwardsMichael Coveney: Moments to savour on and offstage at the Olivier Awards
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Michael Coveney: Olivier Awards move into gear and stand by for King Charles and the MinotaurMichael Coveney: Olivier Awards move into gear and stand by for King Charles and the Minotaur
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King Charles III (Almeida)King Charles III (Almeida)
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Birdland (Royal Court)Birdland (Royal Court)
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Michael Coveney: Actors speak up on stage and page, Gielgud biographer snaps backMichael Coveney: Actors speak up on stage and page, Gielgud biographer snaps back
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A Small Family Business (NT Olivier)A Small Family Business (NT Olivier)
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Let the Right One In (Apollo Theatre)Let the Right One In (Apollo Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Good news as Apollo reopens and Tricycle Young Company takes offMichael Coveney: Good news as Apollo reopens and Tricycle Young Company takes off
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Kingston 14 (Theatre Royal, Stratford East)Kingston 14 (Theatre Royal, Stratford East)
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Michael Coveney: Old Russia in Prince Igor, new England in David HareMichael Coveney: Old Russia in Prince Igor, new England in David Hare
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre)Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Preview lowdown on Dirty Rotten tricks and a Q&A in Another CountryMichael Coveney: Preview lowdown on Dirty Rotten tricks and a Q&A in Another Country
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Michael Coveney: The passing of Kate O'Mara, comedy in Naples and opera in CasablancaMichael Coveney: The passing of Kate O'Mara, comedy in Naples and opera in Casablanca
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Michael Coveney: Surprise moves by Anne Reid in cabaret, Tessa Ross at the NationalMichael Coveney: Surprise moves by Anne Reid in cabaret, Tessa Ross at the National
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I Can't Sing! (London Palladium)I Can't Sing! (London Palladium)
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Michael Coveney: Bendy boosts the Barbican, Haymarket's Attraction proves FatalMichael Coveney: Bendy boosts the Barbican, Haymarket's Attraction proves Fatal
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Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket)Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
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Other Desert Cities (Old Vic)Other Desert Cities (Old Vic)
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Michael Coveney: I Can't Sing about Harry Hill or Mike Leigh, but David Hare's brilliantly off-messageMichael Coveney: I Can't Sing about Harry Hill or Mike Leigh, but David Hare's brilliantly off-message
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Michael Coveney:  Hytner plays it cool and hypes hip new spacesMichael Coveney: Hytner plays it cool and hypes hip new spaces
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Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall)Grimm Tales (Shoreditch Town Hall)
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Two Into One (Menier Chocolate Factory)Two Into One (Menier Chocolate Factory)
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Michael Coveney: Theatreland indulges in a Noel Coward mini-bingeMichael Coveney: Theatreland indulges in a Noel Coward mini-binge
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Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre)Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: A half-full Monty and whispers of Inner Voices from NaplesMichael Coveney: A half-full Monty and whispers of Inner Voices from Naples
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Michael Coveney: Golden anniversaries with Kevin and Bruce, Tim and PruMichael Coveney: Golden anniversaries with Kevin and Bruce, Tim and Pru
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Urinetown (St James Theatre)Urinetown (St James Theatre)
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King Lear (Cockpit Theatre)King Lear (Cockpit Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Fringe fare for all at the dear old Cockpit, buzzy Park and brand new HopeMichael Coveney: Fringe fare for all at the dear old Cockpit, buzzy Park and brand new Hope
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Michael Coveney: Lucy Kirkwood collects another big prize for ChimericaMichael Coveney: Lucy Kirkwood collects another big prize for Chimerica
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Do I Hear a Waltz? (Park Theatre)Do I Hear a Waltz? (Park Theatre)
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Good People (Hampstead Theatre)Good People (Hampstead Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: RSC asks, which is Shakespeare's most popular play? And which is the best?Michael Coveney: RSC asks, which is Shakespeare's most popular play? And which is the best?
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Variation on a Theme (Finborough)Variation on a Theme (Finborough)
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Michael Coveney: Ayckbourn's friend Resnais dies, Callow's Shakespeare returns, ENO's Rodelinda rulesMichael Coveney: Ayckbourn's friend Resnais dies, Callow's Shakespeare returns, ENO's Rodelinda rules
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Versailles (Donmar Warehouse)Versailles (Donmar Warehouse)
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Michael Coveney: Top Critical Moments and a clutch of Burning PestlesMichael Coveney: Top Critical Moments and a clutch of Burning Pestles
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The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
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The Full Monty (Noel Coward Theatre)The Full Monty (Noel Coward Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Musical metaphors as Rigoletto reigns and Snoo stirsMichael Coveney: Musical metaphors as Rigoletto reigns and Snoo stirs
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The A-Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse)The A-Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse)
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Michael Coveney: Awards spring special surprises as the audience wins all roundMichael Coveney: Awards spring special surprises as the audience wins all round
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Michael Coveney: Annabel Leventon and Robert Meadmore shake up Crazy CoqsMichael Coveney: Annabel Leventon and Robert Meadmore shake up Crazy Coqs
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A Taste of Honey (NT Lyttelton)A Taste of Honey (NT Lyttelton)
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Michael Coveney: Tales of the river with funny Frayn and rare TennesseeMichael Coveney: Tales of the river with funny Frayn and rare Tennessee
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The Fat Man's Wife (Canal Cafe Theatre)The Fat Man's Wife (Canal Cafe Theatre)
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Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse)Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse)
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Michael Coveney: Fringe benefits of Chris Malcolm and Snoo Wilson Michael Coveney: Fringe benefits of Chris Malcolm and Snoo Wilson
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Michael Coveney: RSC schools Shrew shares the Almeida's shifting groundMichael Coveney: RSC schools Shrew shares the Almeida's shifting ground
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1984 (Almeida)1984 (Almeida)
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Secret Theatre Show 4 (Lyric Hammersmith)Secret Theatre Show 4 (Lyric Hammersmith)
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Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East)Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East)
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Michael Coveney: Grandage water babies flood the stage, Bate celebrates WorcesterMichael Coveney: Grandage water babies flood the stage, Bate celebrates Worcester
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Michael Coveney: Pina Bausch and Eileen Atkins make vivid links with the pastMichael Coveney: Pina Bausch and Eileen Atkins make vivid links with the past
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Drunk (Bridewell Theatre)Drunk (Bridewell Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Is Eve Best as Cleo casting aspersions on celebrity casting?Michael Coveney: Is Eve Best as Cleo casting aspersions on celebrity casting?
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Michael Coveney: Beyond the West End in Dalston and RichmondMichael Coveney: Beyond the West End in Dalston and Richmond
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Michael Coveney: Philip Seymour Hoffman, a troubled and unforgettable star of stage and screen Michael Coveney: Philip Seymour Hoffman, a troubled and unforgettable star of stage and screen
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Stroke of Luck (Park Theatre)Stroke of Luck (Park Theatre)
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Happy Days (Young Vic Theatre)Happy Days (Young Vic Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Is Peter Grimes at the ENO better than Charlie or The Book of Mormon?Michael Coveney: Is Peter Grimes at the ENO better than Charlie or The Book of Mormon?
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Michael Coveney: Critics' Circle Awards lit up by Arthur, Lenny, Phoebe and LesleyMichael Coveney: Critics' Circle Awards lit up by Arthur, Lenny, Phoebe and Lesley
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Michael Coveney: Putting It Together on a podcast in special Company Michael Coveney: Putting It Together on a podcast in special Company
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Punishment Without Revenge (Arcola)Punishment Without Revenge (Arcola)
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Michael Coveney: King Lear sponsors, stand-ins and other shout-outsMichael Coveney: King Lear sponsors, stand-ins and other shout-outs
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King Lear (NT Olivier)King Lear (NT Olivier)
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Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre)Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre)
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Michael Coveney: Cheers to The Weir, and to footie fans of The PassMichael Coveney: Cheers to The Weir, and to footie fans of The Pass
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The Weir (West End)The Weir (West End)
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The Pass (Royal Court)The Pass (Royal Court)
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Michael Coveney: Chaucerian choices at the Unicorn, and Gielgud re-visitedMichael Coveney: Chaucerian choices at the Unicorn, and Gielgud re-visited
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Michael Coveney: Roger Lloyd Pack triggers fond memoriesMichael Coveney: Roger Lloyd Pack triggers fond memories
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Don Gil of the Green Breeches (Arcola Theatre)Don Gil of the Green Breeches (Arcola Theatre)
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The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
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Michael Coveney: Happy Days for bravo Beckett and glorious GhostsMichael Coveney: Happy Days for bravo Beckett and glorious Ghosts
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Not I, Footfalls, RockabyNot I, Footfalls, Rockaby
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Michael Coveney: Cameron speaks out on saving theatres, Sherlock implodesMichael Coveney: Cameron speaks out on saving theatres, Sherlock implodes
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Michael Coveney: The joys of not going to theatres... for a short whileMichael Coveney: The joys of not going to theatres... for a short while
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Michael Coveney: Bennett remembers Griffiths in a year of comedy lossesMichael Coveney: Bennett remembers Griffiths in a year of comedy losses
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Michael Coveney: Ring in the new: Howard Panter expands, Michael Grade looks backMichael Coveney: Ring in the new: Howard Panter expands, Michael Grade looks back
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Looking forward: Michael Coveney previews the coming year in theatreLooking forward: Michael Coveney previews the coming year in theatre
Features
Looking back: Michael Coveney's theatre highlights of 2013Looking back: Michael Coveney's theatre highlights of 2013
Features
Michael Coveney: Disaster on the Avenue as Stephen Ward opens in the AldwychMichael Coveney: Disaster on the Avenue as Stephen Ward opens in the Aldwych
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Meet Me in St Louis (Landor)Meet Me in St Louis (Landor)
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Michael Coveney: Max Stafford-Clark fights back with a new bookMichael Coveney: Max Stafford-Clark fights back with a new book
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Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse)Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse)
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Fortune's Fool (Old Vic)Fortune's Fool (Old Vic)
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The El. Train (Hoxton Hall)The El. Train (Hoxton Hall)
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Michael Coveney: Standard wails, snails and whales, and the Elephantom in the roomMichael Coveney: Standard wails, snails and whales, and the Elephantom in the room
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Obituary: Peter O'Toole was the genuine articleObituary: Peter O'Toole was the genuine article
Theatre News
American Psycho (Almeida)American Psycho (Almeida)
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Michael Coveney: Christmas cheer as Psycho chills and students protestMichael Coveney: Christmas cheer as Psycho chills and students protest
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Aladdin (Wimbledon)Aladdin (Wimbledon)
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The Duck HouseThe Duck House
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Drawing the LineDrawing the Line
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Dick WhittingtonDick Whittington
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Middlemarch - Fred & MaryMiddlemarch - Fred & Mary
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From Morning to MidnightFrom Morning to Midnight
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Michael Coveney: WhatsOnStage Awards Launch Party hits the heights... againMichael Coveney: WhatsOnStage Awards Launch Party hits the heights... again
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