Michael Coveney: Women playwrights the National Theatre forgot to honour
By Michael Coveney · 5 Nov 2013 · London

Did the National's failure to include more female playwrights in its 50th anniversary gala indicate an institutional gender bias? Not necessarily, says Michael Coveney

Catherine Love: Great gala, but where were the women writers?
By Catherine Love · 4 Nov 2013 · London

The lack of women playwrights showcased by the National Theatre's 50th anniversary gala was troubling

Michael Coveney: National comes alive in memories at its own 50th birthday gala
By Michael Coveney · 3 Nov 2013 · London

A dream cast list and a canny selection of scenes sent our chief critic into raptures on Saturday night

Guest blog: Paul Herzberg on The Dead Wait
By Guest Contributor · 1 Nov 2013 · London

Actor and playwright Paul Herzberg served as a conscript during the time of the Angolan war. His play The Dead Wait, based on his experiences, opens at the Park Theatre next week

Michael Coveney: Superb BBC films celebrate the National; so does Edward Petherbridge
By Michael Coveney · 1 Nov 2013 · London
The two parts of the BBC's celebratory television history of the National Theatre were called The Dream and War and Peace; the second, aired last night on BBC4, re-visiting the
Michael Coveney: Boys night out at the Young Vic, with Shakespeare wallahs
By Michael Coveney · 30 Oct 2013 · London
The Scottsboro Boys© Richard Hubert Smith The opening of The Scottsboro Boys last night at the Young Vic was every bit as lively and exhausting as the show itself, guests and ...
Guest blog: Setting the context for Margaret Thatcher in Handbagged
By Leonard Klahr · 29 Oct 2013 · London

At last week's WhatsOnStage Outing to Handbagged, we had a lively post-show Q&A with author Moira Buffini and director Indhu Rubasingham, including some very direct questions posed by theatregoer Leonard Klahr about how Thatcher is portrayed in the play. We invited Leonard to share more of his thoughts about Thatcher's legacy and how it's captured on stage

Catherine Love: Spreading the debate
By Catherine Love · 28 Oct 2013 · Cambridge

How two current examples of feminist performance are starting up discussion beyond the space of the theatre

Michael Coveney: West End poster boy Russ remembered in a Muse of Fire
By Michael Coveney · 28 Oct 2013 · London
Some of the biggest and best West End shows are defined by their posters: a glinting pair of cat's eyes, an angelic waif with a tricolour, a white Venetian carnival mask, a squiggle of a helicopte
Chris Grady: Think carefully before venting views on Facebook
By Chris Grady · 24 Oct 2013 · London

In this day and age it's all to easy to post critical comments without thinking who might read them

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