Matt Trueman: Are British musicals stuck in the past?
'Without a culture of experimentation, British musical theatre is at risk of stagnating'
Michael Coveney: Hare and Billington illuminate the importance of playwrights
Our critic casts his eye over a wave of new theatre books, including David Hare's memoir The Blue Touch Paper
Confessions of a Box Office Manager - Kidding around
The summer holidays present a new raft of challenges for our mystery mole
Michael Coveney: Maggie Smith comes up to date as two Nicks redefine the West End
Our esteemed critic publishes his new biography of Maggie Smith this week
Matt Trueman's Edinburgh diary - Are small companies being crowded out?
'If you look around the Fringe this year, it's full of big organisations'
Michael Coveney: Cumberbatch takes arms against a sea of troubles
The hype over Hamlet has reached fever pitch
Matt Trueman's Edinburgh diary - 'It's been a bit mad for critics'
The newly aligned Fringe and EIF enter their second week
Michael Coveney: Cumberbatch gets camera shy, searching for Sylvie
'Even in this festival cocoon, the talk is of Bendy's Hamlet and the absurd goings-on at the Barbican'
Matt Trueman: When Fringe shows start speaking to each other
'Seeing this much theatre in this close proximity, something strange starts to happen'