Theatre Record


Fri 04 Nov 2022

NT Live

I'm sure many of you have been to your local cinema and watched a production from the National Theatre on the screen. They broadcast to over 700 cinemas around the UK so aren't we lucky to be able to see such wonderful performances? I almost missed 'The Seagull' last night as I had heard mixed reviews. It was raining and cold so did I really want to go out only to be disappointed? I'm glad I did as I loved it. Indeed I found it a 'strangely gripping production' as did Arifa Akbar from the Guardian. Others described it as 'almost comically miserable' (Daily Mail), a 'brilliant adaptation' (Camden New Journal) and Quentin Letts describes it as a 'Ghastly night' (The Times). It did indeed divide audiences but love it or loathe it, if you never go, you'll never know. Plenty to discuss, post performance and we have all come together as an audience to forget about the outside world for a few hours and see things from a different perspective. Theatre creates discussion - that's important.

Mon 24 Oct 2022

Spare printed editions of Theatre Record

I have been looking through our archive stores for Theatre Record and we have some spare copies of the printed magazine. We have all the issues for some years and we also have random spare issues of other years. If anyone would like a printed magazine to complete their set please do send me an email and if I have it, I'll forward it on for the cost of postage and packaging.

If anyone has a spare set of the printed magazine from 1985-1988, the British Library need these years to complete their set, so again, please do get in touch.

We also have, rather randomly, folders containing New York Theatre Critics' Reviews from 1978-79, 1981, 1983-5 and 1987-88. again, if you'd like them, please let me know.

Please do email me at

Sun 02 Oct 2022

Julian Oddy

It is with great sadness to tell you that the previous editor of Theatre Record, Julian Oddy passed away peacefully at home on September 17th 2022.

I worked with Julian for a couple of years before taking over the helm in January 2022 when Julian retired. I know many of you would have known Julian and will remember him as a kind, generous, larger than life character who was a true inspiration. So intelligent, so calm and relaxed even in stressful times and so positive. He always had time to offer advice and was a great friend. I will miss him.

All good things, Julian, all good things

Fri 02 Sep 2022

Edinburgh Festivals published

Edinburgh Festivals are over and it was great to see so many people enjoying it. You can find the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival issues on the archive tab, where we will be adding the last few reviews as they come in.

For those that like figures, we have added 782 reviews over the three week period and covered 372 productions. 198 productions have just one review and 174 productions have at least 2 reviews.

As always, feel free to let us know any views on the feedback page.

Thank you,
Alison Cook, Editor

Mon 15 Aug 2022

Edinburgh Festivals

We hope you have been enjoying the new look Theatre Record.

The Edinburgh festivals are well under way and there has been a record number of ticket sales.

We have listed over 1000 theatre productions from the festivals and we’ll aim to display all of their reviews by early September. We’ve put the productions in purple so you can see them as they’re posted and these will be archived
in their own issue once the festivals have finished.

I do hope you enjoyed the Edinburgh festivals if you managed to go. I’m sure it’s wonderful to be there again and experience the atmosphere as well as some great theatre. If you didn’t manage to go, like me, you can at least read all about them.

Thank you for your continued support, as always.
Alison Cook, Editor

Sun 03 Jul 2022

Give us feedback

We do hope you are enjoying using the new website. We are keen to find out what you think, and would be pleased if you sent us some feedback.

Let us know what's good or what's not so good. Is anything missing or are there features you would like added?

We can't promise everything, but we will consider all suggestions carefully and strive to make the site as effective and useful as we can.

Please leave feedback here.

Thank you for your continued support.
Alison Cook, Editor

Tue 31 May 2022

New website launched

We are very pleased to launch our new look website, bringing to you the usual round-up of British theatre combined with some new features, including a new format for displaying the latest reviews.

We hope you like the new Theatre Record and continue to enjoy it. For more details and the opportunity to provide feedback please visit the What's New page.

Thank you for your continued support.
Alison Cook, Editor

Tue 05 Apr 2022

Ammendments to Volume 41 (2021)

A range of errors and omissions in the issues of Volume 41 (2021) have been identified. These have been amended and the revised issues have been uploaded to the website to replace the previous ones. The amendments for each issue are listed in this document.

Tue 01 Feb 2022

New editor at Theatre Record

Theatre Record has a new editor, Alison Cook, who took over in January 2022, after working for the magazine since 2018.

"With the hope that stability will return to the theatre industry after two difficult and troubling years, I am looking forward to bringing you a vibrant collation of the details and reviews for the major productions. Looking ahead, we are currently developing a new website and hope to reveal it later this year. Thank you for your continued support." - Alison Cook, Editor.