Theatre Record


Fri 01 Sep 2023


Edinburgh Fringe and International festivals are over for another year and I hope you enjoyed them if you managed to go. Most reviews are in now, and you can now see the listings on the 2023 archive page. We managed to cover 590 productions with 1328 reviews so far. There were nearly 3000 cast involved and almost 1700 creatives. What an achievement for everyone and I'm sure it was a great experience for those first timers.

We're still working on adding the back catalogue and this month we will be adding 1982 and 1983, so they will then be fully searchable. It's interesting to see some names back in the 80's issues as people were just starting out or working mostly in theatre such as Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Tessa Peake Jones and David Bradley.

We'll continue to bring you all the reviews and as always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know at

Tue 01 Aug 2023

August - Edinburgh festivals

Well, we're mid way through the year and looking forward to the Edinburgh festivals - Fringe and International. It should be a busy month and you'll be able to read all the reviews of course, here on the website.

As well as preparing for that, we've started to enter the Theatre Record archive onto the website so when you search for a title, author, theatre, director, cast or creative you will see everything within Theatre Record for that search. In the past, it was a bit hit and miss. Some things were there and some where not. Also, it sometimes took a while to load. As you might imagine, it's a big task but as we enter each year, of course, there will be more and more information which is searchable. We've just entered 1981 so that's now fully searchable. It's going to take about 6 months before everything is on there but it's getting there. We'll keep you updated as the months go on.

I went to see Oklahoma! with Maureen Lipman and Hugh Jackman, the 1998 revival in my local cinema as part of NT live and was very much looking forward to it after reading the reviews on Theatre Record. The singing, the dancing, the set, the choreography, the acting... all wonderful. Although the audience was small, everyone came out feeling like they had just watched something spectacular.

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know at and enjoy the Edinburgh Festival if you get a chance to go.

Thu 01 Jun 2023

June - Edinburgh Listings

Another month has flown by and we're getting ready for the Edinburgh Festival. You'll now see that we've listed all of the Edinburgh Fringe theatre productions that have been issued so far - there's just over 750 listed at the moment - and more will be added weekly as they appear.

Last year there were just under 800 productions listed of which 380 were reviewed and published in Theatre Record. We'll certainly publish as many as we can if they are reviewed. I'm about to add the Edinburgh International theatre productions too, so they will be on the website shortly. All is available to see under the 'What's On' tab.

I've seen 'Best of Enemies' from the Noel Coward theatre recently as part of the NT live sessions. What an amazing set. How do they do it? I'm looking forward to seeing Oklahoma! next with Maureen Lipman and Hugh Jackman, the 1998 revival. Looking at the reviews, it should be wonderful. I hope you get to see some great theatre if you can and we'll continue to cover all the reviews in Theatre Record. Fingers crossed for a sunny evening if you are watching an outdoor performance.

Thank you to those of you who have offered suggestions, which helps us to make Theatre Record even better. As always you can send an email to

Alison Cook