A Crisis For Live Theatre

“People watch an unprecedented amount of drama today, but they generally prefer to experience it through film and television; the appetite for the ‘live’ spoken variety is limited now, and there’s no going back on that. So a regional theatre must programme across the spectrum – stand-up comedy and modern dance as well as Shakespeare and Pinter. The immediate difficulty here is that there simply aren’t enough high-quality acts or shows designed to suit smaller stages.”