The British Theatre Guide
The British Theatre Guide is an on-line database of specially commissioned reviews of theatre productions throughout the United Kingdom, together with theatre-related news reports, interviews with leading theatre practitioners, obituaries and comprehensive annual obituary listings.
In addition The British Theatre Guide provides full reviews of Edinburgh Festival theatre events and links to news and reviews of amateur, student, youth and school productions in the UK.
Access to its database, a stable archive, is free to all users via alphabetic and subject indexes.
The British Theatre Guide site and archive were founded on 18 November 2001 by former drama teacher, Peter Lathan, who also writes plays and runs a small-scale professional theatre company and has been active in the field of on-line theatre databases since 1996. The editorship was taken over at the beginning of 2012 by David Chadderton, who previously had been in charge of the BTG's coverage since 2003 and is also a member of the Manchester Theatre Awards panel.
By February 2012 The British Theatre Guide archive, with over 7,000 reviews plus news, interviews and other features and information, was receiving more than 140,000 page views each week. In addition its free weekly newsletter is emailed to around 3,000 subscribers worldwide.
Intute, a university-based service which finds, evaluates and catalogues the best internet resources for education and research, reported in these terms on The British Theatre Guide (September 2005):
- This site includes articles on all aspects of British theatre, indexed both by date and by subject. Subjects include, theatre history, Shakespeare, and actors and acting.
- There are also British theatre reviews from the UK and New York, book reviews, a news section, and a discussion forum.
- Other resources on this extensive site include a British Theatre Directors' Index, a British Actors' Index, a Directory of Theatres in Britain arranged town by town, a glossary of theatre terms, an amateur theatre index, playwrights' FAQs, and the text of some interviews of relevance to British theatre.