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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 and obituary listings.

It also commissions reviews of opera and dance, as well as books, audio recordings and DVDs.

In addition BTG 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 BTG site and archive were founded on 18 November 2001 by its current editor, Peter Lathan, a former drama teacher. Lathan, who also writes plays and runs a small-scale professional theatre company, has been active in the field of on-line theatre databases since 1996.

BTG now has a UK-based team of 30 established theatre reviewers, plus overseas contributors, including correspondents from New York and France.

The London editor is Philip Fisher who runs a small team of critics in the Greater London Area, including three members of The Critics' Circle.

By May 2008 the BTG archive, with over 10,000 pages of on-line reviews and news, was receiving more than 120,000 page views each week. In addition its free weekly Newsletter is emailed to 3,200 subscribers worldwide [1].


Intute: Arts and Humanities Research Council — a university-based service which finds, evaluates and catalogues the best internet resources for education and research — reported in these terms on 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.”[2]


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