Thursday, 23 July 2015

Finalists announced for The Stage Critic Search

The Stage newspaper has announced the three finalists of The Stage Critic Search 2015. The three finalists are: Lee Anderson from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire (East of England), Dave Fargnoli from Brighton (South East) and Jafar Iqbal from Cardiff (Wales).

The finalists have been chosen by a panel of industry experts. Joining Alistair Smith (Editor of The Stage), Mark Shenton (The Stage lead critic and Associate Editor) and Natasha Tripney (The Stage lead critic) are Cush Jumbo (actor and playwright), Daniel Evans (Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres) and Stephanie Street (actor and playwright).

The three finalists were selected from those shortlisted as the best from each region within the UK, and were invited to review one theatre production at a theatre local to them to reach this stage. Lee Anderson, mentored by Henry Hitchings (London’s Evening Standard), reviewed Care at the Watford Palace Theatre. Jafar Iqbal has been mentored by Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), attended the Royal Opera House Stores, Aberdare to review {150}; and Dave Fargnoli reviewed Constellations at Theatre Royal, Brighton, mentored by Matt Trueman (WhatsOnStage). All the finalists’ reviews have been published in The Stage, both in print and on-line.

At a time when many UK publications are cutting back on their reviews coverage – especially outside London and off-West End – The Stage Critic Search is a nationwide competition to discover and promote talented theatre critics. 

Each of the three finalists will now review Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion at the National Theatre. From the final three, the judging panel will choose the winner who will receive £1,000 and an opportunity to write for The Stage regularly. The final winner will be announced in August.

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