Theatre Magazine is put together by a group of British theatre workers
to ask whether we have the theatre we want, the stages we need,
and the drama we deserve.
We are anonymous. Writers, directors, actors, designers, administrators,
theatregoers. Anonymity gives us freedom. Is that fair? No, boo hoo, why
The life of Encore (right) was brief but furious.
For little more than a decade, between 1954 and 1965, the magazine railed
at the state of British theatre, championing work that it saw as standard-bearing
for the experimental, challenging, vital theatre it sought. It was not
an ideologically-driven magazine; it was not consistent; it admired the
Royal Court, Theatre Workshop, Ionesco, Arden, and Tynan, and it often
attacked all of these. But it had passion and it had curiosity. Its standards
were invariably high. It knew what it wanted.
We've named this site after Encore. We're not reviving the magazine
but maybe we can revive its spirit. We want the online Encore Theatre
Magazine to champion what is good and attack what is not. Just like
its predecessor, we want to be a voice for a new theatre, building on
the firmest foundations left to us, but pulling down the timbers of the
does not like
| Nick Hytner
| Sheridan Morley|
We Will Rock You (for
Let's get stuff done. Let's get stuff changed. Let's get the theatre we
know we should have.