Voices

The top 20 of The Stage newspaper’s recently published “power list” of the 100 most influential people in British theatre made for fascinating reading. Most of the usual suspects were there, but many of them found themselves paired with another name for their entry. For it’s not only the artistic directors, the Nick Hytners and Gregory Dorans, who are celebrated but their all-important executive directors, the men and women who oversee every aspect of an organisation except what goes on its stages. Without executive directors, no contracts would be written, no money raised and no ambitious building projects undertaken.

Searchlights over Bemmy, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

In its short history, this theatre has built a national reputation for doing classics. It has also made a virtue of being a local theatre for local people, as they say. Last year, it staged a play exploring its own industrial past: The Wills's Girls, about the women who produced the cigarettes where the stage now stands.

Fritha Goodey

When the Bulbul Stopped Singing, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Siege mentality sheds vivid light on dark days of intifada

With no strings attached

Japanese techniques bring new life to a one-man puppet show of Pinocchio

Marieluise, The Gate, London

Me and my home: A view from the gallery

Christopher Biggins, star of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', talks to Mary Wilson about life in his art-filled house near Victoria Park in the East End

Measure for Measure, Olivier, National Theatre, London

A triumph of sleaze and CCTV

The Horses of St Mark's by Charles Freeman

A two thousand-year canter to Venice

A meditation on the Seventies

Sex, punk and flared trousers - Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia hits the stage
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