This section contains occasional independent reviews of theatre renovations and other issues in theatrical management, plus memoir about theatre companies with which Paul Iles has worked.
House Management, Ipswich Arts Theatre, Northampton Theatres, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Billingham Forum Theatre, Chipping Norton Theatre, Watermill Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre, Nimrod Theatre of Sydney, 69 Theatre Company at the Manchester Royal Exchange, Leeds Grand Theatre, Ipswich Arts Theatre
Images of the stage curtain:
THE TEMPERAMENT OF THEATRICAL MANAGERS
A theatre is like a little kingdom, shut out from intimacy and sympathy with the little world around it, in which the little monarch has his flatterers and courtiers, as sycophantic and subservient as in real courts. Upon his talents, his virtues, and even his person, he receives the adulatory homage of those he employs; and with such an exalted opinion of himself, as this incense must excite, it cannot be a matter of surprise if he should not always hold the scale of justice with a steady and impartial hand.
- William Charles Macready (1793-1873), Reminiscences, London, Macmillian, Vol. I, p.76.