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An evening with Michael Billington

Guardian Live

Monday, 3 February 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Standard ticket   more info 3 Feb 2020 £20.00 £1.51
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After almost 50 years reviewing for the Guardian, Michael Billington, one of our most influential writers on theatre, is stepping down as chief theatre critic. Join him in conversation with Guardian theatre critic, Arifa Akbar.

Billington saw his first Shakespeare play at Stratford-upon-Avon at the age of eight, and returned many times to see actors such as John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier onstage. He joined the Guardian in 1971, and over the past five decades has become one of the most authoritative and trusted voices in theatre. Virtually a daily presence in the newspaper, he has filed some 10,000 reviews, known for their incisive language and formidably intricate understanding of theatre. He has also found time to write many books, including acclaimed studies of Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter and Peggy Ashcroft.

While he will continue to write regularly for the Guardian, Billington’s position as chief theatre critic will be filled by writer Akbar. The two will come together to share the joys and challenges of theatre reviewing, and to talk about some of the highlights from Billington’s extraordinary career.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
United Kingdom

Monday, 3 February 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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