British Theatre 2024: An Overview

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Sunday 6 October 2024 – Sunday 24 November 2024

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 1, Learning Centre

  • Course price £320.00

Immerse yourself in London’s vibrant theatre scene with an introduction to a wealth of critically acclaimed and ‘must-see’ productions featuring a special guest each week in conversation with theatre critic Matt Wolf. Previous editions of this British Theatre course, now in its 12th year, have included a host of guests who went on to be nominated for, and even win, Olivier or Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Download the programme to see a list of guests from the past two years.

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Portrait of Lecturer and theatre critic Matt Wolf

Lecturer and theatre critic
Matt Wolf

Last year marked Matt Wolf’s 40 years as an American theatre critic based in London. He has held long tenures with The Associated Press, Variety, and the International New York Times, is theatre editor and a founding member of The Arts Desk website and is thrilled to be involved in the inception of the monthly magazine Musicals.

I attend this course every year. Matt has a wealth of knowledge and connections! His guests are always fantastic! Previous British Theatre Student

Course overview

Join us at the V&A South Kensington for this 8 week exploration of British theatre. Previous guests have included Vicki Mortimer for her costume designs for 'Follies'; Bertie Carvel for playing Rupert Murdoch in the James Graham play 'Ink'; Jamael Westman for playing Alexander Hamilton in ‘Hamilton’; Will Keen for portraying Vladimir Putin in the play ‘Patriots’, and most recently Marisha Wallace for her performance as Adelaide in ‘Guys and Dolls’. 

Enjoy breadth and depth with 16 hours of learning on this theatre course. Then join the conversation: meet like-minded theatre enthusiasts, ask questions and share your perspective with your fellow students in this in-person short course.

The programme for this course will be confirmed closer to the start date, as it reflects productions currently running and the availability of special guests.


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Short course: British Theatre 2024: An Overview

6 October 2024 - 24 November 2024


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Header image: Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in The Motive and the Cue in the West End. © Mark Douet