Editorial Team

John McRoberts
: Executive Editor – 
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Also looks after London and North West Regions

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John has had a life-long relationship with the theatre since his professional stage debut at the age of eight.  His career has involved all areas of the profession including acting, directing and teaching. He recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with an MA in Musical Theatre. In his spare time, John is an avid photographer. John set up The Reviews Hub in 2007 and is excited at the future plans for the site.

Nicole Craft: Features Editor & South East Regional Editor

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Nicole’s interest in theatre was first piqued at the grand old age of seven when she was taken to see The Red Balloon at Birmingham Rep. Although resigned to watching most performances on TV from there on in, the passion remained strong enough for her to rekindle her love in her teens and she’s been quite addicted since. Nicole has been reviewing theatre and writing features for over five years and is particularly fond of new, home-baked, productions and family shows that make her children feel the excitement she so fondly remembers.

Lauren Humphreys: Scotland Regional Editor

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A life-long theatre-goer, it was a desire to promote theatre in her local area that led to the creation of www.glasgowtheatreblog.com. Since its launch, Lauren has gone on to write features and reviews and conduct interviews for both print and online publications on the Scottish theatre scene. Needless to say, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a personal highlight each year for Lauren.

Mark Clegg: Yorkshire & North East Editor

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Mark has been involved in theatre for over 30 years as both a performer and a stage manager. In 1995 he and his wife Fiona founded Centre Stage North East: a Sunderland-based theatre and events company which is still going strong today. Mark has written for The Reviews Hub since 2012 and has a keen interest in musical theatre as well as cinema and the history of animation. He works full time and has a teenage son Nathan as well as a cockapoo called Cody. Mark would like to have hobbies but simply doesn’t have time.

Holly Spanner:  South West Editor

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Holly has been reviewing since 2011 and is a freelance journalist, theatre critic and photographer currently based in Yorkshire. A keen traveller, she can be found absorbing the beauty of the UK somewhere between Aberdeen and Cornwall, wearing her scientific hat as Environmental Consultant, and her theatrical hat as Regional Editor for The Reviews Hub. She enjoys finding compelling new ways to write about theatre and is proud to support emerging playwrights. She is fascinated by language and how a production can alter perceptions, helping us understand humanity, and ourselves, just that little bit better. She believes in the message of art and the many forms it can take, and just how important, how very important, it is in our culture.

Selwyn Knight : Central Editor

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Selwyn has loved theatre for as long as he can remember. During his time at university he thinks he watched every single available theatre performance, both professional and amateur – some of which were truly wonderful, others rather less so! Selwyn especially enjoys new writing and small, intimate fringe-like venues. He now really enjoys the idea of helping others make theatre decisions by sharing his thoughts on performances he’s seen.

Simon Topping : Brighton & Worthing Editor

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Simon has written for The Reviews Hub since 2017. He’s passionate about the Brighton Fringe and typically reviews forty to fifty shows each year within it. The depth and breadth of production in the Fringe continues to delight; from mesmerising Shakespeare plays in the medium of puppetry, to side splitting one-woman shows about birthing eggs, he’s seen some amazing (and amazingly odd) shows as well as performing in his own.

Simon says, “I love reviewing for Reviews Hub. You just don’t know what mind-bending production will be next and that’s what keeps the process exciting and fresh.”

Laura Marriott : Ireland Editor

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Laura has had a life long love of theatre and feels incredibly lucky to have been writing for The Reviews Hub since 2015. Her M.Phil focused on Shakespeare, which alongside pantomime and new, small productions, is one of her special interests. One of the great joys of going to the theatre so much has been seeing individual theatre makers develop over the years and she thinks that it is important to celebrate small theatres and the importance of the arts in Ireland.

Adrienne Sowers: North America (NYC)  Editor

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Adrienne is a lifelong theatre practitioner holding a BA in Theatre from West Virginia University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University.  She has worked in regional and off-Broadway theatres, and also was the Writers’ Assistant for both seasons of the BBC America series “Copper.”  Adrienne currently produces burlesque shows in New York City and spends her free time in yoga class or cursing under her breath while trying to write her first novel.  As a critic, she appreciates all forms of art, but her specialities are; burlesque, drag, performance art, devised theatre, movement theatre, and new works.

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