Editorial Team

John McRoberts
: Executive Editor – 
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For All North West based enquiries email:  [email protected]

For All USA based enquiries email: [email protected]

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.

Richard Maguire : London Editor 

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Biography coming soon


Nicole Craft: 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.

Jacob Bush: Yorkshire & North East Editor

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Jacob has been reviewing theatre since 2012 and loves all things live entertainment, with a particular passion for musical theatre. Alongside his reviewing, he works in the Marketing team at Sheffield University Management School, a position he gained after graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Communication and Media in 2021.

Holly Spanner:  South West Editor 

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Holly has been writing for The Reviews Hub as a reviewer since 2011, and Regional Editor since 2013. Prior to looking after the southwest region, she ran the Yorkshire and northeast region and has her finger on the pulse when it comes to new and exciting writers. She is fascinated by how art and performance can help to make real-world changes and understands the importance of theatre in shaping society. Writer and editor by profession, she is also the papercraft editor for the UK’s leading craft website Gathered, and journalist for BBC Science Focus magazine.

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

Email: Ireland@thereviewshub.com

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.

Maryam Philpott : Film Editor

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Maryam joined the Reviews Hub in 2014 and writes reviews, features and previews for the London team covering theatre, dance and film. Maryam launched the Cultural Capital blog in 2013 to develop long-form and contextual arts criticism. The film team is particularly keen to support independent film-making and regularly covers international festivals

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