Me on a snowy day in February 2021. Photo credit: Irita Sluka

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My name’s Liz Ryan and I edit Yorkshire Theatre, which is a FREE newsletter about.... what it says on the tin!

The quality and diversity of theatre in Yorkshire is breathtaking. But it doesn't always get the critical attention it deserves.

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About Me:

I’m an accidental playwright who -- after graduating from a posh university with a ‘serious’ degree -- fell down a theatre rabbit hole. Life instantly became a lot more interesting.

I ended up as part of PA Media’s Arts & Events team, creating listings content for The Guardian, The Times and a host of other newspapers and digital sites.

My arts, lifestyle and travel pieces have appeared around the world, and in publications as varied as the Scottish Metro, The Scotsman, the Irish Independent and the Yorkshire Post.

I even had the opportunity to travel abroad and watch performance in unlikely places:

Dancer in spectacular Portuguese mountain setting watched by audience members.
Dance performance in Portugal (copyright Joao Mariano for 365 Algarve)

That's me in the cork hat. I like hats!

Then, in 2020, at the height of the global pandemic, The Guardian newspaper remodelled their Saturday offering and the print product I was working on ceased to exist.

But when one door closes, another opens. This newsletter more than fills the listings gap for Yorkshire readers — and for anyone who visits the region as a tourist too.

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Liz Ryan

Theatre critic Liz Ryan helps you find the best shows and theatre streams in Yorkshire and surrounding regions every week. Contact me at